Cincinnati, Ohio: Gratitude in Motion Course

Will Tuttle : June 26, 2008

As more and more people are now facilitating courses and study groups on The World Peace Diet in towns and cities across North America, it is good to see that there is now also a course on The World Peace Diet being offered through a local university. Anna Ferguson is offering a course on The World Peace Diet through the Communiversity in Cincinnati, Ohio:

Focus first on food–each class will begin with a meal provided by your class facilitator. You’ll try out delicious vegan dishes; recipes will be shared and discussed, along with food replacement ideas. Inspired by “The World Peace Diet” by Will Tuttle, this class is designed to create open discussion and communication. His is the first book to make explicit the invisible connections between our culture, our food, and the source of our broad range of problems–and the way to a positive transformation in our individual and collective lives. It pulls back the curtain to reveal our culture’s hidden shadow and how it lives in us and in all our institutions, and how we can actually transform ourselves and our world. In each class we will discuss a chapter of the book, preview films/documentaries, and explore how to make changes in our eating habits.

Location: Gratitude in Motion Studio (Clifton)

The World Peace Diet Study Group, Recipe Exchange & Potluck
Mondays: 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Dates:  June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4 & August 18

Facilitated by:  Anna Ferguson
Required Book: The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle
(ISBN: 978-1590560839 available at UC and DuBois bookstores plus online booksellers); #8127-01

Books & CD’s are available for purchase at Gratitude in Motion.

Fee per class: $9 or bring a vegan dish; $99 all classes; includes all food expenses.


Will Tuttle : June 24, 2008

The World Peace Diet
has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century:
the foundation of a new society based on the truth of the
interconnectedness of all life. It is the first book to make explicit
the invisible connections between our culture, our food, and the source
of our broad range of problems—and the way to a positive transformation
in our individual and collective lives.

The World Peace Diet is an award-winning
book. If you want to understand the big picture of our culture and why
we have the unyielding dilemmas we face, and how we can solve them,
this book is for you.

For Purchase or Free Download.

The World Peace Diet is $20.00. When you order from this website, your book will be signed by the author, and will include a copy of Living in Harmony With All Life, a 75-minute CD discourse by Dr. Tuttle on some of the main ideas in The World Peace Diet, with musical interludes. It will also include a free copy of Madeleine’s ‚ÄúIntuitive Cooking.‚Äù Click here to order a printed copy of The World Peace Diet and have it shipped to your door, with the CD and ‚ÄúIntuitive Cooking.‚Äù

DownloadsDownload a printable PDF file of  the entire The World Peace Diet.  There is no charge for this. We are thankful to be able to spread the message this way. Click here to download a .pdf file of the book. 

Click here
to download a free mp3 sound file of Living in Harmony With All Life, the 75-minute discourse by Dr. Tuttle on The World Peace Diet.

Donations accepted. Thanks for contributing to this work!


Will Tuttle : June 24, 2008

Dr. Will Tuttle is an award-winning speaker, educator, author, and musician. His music, writings, and  presentations focus on creativity, intuition, and compassion.

On this website, you can find out more about Dr. Tuttle’s book, The World Peace Diet, about his original piano music,
about his seminars and retreats on developing intuition, compassion, and meditative equanimity, and about the individualized music and art portraits he does with his spouse Madeleine.

The World Peace Diet
has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century:
the foundation of a new society based on the truth of the
interconnectedness of all life. Dr. Tuttle is currently giving a series
of lecture presentations around North America on The World Peace Diet.

See the Tour Schedule for details.

Dr. Tuttle presents about
150 events yearly  at conferences, retreats, and progressive churches
and centers throughout North America. A former Zen monk with a Ph.D. in
education from U.C., Berkeley, he has worked extensively in intuition
development, spiritual healing, meditation, music, creativity, vegan
living, and cultural evolution.

In churches, he typically presents
the morning special music, meditation, and message and later gives an
educational seminar on developing intuition, as well as a concert of
original music, "Piano Passion." These are intended to generate energy
for personal and planetary awakening.

Will’s original piano music is widely acclaimed for its uniquely inspiring and healing qualities. 

Ascension CD    Islands of Light CD  AnimalSongs CD

Seminars & Portraits:

Click here for more information on Will’s seminars & retreats, and for flyers.

Individualized Music & Art
Portraits offered by Dr. Will and Madeleine Tuttle.

Visionary artist Madeleine Tuttle from Switzerland creates original paintings, Art Cards, Tatting (‘Frivolit√©’), and collaborates with Will in creating Personalized Music and Art Portraits.

Madeleine’s watercolors have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Her art has
developed out of her extensive world travels, her deep interest in meditation and the beauty of nature, her love of animals, and her training as a Waldorf educator.

