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GLOBAL ROOTS

Caribbean Sun

Relax at the all-inclusive Gran
Ventana Dominican beachfront
resort in Puerto Plata.

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Whole Foods Plant Based Meals

Enjoy deliciously prepared and
healthy whole foods plant based
meals with recipes from the acclaimed
China Study Cookbook

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Local Excursions

Explore the rich history and
vibrant culture of the Dominican
Republic in two half-day excursions

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Community Building

Visit local schools and share
in the work of some of the world's
best muralists

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Plant Based Cooking Made Easy

Engage in cooking classes during
your stay that will teach you how
to cook a plant based diet with ease

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Join us May 6-13, 2015 in the Dominican Republic for

Creating Sustainable Communities

Reaping the Benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Diet

   We invite all to join us on the beautiful Caribbean coast of the Dominican Republic.  Focused on the possibilities and solutions, this conference attempts to bring together women from across the world, to explore first hand the health benefits of a whole food, plant based diet, it’s impact on the environment and how through a well developed network, we can motivate and work together to create a vibrant (healthy), inclusive and sustainable society.
Conference Highlights
Never before have we seen such overwhelming evidence to support the health benefits of a whole food plant based (WFPB) diet. In fact, we now have such a broad range of evidence showing that a whole food, plant-based diet is best for the heart, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, kidneys, bones, eyes and brains (Campbell and Campbell). These same benefits also have an impact on the world we live in. A recent UN report states that our industrial system of animal production is unsustainable. In fact, we’re using our natural resources, such as fresh water and healthy soil, faster than we can replenish them. As stated in this report, it’s crucial that we move from an animal based diet to a plant based diet. To explore the science behind these claims as well as how to make the transition to a WFPB diet, we invite you to attend our Creating Sustainable Communities conference.
Our goals are simple. First and foremost, we want you to learn and experience, first hand, the health benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet. Second, we want you to develop the tools and resources to create change in your lives, for your loved ones and your communities. Third, we want you to relax and enjoy the Caribbean, through a seven-night stay at the relaxing, all-inclusive beachfront resort, The Gran Ventana. And finally, we want you to experience, through two-half day excursions, the rich culture and  history  of the Dominican Republic, visiting rural villages, local schools and working with the Caribbean’s largest muralists project, MARHMI – an initiative that has successfully used public art to build vibrant, inclusive communities, locally and internationally.
Interactive Presentations
All the presenters are experts in their field, having over twenty-five years of experience in either nutrition and/or environmental studies with a focus on sustainable communities. The goal is to have you, the participant, understand the Science, to apply this to your own life and to teach others. Thus, we want you, the participant, to be centered in the process and to develop a solid understanding of the content. With this in mind, we have asked our presenters to do the following:images
  1. To provide suggested readings, films and/or documentaries that he/she would like us to see before attending the conference. This will give us a baseline understanding of the content, allowing us to maximize the time that we have with each presenter.
  2. To provide us with 5-7 questions before his/her presentation. These questions are intended to engage us, the participants, with the content. Each participant will then be assigned to a study group of 4-6 people, meeting the same afternoon, following the presenters talk. During this one-hour study group, participants will discuss and explore the content, learn from each other and raise additional questions.
  3. Then in the evening, each presenter will be available in the conference room, for a large group Q&A, addressing questions and/or comments generated during one’s study group meeting.
To share the science behind why a whole food plant based diet is best for one’s health, we have invited Dr. T. Colin Campbell to share his research from The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted. All pre-conference readings, films and documentaries will be shared once you register for the conference.
Film Festival 
