Flow of Day 2
Story of Day 2
by Ceri Lan
The second day started with our first morning practice hosted by participants with different activities such as meditation, dance movement, martial art, Zen walking meditations or simply free time for creative conscious practice. One of the best thing about Art Of Hosting are the people in it. Both the host team and the participants are like match mates in heaven. They are undeniably unique yet naturally connected like one. We felt a sense of belonging regardless of which group we joined or happen to meet despite the fact we might have met them all for the first time.
My personal experience in the meditation group was empowering. The collective presence allow us to find peace beautifully to start our day. It was a very bonding and supportive experience for us that we continue to host the meditation group after the training is over.
As we arrived to the training hall to start the day, a big poster of “Welcome to the space of open mind” was at the entry door. I felt the opening of the day with a warm welcome & framing, continued by a meta harvest from day 1 and check in from all participants. One of the thing I appreciated very much in the Art Of Hosting anyone can feel instantly was the respect for creativity and individual voice. There is a silent trust in the air that we breath in more powerfully than any declaration. This gave all of us space to be welcomed, to be natural and to be heard. It set a perfect space for all of us to discover and grow with a sense of security and support.
We continued with an outdoor activity called the World Café. Let’s imagine a powerful space pulled in by one focus. Together, we sit in groups of 4 or 5 around small tables, equipped with colorful pen, an open space of white paper, in rapt conversation with each other around the same question – a question that is engagingly relevant to meaningful conversations. After 20 minutes or so, all but one person at every table get up, move randomly to another table, sit down again and carry on talking, continuing the conversation around that same question. This continues, till groups are invited to share the insights that have arisen from the conversation at their tables. We throw in a Bingo for similar ideas shared, and absorb new insights that was shared by other explorers. At the end, there was a lot of fun with collective harvest to the one important question.