Hosting brave and transformative spaces

Masterclass with Mary Alice Arthur
NOVEMBER 4-5, 2019


Wherever change is happening -- face-to-face, online, internally, out in the world -- there is the potential to host spaces that are brave and transformative.

Brave and transformative spaces invite participants to step in with the whole of themselves. They create agency -- not only the ability to take action, but the belief action is possible and it matters. Brave spaces enable us to show up with our vulnerability and also our power. They are transformative because they unleash potential and invite us to co-create new possibilities we are prepared to stand up for. Everyone has the ability to host, but to create brave and transformative spaces takes awareness and skill.


In this two-day master class we will use action learning to deepen our awareness and our practice as a hosting community. We will place the focus on three key components of great hosting -- participation, process and practice.


Participation: We take a close look at what it means to create containers for courage and vulnerability to show up.


Process: We focus on the balance of hosting and harvesting and how working with these complementary viewpoints helps us to choose the process design that enables the magic in the middle.


Practice: We bring it back to the personal to take a look at ourselves as practitioners, and delve into how the inner is of equal or even perhaps more value than the outer, in working on the edge.


During our time together, we will all be hosts and we will all be participants. Please be prepared to be both in action and deeply reflective.


Is this for me? Yes! This if for you if 

  • You're looking for inspiration in your change practice or in the way you work with groups
  • You learn best by experiencing it
  • You know there's a "next level" in your meetings or groups but you don't know what it is or how to reach it
  • You're looking for some simple, but really potent practices to help you take the next step
  • You want to be in practice with a community that will help you be at your best
  • You’re looking for a place to find mates to stay in practice with It’s time to explore the edges, even if you aren’t sure what they are
  • You want to continue the learning in a space that asks you to bring all of you


About Mary Alice Arthur 


Mary Alice is a Story Activist, using story to help create positive systemic shift and for applying collective intelligence to the critical issues of our times. Her art is in creating brave and transformational spaces where people can find and live into the stories that take them to their most flourishing future. Building the capacity for participatory practice supports people to take back the power of their stories so they can make wiser choices together. She is a sought after process consultant and event host, and an engaging speaker. As an international steward of the Art of Hosting ( she teaches participatory practice around the world. Through Story the Future ( she is spreading the meme of Story Activism, supporting people to develop their skills and practice, and engaging in leading edge conversations about the power and potential in our world. For more on her work and resources to support this book: