Come to the fire!


Isn't it time to fire up your life, your work and your learning? Choose a live, participatory experience, a self-paced module or a tailored coaching experience.  Mix and match to suit your needs.


Live Events

All welcome!


THE STORY DOJO is a vibrant online community dedicated to supporting you to find your compelling story and bring it to life.

A comprehensive step-by-step journey, each month we take a different look at the power of stories and storytelling following my book 365 ALIVE! Find your voice. Claim your story. Live your brilliant life. 

Membership includes two live meetings per month, personal coaching, a digital library and much more.

At our monthly Fireside Conversation, we hear from a special guest and step into exploration together. Our monthly Office Hours meeting is a time to drop in, work with your stories, meet others and get personalised coaching.

Membership is usually $27 per month and $270 annually.

Learn more about THE STORY DOJO

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Play a Flow Game

Thirsty for answers? 

CONSIDER THIS: Getting yourself to the place you want to be in your life is less about getting the right answers, and more about asking the right question

Have you ever thought to yourself that if you only had the right answer, then all of life would fall into place?

What if moving to the life you want, being the person you dream of being, unleashing the gift inside of yourself is not about answers or tools or techniques, but more about the questions you ask yourself? 

When you find a question that really matters to you, it can open the door to something fresh and new. It can offer you a pathway home to yourself. It changes the sense of life happening to you, to life happening for you and through you.

A Flow Game helps you find the wisdom to take on 2024 with confidence, courage and energy. 

It's the best 2.5 hours you could invest in yourself!

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Online July 8

Open House in THE STORY DOJO

It's Open House at THE STORY DOJO this month and we invite everyone to join us for our Fireside Conversation on Monday July 8.

Our question this month is Where are your beginnings, middles and endings right now?

While we'd like to think our life is one cohesive story, in truth multiple stories are always taking place simultaneously. So it pays to know how to hold space for yourself.

Our guest is Heather Plett, whose post on holding space for her mother's dying process went viral and launched her into a book, a coaching certification and a community around holding space.

She's back with a newly released book Where Tenderness Lives: On Healing, Liberation, and Holding Space for Oneself. This is a topic so many of us need -- especially during the "messy middle" of things, but anytime in our lives.

Our 90 minute conversation takes place on Monday, July 8 starting at 10:00 Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern / 19:00 CET.

Everyone who joins us will receive a copy of Mary Alice's book as a special gift.

Click the button to find out more and receive the Zoom link.

Claim your seat

Online August 22 - 24

Australasian Change Days

The theme is practices, potentials and play. For three days a lively community of change makers will be exploring the edges and practices of change in a new way.

This successful virtual event is now in its 5th year and brings together leaders, facilitators, and participants from all over the world and across Australia, each contributing emerging ideas and practices. And this year, we’re thrilled to expand our offerings to include some in-person elements, enriching the experience even further.

Join our generous community where you’ll have the opportunity to engage in profound discussions, learn new techniques, and expand your network nationally and internationally.

With a lineup of local, interstate, and international facilitators, Australasian Change Days promises to be an event like no other, where the richness of insight and generosity within the community truly makes it a game-changer.

During this free online conference I will be offering a plenary session on The Fourfold Practice -- a practice pattern at the core of the Art of Hosting. It is an invaluable support for change agents to find their foundations and strength in times of great change.

Find out more & register

Join me for the next training

Flow Game Host Training

If you've ever experienced a Flow Game, you know it is a playful way to handle the really serious stuff of life and work. Playing the Flow Game is a great way to get past overwhelmed and stuck and into a new view of the future.

A Flow Game is ideal for:

  • Colleagues who want to¬†innovate together
  • Life partners wanting to explore an aspect of relationship in a new way
  • A team needing wise council on a current or planned initiative
  • Anyone seeking¬†personal inspiration¬†and a lift into¬†their desired future¬†

The game has individual cards, team cards and family cards and comes in multiple languages.

I regularly offer training to aspiring Flow Game Hosts. If you feel called to learn how to use this powerful tool, find out when the next training is taking place.

The next in-person training takes place in¬†18 - 20 October in Denmark. I will be co-hosting with Flow Game creator Toke Paludan M√łller. I'll also be hosting an online training 9, 10 & 30 November together with Rowan Simonsen.

Contact me to find out how you can take part... 

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You choose the time & focus

One-on-one Coaching

One of the best ways to feel more solid in the world is to discover and claim your personal core stories and how you work with them.

Maybe you want to focus your leadership. You want to prepare a presentation or an important group meeting. You want to shine at an event or brainstorm your future.

There's no one better to work with this on than Mary Alice. Her years of experience, her keen ear and her mastery of provocative questions will be at your serviceYou will gain an expanded awareness of your both your issues and your strengths. You'll come away realizing your story is your ally and you have wisdom on tap.

