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Valerie Meillaud
  • Morges, Vaud
  • Switzerland
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How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
From Nancy (Paris) who was at Embercombe (UK) for a Friends' Weekend - on 18th May 2014.
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)
New - I have experience in a number of check ins (outside Art of Hosting).
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
I am interested in the thematic of kitchen and cooking, and how with both men and women working, the role of the "meal maker" has disappeared, making for a loss of the value of this role. This results in less time allocated to cooking and more stress in meal preparations, with ingredients chosen in what are often rushed situations. The pleasure and opportunity to socialise during this activity disappears, and the value attributed to food is lost.
I am also interested in urban knitting projects and considering starting one in my home city.
I have an interest for breath work, though no in-depth knowledge in this field.
Where do you live/work?
I live in Morges and work in Gland - both in Vaud, Switzerland.
Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
In addition to the ones listed above, I am a soap maker and am interested in herbs and their properties.

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At 12:48pm on May 20, 2014, Nancy Bragard said…

Me too Valerie! And I really hope you can be part of the collective process in early October. Our practice is this: if you feel called to this and the price is prohibitive, open a conversation with us. We never want money to get in the way of people participating in Art of Hosting workshops. Conversations are everything ... starting here!

All the best, hope you had a serene "re-entry" back in Switzerland.

At 4:56pm on May 19, 2014, Nancy Bragard said…

Hello, Valerie, and welcome to the Art of Hosting community, I'm so pleased to be the administrator to welcome you to the site! 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! And have a look at what's happening in Switzerland, there is an Art of Hosting seminar in early October. The link is I look forward to our exchanges!


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