The Art of the Feast
When we were kids growing up on my parent’s mini-farm, a perfect summer day was getting our chores behind us and heading out to the woods. We’d often spend the day making stuff (a simple shelter from saplings, a rustic table from saw mill slabs or a fire circle for cooking, laid up with stone and mud).
Coming home ravenous, we’d gladly pitch in to help with supper. From garden to table, it seldom took more than 20 minutes for my mom to prepare whatever vegetables she’d sent us out to pick, shuck or string, and to serve them up with her homemade bread, fresh goat cheese, and slices of tomato still warm from the sun.
Whether it was the spontaneous joy of creating something artful with friends, the quiet of just being in nature, or the love and presence my mom brought to her cooking, what made these times magical was the degree to which we were able to give ourselves fully to the activity at hand. In these moments, nothing is lacking, and the experience is full, complete, and nourishing. Getting a taste of the simple truth – that this deeper connection with the Life that flows through all things is always available, can change your life.
Like crafting that “perfect summer day” as kids, in the Art of the Feast we with three essential ingredients: the freshness and vitality of the food we pick and prepare, the tactile beauty of the setting we create using materials from the land, and the quality of presence we bring to our time together.
The Art of the Feast is an experience that deepens our connection with Nature, ourselves, and each other.
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