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Art of Hosting training

The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter - new leadership for new times


Today’s world offers huge potential for communication, mobility, better health and knowledge acquisition. Digital media allow us to connect with anyone, anywhere, at any time. Everything seems possible, and everything is in flux. Humanity seems to be searching for new coherence that embraces both complexity and well-being, both individual and collective.

Not least, there is a strong need for a new kind of leadership, in our businesses, our organisations and our society. A leadership that can navigate unpredictabililty and complexity, find new landmarks and point the way towards individual and collective thriving. A leadership that can both connect with the here and now and fearlessly face what is coming.

This 3-day training offers methods and ways of working that can help both individuals and organisations to grapple with the growing complexity. You will have an opportunity to explore what it means to guide living systems, while immersing yourself in the practices of co-creation.

Our conversations will centre around the following questions:

  • How can we build confidence in our own capacities and improve our ability to work with complexity, leadership and taking initiative?
  • How do we hone our intentions to bring greater energy to our collaboration with others, in our organisations and communities?
  • What inner stances and capacities do we need to guide the transition from hierarchy to self-organisation and self-governance?


Experience the potential of a more generative future human society.

Have a better understanding of our complex world and how to navigate it.

Practice methods for co-creating and using the collective wisdom.


DateLocationTrainerLanguagePrice excl. VAT
27 Feb - 01 MarDrongen (Ghent)Ria Baeck
Samantha Slade
Johan Decoster
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Date: 27 Feb - 01 Mar
Location: Drongen (Ghent)
Trainer: Ria Baeck
Samantha Slade
Johan Decoster
Language: Language defined on site
Price: €0.00 excl. VAT
SubscribeMore info

The venue and facilities

We have selected a unique place, the former abbey De Oude Abdij in Drongen (near Ghent), as the venue for this immersive workshop.

Drongen Abbey is a historic monument dating back to 1138, when the Norbertin monks founded the abbey. The Jesuits bought the building in 1836 to house the noviciate of the Belgian Province. Now the Abbey is used both as an Ignatian spiritual centre, and as a conference centre.

The Abbey is situated along the river Lys in a picturesque park of 25 acres, containing gardens, ponds, orchards and meadows. Both the buildings and the gardens are listed. In short: an ideal place to combine work with moments of silence and tranquility. A place where the vaste in- and outdoor space reflects the inner space and growth.

We have 40 rooms available that allow participants to stay overnight and go deep into this experience. Next to the day programme, you are welcome to spend the evenings together or to take time for personal reflection in these beautiful surroundings. This allows you to dive deeper into all aspects of hosting and leadership and build stronger connections with yourself and each other. Every room is basic and has a comfortable bed and bathroom. Sheets and towels are provided.

Get in touch with us if you need transport to and from the venue from the (nearest) train station.

You can watch a short video of the venue here:

Address: Oude Abdij van Drongen, Drongenplein 26-27, 9031 Drongen (Gent)

Learning Objectives

This training is for you if you:

  • are looking for answers to today’s complex questions
  • feel the need to grow in co-creation and collaboration with others
  • are curious about what participatory leadership looks like in practice
  • want to develop as a leader
  • are looking for ways to lead your organisation towards greater self-direction and self-organisation.