Conversations that matter

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As our world is facing considerable change, we recognize that collective initiatives have an important role to play. Co-creation is a meaningful design to face complexity, increase resilience and regeneration. Nevertheless, working collectively is not straightforward. Therefore, we find it is important to reflect on how to work together.

Have you ever felt a common project ended up being carried by one individual for lack of transparency? Do you wonder how a collective project can maintain its strong original purpose by using proper communication tools?

Using the practice of ‘Art of hosting conversations that matter’, over the course of a weekend, we would like to explore:

How to weave individuals with shared values into thriving collective projects with impact?


What you will learn by doing

  • Conduct meaningful conversations and harvest new insights and innovative actions based on collective wisdom

  • Design processes for large and small groups that lead to co-creation and collective wisdom (World Café, Open Space, Collective Story Harvesting, etc.)

  • Apply participatory leadership in your own context

  • Select practical methods and techniques for your projects and their associated challenges

  • Better understanding of complexity within group processes and know how to navigate them

This is a very interactive training that immediately throws you into the bath of participatory leadership. We make the theory concrete from the start and get started with the questions, ideas and projects of the participants.


How you will learn

This workshop is co-organised by the Schumacher Sprouts, an organisation inspired by the Schumacher College that means to build learning communities. The training will therefore include some of the teachings based on a “Head, Heart, Hands” philosophy, such as meditation, cooking and gardening.


Hosting Team


Ria Baeck

Ria brought the Art of Hosting to Belgium in 2006 and continues to learn more about it every day. Her special focus these days is on how we can apply the principles to everyday situations in organisational contexts. Her antennae are always sensing into what is next, what unborn potential is present.


Valerie Carrette

As a consultant, Valérie supports the potential of managers, employees and their organizations. Valerie has a special spark for participatory leadership and practices that generate and built on collective intelligence.


Practical Information


  • Start: 14 November 2019 at 6.30pm

  • End: 17 November 2019 at 4.00pm

Where: Froidefontaine Farm: - Froidefontaine 1, 5370 Barsy, Belgium

The training is residential, if you live nearby, you can sleep at home, but be aware that the process will continue into the evenings with various activities as well as preparation for roles you might have stepped up for on the next day.

Language: English

Participation fee : We want to make this training accessible to all.

We leave it to you to choose which financial contribution you want and can make. We operate on the principle of ‘give what you can and a little bit more’.

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Included: training participation, workbook, overnight stay, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), tea, coffee and snacks. If you wish for a single room or no lodging, please contact us and we’ll find a solution.

(*) Shared economy is a cooperative, responsibility-based approach to funding the training where the community as a whole holds the financial responsibility, and not just the organising team. You pay a first instalment upfront and a second instalment at the end of the training.

First instalment: for venue, accommodation, shared room, catering and minimal contribution to organising and hosting the training: €484,00 / € 605,00 including VAT, payable upfront.

Second instalment: The 2nd instalment will be decided by yourself DURING the training and covers the hosting fees for the team.

We will give time and attention during the training to open this conversation and this experiment; you will then decide what the training is worth to you and what you can contribute; together we check how we can cover the budget.