During your one-on-one sessions with Mary Alice, you'll receive all the support you need to find and shape the story you want to work with. You'll get clear and confident about the next steps forward.

Let's create the perfect focus for you to thrive! 
Let's talk!

You pick the date


If you've ever experienced a Flow Game, you know it is a playful way to handle the really serious stuff of life and work. Playing the Flow Game is a great way to get past overwhelmed and stuck and into a new view of the future, either as an individual or group.

Three simple steps can lead to clarity and a sense of fresh direction:

  • Have a look at what really matters to you right now
  • Shape a question
  • Bring it to the Flow Game

Together with a small circle of players we'll go on a journey that will move you from stuck to sure, and from  uncertain to confident.

With the serendipity of the Game and the other players at your back as Wisdom Council, you'll find it easier --and more fun -- to uncover your next steps.

Also ideal for teams and families, wherever they find themselves.

Find out more about the Flow Game and reserve your spot at the table!

In person or online
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Prague, May 30  

The Art of Powerful Questions

No matter if you engage in social or environmental changes as an activist, team leader, coach, evaluator, donor or policy maker, finding, crafting and sharpening a powerful question is a key leadership and life skill.

Simply offering a question already sets something in motion ‚Äď it is the simplest intervention you can make into any system. A powerful question is a doorway into a different perspective, even a new reality.

During the morning we will take a deeper look at how to find and work with questions that matter to you. You'll take away both new insight and ways to work practically with the art of questions.

In the afternoon we'll take these questions into The Flow Game and practice being Wisdom Council for each other. You'll gain a new perspective on what matters most and experience what it can be like when everyone you meet is actively on your success team.

This workshop will take place in English

Learn more & register

July 1

Flow Game Host Gathering

How do we together host space(s) for the Flow Game to do its work for the world? 

An opportunity for trained Flow Game hosts to come together online as practitioners to meet, connect & deepen their practice together.

The same 3 hour program will be offered twice – once to suit Europe/North America and once to suit Asia/Pacific based hosts -- so that everyone in the world can attend.

You'll be inspired, you'll learn tools and tips for expanding your practice and you'll hear from seasoned practitioners in the field.

Meet other Hosts around the world

Come and meet your community of practice and be strengthened.

Be inspired by stories of practice

Learn how others use the Flow Game in new and innovative ways.

Get your questions answered

Bring your burning questions about playing and hosting the Flow Game. 

The event is FREE, but you must be registered to receive the reminder emails and Zoom links.

Register now!

Sept 12, 19, 26 + Oct 3

Beyond Facilitation

Keys for joyful practice in transformative times

It's time to master the essence of extraordinary hosting! 

Claim your space as part of this series of four crucial sessions with experienced hosts and stewards Amy Lenzo (World Cafe) & Mary Alice Arthur (Art of Hosting). Join us as we take a deeper look at the map, approaches, and principles that underpin the leading edge of participatory group process. 

We are exploring one of the most invaluable gifts from the Art of Hosting Community -- The Fourfold Practice. Along the way, we will discover the deeper power and purpose that a personal and professional practice can bring to your work with groups, and see can how mastering it can become the cornerstone to your life and work.

  • September 12 ‚Äď Mastering the Fourfold Practice (where we‚Äôll be joined by Toke M√łller, the co-creator of the FourFold Practice!).¬†
  • September 19 ‚Äď Personal Practice Makes All the Difference¬†
  • September 26 ‚Äď Real Results in the Real World¬†
  • October 3 ‚Äď Taking a Systemic View¬†
More information & to register

Innsbruck, Austria, May 4

Come in -- Chill out -- Connect Together

It's time for those who practice Art of Hosting and those interested in participatory practice to gather!

You are warmly welcome to join us in a time when we will come together, connect and share the magic of Art of Hosting.

If your practice has been on pause or sleeping, if you've been deeply in it, if you remember how it feels to host together and create brave and transformational spaces, this is for you!

We will gather in celebration of everything that we have learned, are learning now and are creating into the future.

While the main language will be German, whatever language you speak, we'll make sure you have a great time!

There will be other events to attend on the Friday before and the Monday after this informal gathering. And Innsbruck is a lovely place to enjoy!

All are Welcome. 

Hosted with the kind support of Haus der Begnung 


Aug 27 - Sept 1

AoH Practitioners Gathering 

Last year marked 10 years since our landmark international practitioners gathering at ҆tatenberg in Slovenia, and 20 years since the beginnings of AoH nearby. When we gathered again in 2022, it felt like both the end of a first cycle and the beginning of something new. That‚Äôs why we named our event Homecoming.

Now in 2023, we feel called to light the fire again and invite our global practice field to gather once more.

