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The Art of Hosting Dojo: Practicing Participatory Leadership

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The Art of Hosting Dojo: Practicing Participatory Leadership

Time: November 14, 2013 from 6pm to 7pm
Location: 1435 N. McDowell Blvd. Ste 100
City/Town: Petaluma, California
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Phone: 707-546-5959
Event Type: day, long, dojo
Organized By: Dana Pearlman
Latest Activity: Nov 14, 2013

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Event Description

You are invited to our first local Practitioners Dojo in the Art of Hosting.

'The Art of Hosting: Practicing Participatory Leadership'
with Dana Pearlman, Jeff Aitken, Rachel Kaplan

Sunday, November 24
10 am - 5 pm
Sunflower Center, Petaluma

The Practitioners Dojo is a place to get inspired, hone skills, share new learnings, and generate collaborations to serve people and planet at wider scales.

The Art of Hosting is a set of methods and designs to foster participatory leadership in response to the needs of our time. The Dojo will focus on practices for participatory leaders: How can we “host ourselves” to play leadership roles in ways that are effective, collaborative, and sustainable.

We will engage each other with Storytelling, Embodiment, Appreciative Inquiry, World Café, and other potent hosting practices. We will deepen our connection to our work and to one another. And we will hone the meaningful questions and conversations that will inspire change in ourselves, our organizations, and our communities.

The workshop is for people who are learning the Art of Hosting and anyone who would like a taste of how the Art of Hosting works.

fee: $75 is the recommended cost to cover hosting fees and space rental. We do not want costs to be prohibitive. Please pay what you can plus a little bit more to create an economy where everyone who wants to participate can do so. Some may pay more and some less than $75. Lunch from Lydia’s kitchen will be additional (*). Or you can go offsite to eat. Please note that food may not be brought into the site.

To register, please contact Rachel Kaplan, or via phone 415-269-2721.

* details about the menu options for our event will be sent to folks who register.


Rachel Kaplan, MFT, has been engaging for over 25 years with individuals and groups crafting embodied and creative strategies for social change. Her work unites the wisdom of the body (somatics) and the power of the earth (permaculture/deep ecology) as skillful responses to 21st century challenges. She is the author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living, and The Probable Site of the Garden of Eden.

Dana Pearlman, MA, MSc designs and facilitates action learning experiences. Her academic background is in clinical psychology and strategic leadership towards sustainability. She uses participatory facilitation processes and powerful questions to enable deeper wisdom at the individual, team, community and collective levels. Her intent is to steward capacity building in order to manifest a world that is more whole, interconnected and in alignment with our true selves for wiser impact. Her sweet spot is at the intersection of authentic leadership, tapping into other ways of knowing (beyond cognition) the world, collective healing and community building in order to accelerate the profound transformation that is needed in our world. She also co-authored The Lotus: a practice guide for authentic leadership towards sustainability. 

Jeff Aitken hosts inspired conversations, coaches community leaders, and cultivates communities of practice around arts of hosting, drama therapy, transformative education, and nonviolent social change. His PhD focused on the Open Space meeting method in community conversations toward resilience.

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