Buy limited-edition prints, Art Cards, and Frivolit√© (tatting), plus arrange Music and Art Portraits from this web site.             

(Photographs of Will & Madeleine by Dilip Barman)

If you are interested in having Dr. Tuttle deliver a presentation for your center or event, or to find out more about Madeleine’s art, please contact them:

Dr. Will & Madeleine Tuttle
  1083 Vine Street
  Healdsburg, CA 95448
  800-697-6614 or 707-207-5020 (message)


A new Oprah-tunity!

Will Tuttle : May 21, 2008

Dear friends,

More signs of progress – Oprah is now on a 21-day vegan "cleanse". This is potentially great news because multitudes will be participating with her, and hopefully learning about the plight of animals in our food production system, and of the enormous benefits of a plant-based diet for our health and the health of the Earth and for future generations. And that it’s dee-licious, too!

Over the past 2 years since my book, The World Peace Diet, was published, so many people have told me that I "need to be on Oprah." After her hugely successful class with Eckhart Tolle, I’ve been hearing this from people even more. It seems that we humans are ripening spiritually, and I believe that there is nothing more important at this stage of our spiritual evolution than developing compassion for all living beings, and transforming our eating habits to reflect more compassion and awareness.

The World Peace Diet, of all the books out there, presents the spiritual, cultural, and psycho-social dimensions of our meals and would provide a solid foundation for Oprah’s (and the world’s) transition to a plant-based way of eating. We have to understand the "big picture" in order to make major changes in our lives, and when we do, it’s easy to make the changes. So many people have told me that they’ve gone vegan after reading The World Peace Diet, and I think this is why.

So, people have asked me to encourage all of us to go to Oprah’s website and suggest that she read The World Peace Diet. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to do this! Use your own words and speak from your heart. The window of opportunity over the next 3 weeks days is beckoning! If Oprah reads The World Peace Diet and "gets it," we will have hundreds of thousands more people "getting it" also, which could lead to amazing and rapid improvements in the lives of all of us — people, animals, and future generations. And if there are other vegan speakers, writers, chefs that you feel would illuminate, please let Oprah know of them as well!

Please do it now, if possible. The link is:

The link to the discussion message board:

The link to her show with Kathy Freston on the Pillars of Wellness:

Upcoming retreat: "Creating A New Culture Of Peace:"

We are delighted to report that on our upcoming World Peace Diet weekend retreat, July 18-20 in southeastern Michigan, we will be joined by Mark Stroud of Cincinnati! Mark will help facilitate the retreat, and he is a dedicated advocate for compassion. Mark has already taught 2 classes on The World Peace Diet through the New Thought Unity Church in Cincinnati, and he has created an excellent Study Guide for facilitators of The World Peace Diet. So, if you are feeling an inner pull to help our world by facilitating a class or study group on The World Peace Diet in your area, I hope you will be able to join us on this retreat. While it is especially designed for people who would like to become certified facilitators of The World Peace Diet, it is open to anyone who would like to deepen their connection with and experience of the transformative ideas in the book. Mark is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, and educator.

Celebrity chefs! We are thrilled to have on the retreat the services of Deer and Justice Fields, who will be preparing the organic vegan meals that we’ll be savoring. Deer and Justice are legendary, world-traveling vegan chefs who have prepared scrumptious feasts in their own restaurants in Maui and San Diego, as well as cooked for countless conferences, expos, Rainbow gatherings, and events throughout North America and New Zealand.

For more information on this July retreat, and to register for it:

We are now in Virginia Beach, heading north and then west for the summer – you can see details of our tour on our website at: We do over 150 events per year, and have been traveling full-time in our "rolling home" now for over 12 years. It just keeps getting better! We have added some more events to our schedule, including a second lecture in New York City in June.

Finally, we have been sending out our free daily "Veg Inspiration For The Day" since May 1st, so if you’d like to begin receiving that every morning, you can sign up on The World Peace Diet website:

Deepest thanks to all of you who are blessing our world with your efforts to build a new society of kindness, peace, and harmony. We hope our paths will cross with you and people you know, so please check our tour schedule from time to time, as well as our Worldwide Prayer Circle for Animals:

Hope to see you all on Oprah! And at the July retreat! And in your area when we come through…

That’s it for now. Thanks for being the blessing you are!

Will & Madeleine

Open Letter to the Union Of Concerned Scientists

Will Tuttle : May 14, 2008

Union of Concerned Scientists,

read the first chapter of your CAFO report,
I commend the time, effort, research and intelligence required to produce

arguments against CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) and your advocacy for medium-to-small animal
feeding operations, as well as for a change in public policy to permit
such a shift, are worthy of attention. May your suggestions be
heeded by politicians and policy-makers — in the interim, anyway.

long-term, what I believe we need is for every individual to look at
his or her reasons for eating animal products in the first place. If this
self-examination were done with integrity, many of us would reach a
conclusion even more intelligent, not to mention compassionate,
than the findings of your white paper.

we would realize that our obsession with — yea, our addiction to —
meat/milk/eggs is no more than an entrenched cultural tradition that is
both unkind to animals and unkind to humans on many levels. For one thing,
eating meat is terribly inefficient, thus wasteful, thus cruel to the
world’s poor, since it takes five times more land to grow crops for livestock
feed than it does to grow grain for people to eat. Too, there is no nutritional
justification for meat/milk/egg consumption, since all needed nutrients are
available in an abundant variety of non-animal-based products. In
short, the selfish, speciesist mentality that breeds, raises,
slaughters, buys and consumes the flesh of sentient, sapient beings simply
to please the palate
to the inevitable degradation of our physical health, not to mention to
gross misuse of our precious land and its natural resources.

another way, your study is valuable as far as it goes. It opens eyes to
the unfair, unethical, uneconomic, unwise, unhealthy system that rewards
CAFOs and discourages better alternatives. But to assume that we should remain
stuck in the rut of what is, bottom line, a barbaric practice — eating
the flesh and secretions of other animal species — is to leave us mired in
obsolete thinking and behavior. We will never find that ever-elusive peace and
harmony, either individually or collectively, as long
as we treat animals as our property and as production units. They are
God’s beautiful creations, and they deserve to be respected as autonomous
beings, with the right to life (or even the right not to be bred for
food) instead of as mere means to human ends.

read The World Peace Diet
 by Dr. Will Tuttle if you want to further
understand what I’m trying to articulate here.




April is Earth Awareness Month

Will Tuttle : April 16, 2008

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–are we finally awakening to the profound interconnectedness of all living beings here on this beautiful planet? In spite of cultural programming and corporate agendas that promote consumerism and disconnectedness, there is progress! The grassroots benevolent revolution that we are all a part of is unfolding every day. Thanks for your efforts!

Madeleine and I would like to alert you to a few new developments that you may be interested in.

1. —  You are invited to attend a weekend retreat on The World Peace Diet that I will be facilitating in southeastern Michigan on the weekend of July 18-20, 2008, at a beautiful nature sanctuary. The enrollment is limited to about 40 people so if you are interested, please go to our website to find out more and register for this event. We hope you can join us! The direct link is here at

2. — The Study Course for The World Peace Diet is complete and is available through our website. The direct link is here on This Study Course was created by Mark Stroud, facilitator of WPD classes, who is also available to help you if you have questions about how to go about setting up a World Peace Diet group in your community or area. It is an excellent tool for anyone interested in effectively raising awareness and making a practical and positive change in our world.

3.– Now you can download all my CDs directly to your computer and iPod from our website. Please see our website HERE for more information on that.

We have spent several terrific months in Florida this past winter, and are now in Georgia, heading north on our ongoing music, art, and education ministry through progressive churches. We were able to present lectures on The World Peace Diet in Sarasota, Key West, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, St. Augustine, and Gainesville, as well as intuition workshops, concerts, and art exhibits in many other cities. We are heading now to Asheville, Charlotte, Roanoke, Raleigh-Durham, Virginia Beach, Washington DC, New Jersey, New York City, Harrisburg, and Chicago over the next few months. I’ll be presenting lectures and radio interviews on The World Peace Diet in these places; please go to our tour schedule for more details: Some highlights for this summer: Vegetarian Summerfest; also the Young Jain Convention; and  "The Power of Natural Healing" Conference.

Besides the July retreat and the World Peace Diet study guide, we have more things coming soon, including Veg Inspiration For The Day, and the entire World Peace Diet book will be available as an audio book also. Our website will have the details. I am doing a monthly internet radio program called Food For Thought with Meria Heller who a provides revelatory daily radio program that I highly recommend.

Deepest thanks to each and every one of you for your efforts to bless others and build a new society of kindness, peace, and harmony. We hope our paths will cross with you and people you know, so please check our Tour Schedule from time to time.

And during this Earth Day season, let‚Äôs especially remember the animals who suffer so extremely behind the curtain of our culture’s denial. Please go to our Worldwide Prayer Circle For Animals at and put yourself on our improved world map, and find out more about joining us in creating a consciousness of kindness for all living beings.

That’s it for now. Thanks for being the blessing you are!

