The Art of Hosting (with) the Field

From hosting the invisible to invisible hosting

August 10 – August 15, 2018  (starting and ending at 5.00 pm)

In this five-day retreat and training, we will collectively explore what we create invisibly – beyond methodologies and tools – to host spaces of power and possibility; starting with the following questions:

  • What or who is hosting us when we host in dialogue?
  • How does the inner quality of the host impact the quality of hosting, dialogue and results?
  • How can I clean up my inner space as I am growing my capacities as host, partnering with the field?
  • What practices, methodologies, ceremonies help groups connect with the higher intent?
  • How do we intentionally collaborate with space and non-human realms?
  • How do we get from worldviews to wholeness?
  • What are your questions?

This is not only a training. It is a conscious space to expand our inner hosting – by un-learning as much as learning, and growing the ‘art part’ of the Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations That Matter.

Register here

Being at Obenaus


This is a place to be at all levels of the Art of Hosting practice:

First-time participants in Art of Hosting

You will learn and practice the Art of Hosting in a rather small group. You meet advanced practitioners and stewards to coach you while you will step up and practice the hosting of conversations yourself.

Advanced practitioners

This is a training and even more a retreat. Over five days, explore the mastery of your practice in connect with the subtle forms of Hosting and the Space.


As you have already lead so many Art of Hosting trainings, we invite you to be with us in this retreat. Explore and share your mastery with us and move our practice forward. We invite you with a free ticket, looking forward to our common learning!

What will we explore:

  • The core Art of Hosting methods (Circle, Powerful questions, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space, Café-style dialogues, Harvesting, and more)
  • The energetic, mental, embodied and spiritual realms of hosting
  • The conscious creation of powerful places that can hold deep, transformative dialogues
  • Personal and collective intentions in service of evolution.

Who is coming:
Meet practitioners and professionals of all kinds who

  • work with other people,
  • deal with important decisions
  • are aware in your practice that you serve something larger.

Practitioners who go further in their field, like:

  • Art of Hosting practitioners and group process facilitators
  • Entrepreneurs, leaders
  • Trainers, teachers, educators, guides
  • Consultants

Hosting with you:

Rainer von Leoprechting

is originally from Germany. Inspired by Jean Monnet’s practice he introduced participatory and innovative methods like the Art of Participatory Leadership or Action Learning into the workings of the European institutions. Rainer is one of the inventors of the pro action café. Rainer’s interventions combine many methods, like the full palette of Art of Hosting practices, Systemic Constellation Work, Action Learning, or process consultation. Together with his wife Lena he moved to Austria in 2012 and started the Obenaus Community.

Lena Maria Jacobsson

Lena worked for 15 years at the European Commission in Brussels. As in-house consultant she focused on management and leadership development to enhance organisational and personal effectiveness, and wellbeing. Shortly after participating in a Peer Spirit Circle training with Ann Linnea and Christina Baldwin and an Art of Hosting training she co-pioneered these practices including process consulting in the overall European Commission organisation. Together with Rainer, she co-founded Obenaus community farm in 2012.

Marjeta Novak

is an Art of Hosting national steward and Circle carrier who hosts strategic conversations in a variety of settings – from community to business to public sector to education and NGOs. She combines a variety of strength-based approaches: hosting and facilitation; appreciative inquiry; nonviolent communication; four shileds of human nature; embodied centeredness; gift walks in nature; contemporary rites of passage to mark personal and collective transitions. Marjeta is based in her native Slovenia. More:

Guest Stewards are co-hosting

Jan-Erik Tarpila

Jan-Erik is a group process designer, learning and transformation host and participatory leadership researcher. His art is creating and hosting spaces for people to come together to create shared learning and wise action.


Could that be you?
Art of Hosting stewards welcome for shared hosting and learning
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