How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
I first participated in an AoH in Gallup, NM in 2007. This experience set in motion learning as much as I could about the processes of World Cafe, OST, AI and Circle. I found myself yearn more and more to experience the depths of being in authentic relationship.
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)
For the last 5 years I have studied the collaborative and participatory processes of AoH (separately and in varied combinations) within both the community and clinical settings of the Indian Health Services. I would say my professional and personal worlds have merged, and that AoH is very much a way of life for me...it is my practice, my way of being and staying grounded. I am evolving in my practice of methods, tools and techniques of AoH (continuously) and therefore I may be more experienced than someone starting out, but a beginner when compared to the likes of Tenneson or Chris Corrigan! I enjoy facilitation, design and application of the methods both as a practitioner and as a participant.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
I initially started working primarily at the local level with native communities hosting topics in the areas of community health, wellness, and community development. From there I transitioned into the formal health care setting where I developed a Nursing Cafe Series for nursing leadership. Presently, I am collaborating on a Health Care Community of Practice/AoH between the Navajo Area (HPDP Program) Indian Health Service and the Bemidji Area (HPDP Program) Indian Health Service exploring how to 'weave' communities of practice between our current health care system and native communities. Weaving includes the integration of Human Systems Dynamics (HSD) tools and methods, emergent processes, Bridges out of Poverty/Bridges into Health applications, Indigenous/Native wisdom and complexity leadership applications.
Where do you live/work?
I live in Bemidji, MN and I work with the Indian Health Service across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
Pursuing a doctorate in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. My dissertation will align with narrative (story) of participant experiences and their learning of being apart of a Health Care Community of Practice.
Enjoy mountain bike riding, am fairly new to MN and would like to explore MN, WI bike trails, as well as canoe from Ely, MN to Bemidji this summer.
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Welcome to the Art of Hosting Ning community, Michelle, glad to see you here! Please add a picture, when you can, so we can really see you here, and the more you add to your profile, the more the community can help you & connect to you. There are plenty of resources here, please add your own and join the conversation! Might see you back in MN this year sometime!