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Art of Hosting - Vermont

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Art of Hosting - Vermont

Time: August 18, 2011 at 5:30pm to August 21, 2011 at 3:30pm
Location: Hartland, Vermont - Sumner Mansion
Street: 4 Station Road
City/Town: Hartland
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Event Type: art, of, hosting, workshop
Organized By: Aerin Dunford
Latest Activity: May 9, 2011

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Event Description

What if hosting is the way to lead community change now?


We believe one way of living and leading in the world is dying and another is being born.

Join us in beautiful Hartland, Vermont this summer to explore how hosting can amplify and accelerate the emergence of fundamentally new solutions in increasingly unpredictable times.

The Art of Hosting is more than just a training program. It is a response to a world that is becoming increasingly complex and fragmented, where solutions and innovations lie not in one leader or one viewpoint, but in the bigger picture of collective intelligence. It is learning to lead from the perspective of the whole system; leading from the future as it emerges.

What are the conversations we need to have with each other to build healthy and resilient communities now?


How do we create the conditions for people to disagree and still stay together for the common good?

Through storytelling, conversational methodologies, and playful connections with each other, we will explore: 

  • Personal Leadership – What is the change in me that is needed to create the changes I wish to see in the world?
  • Participatory Methodologies – Open Space Technology, The World Cafe, Appreciative Inquiry, Peerspirit Circle and more...
  • Mental Models – Berkana Two Loops, participatory process design architecture, long term strategic roadmaps for change
  • Story - We will share stories from North America and internationally of leading edge collaborative change in community, organizations and large systems.
  • Harvesting - How can we gather information and capture our learning so it best serves our deepest desires and strategic needs?

Please come ready to fully participate, challenge your own assumptions and take responsibility for what you care about. No spectators!

Cost: $775 USD. This includes tuition, materials, meals and snacks. This does not include accommodation or travel.

Pay what you can and a little bit more: If you or someone you know should be at this training but cannot pay the full fee, contact Aerin Dunford ( to have a conversation about scholarships and what else may be possible in terms of payment.



Please contact Lizzie at the Berkana Institute with registration questions -


Register hereAoH-Vermont.pdf.


Contact: For more information, please contact Aerin Dunford, or Carla Kimball, Or visit the Art of Hosting website for further information and testimonials about this transformative experience.

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