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Fantastic folks who are interested in conversations that matter and based in Australia.

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Comment by Dee Brooks on December 13, 2013 at 12:38am

Hi All,

There's some exciting events in the works!

Dates and events as follows:

ART OF HOSTING - multiple events during March & April 2014

  • Warrior of the Heart (men only) - 14, 15, 16 March
  • AoH Kurri, Kurri, NSW (near Newcastle) – welcome circle evening of the19 March to 1pm the 23 March
  • AoH Melbourne, Victoria - 27 to 29 March (to be confirmed)
  • AoH Brisbane, Queensland (community of practice) - early April

See the Art of Hosting site for more training information


Comment by Mary Alice Arthur on February 6, 2013 at 7:29pm

News from you, Valmae!

Comment by Rob Douglas on October 16, 2011 at 3:28am
I would be interested to contact people in Perth who have an interest in Theory U.
Comment by Stephen Duns on February 22, 2011 at 3:27pm

Hi All,


Just to let everyone know what's coming up in our part of the AoH world. 

  • We will be running three AoH programs in May, August and November.  For the August program we will be joined by Toke, Monica and Phil Cass. 
  • We are running a "Stewardship Development Porgram" for our clients.  This will involve a monthly session of deepening practice and understanding theory and design.  That will include sessions with Toke, Christina and Ann (Circle), David Isaacs (Workld Cafe) and hopefully Meg Wheatley.
  • We will be offering "masterclasses" in Circle, Harvesting, Storytelling and World Cafe.  Circle and Storytelling will be in July, we are looking at June for the World Cafe one and September for Harvesting with Monica Nissen. 
  • Finally we are developing accredited courses in "Social Leadership" that will include a whiole subject on the Art of Hosting, along with Strategy, Finance and Systems.

If you want to know more you can go to (with more detail going up very soon!) or call us on 03 9946 6800 and ask for Debbie, Linette or me.

Comment by Jennifer Lea Burrows on February 22, 2011 at 6:21am
I have just booked in for the weekend- I will see you there Simon
Comment by Simon d'Orsogna on February 21, 2011 at 8:24pm

hi all

- a new invite to the March weekend deepening circle practice is just posted.

See for more info!

best wishes


Comment by Graeme Stuart on January 18, 2011 at 8:35am

Hi Kati and everyone else

I'm working at the Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni and am actively involved in Transition Newcastle. I'm currently teaching two courses (one undergraduate and one postgrad) on engaging communities and a postgrad couse on community capacity building. Unfortunately the two community engagement courses are on-line so I don't actually meet any of the students.

The capacity building course is also online but does include 3X2 hour workshops so I'm planning to incorporate AoH into these workshops. I'm also looking at how to include more material on sustainability in the community engagement courses (without pushing my agenda too much).

I'm interested in learning more about Green Steps, particularly as I see the student program is coming to Newcastle and the work one is coming to Sydney. I'd be interested in seeing if there is anyway I could help with the Newcastle course even if it is just promoting it further.

I've only had a quick look at the info on Green Steps so I will have a closer look as a first step.



Comment by Richard Harmer on January 18, 2011 at 7:37am
Hi Kati

Thanks for the post. I am Melbourne based and am keen to hear about your experiences.. With friends I convened an AofH program in October last year and was also involved in hosting an experienced practitioner retreat in October last year too.

There is a Community of Practice in Melbourne that meets spasmodically. Not sure when the next meet-up. However, Stephen Duns (also a member of this groups) may know as his organisation, Success Works, hosts Toke and Monica in Australia periodically.

My email is if you want to catch.


Comment by Valmae Rose on January 17, 2011 at 5:21pm

Thanks for the creation Mary Alice. 

How wonderful to be able to step into this already established site and find some new and dear friends on here already.  This will be a year (or three) for us, of building a community of practitioners in the art of hosting - a community that will quietly support and nurture our efforts for an inclusive community.  We have a core group of people from the Couran Cove Art of Hosting training we did in August with Toke and Monica - some of whom have hosted and worked together before and are very comfortable with conversation as a way of working with people.  We are based in Queensland but have some much loved and well aligned relations in the southern states.  Will keep you posted as our community starts to bloom.


Comment by Kati Thompson on January 13, 2011 at 7:26am
Great to see an Aussie group already started here Mary Alice, thanks!
I've recently returned to Melbourne after a year in Sweden studying my Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability in an amazing education program that used lots of AoH processes. While I was there I co-organised AoH Karlskrona, a training for 100 young people passionate about sustainability, social innovation and entrepreneurship studying across Europe (I harvested my learning as an organiser here if you'd like to read more).

I'm now coordinating a sustainability education program called Green Steps at Monash Uni and am keen to bring AoH into our work with sustainability change agents. Would love to connect with Australian AoH practitioners face to face at any upcoming get togethers or AoH gatherings in or around Melbourne.

Warmly, Kati

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