Inspired by the Swedish concept of Syjunta, Louise, and crafter Cara Oliver, host seasonal intimate gatherings to celebrate the ebb and flow of the seasons. Based in and around the Brighton and Hove area, the gatherings offer a chance to relax and embrace a more gentle pace of life.
At each Syjunta gathering, time is taken to teach a simple, rewarding and on-trend craft. Typically working with natural materials, such as soft yarns, fresh seasonal flowers and foliage, guests will leave with something truly bespoke and personal. Food is an important and central element of each Syjunta gathering. Guests will take a break from their creative projects to sit round the table together and share some delicious home-cooked seasonal food. These seasonal gatherings are not-for-profit events with all profits being donated to MIND.
Louise and Cara held their 2019 Summer Syjunta gathering at Cookbookbake - a beautiful independent specialist cookbook shop in Hove. The menu consisted of a selection of nourishing, comforting and seasonal recipes hand-picked from the wealth of inspiring books that fill the shelves at Cookbookbake. The ingredients were sourced locally from the abundance of food producers that they have on their doorstep; the food was served on beautiful plates handmade by a local ceramicist and flowers cut and foraged from Louise’s allotment decorated the tables.
Guests were greeted with cardamom & sage-infused gin & tonic’s and plates of radishes with whipped butter & salt. Once all the guests had been welcomed, Cara began to teach the guests how to craft a macrame feather wall-hanging, while Louise prepared supper for everyone. Halfway through the evening the craft projects were put to one side allowing everyone to feast upon a supper of mint, pistachio & courgette polpette served with Quinoa, Pistachio Pesto & Fresh Herbs, followed by raspberry, almond & cardamom cake served with seasonal berries & creme fraiche. After supper guests finished off their crafts before heading home feeling both nutritionally and creatively nourished.