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Valentina Catena
  • Female
  • Rome- Milan- Bari
  • Italy
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  • Cristiano Siri
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How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
First time I heard of AoH was back in 2009. Since then I started experimenting with the methods. In 2011 I was part of the calling circle for the AoH training in Berlin, with lots of learning along the process. In January 2012 I am apprentice at the AoH training in Denmark and I keep on working deepening my field of interest on complex systems. Nowadays I'm settling the ground for the AoH Italian community of practitioners :
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)
Art of Hosting for me is more than a simple facilitation tool-box. It is the training of the ability to mutually inspire and grow with other people. To foster human excellence and set relationships on sharing experiences and insights as default. I personally try to do this during the facilitation of grass-root, real social network community-based events (such as and But I also try to apply the same care during my numerous hitchhiking rides across Europe, in the art projects I do (where I collect stories in exchange for bread), and in the workshops and community of practice I co-facilitate. Let's say that AoH has its applications wherever human connections are.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
At the moment, I am focusing on learning about Transformation of people, organization, society and complex systems.
My main interests are in the field of action research, multi-stake holders engagement, art and personal-memory, transition to alternative more sustainable lifestyles and cities, and the promotion of critical thinking.
Where do you live/work?
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Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
Vipassana Meditation, Tango, Hitchhiking and Learning Journeys, Photography, Bike touring, Hospitality Exchange, Hot Chocolate, Psychology, StoryTelling, PEOPLE.

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At 1:03pm on March 5, 2014, Katharine Weinmann said…

Lovely, Valentina.  I may be back in touch to connect you to a woman in Portugal who is living the same dynamic.  One of my AOH "mates", and co-hosts in several local offerings, just returned home to Canada from a month in Portugal.  A lost jacket in a car rental resulted in the fortuitous meeting with lovely Helga.  A short but meaningful conversation with the promise to continue via email and skype.  We'll see.  Thank you.

At 8:25pm on November 4, 2011, Luigi Spiga said…
Dear Valentina, Welcome in AoH Italy ... Which is related to SoL Italy. Luigi
At 9:36am on March 16, 2011, Frauke Godat said…
At 10:00pm on February 28, 2011, Rowan said…

A very warm welcome Valentina
Hope you find this space useful and will help keeping it alive and vibrant.

It would be great if you could fill in some more profile information to get a better sense of who you are and what you are bringing to this community.  We believe that the quality of this space reflects what people bring to it, and we’d like to make it easy for others to connect with you.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to drop me a line.

Warm regards

On behalf of the online hosting team
Rowan Simonsen

At 1:21pm on February 28, 2011, Benjamin Aaron Degenhart said…

yay! hello Valentina :) a very warm welcome to you here, great that you joined! 

i am excited to hear about the developments in Berlin with the Art of Transformation Lab and now potentially an AoH coming up... so cool :)


Hope you find this space useful and will help keeping it alive and vibrant.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to drop me a line. When you find a moment to add some more information in your profile, that'd be great.


Warm regards,


On behalf of the online hosting team

Benjamin Aaron Degenhart


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