I just reviewed the notes I took when I attended Beyond the Basics (BtB) last April in Ohio. I was impressed by the sheer volume of wisdom and heartspeak I gleaned from those three days, more than just about any co-learning experience I’ve had. There were the Cliffs Notes takeaways that I can rattle off whenever anyone asks me to talk about BtB, but I smiled a wonderful internal smile when I saw some of the things I’d written that I had not considered since the last time I looked at my notes (and it had been way too long). Note to self – dig out my hosting learning notes more frequently.
I have been hosting my entire life without the language to really call it that. I attended my first Art of Hosting experience during summer 2011 and it provided a great package upon which to hang what I had been doing and new models and methods for consideration. With my co-hosts and co-learners we would talk about the need to move from divergence to convergence to action to results. It always seemed like it was the results piece that needed the most attention.
When I first heard that Tuesday, Tim, Chris, and Caitlyn were offering BtB, I knew I was ready for a big booster shot for my practice. And they came through in ways I couldn’t have anticipated. It is that attention to results for which I am most grateful or “getting s*** done” as Tim calls it. I don’t want to give too much away because I want others to come to St. Paul this year, but if you are able to attend, they have an incredible smorgasbord to share with you about core teams, power, and limiting beliefs, plus a wealth of other gems. All of this celebrated with those delightful people from our practices who show up for this kind of thing.
This academic year at the University of Minnesota, I have had the good fortune to co-host some incredible events around campus climate with other AoH/AoPL practitioners and the amazing core team we have formed. BtB learnings have greatly influenced this work, so my participation last April could not have been more timely.
Yesterday I was able to visit the Wellstone Center which will be the site of our immersion experience. I was reminded of what a special place this is. The positive energy there is palpable with some gorgeous art of all kinds around. One of my favorite Paul Wellstone quotes is “We all do better when we all do better.” Driving through the neighborhood after way too long warmed my spirit as well.
See you in St. Paul in early May, right?