Join Rishi for tea time
Saturday, Feb 15
10am – 12pm
TBD in the City
SF / Bay Area
10am – 12pm
TBD in the City
5 seats left!
What is Tea Time, exactly?
Tea Time is where five-ish strangers sit at a cafe with a Host to have a two hour conversation. It's not about anything in particular.
You're meant to know pretty much nothing about the people that come, aside from the fact that they all signed up for this — just like you. It's self-selecting in that sense.
However, it may bring you comfort to know a little something about your Host. If so, just keep reading
Meet your Host, Rishi.
(It'll be helpful to know what they look like when you're looking for a group of confused strangers at the cafe.)
Hey. Welcome to my page. Can I get you something to drink? Coffee? A glass of wine?
It's important you're comfortable before we start, because there is a lot to go over.
What's your story?
The first ever time I traveled abroad solo changed my life. I'm not kidding, it literally set my life on a completely different trajectory, and it was entirely because of the experience of being a stranger in a foreign land.
See, what I discovered was that when you're own, and especially when you're surrounded by a group of others who are also on their own, the pressure is completely off. You can be whoever you want to be. You can talk about topics that might be otherwise taboo. You take more risks. And if there's anything I've learned about myself, it's that I'm happiest when I take risks, even when they don't pay off.
I came back, quit my job, and set out on a journey to figure out what what would give me the highest satisfaction. A year later I started teaching computer programming, and I haven't felt more filled with purpose.
What's interesting is that doing a Tea Time is kind of a microcosm of this experience. In fact, that's what drew me to Tea With Strangers in the first place. You're surrounded by other "solo travelers", and this gives you the chance to take risks. And trust me, once you start taking risks (especially around connecting with people) and seeing them pay off, it becomes a part of you. There's a special place in my heart for all of the people I've met in these environments, both as a result of traveling or attending tea time together. I'm thrilled to find figure out what risks we'll all be taking together.
What might we talk about?
Traveling; art; music; culture; my favorite foods; your favorite foods; teaching; programming; technology in general; things that keep us up at night; things that energize us in the morning; my greatest fears, your greatest fears (if you want); how to manage anxiety and stress; how to make the most of every moment; the most mundane comforts; the most wild dreams; literally anything else
Usually I can't stop talking, but I'm a bit at a loss for words