When does the training start and end?

The training starts at 10.00 AM on Friday, 23 May (with registrations open from 8.00 AM).
The training ends at 18.00 hrs on Sunday, 25 May, 2014.

Can I stay at the venue the night before or after the training?

Yes, this is possible – as long as we know it well in advance, and the hotel has still room. Please mention this in the registration form (under comments), or contact the hosting team (aoplslovenia@gmail.com).
Several Slovenian participants are also willing to host you in their homes (again,contact us at aoplslovenia@gmail.com if you want to explore this option).

What will be the language of the training?

The training will be held in English. In small groups, participants may choose to use any language that they all share.
Although there will be no simultaneous interpretation into Slovenian during the training, the main methods and principles will be offered in Slovenian (in a special manual).

What is the difference between the Art of Participatory Leadership and the Art of Hosting?

Different settings use different titles; both, however, cover the same practice: that of looking for the deep patterns around groups that work, and creating meeting where people can do their best work together.

Is it true that the Art of Hosting was birthed in Slovenia?

Yes; in 2002, a group of curious international people from various fields met at Castle Borl on Miha Pogacnik’s initiative, to explore principles and conditions under which people work together well. From that first exploration, a dynamic Art of Hosting community has evolved, with a strong presence on all the continents.
We are happy to host an Art of Participatory Leadership/Art of Hosting learning event in Slovenia again – after a lapse of 10 years, during which the practice has immensely grown and spread globally.

For the whole Art of Hosting story and lineage, click here.

But what do you mean by ‘hosting’?

We have noticed that plenty of people hold meetings; many people lead meetings; and some people facilitate meetings. But there aren’t many meeting spaces where people step in, step up and take action together. This demands a different type of container to work in. The word ‘hosting’ indicates a different kind of approach. Being a good host means making sure people are looked after well so that they can do their best work together and step onto common ground. We have all been to meetings that have been well managed, but not well hosted, and often the result is ‘same old, same old’. Just as ‘hosting’ has a particular connotation, so does ‘art’, indicating that this way of working is not a recipe or a set of tools, but an art form in practice.

Who has taken part in this way of working?

The Art of Participatory Leadership/Art of Hosting has been used in all types of communities from the European Commission to neighbourhood communities to business to NGOs. It has been used for small to large scale meetings and is currently being used by the European Commission to initiate participatory leadership practices and citizen engagement. It is also being used for dramatically shifting healthcare in a major US city, and with First Nation tribes in North America. It has been scaled to community events and it has been used inside organisations.

What’s so unique about the Art of Participatory Leadership training?

two things. First, the training is offered by a Hosting team using action learning. The team will facilitate the first day, but from Day 2, participants will be asked to step forward to lead (on an invitational basis – whoever chooses to do so), and the Hosting Team will become the clients and the coaches, supporting participants to ‘learn on the job’ and gain hands on, practical skills. We learn together as a community and immediately apply what we learn.

Secondly, there is a focus both on hosting the meeting and on harvesting the meeting. Hosting is about how you create group meetings tat help people to work well together, innovate from within and make a commitment for action. Harvesting is about making sure that what gets covered in a meeting actually goes somewhere. The harvest is one of the most important parts of our work. After all, why have a meeting if nothing comes out of it?

Participants come away with practical experience in group processes and will be able to focus on specific projects with the support of participant community.Following the training, all participants have the opportunity to become part of the international Art of Hosting community.

Why is this training residential?

The training itself is quite intense: generally from 9.00 hrs – ca 19.00 hrs (except on Day I, when we begin at 10 am). Mornings and evenings also offer opportunities for learning & sharing: participants may share their own practices (yoga, aikido …), arrange a dancing, storytelling or hiking evening, or use the ‘free’ time to prepare the sessions that they choose to co-host or co-harvest (supported by the Hosting Team). In this way, the training is also a powerful community-building event, with international connections established that often last well into the years to come.
The participation fee includes accommodation (in three-bedded rooms) on full-board basis.

Can I get a single room?

Yes! A limited number of single rooms are available against a surcharge of 50 EUR.
If you require a single room, then please indicate so under comments in the registration form.

Can I just take part in the training – but not stay there overnight?

If you desire more comfort, or simply want to stay somewhere else, you can of course do so (knowing that the programme may last well into the evenings …). In this case, 60 EUR will be deducted from your participation fee. Lunches will be organised at the Planica Olympic Sports Center for the entire group, as part of the training.
In the nearby village of Ratece (pronunciation: RAH – teh – tsche), only 3 km from the venue, there are apartment/B & B options available (for a list, click here). The Kranjska Gora resort (7 km from the venue) offers a number of accommodation options in all price ranges.

If you decide to book accommodation somewhere else, then please do so yourself, and mention this in the registration form (under ‘Comments’).