A film will be shown each evening, after dinner, providing further insight into the interconnections between the environment, food systems and mindful living. To enhance these viewings, an ‘expert’ has been assigned to each film. Films will include a sneak preview of  PlantPure Nation, from the  directors of Forks Over Knives, appearing in theaters July 4th, 2015.
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Cooking Classes — Plant Based Cooking Made Easy
The goal of are the cooking classes are to empower — to provide the resources, tools and tips necessary to transition to a WFPB diet — empowering you to make quick, easy and tasty meals.IMG_1589 We understand that change can be difficult,  so we want our cooking classes to provide easy, convenient and tasty tips!
This will be done through the following four Plant Based Cooking Made Easy classes. Each class will be 1-1.5 hours long. Handouts will be distributed for each class.
1. Dairy Alternatives: Cooking Without Milk, Cheese and Eggs with demonstrations on how to make mayonnaise, vegan cheddar cheese and Caesar salad dressing.
2. The ABC’s of Plant Based Cooking: An introduction to a wide variety of plants, herbs and combined seasonings.
3. Baking Without Oil and Eggs: Preparing tasty desserts, breads and muffins.
4. Preparing Community Meals: Fast and Easy Casseroles, Soups and Salads.
Exercise Classes
Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a series of exercise classes. Global Roots will provide an early morning yoga class, on the beach. We will also provide a fun, mid morning, laughing yoga class. In addition, participants can walk for miles along the beach, swim in the ocean or in one of the resort pools as well as, participate in resort sponsored activities such as afternoon pool aerobic classes, volleyball or evening dance parties.
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A Whole Food Plant Based Buffet
The Creating Sustainable Communities conference will have a separate whole food, plant based buffet following the guidelines of the China Study, using a wide variety of fresh, locally grown produce. All the dishes are animal and dairy free with no added oil and no processed sugars. Several dishes are from the China Study Cookbook and prepared by Chef Helmut Sugg, an All-Star chef of over 30 years. Fresh juices and a wide array of tropical vegetables will be served daily. The following video contains some of the dishes prepared on the WFPB buffet.
Additional buffets and restaurants, with a more traditional diet, are provided at the resort.
Relax in the Caribbean at the all-inclusive Gran Ventana Beach Resort
The Gran Ventana Beach Resort is a sleek, spacious, 506-room, all-inclusive resort with an enviable location on the golden sands of Playa Dorada in Puerto Plata. This wonderful beach resort offers a distinctive blend of sophisticated design combined with the charm and hospitality of the Dominican Republic.
The hotel is situated within the Playa Dorada Tourist Complex, the largest and most complete tourist development in Dominican Republic and just a block away from the Playa Dorada Commercial Center, which has the some of the best bars and discos in the Puerto Plata area. Downtown Puerto Plata is just minutes away. The resort is also just 300 yards from the Playa Dorada Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones.
The resort is also the TripAdvisor 2014 Excellence Award Winner. They have several ammenities so you can leave your wallet at home. They include Spanish and meringue lessons, regularly stocked mini-fridges, swim-up bar, a SCUBA dive lesson, nightly music and dancing, and so much more.
Experience the History and Culture of the Dominican Republic through Local Excursions
Dr. LeAnne Campbell, Executive Director and Founder, of Global Roots, has worked on projects in the Dominican Republic for over twenty five years. The mission of this organization is to create vibrant (healthy), inclusive and sustainable communities – locally and internationally. We do this through education, leadership training and networking, specifically through 1-12 week study tours, conferences and curriculum development workshops, addressing real-world issues, focused on the environment, women and community development. Our programs incorporate a theoretical framework, highlighting solutions, while exploring, in-depth, the current situation, how it’s created and how it’s perpetuated. The goal in this process is to empower, to provide the resources and tools necessary to become informed citizens capable of facilitating dialogues and developing community initiatives towards a vibrant (healthy) and inclusive society.
To meet this goal, Global Roots works with several local organizations, groups and schools. Participants in the Creating Sustainable Communities Conference will have the opportunity to visit and engage with some of projects. This will occur through two half day excursions, with participants having the opportunity to 1) visit a small rural village, specifically a local school, to share with MARHMI, artists from the largest muralist project in the Caribbean, and local youth groups to explore how they are utilizing public art to bring forth a dialogue on the environment and sustainability. During this same visit, participants will have the opportunity to hike through a rural farm and visit with different families in the village.
