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Receiving - Relational Alchemy Community Night - Mar 7

A gift is something that is received. When you are offered a loving gesture, a gift, a complement, someone's support, someone's attention... can you receive it? Can you say "Thank you" without dismissing, apologizing, or worrying about reciprocity?  Receiving can be vulnerable, because it implies deservingAnd without receiving, there is no giving! They are two sides of the same coin.

So the theme of this Community Night is RECEIVING. It's an opportunity us to practice both giving and receiving, and to learn how to make it easier for people to give to us.

Friday, March 7
doors at 7, starts at 7:30

Church of Soul 
[masked]th St, Oakland 
(next to West Oakland BART)

$20 each, or $15 each for parties of 2 or more (bring friends or a date!)
(no one turned away for lack of funds)

Facebook event:


Do you want more intimacy in your life?  More community, more profound relationships, and more transformative interactions?  Intimacy is a capacity that can be developed.  There are some skills and structures that point the way, but it is more like exercising a muscle than learning a technical skill.  These Relational Alchemy nights, which I have been leading for over two years, are like a gym, practicing connection, communication, vulnerability, curiosity, and authenticity in a way that is experiential rather than prescriptive.

'Relational Alchemy' is an evolution of personal growth into relational growth. We begin from a place of embracing and taking responsibility for our unique personal experience. That is the foundation of integrity. From those roots we reach out, with love and respect, to relate with each other's experience--and that is where the magic happens!  Because when we tell the truth, the truth changes.

There is no cookie-cutter mold for how you should be or what relating should look like. Everyone is a complete universe unto themselves, has a unique style, personality, and integrity that is perfectly them, and everyone is perfect and amazing as they are (including their belief that they aren't.)

These nights involve a series of fun, social exercises that demonstrate and explore relational alchemy, getting to know yourself better while at the same time learning to see and appreciate more about everyone you connect with.

All this is within a lighthearted container which is safe for getting real, taking emotional risks, and personal growth. Everyone has an opportunity to profoundly see and be seen, where there is nothing to 'get' and judgements and distractions fade away.

Things to expect: laughter, relief, anxiety/excitement, reverence, love and connection, new friends, and new possibilities for how you engage the world


What people are saying about Relational Alchemy:

"I left wanting more like this and with a curious sensation of "you can do this kind of thing??". This is exactly the kind of experience I've been seeking, I had no idea it even existed!"

"What you offered is the heart of what matters to me - the chance to get to show up, naked, simple, and to speak our heart's truth."

"Totally blew me away. It was so incredible to explore deep ways of connecting to others in such a safe, engaging, and fun way. Michael is a wizard at this stuff, a true craftsman. I highly recommend this evening to anyone seeking to expand authentic expression and human connection in their world."

"I loved feeling myself moving to a place of vulnerability, lovingkindness, and trust with a space full of strangers."

To keep in touch with the Relational Alchemy community: 
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Michael McDonald, Integrity Coach,

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