Slow Gathering: A group of people coming together with the intention to deeply appreciate each other’s company and surroundings, and to connect over a shared moment in time.
In our lives we started to notice habits that stopped us from engaging in deep, meaningful conversations. It was normal for us to check our phones under the table at a dinner party, or to make several plans in a night. It meant we were distracted and disengaged from the people around us. In trying to feel connected to everything all the time, we missed the incredibly beautiful truth that in all of the universe, we share a fleeting moment. At Sincerely Slow we decided to have a slow gathering, and host a small, intimate dinner, centered around the belief that those precious moments are to be honoured and celebrated.
It was late October in Vancouver and because it had been raining for a few days, we were feeling uncertain about the weather. Nevertheless we decided to have the gathering in our garden, with big sweaters laid on each chair. We invited friends we wanted to thank for helping us with the Sincerely Slow project. We spent the day picking flowers for the centerpiece, carefully setting the table while leaves from a nearby tree fell onto the plates, and choosing wine to go with the delicious food being crafted in the kitchen.
In keeping with the philosophy of the Slow Food Movement, Marshall To prepared our lovely meal using locally sourced ingredients that he took the time to gather. The results were a charcuterie platter, creamy mushrooms on toast, roasted potatoes, roast pork shoulder with crackling, apple sauce and a sparkling pear and mint panna cotta. Needless to say, it was an incredible meal.
“Candles melted down to nothing, we shared countless stories, and laughed more than we had in a very long time. That dark Autumn night, we were outside until well past midnight truly appreciating each other’s company. ”
As hosts we hoped everyone would enjoy the evening enough to stay for a couple of hours, have a bite, and accept our thank you’s. But instead, wrapped up in our oversized knit sweaters, we sat at the table for more than six hours. Candles melted down to nothing, we shared countless stories, and laughed more than we had in a very long time. That dark Autumn night, we were outside until well past midnight truly appreciating each other’s company.
A special thank you to our talented friend, Marshall To. Without his help, our lovely gathering would not have been possible.
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