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Our Bread for Social Change Museum included in the Atlas of Bread Museums in Europe

Our Bread for Social Change Museum – the first in the world Bread House in the city of Gabrovo, Bulgaria – was included in the electronic edition of the Atlas of Bread Museums in Europe, just published here.

 The ATLAS is based on key information collected among 60 museums throughout Europe exhibiting a large scale of items related to bread and baking. The Atlas takes us from museum to museum in a very appropriate way, presenting the history and modernity of the “staff of life”. As the editor notes:

 “The mystery and wonder of bread is not of historical value. It is a living human treasure trove of collective memory! And that is why that heritage deserves to be noticed, not only as a museum value or an industrial product, but also as a living human wealth of spirituality, culture and skills, which should be passed on to future generations.

The poetics of bread is scattered in space and time – in prayers, rituals, songs, literature, painting, music… Dostoevsky wrote: “There is nothing in the world as positive as bread”! The mystery and wonder of the connection between man and bread is a living treasure trove of collective memory and a testimony to the baking skills, ethical and symbolic verticals of people’s lives. That is why the bread culture is a mosaic representation of the past, present and future of man – beliefs, hopes, pain and joy.

How could it be presented, or what would the landscape of our culture look like without a museum of bread? Of course, each of these extraordinary and unique “bread houses” does so in its own special way. A number of museums are dedicated to the decades-long family tradition of baking, others talk about the life of a place or region, while some represent the role of bread in the history of civilizations and religions. Bread museums are also an important part of the industrial heritage.”

Dimitrije Vujadinovic, editor

Bread Therapy from the American East to the West Coast

Since the beginning of 2022, Dr. Maya Georgieva, trained Bread Therapist and psychotherapist at Sunstone Counseling in Washington, DC (USA), presented Bread Therapy at two international counseling (therapy) conferences, and the unique methods have been greeted with great interest. The first online sessions led by Maya had various participants joining from their home kitchens, with lots of sharing and emotion, touching personal stories and inspirations, all joined by the power of breadmaking to help us calm down, focus, and better connect to ourselves and all around us. Maya and Nadezhda, the Bread Houses Network Founder, will be further cooperating on introducing Bread Therapy in the United States and beyond through lectures at conferences and university settings. May we all connect more, beyond words, through bread making!

On the American West coast, in the San Diego area, Crumbassador Sybil Leon is very actively engaging through Bread Therapy various institutions, organizations, and people in need in her community and beyond. Her team regularly gives out bags of their BREAD Encounters overnight bread mix to those who signed up for it, and we encouraged them to bake and “share the loaf” with someone in the community and share how their gift of bread impacted both the recipient and the baker. Some people prepared a special breakfast with home-baked loaves for a local Women’s Shelter.

 At the Blossom Valley Elementary School, Sibyl had a wonderful bread encounter with 3rd graders who also got to bake and “share the loaf” with a local food bank. What a surprise it was when the kids compared the freshly milled flour with the store bought flour! Bread Encounters also held a Solidarity Bread bake with members of the community to provide 80 loaves of bread to a local food ministry specifically for seniors who are dealing with food insecurities.

BREAD Encounters recently became part of starting up a collaborative bread market at a local brew house. Sybil teamed up with a long-established Nonprofit named Via International which promotes sustainable community development while connecting people across borders. The first market on November 22, 2021, was quite a success BREAD Encounters invited the market goers to participate in a “Community Flour Drawing” (in the spirit of the Theater of Crumbs) with the theme of gratitude.  A flour drawing is fleeting, just like the moments in our lives, and it is important to capture those moments and express them in a beautiful, touching community flour art piece: read more here .

 For 2022, Sibyl is very excited about her application for the AARP 2022 Challenge grant with The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).  The project would include 4 community events stretched out from June to September 2022, one of them will be and event “Breaking Bread At the Border” with people from both sides of the Mexican/American border – inspiring opportunities opening up of for sharing the Theater of Crumbs method to bring people together across and on both sides of the fence.

Just Published the Book Bread Therapy: Community Baking Stories from Around the World

In response to the international interest in the online training in our methods through the platform, we are happy to share that we recently published the book Bread Therapy:Community Baking Stories from Around the World. It is both an intriguing read with personal stories by the BHN Founder Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova, alongside 100+ photographs from around the world, and at the same time the book is an introductory toolkit with case studies on the diverse Bread Therapy methods. It is especially useful for those who are not sure yet if they are ready to take the full in-depth training and turn Bread Therapy into their profession, and, really, for anyone who enjoys bread and its beautiful multiple facets evident in daily life and in the global cultural diversity: from being a powerful universal symbol and the easiest form of art and cooking, uniting all senses, to how it connects us to home, has low access and, ultimately, communicates beyond language. After more than 10 years of global work, we firmly believe that Bread Therapy is easy to replicate in any country and setting, and last but not least, it requires little resources.

