What we're about

We're about deepening connection and uncovering ourselves in relation to others. We offer our events in English with French translations available.

français

Nous offrons une traduction en français lors de tous les événements, à moins d'indication contraire.

Les objectifs du groupe sont d’approfondir la connexion et se révéler en relation avec les autres. Nous organisons des soirées de jeux durant lesquelles nous nous mettons au défi de dévoiler plus de profondeur dans nos interactions avec les autres. L’objectif est d’être plus présent, authentique, de se découvrir soi-même et de découvrir les autres. Nous créons un espace sécuritaire où se respecter pleinement soi-même et les autres est une priorité. Nous encourageons chacun à s’engager pleinement et à élargir sa zone de confort.

Le “circling”, notre seconde activité, est une pratique qui vise à découvrir l’univers d’une personne avec curiosité et bienveillance et possiblement révéler des espaces intérieurs, thèmes ou dynamiques relationnelles qui sont importantes mais qui ne sont pas conscientes. Nous formons de petits groupes guidés par un ou deux facilitateurs et encourageons une présence entière, ancrée dans le moment présent. Nous révélons les non-dits (émotions, pensées...), partageons l’impact des interactions, dans un espace sécuritaire dans lequel chacun peut être reçu tel qu’il est.

English

We host games nights and circling events. During games night we have inter-relational games where we are challenged to bring forward something deeper in ourselves to our interaction with others. The goal is to be more present, more authentic, to discover other people, and to discover ourselves. We create a safe container at our events where honoring each other and ourselves is the top priority. After that we encourage everyone to play full out and lean in to their edge.

Circling, our other main meeting type, is a deeper practice of discovering someone's world with curiosity and acceptance and possibly help them uncover relational blindspots. In Circling, we gather in small groups with one or two facilitators each and be incredibly present and in the moment with each other. We reveal the unsaid currents present in the room, we share impact, and we hold space for each other to be as we are.

"The concept of exertion, one of the six paramitas— or instructions on wholesome behavior— means going beyond resistance or complacency to find something more expansive and wonderful on the other side." -- Charlotte Kasl, "If the Buddha Married"

Resources

Authentic Montreal (http://authenticmontreal.ca) - blog and information about Authentic Relating and Circling.

Circling and Authentic Relating Practice Guide (http://circlingguide.com) - free book on circling and AR.

NVC Communicator (http://www.nvccommunicator.com) - an online tool for nonviolent communication.

People and Related Organizations

Jason Zwolak (http://jason.zwolak.org) - co-founder of Authentic Montreal, AR facilitator, and coach.

Solomon Krueger (https://www.flowlandmontreal.com/) - Solomon is a co-organizer of Authentic Montreal, facilitator, host of the weekly Games Nights, and founder of Flowland Creations (https://www.flowlandmontreal.com/), which offers inspired events, retreats and personalized services to amplify the fullness of your life.

Sara Ness and AuthRev (https://www.authrev.com) - global leader in Authentic Relating, facilitator of workshops and trainings.

Upcoming events (3)

Special Event - Community Led Games Night

Flowland

*En français ci-dessous* This is a special games night where we have invited community members to lead the event. This means you will play games chosen and facilitated by them! This is going to be great! This will be the first time many of them will have facilitated AR games in public. Please come and support your fellow community members as they practice their skills. At Games Night you can expect opportunities to lean in to your edge in a social context and a safe environment. We will be playing relational games where you can find and explore the edge between "playing it safe" and showing up fully. The goal is to dissolve old patterns of behaviour that don't serve us, to connect more authentically, and to release ourselves from fear while honouring our self. Doors open at 6:45pm and we start promptly at 7pm. We have a set of agreements to set a safe container for the evening and will close the door just before those agreements. If you arrive after we close the door we ask that you come back another evening and be present for the agreements. The donation covers room rental and meetup fees. We welcome donations from a place of gratitude and giving. We don't want anyone to be blocked from attending because of the cost, so please come and offer whatever feels right to you. Français: Ceci est un évènement spécial où nous avons invité des membres de Montréal Authentique à prendre les rênes de la soirée. Vous participerez donc à des activités choisies et animées par ceux-ci! Ça promet d'être agréable :) Pour plusieurs d'entre eux, ce sera la première fois où ils porteront le chapeau d'animateur de jeux de communication authentique devant un public. Venez les soutenir et les encourager alors qu'ils pratiquent leurs habiletés d'animation! Venez pratiquer la vulnérabilité, l’honnêteté et l’écoute. Explorer de nouvelles façons d’interagir et d’être avec d’autres personnes. Durant nos Soirées de Jeux, vous aurez l’occasion de vous placer en état d'ouverture et de vulnérabilité dans un contexte social et un environnement sécuritaire. Nous créons des jeux relationnels où vous pouvez trouver et explorer votre zone de confort entre “être sur la défensive” et vous révéler pleinement. Le but est de dissoudre les vieux schémas de comportement qui ne nous servent plus, d’entrer en connexion de manière plus authentique et de se libérer de la peur tout en se respectant soi-même. Les portes ouvrent à 18h45 et nous commençons à 19h00 précises. Nous prenons une série d’accords qui établissent un cadre sécuritaire pour la soirée et nous verrouillons la porte juste avant d’énoncer ces accords. Si vous arrivez après la fermeture des portes, nous vous prions de revenir une autre fois et d’arriver à temps pour les accords. Une contribution volontaire est bienvenue afin de couvrir les frais de loyer et du site Meetup. Nous accueillons les contributions qui proviennent d’un élan de gratitude et d’encouragement. Nous souhaitons que personne ne s’empêche de participer à cause du coût, alors venez et offrez ce qui vous convient.

