From Me to We:

Cultivating Courageous Leadership

for Times Like These

A 3-Day Art of Hosting Intensive in Washington, D.C.  |  March 26 - 28, 2020 

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The Invitation

From Me to We:

Cultivating Courageous Leadership for Times Like These

Living in unprecedented times, we invite you on a journey... 

to rediscover what we've lost 

to remember what's been forgotten

to reconnect, renew

to cultivate community and courageous leadership

for times like these.

In our nation’s capitol, we will explore the Art of Hosting and Harvesting patterns and practices

for living, leading, and being community

to sustain and uplift us as individuals, and as part of a greater whole.

Together, we'll be guided by the calling question:

What needs our re-membering and attention in this moment and place we inhabit?

Join us March 26 - 28, 2020

St. Columba's Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.





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Who is this experience For?

This learning experience is for anyone who feels drawn to the invitation – and who senses we need to move beyond our current ways of living and working, in service of shared life. 

We welcome: 

  • Managers, facilitators, team leaders, consultants, coaches, and entrepreneurs

  • Educators, artists, poets, musicians, and faith community leaders

  • Community organizers, social change and citizen activists, and government employees and contractors

  • Those working with the older and those working with the younger

  • All people from positions of formal or informal leadership seeking a substantially better way of working and living with heart, mind, and belly

Part of our intention is also to cultivate the soil for our growing Art of Hosting community in the greater Washington D.C. area. It’s important this happens in close connection with the broader global AoH community, so we’re eager to have others join us whose work and lives may be rooted elsewhere, but who feel connected to the people and work happening in the greater Washington D.C. area these days.


What Will Participants LearN?

The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter is 

  • an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and co-creation to address complex challenges 

  • rooted in a worldview that sees all things as part of a living system  

  • a self-organizing global community of practice and practitioners; and 

  • a way of being and living that invites us into presence, relationship, depth, mystery, and abundance

AoH offers patterns and practices to lead by engaging and focuses on interactive methods in working with your teams, within your organization, with partners or collaborators, and in community. Participants will receive a workbook summarizing AoH patterns, practices, and theories to support their learning during the training and beyond. 

Together, over the course of this 3-day intensive, we will: 

  • Learn and deepen personal practices that allow us to show up authentically and holistically as leaders

  • Practice engaging in generative listening and conversation with others, as well as hosting others in participatory methods designed to harness the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity of groups 

  • Explore the practice of harvesting as a way to improve group process design, and make meaning and learning visible in ways that are both creative and useful

  • Experiment with AoH patterns and practices as a means to strengthen community and step into new ways of relating to complex challenges. This training will specifically introduce you to and allow you to participate in practices and methodologies such as The Circle Way, Open Space Technology, World Cafe, Pro-action Cafe, and more. 

  • Cultivate leadership courage through community and connect deeply with others who are seeking more constructive ways to engage in participatory leadership to enable a more equitable and generative future to unfold

  • Explore ways to integrate AoH patterns and practices for different aims and in different contexts, including work, community, and social environments

  • Continue cultivating the soil for the Greater D.C. AoH Community of Practice and exploring what is possible as an evolving collective

  • Practice, practice, practice! This is not a passive learning experience. Participants should be ready and willing to dive in, experiment, try new things, and stay with discomfort.


Your Hosting Team

Our team has been on an intentional learning journey together since May 2019. Before bringing this training to you, we first committed to deepening our own working relationships with one another so we can collectively hold others well in their learning. Through this process we've come to deeply respect, love, and trust one another. We are delighted to be in practice together.

We are excited and eager to continue deepening into the work, learning, and practice with all who feel called to join us!


Dave Ellis

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Dave is the owner and Principal Consultant at Dave Ellis Consulting, LLC, a group dedicated to using Worldview Illumination and the Art of Hosting & Harvesting Conversations That Matter for training on equity and inclusion, strategic planning, community engagement, trauma and trauma-responsive care. Dave is a Certified Master Trainer on the impact of trauma on the neurobiology and brain development of children prenatal through 3 years of age, epigenetics, the Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACE Study) and individual and community resilience and capacity building (NEAR Science).  Ellis engages others in creating system-wide, community-based and culturally-specific approaches to address trauma- and stress-induced health issues in the lives of individuals and communities.  He is a local, national and international planner/trainer on topics including the impact of trauma, trauma informed care, worldview intelligence, equity and community engagement strategies.

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Jenny Hegland

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Jenny is a facilitator, experiential educator, and social entrepreneur whose life’s work is centered around meaningful community engagement and aims to contribute to equitable opportunities for all people to live free and fulfilling lives. Jenny moved to the Washington D.C. area in 2018 and currently runs a small consulting practice working with organizations and initiatives to cultivate community and leadership evolution through practices that scale up from the personal to the systemic, bridging personal development with interpersonal, community, and whole systems change work. She believes the time is ripe for growing an Art of Hosting community of practice in the DC area now, and is passionate about co-creating this with others. Jenny has been an Art of Hosting practitioner since 2008. She's also currently a listener poet with The Good Listening Project, and co-leading the creation of a global Wise Democracy  Community of Practice. 


