"I'm just getting acquainted with social media, Jay, but this sounds very interesting. I'm interested to learn more. One of my goals is not only to be more connected when with others in hosting spaces but also to find a meaningful way to…"
How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
I had heard about some of the AOH practices in an oblique way but a conversation with a friend in Nova Scotia really sparked an interest. I decided to attend a retreat on Vancouver Island in October of 2009. Despite arriving exhausted and burnt out, I left feeling energized and open with many new ideas dancing around my head. I am still getting acquainted with the practice and am looking for ways to incorporate some of the learnings into my daily life and work.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
Not yet, but I am becoming interested in the art of framing powerful questions and of hosting spaces that foster deep reflection and dialogue - not least for myself. As I deepen my understanding, I look forward to one day hosting others.
Where do you live/work?
I work in Calgary, Alberta
Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
I am interested in traditional culture and community. I come from the Scottish Gaelic communities of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and have a keen appreciation of the power and value of story-telling, song, music and dance - not only as art forms but also as deeply important parts of community and identity and as natural and beautiful spaces that allow people to come together in meaningful ways. I would like to find ways to keep making these deeper connections in my life and work.
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