What we're about

Authentic Portland is an incubator, a laboratory and a catalyst for an emerging authentic culture. It is soil from which authentic communities have the potential to grow.

We are answering the question of how to embody authenticity, presence, truth and compassion in our day-to-day lives and relationships.

We invite people of all races, nationalities, spiritual beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, social and economic statuses and political beliefs to join us in this exploration.

Some of our core values...

- surrendering to present-moment experience
- being fully alive, engaged, and grounded in the body
- following curiosity
- respecting ourselves and each other
- expressing from vulnerable transparency
- owning our experience
- seeing the innocence and good intentions in people, including ourselves
- connecting from the heart
- deepening our understanding of how we impact each other, and letting that matter
- treating relationship as an awareness practice
- deepening intimacy
- sharing togetherness in an attitude of play and not-knowing

We offer a variety of events:

- Games Nights: Come for some fun and potentially surprising insights. We interact with each other through various relational games for everyone to get a taste of what we are about. These games do not include board games, they may include gazing into someone's eyes, speaking your truth in the moment, or revealing through your body how you are feeling right now.

- Circling: This is a practice of non-judgmentally being with each other in a group conversation. We are looking at self and other in contact with the present moment from a place of curiosity. This tends to be more intimate and vulnerable, happens in smaller circles, and can include strong emotions. People often feel deeply seen and relational blind spots can be revealed through the process. We recommend attending a few of our Games Nights before circling. Please read through our event description before signing up, as this is not for everyone.

- Community events: Such as camping, potluck socials, informal gatherings - we hang out with the idea to include a similar level of authenticity in our interactions as we have practiced in our more structured events.

To learn more, visit our website Authenticportland.org (https://www.authenticportland.org/).

To connect with others in the community, join our Authentic Portland Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/authentic.portland/).

We have been inspired by and are loosely associated with Authentic World, The Circling Institute (http://www.circlinginstitute.com), Authentic Revolution (https://www.authrev.com/ar-games/) and Circling Europe (http://circlingeurope.com): we highly recommend their workshops.

If you need any questions answered before deciding to come, please reach out, we would love to hear from you! Thanks and looking forward to playing with you.

Upcoming events (4+)

Connection Circle (online)

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This is a Connection Circle inspired by the practice of Circling™.

WHAT IS A CONNECTION CIRCLE
Through facilitated exploration, we take mindfulness into relationship with others. We stay in connection while cultivating present-moment awareness, we reveal ourselves as humans in all our limitations and beauty, we stretch our comfort zone while still honoring ourselves, we make room to feel our feelings, we be in our embodied experience, we aspire to welcome everything as it is. This can include strong emotions, and vulnerable and personal things might be shared. We ask people to request confidentiality as needed. Held by a welcoming group, people often experience a relief at being deeply seen as they really are. Blind spots where we may be pushing love and connection away, can be revealed. Over time, the practice helps us shift and evolve, and making changes in our lives then becomes a natural outcome.

Please have experience with personal growth work before signing up for a Connection Circle. If you are in an acute mental health crisis, you deserve focused specialized attention: please reach out to a psychotherapist or someone who can provide you with tailored support, instead.

The circlers aim to follow these guidelines:
- Honor yourself + honor other
- Show up fully - lean into your edge of learning or vulnerability
- Welcome everything
- Notice and share your present-moment feelings, sensations, thoughts, impulses, imaginings; notice and verify assumptions
- Own your experience - speak in a way that is inarguable
- Stay in connection, even when uncomfortable
- Treat your experience as relevant
- Not trying to get anywhere better, no agenda other than present-moment connection: be with the other in their world

The facilitator is there to help maintain the intention and steer the conversation back towards the guidelines. The group will have a maximum of 8 participants.

FORMAT
(approximate)

  • Door closes 5 minutes after start, please arrive on time.

5:30 - 6:00 check-ins, guidelines and authentic relating warmup
6:00 - 6:50 circle
6:50 - 7:00 group debrief and wrap-up

COST:
$15. There are a few spots for people needing financial support.