2) During the second excursion participants will have the choice to either a) visit a series of waterfalls, hike along the river, swim in the falls while also learning about the local vegetation or b) visit the highest peak in the province by cable car (teleferico), then take a guided tour through a large botanical garden, learning about the vegetation and fauna of the tropics.
Both of these excursions go beyond a typical tourist excursion, allowing participants to experience the rich vibrant culture of the Dominican Republic. To get a glimpse of what these excursions offer, view the video above.
Pricing & Package
The package is all-inclusive, including:
  1. Lodging at a four star beach resort
  2. A specially prepared whole food plant based buffet, served three times a day and all you can drink
  3. A wide range of educational activities including lectures, workshops, exercise classes, Spanish classes, merengue and bachata dance lessons
  4. And two in-country excursions (visiting a small mountain village, touring the historic mural route of Las Hermanas Mirabal, hiking through a small family farm, visiting a women’s cooperative, a school, and youth working in local artists’ co-op).
Only airfare is not included in the following rates.
$1580 per person in a double room
$1780 per person in a single room
Frequently Asked Questions
  • What airport should we fly into?
Airfare, during the month of May from major airports in the USA is quite reasonable. Round-trip airfare from NY City to Puerto Plata is approximately $500. We recommend that you fly into Puerto Plata (POP). However, if airfares are high it’s also possible to fly into Santiago. The distance from the airport in  Puerto Plata to the Gran Ventana is 15-20 minutes and the distance from the airport in Santiago to the Gran Ventana is 1.2 hours. The taxi, one way, from Santiago to the Gran Ventana is $100 and can be shared by those traveling in the van (up to five people).
  • Do I need a passport and tourist visa to travel to the Dominican Republic?
Yes. All non-Dominican residents need a current up-to-date passport, valid for six months. You will also need a tourist card. Upon arrival, all non-Dominican citizens and residents are required to purchase a $10 tourist card. This card is purchased upon arrival to the Dominican Republic airport and will be purchased immediately before going through customs. Signs demonstrating where to purchase the card as seen as one goes through customs. To obtain a Tourist Card the only requirements are a Valid Passport and the payment on US$10.
  • How do I get from the airport to the resort?
Taxis from the airport to the resort are $35 per van to Gran Ventana and  can accommodate up to five people. This cost can be shared among those in the van and can payed in US dollars.
  • Are there ATM machines at the resort and/or should I exchange money at the airport?
No it is not necessary to exchange money before departing. Money can be exchanged at the front desk of the Gran Ventana Resort or at the small bank in the Gran Ventana Resort. There is also an ATM machine at the shopping center right beside the resort. However, please call your bank before departing the USA to inform them of your travel plans.
  • What is our schedule? Will I have time during the day to do other activities?
A copy of the schedule will be provided to you as the date gets closer. There will certainly be plenty of time for free time and your own personal activities.
  • What should I bring?
A list of recommended items to bring will be sent to you once you have registered.
  • What should I do to prepare for the trip?
Before departing, we would like all participants to view the documentary Forks Over Knives. This can be found on Netflix. Furthermore, we suggest that participants purchase and read The China Study as well as selected PDF documents that will be supplied once you register.
  • What can I bring something for the village and/or school that we visit?
This, of course, is optional but for those who can, we are assisting the schools in obtaining gently used, but still functional, computers. Recently the schools received a technology grant garnering internet access but none of the schools have computers or printers. Thus, if you have an old computer, that still works, and room available, please bring it.
  • Is there financial assistance?
Since this conference is organized close to cost, we are not able to provide financial assistance. However, as in past Global Root conferences, we don’t want finances to be a determining factor in your participation. Thus, we are providing, again, the buddy system, in which, if you recruit 10 additional participants, you can go for free. If you are interested in being a buddy, please contact us.
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