“We abide in wild flowers, olive trees and streams, our lives flowing from one form to another in never-ceasing metamorphoses”Friday 19th February at 6pmOlden Garden, 22 Whistler Street, Islington, N5 1NH
Thank you so much for your interest in the very first A Feast of Life, a Taste of Death workshop. We’re delighted that you’re considering coming along and hope you’ll find it to be a warm, welcoming and life-affirming evening.
The feast is set to be very special. We’ll be meeting in the summerhouse of a two-acre oasis and retreat in Islington. It’s a beautiful and productive garden and woodlands run by the local community.
To make this a truly magical memorable experience, we require your wholehearted participation. The workshop will take place in the form of a communal feast so we’re asking each and every guest to bring a special dish of their choosing to make up the feast.
What should I bring?It should be (something edible!) that‘s either;
1. Something you were given during a difficult time that helped you through it2. Something you'd eat to make you feel alive, if you knew you were dying.
Please give this some serious thought and reflection as the evening’s success and the (feast like nature of the) feast is dependent on what you bring and the story behind it. It might be useful to write down the story or reason behind your offering before the feast.
What will other people be bringing?Lentil dhal made by DavidI've seen this bring together people from opposite ends of poverty and society. Eating this with friends has brought me a sense of togetherness. It is friendship, sharing, humanity and feeling at home wherever you are.Fresh oranges brought by DavidThey always taste like sunshine to me, even on the darkest days. They are warmth, hope and energy.
Jam sandwiches in a Tupperware by LouiseMy dad was very ill when I was 14. He was days away from dying, yet no one in my family would talk about what was going on. My mum was overwhelmed by the situation. Every day she would pick me up from school and drive to the hospital where she’d give me a Tupperware containing jam sandwiches. I’d eat them in the corner of the hospital waiting room. They tasted like love and reassurance in a time of terrifying uncertainty.
Roasted tomato soup and focaccia by LouiseEver since I’ve been thinking about this workshop, I’ve been craving roasted tomato soup. Tomatoes are one of the most nutritious fruits in the world - tomato is high in vitamin C and packed with phytochemicals that fight certain types of cancers. They’re also full of lycopene and carotene; both are powerful antioxidants that prevent oxidative damage to healthy cells. So roasted tomato soup is both life-affirming and life-giving.
How many people are coming?The evening will welcome 12 guests, plus hosts Louise and David. Please make sure you bring along enough of your dish for everyone to enjoy.
I haven’t reserved a ticket yet. How can I book?You can book a ticket here.
I have a questionPlease email firstname.lastname@example.org. She'll be happy to help.