How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
Shambhala Institute (ALIA) June 2002, a prototype experience prior to its becoming AOH.
I had coordinated for five of my colleagues to attend the institute, with each of us registering for a different core module. I was WL for Meg Wheatley and blessedly got re-directed to Toke and Marianne's module, which opened my heart and spoke to a deep yearning to facilitate groups from a different orientation - that of invitation, hosting, and creating and holding the space for genuine engagement and wise action.
Tell us about your experience with Art of Hosting as part of your life and work. What would you say your competence in it is? (new, starting practitioner, experienced practitioner, steward)
I work for a public school district wherein I coach and mentor leaders and consultants in authentic facilitation and engagement of teachers-their hearts and minds-for learning. I use AOH methods in retreat and large learning event design. I am an experienced practitioner, and at heart a steward, though have not participated in any of the formal AOH gatherings. I am a founding partner in our local communitiy of practice that includes AOH, IAF facilitation, community developers, and people who hear the call and need a place to call "home."
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
As I begin to transition from this work fully into my independent practice, I am focusing on working with kindred spirits in retreat design, transition coaching with with women, mentoring young leaders, and working within community to enhance quality of life for all.
Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
"Moving at the pace of guidance" (thank you, Christina Baldwin)
Point Zero process painting as a way in and through (thank you, Michele Cassou)
Diving deep into the U, with stillness and silence as wise teachers (thank you, Otto Scharmer)
Letting "the beauty that we love be what we do" (thank you, Rumi)
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Welcome, Katharine, great to see you here. There are plenty of resources to have a look at and conversations to become part of -- I hope this community will be a great one for you and you a great contribution to it!