cultural exchange, friendship & peace in Palo Alto
This space is for all of you - global-hearted women (and men) who long for a place of welcome, friendship, understanding and peace in our community and our world.
We do this by reviving the village traditions of hanging out over earthy Greek foods, delicious divinations & by curating and providing space for heartfelt gatherings that help us share our gifts and build deep peace with each other. Gatherings involve the arts, music, storytelling, culinary history & more, as long as they build cultural understanding & enliven the heart.
The Kafenia is a reimagining of the traditional Greek kafenio where men shared food, friendship and social and political life together. My grandfather had a kafenio at 16th and Folsom in San Francisco in the 1930s to keep the village alive in a bustling metropolis - but it was only for men. Now, as his granddaughter, Mary Jane, who has done peacebuilding around the world, I am reimagining it as a multicultural village in Silicon Valley- with women front and center. (see World Pulse story.)
Right now we gather once a month as a way to prototype the vision and build the local community. Eventually it will be open all the time as a cafe that also includes gatherings, events and dialogues.