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MAFN's November 19th Online Workshop: Experience the Art of Hosting

  • 11/19/2021
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Online using Zoom


Registration is closed

Duration: 3-hour workshop (includes a little networking time)

About the workshop

  • What if conversation truly is the medium for transformation? How do we make them better?

  • How do you skillfully interweave participatory practices so they support groups to stay together to get the good stuff done? 

  • What are the key practices that can turn you into a well-seasoned host of emergent space?

The Art of Hosting & Harvesting Conversations That Matter ( is an international practice field created to support ordinary people to host and harvest the conversations that matter most to them. It combines the methods of Circle, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space, World Café and a focus on the Fourfold Practice, a map for practitioners about how to balance their personal practice.

In this workshop, we will delve into both the personal practice of the Art of Hosting and its practical application. We’ll ask you to be both participants and also practitioners, actively working as a field to create collective wisdom from our time together. Rather than focusing on the technicalities of the methods, we will focus on how they become potent partners in the dance of working well together.

Your host is Mary Alice Arthur (, an international steward of the Art of Hosting.

NOTE: This workshop will be recorded for distribution to all who register (breakout rooms will not be recorded).

This is a 3-hour online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 3pm EST.


Mary Alice Arthur is a Story Activist working with story in service of positive systemic shift and for focusing collective intelligence on critical issues. She guides people to find and activate the story that will take them into a larger and more authentic future. With story as an ally, people become the visionary leaders, changemakers and paradigm shifters they want to be. They learn to trust themselves and that makes them shine. They know story is our lens on the world and determines our agency. They have the knowledge and tools to change it for the better.

She is an internationally recognised process host, building capacity for people to bring their stories to life and create change together with more than 25 years in practice. She loves to work with large and small systemic stories holding keys for a more generative future. She is a steward of Art of Hosting, teaching participatory practice around the world and a co-creator of the Collective Story Harvest methodology.

Mary Alice is the author of 365 ALIVE! Find your voice. Claim your story. Live your brilliant life. and hosts THE STORY DOJO, an online community focused on the power and practice of story. She works with individuals, communities and organizations around the world.


  • No refunds or credits for registration cancellations.
  • Registration closes at midnight the day before the workshop.
  • Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details 1 day in advance and the morning of the event. Please be sure to look for the link in your email.
  • Workshops begin promptly at 12:00PM EST.  Please log on at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure your internet connections, audio and other settings are functioning properly.
  • MAFN Members have access to all online workshop recordings via the MAFN website.
  • For registration or membership questions contact

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