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Art of Harvesting

This group is for all of us who are passionate about collecting, capturing, reflecting, harvesting and sharing what matters.

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Comment by Stephen Hinton on September 26, 2017 at 6:03am

Time for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) I believe we need to design cafés to promote these locally. And harvesting must be the largest part. I can imagine 17 tables (one for each) but after that...... any ideas good folks?

Comment by Amy Lenzo on May 23, 2017 at 2:46pm

Some of you may be interested in an online course that I am co-hosting with Paul Messer from Percolab in Montreal, and Mary Alice Arthur. It's called Visual Thinking Lab - it will be 3 two-hour sessions on Wednesdays starting June 28th, plus an extra "hands on" session on July 19th for more techie-types who want to get their drawing mojo on with their iPads, etc. Come join us - Paul is amazing.

Comment by juanita brown on November 8, 2013 at 4:01pm

Wonderful Ria!  The World Cafe community and the Art of Hosting community are dear brothers and sisters in the same would be great if Caroline Rennie or others could be of support to your practice and I'll think of others in Switzerland as well.

Fond regards,


Comment by Ria Baeck on November 8, 2013 at 2:54pm

Hello Lorraine,

I read that you live in Basel, Switserland. Do you know there is a group of people that is offering and practicing Art of Hosting? You would need to find Caroline Rennie (who might be a member of this site too, I didn't check); and for offerings in Bregenz, you can google Bregenzer Salon and you will find an email to contact Ursula Hillbrand (maybe also on this site?). That will connect you with good people over there; they might know about opportunities for you to practice.

With love,


Comment by juanita brown on November 8, 2013 at 1:54pm

Great to know you are in the course!  And my heart is smiling to know that you are finding resonance with this work and the community. Re: practice opportunities--where are you located?

Kind regards,


Comment by Lorraine Rytz-Thériault on November 4, 2013 at 3:45pm

Hello Juanita

It is so kind of you welcome me and to take the time to respond to my inquiry.

I am presently in the HWCF course and was pointed to this group. Amy Lenzo and Bo Gyllenpalm are/have a wealth of experience, which made me curious as to what other resources, events, forums, etc. exist in this facinating World Café community. I have checked out both the IFVP and AoH sites you suggested and found them to be rich with offerings - thank you.

Basicly, the more I learn about WC the more I am inspired to become engaged with the practice and the community. I have only just begun to scratch the surface and already feel at home and at peace (my heart is smiling).

I am eager to broaden and deepen my understanding, and to find opportunities to practice what I am learning. Some people learn academicly, I definately am the hands-on sort that learns best thru action.  My first question would be: Is there a way for we 'newbies' to gain experience thru staffing/volunteering at WC events, or working with Mentors as we also attempt to organize WCs in our local areas?

with many thanks,



Comment by Lorraine Rytz-Thériault on November 4, 2013 at 3:13pm

Hello Sabine

The Bregenzer workshop sounds amazing. I wouldn't be able to attend this December, but would like to be kept informed of further offerings. Especially if you are doing anything in Switzerland (I live in Basel).

Many thanks for sending the link, and fingers crossed that I can attend something similar in future. It would need to be in English for me to get optimal benefit.

Kind regards, Lorraine 


Comment by Lorraine Rytz-Thériault on November 4, 2013 at 2:21pm

Hello Chris

Thanks for pointing to your book; it's now ordered and I am eagerly awaiting its arrival. Hmmm, from 'intimidation to can do' should be an enlightening read!

many thanks, Lorraine


Comment by Chris Chopyak on October 27, 2013 at 9:54am

Hello Lorraine and Florence - welcome to the cafe community and to the art of harvesting.  Would love to hear more about your self-training and how people like me, Sabine and others who have been doing this work for a while can support your learning and action!  I also recently finished a book about strategies and pictures called Picture Your Business Strategy ( where great conversations with Juanita and other world cafe colleagues are featured. I have had several colleagues in Europe buy the book, so I know its available there - but you might find it useful and if nothing else - its in pictures so its fun to read!

Welcome - Chris

Comment by Florence Hardy on October 27, 2013 at 9:29am

Hello everyone,

I'm litterally following my course mate Lorraine into this group.

I am too into the Fielding WC course. Regarding harvesting, I am brand new to this practice.

I have recently trained myself in graphic recording/sketch noting, and I find it very pleasurable.

I am planning to discover this group and post thereafter anything that I feel relevant.

Greetings to all




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