Lindsey Keck

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Lindsey currently works as a communications and change consultant supporting leaders and helping teams navigate large organizational transformations. Part of her approach to change stems from her own personal practices and engagement with mindfulness and meditation. Lindsey currently volunteers with Insight on the Inside (IOI), a non-profit comprised of nearly 40 volunteers that bring meditation to people who are incarcerated in the DC metro area. As part of this program, Lindsey is leading small group meditation and mindfulness discussions at a local area detention facility. Mindfulness practices are also foundational to her work as an Art of Hosting practitioner, a leadership approach that scales from the personal to systemic using personal practice, facilitation, dialogue, and co-creation to address complex challenges.


Zarko Palankov

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Zarko seeks to connect ideas, people and organizations, to create platforms for learning, collaboration and growth. He founded LeadIN to change the leadership paradigm: how we see and treat each other and how we work together toward a common vision. Zarko was born and raised in Bulgaria and has lived, studied or worked in Bulgaria, Hungary, France, and the United States. He speaks Bulgarian, English, French, and Spanish and currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife, new son, and cat.


Quanita Roberson

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Quanita is a facilitator dedicated to addressing embedded trauma. She is a spiritual teacher, speaker, author, life coach, and a storyteller. Her work over the past 20 years has been focused in the areas of healing, initiation, grief, leadership, diversity, and inclusion. Quanita’s background in Organizational Management and Development with a concentration in Integral Theory which has supported her in looking at the world in a more holistic way. She has had the privilege of studying with amazing elders including including Sobonfu Some and Jojopah Maria Nsoroma (who are keepers of ancient indigenous wisdom from the Dagara Tribe of Burkina Faso), Fanchon Shur in Embodying Creative Leadership through Growth in Motion, Peter Block, and Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea of The Circle Way. Quanita lives in Cincinnati, OH with her two children. She is inspired by the Ohio River and the stories of freedom that were birthed there.

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Program Schedule




Thursday, March 26: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Friday, March 27: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Saturday, March 28: 8:30am - 4:00pm


A light breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. Some participants may choose to self-organize group dinners or socials in the evenings. 

We will offer an opportunity to connect and meet other participants via a welcome call on zoom prior to the training. The hosting team will provide a few date/time options for participants to choose from. 


The program will take place in the Great Hall at St. Columba's

Episcopal Church in Tenleytown. It is located at 4201 Albemarle

St. NW, Washington, D.C., one block west of Wisconsin Ave.

and just north of the intersection of Wisconsin and Nebraska

Aves. (Tenley Circle). 


St. Columba's is located one block from the Tenleytown metro station in Washington, D.C. We highly recommend taking public transportation if possible.


For those traveling via metro, take the Red Line to the Tenleytown/AU station. Use the west exit, and head south on Wisconsin Avenue. Turn right onto Albemarle Street and walk one block to the church.


For those who need to drive, metered street parking is available, but limited. There is a parking garage located at 4500 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. The GPS Address is 4128 River Rd NW, Washington, DC. The daily parking rate is $26.50. 


If you're traveling from out of town, you are responsible for your own lodging. These are the closest hotels to St. Columba's. All are within 1.5 miles and easily accessible by metro. If you need assistance finding a place to stay for the training, contact us at


Days Inn by Wyndham 

4400 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008

(202) 244-5600

Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington

4300 Military Rd NW, Washington DC 20015

(202) 362-9300


Courtyard by Marriott Bethesda

5520 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

(301) 656-1500




The AoH D.C. team is committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible community. We are offering this workshop on a sliding scale to give participants the option to pay according to their own circumstances. If you do have the means and/or organizational support to participate, we ask that you register at the corresponding level. If the listed options are financially prohibitive for you, please select "contact us for an alternative" and we can work together to identify a mutually workable pathway to participation. 


All registration options include a light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. 

Registration is a 2-part process. Part 1 is completing the registration form. Part 2 is processing payment. Both registration steps must be completed in order to secure your participation. 

Part 1: Complete the Registration Form

Complete this short registration form to help us plan and so we can communicate with you leading up to the gathering. Registration is limited. Please complete your registration as soon as possible. 


Part 2: Process PaymenT

We offer this training on a sliding scale in order to ensure accessibility for those who feel called to attend, regardless of financial circumstances. Please select the payment option most appropriate for you. We prefer electronic payments, however if you need to arrange to pay by check or require an invoice prior to payment, please contact us at and a member of our team will work with you! 

Registration at this level supports your participation. Early bird registration has been extended through February 16. 

Registration at this level supports your participation and the growth of the AoH D.C. community. Ialso helps enable the participation of others with different financial circumstances. 

Registration at this level supports your participation and the growth of the AoH D.C. community.

Registration at this level supports your participation. 

If our invitation speaks to you, and you wish to participate but are not able to pay the cost associated with any of the registration options listed, please contact us at We are committed to working with people so financial constraints are not a barrier to participation. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Refunds will be given upon request* only and under the following circumstances:

  • Grave and unforeseen emergency situations related to illness or death

  • Cancellation requests received before March 5


Cancellation and refund requests received on or after March 5 will be considered on a case-by case basis.


We will not issue refunds for requests made after the training, except for the emergency situations mentioned here.


If you do need to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, we will strive to refund as much of your paid registration fee as possible. We reserve the right to retain an amount that covers the cost of fees incurred related to payment transactions, refunds, and/or credit card chargebacks.

* Registration, cancellation, and refund questions can be directed to 

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