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133 “How can hospitality heal?”

with Shauna Niequist

“Hospitality is giving people a place to be when they would otherwise be alone.”  

Today Mickenzie and Lindsey sit down with the queen of hospitality, New York Times best-selling author, and Onsite alum, Shauna Neiquist for a practical and inspiring conversation about the healing power of hospitality. Together, they’ll explore how to overcome the barriers of gathering, simplifying, and rethinking what it means to host and how the act of being seen, heard, and valued can change us.  

Meet this episode’s expert

Shauna Niequist is the New York Times best-selling author of seven books, including I Guess I Haven’t Learned that Yet and Present Over Perfect. Shauna and her husband Aaron and their sons Henry and William live in New York City. Shauna is an avid reader and traveler, and a passionate gatherer of people, especially around the table. 

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In this episode:  

3:21 – How Shauna defines hospitality  

8:43 – Overcoming the barriers of hospitality  

10:33 – How to be a good guest  

12:33 – Sharing the load of hosting  

14:21 – Why Shauna doesn’t use the word ‘entertaining’  

22:17 – Understanding and rewriting our narratives around hospitality  

26:47 – What to do when food feels complicated  

29:22 – Curating an environment for meaningful conversation  

31:59 – How to host someone new  

35:19 – Extending hospitality to yourself  

41:20 – What is healing hospitality?  

42:27 – Rapid fire questions about books and food with Shauna  

51:04 – Finding a balance of spontaneous and planned gatherings  

Shauna’s recommendations:

Best Book She’s Read this Year:

Demon Copperhead Barbara Kingsolver

Favorite Curry Paste:

Mae Ploy


Let’s Eat Dan Polosi

Shabbat Adeena Sussman

Onsite Experiences mentioned in this episode:

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