SPEAKERS AND ENTERTAINMENT
1:45pm -- Interactive Hip Hop Dance Session
Me'Kel is a Nationally Certified Group Exercise instructor that fuses his hip-hop dance background with his fitness experience. He provides a cardio hip-hop experience full of original choreography, functional movements, and great music.
Follow him on Instagram to find out where you can find his classes!
2:30pm -- My Vegan Journey and Vegan Activism through Food and Fitness
Dontá Harris, better known as The Southern Vegan, runs an online Instagram vegan food blog. He’s a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator through the Main Street Vegan Academy. Dontá is a member of Switch4Good, a coalition of dairy-free athletes encouraging people to improve their health by ditching dairy. He's also an official brand ambassador of the innovative meal-planning service known as: Eat What Elephants Eat Nutrition And Wellness Program, helping spread awareness of plant-based food and eating, while making it accessible and affordable.
Now a resident of Raleigh, North Carolina, this native of Richmond, Virginia introduces his online audience to the latest Vegan food scene from both cities, and from his travels across the nation. As a 10-year Vegan, he works to promote health, fitness and a plant-based diet to people wanting to make a positive change in their lives.
3:30pm -- Vegan Cooking Demonstration
Danni McGhee is a vegan chef, plant-based nutrition coach, author, and educator. Her brand, DAM Good Vegan, is an educational platform dedicated to inspiring and encouraging individuals to choose a plant-based vegan diet for optimal health & overall well-being. She is passionate about making vegan food simple, affordable, and DAM Good! She provides support and guidance on the principles of plant-based nutrition while introducing fun and easy ways to incorporate healthier options into their already busy lifestyle.
She offers online courses and detox programs to support the transition to a plant-based vegan diet. Her book, Ready To Go Vegan, is a guidebook that includes 7 day meal plan, vegan grocery lists, transition tips, and a 30-day vegan success tracker to keep you committed to your health goals. When you work with her, you will be empowered and equipped with all the knowledge and tools you need to make healthier choices every day. For more information, visit DAMGoodVegan.com!
Angela Means Kaaya
4:30pm -- Speaking
Vegan chef and food truck owner, Angela Means Kaaya is best known as the actress who portrayed the iconic character “Felicia” in the cult classic film Friday. After retiring from the entertainment industry to raise her son, Bradley, she dedicated herself to youth sports and community service. Most recently, Angela established the brand, Jackfruit Café, a vegan eatery to help others stop or reduce meat eating.
Raised on a farm in Michigan, Angela has enjoyed cooking soul food for large groups of people. As a child, her voice was silenced when questioning the consumption of flesh, but in her heart she knew it was wrong and continued to struggle with it into adulthood. In 2013, as her son was preparing to go to college, Angela began experiencing health issues. Knowing the burden of her situation would fall on the shoulders of her only child, Angela went vegan.
With a clean bill of health she launched Jackfruit Café and in one year, word of the delicious Jackfruit Café offerings spread. Jackfruit Café has been featured in major publications, radio shows, blogs, podcasts, and popular TV news shows allowing Angela to help many people improve their lives by reducing or eliminating meat.
1:30pm -- Sound Bath
Shanna Thornton began on the path of yoga in January 2016 and hasn’t looked back since! Her first exposure to yoga was during a college course and after a trip to Yogaville with her professor, Shanna knew that she was destined to share the science that had been so transformative for her. In spring of 2017 Shanna earned her 200 hour Basic Certification from Integral Yoga under the tutelage of Nora Vimala Pozzi.
In April 2018 Shanna received level 1 certification in sound healing with Himalayan singing bowls through the Atmabuti Soul Medicine sound and vibrational school created by Suren Shrestha. Shanna is truly connected to healing through vibration and sound healing energy.
While she enjoys exploring various styles, Shanna’s favorite classes to teach are Integral Yoga Hatha, Bhakti Yoga and a super special Trap Soul Vinyasa Flow. Shanna looks forward to being part of your yogic development and offers a down-to-earth perspective. She places particular emphasis on helping people of color create and maintain a yoga practice. If you need her, she’ll be there for you too!
“I’m an extroverted personality teaching myself and others how to turn within to experience our true authentic selves.”
3:00pm -- Yoga
Pauline Stephens is a certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor (aka Nutrition and Holistic Counselor), Meditation & Yoga Practitioner and trained plant based culinary artist. With an educational background in Finance and Business Management, Pauline has been successful in creating several business including her Wellness business; Becoming You Lifestyle Management, which serves individuals and companies in their quest to create wholeness using cultural, ancient and modern practices. You can learn more about her and what she offers at www.paulinestephens.com