REGISTRATION
RSVP here on Meetup. Then click this link to finish registration:

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https://www.tickettailor.com/events/tatesprite/762161/
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You will receive details in an email.
The number of RSVPs here does not necessarily reflect how many people are registered.

ABOUT THE HOST
Tate brings more freedom and connection into the world by inspiring people to be fully themselves in compassionate relationship with others - and providing an empowering environment in which this becomes possible. Tate has been facilitating Authentic Relating events and groups in the Portland, Oregon, area and online since 2013. In creating their offerings and workshops, they draw on their trainings in The Art of Circling [relational and transformational practice], the Hakomi method [a mindful somatic therapeutic modality], Inner Relationship Focusing [practice of self-listening], as well as, and importantly, on their lived experience of being an unconventional, curious, engaged human who is driven to participate in personal and societal evolution. tatesprite.net

Connection Circle (online)

Link visible for attendees

This is a Connection Circle inspired by the practice of Circling™.

WHAT IS A CONNECTION CIRCLE
Through facilitated exploration, we take mindfulness into relationship with others. We stay in connection while cultivating present-moment awareness, we reveal ourselves as humans in all our limitations and beauty, we stretch our comfort zone while still honoring ourselves, we make room to feel our feelings, we be in our embodied experience, we aspire to welcome everything as it is. This can include strong emotions, and vulnerable and personal things might be shared. We ask people to request confidentiality as needed. Held by a welcoming group, people often experience a relief at being deeply seen as they really are. Blind spots where we may be pushing love and connection away, can be revealed. Over time, the practice helps us shift and evolve, and making changes in our lives then becomes a natural outcome.

Please have experience with personal growth work before signing up for a Connection Circle. If you are in an acute mental health crisis, you deserve focused specialized attention: please reach out to a psychotherapist or someone who can provide you with tailored support, instead.

The circlers aim to follow these guidelines:
- Honor yourself + honor other
- Show up fully - lean into your edge of learning or vulnerability
- Welcome everything
- Notice and share your present-moment feelings, sensations, thoughts, impulses, imaginings; notice and verify assumptions
- Own your experience - speak in a way that is inarguable
- Stay in connection, even when uncomfortable
- Treat your experience as relevant
- Not trying to get anywhere better, no agenda other than present-moment connection: be with the other in their world

The facilitator is there to help maintain the intention and steer the conversation back towards the guidelines. The group will have a maximum of 8 participants.

FORMAT
(approximate)

  • Door closes 5 minutes after start, please arrive on time.

5:30 - 6:00 check-ins, guidelines and authentic relating warmup
6:00 - 6:50 circle
6:50 - 7:00 group debrief and wrap-up

COST:
$15. There are a few spots for people needing financial support.

REGISTRATION
RSVP here on Meetup. Then click this link to finish registration:

***********************
https://www.tickettailor.com/events/tatesprite/762161/
***********************
You will receive details in an email.
The number of RSVPs here does not necessarily reflect how many people are registered.

ABOUT THE HOST
Tate brings more freedom and connection into the world by inspiring people to be fully themselves in compassionate relationship with others - and providing an empowering environment in which this becomes possible. Tate has been facilitating Authentic Relating events and groups in the Portland, Oregon, area and online since 2013. In creating their offerings and workshops, they draw on their trainings in The Art of Circling [relational and transformational practice], the Hakomi method [a mindful somatic therapeutic modality], Inner Relationship Focusing [practice of self-listening], as well as, and importantly, on their lived experience of being an unconventional, curious, engaged human who is driven to participate in personal and societal evolution. tatesprite.net

Connection Hour

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Bi-weekly drop-in community event to keep us connected!

PLEASE READ THE REGISTRATION DETAILS BELOW CAREFULLY!

Touch into and refresh your practice of authentic relating, during lunch break: tune in to yourself, share from the heart, be seen in the eyes of others, give others the gift of receiving them.