This year our calling question is:¬†What is hosting now ‚Äď and how can staying in practice together serve us and the world?¬†

Our focus will be around practice -- what are the edges, the boundaries and the calls to deepen what we know and take it to new places? Our intention is to take inspiration and solace from nature and to allow ourselves to be held, hosted and nourished by the land around us. 

This is a gathering for practitioners to focus on their practice together. We welcome practitioners from all types of participatory practice modalities to come and share. And we invite participants from all over the world.

You are warmly invited to join us!

Statenberg, Slovenia 

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W√ľrzburg, Germany Sept 23

Flow Game Host Meet-Up 

All trained Flow Game Hosts are invited to a Meet-Up in the heart of the wine region of Germany. What better place to enjoy each other's company, be inspired by sharing stories and deepen our ties as a practice community. 

As some Flow Hosts are gathering to be part of an event called THRIVE! we thought -- as long as we are together, let's invite the others to join us!

W√ľrzburg is a great place to meet and enjoy the local hospitality. We invite you to a Saturday afternoon of practice and an evening of sharing stories, food and wine.

We will offer some light hosting and co-create our time together.

Afternoon & evening of¬†23 September in W√ľrzburg, Germany¬†

See more & Register your interest

December 27

Join us at the fire 

Join us for a time of story and ceremony, where we'll blend sacred space with sharing our hearts. We'll remember where we've been and dream about the future. We'll practice human being-ness together.

Through the magic of Spatial-chat, we'll be sitting in a circle around a crackling fire. We can't wait to see you.

Online Monday, December 27 for 2.5 hours beginning at 10:00 Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern / 19:00 CET.

We're looking forward to  a time of story & ceremony together to bring this challenging year to a graceful completion. 

If there is enough demand we will hold an additional circle on the 28th. 

Claim your seat the fire

Online Dec 28 & 29


‚ÄúI know it‚Äôs time to think bigger, to step into my power, to rise to the next level. I want to make 2024 my year, but I don‚Äôt know how!‚ÄĚ

Something is calling for change. The old ways of being and working just aren't working anymore.

Maybe it's the job that doesn't fit. Maybe it's an outworn identity that's too small and no longer serving.

THRIVE! is a workshop for people who want to live their power.

Using the powerful building blocks of personal story, potent questions and wisdom council, THRIVE! offers you the gift of considering who you want to be, what that looks like and how you can get there. 

Working with your personal story, we will find and craft a powerful question and take it into the Flow Game.

You will come away with a deep sense of commitment to your next significant steps into your vibrant future, as well as a network of others to support you.

We've specifically chosen days when the world seems to pause -- a time "in-between."

Join us online and take a time of retreat and focus for yourself. Step into a circle of transformative power, deep listening and generosity. We'd love to have you with us!  

Two consecutive days

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Online January 1 - 7

By The Fireside

With all the challenges in life, it can be easy to forget the person who most needs your attention, you. The most positive thing you can give to yourself is the gift of knowing and owning your story. Being at home in yourself means the past can offer up wisdom, the present can be an opportunity and the future can present unexpected gifts. With story as your ally you know yourself as capable, confident, and competent. You can weather what comes.

Join us around the virtual campfire for a deeply personal journey into your own story. We will support you to turn your story from what defines you into your champion for success.

If you are wondering who you are now, and where your story goes from here; if you want to understand yourself so you can step forward with strength and vision; if you're looking for companions to help you face the unknown with curiosity and courage, then BY THE FIRESIDE is for you. 

Three live sessions, three self-paced videos, two optional Story Cafés to meet with your story buddies.

Guaranteed to jump start your experience and success in 2024!

Let us host you into your own brilliance!

A week long intensive

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Join at any time

THE STORY DOJO Online Community

THE STORY DOJO was created as a place to explore, ideate and practice the power of story. Join us around the virtual campfire as we inquire into a new topic and build capacity and companionship each month.

Focusing on Mary Alice's story practice and her book 365 ALIVE! each month will have a new theme enabling you to step deeper and deeper into the power of story for your life and work.

Your membership includes: 

Fireside Conversation: On the second Monday of the month a speaker or speakers join us to give voice to our theme. Calls last 90 minutes and are recoded.

Office Hours: A place to meet and get input on your stories and answers to your questions. Or adjourn to a "private table" and talk about the topic of your choice. Join us on the fourth Monday of the month any time during the 90 minute window.

A digital library of 50+ hours of content: Eight sessions speaker + Q&A sessions from the 65 ALIVE! livestream series and 75 interviews from the STORY THE FUTURE Online Summit. That's 42 hours of recorded material!

Online meetings second and fourth Monday each month

Both monthly and annual membership options available
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Self Paced

A weekly shot of story inspiration

365 ALIVE! comes to your inbox

Sign up for a weekly shot of story inspiration directly to your inbox

Feeling like you could use an energetic shot in the arm when you face the coming week? Running low on inspiration?

