From Me to We:

Cultivating Courageous Leadership

for Times Like These

An Online Art of Hosting Gathering  |  Friday, March 27, 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.

Together, 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.

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 27, 2020 for a virtual gathering

(we intend to re-schedule the 3-day, in-person gathering previously scheduled for March 26-28)


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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. Whether you had planned to attend the 3-day in person gathering that's now been postponed or not, 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


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. 

Together, in this virtual gathering, 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 (such as The Circle Way and others) as a means to strengthen community and step into new ways of relating to complex challenges 

  • Cultivate leadership courage through community and connect deeply with others who are seeking more constructive ways to engage in participatory leadership for these times we're in



Your Hosting Team

Our team has been on an intentional learning journey together since May 2019. In order to co-host well, 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!

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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.

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 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 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 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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In light of world events, we're offering this as an alternative way to engage with each other and AoH patterns and practices. We had intended to hold and in-person, 3-day gathering March 26-28. Because this is no longer possible, we've designed this AoH sampler experience in its place.   

This gathering will take place via Zoom. Details will be provided upon registration. 


Friday, March 27, 2020


10:00am - 12:00 pm


2:00pm - 4:00 pm 


Your registration contribution makes this work possible and helps us expand its reach.   

Supported by the Community: $75

General Registration: $100

Supporting the Community: $125

Thank you for supporting our community!

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Dave Ellis

Jenny Hegland

Lindsey Keck

Zarko Palankov

Quanita Roberson

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