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Sandra Higgins

Go Vegan World

Go Vegan Ireland

Matilda's Promise Vegan Education Centre

Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary


Sandra Higgins, BSc (Hons) Psych, MSc Couns Psych, MBPsS, founded Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary in 2008. It was the first vegan sanctuary in Ireland. Eden is now home to more than 100 residents, all of whom have been rescued from human use.
In 2012 she founded Matilda's Promise, an Animal Rights and Vegan Education Centre dedicated to the memory of one of Eden's first residents. The centre provides individual, group and online lectures and workshops aimed at simplifying and clarifying veganism and helping people learn the practicalities of living as vegans.
In 2015 she founded Go Vegan Ireland, a public educational advertising campaign which quickly developed into the international campaign Go Vegan World.
Sandra's interest in animal rights stems from her previous career as a psychologist specialising in trauma. She studied Pure Psychology at The Open University, and at Trinity College, Dublin where she obtained an MSc in Counselling Psychology with Distinction. She also trained at The Positive Psychology Centre, University of Pennsylvania, The Human Animal Connection Unit at The University of Denver, Colorado, and The Institute for Humane Education, Maine, United States. Sandra is a Certified MB-EAT Instructor (Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Instructor) and Intuitive Eating Instructor and has trained in working with Trauma & Dissociation with the UK ESTD (European Society for Trauma & Dissociation). She is also a Schema Therapy practitioner. She works in private practice at The Compassion Foundation of Ireland where she incorporates the non-violent philosophy of veganism in her clinical work. She is an active member of In Defense of Animals (IDA) Therapists working with trauma and other mental health issues faced by animal rights activists. She is also the author of The Power of Compassion (2nd ed) in Halpin, M (2014) How to be Happy & Healthy, The Seven Natural Elements of Mental Health, Ashfield Press: Dublin.

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