Vanessa Reid is a pioneering practice leader, social innovator, participatory process consultant and poet who brings her unique leadership and artistry to the field of civil society innovation. She was executive director of Santropol Roulant, a vibrant organization founded by young people in Montreal that uses food as a catalyst for social change, environmental sustainability and inter-generational community. Ever since, she has been immersed in creating personal, organizational, societal cultures that are alive and deeply aligned with the natural cycles and transitions of living and dying.
Vanessa is active in local & global networks and movements that are creating new systemic change initiatives that work with the inner and outer, the visible and invisible, and the individual and collective. This includes creating the practice ground for social labs like the Finance Innovation Lab-UK, and working with the Truth and Reconciliation process in Canada, as well transforming the “no” of protest in Greece to the “yes” of collective entrepreneurship. She is a co-founder of both the Living Wholeness Institute and the Art of Hosting-Athens, and a steward of Axladitsa-Avatakia, a 24 acre olive farm which hosts transformative learning with the land. She has a Masters in Architecture and a Masters in Process-Oriented Psychology and Deep Democracy and so brings the essence of participatory design to create collective spaces of inner and outer transformation. As a poet, writer and former publisher of the award-winning yoga magazineascent magazine, she brings a depth of reflective, body and awareness practices. And as a global soul, she knows there is a great journey ahead of us.
Yitzhak has lived in Jerusalem in the past of 43 years and is part of the professional psychotherapist landscape of the city. Since 2008 he is pioneering a new field of practice of “protection” which has emerged during his clinical practice, vie dialogue groups between Palestinians and Israelis, as a co-founder of Art of Protection, and most recently as a psychologist and member of intercultural community created in Jerusalem after the National Protest in Israel in 2011. With his Jewish and Mexican identity, he has developed mastery in intercultural relationships. In the last three years he has developed theoretical and practical tools for a better understanding of the essence of relationships, in particular those between victims and perpetrators, people and groups, as well as conflictual relationships. Yitzhak is an Elder of Living Wholeness Institute, a founding Steward of Axladitsa-Avatakia and a proud grandpa of Danielle, Jonathan, Itamar, Shira, Nadav, Ruth, Eran and Ido.
Kieron is a multi-talented musician, martial artist. He is also an Ethnomusicologist and story-teller who draws upon the ancient archetypes that lay at the heart of the Celtic tradition.
As a music producer and co-founder of FDM Records he has achieved international success in the music industry.
As well as being a practitioner of Warrior of the Heart Dojo he also practices the following martial arts: Iaido (the way of the Sword), Jodo (the way of the Stick), and Tai Chi.
Dimitris, is currently a project coordinator at the AoH Athens LAB Initiative. As a practitioner in the Art of Participatory Leadership he has been involved in several small and large scale projects in Greece and abroad, assisting at the design and hosting of participatory processes. Dimitris grew his skills in facilitating difficult discussions and conflict situations by receiving training in Community Mediation and Public Dialogues Facilitation. His primary occupation since 2008 has been project management as well as the organisation and coordination of workshops, trainings and conferences on behalf of the Greek and International Civil Society.
Ever since she was young, Eirini was constantly daydreaming. Somewhere amidst the scenarios she kept creating in her mind, she managed to study (B.Sc. in Marketing and M.Sc. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications) and also work in her field of studies in Athens, Greece, followed by New York and London. And then, right when everything was going according to ‘plan,’ Eirini decided to stop creating dreams only in her imagination, and start living them in real life. This led her to a radical change of course in life and career, into a quest of purpose and meaning. She decided to re-educate herself, taking part in programs and trainings such as Warriors Without Weapons, Art of Hosting, Dragon Dreaming, Theatrical Clown, and many others. Her curiosity and inquisitive spirit took her from the forests of Hungary in Dance Therapy workshops, to favelas in Brazil and peace conferences in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In September 2014, she embarked on a 15-month journey to South America, and co-founded Freeing Dreams Institute: the Dream Incubator. Eirini takes dreams very seriously, ever since she saw the immense power they hold to transform lives. She believes that with every dream we realize, one more barrier of our mind is broken down, one more “I can’t” and “it’s impossible” is tranformed into an attitude of believing that we are the creators of our reality. The freedom that comes from such a process is what Eirini would like to see moving the hearts and minds of people. Eirini loves to learn, eat, and pet all sorts of animals (special preference to felines). She has an eye for detail and a calling to the inner worlds and mysteries.
Marianna is a psychologist working in the field of mental health for the last 20 years. Since 2008 she also works as adult trainer and group facilitator. She is currently working at Babel Day Centre a mental health service for refugees and immigrants. She likes working with people from different cultural backgrounds and she is open to new challenges and experiences in her work. Marianna is a new comer to Art of Hosting and she believes strongly in the idea of participatory leadership