Simon Gray on how bread celebrates cultures and develops understanding

Simon Gray is really a creative Baker without Borders! His love for making bread together with his artistic and inclusive approach has led him initiate several projects whose core is bread making as a community building activity. A perfect example of how Bread Therapy can be applied to different local realities:

I run a project called ‘A Communal Loaf’ which is about bringing together people to make bread. The project is based at Phillipstown Community Hub in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Through this project I am currently working with two other organisations on a project called ‘Together through Bread’ which is a collaborative project set-up between A Communal Loaf, Plains FM and Canterbury Workers Educational Association (CWEA) and co-created with a diverse range of Ōtautahi-Christchurch ethnic communities. Each workshop will focus on celebrating a different ethnic group and their cultural traditions associated with bread and food as well as providing a place for conversation, discussion, learning, developing understanding, and connection. The workshops will be recorded as part of a podcast series to be broadcast by PlainsFM.

Оur first ’Together Through Bread’ workshop was a success and soon we will have our second workshop where we are learning about Iraqi and Egyptian bread.

I have also recently had made a dough trough so a group of people can knead bread dough together, please see the photographs below.”