What enables a real conversation to happen?

I was invited to be a ‘conversationalist’ amongst a small group, hosted by Gaunt’s House , South West of England. We spent 5 days in each others company purely focused on listening for the greater conversation, to weave our uniqueness together – some of us artists, philosophers, gardeners and Trustees. Here, after the gathering, I was interviewed to share a particular aspect of the ‘Conversations’ that I had had a somewhat pivotal moment in. The questions that remain: ‘what is a real conversation, and when do we know it is happening? How do we facilitate our ability to be in real conversation?’ What do you think? What do you know?