Info Calls – Ask us anything about the AoH training 2024 in Vietnam

Info Calls – Ask us anything about the AoH training 2024 in Vietnam

The 5th Art of Hosting training in Vietnam is coming soon in March 2024. No training is the same – some of us who have attended all 4 of them can confidently confirm that. We learned from the past trainings that whether you are coming back or totally new to an AoH training, there are many questions every time you consider joining one. Naturally, we often get much more nuances through a direct conversation than reading tens of web pages.

So, we offer 2 Info Calls in January for this purpose. If you are curious about Art of Hosting in general, or the next training in particular, come and have a chat with some of us from the organizing and hosting team, and other future participants as well.

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When Every Meeting is an Opportunity to Practice

When Every Meeting is an Opportunity to Practice

Written by Nam Taro

In 2018, I joined the Art of Hosting (AOH) training for the first time. I joined it because of a profound fascination for the Circle Way practice; and also because I want to have firsthand experience with stewards of AOH and more of its methods. After joining this year (2022) AOH training, reflecting on the experience, I am ever more convinced that it stands as one of the most significant experiences in my three decades of life.

This training is not the same as any other training I have been. In almost all activities, learning is co-created through meaningful questions and conversations wherein each participant fosters an opportunity to lend their voice to the collective wisdom. From the initial moments that we were within the whole-group circle, we jointly commit to five foundational principles in order to practice “living in community” throughout the four-day and three-night sojourn in Ninh Bình:

1. “Listening with attention”: We listen to understand, to connect, without interruption.

2. “Speak with intention”: We speak from a place of authenticity and clarity of intention.

3. “Take care of the group’s well-being”: We remain observant of our individual influence (energy, intent) upon others, making appropriate adjustments to optimally contribute to the group.

4. “Invite openness and curiosity”.

5. “Ask for what you need, offer what you can”.

These principles might appear simple, yet their power is profoundly realized only when we get caught up in the cycle of worrying, defending our opinions, proving ourselves; we begin to “step on each other’s words”, or abandon each other in the process of co-creation. Just then, we even more appreciate the power of such simple practices.

In my own experience of this journey, in four days and three nights, it was about reminding each other to practice these principles, observing the wondrous outcomes that can only arise when individuals are genuinely receptive to learning from one another, forging transformative and deep-rooted lessons. Before the training commenced, I assisted in curating a list of essential specialized terminologies encapsulating the spirit of “hosting”. This process also helped me as a personal reminder of “practice” – a simple term, yet embodying the most fundamental value of our community:

The verb ‘practice’ denotes the repeated execution of an activity or skill to achieve or maintain mastery in it. As hosts, we practice hosting; as harvesters, we practice harvesting. This language reminds us that we are ever within the continuum of learning.

Heeding the five principles, there lies an invitation to “continuously practice” listening, sharing, and nurturing each other. The essence of the Art of Hosting is uncomplicated, and its beauty lies in the commitment to practice the most subtle things in our mindset and our communication behaviors.

In the viewpoints of mindset, we will never be flawless in communication. There will be times when we are to stumble and inadvertently hurt each other. What counts is the courageous choice to come back and “practice again”.

In the viewpoints of behaviors, individual and interpersonal “hosting” practices lay the foundation for broader systemic change. A system is able to be open to change only when every cell-unit  knows how to foster opportunities for dialogue and intelligence sharing, transforming collectively from the ground up. The Art of Hosting’s large-scale methodologies are all built upon these underpinnings. A thriving living system requires robustness at the cellular level, ready for collaborative work, nurturing each other’s strength.

Wrapping up my recent four-day and three-night experience at the Art of Hosting Training succinctly, it is a space for us to practice a community life together—a place where each individual faced challenges to embrace diverse worldviews, learn from every decisions in communication, and witness their contributions to a broader system.

Here, we did not merely ask ourselves, “What is your intention for yourself?” but perpetually inquired, “What is your intention for those around you?” This marks the commencement of an invitation to “practice” living, playing, and working together, and, just as crucial, to be authentic in a world striving for the good of all.

For a deeper understanding of the practices within the Art of Hosting, I invite you to read the Four Fold Practice by author Phạm Quang Linh

Art of Hosting – Art of Living

Art of Hosting – Art of Living

Written by Trang Iris

Unexpectedly, an urge of writing down has come to me to save and remember this moment.

It was about November when I came back to the 4th AOH training. With a simple intention to witness, listen to, and receive whatever happening in the training, I joined without any specific expectation. But then, somehow, surprisingly, miracle happened to me when I told my personal story to other participants.

Well, in this flow of thoughts, I recall when I was studying at Knowmads, André told me a thing that I will never forget, and indeed, still remember now.

“Everytime I need to make a decision, especially the hard one, I will imagine the day I were old, sitting with my grandchildren and I were telling them my life stories. I will ask myself “What am I going to do to make a cool story that I love to tell them at that point?”

My motto in the profile seems similar to the spirit of Andre’s sharing, “Here comes my purpose: To live a life that is worth living so I will have a story that is worth telling.”

Yes, I have been following the way of living as the motto.

And, it keeps accompanying me, also in this AOH training.Sitting and reflecting with a friend on the experience, I told her: “I have no intention to tell the story in this AOH because I have told it many times before. Still, it emerges in its own way, in a surprising way, so, I let it express.” True! The story wants to be told, and it wants to go out to touch others without my planning or imagination.

I have lived that story once in my life, but it keeps revealing its layers of influence on me and others more than what I think it is. So, I cannot describe it more than accept that it is a miracle.

Since today, my purpose or motto changes a little bit “To live a life that I enjoy living, so I will have a story that I enjoy telling.