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Always Remember to Host the Whole! (Japan)
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Like a trip down a water slide, the Art of Hosting at Kiyosato, Japan began and then, quickly, was…Continue

Started this conversation. Last reply by Bob Stilger Mar 13, 2011.


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How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
I've been involved with the Art of Hosting since Berkana launched "From the Four Directions" in 2000. From the Four Directions and Berkana one one o the many ancestors of Art of Hosting and I've been lucky to play in this field for a decade now.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
Helping people find their own clarity and courage to step into their own leadership, creating healthy and resilient communities.
Where do you live/work?
All around the world. Special areas of interest include US, Japan, Southern Africa, Brazil and Australia
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Cultivating Resilience

Last week I was at an inspiring meeting in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  A dozen of us gathered from different parts of the US to continue an exploration of common ground.  There's a confluence happening.  Especially over the last decade people have been working with different words to explore the same questions: How do we create healthy communities?  Communities where happiness is pursued, not  consumption.  Communities where people live with the graceful bounty of this planet rather than…


Posted on April 7, 2012 at 11:55am

Art of Hosting: A Way of Being in Japan

I'm back in Japan.  Gathered this weekend, once again, in Kiyosato where we held two major art of hostings in Japan last year.  Mt.  Fuji still sits with majesty on the horizon.  The food is still excellent.  The onsen is once again very hot.  AND, much has changed.


I've been in Japan for four days.  Listening, sensing, trying to understand what is present here -- what is possible here -- that was not possible before.…


Posted on April 9, 2011 at 6:47pm — 2 Comments

Resilience in Japan

Much is stirring in Japan these days. My own journey there began 40 years ago when I "escaped" from the US. Those were the days of the Vietnam War and when the National Guard murdered 4 students at Kent State and the USA began to bomb Cambodia. I -- a young War Proterster -- was pushed over the top. I had to leave. Had to get out. A door opened to Japan; I knew it was over there near China (I'd taken a Chinese history class).

My life was changed. I sometimes speak of how my life has… Continue

Posted on March 30, 2011 at 11:39am — 2 Comments

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At 11:23pm on February 21, 2011, So Yoshida said…
Wow! It's nice to hear you are knee getting well! I look forward to see you, too with too many questions :)
AoH Japan restarted as a new community from Jan. I wanna this community will be for Minna!
At 2:14am on February 20, 2011, Charlie Kawahara said…
Dear Bob,

It is great to hear your revovery from you!

I feel it is a big change of paradigm for these months.

Look forward to talking with you again!

At 2:36am on February 19, 2011, So Yoshida said…

Hello, Bob.

How are you doing? How is your rehabilitation going?

I'm now this community member!


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