Living in the Art of Hosting

Dragonfly on the wall

Right now – actually since yesterday morning and even the day before when I picked up people from the airport – we are running the gathering here in Belgium that is called the Art of Hosting on Art of Hosting. We are all practitioners in this field, more or less experienced, and we came together to see into the next level of our art, in many aspects.

The check-in circle yesterday was intense, fascinating and deep! Because I’m the organiser – dealing with all the practical details – I don’t have a lot of time to blog about it… too bad! But take a look at Chris’ blog, he already posted one entry and more are on their way.

The new thing is that there is no hosting or facilitation team. Maria suggested to do it like this: whoever is hosting one part is part of the conversation with the ones who are hosting the next part. This to make sure that everybody is aligned with the deeper stream. It seems like a new pattern in our art of hosting.

Harvesting after the check-in circle

Another good thing to see is how the harvesters just stand up and do their thing. When you come into the room after the break, some took responsibility to harvest the previous conversation, and it is there! Beautiful and well!

More later!

3 Responses to “Living in the Art of Hosting”

  1. […] Although days and weeks have past since we held the Art of Hosting on Art of Hosting early June, it is only now that I have the time to harvest some more of it. During some of the sessions I made notes, which I will now share. After the Open Space sessions of the second day we came together in the big circle, and were asked to share the learnings of this day within the little groups formed in the morning, in honouring of this collective, emerging pattern. […]

  2. […] Although days and weeks have past since we held the Art of Hosting on Art of Hosting early June, it is only now that I have the time to harvest some more of it. During some of the sessions I made notes, which I will now share. After the Open Space sessions of the second day we came together in the big circle, and were asked to share the learnings of this day within the little groups formed in the morning, in honouring of this collective, emerging pattern.I found myself in the morning immediately in the space that was named as that what is not visible in the pattern and the pain in the community, the world. Other words that were named: Seeing the whole, holding the field; seeing, naming what is not whole yet. Love and trust. Invitation from the field. Silent witness. Witnessing the pain. Tom Hurley asked: In what ways is the shadow holding the field? I never thought of it in this way! That what is in the shadow is actually holding the field… maybe… embracing our own shadow is necessary to host other people in it… certainly… […]

  3. […] Although days and weeks have past since we held the Art of Hosting on Art of Hosting early June, it is only now that I have the time to harvest some more of it. During some of the sessions I made notes, which I will now share. […]

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