What we're about

How we communicate shapes our world. Whether it's with ourselves, our friends, our romantic partners, or with coffeeshop strangers, our lives are constantly affected by an interpersonal play-space that we barely understand. Until now! Authentic Relating Games are a collection of extensively tested, masterfully facilitated experiences that give players a hands-on taste of both the joy and skills of interpersonal connection.

Empathy training of the sort offered by Authentic Relating has been shown to reduce bullying in schools, decrease expulsion and detention rates, and even improve creativity and innovation at work. Our games help players tune into their intuitive truth and see the world through another's eyes. We challenge players to listen and reflect in realtime, to share their emotional state, to notice and reach into their desire, and to ask for what they truly want in the moment. From meditative depths of presence and ecstatic heights of joy, to somber melancholy and heart-pounding fun, we guide an experience all the way through the human condition.

The Austin Love Juggernaut is inspired by the work of the San Francisco Authentic World community, the Boulder Integral Center, Nonviolent Communication and Integral practices, and Games Nights around the world. We meet multiple times a week at our Center for Conscious Relating (the upstairs rooms of Casa de Luz) to enact verbal and physical "games" which help us tune into ourselves, each other, and the connections between. Come play with us!

You can learn more about Authentic Relating and Circling (http://www.authrev.com) in Austin here.

Upcoming events (5)

Authentic Relating Games!

https://zoom.us/j/299701270

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: **!!! We will be having Authentic Relating Games ONLINE ONLY during the COVID-19 crisis!!!** Authentic Relating Games, put simply, are a place to practice being human. Throughout the session you’ll be led by experienced facilitators in playing ‘games’—experiential exercises designed to deepen your connection with yourself and the other participants, in an environment where it’s safe to express how you really feel. NOTE: RSVP's on Meetup are not indicative of the numbers at our events (usually 20-30 folks come). If you want to keep in touch with the full community, join our Facebook group, the Austin Love Juggernaut (https://www.facebook.com/groups/theaustinlovejuggernaut/). What kinds of experiences are waiting for you at games? You’ll most likely: • Make new friends • Learn something about yourself • Learn something about being human • Have the courage to reveal something about yourself • Have the compassion to be with another as they reveal themselves • Laugh and smile. A lot! Our facilitators are skilled at organizing games sessions to suit whatever context and goals a group desires. Most games sessions are built around a theme, such as ‘exploring the masculine/feminine polarity’ or ‘setting healthy boundaries’, which gives participants the opportunity to take a deeper dive into a specific area of their lives. What are the games themselves like? Some of them are played one on one, some in small groups, some with the whole group. They can be light, fun and playful, or serious and edgy. Almost all of them them have a focus on paying attention to your experience of yourself and others in the present moment. Because of COVID-19 our in-person games events will be canceled for the foreseeable future. We are committed to maintaining a sense of normalcy and regular play through the video platform called Zoom. If you've been adversely affected by COVID-19 and would like to still attend games please use the code COMMUNITYSUPPORT on the drop in ticket to let us Know your situation. https://zoom.us/j/340848681?pwd=U2JLVm9TbDlGaE1xTE1QM2phVmJ3UT09 Please arrive by 6:00pm. Doors will close and Games will begin at 6:15pm. First time? Games are FREE! Just enter coupon code: FIRSTTIMEFREE into the drop in ticket option. Please use the honor system and only do this if it really is your first time to an ARG night. Otherwise, you can pay $60 for 8-Visit Pass, or pay $10 for a one-time drop-in. Membership for unlimited Sundays available for $25. Funds help us cover our operating expenses as a nonprofit so we can continue to serve the social good for this great community. Sign up for your pass here at: https://connecthumanity.punchpass.com/passes See you there!! Visit Connect Humanity for more information about Authentic community events: http://www.connecthumanity.org

