The Art of Gathering Digital Course
A six-week learning experience to help you design and host intentional gatherings — for special occasions, in the workplace, or in your communities.Join the Waitlist
What is the Art of Gathering?
How we gather shapes the world we want to live in. Yet, much of our time together is spent on autopilot. We often find ourselves in uninspiring moments that fail to capture us or connect us to one another.
The Art of Gathering is a framework of practical lessons, inspiring ideas, and real-world applications to help you transform the way you spend your time with and for your people.
It’s the start of a lifelong practice that instills in you a curiosity, willingness, and a generosity of spirit to ask: How might I do this differently?
HERE'S WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
Redesigning an offsite for a fast-growing startup.
"Thanks to your work, our event ended up being one of the most profound group experiences of my life."
Planning a birthday party.
"Thank you for reminding me about the power of gatherings, for opening my eyes to what it means to gather well. I feel called to bring greater authenticity, vitality, fulfillment, courage, compassion, and connection to the world - it extends to my work as a coach and facilitator, and more broadly to the way I live my life."
Meet Your Teacher
Hi! I’m Priya Parker. I’m a facilitator, strategic advisor, and the author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters.
I’ve spent my life studying and experiencing when, how, and why groups come together…and when, how, and why they come apart.
My mission is to help you take a deeper look at how to create collective meaning in modern life without all having to be the same. One gathering at a time.
Is The Art of Gathering right for me?
Gathering at Work
Improve how you spend time with your teams. Design for effective and enjoyable in-person and virtual moments in the workplace.
Examples include: meetings, retreats, workshops, and conferences.
Reimagine traditional event and occasion formats to shape memorable group experiences that are important to you.
Examples include: weddings, baby showers, holidays, and life milestones.
Elevate your next formal get-together to bring meaning and connection amongst friends, family, and your communities.
Examples include: dinner parties, birthdays, neighborhood events, and school activities.
What You'll Learn - The Art of Gathering Curriculum
Lesson One: Determine why you're really gathering.
Learn to define your need, create a purpose to address that need, and why it’s important.
Lesson Two: Shape how you spend your time together.
Evaluate how to add a bit of structure to your gathering and what factors to consider when planning your activities.
Lesson Three: Create a compelling invitation.
Move beyond logistics and craft a persuasive invitation that intrigues your guests and sets everyone up for success.
Lesson Four: Open with a memorable welcome.
Create a powerful welcoming moment for your guests to orient them to your gathering’s purpose and to each other.
Lesson Five: Design and host for connection.
What is the role of a host?
Embrace your power as a host and design for connection.
Lesson Six: Own your power as the host.
Avoid underhosting. Create playful rules and structure to protect your guests and purpose from being derailed.
Choose a Gathering.
This course walks you through planning a gathering that's important to you at home, at work, or in your community. This can be for an ongoing gathering you’re trying to fix or upgrade or a one-time moment that feels higher stakes. If you don't have a gathering in mind, we'll provide you with some options!
Establish a weekly learning schedule.
Each weekly lesson includes digestible pre-recorded videos, a digital and printable handbook for notetaking and planning, relevant case studies to inspire, and supporting resources to explore. The course is designed for flexibility: You will choose a regular day and time that works for you to dedicate to the weekly digital lesson.
Continue to practice.
Gathering is a practice to nurture and refresh. Not every gathering you plan will follow the same format. Return to the material as often as necessary. It’s an invaluable reference as you continue to shape new and creative ways of spending time with your people.
Everyone has the ability to gather well. You don’t need to be an extrovert or have a fancy house, it’s a set of skills anyone can learn. Let the Art of Gathering be your guide.
If cost is a factor, we want to help. 50 "Pay What You Can" seats are available. Please fill out our application here.
Frequently Asked Questions
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