Once a month, an underground dining room tucked away on the corner of a quiet London street, opens its doors to a group of curious people ready to take part in a storytelling experience like no other.
Candles flicker against the bare brick walls as newly-acquainted guests take their seats around the dinner table. Platters of food are shared family-style, drinks glasses are emptied slowly as meaningful conversation flows, and personal stories are told script-free and from the heart, just as they have been around campfires all over the world for hundreds of years.
This little secret dining room is a place for those who want to make real connections, away from screens, by sharing real stories with real people, over dinner. A place where people who are completely new to sharing their stories can feel as welcome and comfortable as those who have shared theirs time and time again. It's a place of purpose created for one reason and one reason only, to help us connect with each other and our whole selves by telling stories about the parts of our lives we're too often tempted to hide.
By connecting in this way we help each other to embrace our whole selves and break down the stigma around everyday experiences. By connecting in this way we help each other to feel more comfortable talking about the uncomfortable, so we no longer feel as though we have to go through life hiding in plain sight.
Each dinner is themed around an 'elephant in the room' - an issue or experience many of us share but avoid talking about out loud. One by one, during the evening each guest shares a true story linked to the theme that is in some way personal to them and the group shares each other's reflections in the conversation that follows.
We are Eating with Elephants. Come, eat, share, listen and join us on our mission to help the world share more, hide less and break the silence of stigma, one storytelling dinner at a time.