I teach, design and host circle-based processes for groups who want to meet and work together in a more collaborative way.
I live in New Westminster, BC, Canada, on the unceded territory of the QayQayt and Coast Salish people.
I offer practices and structures for groups who want to:
- Foster collaborative or participatory leadership
- Discover how they can more effectively work and communicate together
- Create a healthier system or community
- Navigate uncertainty and possibility
- Move to decision and wise action
My work includes:
- Working with groups to design and host community conversations, meetings, retreats and longer-term change and transformation projects.
- Teaching and coaching The Circle Way as a transformative and collaborative meeting and management and leadership process.
- Creating innovative conference experiences to bring more connection and authentic engagement.
- Co-leading Art of Hosting Participatory Leadership learning experiences.
- Hosting workshops and retreats on methods and practices related to personal and participatory leadership.
The Art of Hosting is a highly effective way of harnessing the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity of groups of any size. Based on the assumption that people give their energy and lend their resources to what matters most to them – in work as in life – the Art of Hosting blends a suite of powerful conversational processes to invite people to step in and take charge of the challenges and opportunities facing them.
The circle is an ancient form of meeting that has gathered humans into respectful conversations for thousands of years. Circle process is a shape where everyone can see and hear each other, it’s an experience of sharing story and deeper listening, and is a process that supports every voice into collaborative decision-making and creative problem solving. Circle creates space for listening, story, questions, possibilities and shared leadership.
“Circle gives us space to sit down in our not knowing, to hear each other out, and to hold on to the story while taking the next step forward.” ~ Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea, authors of The Circle Way
A bit more about my background…
I worked in the cooperative sector for nearly seventeen years, with thirteen of them in Human Resources, including designing, developing and delivering leadership curriculum, organizational change projects and collaborative strategic planning processes. In 2010 I began the journey to self-employment. I’m a group process artist, skilled in designing participatory gatherings using circle-based methodologies to host and harvest conversations for thoughtful change, working with non-profits, churches, schools, associations, task-groups, networks and organizations. I’m a co-leader of Art of Hosting trainings, a teacher of the Circle Way, and I enjoy integrating different modes such as dialogue, improv, movement and visuals to host space with life and energy.