The first and only all-vegan camping festival in California, US, will return for the third time on 8th October 2023. Organised by the Kind Heart Coalition, The four day Third Annual Kind Hearted Campout will be at Harrison Serenity Ranch, located on Palomar Mountain, 55 miles north of San Diego, California, a historic 67-acre ranch in the Cleveland National Forest that was once owned by Nate Harrison, a former slave who was the first African-American homesteader in San Diego County.

It will include music, discussions, activism workshops, games, art activities, yoga classes, and dance parties. The event schedule includes Nonviolent Communication and Strategic Messaging for Animal Rights trainings with Eva Hamer and workshops with Gwenna Hunter (Community Organizer), Matt Braun (Manager of Grassroots Protest Campaigns at PETA), Brittany Michelson (Captive Animals Campaigner at In Defense of Animals), and Raven Deerbrook (Documentary maker). 

Andrea Diaz, who attended last year, said to VegWorld magazine, “The Kind Hearted Campout is the best vegan social event of the year. There are super fun games and activities, delicious meals, lovely nature hikes, and morning meditation, plus inspiring discussions and workshops with folks from different areas of the vegan movement.”

Joseph Rondou, another attendee, said, “The Kind Hearted Campout was a truly unique and life-changing experience. I would recommend anyone looking to meet like-minded people to attend!”

The Kind Heart Coalition is a San Diego-based grassroots social enterprise aiming to unite compassionate, kind hearts and minds through education on animal rights through anti-speciesist messaging. Tickets are available on the Kind Heart Coalition website. The full Campout Registration Includes Custom designed Kind Hearted Campout T-Shirt by a local artist, six complimentary meals, Palomar Mountain Spring Drinking water, Showers & bathrooms, and Events (including workshops, a DJ dance party, yoga, art projects and much more).

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.