Circling Night, Monday Evenings

Austin Circling Studio ∞

This weekly event — often called "lab" because we're always experimenting — is a wonderful and low commitment chance to introduce yourself or your friends to the phenomenon of Circling for the first time, as well as a good way to regularly deepen your practice and inquiry into the vivacity of each moment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpV_f09Zzt8 What is it: Monday Circling Lab is an experiment in emergent, self-organizing collective intelligence. It is a meditation on what it means to be human and to be part of humanity; a way for us to discover more inclusive and expansive ways of being together; to align w the impulse of evolution while honoring the perfect wholeness of each unfolding now. We gather with a willingness to step into the mystery of being truly honest and seeing the innocence and beauty of every expression in every moment. This environment challenges our assumptions of how to be ourselves and behave with each other; (we've all felt these challenges Monday nights!) the result is a release of creative potential, and long lasting insight into the unconscious habits we've constructed to avoid the raw intimacy of each moments' full expression (and that avoidance is innocent and beautiful as well). Our guides are five principles, championed by facilitators who model the ever-imperfect practice of letting these principles guide us, gently direct attention to seeing how every share, no matter how unskilled, can be seen as an intelligent expression of our wholeness (including their/our own individual shares as leaders), and can become more potently creative and lovable when seen that way and held with a sense of wonder and curiosity. We believe that we can train our awareness to recognize this consciousness itself already-always becoming manifest in everything; yet the more our collective becomes aware of this already present-awareness, the more luminous it becomes. Our curriculum is our relationships; our lessons—though their expressions are infinitely personal—are universal and therefore our doing them together accelerates our (un)learning. Hope to see you there. Useful Links: • A free, in-depth 30 day mini course on bringing presence into relationships: www.welcometocircling.com (http://www.welcometocircling.com/) • Circling in Business, as written about on Forbes.com https://www.forbes.com/sites/julesschroeder/2017/03/06/millennials-heres-why-youre-dissatisfied-at-work/#687b5d762846 • Introduction to Surrendered Leadership: http://circlingeurope.com/2017/02/what-is-surrendered-leadership-a-first-look/ • Tons more info on www.circlingeurope.com (http://www.circlingeurope.com/) Location: Austin Circling Studio (https://www.google.com/maps/place/1205+W+42nd+St,+Austin,+TX+78756/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x8644ca88132b1893:0xa874c2d4b31df5b8?ved=2ahUKEwj4zO3shvngAhUNnq0KHRZUBWoQ8gEwAHoECAMQAQ), 1205 West 42nd St. A, Austin, TX Time: • 6:15pm - 7:15pm Circling Theory • 7:15-9:15pm Circling Lab Cost & Payment links: Both sessions, $20: https://www.austincirclingstudio.com/prices Monthly Membership $100: https://www.austincirclingstudio.com/prices —if this is too expensive, pay your hourly wage— —if you have other circumstances, let's discuss— Please note, the RSVP numbers on Meetup do not reflect reality: We average about 20-30 people each week, they just aren't on Meetup.com. This event has been happening every Monday for the past five years; the facilitators vary from week to week but are likely to include any combo of the following: Jordan Myska Allen, Michael Blas, Becky Kangas, Kageni Pierce, Annabeth Novitzki, Kristen Massey, Peter Griffin, Joel Harrison, David Swedloe, Tristana Pirkl, Amber G, Dennard “Integral relationship has been the missing piece, and Circling is the most powerful relational practice I’ve seen…” - Ken Wilber

Authentic Relating Games!

https://zoom.us/j/299701270

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: **!!! We will be having Authentic Relating Games ONLINE ONLY during the COVID-19 crisis!!!** Authentic Relating Games, put simply, are a place to practice being human. Throughout the session you’ll be led by experienced facilitators in playing ‘games’—experiential exercises designed to deepen your connection with yourself and the other participants, in an environment where it’s safe to express how you really feel. NOTE: RSVP's on Meetup are not indicative of the numbers at our events (usually 20-30 folks come). If you want to keep in touch with the full community, join our Facebook group, the Austin Love Juggernaut (https://www.facebook.com/groups/theaustinlovejuggernaut/). What kinds of experiences are waiting for you at games? You’ll most likely: • Make new friends • Learn something about yourself • Learn something about being human • Have the courage to reveal something about yourself • Have the compassion to be with another as they reveal themselves • Laugh and smile. A lot! Our facilitators are skilled at organizing games sessions to suit whatever context and goals a group desires. Most games sessions are built around a theme, such as ‘exploring the masculine/feminine polarity’ or ‘setting healthy boundaries’, which gives participants the opportunity to take a deeper dive into a specific area of their lives. What are the games themselves like? Some of them are played one on one, some in small groups, some with the whole group. They can be light, fun and playful, or serious and edgy. Almost all of them them have a focus on paying attention to your experience of yourself and others in the present moment. Because of COVID-19 our in-person games events will be canceled for the foreseeable future. We are committed to maintaining a sense of normalcy and regular play through the video platform called Zoom. If you've been adversely affected by COVID-19 and would like to still attend games please use the code COMMUNITYSUPPORT on the drop in ticket to let us Know your situation. https://zoom.us/j/340848681?pwd=U2JLVm9TbDlGaE1xTE1QM2phVmJ3UT09 Please arrive by 6:00pm. Doors will close and Games will begin at 6:15pm. First time? Games are FREE! Just enter coupon code: FIRSTTIMEFREE into the drop in ticket option. Please use the honor system and only do this if it really is your first time to an ARG night. Otherwise, you can pay $60 for 8-Visit Pass, or pay $10 for a one-time drop-in. Membership for unlimited Sundays available for $25. Funds help us cover our operating expenses as a nonprofit so we can continue to serve the social good for this great community. Sign up for your pass here at: https://connecthumanity.punchpass.com/passes See you there!! Visit Connect Humanity for more information about Authentic community events: http://www.connecthumanity.org

