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Mary Alice Arthur
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Storytelling and the art of hosting conversations that matter
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This is a call to all of you out there who are interested in storytelling, narrative practice and other related forms that add depth, richness and sensemaking to our work as hosts.  This year I'm…Continue

Started this conversation. Last reply by Chris Corrigan Sep 18, 2012.

Hosting ourselves - how we host the AoH community
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This is a conversation started by the AoH Online Hosting Team where we're asking for your contribution in how we can better host ourselves online (and maybe also elsewhere!).  What are your thoughts…Continue

Started this conversation. Last reply by Mary Alice Arthur Feb 12, 2012.

Inspiring Harvests - Principles for creating the world we want to live in
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This week I've been on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, working with a team that's holding an initiative called "Family Law Pathways".  The bottom line is keeping kids safe.  The…Continue

Tags: Story, Harvest, Collective, principles, question

Started this conversation. Last reply by Ria Baeck Sep 11, 2011.

Books, reading & resource suggestions
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Hello all! Here is a place to log your suggestions about reading and resources.Continue

Started this conversation. Last reply by Mary Alice Arthur Feb 20, 2011.


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Mary Alice Arthur is now friends with Yannis Angelis and Melina Garibyan
May 2, 2021
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AoH New Zealand

Fantastic folks who are interested in conversations that matter and based in New Zealand.
Jul 3, 2020
Alex Smith joined Mary Alice Arthur's group

AoH Australia

Fantastic folks who are interested in conversations that matter and based in Australia.
Jan 27, 2020

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How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
I first heard about the Art of Hosting from other facilitators and then read about Toke in Christina Baldwin's book "StoryCatcher". I contacted him to work on a facilitator's conference with me in 2007, and my first AoH training was 2008 in Melbourne.

What attracts me to it is how it creates a container for powerful work and that it is a practice, not a methodology. I also love that it is hosting, not facilitating, creating a space where everyone can step in, step up and do wise work together. And I'm really grateful hosting happens in teams. I was so ready to be part of team and work with the wisdom of the circle!
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)
My first AoH training was in September 2008 and I immediately joined another in October. We've had two AoH trainings in New Zealand, the first with 92 present. Since then I've been on many hosting teams for trainings and strategic meetings and also stepped into the stewarding circle. I'm keen to support teams wherever they are to do great work and bring forward their brilliance.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
What I'm bringing to AoH is my love of story and narrative practice, as well as a passion for hosting and harvesting conversations that matter and creating containers where people can step in, step up and co-create wise action together.
Where do you live/work?
I live and work wherever my bag is! Right now I live in Copenhagen.
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Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
I've spent half my lifetime in the Northern Hemisphere and half in the Southern. Now I see myself as a wanderer helping to weave the world together with each conversation. I've had a go at six languages, but English and German are the ones I can work in. I'm passionate about questions, stories, metaphor, vision, and deep listening. If you've got a great movie, I'll bring the popcorn!

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At 12:30pm on March 11, 2019, Phil Long said…

Dearest Mary - I feel I must apologise for not responding to your kind welcome greeting back in 2011. I am currently working through my email and social media backlog and I'm now only 8 years behind. Felipe (aka Phil)

At 9:09am on September 7, 2015, Søs Irini Armyrantis said…

Thank you; I feel blessed to have meet AoH!

I'm trying to upload picture and stuff, but the system is protesting ... hmmm!

At 12:27pm on September 3, 2015, Martin Cadée said…

Hi Mary Alice - thank you for the welcome note! Just uploaded a picture :) Barcelona is good. Nice to have a homebase or at least a hub again (with sunshine! :). Looking forward to catch up at some point in the not too distant future! Warm greetings, Martin

At 4:49am on August 24, 2015, Evangeline R. Bengaro said…

thank you Mary Alice :)

At 10:00pm on October 29, 2014, James Wallace said…

hi, I am new to this arena and keen to find out what is happening in New Zealand, and how I can learn from whatever is going on. Most of the NZ posts I have seen have been a couple of years old, but I understand that you are based here .. fi you know of anything local, please could you let me know? thanks ..

At 1:19am on May 17, 2014, Uma R said…

Thanks, Mary Alice. Let me find my way around this site. I am sure there is lots to share and to learn as well as to contribute. Looking forward to a fruitful interaction :)

At 5:34am on May 16, 2014, Sabine Soeder said…

:-) Big hug to you, dear friend, have fun in London!

At 11:04am on April 4, 2014, silvia mora said…

Dear Mary Alice, thank for your welcome! Although I joined 5 years ago, I have not really been active until now... so it's the perfect time to be welcomed :-) The Tell and Draw experience with you, Sabine and the other participants was so envigorating... I suspect I am going to be around here on a regular basis from now on ;-) hugs

At 2:20am on April 4, 2014, silvia mora said…

Good morning Mary Alice, found your friendship request and it actually worked :-) lovely picture of you! Have a great weekend and see you around ther artofhostingning :-) Silvia


At 12:29pm on March 16, 2014, Tijmen Rumke said…

Well thank you :)! Of course a warm hug back!


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