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Weekend Circling Immersion
Circling is a practice of seeing and being seen in a nonjudgmental, playful, yet potent container. It offers you a visceral sense of what others feel, think, and experience around you, and it acts as a meditation practice for bringing your embodied self naturally out into the world. Over the course of this weekend, we’ll guide you through exercises to get in touch with your internal experience, learn how to witness others, and communicate more effectively. Then, we’ll go on a deep-dive journey of profound connection. Here’s what you might get out of the weekend: New friendships New insights on yourself An embodied experience of others’ worlds Powerful communication tools enabling you to have greater impact An expanded frame for how much depth is possible in connection. Circling is an art form, a group process, a meditation, and a means to transformation through radical acceptance. We’d love you to come experience it with us. LEARN MORE: Circling fosters…. Self-awareness: mastery over your own experience Intimacy: the ability to create connection, even while in conflict. Expression: how to bring your desire to the table and have impact Leadership: the capacity to lead from a place of wholeness Empowerment: learning how to get what you want from life Understanding: how to work with groups, the power of context, and how to welcome everything DETAILS: Dates/time: Dec 14, 6:30-9:30pm PDT Dec 15, 10am-7pm PDT Dec 16, 10am-7pm PDT Cost: $300 early bird if paid before Dec 1st. 350$ if paid after. Payments can be made to Payment plans are available by request. If you're desiring a payment plan, please reach out to Mark Boughton or Caroline Johnson directly. Need more information? Contact Caroline Johnson Or Mark Boughton [masked][masked] About the facilitators: Mark Boughton has been obsessively interested in psychology since he was a teenager. When he discovered Circling in his early twenties, he fell in love with the practice and simultaneously discovered a deeper calling in his life, to teach and practice the relational arts. He's founded, built or contributed to numerous Circling communities around North America, and has trained and mentored over a hundred Circling facilitators over the last seven years. In addition to Circling, he works with couples and half-couples to support them in creating thriving and passionate relationships. When he's not peopling, you'll likely find him meditating, spending time in nature, or reading. Caroline Johnson Caroline Johnson is a graduate of The Circling Institute’s Art of Circling training with Guy Sengstock. She also completed Authentic Leadership Facilitator Training with Sarah Ness and brings skills in group process and facilitation, counseling and NVC (Nonviolent Communication). Values infused in her work include curiosity, perspective-taking, mindfulness, managing bias, leading from the core self. When Caroline isn’t facilitating Authentic Relating Games or Circling, she is probably traveling! She holds an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling with a particular interest in Internal Family Systems.

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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.

We have been inspired by and are loosely associated with Authentic World, The Circling Institute (, Authentic Revolution ( and Circling Europe ( we highly recommend their workshops.

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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.

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