You can order the book here. Enjoy!


What else is the common and familiar and at the same time – utterly unknowable?!? Only bread and people … ”

Bread is central to the story of human civilization—it is in our bones. This humble food made of flour, water, salt and yeast not only provides nourishment for the body, it also feeds our collective desire for a connection to culture and community. Bread is the focus of the Canadian film “Bread in the Bones” which tells complex stories of love and loss, work and pleasure, poetry and politics, art and immigration. Bread in the Bones takes us on an exploratory journey – from Coney Island and rural Vermont to France, Germany, Bulgaria and beyond – to discover stories where bread is always at the centre.

The film is part of the Master of Arts Film Festival, dedicated to documentary film for art, within the CULINARY ART category. The film has been selected in the program for the online edition of the festival and you will be able to watch it until February 27 on the video content platform +

HERE you can find the trailer of the movie! Enjoy J

Meet Noah Reibel – our American volunteer with a mission

Today we will meet you with Noah Reibel, our 2019 volunteer who came to Bulgaria from the US to volunteer and get to know more about the Bread Houses Network. He spent around 3 weeks with us at the Sofia Bread House and got involved in a wide range of activities, supporting us with the creation of photo and video materials as well as valuable help during the bread making events. Just before the world’s pandemic, Noah was planning on how to start a bread making program in the Syrian refugee camp in Ketermaya, Lebanon.

Please present yourself:

Noah Reibel, age 50, bookseller and journalist from New York


  • How did you find out about the Bread Houses Network and what attracted you to the cause?

I discovered Bread Houses Network on the Internet. I was looking for non-profits that have experience working with refugees and that somehow incorporate baking and breadmaking into their social mission.

  • In what activities were you involved during your stay with the Sofia Bread House?

I took photos of Bread Therapy sessions for adults with developmental disabilities such as Down’s syndrome. I accompanied Nadia and her team to the children’s ward of a hospital for breadmaking and bread music (!!!) with the kids and their families. We did a session with refugees from Syria and Afghanistan at the Bread House. There were team building sessions for colleagues who work for an automobile company, and Americans who were in Sofia on Fulbright fellowships.

  • What was the most surprising aspect of the Bread Therapy activities in which you participated?

Drawing with the flour as a vehicle to get people to open up about themselves, discuss their lives, their goals and get to know one another. It’s so interesting and usually it works!

  • Is there a particular moment or memory from the bread making events that stands out for you?

There was a father at the children’s hospital who had his daughter on his lap and he was helping her knead dough. I’m not sure what she was suffering from, but her muscles were atrophied and she wasn’t able to move easily. Watching him gently help her roll out and shape the dough was very powerful. I won’t forget that.

That afternoon was special. The children were shy and reserved and we were a little late getting set up. The music and the songs were funny and helped lift everyone’s spirit. There was another little girl there who was being treated for epilepsy. She was adorable and she was having so much fun.

It was a privilege to be there for that!!!

  • Is there something that you have learned about yourself and those surrounding you thanks to the events in the Sofia Bread House?

That’s a tricky one. It made me think about how much we need one another. I know that is a bit of a cliché’ or an overused aphorism. We all get lost sometimes in our daily struggles and problems, work, having to pay the bills, etc… but we mustn’t lose sight of the inherent value of every one of us. We can accomplish so much when we help one another and work together.

  • What are your plans for the future?

Well, I would like to return to Lebanon. I found Bread Houses Network because I visited a Syrian refugee camp outside of a village there called Ketermaya. It’s in the Chouf region about an hour’s drive south of Beirut. The people living there are mostly women and children from a suburb of Damascus that was bombed and destroyed by the regime during the civil war.

They’ve been living there for nine, ten years now. There are babies born there who have never seen Syria or experienced life outside of a refugee camp. It’s an informal camp – it doesn’t receive much support from the UNHCR or other international agencies. I’ve been there twice with a friend who runs a small charity called HelpSyriasKids that tries to raise awareness and some money to provide some support. It’s a wonderful charity but it is small – a drop in the bucket, really.

I was trying to think of something that the families there could really use. I thought of trying to purchase a commercial oven for the camp – so they can bake for themselves or maybe bake for sale. I also thought beekeeping might work there. The honey from Lebanon was the best honey I’ve ever tasted and there is a lot of api-culture in the Chouf.

I’m not sure. I’d love to find partners on the ground in Lebanon for this, but the country is going through a very rough time and it’s difficult to travel anywhere right now because of the pandemic. We’ll see… I’m still hopeful.

  • What would you wish to the supporters of the Bread Houses Network?

I’d like them to know that BHN is about so much more than baking bread. The BHN team is really terrific and there’s a lot of thought and care that goes into everything they do – planning and preparing for the groups, working with different organizations, keeping up with community breadmakers around the world. It’s a lot of work and everyone there is really dedicated to the BHN mission to build bridges and nourish a sense of community.

Bread in Silence Program – Meet Blagovest Zahov

Last year for the first time the Sofia Bread House and the National Association of Sign Language Interpreters implemented a Bread in Silence event together! We are happy to meet you with one of the team members of the association who shares more about the effects of Bread Therapy and the organization itself.

  • Please present yourself.

My name is Blagovest and I am part of the team of the National Association of Sign Language Interpreters in Bulgaria (NASLIB).

  • What attracted you to the cause of the Bread Houses Network?

The opportunity through social entrepreneurship to change for the better the lives of someone, both individuals in particular and entire communities. The effect of uniting and creating emotional connections between people in the process of seemingly ordinary bread making is truly unique. It is the emotional connection and trust between people that is something that modern people increasingly need, especially in the so-called ‘developed societies’. Last but not least, my interest is due to the important fact that the idea has a Bulgarian origin represented by Dr. Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova.

  • Tell us more about what connected you to the Bread Houses Network and which are your common initiatives?

Our first contact with the Bread Houses Network was in 2019, when we needed donor support to organize the first international training of sign language interpreters in Bulgaria, conducted by EFSLI – the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters. The Bread Houses Network then supported us unreservedly, which we still remember with gratitude. This was the beginning of our cooperation. Shortly afterwards, we again received valuable support for the implementation of another project – “Show me music”, aimed at gesture interpretation during music events, so that the beauty and emotion of the art of music reaches people with hearing impairments.

In February last year we had the opportunity to hold our first joint event – “Bread in Silence”. Hearing impaired people kneaded beautiful bread stories, while in their interpretation and communication with the wonderful hosts and facilitators of the Sofia Bread House they were helped by novice sign language interpreters. I dare say that we have managed to achieve something wonderful for both hearing impaired people and young interpreters.

What is common between NASLIB and the Bread Houses Network? – Perhaps our common desire to be useful and help the people around us. I sincerely hope that our successful cooperation will continue in the future.

  • What were the reactions of the participants in the bread making?

Oh, their reactions are hard to describe. I would say – a bouquet of positive emotions! There was also an initial shyness, followed by trust and sincerity. There were smiles, there were funny moments. There was warmth. The group of participants was diverse, but it was as if everyone participated with their heart!

  • What impressed you the most in the bread therapy method?

What impressed me the most is the fact that through Bread Therapy you can both detach a person from his/her inner world, but also help him/her look at it from a different perspective. For some people, this can mean a lot – to have an occasion for reconsidering and reflecting on how to proceed.

  • Is there a specific memory from the bread making event that you would like to share with us?

Yes, not only one. The getting to know ourselves at the beginning by describing ourselves through our names and thus presenting some of our qualities was very meaningful. Bread making in pairs, where everyone complemented the person next to them. A pinch of salt, which gives flavor. Not only to bread, but to life as well.

What would you like to wish all those who support the initiatives of the Bread Houses Network?

Bread is a wonderful metaphor for human life. From the small seed, through the wheat, to the toasted slice that we put on the table. Even the crumbs that remain at the end. There is a lot of “bread for change” in the world around us. There is “bread for change” in ourselves. Somewhere there is not enough flour and you have to add. Elsewhere, artificial enhancers are in abundance. But if you take them away, you will not cause any harm – you will only help bread come closer to the initial true version. Everyone’s life is different – with different needs and different opportunities. But I would like everyone to strive and contribute to this change – within ourselves and in the environment around us. This is the only way we would help each other. We need that.

A new short Bread Therapy course available on Teachable

A hobby baker or a social worker? An art therapist or a person devoted to supporting the local community? A social entrepreneur or someone looking for the perfect present for a special person?

If you recognize yourself in the above sentences, then our “Introduction to Bread Therapy” is just for you! Now available on Teachable!

Immerse yourself in the world of bread therapy through our newest course which will lead your way through the basics of bread making as a simple High-Touch solution in a world of complex problems. You will get to know the main methods and programs we use with people with special needs, visually impaired, refugees, people at risk and homeless people. Bread making as bringing people from diverse backgrounds to make, bake and break bread together. The course is suitable for everyone and doesn’t require any special skills.