Will & Madeleine

Dr. Will Tuttle
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress may be seen by the way its animals are treated." Mahatma Gandhi
Visit to find out more about The World Peace Diet. 
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Visit CircleofCompassion to participate in The Prayer Circle for Animals.

Click here to see just one small recent example of the suffering caused by fishing and send a blessing:

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Thinking of Drinking Cow’s Milk? Think Again!

Will Tuttle : March 31, 2008

The production and consumption of dairy products is remarkably destructive to the earth, to our health, and to animals. One main problem is that dairy products—like meat—use and waste large amounts of plant matter. For example, researchers estimate that 2.5 acres of land can meet the food energy needs of 20 people eating potatoes, cabbage, or corn, but of only 2 people eating dairy products or chicken. Thus, 10 times as much plant material must be grown to eat dairy products, and this means much more pollution of streams from fertilizer and pesticide runoff than if people ate vegetables and grains directly. It also means that land is cleared of forests for growing grain to feed to dairy cattle, and for grazing. Forests provide wildlife habitat, build soil, and naturally purify streams. By reducing and eliminating dairy consumption, we could reforest large areas of land, purifying our air and water, and increasing habitat for birds, fish and other animals.

Cheese is especially destructive because it requires from 30 to 60 litres of milk to make just 1 kilo of cheese. The other high-fat products such as butter, cream, and ice cream also require enormous amounts of land, water, and fossil fuels, because so much grain is required for their production. This grain, and the land and resources used to grow it, could go instead to feeding hungry and starving people. Thus, eating milk products contributes to the shortage of food our world is experiencing, and the conflicts that this causes.

Dairy products also contribute significantly to global warming because the millions of cows imprisoned for milk production convert grass and grain into methane gas, which retains atmospheric heat even more efficiently than carbon dioxide. Milk products also require especially large amounts of petroleum as well, to run farm machinery needed for growing grains and grass to feed the cows, for housing and heating the animals, processing the milk, and keeping it refrigerated. These factors contribute to global warming and resource depletion.

Besides the obvious and unavoidable waste of land, petroleum, and grain, and the ecological devastation this causes, dairy operations produce products never intended by nature to be consumed by humans. Cows’ milk is intended for infant herd animals that weigh 150 kilograms in just 14 weeks! It is highly toxic to humans for many reasons, especially the fact that we have no rennin hormone like calves do to break down the casein protein in milk. Milk products have thus been linked with allergies, eczema, asthma, ear infections, sinus infections, diarrhoea, anaemia, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disease, multiple sclerosis, bronchitis, arthritis, leukaemia, and dental decay, as well as diabetes, arteriosclerosis, obesity, and other diseases of excess fat and protein.

Huge quantities of toxic pharmaceuticals are swallowed and injected to fight these diseases, and these toxins, once excreted, end up polluting the water. This is a serious source of water pollution surrounding urban centres.

Finally, there is the suffering of the cows, who are pushed to give more milk than they would naturally, and are forcibly inseminated (raped) against their will, with their beloved new-born babies being stolen from them so that we can steal their milk. All this misery pollutes the milk and our mental atmosphere, and gentle cows, who normally live 25 years, are worn out and sent to slaughter after only 4 to 5 years, to be replaced by their unfortunate daughters.

Food Costs and Comparisons Across Cultures

Will Tuttle : March 13, 2008

I think this is a most informative comparison of the foods of different cultures, and the comparative prices. Draw your own conclusions. This may be the best world tour had, just sitting at your computer!

Germany: The Melander Family of Bargteheide
Food Expenditure for One week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

United States: The Revis Family of North Carolina
Food Expenditure for One Week: $341.98

Italy: The Manzo Family of Sicily
Food Expenditure for One Week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

Mexico: The Casales Family of Cuernavaca
Food Expenditure for One Week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

Poland: The Sobczynscy Family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food Expenditure for One Week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

Egypt: The Ahmed Family of Cairo
Food Expenditure for One Week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

Ecuador: The Ayme Family of Tingo
Food Expenditure for One Week: $31.55

Bhutan: The Namgy Family of Shingkhey Village
Food Expenditure for One Week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

Chad: The Aboubakar Family of Breidjing Camp
Food Expenditure for One Week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

Photographer Peter Menzel

U.S. Prison Population Explodes

Will Tuttle : March 10, 2008

So interesting how U.S. has only 5% of world population and yet creates 25% of the world’s pollution, uses 25% of the world’s energy, eats 25% of the world’s meat, and now this – has 25% of the world prison population!

By Larry Hales
Published Mar 9, 2008 8:18 PM

On Feb. 28 the Pew Center on the States released a report detailing that 1 in 99.1 adults in the U.S. is locked up. That comes to 2,319,258 prisoners for a population of 230,000,000.

