Discovery In The Dark is a series of transformational experiences that foster change on every level: personal, community, organizational, and societal
Discovery In The Dark is a series of transformational experiences offered by Sara Minkara, LLC, to foster change on every level: personal, community, organizational, and societal. These experiences focus on discovering both the authentic self and the world in which we each live—as well as the relationship between the two—and the journey happens while participants are entirely blindfolded.

Why “in the dark”? The answer is simple, but the impact is profound.

Series creator Sara Minkara had the unique experience of becoming Blind as a young child—and becoming keenly aware of how people treat each other based on appearances. For most people, visual cues trigger assumptions, conscious and unconscious alike, a near-instantaneous process that’s difficult to prevent. Sara, meanwhile, considers her blindness a sort of superpower because she avoids these visually cued judgments—and instead meets every person as they are. 

But what if that process could be disrupted, or even reserved? How would it change the quality of human connections? Would it change how we evaluate ourselves?

There is a freedom in rejecting visual cues and in allowing people to connect without fear of judgment. That’s why the Discovery In The Dark series incorporates blindfolds: not to simulate blindness but to eliminate social constructs and support participants in finding—and using—their voices.  

With Sara’s warm and expert facilitation, Discovery In The Dark participants connect more deeply with each other, adopt new social perspectives, and begin to really listen to others’ voices.

When we really “see” ourselves and each other—in the dark and otherwise—we become the best versions of ourselves at home, at work, and in our communities.
A unique journey past the “isms” that define us and toward authenticity
Current Offerings
Discovery In The Dark creator Sara Minkara has facilitated gatherings for corporations, government agencies, school groups, universities, religious congregations, intimate at-home sessions, black-tie celebrations, to name a few. In collaboration with interdisciplinary experts, her methodology includes an innovative menu of dynamic program options, easily customizable for audiences of any size, interest, and intention. 

Sara’s flagship program works across sectors and silos to change institutional culture, guide meaningful exploration of diverse identities, and create long-term inclusive spaces for all.

This executive series allows organizers, C-suite executives, senior administrators, and upper management to better tackle leadership challenges within and in conversation with the evolving systems that influence us all.

Using cameras and blindfolds, this experience brings a new take on an old medium, allowing participants to capture their most authentic moments as they lean into bodily awareness, spatial sensitivity, and heightened emotions

Through conversation and collaboration without visual cues or distractions, this teambuilding program guides groups to a place of trust and respect through improved, authentic working relationships. 

By harnessing the power of sharing stories without visual elements, this activity promotes human connection, urges participation, recognizes the need to bridge social divisions, and provides a foundation for taking action.
Photo Gallery

Boundless Exploration,
Tailored To Your Needs
Every Discovery In the Dark event is curated for its audience and goals. Facilitated in person or virtually, sessions range in size from 25 to 150 participants and may be structured as one-time engagements or longer-term experiences. Styles include intimate home gatherings, corporate meetings, gala dinners, and more. Many clients also choose to include a meal in the proceedings for an additional layer of interaction, cooperation, and discovery.

Sara [They] provided a thought-provoking, unforgettable experience for our company. Sara worked closely with us to tailor the event to make it relevant to our employees with topics for conversation designed to address some of the challenges faced in our industry. From the first communication to the final execution of the event, their guidance and expertise were instrumental in making the dinner a huge success. While we know not to expect change overnight, [Discovery in The Dark] provided the groundwork for us to continue to encourage open and honest conversations amongst our employees in order to ultimately make our company stronger and more successful.

Greg Eisner, President

Engineers Gate

I unconsciously label people much more than I realized. And when I do that, it limits what I share and how open I am with them. With this new awareness, I can share and build relationships with more value. Thank you for coming and leading that experience; I really value your mission and work to integrate communities in real time and real life. Global and local citizens need more common ground and [Sara] actively creates space for us to connect and understand each other in new ways.

Teambuilding in the Dark Participant


It was perhaps the most unique experience I’ve had at an event. Dining in the Dark, and not being able to ask the traditional questions of who you are, where do you work, etc., led to my dinner companions having deeper and more meaningful conversations. I felt connected, even if only briefly, to the people around me in a way that you simply do not experience in a normal professional dinner.

-Dining in the Dark Participant

CompaUAE Embassy in Washington DC

Contact and FAQ
To learn more, please contact