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Art of Hosting Trainings

Here is a listing of upcoming Art of Hosting trainings worldwide – mostly 3-day events where you are immersed in and learn about the basics of Art of Hosting. Some of these trainings have a specific focus on top of the general training, mostly mentioned in the calling question.

There might be other events mentioned in this list, but they will all have entry-level quality (so no previous experience required) and will rely heavily on the Art of Hosting DNA for its design.

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2 June - 4 June 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria

Participatory Leadership training in Bulgaria

How do we do more collaborative and meaningful work so that our organisations, projects and communities can thrive?

Participatory Leadership Training


  • Are you looking to work in a way that has deeper meaning for you? Work that makes a difference in the world, is personally fulfilling and financially sustainable.

  • Is your organisation facing change and in need of a new way forward?

  • Are you wishing to collaborate and be more interconnected? To scale up your ideas and your work in the world?


Then this training is for you!


How do we do more collaborative and meaningful work so that our organisations, projects and communities can thrive?



There is no time like now. We’re living in an increasingly changing, complex and unpredictable world. While uncertainty grows, pressure for immediate results seams to increase, overwhelming and disconnecting people, increasing turnover and compromising the long term sustainability of our collective efforts, At the same time many of us are feeling the call to do work that makes a difference, work that is meaningful, fulfilling and that we can make a living from. However stepping into this takes courage and involves risk.


Our team is seeking new ways of working more collaboratively in authentic partnership. We have designed this training to offer some new approaches and perspectives on finding and sustaining meaningful work that makes a difference to our communities, our teams, our organisations, our county and our planet.


What is participatory leadership?

Participatory Leadership is a practice based on methods and mental models that together create the right conditions for all the ideas, opinions and skills of a group of people to emerge in a creative way, especially when new solutions are needed. It is the outcome of a 15-year process aiming at the development of its theoretical base as well as its practical application worldwide –and it is offered by an international network of practitioners and consultants. Participatory Leadership is based on self-organization principles, participation and non-linear solutions with an emphasis on individual and collective progress.

*AoH Sofia is part of the international Art of Hosting network and offers  Art of Hosting/Participatory Leadership trainings in Bulgaria (in collaboration with international colleagues/practitioners).


What to expect?

  • Theory, methods and practical tools that can help you to create work which is meaningful for you, your stakeholders and the whole eco-system.


  • Laboratory for practicing collaboration where you can bring your ideas, projects and challenges to work on, co create with others and to find ways to apply the learning in your own contexts after the training.


  • A space for meeting people with similar values and ideas and learning from their stories and experiences.


Your hosting team is a group of experienced trainers and entrepreneurs working in participation theory and practice worldwide who are themselves inquiring and experimenting with creating meaningful work through collaboration.

Some examples of our recent work include:

  • Working with corporations, non-profit organisations and governmental institutions to help them create shared visions for strategic development

  • Designing and leading long-term participatory processes with various stakeholders

  • Deciding to create our own meaningful work and taking the financial risks of creating and collaborating to develop it

Some of the organisations we have worked with are: CEZ, European Commission, WWF, Bulgarian Association for People Management, Municipal Foundation Plovdiv 2019, Municipality of Athens, Bosch Foundation, Salvis Pharma.

Practical information

During the 3-day experiential training we will learn, explore and practice:

  • Participatory methods of engaging small and large groups in conversation.

  • Forms and strategies to build up co-operation and collaboration.

  • World Views and models that will help you to work with complexity.

  • New perspectives, tools and practical ways of engaging a diverse group of people to discover new ideas and solutions by working generatively with complexity, conflict and emergence.

  • Process Design, i.e. planning the process before implementation, as a structure for new potential and possibilities to emerge.

  • Theories, models and teaching sessions from experienced practitioners.

Dates: Friday, June 2 at 10:00 am until Sunday, June 4 at 05:00 pm.


Standard fee: 450 EUR (paying the full fee would contribute to the solidarity fund)
Flexible fee (NGO/freelance/consultants/entrepreneurs/government): 300-450 EUR  Reduced fee (supported by the solidarity fund): 150 EUR

*We believe money should not be a barrier for participation and this is why we invite you to contribute to our solidarity fund  which will help more participants to attend at a reduced fee. Please support our fund here


Hosted by:Maria Scordialos, Linda Joy Mitchell, Odysseas Velentzas, Anton Valkov, Anna Dimitrova, Atanas Genkov, Vihra Dincheva, Zlatina Tsvetkova, Martin Sirashki, Maya Ivanova

Registration details

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