Quit swiping left and try the Conscious Dating Co.
Australians are one the biggest users of the dating app Tinder in the world. At the effortless swipe of an index finger you could be on your way to meeting the man or woman of your dreams. Or be on the receiving end of an inappropriate dick pic as many of my girl friends have experienced. If Tinder fails you there’s always Happn the creepy stalker style app that notifies you when you cross paths with someone. Then there’s the latest dating app, Bumble which forces the woman to communicate first within 24 hours or the match disappears forever. FOREVER that sounds dramatic. What ever happened to gold old fashioned face to face first contact? Say hello to Conscious Dating.
This new service is taking old fashioned speed dating to new heights across Sydney and Melbourne. Here you’ll swap screen time and booze fuelled grinding on the dance floor with life-drawing and wine-sipping. How sophisticated!
How does Conscious Dating work?
Conscious Dating events are intimate without being too small and awkward. Expect 10 – 16 people at each session. The average age ranges from min 20s to late 30s but everyone is welcome. They also run 40+ events and same sex dating sessions.
The night kicks off with a few group activities to break the ice and help everyone feel relaxed. This could be anything from guided meditation to live music or life drawing. We’re assured this isn’t a hippie fest although we did spot “laughter yoga” as a group activity which has us very curious. People are then given the chance to meet each other one-on-one and are guided by their host to have “better conversations”. The aim is to cut the small talk and through different challenges and activities try and learn more, “real” details about the person in front of you.
The event goes for two hours and at the end you are given a card to note down who you connected with and who you would like to see again. If you say yes to someone who also chose you, that’s a match! Your host will email you both after the event with each other’s details then it’s over to you to get in touch and arrange a second date.
Conscious Dating already host events in Sydney and this month they are launching in Melbourne. The next Sydney event has sold out for women but there are still tickets for men. The first Melbourne event is happening on Friday 18th November from 7pm in Fitzroy. Tickets are $50 + bf and include wine, organic herbal tea and finger food.
For more info on Conscious Dating and their upcoming events for Sydney, Melbourne, Gay Dating and 40+ dating visit www.consciousdatingco.com.