What we're about

After going on many spiritual related groups in Meetup, I found that they all lacked a social side and that's why I'm starting a supper club.

A supper club is an informal way to get to know people round a table whilst eating home cooked food in someone’s abode. The quality and cost of the food makes this a great way to try new cuisines and produces a conducive space to express freely anything to do with spirituality. Suggested donation are recommended and prepaid with PayPal to reserve your place. Numbers are strictly limited on a first come, first serve basic so an early RSVP is recommended. This is a not for profit making club so the fee covers all food costs only and is community orientated

What type of people will be interested?

Anyone that wants to explore their own self-development by learning from other people’s experiences and debating subjects around the table. Sometimes it will be a group discussion or maybe someone sitting next to you. There is no real structure but a freedom to explore. Sometimes spontaneity can lead to great discussion which can be suppressed in more formal surroundings

Where will people come from?

The two initial venues will be in the rural countryside in Chilton near M40 J7 and in Jericho, central Oxford. London and Birmingham are easily accessible by the M40 to both of these venues. The rural venue is one hour from central London by car, 40 minutes on the Chiltern Line, https://www.chilternrailways.co.uk/ fr... Marylebone train station into Haddenham and Thame Parkway and by bus on The Oxford Tube http://www.oxfordtube.com/ . Message me if you need picking up from Haddenham or M40 J6 for the Oxford tube. The rural venue is situated in tranquil countryside adjacent to sheep and cows and is considered by many as one of the best views in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The Oxford venue is situated in one of the most creative areas of Oxford. The Oxford venue will be vegetarian and the Chilton venue, meat based.

Who will be hosting?

Russ will be hosting in Chilton and Elizabeth in Oxford. We both have many years as Buddhist practitioners and have experienced many other faiths and religions

What will be the first meal?

I’m half Malaysian and half English. My mums from Malacca in Malaysia and whilst we live in Singapore, we became obsessed with Malaysian Steamboat. I will introduce you to authentic prawn crackers to start called Krupuk with Sambal and Lingham’s sauce and then the steamboat. I’ve made a video about it and it’s a great icebreaker for this new group

I plan to get the first meeting outdoors with the steamboat so we can experiece the feel and the beauty of this area. In the unlikely event that rain is forecast, I will move it indoors

Suggested topics to discuss? What is duality? How to be happy in this material world? What's the difference between mindfulness in the East to that in the West? What the best way to be in the state of presence, cognitive or contemplative? Some great spiritual films I have on my TV with surround sound, The story of the Weeping Camel, Baraka, Mystics and Magicians, The Secret, and many more

What do I do now?

Please sign up for the group and I will post details for the first meeting which will be in 2/3 weeks time

This is the clip about the Indonesian tribal group i mention in my recent email

Upcoming events (5+)

Spiritual Spa Day

The Oxfordshire Golf Hotel and Spa

The Spiritual Spa Day is a day out in one of the best Spas in Oxfordshire on a free trial basis and I’ve always wanted to go inside Rycote Chapel which is only a minute away from my Health and Fitness Club. So…. I thought that I would combine the two and make this a Spiritual Spa Day We start at 10am in the Spa and you have the chose to go to the fitness suite or visit the swimming pool or both. I usually go to the swimming pool and do my 42 lengths. There is an outdoor sun lounge area, indoor lounge area, steam, sauna and jacuzzi. Massage is available at an extra cost. We can eat in the restaurant or if it’s sunny, outside on the patio overlooking the beautiful landscape of the rolling Chilterns. You will get a 20% discount on food and drinks as I have a member’s discount. More information on the Oxfordshire including parking and how to get there: https://www.theoxfordshire.com/ https://youtu.be/N-SF46LQaO4 To enrol on the free trial, go to the following link and book your FREE space. You can just confirm by filling in the following link. Alternatively, you can just pay £10 as my guest https://www.theoxfordshire.com/spa-gym-leisure-oxford/trial Rycote Chapel is an historic fifteenth-century Chapel with exquisitely carved and painted woodwork and many intriguing features, including two early seventeenth-century roofed pews and a musicians’ gallery. The yew tree to the south of the Chapel was planted, according to tradition, at the coronation of King Stephen in 1135 as a seedling brought from the garden of Gethsemane. It is one of the specimens measured by enthusiasts in the eighteenth century and its present circumference of twenty-six feet differs very little from the measurements taken then. Here is a link for more information on the Chapel: http://rycote.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/visiting Admission prices Adults £5.00 Concessions (including members of English Heritage, National Trust and HHA) £2.50 Schedule 10am Meet in the Spike Bar on the ground floor 10.15am Arrive and Spa or Fitness Suite or both 1pm Lunch 4pm Rycote Chapel 5pm Finish Please RSVP if you are going to attend and update it if you decide to cancel so that we know when to start and move from the Spike Bar to the Spa

The Macrobiotic Supper Club with Karen Kebbell

La Maisonette, 2 Chapel Lane

£20.00

With the advent of Keto, Palio and Veganism, there is a resurgence in the updated Macrobiotic Diet with new ingredients that are now readily available. Karen will show us the new way of making the diet interesting, affordable and convenient and she will provide us with an amazing array of dishes to try including a medicinal drink. Karen will also give advice on sourcing the ingredients. The meal will include vegan wine as part of the cost The macrobiotic diet was first developed by a Japanese philosopher called George Ohsawa. He believed in a holistic approach to health incorporating many lifestyle aspects, from diet and exercise to meditation and even the ‘yin and yang’ biotic energy of particular foods. Macrobiotics focuses on choosing organic, locally grown and seasonal produce. Generally, the macrobiotic diet is divided roughly as follows: Around 40-60 % of your food = whole grains such as brown rice, barley, oats, buckwheat Around 20-30% of your food = fruits and vegetables Around 10% – 25% = bean and bean products such as tofu, miso and tempeh as well as sea vegetables such as seaweed Some people also include small amounts of pickles and fermented vegetables, nuts, seeds, and occasionally some meat or fish. This will be an informal lunch in my garden with Karen who is a macrobiotic health coach and she will explain the dishes on offer, the way to prepare them together with some advice on this lifestyle. Karen is trained by Marlene and Bill of MacroVegan http://www.macrovegan.org/

