Ruta Jonuseviciute and I like to share the story how we got mates at a training and became buddygurads for each other using AoH Methods. We also found out some guidelines how to buddyguard each other so you never work alone.
Did you ever come back from a training thinking, how can I share my learnings and reflect on what has happened during the last few days? Ever felt like you needed a softer landing coming home after a training? That’s how I felt after being apprentice at a training in Dubingiai, Lithuania where Ruta and I met in November 2015.
Since the impact of the training was so powerful and the topics so meaningful, we decided to meet online to share our learnings after the training and to make inquiries where we can practice what we have learned. That’s how it started with the two of us, which turned eventually what we call now “buddyguarding”.
We agreed to be meeting on Sunday mornings since this was a perfect timing for both of us to reflect on the things that happened during the last week and to get ready for the next week.
At first the aspect of hosting ourselves was the main focus and the question was how do I host myself properly and how can I bring more attention to it. It was really supporting to focus on self hosting on a regular basis. In this way we could share our processes. In the following months the focus shifted more onto the question of how to actually use the AoH methods in our own contexts. Ruta works in a IT corporate business as IT Project Manager and I work as a Systemic Coach. I benefited a lot from having a buddyguard and since 1 year my Sundays always start with Art of Hosting.
Over the time I realized how important it is to have someone to share, especially when you come home from a AoH training. For me the trainings are quite intense experiences and when i come home it feels like I have to learn how to walk again. Being connected to someone who speaks the same language is a great gift and helps me to create a soft landing into the real world. And at the same time we can “keep the fire burning” in between trainings or gatherings.
Over the time we invited people to join us to practice AoH together. We worked on projects as well as personal topics using AoH methods. And we still invite people to come by to “sit with us by the fire” once they feel the need to warm up and share. This is an invitation to you to be an active part of the AoH Community and to keep it alive.
Here are some guidelines we discovered to be helpful:
If you want to buddy up with someone or hear more, feel free to contact us. We love to share our experiences.
(with help from Ruta during one of our buddyguard sessions)
Ruta Jonuseviciute (https://www.facebook.com/rutajon)
Andreas Giesen (https://www.facebook.com/andreas.giesen.3)