The short course is divided in 5 sections containing interactive video materials, pictures and additional case studies. Here is a summary of the course curriculum:

  • Introduction
  • Importance of Bread Therapy and some backgrounds
  • Why does the world need Bread Therapy?
  • How did it all start?
  • The Innovation of Theater of Crumbs as Bread Therapy
  • What is Bread Therapy?
  • Theater of Crumbs and Kitchen Music
  • Bread Therapy Case Studies
  • Bread Therapy Programs Application
  • Bread Therapy Programs
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Bread making
  • Conclusion

The course is available on the platform Teachable at the price of 116.40$ and it will provide you with a unique method for driving positive social change through high-touch bread-making services and unique Bread Therapy that nurture respect, inclusion, and creativity in communities around the globe. Enroll now!

“Kneading” the world around us

Bread therapy can be applied in a variety of environments and types of groups. One of the groups we work closely in the last 5 years is a groups of children and youngsters with an autism spectrum disorder. Bread therapy has proven to be truly effective for them and this year together with Autism Association we implemented a 9 month project (from March until November) aiming at addressing the need for various art-therapeutic daily activities for children, young people and adults with General Development Disorder and their families.

Group therapeutic sessions with the social innovation of Bread Therapy were organized in specially developed thematic workshops. The project provided access to Bread Therapy to 24 participants. The activities were aimed to make participants feel emotionally charged, respected, active and capable. The kneading improved their fine motor skills and orientation, and the made bakery products brought satisfaction, as they were perceived as evidence of participants’ efficiency and developed skills. This increased confidence, self-belief abilities, self-esteem and a sense of personal effectiveness in everyday life.

At the end of project the participants themselves prepared a recipe book with all the recipes we have prepared in these 9 months, describing in details all the ingredients and processes of cooking. Through the preparation of bread, sweet seasonal desserts, salty cakes, pasta and traditional pastry we managed to cover a vast amount of educational topics and put focus on work with emotions and self-control. What is more we had so much fun and new delicious products that every next event was like a fresh breath of hope and love in a time of physical and social isolation.

Bread Houses Network – one of the ‘Great Organizations Using Bread To Make A Difference’

Making a difference in these difficult times can be quite challenging. Therefore we are proud to share with you that the Bread Houses Network has been included in Ezvid Wiki’s recently published video wiki “Great Organizations Using Bread To Make A Difference”.

One of the most ancient food items around, bread has long been a staple of diverse cultures throughout the world. Because it requires only basic, abundantly available ingredients, the doughy food can be made and enjoyed by just about anyone, making it an ideal item for uniting communities.”

HERE you can enjoy the video wiki with the 6 great organizations using bread, baking, and nutrition for social good!

And here is a list of the six organizations:

#1 Bread Houses Network

#2 Soup & Bread

#3 Community Grains

#4 Scotland The Bread

#5 Hot Bread Kitchen

#6 Bread for the City

We sincerely thank for the recognition and we are happy to see many other inspiring bread initiatives!

About Ezvid Wiki: Founded in 2011, Ezvid Wiki was the world’s first video wiki, and is now among the top 3,000 websites in the United States. Their YouTube channel has over 600,000 subscribers, with over 350 million views since founding.

Bread Houses Network welcomes new Crumbassadors from Italy

We are happy to share with you some exciting news! Till the end of the year we will implement 6 online trainings of various Italian organizations whose work is revolving around social inclusion and activities with migrants. We are glad that we will have the opportunity to share with them all of our Bread Therapy methods and good practices in making our society more inclusive and understanding.

We have already initiated these trainings with two Italian cooperatives – the social cooperative Con Te and HDmenti association both operating in Veneto region in Italy. For these purposes we have also developed an Italian version of our new online training platform in order to make the experience and use of the platform more reachable and beneficial for our newest trainees. Before giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in the online training modules, we met online for a day in order to follow the steps of our beloved Theater of Crumbs and together create the common story and song of their teams.

These online meetings were truly inspiring both for us and for the participants, full of sharing and exchange of ideas, of better understanding themselves and the others. There were a lot of questions and answers given, a lot of laughter and positive belief that our work in the social sector can and should be continued and that we need to be flexible and innovative in these difficult and challenging times.

And even though we were separated by thousands of kilometers, the common desire to build a more inclusive society was brought by the power of bread!

We hope that our friends from the social cooperative Con Te and HDmenti association will continue supporting their local communities and that BREAD THERAPY will contribute to bringing more equality and understanding in their region.