Daydream Explorer Experiences Inspire and Rewire
Daydream is all about evolving the ways in which we live, stay, and work. We’re not your ordinary company, and we’re okay with that. Our Explorer Experience event program isn’t ordinary either; it’s an exclusive way to connect with our residents who long for discovery, social justice, personal growth, and curated activities as much as we do.
We took our program online this year so as to continue to engage and connect with one another. Some of our recent virtual events include:
Immunity Cocktails and Crisis Pickles
In order to transform difficult conversations into learning lessons we need authentic questions, a curious mind, the ability to listen without judging, and really good cocktails. Okay, maybe we don’t need the cocktails, but they definitely help make those discussions easier.
That’s why we combined a mixology class with a conversation on racial justice – and threw in a to-go kit of unique gourmet pickles, just because. Our residents enjoyed making their own drinks with a lesson from Master Mixologist and owner of Williams & Graham, Sean Kenyon, then listened to powerful spoken word performances by Denver poet and social worker Bobby LeFebre and LA author and poet Trinomious Adonis. Live, uplifting tunes by DJ HeyLove, and DJ Dsre, and discussions with one another around the social issues we all face today resulted in an evening filled with conversation, connection, community and, yes, pickles. Just because.
The history of burlesque dancing was first seen in 17th-century Italian theater as a comic interlude that showcased elaborate costumes, bright and spirited music, and a sense of parody that was often juxtaposed with serious issues. In other words, this buoyant event is exactly the distraction all of us need right now. That and pizza, of course.
Our wildly-popular Pizza Burlesque gathering featured complimentary DIY kits from a local pizzeria, along with top-notch virtual culinary lessons from pizza innovator Chef Wally of Pizzeria Locale, on how to stretch and bake the perfect pie. As the residents whipped up their own pizzas at home, one of the top 10 burlesque teachers in the world, Vivienne VaVoom, gave them a peek behind the curtain to this tantalizing artform. And, while no pizzas burned during the event, the exuberant Drag Queen performance that followed was undeniably smokin’ hot.
Tea, Healing & Divination
Our next Explorer Experience dove into the beautifully complex world of Tea. Cancer survivor, educator, and tea connoisseur, Kamilah Mitchell shared the healing and restorative power that tea holds. Our residents picked-up an assortment of organic, handcrafted tea blends made by Kamilah’s company, Teas With Meaning, and took them back to their apartments to experience the healing and restorative power that tea holds.
And not only has drinking tea been around for thousands of years, but so has the art of reading the leaves. Certified THAC Tea Sommelier, Amy Taylor, walked us through a divination method called Tasseomancy, that identifies symbols and interprets the messages found in the shape of the leaves. Residents shared their intentions with us for a chance to win a private tea reading session.
Live music interludes with singer, songwriter and creator, Joseph Lamar and a mindfulness session with meditation teacher and Reiki Master, rounded out the event to make this a truly unforgettable evening.
Equal Justice Initiative
We’re fiercely committed to speaking to social and racial inequities, which is why our CEO Jon Slavet moderated a talk with the Equal Justice Initiative. EJI is an organization that fights racial and economic bias in the American criminal Justice system, founded by Bryan Stevenson and made famous by the recent file Just Mercy. We encouraged candid conversations while providing a safe and inclusive space for our neighbors to connect with one another and be heard.
At the same time we also introduced a new company-wide initiative called Every Day We Dream, in which our passionate team members across all our properties and our corporate office come together to make a difference in where we work and live. Collectively, we engage with on-the-ground programs that address a broad range of social inequities, as well as work with minority-owned partners and vendors as a way of acknowledging the systemic challenges so many of these businesses face. Because every day we dream of impacting real change in our communities.
Writer, nature-lover, traveler, would-be artist and ex-adventurer, Susan McDowell creates content for Daydream’s social media and marketing communications.