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Training in the Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter available to area residents

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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 6:00 am

The Meadowlark Institute from Lake Park, Minnesota has been awarded a grant from the Blandin Foundation to provide five Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter workshops in the Itasca County area. The workshops are free and are open to any resident in Itasca County and the communities of Hill City, Blackduck, Remer, Northome and the Leech Lake nation.

The first two of the five workshops will be offered Nov. 19-21, 2013 and Feb. 18-20, 2014. Itasca County area residents can choose to participate in the one that fits their schedule. The three-day workshops will be held at Sugar Lake Lodge. Each day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. All materials and food are provided.

The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter is an experience for all who would like to learn about and find better ways to work with groups – ways that bring forward the knowledge and wisdom each of us has to offer and which lead to effective actions. This practical, inspiring and highly relevant training provides participants with the opportunity to learn, practice and explore methodologies can be used to engage groups, teams, communities and organizations in collaboration, learning and action.

The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter is based on the belief that conversation is indispensable for the successful accomplishment of almost all activities between people, especially the coordination of work, the formation of collaborative relationships and for learning.

During the three days participants will learn valuable approaches and tools for engaging groups in meaningful conversations. They will develop a shared understanding of how to encourage and support ongoing conversations that lead to action. They will explore and identify new strategies and approaches for furthering their work in communities, businesses, and local organizations. And with a focus on practicality, participants will have opportunities to talk about how the application of these tools can contribute to improved social and economic outcomes for their community, organization or business.

The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter trainings have been attended by over 1,000 people in Minnesota and tens of thousands around the world. It has been offered on every continent (except Antartica) and in dozens of countries. Participants from all walks of life have attended the trainings and use what they have learned in their work or professional, community and family lives. Visit www.artofhosting.org for more information.

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