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 Hour

Online event

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

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.

You can choose to either connect free-form in an unfacilitated group or to participate in a guided authentic relating activity. Each gets its own room.

FORMAT:
12:30 - arrivals, greetings and room closes at 12:35
12:35 - check-ins
12:45ish - guided self-connection (maybe)
12:50ish - introduction to activity for today or deciding to just do social time, sorting ourselves into groups as needed
1:00 - group
A) facilitated authentic relating activity
B) unfacilitated social time (relating as authentically as you want to, in the wild!)
1:25 - check-outs and wrap up

EVENT BY:
Authentic Portland (Tate)

COST:
Free, in service of staying in touch during covid.
If you genuinely feel inspired to contribute to me, you can: https://bit.ly/tate-sprite-donation

TO REGISTER:
Please RSVP on Meetup to confirm that you are coming, and please change your RSVP if your plans change!

WHERE:
Online with ZOOM. The link to join the event can be found in the location section of this event after you respond Yes to RSVP.
Download for desktop here:
https://zoom.us/download
Use Tutorials:
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials
Please aim to join the call from a desktop device. Although Zoom is available on mobile devices, it can be challenging to see all participants and it changes the experience.

FEEDBACK:
Always welcome! Click here: https://bit.ly/authenticportlandfeedback

Be Here Now in a Circle, AR + T Group Combined (Online)

Online event

$10.00

On Sunday October 3 @12:30-2:30pm PT (3:30-5:30pm ET), join Laureli to Be Here Now in a Circle, AR + T Group Combined. Practice being mindfully in the present moment with others. Arrive on time as we close the circle and lock the door ~15 min after we begin.

This event is posted in many places, so signups here don't indicate likely attendance.

In Be Here Now in a Circle, people are guided to be authentic, present and in the moment, often with strangers. We are supported to slow down, experience our and others' impact, and more deeply connect. Learn more at http://thrive-wise.com/a-guide-to-circling-an-authentic-relating-activity/

This is an Authentic Relating (AR) event, part of a growing movement spreading around the globe (https://www.authrev.com/worldwide-connection). We'll also combine in aspects of T Group (experiential interpersonal dynamics).

EVENT DETAILS
- What: Be Here Now in a Circle, Authentic Relating + T Group Combined

- When: Sunday October 3 @12:30-2:30pm PT (3:30-5:30pm ET)

- Where: Online at Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83469735928?pwd=NWFVVXNIR3JkbGE3aEFqTGFTczhCUT09
Meeting ID:[masked]
Password:[masked]

- Please arrive early to settle into the space so we can begin by 5 minutes after the posted start time. Often the zoom room is locked ~15 minutes after the hour.

- How Much:
Supporting = $30
Sustaining = $20
Supported = $10 (or what you’re able to)
BIPOC* = $5
*BIPOC = Black, Indigenous & People of Color

Please pay ahead or right when you enter the zoom room.

- How to Pay: PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/laurelishimayo (or to [masked]) or Venmo @LaureliShimayo or Laureli can run your card on Square (mention AR on 10/3)

We offer a lower BIPOC price as a step towards creating racial justice and ending racism in this generation. We aim to educate and make reparations for years of systemic cultural racism and white benefits (the new and more accurate term for "white privilege") that we white-bodied people receive despite how aware, conscious and unbiased we may each be.

5.4% of Profits on this event are also paid to Real Rent Duwamish, a local native tribe - https://www.realrentduwamish.org/

10% of revenue goes to support Authentic Seattle

This event is on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/545291510031778

WHO IS FACILITATING?
Laureli Shimayo (she/they, LGBTQ) has been doing Life, Leadership & Love Coaching professionally for 10+ years, Intuitive Arts for 7 years, and leading Authentic Relating events for 7 years with Authentic Portland and Authentic Seattle. Learn more about Laureli and her work at LaureliShimayo.com. Reach out at[masked] (text is best) and [masked].

** UPCOMING **
Laureli is also co-hosting our 9th Deep Dive starting Sept 14. It is an opportunity to do Authentic Relating Games & Circling in a closed group with the same ~10-14 people for 6 weeks, encouraging greater authenticity, growth and deeper connection. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/530664754645309

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:
- Please note that Laureli's events are not a therapeutic setting, and she is not here in the role of a counselor. If you have needs that would best be served by a mental health professional, do not consider the Be Here Now practice as a substitute for such care.
- Laureli's events can facilitate people making deep connections. Please be polite and practice consent if you reach out to someone to connect socially after an event.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.

The Listening Room

Online event

Bi-weekly place to practice the art of listening and the willingness to be deeply heard.

PLEASE READ THE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS BELOW CAREFULLY!

First, we become inwardly quieter and attentive - to set the space for another human being to reveal themselves to us. We tune in to our own attitude of interest, care, and respect, and we open ourselves to being surprised by what we find. Being welcomed into another's inner world is a gift to us, and our pristine attention is a gift to them. Being heard with a welcome and non-judgmental attitude, we come to know ourselves better, and often start opening to new possibilities.

At intersections, sharers choose what kind of feedback, questions, or other options they want to receive from the listeners. Listeners draw on their own experience of hearing, and reveal themselves through how they listen. Everyone gets a chance to speak, and a chance to be seen and heard in the eyes of others.

FORMAT:
(approximate)
7:30 - welcome and check-ins
7:40 - door closes
7:40 - listening within
7:50 - listening in pairs (taking turns)
8:25 - group listening
8:55 - check-outs

COST:
$12. Payment link is below. (You will not yet be registered if you only RSVP on Meetup.) If the cost is prohibitive, you will have the option to choose your own contribution. You will not be turned away for lack of funds.

TO REGISTER:
*********Please click this event link:*********** https://buytickets.at/tatesprite/466685 ************************************************* More details can be found at the above link.

CANCELLATION:
You will be refunded (minus card processing fee) if you cancel and notify the event host 24 hours or more before the event.

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.

Be Here Now in a Circle, AR + T Group Combined (Online)

Online event

$10.00

On Friday October 8 @9:30-11:30am PT (12:30-2:30pm ET), join Laureli to Be Here Now in a Circle, AR + T Group Combined. Practice being mindfully in the present moment with others. Arrive on time as we close the circle and lock the door ~15 min after we begin.

This event is posted in many places, so signups here don't indicate likely attendance.

In Be Here Now in a Circle, people are guided to be authentic, present and in the moment, often with strangers. We are supported to slow down, experience our and others' impact, and more deeply connect. Learn more at http://thrive-wise.com/a-guide-to-circling-an-authentic-relating-activity/

This is an Authentic Relating (AR) event, part of a growing movement spreading around the globe (https://www.authrev.com/worldwide-connection). We'll also combine in aspects of T Group (experiential interpersonal dynamics).

EVENT DETAILS
- What: Be Here Now in a Circle, Authentic Relating + T Group Combined

- When: Friday October 8 @9:30-11:30am PT (12:30-2:30pm ET)

- Where: Online at Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83469735928?pwd=NWFVVXNIR3JkbGE3aEFqTGFTczhCUT09
Meeting ID:[masked]
Password:[masked]

- Please arrive early to settle into the space so we can begin by 5 minutes after the posted start time. Often the zoom room is locked ~15 minutes after the hour.

- How Much:
Supporting = $30
Sustaining = $20
Supported = $10 (or what you’re able to)
BIPOC* = $5
*BIPOC = Black, Indigenous & People of Color

Please pay ahead or right when you enter the zoom room.

- How to Pay: PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/laurelishimayo (or to [masked]) or Venmo @LaureliShimayo or Laureli can run your card on Square (mention AR on 10/8)

We offer a lower BIPOC price as a step towards creating racial justice and ending racism in this generation. We aim to educate and make reparations for years of systemic cultural racism and white benefits (the new and more accurate term for "white privilege") that we white-bodied people receive despite how aware, conscious and unbiased we may each be.

5.4% of Profits on this event are also paid to Real Rent Duwamish, a local native tribe - https://www.realrentduwamish.org/

10% of revenue goes to support Authentic Seattle

This event is on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2345806252223573

WHO IS FACILITATING?
Laureli Shimayo (she/they, LGBTQ) has been doing Life, Leadership & Love Coaching professionally for 10+ years, Intuitive Arts for 7 years, and leading Authentic Relating events for 7 years with Authentic Portland and Authentic Seattle. Learn more about Laureli and her work at LaureliShimayo.com. Reach out at[masked] (text is best) and [masked].

** UPCOMING **
Laureli is also co-hosting our 9th Deep Dive starting Sept 14. It is an opportunity to do Authentic Relating Games & Circling in a closed group with the same ~10-14 people for 6 weeks, encouraging greater authenticity, growth and deeper connection. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/530664754645309

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:
- Please note that Laureli's events are not a therapeutic setting, and she is not here in the role of a counselor. If you have needs that would best be served by a mental health professional, do not consider the Be Here Now practice as a substitute for such care.
- Laureli's events can facilitate people making deep connections. Please be polite and practice consent if you reach out to someone to connect socially after an event.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.

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