Authentic food from Peru

Location visible to members

£15.00

Have a look at last years event and Lucy explaining what she has cooked for us Everyone that came last year loved the authentic food especially the chicken dish. There are no real outlets in the UK that provide authentic Puruvian food. Guinea pig is NOT on the menu but we may add it for next year as we have sourced a supplier. https://youtu.be/YD1OmN_p6nY Peruvian cuisine reflects local practices and ingredients—including influences from the indigenous population including the Inca and cuisines brought in with immigrants from Europe (Spanish cuisine, Italian cuisine, German cuisine), Asia (Chinese cuisine and Japanese cuisine) and West Africa. Without the familiar ingredients from their home countries, immigrants modified their traditional cuisines by using ingredients available in Peru. The four traditional staples of Peruvian cuisine are corn, potatoes and other tubers, Amaranthaceaes (quinoa, kañiwa and kiwicha) and legumes (beans and lupins). Staples brought by the Spanish include rice, wheat and meats (beef, pork and chicken). Many traditional foods—such as quinoa, kiwicha, chili peppers, and several roots and tubers have increased in popularity in recent decades, reflecting a revival of interest in native Peruvian foods and culinary techniques. I was born in Lima, Peru. Came to live in England in 2002 and lived in Oxfordshire since. I am an Information Engineer and worked for 13 years for a Local Authority in the Business Intelligence area of expertise. I have an 11 years old son, he is the apple of my eyes. I am an arts, animal, food, life lover and my motto is "Dream, love, live!" Papa a la Huancaina - boiled potatoes with cheese and chili sauce Arroz con Pollo - Chicken and rice cooked in coriander sauce Suspiro a la Limeña - Caramel sauce topped with merengue and cinnamon See below for pictures of each dish. The numbers are strictly limited to a first come first serve for booking on the system to a maximum of 10 people. There has been a lot on interest already in this special cuisine made with love and affection from Peru! This is sit down meal at Lucy's house and if you get lost, please call her direct on[masked] or me on[masked] Lucy will talk about life in Peru, its spirituality and customs and her own experience to Machu Picchu from a teenager to adulthood.

Malaysian Steamboat

La Maisonette, 2 Chapel Lane

£20.00

The Spiritual Supper Club is an authentic Malaysian meal strictly limited on a first come - first serve basis comprising of three courses and booking is secured by payment only through PayPal The rural venue is one hour from central London by car, 40 minutes on the Chiltern Line, https://www.chilternrailways.co.uk/ fr... Marylebone train station into Haddenham and Thame Parkway and by bus on The Oxford Tube http://www.oxfordtube.com/ . Message me if you need picking up from Haddenham or M40 J6 for the Oxford tube. The rural venue is situated in tranquil countryside adjacent to sheep and cows and is considered by many as one of the best views in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The booking is limited to 11 people The first course in Krupuk which is the best prawn crackers you can get and comes from Indonesia. They are very hard to get in the UK and can't be bought in any Chinese supermarkets. They can be eat with Lingham's sweet chilli sauce or Sambal which is a hot spicy prawn paste. https://youtu.be/7HjJDd9pQYE The second course is Har Gao which is a shrimp dumpling steamed and dipped in chilli sauce. My family comes from Malacca from Malaysia and were Chinese immigrants called Malaysians and not the native Malays, who brought their own cuisine with them including this delicacy. I will also have a tofu version The final and main course is the steamboat which will have fried tofu, mushroom & black fungus ( I call them cat eyes but I can assure you they only look like them ), Pak choi, crab balls, tiger prawns, scallops and crab claws, rice vermicelli, bean curd, the special stock and copious amounts of laughter. At the end of the steamboat, you can drink the stock that's left over from the small Chinese bowls so nothing is wasted. WARNING: PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE FOOD COMES OUT PIPING HOT AND YOU WILL NEED TO LEAVE IT IN THE BOWL FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO COOL DOWN https://youtu.be/5HOl4-JP9n0 Please remember that there is no additional parking available in Chapel Lane and you must park your car in the main road of the village. Please walk down Chapel Lane about a 2 minute walk to the cattle grid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2Gwy_cc8G0 This is a not for profit club and a suggested donation of £15 is payable via PayPal to secure you place. In the event of a cancellation, please note that a refund will only be given should someone waiting takes your place. Please be sure before you commit to a place and then book your reservation The whole event will take place in my garden adjacent to the sheep should they be out in the adjacent field. When the sun shines, there is a spectacular views of Whitchurch which is 20 miles away and of rolling countryside. I will have the fire pit going but in the advent of rain, I will bring the food indoors Fortune Cookies will provided at the end If you are gluten intolerant, I suggest you stick to the seafood and leave the krupuk, dumplings and crab balls. Please ask me when you get here to make sure what you can eat. For vegetarians, leave out all the seafood, the non meat part of the steamboat will still have been cooked in the seafood stock. Tofu dumplings will be provided. Please inform me at least a week beforehand if you are a vegetarian and I will buy the food to meet your requirements We will get out the book, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and ask each one to open a page and read out the verse from it. That's applicable to that person at that time and place. We will go indoors and talk about: What the difference between mindfulness in the west than that of the east or what ever comes up in chatting at the table

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