Is this for me?
Are you still on the fence about attending this Art of Hosting training?
Curious if it will be applicable to your context if you are not working specifically in education spaces?
The quick answer is YES, DEFINITELY, YES.
The reason why these trainings are centered around a powerful question and a real challenge, is that it creates a space to learn the tools, frameworks, practices in a way that is grounded in a real exploration and a common inquiry. This way of working is anchored in the awareness that to learn and practice together the art of hosting, we need a space to have real experiences. Structuring the training around a generative, carefully crafted calling question ensures that the conversations that take place are not simulated, and that the tensions inherent to any dialogue are not manufactured. Instead, we learn to work with what is real and present. We learn to work with the whole diversity of experiences and perspectives that are showing up. And that is what makes an Art of Hosting training beautiful and magical and special!
Why do we it this way ?
We strongly believe that if this is going to be about learning to host conversations that matter and practice participatory leadership with any kid of depth, then the conversations that happen in the training have to be meaningful themselves, and anchored in reality. Then we get experience how it truly feels and what possibilities it creates when we practice together. We believe that the process of learning is not solely an intellectual, cognitive ‘thing’ - it is something we get to experience in our whole selves, mobilizing our minds, our hearts, our bodies, our spirits. Having a 3 day container to learn around a powerful question ensures that we get a chance to fully experience and integrate what it truly feels like to host conversations in this way, and the possibilities it can unlock when we work that way in our communities, our organizations, our teams.
Then, as we circle back in our context and in our work, we carry with us these experiences, and we can transfer the practices wherever they make sense around our own questions, challenges, whether or not they are about education.