In nature, Mycelium forms underground symbiotic networks. Inspired by the forest root system, Mycelium Dinners is a social-art experiment to grow community through trust and love.
Dinners to grow trust and love, to honour the ancient rituals of sharing stories and food, to counter anxiety, depression, and loneliness in your own community, and beyond.
The idea was inspired by the poem “A Beautiful Forest”. Written in Barcelona, November 2018. The poem appeared in a dream during a restless night. To the whispers of the stars, the moon revealed...
A Beautiful Forest
From the elements of earth, water, air and fire, mankind circled and built a collective desire, Man-made systems swirling up and around, Slowly forgetting collective roots underground.
Later came the industrial revolution, A metallic cage of spiritual destitution, Loneliness, depression and pollution, Somewhat posing as human evolution.
A systemic craving for growth, Leaving people with inertia and loath, To change their own misconstruction, Even when it leads to self-destruction.
Now is the time to break free from this cage, United in love, wisdom and sage, Soaking in the intelligence of the Mother, Healing our separation to each one and another.
Mycelium connecting sister and brother, Sharing food and stories to rediscover, Growing roots of trust and love, A beautiful forest is rising above.
Received with gratitude on night of the 1st December 2018 at 3:21am during the Holistic Symposium by Le Ciel Foundation in Barcelona, Spain. Last verse received with gratitude on 1:50pm on 9th Feb 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Updated on 20th July, 2019 at 8:20am in Parau, New Zealand.
Could an experience inspired by indigenous traditions of creating trust by sharing our roots, stories and food give rise to stronger communities?
Of all the world’s collective burning issues, one seems more prevalent than any other. That issue could be identified as the root cause of all of other problems and can be summarised as “the separation from ourselves, community and nature.”
If we agree that this separation is the main hindrance to human progress in harmony with nature, connection would be the antidote. This project aims at (re)connecting us to nature, community and ourselves.
Mycelium Dinners are inspired by the concept of healthy forests ecosystems, especially by the underground symbiotic networks that connect plant roots with nutrients in the soil and life-essential carbon to fungi. As science opens our eyes to the beauty of this symbiosis, also called the natural internet, we are asking: what would happen if we try to repair a fragmented human forest? Watch this short video here.
7:00-7:30pm A Beautiful Forest
The Purpose behind Mycelium Dinners by the host: “A Beautiful Forest” poem.
19:30-22:00 Edible Storytelling
Every guest brings a meaningful dish and a personal story. The host invites the first guest to share his/her personal story. Then, the food offering is honoured by “Silence at first bite”. Followed by a free discussion. Then the second story can begin.
22:00-23:00 Circle of Support
As trust is growing, it's now time to put the trust into practical loving action. The circle asks each guest in turn: What is your intention? How can we help?
Mycelium Dinners by themselves are not going to repair the human forest. What these evenings can do is let you experience a vibration of connection, and of love, if even just for a moment.
The true value is a learning experience of how good deep connections to others make you feel. The sensory feeling of connection, trust and love.
If you have such an intense experience and then go back to a disconnected life, it won’t last. But if you use the Mycelium Dinner to make changes to your own life - and the community you live in - the result will be stronger roots of trust and love to grow a more beautiful human forest.
If you would like to host your own Mycelium Dinner or attend as a guest, please contact me.
Connections though Trust and Love
The space was beautifully held and everyone seemed to settle down extremely quickly and well. The dinner had a wonderful flow to it, with each person explaining the reasons and stories behind their dish and somehow without planning, the dishes flowed in a very complimentary way! The conversation was abundant between all participants and many laughs were shared as well as some deeper sharing moments, which for me were perfect complements. I think this would be a really useful event to host more often, particularly in the greater world in order to bring families and communities together in what would be an educational and bonding experience. London, August 2019
“The Mycelium dinner has been one of the most special and stand out days of the year for me.” April 2019 in KareKare, Auckland, New Zealand.
“Thank you all for a very full evening, I felt nourished in body soul and spirit…”
Would like to come back for one more dinner to embody the hosting experience. My teenage daughter would also like to host a dinner for her friends. There is an enhanced need for heartfelt spaces, also for my daughter and her friends, especially with instagram etc. - everyone glued to their screens.
