I’m quite introverted. I enjoy my own company, I’m a big fan of quiet and often find social gatherings (particularly large groups of people I don’t know well) incredibly intimidating.
This year, however, I’ve come to realise the importance of connection – the kind that happens in the real-world, face to face, in person.
It started when I met up with blog readers in a coffee shop in Calgary and has continued with my weekly video calls for The Bloom. And since I launched the podcast it’s become increasingly obvious to me that we, as humans, benefit massively from connection. We learn from interacting with others. We gain so much from hearing their stories and listening to their experiences.
There is a great deal to be gained from reading about and even listening to someone else’s experiences. I do it all the time. But it’s not the same as sitting in a room and learning from them, asking questions, getting a sense of who they are and what’s important to them.
That’s one of the reasons I’m launching a series of Slow Living Workshops. The events will give people the opportunity to do just that – connect with myself and like-minded folks and learn what it is to create a slower, simpler life.
In late July, I’ll be teaming up with Cybele from BlahBlah Magazine to hold a half-day slow living workshop in Sydney (more details to come soon).
And in late September I’m hoping to hold a workshop somewhere in the United States. Due to travel and time restrictions there is only time for one event on Sunday 27th September, but I would love your help choosing which city to hold it in.
I’ve put together a very brief (three questions only) survey which you can find at the bottom of the post and would be so grateful if you could take one minute to complete it.
As I mentioned above, I’m only able to hold one event due to travel and time restrictions, but if there’s enough interest I would be very keen to return for a longer trip next year. So even if you’re unable to make the September event I would be grateful if you could complete the survey and nominate your closest city, so I can try to include it in an extended visit in 2016.
Also, for those of us not in North America, there is room to nominate your closest major city as well. I’d love to hear from readers in Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia too!
September Event Details:
Date: Sunday 27th September
Time: TBC (Approx 4 hours in length)
Cost: TBC (Looking at around $50, including light refreshments)
Please complete the very brief survey below:
For those of you who already answered on Twitter and Facebook – thank you! I’ve taken your suggestions into account and will add your votes to the totals I receive here.
As for the Sydney event:
Cybele and I are working out the final details this week and will be posting ticket information next week, but we will be holding a half-day slow living workshop in late July. I’m so excited at how it’s coming together and can’t wait to share it with you.
Tickets will be limited and available for purchase online next week.
In the meantime, thank you for completing the survey, feel free to leave comments or suggestions for the workshops below and enjoy your week!