Art of Hosting

“As a facilitative tool, the Art of Hosting has provided me with a mechanism to access in others the words, thoughts, and feelings that form a heart-centered dialogue and conversation, often creating a sacred place for honoring the collective spirit.  In this sacred place, I have frequently witnessed a transformation of anger, hostility, and resentment to forgiveness, joy, and a willingness to explore mutual collaboration. Indeed, the Art of Hosting is a sacred tool, one that is founded on the principles of a soulful spirit, gracefully and integrally woven within a human fabric that yearns for peace and justice.”

– Michael Havercamp, Art of Hosting Participant 2008

Art of Hosting is a participative approach for leading, convening and engaging groups and teams in meaningful conversation using integrated change processes, methods, maps, and planning tools. Examples of these tools include Open Space Technology, World Cafe, Circle and Appreciative Inquiry. However, rather than working with a pre-determined agenda for the trainings, the “art” is approaching each conversation from a distinct perspective, then crafting the best design for the specific context.

The Art of Hosting community is an international group of practitioners using these processes and approaches to learn with and from one another through inquiry, sharing story and engaging in shared work. The community of practice works from the assumption and experience that we need to find new solutions for the common good, whether in corporations, government, education, non-profits, social movements, communities or families. The time is now.

The Berkana Institute has been a close partner and supporter of this self-organizing community since its inception. Learn more about the Art of Hosing community by visiting

There are several folks who have been intentionally learning with Berkana and are also North American Art of Hosting stewards. If you are interested in attending an AoH training or hosting a training to your community that is inspired and enriched by the learnings of the Berkana web, please feel free to contact one of the stewards directly:


Western Canada:
Chris Corrigan (chris[at]
Caitlin Frost (caitlin.frost[at]

Eastern Canada:
Tim Merry (tim[at]
Kathy Jourdain (kathy[at]

United States

Western US:
Teresa Posakony (teresa[at]
Tenneson Woolf (tenneson[at]

Tuesday Ryan-Hart (tuesday[at]
Jerry Nagel (jerry[at]
Lina Cramer (lina.c.cramer[at]

Eastern US:
Nancy Fritsche Eagan (nancy[at]
Martin Siesta (msiesta2[at]