The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Meaningful Conversations practice began almost twenty years ago, with people from across the globe who saw a different way for humans to organise - a way that calls us more into our humanity and allows us to be more intelligent collectively. We met, cultivated friendships, deepened our questions, initiated translocal work – and into this fertile soil of relationship and learning, the Art of Hosting and Harvesting Meaningful Conversations was seeded.
What began with a series of trainings, called by a scattering of people in different countries, is now a worldwide, self-organising network of practitioners. These practitioners are currently working in education, governments, grassroots communities, social enterprises, civil society, European Institutions, the health sector and many other areas.
The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Meaningful Conversations sits within an even wider community of practices that originate from a living systems worldview. From this perspective, complexity, chaos - and even collapse - are seen as necessary for new and more life-affirming systems to emerge. We have witnessed real growth in these practices and communities over recent years. Despite this, we also see continuing disintegration around the world: more resources are held in fewer hands, populist and right wing movements are gaining votes, communities are fragmenting around issues such as Brexit, Earth’s resources are overexploited and climate change gathers pace.
AoHAthina have identified a need for AoH practitioners to create the time and space to discover THEMSELVES as the practice. Another level of training is needed so that practitioners keep evolving to deeper levels of mastery, presence and skill.
The intention behind this Summer Programme is to embolden us as a community of practice and to host the increasing complexity - and even ‘chaos’ - in our world right now. Specifically, this programme is aimed at supporting practitioners who want to learn how to host trainings, as well as those who want to translate their learning and training into their own context.
We have brought together an incredibly rich diverse hosting team to create this learning container with and for you (see HOSTS).
Included in the Summer Programme is:
We invite you to join our 5-day Immersion into apprenticing to your next level of practice. Come with your curiosity and longing to learn, your projects, stories and burning questions. Be ready to step deeper into your practice in a brave and generative environment with fellow practitioners and teachers who are ready to take their lives and work to new levels. We invite you to explore, play and practice being a Participative Leader: someone who knows how to ask the right questions and who creates the conditions for others to join the inquiry.
This Immersive learning programme is for practitioners who live and work with participatory methodologies, complexity, Art of Hosting and Harvesting Meaningful Conversations and living systems practice and who wish to deepen their capacities to hold more and more complexity in their inner and outer contexts.
You have participated in or apprenticed at trainings. You have been practicing, learning, and growing your hosting practice and are asking how do I deepen my learning and sharpen my skills? You are ready to bring your practice to new contexts, more complex projects or life stages and you’re looking for mentorship, new perspectives, experienced friends and juicy conversations. You are needing to be hosted and held in your process by those who have been there, too.
We offer our fees on a scale with a minimum and maximum so if you can offer a bit more, it will help others to participate.
Early Bird (before April 15, 2019)
Regular Fee (after April 15, 2019)
5 days of hosting and tuition (7-11 June) – welcome dinner on 6 June and departure on 12 June
6 nights Accommodation at the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses
6 breakfasts and 5 lunches
1 Welcome Dinner (on June 6th)
*All transportation and transportation costs are the responsibility of the participants
*4 Dinners will be self-organized and will cost 10-20 euros per meal
If cancellation is within 45 days, full return of fee, within one month 50% of fee and two weeks 25% of fee, no return under two weeks. Extraordinary circumstances will be taken into account
We are seeking contribution to support people who do not have the finances to fully pay for the programme fee. We cannot offer full scholarships so if you need to apply for a scholarship please offer 50% towards a shared tuition fee and we will see if we can match this. We will confirm with you if we can, so please do not book your airfare until we do.
The AoHAthina team is launching a call for funding. The money raised will be used to assist participants where money is an issue. The ethos of Art of Participatory Leadership trainings is such that money should never be a barrier to attending a training. Therefore, we would like to open up access to as many as possible.
Starts: 7 pm Thursday, June 6, 2019
Ends: 5 pm Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Join us on the island of Spetses! We will be staying at the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses, a historical and cultural heritage site established in 1923 along the northern coastline of the island. The school is found in an enclave of unique natural beauty, surrounded by pine forests and olive groves and embedded with beautiful gardens throughout.
Linda is a process design artist, crafting and hosting meetings, gatherings, trainings and spaces for personal, collective and whole system transformation. Based in the UK but with an international soul, Linda is a serial collaborator at heart and loves nothing more than connecting people and ideas. A steward of the Art of Hosting, Linda cares for and holds the purpose, the deeper dynamics, the space and the design process by which people come together in cooperative exploratory dialogue about things that matter most to them.
With over 40 year experience of working alongside people in the social justice, civic society and the ‘more than profit’ field, she designs and hosts strategic consultations and large scale public conversations as well as learning journeys and personal retreat spaces for deeper dives into the ‘why and the how’ of life and purposeful work. Most recently she has been working with environmental leaders in the UK, participatory engagement practitioners in Kenya, young women leaders in Panama, social change activists and artists in Spain Greece Bulgaria and the UK. She also practices her hosting and design work within the European Institutions, training participatory leaders, advising on strategic change process and designing citizen dialogues. Linda brings a therapeutic and systemic lens to her coaching and mentoring work and is increasingly interested in the space beyond words; the body felt sense and collective intelligence. Linda is a solid anchor with an ability to hold enormous space for new potential to come through. She is a dancer, a singer and loves a good laugh.
Bob Wing, DSS, is director of WiseActionsTM, an organization he founded in 2003, dedicated to cultivating compassionate and transformative work in the world. He is founder of The Mountain Warrior Institute and Warrior of the Heart® Seminars, both designed to teach and enhance the ethical use of power through experiential practices.
Working with ‘The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter’ and ‘The Art of Transformative Leadership’ since their founding, he has led trainings worldwide.
Bob established and was chief instructor for Naropa University’s Aikido program (starting in1981) and was also an Adjunct Faculty Professor in their Contemplative Psychology Department, teaching Gestalt and Body Centered Therapy. He is now teaching and coaching at Naropa University’s Authentic Leadership Center.
Experienced in a number of energy based healing systems, he has worked extensively with Dr. Milton Trager (Psycho-Physical Integration), Mary Burmeister (Jin Shin Jyutsu), completed Reiki Master training, trained in Shiatsu and graduated from The Boulder School of Massage Therapy. Bob also has a deep interest and practice in Shugendo, a traditional Japanese ascetic mind-body training, practiced in nature as a pursuit of deeper levels of consciousness.
At home near Boulder, Colorado, Bob was instrumental in founding ethically based community cooperatives for maintaining dairy goats, chickens, and gardening. He is also a respected sculptor and painter, with a special interest in spontaneous, “in the moment” art, done in and with wild nature.
I have been facilitating groups and running stakeholder engagement processes for 30 years but the art of hosting provided a new approach to engaging people around their most cherished values and beliefs.
- Participant, 2015 AOPL Training Athens -
Immersive learning and rich, deep connections.
- Tolulope, Participant, 2017 AOPL Training Athens -
This is the best training I have had in the 20 years I have worked in the European Commission.
- Senior Manager European Commission -