The growth of the prison population has skyrocketed, nearly tripling from 1987 to 2007. The total U.S. prison population is higher than the 26 European nations with the highest prison populations, yet these nations combined have two-and-a-half times the total population of the U.S.

All told there are 750 prisoners per 100,000 people in the U.S.—the highest incarceration rate in the world. This prison population accounts for 25 percent of the world’s prison population.

Although crime has dropped 25 percent from 1987 to 2007 (New York Times, Feb. 28), incarceration continues to climb. The lowest level of violent crime was reached in 2005, according to the Bureau of Justice.

The climb in incarceration rates is mostly due to the explosion in arrests attributed to drug offenses. In those same 20 years, arrests for drug offenses have increased by 50 percent. In addition, according to the Bureau of Justice, more than 17 percent of people locked up in local jails and state and federal prisons committed a crime to obtain drugs.

To filter the total number of prisoners through race, ethnicity and class, and to look at the incarceration rates based on the same factors, illuminates the effects of national oppression and the criminalization of poor and dispossessed workers.

Official data on the poverty of individuals who commit crimes are difficult to come by, yet it is easy to infer since the Bureau of Justice reports that depressed urban areas account for the highest percentage of crimes and arrests.

One in nine Black males between the ages of 20 and 34 is behind bars, compared to one in 30 for the general population; one in 100 Black women in their 30s is incarcerated, versus 1 in 265 for all women.

The rate of imprisonment for all men above age 18 is one in 54; for Latinos it is one in 36; and for Blacks it is one in 15.

Since the late 1970s urban centers have been faced with deindustrialization, white flight, underfunded schools, the dismantling of welfare and a general decline in social services. While the needs of people have not been met, the police forces have been bolstered.

Inner city areas are faced with a neoliberal form of ethnic cleansing that has generally become known as gentrification. From San Diego to Los Angeles and San Francisco, to Harlem and New Orleans, inner city areas are being gobbled up by developers. Katrina was the excuse in New Orleans, “blight” in Detroit and other cities.

To pull it off, city administrators beef up police forces in poor, oppressed neighborhoods and institute “zero tolerance” or “broken window” ordinances, such as that in New York under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The theory of “broken windows” was authored by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling. Wilson, a right-wing policy advisor under Reagan and the first Bush, also believes in dismantling Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and further privatizing public schools.

The “broken windows” theory is classic: blame the victim for the ravages of the capitalist system. It postulates that ignoring a broken window invites more windows to be broken; in other words, cracking down on petty offenses “decreases crime” and “cleans up the neighborhood.”

In general, most cops placed in oppressed communities are not people from the community, and many times are white.

The inhabitants of the community do not dictate the conditions of the community; the conditions are forced on the inhabitants. Poverty, joblessness, homelessness, the lack of health care, underfunded public education, the lack of after-school activities, poor housing choices, slum lords and the history of racist oppression in the U.S. are to blame.

It is capitalism and the culture that comes with it that are the culprits when it comes to “broken windows;” in fact the imperialist U.S. ruling class is constantly, actively engaged in breaking windows all over the world.

Prisoners super exploited
As prisons are warehouses for the poor and disposed, they are also depositories of a reserve of superexploitable labor.
Not only does the prison industry provide money and jobs to impoverished areas, but it also provide opportunities for industries to take advantage of the prisoners by putting them to work at superlow wages. In turn, the money prisoners earn is shuffled back into the prison system as prisoners purchase necessities and pay exorbitant fees for telephone usage.
Private prison companies house more than 100,000 U.S. prisoners. According to a Centre for Research on Globalization report in 2001, prisoners make on the average $.22 per hour and can work up to 40 hours per week.

The growth of prison labor continues, along with growth in the prison industrial complex as a whole, which is more and more privatized. This crime is perpetrated against workers and oppressed nationalities at alarming rates, and in an era of capitalist decline it will only grow worse.


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Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Will Tuttle : January 21, 2008

San Francisco- As I travel about this country lecturing, I feel that the message of The World Peace Diet and its urgency are growing in the consciousness of the people. More and more, people are realizing food’s essential role in our dilemmas, and the importance of practicing compassion for animals. 

We are finally waking up to the power of our food choices, and the interconnectedness of all life on this planet. Everywhere people are concerned about what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the triple threat of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism 40 years ago. We are starting to realize how they are actually rooted in our routine cruelty to animals for food.

Each one of us does make a difference every day by our food choices, and by spreading this message to others.

Educate, learn, grow, love, share, remember!

Will Tuttle

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