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Salon Series: The Human Experience

The Human Experience is a monthly salon series where we gather together in conversation around interesting topics that arouse curiosity, compassion, and courage -- hosted by Stacey Madden and Jenn Fitzgerald.

What is a salon?

A salon is a gathering of people with an inspiring host (or two), intended to both entertain and to increase knowledge through conversation and readings.  Although they originated in China during the 16th century, salons are most commonly known as the literary and philosophical gatherings that took place in France during the 17th and 18th centuries. During this time women were the center of the salon, mediating discussions and choosing subjects of social, literary, or political concern; in fact these salons often served as an informal university.


Salons still take place throughout the world today.



Why a salon series?

There's a LOT of noise out in the world these days, division is rampant, social media algorithms leave little room for nuance, and the pandemic meant that many of us have lost out on opportunities to physically gather in meaningful ways.

The Human Experience salon series is about moving us forward and bridging the gap between the individual and the collective. It is a space to practice holding the complexity of being human, while cultivating discernment and learning to be in conversation - not debate - with one another again (or for the first time lol). 

FYI these are introvert friendly and non-therapeutic events. 

White Sands

Salon: Sunday, December 18th 3-4:30 pm

Topic: The Pleasure Principle

What comes to mind when you hear the word pleasure? Sex, indulgence, expense...Freud?  What if at the core pleasure is about (re)connecting with our senses ? How could it help heal our emotional wounds, deepen our spiritual lives, and serve as fuel for collective transformation? 


We'll be talking about pleasure mindfulness, why pleasure is your birthright, the key role that curiosity plays, the patriarchy, turn-ons (more than  sex), and so much more.

Whether this topic is completely new to you, or you are well versed,  you'll walk away with at least one or two gems and have a few laughs (sense of humour dependent). 


Tickets $20 with 50% of the proceeds going to Skipping Stone. Can't afford the ticket price or need to pay in-person? Save your spot here.


Salon Schedule & Details


  • Doors open at 2:45pm / start time 3:05pm ish

  • We start with a somatic land acknowledgement, moderator sets the parameters of the event and agreements to how we can create a safer space for everyone

  • Introductions - share your name and tell us one thing that brings you joy

  • Event begins with a 20-30 minute discussion between the host and moderator (and guest when there is one) and then the discussion is opened up to the group -- participate in a way that works for you (presence is participation!)

  • If any questions, concerns, or issues arise please connect with Stacey or Jenn in person or via email

  • Please note that audio for the event is recorded


  • Bring your favourite beverage -- or grab water and tea here

  • Bring a notebook and pen to take notes, capture your thoughts, or doodle

  • Bring something that makes you feel cozy (e.g. fuzzy socks, lap blanket, shawl)

Questions/concerns? Email us before the event, or chat with us in person.

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