written by Michele, as invitation for an AoH training in Montréal:
Why it's called the ART of hosting and not the TECHNIQUES of hosting.... A full blog post is needed on this, but I wanted to respond to a question I'm hearing from many people - "If I already know how to do a World Cafe or an Open Space forum, why do I need to pay for this training?" There are several answers to this.
* First, hosting is a personal practice, like a martial art. It's a never-ending process of deepening and unfolding. This event will be like a dojo, with deeply experienced masters supporting us.
* Second, we are gathering to connect and grow a community of practice so that a culture of hosting can spread across the region. I believe such a culture is vitally needed here, and everywhere.
* Third, the beginning of the year is a perfect time to pause in a beautiful setting, surrounded by kind-hearted people, to envision what we want for the coming year.
There are more reasons, but these are at the top of my list. I'll be very happy to see you there!