Circling Night, Monday Evenings

Austin Circling Studio ∞

This weekly event — often called "lab" because we're always experimenting — is a wonderful and low commitment chance to introduce yourself or your friends to the phenomenon of Circling for the first time, as well as a good way to regularly deepen your practice and inquiry into the vivacity of each moment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpV_f09Zzt8 What is it: Monday Circling Lab is an experiment in emergent, self-organizing collective intelligence. It is a meditation on what it means to be human and to be part of humanity; a way for us to discover more inclusive and expansive ways of being together; to align w the impulse of evolution while honoring the perfect wholeness of each unfolding now. We gather with a willingness to step into the mystery of being truly honest and seeing the innocence and beauty of every expression in every moment. This environment challenges our assumptions of how to be ourselves and behave with each other; (we've all felt these challenges Monday nights!) the result is a release of creative potential, and long lasting insight into the unconscious habits we've constructed to avoid the raw intimacy of each moments' full expression (and that avoidance is innocent and beautiful as well). Our guides are five principles, championed by facilitators who model the ever-imperfect practice of letting these principles guide us, gently direct attention to seeing how every share, no matter how unskilled, can be seen as an intelligent expression of our wholeness (including their/our own individual shares as leaders), and can become more potently creative and lovable when seen that way and held with a sense of wonder and curiosity. We believe that we can train our awareness to recognize this consciousness itself already-always becoming manifest in everything; yet the more our collective becomes aware of this already present-awareness, the more luminous it becomes. Our curriculum is our relationships; our lessons—though their expressions are infinitely personal—are universal and therefore our doing them together accelerates our (un)learning. Hope to see you there. Useful Links: • A free, in-depth 30 day mini course on bringing presence into relationships: www.welcometocircling.com (http://www.welcometocircling.com/) • Circling in Business, as written about on Forbes.com https://www.forbes.com/sites/julesschroeder/2017/03/06/millennials-heres-why-youre-dissatisfied-at-work/#687b5d762846 • Introduction to Surrendered Leadership: http://circlingeurope.com/2017/02/what-is-surrendered-leadership-a-first-look/ • Tons more info on www.circlingeurope.com (http://www.circlingeurope.com/) Location: Austin Circling Studio (https://www.google.com/maps/place/1205+W+42nd+St,+Austin,+TX+78756/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x8644ca88132b1893:0xa874c2d4b31df5b8?ved=2ahUKEwj4zO3shvngAhUNnq0KHRZUBWoQ8gEwAHoECAMQAQ), 1205 West 42nd St. A, Austin, TX Time: • 6:15pm - 7:15pm Circling Theory • 7:15-9:15pm Circling Lab Cost & Payment links: Both sessions, $20: https://www.austincirclingstudio.com/prices Monthly Membership $100: https://www.austincirclingstudio.com/prices —if this is too expensive, pay your hourly wage— —if you have other circumstances, let's discuss— Please note, the RSVP numbers on Meetup do not reflect reality: We average about 20-30 people each week, they just aren't on Meetup.com. This event has been happening every Monday for the past five years; the facilitators vary from week to week but are likely to include any combo of the following: Jordan Myska Allen, Michael Blas, Becky Kangas, Kageni Pierce, Annabeth Novitzki, Kristen Massey, Peter Griffin, Joel Harrison, David Swedloe, Tristana Pirkl, Amber G, Dennard “Integral relationship has been the missing piece, and Circling is the most powerful relational practice I’ve seen…” - Ken Wilber

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Circling Night, Monday Evenings

Austin Circling Studio ∞

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