Seen in the Park® was created in March of 2017. After moving to San Diego without a support group, there was a need of authentic conversation and connection in Linda's life. The traditional topics of profession, marital status, and family roles became mundane. Looking for a deeper connection with the surrounding community, Seen in the Park™ was born. Created from thought provoking questions written on slips of paper, 2 chairs, and a sign in the public spaces of Balboa Park saying " Enjoy Authentic Conversation". Since then, Seen in the Park® has become a sanctuary for exchanging resources, forming new friendships, introspective realizations, and building community.
Since March of 2017, each Sunday Linda & Holly visit a neighborhood park to create a safe space for people to explore their inner dynamics. During this time, individuals walking by are asked to pick a question and engage in authentic and meaningful conversation. Patrons come and go as they please during this time while group size may eb and flow.
( Seen in the Park® also hosts private events. )
Seen in the Park’s mission is to allow for individuals to feel seen and heard while connecting to community.
According to UCLA, "Social Connection is as basic of a need to humans as food, water and shelter. Half of Americans feel lonely, and the world is experiencing the highest levels of feeling ' disconnected' despite the ease of social media."
A study from Cigna surveyed 20,000 people. 54% of those people said they felt people
"didn't know who they really were ."
And in 2015, Holt-Lunstan Study declared, "Loneliness is as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes per day."
We can do something about these numbers! And it starts with connection. It starts with authentic relating. And it starts with feeling SEEN.
BRING SEEN IN THE PARK TO A NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR YOU!
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- Filming equipment