How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
I first came across hosting methods around 2008, when attending events in Leeds that involved world cafe or open space etc. These were mostly around working in/developing the city or connected to the arts scene as I was then working as a freelance artist. I often used sitting in circle and talking pieces and other methods in my community art and facilitation practice. So encountering art of hosting methods for the first time felt like coming home.
Tell us about your experience with Art of Hosting as part of your life and work. What would you say your competence in it is? (new, starting practitioner, experienced practitioner, steward)
I have been using art of hosting techniques in my facilitation work for a number of years (open space, world cafe, circle etc.), however it was in 2011 that I first went on and art of hosting training. I then felt like Art of Hosting was what I was made to do and that the whole philosophy fits with my way of being. I worked as apprentice on delivery of an art of hosting training for community organisers and was told by the stewards that I was a natural. I would say I am an experienced practitioner.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
At the moment I am working as community organiser and also delivering training in community organising so I mostly use hosting in both these areas of my work. I am interested in using hosting in different contexts.
Hello, Larna, and welcome to the Art of Hosting community! Glad to see you here. Post a photo when you can so we can really "see" you here. Then join in with all the conversations. You'll find plenty of resources here, too, to help you deepen your practice. And the more you add to your profile, the more the community can learn from you and share with you. We hope you will find value in exchanging in this virtual community! By the way, Linda Joy Mitchell and Valérie Menelec, in Leeds (about to move to Bristol) are both in the Art of Hosting community. They can be found in these conversations!