A group of friends have felt the call to host themselves and others working in movements for change in Australia. We warmly invite practitioners of Art of Hosting and other inclusive change methods and movements, to be together in community. You are invited to 3 days of good conversation, storytelling, deeper connection, learning, sharing and fun, using Art of Hosting/Participatory Leadership practices as a way for being together.
This is our second gathering. We all received so much from the first one in July 2016 (take a look here), that we wanted to experience another one. Some of us are longing to feel better connected (with old and new mates), to learn and share from each other, and strengthen our individual and collective networks. It’s not always easy in such a big country! So, we called another gathering with a clear intention of doing just that.
So, if you are an Art of Hosting practitioner, if you have experienced participatory methods and want to learn more, or if you are a practitioner of or interested in other practices that contribute to a better world - please join us!
We know there are people in every state of Australia, and across the seas, who are committed to more human ways of working together. So come, bring your offerings, your wicked questions and yourselves.
Our calling question: How can we be in practice together for deeper connections? The hosting team has used a co-creative process to sense into what our purpose is for this gathering - and we offer this question as an invitation or ‘call’ into our time together.
Anyone else is very welcome to step up to host parts of the weekend - we hope this will be a co-created event!
A light flow
We will spend more time in conversation together, sensing into a good flow for the weekend - the lightest structure to support diversity and good conversation. We are proposing to operate using Circle and Open Space during our days together.
While we will hold space and host people, anyone is very welcome to step up to host - we hope this will be a co-created event! There will be opportunities for storytelling, wicked conversations, sharing learnings, time in nature or other happiness-making activities, either within this framework, or outside.
Here is a light idea of how the days might be:
Thursday 2pm Opening circle
Friday & Saturday Morning check in circle, Open Space sessions throughout day, followed by sharing back and evening check out circle
Sunday Reflection and harvest, and closing circle, finishing after a farewell lunch by 2pm
Team Frank Martin (Brisbane), Mel Geltch (Brisbane), Michaela Kennedy (Sydney), Peregrin Chiara (Sydney), Kerry Hartigan (Maitland), Michelle Dunscombe (Kinglake Vic), Helen Rawlinson (south coast NSW), Dee Brooks (roaming Australia) and Moze (Michelle) Crozier (Brisbane).
Our home for the gathering is the Ballina Beach Village, right next to South Ballina Beach, Northern NSW - not your average caravan park! Please also visit the website, which has a lot of information.
Our space We have hired the Yoga Shala, and have private use of it and the lovely lawn and gardens surrounding it for the 3 days. This wonderful space is air conditioned and very comfortable.
Accommodation is not included in the participation fee. There are many options to choose from on-site, so we have left that choice up to you. They range from tents to superior cabins. There are great amenities if you decide to camp - 3 bathroom and laundry blocks and a big camp kitchen.
If you are coming on your own, and would like to share, please add your details to this collective sleepshare spreadsheet(see 2nd tab) The invitation is to self-organise where you can, and ask for help if you need it.
Ballina Beach Village is offering a 4 for 3 deal - so if you pay for 3 night’s accommodation, you get a 4th night free. Choose to come earlier or stay later if you like.
If you are curious about the accommodation, post a question of the AoH Australia facebook group. One of us who attended in 2016 is likely to be able to answer your questions
The participation fee includes all meals except breakfast, from 2pm Thursday to 2pm Sunday.
Lunches and dinners will be catered by the Ballina Beach Village chef. We are self catering for all morning and afternoon tea breaks.
To keep costs low, breakfast is up to you. You can bring your own with you, (and cook in the camp kitchen if you are camping), or you can choose to eat in the Mermaid Cafe onsite.
You are invited to bring any extra snacks you might want, and drinks, including alcohol. We will be serving tea and coffee throughout each day, and water is available. You can buy good takeaway coffee from Mermaids Cafe (we suggest you bring your own cup).
South Ballina Beach is a 5 minute walk across dunes, with 21kms of coastline. It is beautiful and rugged, and a famous sufing spot. However it's an unpatrolled beach, so swimming is not recommended. Dolphins and whales can be seen at certain times of the year (whales unlikely in February)
There is a pool onsite to keep cool
There is plenty of parking for whatever mode of transport you bring.
There is a small shop onsite with very basic groceries. If you need supplies, we suggest you purchase them before you arrive, as it’s a 20-30 minute drive into town.
Camp kitchen – great camp kitchen for campers to use, with fridge etc. bring your own cooking implements (toasters, stove, microwave, fridge supplied)
The Village is great for riding, so bring along your bikes if you like. There are limited bikes to borrow / hire.
Wifi is limited onsite. There is free wifi in Mermaids Cafe, and Superior cabins 1-10, although it’s quality is weather dependent. If you really need to be connected, we advise you to bring along a mobile connection.
What you could bring
Your own mobile internet connection if needed
Old cushions, mats, picnic rugs, blankets
Bikes if you want
Alcohol or any particular drinks, extra snacks
Breakfast food (or buy in café)
Any instruments, tools or ideas for creative pursuits
Linen - if not supplied as part of your accommodation package
Your stories, your questions, your wisdom, your curiosity
Rideshare – offer a ride or ask for a ride by adding your details to this rideshare spreadsheet (see 1st tab). The invitation is to self-organise where you can, and ask for help if you need it.
There are directions and details for drivers on the Ballina Beach Village website. Please read before you come. There's an option for catching the car ferry - a great way to arrive
Ballina, Gold Coast or Brisbane airports – offer a ride or ask for a ride by adding your details to this rideshare spreadsheet (see 1st tab). The invitation is to self-organise where you can, and ask for help if you need it.
Click on the button above to register online. If you can't access this link, download the printed invitation & registration form.
Please register as soon as you are able. Once we receive your registration, we will send you an invoice. Your place is confirmed once full payment is made. Early payment is encouraged so we can cover the upfront costs of hosting the event.
Participant fee $250 + $25 GST = $275 for 3 days This covers the costs of all meals (except breakfast), venue hire and resources. You are responsible for cost of your accommodation and breakfast each day.
Non-participant fee $125 + $12.50 GST = $137.50 for 3 days This covers the costs of all meals except breakfast. You are responsible for cost of your accommodation and breakfast each day. This fee is intended for those who bring along family members who will eat with us, and not be active participants in the gathering. It is primarily intended for young people (who we hope may find themselves participating in some way!).
While these fees are set deliberately low to cover costs only, we want to hear from you if you want to come, and the fee is a barrier. Please get in touch using the contact details below.
When to pay We need to pre-pay the venue hire and food costs several weeks before the event. So if you know you are coming we encourage you to pay as soon as possible. This will lessen the personal financial risk held by the organising and hosting team.
Our budget We are committed to transparency in our budgeting.
The participation fee is based on costs of providing for a minimum of 15 participants. It only includes the actual costs of hiring the venue, food and resources. It doesn’t include anything for the hosting / organising team. We will pay for our own accommodation, travel and food.
If more people do decide to join us, and there is money left over at the end, the hosting team will have a conversation about how to share that money in an equitable way which honours the work of hosting and organising, and also potentially contributes to AoH activities internationally. We are open to sharing the decisions we make.
If you still need more information and haven’t found what you need here, please call one of us for a chat, or send an email: