The Art of Hosting

From the email list January 2013...

Hello there AoH friends,

 
As some of you may know, Toke has spent the past several days in the Cote d'Ivoire with a group of folks who are interested in finding peace together after many years of civil war.  A two day "Art of Practicing Peace" gathering was followed by a 1/2 day "intro" day which was hosted by the newly gathered practitioners in their own community.  It seems the days have been unfolding beautifully with much love and courage and practice!   
 
Toke's been sending along "harvest texts" to a few of us as the days have progressed and asked that we share them to this listserv as he doesn't have access to the internet right now. 
 
Below is a sample of what he's sent along...I hope it conveys some of the power of what's happening there.
 
Tuesday
 

Harvest after Art of Practicing Peace Gathering
It is like a silent peace bomb has exploded as the wise blending of Prem Rawa's message of practicing peace now - and the Art of Hosting and Harvesting - blends into a new dance of the practice of peace for our world. 
The story of the wise blending of personal and collective practice peace for Cote D'ivoire unfolds.  
It is, in fact, great fun!
Introduction to Practicing Peace Harvest
The AoH practices are so deeply accepted and appreciated by the people here, they call AoH  "The Art of Practicing Peace",  and we have already been invited to do another dojo here and in Ghana.  
Africa rocks. 
Through our appreciative inquiry trios this morning with 50 humans...one of our dreams is to recreate together a... 
Land of hope
Land of hospitality
Land of freedom and of dignity
We can dream and practice bringing back peace for everyone.
The open meeting for practicing peace and reconciliation just ended in simplicity, a collective experience of peace, and clarity of the dream and commitment to practice peace for ourselves, each other, for the grandchildren of this country and beyond...Our hearts have been touched, connections made, courage awoken, and hunger for making living in peace together the norm.
The meeting was completely organized, hosted, harvested by 20 new practitioners who 3 days ago knew nothing about hosting (or that is what they thought).  We were 50 humans in the circle of all ages, political and religious convictions, and professions and all that did not matter.  We met in our hunger for more peace and the simple practices that allow us to share and harmonize as humans.   
After this I trust living in peace with all humans on the planet will be eventually possible sooner rather than later...I am grateful to witness and take part in this adventure.  Something new has begun today...A bow to life in the peace practice lane.
Most kindly,
Toke
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Hello again friends,
 
Thanks for your kind words of appreciation.  Toke asked me to share just a final bit more of harvest from his time in Cote d'Ivoire.  It's been great fun to get his texts and hear how he has been moved, and I'm glad to share it with this list.
 
Toke's texts/harvest below...
 
Tuesday
 
 
Day 4 Story of Practicing Peace for Cote d'Ivoire unfolding...
The practicing design process with four callers preparing with their teams,  four more practicing peace meetings of 1/2 days is just concluding
  • A mayor of a city 200 km from Abidjan who will invite former enemies - politicians - citizens together to practice peace 
  • A singer/artist in his suburban village with young middle aged and elders
  • An officer in the navy calling for help to host such practicing peace gatherings for 200 folks from civic organizations and tenants in his city neighborhood
  • The caller of this whole project, an elder wisdom holder of 75 years,  calling for another gathering like this with citizens and decision makers.
All these things to happen within the next 3 months.  Wow!
Profound gratitude and a question...What could intentionally practicing peace together for our world also be?  This is what I'm sitting with now.  Another way of living as humans is for sure afoot!
Sending love and strength to you all from Abidjan,
Toke
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Hi practitoner mates
Thank you for caring, preparing, showing interest, holding space sharing and supporting 
Marc and I and the wonderful and bold 30 folks in Abidjan in making this first step happen
…..very much appreciated
We offer some harvest 1.0 from practicing peace in Cote D'ivoire….
Here is a wee story and link to photos and the design of our first practicing peace 1.0 for a country
for you inspiration…....
may it inspire and be useful for your practicing ……..
kindly
Marc & Toke

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An update from the email list...

Thank you to John in Halifax for crafting this little video for us…..

most kindly
Marc and Toke

https://vimeo.com/59086436

Toke Moeller and Marc Levitte has spent the past several days – January 2013 - in the Cote d'Ivoire upon their invitation with a group of folks who are interested in finding peace together after many years of civil war. 

 A two day "Art of Practicing Peace 1.0" gathering was followed by a 1/2 day "intro" day which was hosted by the newly gathered practitioners in their own community.  It seems the days have been unfolding beautifully with much love and courage and practice!  

Story of Practicing Peace for Cote d'Ivoire unfolding...

The practicing design process with four callers preparing with their teams, 4 more practicing peace meetings of 1/2 days is just concluding

~ A mayor of a city 200 km from Abidjan who will invite former enemies - politicians - citizens together to practice peace

 

~ A singer/artist in his suburban village with young middle aged and elders

 

~ An officer in the navy calling for help to host such practicing peace gatherings for 200 folks from civic organizations and tenants in his city neighborhood

 

~ The caller of this whole project, an elder wisdom holder of 75 years,  calling for another gathering like this with citizens and decision makers.

 

All these things to happen within the next 3 months.  Wow!

Toke

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