Here you find a selection of vegan important persons (VIPs) who joined our past cruises. Special guests joining our cruise to the Baltic Sea in summer 2019 will be announced soon!
DR MICHAEL KLAPER
Michael A. Klaper, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He received postgraduate training in internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics and anesthesiology at the University of British Columbia Hospitals in Vancouver and obstetrics at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Klaper has practiced acute care medicine in Hawaii, Canada, California, Florida and New Zealand.
Far more fulfilling to him is his current practice, focusing on health-promoting food and lifestyle choices to help people stay out of hospitals and off of operating tables. He has authored numerous articles on plant-based nutrition and is authoring a book on using plant-based medicine in the clinical setting to arrest and reverse disease.
A long-time radio host and a pilot, Dr. Klaper has served as nutrition advisor to NASA’s programs for space colonists on the Moon and Mars and on the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Students Association.
He makes the latest information on health and nutrition available through his website, DoctorKlaper.com, where visitors can find the latest nutrition information through his numerous articles and videos, subscribe to his free newsletter, “Medicine Capsule” and support his “Moving Medicine Forward” Initiative to get applied nutrition taught in medical schools.
Gene Baur is co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, and has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine. He was a pioneer in undercover investigations and instrumental in passing the first U.S. laws to ban inhuman factory farming practices. Since 1986 he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of animal agriculture and our cheap food system. He has written two national best-selling books: Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food; and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living longer, and Feeling Better Every Day. Welcome aboard. Gene!
Spencer Harber, M.A., NBHWC, E-RYT, CPT is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness coach and expert in personal health practices. He holds advanced degrees in Health and Wellness Coaching and works as a clinical health coach for a San Francisco based digital hospital that specializes in MSK, empowering people to overcome chronic back pain. Spencer is an experienced registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and honed his training with his family in Rishikesh, India. As a professor of biomechanics Spencer developed a unique curriculum for yoga that is based both in the science of strength and movement, and the ethics of yogic philosophy. He further developed this to create a yoga program for men called Kula Dudes. Spencer is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He uses coaching, yoga and nutritional guidance to work with people to improve communication and remove roadblocks to health and happiness.
Michelle Russell (Chef Shel Leigh), M.Ed., PBC, RYT is a plant-based chef and food educator. Chef Shel Leigh holds a Master’s degree in education. She completed her culinary training in plant-based food and is a registered yoga teacher. Through food and education Michelle helps others build self-efficacy and regain their health. She specializes in transition recipes, cleanses, and menu creation while operating a vegan cheese business.
Ali is the creator of Interval Yoga. A style of yoga that combines ancient yoga practices with cutting-edge physical training techniques; she weaves elements of groove, dance and pilates, weight training and cardio into her lessons. Her classes are among the strongest out there but be assured that she will take you from beginner level to intermediate into advanced gracefully and gradually. Her style of yoga is short and condensed yet it is designed to bring relaxation and a sense of wellbeing. Ali was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She moved to America at the age of 22 – that’s when she discovered her passion for yoga. She randomly read an autobiography book by Christy Turlington while on a snowboarding vacation and that motivated her to try her first session at home. Yoga was a love of first sight for her. After her first class at the age of 23, she immersed herself in the practice for countless hours a day. A few years later she was incredibly lucky to be a teacher at Mark Blanchard’s Power Yoga studios in Los Angeles. Most of her learning happened during these years of teaching and being a student. She taught at Mark’s studios and various other locations throughout LA for 7 years before she started her online classes on Youtube and on her website which is known as Ali Kamenova Yoga. Her style is unique and powerful yet meditative and gentle. She focuses on self-awareness, body awareness, getting out of our own heads, finding the bliss of the present moment. She takes her students through a strong or a gentle sequence seamlessly and gives attention to flexibility, strength, cardiovascular capacity, power, breathwork and dance equally.
Ali will teach Yoga throughout our all-vegan summer cruise.
Niko Rittenau is a trained nutritionist with a focus on herbal nutrition from Berlin. He combines his skills as a trained chef with the nutritional knowledge of his academic career to create innovations where good taste meets health awareness and sustainable consumption. In lectures and seminars, he shows his version of appropriate nutrition for a growing world population and promotes the awareness of high-quality food. As a nutritionist, he motivates healthy, plant-focused eating habits by providing expert knowledge in a lively and practical way.
Macka B is a British reggae artist, performer and activist After over 30 years Macka.B continues to tour the world extensively spreading consciousness and breaking down the barriers. He has twice performed on Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica, also at Sting & White River Reggae Bash in Jamaica. He also appeared in front of Nelson Mandela in the National Stadium Kingston.
Macka.B has toured Japan all over America, Africa, Hawaii, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Spain, Poland to name but a few. He has performed alongside artists such as Burning Spear, U-Roy, The Wailers, Kool and the Gang, Lee Perry, Culture, Gladiators and many more.
Many know him for his very informative and entertaining “Medical Monday” video series which are reggae videos about nutritional values of fruits and vegetables, with the “Cucumber” video going viral in march earier this year.
Hannah Schein is the Senior Director of Investigations for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). For 17 years, she has helped plan, direct, and conduct undercover investigations into industries and facilities that exploit animals, including factory farms, slaughterhouses, laboratories, fur farms, zoos, exotic animal training facilities, breeding mills, pet stores, animal racing, and more. She has personally investigated the slaughter and abuse of animals on five continents, resulting in groundbreaking exposés involving cows, chickens, deer, chinchillas, crocodiles, ostriches, horses, pigeons, lobsters, octopuses, geese, and others. PETA’s investigations have resulted in over 1,100 criminal charges, the closure of 18 facilities, industry reforms, and policy changes internationally.
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