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Conversation Harvest to the question, "What are conditions that allow spaces of non-judgment to open and remain grounded?"

Earlier this month, I attended an Experienced AofH Practitioner Retreat (in Daylesford, Australia). It was a wonderfully nourishing 1.5 days attended by just over 20 participants.

As part of an OST session hosted during the Retreat, I posed the question, “What are the conditions that allow spaces of non-judgment to open and remain grounded?”…


Added by Richard Harmer on September 22, 2010 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Harvest of Phase of Public health transformation in Nova Scotia

Hey all,

This is a harvest site of the first phase of some work we have been doing in Nova Scotia - download the harvest doc etc: .

We have been working with U Theory as the path, Berkana two loops as the meta picture for change - and Art of Hosting / Participatory…

Added by Tim Merry on September 21, 2010 at 6:47pm — No Comments

Video harvest

Hi All,

Here's a pretty cool harvest from a 3 day gathering in NOva Scotia around transforming community food security across the province - enjoy!


Added by Tim Merry on September 14, 2010 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

Progress report from Down-Under

I thought you might be interested in some progress being made in just one part of the "down-under" AoH community.

A group of organisations have entered into AoH prtactice in a deep and meaningful way, and are exploring ways to collaborate. The organisations are:…


Added by Stephen Duns on September 1, 2010 at 5:12pm — 1 Comment

Learning from Africa - Deep Democracy

The question "What can we learn from India?" was a question that I brought back from my stay in India in 2004. Soon after, the little sister question was born: "What can we learn from Africa?"

Last week-end, I had the opportunity to learn from the Deep Democracy (DD) training that developed in South Africa based on Arnold Mindell's work.

In this DD training we…

Added by Frauke Godat on August 30, 2010 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Connecting to Deep Democracy

Why was this Deep Democracy training within the Hub Summer School calling me to Rotterdam?

Deep Democracy has been on my radar since I joined Pioneers of Change approx. 5 years ago. When Myrna Lewis offered to host a training in Hub Berlin a few months back, there were not enough participants to make the training happen.

During this summer, the Hub Summer School has hooked me to go to Hub…

Added by Frauke Godat on August 30, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Torque: The Long Arc of Re-Entry

Double Torqued Ellipse, Richard Serra

Photo credit:

Somewhere in the beginnings of my adult thinking about circle work, I had to acknowledge that I am my father’s daughter.

My father…


Added by Holly Masturzo on August 5, 2010 at 11:57pm — 1 Comment

Powers of Place: Kufunda Learning Village

On Saturday, I received an invitation from Sarah to join the Powers of Place Gathering in November in Kufunda Learning Village.

When I joined the Pioneers of Change learning network 5 years ago, Kufunda started calling me to come for a learning experience in the future. Kufunda has been popping up at different… Continue

Added by Frauke Godat on August 2, 2010 at 3:11am — No Comments

Relationship between old and new story

The Open Space session that I convened in the afternoon of the third day was framed as: How will the relationship be between Citizens, Economy and Politics in the new story?, using the systemic constellation work as a way of going with it. Some of the participants were interested in the topic, others came more to have an experience with the method as such. As much as I have done and participated in constellations, I was once again fascinated by ‘the result’ we got out of only half hour… Continue

Added by Ria Baeck on August 1, 2010 at 6:39pm — 1 Comment

Nuggets of learning about the new story

We had a most wonderful day – the third – in our learning gathering Art of Humans Being. It was juicy, it had song, it had a lot of embodied stuff... I think you can say it had a wholeness and fullness to it and I saw a lot of twinkling eyes and many, many conversations going on.

I want to share the nuggets we shared at the end of the day in the ceremony firecircle, here on the land. There was no fire, but there was the music of the flute that welcomed us; as it had done in the… Continue

Added by Ria Baeck on August 1, 2010 at 6:26pm — No Comments

The Story of Us

Un unseen spark

fertilizes the space

ripening what is

between us...

Who are my mates

and who wants to play?

Who is here

and who wants

to partner

in the story of us?

What is the juice

that drips from your soul?

How do your passions

nourish the world?

If your heart is a spoon

whose holy mouth

do you feed?

What is the story of us?

A covenant with nature

without the illicit… Continue

Added by Ria Baeck on July 31, 2010 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Moving to Open Space

This is what is going on right now: Open Space!…





Added by Ria Baeck on July 31, 2010 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Elements for the New Story

Third day in our learnIng gathering. We started with some singing and then moved to some excersises that were inspired by the systemic constellation work. First it was a relating to our highest potential – life’s work – soul – higher self; all in silence and using the body to sense the nuances and try new… Continue

Added by Ria Baeck on July 31, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Reading from "Beauty - The Invisble Embrace" shared by Edveeje at the Art of Humans Being retreat in Essex MA July 30, 2010

From: Beauty. The Invisible Embrace by John O’Donohue

“Is it not possible that a place could have a huge affection for those who dwell there? Perhaps your place loves having you there. It misses you when you are away and in its secret ways rejoices when you return. Could it be possible that a landscape might have a deep friendship with you? That it could sense your presence and feel the care you extend towards it? Perhaps your favourite place feels proud of you. We tend to think of… Continue

Added by Rita Wuebbeler on July 31, 2010 at 12:25am — 1 Comment


Collages from our experience in nature... the invitation was to listen to nature. This was the overall question: What is it that humanity needs to remember in order to rewild, repattern and restory?…




Added by Ria Baeck on July 30, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments


First morning here in the Art of Humans Being in the Essex Conference center. Not yet 7 am and I see already some people around writing in their notebooks; I hear a conversation going on in the background... I’m sitting here on my bed; the sun is sending its rays through the trees’ branches. My little room being under the roof, I see branches all around, as if sitting in a tree hut.

What to tell about our half day together yesterday? I’m not sure. There is nothing that really stands… Continue

Added by Ria Baeck on July 30, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

My favourite Moments - when learning truly happens

From the 18th to the 21st I attended my first Art of Hosting training in Karlskrona, Sweden. It had the theme: young leaders collaborating for change. This was a wonderful and lovely experience. And I am thankful for everyone who made it possible.

On the second day we went into a vision quest. And even though right after the quest my mind was more blank than any help, the next morning I woke up with a quite clear picture of what I’m…

Added by Silvia Arwen Angel on February 20, 2010 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

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