I’m blessed to have happened across a global community of colleagues, friends and loved ones 4 years ago at the Toronto Summer Institute. This year, along with Chris Lee, Sheldon Schwitek, Peter Leidy, Beth Gallagher, Michelle Schwartz
and about 60 people in attendance at this years Toronto Summer Institute gathered in the spirit of hospitality at the 519 Community Centre for a meal that surpasses words and all emotion. The energy of the evening carried us into conversation, connection, insight and love. It is with this spirit of hospitality, that Chuck Shuman offered his words and roved around asking for reflections from others in attendance. We share them below. Big love to all people who helped pull this evening off!
From Chuck: “Reflections on tonight’s dinner. What a terrific event tonight. The entire concept of a large group having a meal together, while not a new concept by any means, was nonetheless a refreshing and energetic experience. The venue was an interesting building with a history in Toronto. We sat at the biggest table I have ever seen. Seating for 70!
The conversation was exciting and everyone had a great time. The story about the magic soup stone told by Jeanette kept us all entertained and enriched the experience of having soup for the community.
Speaking of soup, the gazpacho was fantastic and home cooked. It was the will and effort of many to further bind our shared experience and stay true to the community building philosophy of those in attendance.”
“Some representative feedback follows:
Abundant, good stuff
Off the hook, sweet
In tandem to other experience