Special Event - Community Led Games Night

Flowland

*En français ci-dessous* This is a special games night where we have invited community members to lead the event. This means you will play games chosen and facilitated by them! This is going to be great! This will be the first time many of them will have facilitated AR games in public. Please come and support your fellow community members as they practice their skills. At Games Night you can expect opportunities to lean in to your edge in a social context and a safe environment. We will be playing relational games where you can find and explore the edge between "playing it safe" and showing up fully. The goal is to dissolve old patterns of behaviour that don't serve us, to connect more authentically, and to release ourselves from fear while honouring our self. Doors open at 6:45pm and we start promptly at 7pm. We have a set of agreements to set a safe container for the evening and will close the door just before those agreements. If you arrive after we close the door we ask that you come back another evening and be present for the agreements. The donation covers room rental and meetup fees. We welcome donations from a place of gratitude and giving. We don't want anyone to be blocked from attending because of the cost, so please come and offer whatever feels right to you. Français: Ceci est un évènement spécial où nous avons invité des membres de Montréal Authentique à prendre les rênes de la soirée. Vous participerez donc à des activités choisies et animées par ceux-ci! Ça promet d'être agréable :) Pour plusieurs d'entre eux, ce sera la première fois où ils porteront le chapeau d'animateur de jeux de communication authentique devant un public. Venez les soutenir et les encourager alors qu'ils pratiquent leurs habiletés d'animation! Venez pratiquer la vulnérabilité, l’honnêteté et l’écoute. Explorer de nouvelles façons d’interagir et d’être avec d’autres personnes. Durant nos Soirées de Jeux, vous aurez l’occasion de vous placer en état d'ouverture et de vulnérabilité dans un contexte social et un environnement sécuritaire. Nous créons des jeux relationnels où vous pouvez trouver et explorer votre zone de confort entre “être sur la défensive” et vous révéler pleinement. Le but est de dissoudre les vieux schémas de comportement qui ne nous servent plus, d’entrer en connexion de manière plus authentique et de se libérer de la peur tout en se respectant soi-même. Les portes ouvrent à 18h45 et nous commençons à 19h00 précises. Nous prenons une série d’accords qui établissent un cadre sécuritaire pour la soirée et nous verrouillons la porte juste avant d’énoncer ces accords. Si vous arrivez après la fermeture des portes, nous vous prions de revenir une autre fois et d’arriver à temps pour les accords. Une contribution volontaire est bienvenue afin de couvrir les frais de loyer et du site Meetup. Nous accueillons les contributions qui proviennent d’un élan de gratitude et d’encouragement. Nous souhaitons que personne ne s’empêche de participer à cause du coût, alors venez et offrez ce qui vous convient.

Authentic Montreal Leadership and Facilitator Training II

We are excited to be offering our second Authentic Relating Games facilitation training for the Authentic Montreal community! If you have participated in our Games Nights and wish to develop your facilitation and leadership skills, while playing fun and meaningful games, then we welcome you to join us for this special leadership training This weekend workshop offers you: - An opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and skills in facilitating authentic relating activities - Practical exercises and guidance to design and facilitate a games night that can inspire and foster authentic connections and creative expression - A full weekend of Authentic Relating games, while sharing feedback and insights Facilitators: Your facilitators will be Riley Drever and Solomon Krueger (see below for bios) Please write to either of us if you have any questions regarding the weekend. Reserve Today: Spaces are limited. If you are interested, please join the waitlist and once your deposit has been received (see below), you will be moved to “Going”. Language: The training will be conducted in English but you are welcome to express and share in any language you want. ::: DETAILS ::: Oct 11 - Oct 13, 2019 Friday, 7-10pm Saturday, 9:30 - 6pm Sunday, 9:30 - 5:30pm Snacks and teas will be provided but not lunch. There are many nice restaurants close to venue. Cost: $250 ::: HOW TO REGISTER ::: 1. Please send an email for confirmation that there is a spot for you: [masked]. 2. Upon confirmation, please e-transfer or Paypal a non-refundable deposit of $50 to [masked] to reserve your place. Security question: What training? Answer: authenticmontreal **Financial assistance is available on a need basis (limited spots). Please email Riley or Solomon ([masked]) to inquire or with any other questions. ::: BIOS ::: Riley Drever is a co-founder of Authentic Montreal and has been developing his facilitation skills and helping grow an Authentic-Related based community over two years. He is very interested in, and has gained significantly from spiritual practices such as Zen and Vipassana Buddhism and non-dual inquiry. He is a high school teacher, University lecturer, most importantly, a father and partner. Authentic Relating has helped him show up more fully in all aspects of his life and particularly his Leadership roles. He is very excited to work with Solomon and share what he has learned for this training. Solomon Krueger inspires and assists countless people to grow and thrive through his initiatives, collaborations and coaching. Founder of Flowland, Solomon hosts a variety of activities and events in an effort to build and evolve our community. He specializes in applying embodiment practices and intuitive processes to help facilitate mind-body awareness, authentic connection, and creative self-expression. He is part of the leadership team of Authentic Montreal. Solomon holds a Masters in Human Systems Intervention from Concordia University in Montreal. He is delighted to be joining forces with Riley for this training.

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