This is mostly free-form, spontaneous, sharing authentically and being present to each other but not doing a formal practice. It's facilitated only to the extent that's needed for group cohesion. No prior experience necessary :)

FORMAT:
12:30 - arrivals, greetings and door closes at 12:35
12:35 - check-ins
12:45ish - guided self-connection (maybe)
12:50ish - social time with some degree of interpersonal mindfulness, or if needed, a more structured authentic relating activity
1:25 - check-outs and wrap up

COST:
Free. If you genuinely feel inspired to contribute to me, choose Donation at check-out. Thank you!

TO REGISTER:
RSVP here, then click this link:
https://www.tickettailor.com/events/tatesprite/762178/

WHERE:
Online with ZOOM. After you register, you will receive an email with details to join.

ABOUT THE HOST:
Tate Sprite brings more freedom and connection into the world by inspiring people to be fully themselves in compassionate relationship with others - and providing an empowering environment in which this becomes possible. Tate has been facilitating Authentic Relating events and groups in the Portland, Oregon, area and online since 2013. In creating their offerings and workshops, they draw on their trainings in The Art of Circling [relational and transformational practice], the Hakomi method [a mindful somatic therapeutic modality], Inner Relationship Focusing [practice of self-listening], as well as, and importantly, on their lived experience of being an unconventional, curious, engaged human who is driven to participate in personal and societal evolution. tatesprite.net

Connection Circle (online)

Link visible for attendees

This is a Connection Circle inspired by the practice of Circling™.

WHAT IS A CONNECTION CIRCLE
Through facilitated exploration, we take mindfulness into relationship with others. We stay in connection while cultivating present-moment awareness, we reveal ourselves as humans in all our limitations and beauty, we stretch our comfort zone while still honoring ourselves, we make room to feel our feelings, we be in our embodied experience, we aspire to welcome everything as it is. This can include strong emotions, and vulnerable and personal things might be shared. We ask people to request confidentiality as needed. Held by a welcoming group, people often experience a relief at being deeply seen as they really are. Blind spots where we may be pushing love and connection away, can be revealed. Over time, the practice helps us shift and evolve, and making changes in our lives then becomes a natural outcome.

Please have experience with personal growth work before signing up for a Connection Circle. If you are in an acute mental health crisis, you deserve focused specialized attention: please reach out to a psychotherapist or someone who can provide you with tailored support, instead.

The circlers aim to follow these guidelines:
- Honor yourself + honor other
- Show up fully - lean into your edge of learning or vulnerability
- Welcome everything
- Notice and share your present-moment feelings, sensations, thoughts, impulses, imaginings; notice and verify assumptions
- Own your experience - speak in a way that is inarguable
- Stay in connection, even when uncomfortable
- Treat your experience as relevant
- Not trying to get anywhere better, no agenda other than present-moment connection: be with the other in their world

The facilitator is there to help maintain the intention and steer the conversation back towards the guidelines. The group will have a maximum of 8 participants.

FORMAT
(approximate)

  • Door closes 5 minutes after start, please arrive on time.

5:30 - 6:00 check-ins, guidelines and authentic relating warmup
6:00 - 6:50 circle
6:50 - 7:00 group debrief and wrap-up

COST:
$15. There are a few spots for people needing financial support.

REGISTRATION
RSVP here on Meetup. Then click this link to finish registration:

***********************
https://www.tickettailor.com/events/tatesprite/762161/
***********************
You will receive details in an email.
The number of RSVPs here does not necessarily reflect how many people are registered.

ABOUT THE HOST
Tate brings more freedom and connection into the world by inspiring people to be fully themselves in compassionate relationship with others - and providing an empowering environment in which this becomes possible. Tate has been facilitating Authentic Relating events and groups in the Portland, Oregon, area and online since 2013. In creating their offerings and workshops, they draw on their trainings in The Art of Circling [relational and transformational practice], the Hakomi method [a mindful somatic therapeutic modality], Inner Relationship Focusing [practice of self-listening], as well as, and importantly, on their lived experience of being an unconventional, curious, engaged human who is driven to participate in personal and societal evolution. tatesprite.net

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