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Beehive Productions

Beehive Productions is an inter-generational collaboration between participatory practice hosts Rowan Simonsen and Amy Lenzo. Together we offer trainings and learning programs that are designed to build capacity, develop skills, and cultivate the relational field that supports participatory practice.

We know that the way we gather matters, and that we are effected by the environments we work in. Our hosting style reflects that and creates a generative online environment for our highly participatory programs. Beehive Production courses offer a new level of online engagement.

Most of our offerings are for people with an existing hosting practice, and they benefit from the considerable collective knowledge present in the group, as well as from select senior practitioners – the diverse set of “special guests” we invite to bring their unique gifts and experience to the programs we offer.

Another unique quality of our programs is that we harvest them in a way that can be useful to both course participants and the public after the course is complete.

The Central Garden

After having collaboratively produced successful advanced trainings for the World Cafe and Art of Hosting communities, we became fascinated by the cross-pollination of knowledge we saw working across practitioner communities. We know that we learn best by working together, so we created Beehive Productions as a way to call out and support the great diversity of methods and hosts that make up the field of participatory practice.

The image of  the “Central Garden” comes from the beautiful gardens holding the heart of the old haciendas in Mexico and Latin America. You can enter these luxuriant central gardens through any one of a number of arched doorways. In our metaphor, the doorways are different conversation-based methods – World Cafe, Open Space, Art of Hosting, Circle Way, the Medicine Way, etc. – that you walk through to get to the Central Garden of collective intention and action. Each door is important – it’s structural integrity is crucial to the stability of the garden – but the real work is beyond methodology, and it happens in that “central” space we all share.

Rowan Simonsen and Amy Lenzo

We have been friends for many years, initially brought together by a number of mutual passions: for life-long learning, for the capacity and potential we see in the online medium, by our belief that conversation is the key to social transformation, and by our deep love for the Earth and the natural world.

We have each been pioneers in bringing the heart and energy of the communities we represent (the Art of Hosting for Rowan and World Cafe for Amy) into the online environment, developing online spaces for community development and online trainings to support hosts of all methodologies in continuing to develop their practice.