My book 365 ALIVE! find your voice. Claim your story. Live your brilliant life. was created to help you discover the power of story and uncover your own best future through the stories you tell. It is full of beautiful images and quotes that form the heart of a 52 week journey.

But I made far more than 52 of these offerings and now they are ready to come to you to light up your imagination and inspire your steps forward.

 Every Sunday, receive an inspiring quote to move your heart, plus a powerful question to tickle your mind.

Let story raise you up!


Subscribe now!

A simple way to kickstart your storytelling

Love Stories

The past two years have been tough. It’s easy to focus on the drama of it all, but I’ve decided that I’d rather live in a love story.

There are so many ways to express love. One of the best is by sharing stories; reminding people how they’ve sparked love and learning in us and for others.

Stories are a great reminder that we already know how to love. 

And the more we practice, the more love there is. So I’m making this invitation for others to join me in sending out small stories to change the world. One love story at a time…

Every day for 28 days, you'll receive a postcard with a prompt.

Use it to think about a story and send it to someone you care about. Maybe someone you haven't seen for awhile. Or someone you haven't spoken to for a long time. Say something that's in your mind and on your heart. There's no better time then now.

Choose your contribution

Join the LOVE STORIES Team


IMAGINE (8 modules)

WHAT IF... this were your best year yet – a time when everything comes together, when your passion and purpose ignites, when you have the courage to shine and manifest all you can imagine for yourself?

IMAGINE is an eight session online adventure you can join from anywhere in the world, designed to create the focus and intention to carry you into the stratosphere to live your dreams.!

You'll have on-going access to the material to support your unfolding journey and a circle of virtual companions through our closed Facebook group. Self-paced sessions hosted by Mary Alice Arthur & Holger Scholz.

If you join us for IMAGINE, you'll also be offered FREEDOM, a step-by-step guide to creating your best year yet.



If you join IMAGINE, you also receive a discount for FREEDOM



FREEDOM (8 modules)

FREEDOM is not something outside of you, it is something that you can create for yourself. What better time is there than in this season of challenge and change? Join our vibrant international community online right now to explore and claim your biggest horizon.

Are you ready to take flight? Start today by finding and living your FREEDOM. Self-paced sessions hosted by Mary Alice Arthur & Holger Scholz.

Eight days of practical and inspirational material plus the support of people around the globe will challenge you to take the leap.

If you join us for FREEDOM, you'll also be offered IMAGINE, a step-by-step guide to creating your best year yet for a special bundle price.



If you join FREEDOM, you also receive a discount for IMAGINE


Storymaking & story shaping

65 ALIVE! 2022 (Five 90 minute sessions)

Add some fuel to your fire with five session on the power & practice of story. A new theme and new story practitioners, thought leaders and artists each session. 

The recording includes the 65 minute livestream Q&A with the daily guests. 

Our themes are:

  • Women & men & power:¬†What do our stories tell us about how women and men see power? Where do we go from here?
  • What is work now?¬†What do we dream possible in the world of work and how do we tell¬†this new story?
  • Letting the wolf in:¬†Thinking about and working with difficult stories

  • The spirit of story¬†-- how the past fuels. the future:¬†How are¬†the stories of the past & present influencing our future? What stories are we making & breaking?

  • Story as activism:¬†When we change our stories, we can change the world. What does that look like in practice?

US $45 


Hear story thought leaders

65 ALIVE! 2021 (Eight 90 minute sessions)

Eight special days with a different theme and different speakers each day. In this package you get access to both the original panel conversations and to the Q &A sessions that happened afterwards. You will also be able to download the graphic harvests of each session.

Speakers include Peter Block, Christina Baldwin, Juanita Brown, Toke Paludan M√łller and many others.

Topics include:

  • Crafting your compelling story
  • Finding your voice
  • Claiming our stories around what matters
  • What if we're all leaders?
  • Story is our connection
  • Story as activism
  • Story & the community of belonging
  • Story as a practice of peace

US $45


Learn from top practitioners & storytellers

STORY THE FUTURE Online Summit (75 speakers)

Enjoy more than 40 hours of interviews with story practitioners and storytellers around the world, a treasure trove of expertise on all facets of storytelling and storywork.

There's never a better time to learn more about story than now! The more you know about the power and practice of story, the stronger a foundation you have for creating your own future.

Story wisdom is timeless wisdom. 

Each of the 75 interviews included here spotlights a different aspect of story work. You'll learn about how to tell a compelling story, how to work with stories in communities and at work, why story is a modality that supports the move toward equality, healing from trauma and awakening potential. You'll learn how focusing on the power of story is shifting journalism, activism, international law and much, much more.

42 hours of recorded material

Originally priced at US$197, now $85