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Virtual Dinner (Zoom link to be sent in confirmation email)

Toronto, ON

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Dinner Confidential is a community that hosts themed monthly dinner conversations [with women/all folks who identify as female in a significant way] around the world. When we really feel we belong, we gain the courage to make positive change in our lives and our world.

Now more than ever, the need for human connection in our lives is even greater - in any form that may take. For the time being, all dinners will be hosted virtually over Zoom and will be free to join. However, if you feel called and able, a donation to support COVID-19 Pandemic Response Efforts with your RSVP is welcome.

Additionally, Dinner Confidential is offering additional weekly free virtual connections open to all identities all over the world:

  • WEEKLY DINNERS: Casual dinners until we can join together again in person. Led by me, Toronto host Dee de Lara, sometimes with guest co-hosts specializing in different areas of expertise and experience EVERY TUESDAY at 7:30pm EST. As we navigate these new feelings and situations together, my aim is to create a safe container for us to feel, talk and just BE - and eat a meal together to feel more connected. Contact/message me to attend.
  • REAL TALK COMMUNITY CALLS: Led by a rotating roster of Dinner Confidential hosts across different time zones, real conversations in a (virtual) safe and confidential space about how this pandemic is impacting your life. All feelings and views welcomed. Available in English and Español.


Our SPRING Topics:

  • Thursday, April 23rd --> FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS
    Relationships amongst women can be a tricky thing. In female friendships, many of us have experienced competition, envy, shame and even perhaps outright antagonism. Yet with all of its complications and trauma, "good" female friendships are often one of the most vital and important sources of connection, love and support in our lives.

    Let's have an honest discussion: What is at the root of conflict in female friendship, what does female friendship look like in our lives, and how do we cultivate nurturing, lasting bonds with other women?
  • Thursday, May 14th--> PLEASING + BOUNDARIES
    Many of us say "yes" too quickly to too many things and then find ourselves feeling drained, guilty or angry for not setting the right boundaries. Sometimes saying "no" can feel uncomfortable—after all, we want to connect and feel loved. How do we create boundaries without sacrificing connection? How can we be more honest with others— and ourselves— about our wants and limitations?

    Let’s talk about how pleasing has impacted our lives. And what needs to change so we create healthy boundaries that foster a deeper sense of connection within ourselves.
  • Thursday, June 18th--> FEAR
    At the core of so many of our darkest, most painful emotions lives fear. Some of us are afraid of flying, others of being alone, and most of us fear death. We fear what we can't control.When we are scared, the fear can take over our minds and bodies - it can paralyze us, blind us, and can compel us to act in ways that aren't caring or compassionate to ourselves and others.

    Let's have an honest discussion: What is at the core of our fear, how does it show up in our lives, and how do we cultivate a greater level of awareness, and even compassion, with fear in our lives?


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During our intimate dinners (7-10 max), our experienced hosts create a safe container for women to come together and talk with vulnerability and honesty about our most personal topics and emotions (e.g. self-confidence, fear, control).

After each dinner, we identify the key learnings and insights from the night and share them with our community so they, too can benefit from the experience.

You can read our stories via Medium or our website.

We are currently hosting dinners in 30 cities around the world. Please get in touch if you'd like to attend a dinner in one of these cities.


FAQs

Do attendees know each other?

  • Sometimes. But usually they don’t and that’s part of the magic. Coming into a place full of strangers to open up and share some of your most personal experiences is very powerful. No one there knows your history, you are a blank canvas. People won’t judge you or give you advice (unless you specifically ask for it). We are there to listen, share and connect.

Do I need to prepare for the Dinner?

  • A little bit! Your host will send all the details of the night via email, including a few questions for you to reflect upon prior the Dinner. All Dinners start with an intimate set of introductions, where each guest share her stories and is deeply heard.

How much are the dinners and what’s included?

  • For the time being, virtual dinners are free, but donations to COVID-19 Pandemic Response Efforts are welcome if you feel called and are able.
  • In-person dinners are $15 and they include a healthy and yummy meal. We invite our guests to bring one thing to drink (wine, flavored water, etc.). Note that we are NOT making any profit from these evening and the fee only covers the cost.

Do the meals follow certain dietary guidelines?

  • Our hosts will always ensure there are vegetarian options available. If you have specific dietary restrictions, be sure to communicate with your host at least 1.5 weeks in advance.

How do you keep confidentiality?

  • We include a vow of confidentiality in our invitation, and reiterate the importance of confidentiality at the start of each dinner. We create a strong container of trust and integrity, and expect the same of all of our participants.

What makes DC different from a women’s circles?

  • Our secret is our hosts and the stories we tell! Our dinners are led by professional moderators, researchers and facilitators all around the world. Brilliant women with years of experience conducting challenging conversations amongst diverse groups of people. We’re less about the woo-woo, and more about the raw, real and impactful conversations with tangible insights for our guests and community to take action and implement within their daily lives.

What do you mean when you say “women”?

  • Anyone that is female identifying. Inclusivity is one of our core values! We welcome women of all ages, colors, religions and backgrounds. If you are male identifying and would love to attend a dinner, let’s talk.

What’s your cancellation policy?

  • We put a lot of love and effort into these dinners so please do your best to avoid a last minute cancellation. If you need to cancel, try to find a replacement. All cancellations made less than one week in advance can’t be refunded.

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