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Harvesting the fruits of the Art of Hosting

On November 1-4, YPID, in collaboration with IICRD and the Pender Island Restorative Justice Program, hosted a four-day Art of Hosting session at beautiful Poets Cove Resort on Pender Island, British Columbia.

The Art of Hosting is a global community of practitioners using integrated participatory change processes, methods, maps, and planning tools to engage groups and teams in meaningful conversation, deliberate collaboration, and group-supported action for the common good. The Art of Hosting training is an experience for deepening competency and confidence in hosting group processes - Circle, World Café and Open Space and other forms of hosting which proceed meaningful, collaborative conversations and decision processes.

Pawa Haiyupis, one of the facilitators, reflected back to the group about her journey at Poets Cove:

Ancestral roots ground me through the soul of my boots. In pursuit of connection, looking at you I see my reflection. Art of hosting session sharpens life lessons. You have my full attention. Elder welcomes us to her territory on the Salish Sea and awakens blood memories. Everyone should have the time to share their story. Feel the glory of courageous leadership. It’s fresh and hip... everyone is doing it.

The weekend focused on building and exploring the power of connection, listening and hosting meaningful conversations. Participants found themselves reflective, sharing stories, connecting to 

one another and co-creating a collaborative understanding of what it means to host meaningful conversations. Participatory tools were shared and built upon and harvesting the diverse wisdom from both the facilitators and participants was encouraged and explored.

For picture of this event, check out my album on my YPID page! 

To read more about this incredible event, view the notes harvested and read more of Pawa's journey through this amazing event, please go to:

To learn more about the Art of Hosting or to find out how to participate in a Art of Hosting session near you, please go to

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