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 experts
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.
Mentioned in this episode
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
Best Book She’s Read this Year:
Demon Copperhead – Barbara Kingsolver
Favorite Curry Paste:
Let’s Eat – Dan Polosi
Shabbat – Adeena Sussman
Onsite Experiences mentioned in this episode:
Onsite’s Living Centered Program
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