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The Art of Participatory Leadership: Building Resilient Community and Creating Change

The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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The Art of Participatory Leadership, also refered to as Art of Hosting is now practiced and offered worldwide.This intensive 3-day event, where you will experience and practice a set of simple, yet powerful, processes for building community, facilitating powerful conversations, building strong partnerships, and leading change. Come explore how to unleash our collective genius and build adaptive and leader-full communities.

We invite those engaged and committed to the many aspects of resilience to come together from Transition Towns, sustainability initiatives, local economy projects, permaculture communities, sustainable business, local food, healthy families, and more.

Our hope is to create powerful ways to learn together, build effective teams and partnerships that help us work better in our own communities, as well as invite others to build resilient communities. There’s an incredible amount of work going on in many different networks. We are thrilled to bring these powerful networks together, to add to what Transition’s Rob Hopkins has been speaking about scaling up through building learning networks and core teams.

Our intention is to work together to build capacity for the next evolution of work inNew England. We also invite passionate friends from other areas who want to learn with us and create transformative change.

Rooted in the Four Fold practice of the Art of Hosting, this event teaches a participative approach for leading, convening, and engaging groups. The practice begins with being present and hosting one’s self, from there we participate in learning conversations, hosting and convening conversations, and co-creating (initiatives, change, teams, etc.). 

Why Art of Hosting?

Connect with other leaders of the sustainability and resilience movements and explore how we can work more powerfully together.

Broaden the skill set within your group, work more effectively and enjoyably together, engage teams, organizations, and community stakeholders in meaningful conversations that promote resilience, belonging, innovation, and contribution.

Enhance our skills and abilities to work with complexity, develop chaordic confidence, face challenges that don’t have solutions, use wise process planning architectures for small and large scale initiatives, and host strategic conversations over time.

Imagine and plan for how we can use these practices in our individual and collective work in the months and years ahead.  Grow your hosting practice and try something new!

Who Should Attend?

Individuals and teams who are eager to build stronger teams and partnerships with each other and within their communities should attend. People who are dedicated to creating many facets of resilient and sustainable communities from permaculture to local economies to sustainable enterprises should attend. People who want to learn and share experiences and models for scaling out through building learning networks and core teams.

Community leaders, social entrepreneurs, organizers, young leaders, policy makers, sustainable business leaders, and practitioners who believe in the power of collective creativity, intelligence, and collaboration to improve their communities, teams, and organizations will benefit from this work.


The Location

Ferry Beach Association sits out side a State Park by the same name. This beautiful site is located at the mouth of the Saco River. With ocean views and beach access, this location has ample meeting and breakout space for meeting in teams and small groups, either in doors or out. It offers 32 acres for retreat and respite from the everyday world. It is a place for meaningful gathering, as we will do at many levels together in support of building resilient communities and creating healthy and sustainable change.

We begin Friday, April 11th at 4:00 pm. We will finish that night at 9:00 pm. We will gather socially at 8:00 am Saturday and the training contintues from 9am to 6pm both Saturday and Sunday.



Dormitory style rooms are available; four people per room, at $30 per bunk for those who prefer to stay onsite. A limited number of private rooms are available for $120 each. Bathrooms are shared. Campsites are also available of $16 for those who prefer to tent.  

Fresh, delicious, vegetarian and organic (as available) meals, coffee and tea, as well as afternoon snacks will be provided as part of the cost of the training. This includes Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as Sunday breakfast and lunch. Friday night's dinner will be potluck, so please bring a dish to share. (We do not have access to ovens, so all food provided will be unheated.)


Some partial work-study scholarships are available for participants. Please send a letter of interest to the organizer.

Have questions about The Art of Participatory Leadership: Building Resilient Community and Creating Change? Contact The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture
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When & Where

Ferry Beach Ecology School
5 Morris Avenue
Saco, Maine 04072

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture

The Resilience Hub is a non profit based in Portland Maine that builds resilience at the personal, household adn co

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