Harvest Moon: An Experimental Cannabis & Dinner Party
It was our pleasure to be part of a Harvest Moon gathering in San Francisco last month. MoonCloth's dinnerware was part of the intentionally chosen ambience during dinner. Harvest Moon's founder Natalie Stone puts their mission perfectly:
“[We are] a celebration of all things cultivated and harvested. Connection, community, process, art, music, and of course cannabis. We create experiences for like-hearted, different-minded folks and push counterculture forward into a more creative and thoughtful space.”
Harvest Moon curates dinner parties which center around traditional, shared experiences: a communal meal, conversation (think “oral tradition”), live music, and herbal elixirs. Consider it a modern ceremony. What all these things have in common is that they are experienced together. In the world today we are often regarded as individuals and strangers, but not if Harvest Moon has anything to say about it.
“What elevates Harvest Moon above others is curation. Natalie Stone's oversight means that everything you see, touch, taste, or smoke has been carefully selected to be there. It is a transformative, narrative experience from the minute you walk in the door. Everything from the cannabis to the candles contributes to the dreamlike feeling of stepping outside reality for an evening and into a fairy tale."
- Benjy Eisen, New York Times Best Selling Author
The intention behind these events is to create true enjoyment. Harvest Moon wants to leave a lasting impression on their guests by facilitating genuine connection between attendees, memorable moments, and feelings of freedom. These intentions materialize through the careful details of Stone’s planning.
The last Harvest Moon included origami in order to engage an experiential, hands-on, involvement with process and the various aspects of creation. Each guest, in order to participate in dinner, wrote a quote that influenced their perception of the world. They were asked to make these papers into origami. Stone was taken aback at how this simple activity sparked connection between her guests, who proceeded to bond over dinner and even shared folding tips. These origami messages were served along with dessert and guests were encouraged to seek and connect with the person whose message they received.
“Harvest Moon is an experiential evening that is unlike most! The atmosphere is one of true beauty. The exquisite partings of foods, cannabis, and wine truly focus you on the rhythms of the moon. Natalie and Jeffery know what it is to create something very special.”
- Emily Bercow, Utopia Cannabis
Stone’s dreams for Harvest Moon are humble. She feels that the event is accomplishing just what she has set out to do. Stone would love to increase the magnitude of Harvest Moon and cultivate an even larger community. Her big dream is to grow the event into a festival - to have a wider and more magnificent influence on its guests.
Harvest Moon is a cut above the rest in that this event exudes a thoughtfulness like nothing else. Stone pays attention to the meaning of thoughtful design that is aesthetic and experiential. Well-loved acts like Poolside have been asked to play and hand-crafted herbal infusions by Dragon Skull Tea are selected for ceremony. Even performance art has a place here. When music, cannabis, or food often stand alone, Harvest Moon is an amalgamation of all of these things. It is a statement that each of these things are of equal priority. Likewise, each participant regardless of their role are all showing up for Harvest Moon in a way which manifests as a genuinely gestalt experience. Stone describes her planning as an “unrelenting emphasis on beauty” which allows people to soften. This softness shifts and shapes the ways that people encounter one another. Through Harvest Moon, Stone is curating comfort.
“Harvest Moon is everything a cannabis dinner party should be! [Stone] thought of all the details that would make it special. I want the world to start seeing the Elevated side of cannabis!”
- Lizi Beth, The Future is Flower
Harvest Moon and MoonCloth are excited to be part of the growing hemp and cannabis movement. We want to build a strong community around it. It's important to us to co-create experiences where experiences with cannabis are explored and re-imagined for the future.
Stay tuned for more events and community collaborations!