What is a Practitioners’ Gathering? Why should I come?

A Practitioners’ Gathering is a time for practitioners to come together to share their personal journeys during these COVID times and how and where they have been practising, and to reflect on the call for our practice now and how it might develop. While the Gathering is called by Art of Hosting practitioners, others working or interested in participatory practice are warmly welcome.

What can I expect?

At this point we have a simple design for our time at Štatenberg. We aim to begin by checking in together and then harvest and reflect on our practice using Collective Story Harvest. Then we move to Open Space where anyone can offer a topic or activity. We plan a break in nature or visits in the surrounding area mid-week. While there is not enough bandwidth onsite to offer virtual participation, it is our intention to harvest our experience for the wider community.

What is the history of AoH Gatherings?

In 2012 Mary Alice Arthur called a Learning Village. At that point, it was about 10 years since the beginning of Art of Hosting at Castle Borl. Since the castle was no longer fit as a venue, the Learning Village took place at Štatenberg. Another gathering was held there in 2013, and we had a further gathering in 2016 at Debeli Rtič on the coast.

These gatherings sprouted other Practitioner meetings around the world. And so on…

Now it is 10 years since our 2012 event and Slovenian practitioners Marjeta Novak and Petra Založnik listened to the suggestions of their fellow local facilitators and invited a team to begin co-creating this year’s event.

What is Slovenia like?

What more encouragement would we need to say that we LOVE Slovenia? Slovenia even has love as its middle name! It will give you a warm welcome!

They are like their Austrian neighbours in their work ethic and like their Italian neighbours in their love of family and food. Slovenians are committed nature enthusiasts and there is great beauty to be found in the lush landscape, mysterious caves and stunning coastline.

We’re sure you will be tempted to hang out here for a long time to enjoy what Slovenia has to offer!

What else could I do in Slovenia?

Slovenia is the green heart of Europe, where everyone can find something for themselves. It’s difficult to find such a small region offering so much anywhere else in the world. Four different worlds are combined into a magnificent symphony that can be felt in culture, gastronomy and natural wonders. Whether you enjoy walking well-trodden paths or prefer to turn off the beaten track, you will find stunning beauty and boutique experiences tailored just for you everywhere you go.

Here you can check the things you can do in Slovenia.

Slovenia is waiting for you to explore it. In your own way.

What about language?

The language of our gathering is English. And we’ll be creating a Welcome Guide for you that will give some Slovenian phrases that might be helpful.

In addition to Slovenian, most people in Slovenia speak English. Which simplifies traveling, getting around and finding your way to the location.