“…. with trust and love the journey unfolds…”
Social aspects, connection, relaxing, restful, lovely. I love it, awesome experience!
I really enjoyed how this was done. It felt like just enough formality to keep our focus, and relaxing enough to allow for stories, emotions and connections. The strong feeling of connection and focus on each other, feelings, stories and the flavours of the food.
Of all the things about the evening which most connected to the idea that trees talk to each other and support each other, that was a genius idea… small tendrils of helping each other”.
Socializing, making a forest together, the connections
I am sure the spores will flourish and many more gain from this special experience and connection.
Sharing Stories and Food
“Good stories were shared and delicious food was served - interesting to connect experiences with food by mindful concentration”. August 2019 in Viborg, Denmark.
“The eating in silence opened the senses to the food in a new way.”
“Conscious tasting of the food, sharing stories without people responding, just listening, connection and appreciation for each other and each others journey really grew during the course of the evening”.
“The view, healthy choices of food, and time to tell our stories”.
The sharing of stories, the food, meeting new people: A sense of honesty and genuine, authentic hosting. The chance to connect and share deeper conversations
The realness, the depth of the evening
Heartfelt connections, communication was held, listening, grounding with the food connection, the fact that EVERYBODY got to share a story, the beautiful/powerful poem at the beginning of the evening!
Deeper connections to those gathered through conversations and awareness (you are not alone). I imagine that each host has a different method or “flavour” to the process which I would find interesting to experience.
Circle of Support
“Thank you for the fantastic food, the splendid environment and especially the stories. The thing I liked best was the suggestion at the end to ask what we all ‘wanted’ or ‘needed,’ and we all rose to the challenge beautifully.” January 2019 in Parau, Auckland, New Zealand.
“I enjoyed the insights I had during the night, which confirmed the process I'm in already to be more thoughtful in my life and spend time on the things that matter. I will definitely take the message with me, of the need for people (woman) to connect and share more, and the dinner has certainly also inspired me to go and try spend more (and more conscious) time with my direct friends and family to strengthen my own forest around me which hopefully will have a ripple effect as well :)”. January 2019 in Parau, Auckland, New Zealand.
The feeling of support, getting out of my comfort zone by sharing with others. Uplifting beautiful experience that encourages you to delve into your honest self, open up and support/receive support from/to others.
It feels like our wishes really have gone underground, ready to grow. Thank you for holding ALL this. Wow really special how lovely…
Wow, beautiful indeed, well done you lovely lovely lady for creating these special experiences for all that had the privilege of being at a Mycelium Dinner! Very powerful for someone who has only very recently moved here and creating this special movement from scratch. You're aaawesooome :)!
Thank you very much for inviting me to and hosting the Mycelium Dinner. I had a wonderful night. I have kept thinking about it even in my dream. It was interesting cross sections of people’s life, only be united with a common asset being woman to start with, but then I found many common grounds, philosophies and thoughts with the ladies. Interesting. Parau, Auckland, New Zealand, July 2019.
“Enjoyed the women-only group, allowed for intimacy and deeper sharing.”
A group of women coming together with one intention: unity. The unseen power of women. Had we continued for a few more hours, stories would emerge that had never been shared before.Great, lovely evening, more sacred. Important that it stays confidential.
A meaningful connection with other women my own age, feeling of unity, positivity fosters genuine relationships
Strangers sitting together and very quickly into a deep-level conversation, loved only women (more trust), very different if boys/men around
Sisterhood, unity, sensory, memories, stories, honouring the food with silence.
The camaraderie with the other women - sharing our stories and savoring each lovely dish with intention before eating it - the first mouthful. I think that it's a very special way to connect people and provide friendship and support.
Very organic evening, the rhythm of sharing and eating. Healing stories from other women.
Just beautiful. You are feeling into each woman's story. You are working with universal energy through meditation and sending our intentions out. I love how you are pulling the elements into this ritual fire, air, earth. You are honouring our mother and her children. Just beautiful
Thanks for a lovely night. Really enjoyed it. Cool group of chicks!