Host Training with The Dinner Party
Since 2021, The Dinner Party has used a Powered By OneTable platform to build a community of 20-, 30-, and early 40-somethings who have each experienced the loss of a parent, partner, child, sibling, other close family member, or close friend.
“Our mission is to transform some of our hardest conversations and most isolating experiences into sources of community support, candid conversation, and forward movement using the age-old practices of gathering and breaking bread,” explained Mary Horn, Director of The Dinner Party. “We believe a peer-led community is the way to do just that.”
In this community, “hosts are stewards who hold meaningful spaces for grievers, each enabling the community to grow by forming new Tables,” said Horn. Yet building community and holding space isn’t necessarily a simple thing. Enter The Dinner Party’s host training program.
“Our training equips hosts to understand what hosting is and isn’t, teaches our community values, and provides the tools hosts need to build and sustain their Tables over time. Connection can happen in one night, but real community takes time,” noted Horn. “Our Host Training covers what it means to show up as a peer in grief, and how to lead real conversations about #lifeafterloss. We help hosts think through what type of Table they want to build, as well as everything from how to set up their table on the platform and communicate with their Table to how to spur conversation and hold space for what comes up.”