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 (3)

Online Organic Circling Night 7/8

Online event

$12.00

PLEASE NOTE: This event is held online. More info can be found below in the "WHERE" section. You are invited to a Organic Circling Night facilitated by Jesse. Attendance will be limited to 7 people, so please update your RSVP if your plans change, even if it is last minute. A wait list is not possible due to technical constraints; please keep checking in to see if a space has opened. What is possible between us when we reveal ourselves in the present moment? Circling is an exploration of who we are and how we can connect moment-to-moment in a safe, loosely-facilitated group environment. As a personal and relational meditation practice, circling provides opportunities to: - Experience connection - Cultivate presence and self-awareness - Develop communication skills - Practice authentic relating - Explore deeply-held beliefs about self and other - Feel seen, heard and understood Organic Circling: A group of people gather in a circle for about an hour, with the group’s attention shifting organically from one person to another based on what feels most “alive” in the room. The person being circled receives the group’s full presence and is invited to speak authentically to their own experience of the present moment. The group listens and responds with reflections of what they’ve heard, the emotional impact of what was said, and deepening questions arising from their own genuine curiosities. The facilitator helps orient the discussion, holds space for the group, and may offer general guidance on the practice. In this practice, what often emerges is a meaningful, spacious group conversation that taps into our hidden emotional landscapes, the depths of our shared humanity, and the rich potential of each emerging moment. Participants often leave feeling seen, heard and understood, energized, connected and renewed. WHERE: Online with ZOOM. ZOOM is a free to use, trusted video call application that can be downloaded on just about any computer or device. Please download and familiarize with the application prior to attendance. Link to join the event can be found in the location section of this event. Go to your device's app store or download for desktop here: https://zoom.us/download Use Tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials?_ga=2.103453316.521309340.1584221540-53899542.1567996677 Preparing for a Zoom Call: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nnME0T6tuU Please be prepared to join the call from a desktop device. Although Zoom is available on mobile devices, it can be challenging to see all participants and can change the Circling practice. Starting time: Zoom room opens at 6:20pm. Please make arrangements to join at 6:20pm. Zoom room entry will be closed at 6:40pm. Testimonials: It's like being roped into a psycho-social corral of potential - Maxx I find it miraculous that we can come together as strangers and, through this process, leave as loved ones. - Maria Circling has also been described as: - Emotional “yoga” to nourish our hearts and minds - A celebration of what makes us human - A powerful tool for self-discovery COST: We request a contribution of $10 for Authentic Portland's expenses, and a portion of this goes to facilitators in appreciation of their efforts. $2 is Meetup's processing fee. A refund is available only for cancellations more than 24 hours in advance of the event. Please send the host a message that you cancelled, as soon as you cancel, to receive your refund. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but in the interest of transparency, please talk to us ahead of time if you have trouble paying. TO REGISTER: Please RSVP on Meetup to confirm that you are coming, and please change your RSVP if your plans change! FEEDBACK: We welcome your feedback on this and/or any AP event. If you would like to provide feedback, please speak directly to the facilitator of the event or follow this link to fill out our feedback form: http://bit.ly/APFeedbackHub

Kabuki Circling

Online event

$8.00

This event is encouraged for experienced Circlers but is also welcome to beginners. Come play with us for an evening of experiment and learn the art of Circling. During the Kabuki circles you will get a chance to try on various roles to play while honing specified authentic relating skills. Come with an open mind to new ideas and to new ways of being. Circling is a way for us to practice presence in relationship. It is a group experience that leaves space for individual emotional expression, reflection and sharing of impact - where we are encouraged to follow our impulses, speak our truths, and explore relating with one another authentically in the present moment. Kabuki Circling will look similar to a regular Circle but we’ll provide more instructions and set up before starting the Circle. WHERE: Online with ZOOM. ZOOM is a free to use, trusted video call application that can be downloaded on just about any computer or device. Please download and familiarize with the application prior to attendance. Link to join the event will be sent out 2 days prior to start. To go to your devices app store or download for desktop here: https://zoom.us/download Use Tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials?_ga=2.103453316.521309340.1584221540-53899542.1567996677 Program: Arrive no later than 6:00 so we can start shortly thereafter 6:00 - Check-ins, description of and context for Kabuki Circling shared 6:30 - Kabuki Circle 7:30 - Event Ends COST: We request a contribution of $6 for Authentic Portland's expenses, and a portion of this goes to facilitators in appreciation of their efforts. $2 is Meetup's processing fee. A refund is available only for cancellations more than 24 hours in advance of the event. Please send the host a message that you cancelled, as soon as you cancel, to receive your refund. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but in the interest of transparency, please talk to us ahead of time if you have trouble paying. If you wish to expressly reward us for our time and facilitation, if this is of value to you, and if you have the means, please give any amount beyond $8 that feels good to you, at the event itself We ask that all participants refrain from using personal fragrances prior to the event so those with chemical sensitivities can participate. TO REGISTER: Please RSVP on Meetup to confirm that you are coming, and please change your RSVP if your plans change! FEEDBACK: We welcome your feedback on this and/or any AP event. If you would like to provide feedback, please speak directly to the facilitator of the event or follow this link to fill out our feedback form: http://bit.ly/APFeedbackHub

Authentic Portland's Summer Campout

Raab campground

We are very excited to announce our 6th Annual AP Summer campout, which will be held in the Mount Hood National Forest the weekend of August 28th. This retreat encourages connection and community through engagement in authentic relating activities as well as hiking, relaxing, exploring, swimming, community potluck meals, campfires, and songs. The event is offered free of charge and is open to anyone with a desire to participate. No prior attendance at AP events is necessary. This is a great way to dive deeper into our community or make new connections. ** Our campground is about an hour and a half drive from Portland, nestled along the banks of the Collawash River southeast of Estacada. The area is in a picturesque dense forest of old-growth Douglas fir trees, and plentiful rhododendron bushes provide privacy between campsites. ** Numerous picnic tables and campfire rings with grills are provided with our reservation, as are accessible vault toilets. Drinking water is not available. Firewood & water is available for purchase at the camp store. ** Our reservation includes camping space for up to 25 people and 10 vehicles. Carpooling is encouraged to help with limited parking, to facilitate connection on the way to/from the event, and to lessen our environmental impact. Please come prepared with driving directions when you travel as there is no cell phone service near the campground. ** Participants are responsible for their own camping gear, coolers, ice, flashlights, food, etc. Certain communal kitchen items like stoves, pots and pans, dish basins, etc. will be provided for shared use. A camping chair is highly recommended. We will organize a community potluck dinner on Saturday night, so please consider bringing a dish to contribute. ** The Collawash river has rocky banks, so water shoes are recommended if you plan on swimming or wading. Kayaks, inner tubes, floaties, fishing poles, etc. are all welcome. ** Participants are welcome to arrive beginning at 2PM on Thursday. Checkout is at 12PM on Sunday. We encourage attendees to arrive no later than Friday evening and to stay until checkout time if possible. ** The weekend will provide ample opportunities for both authentic relating games, circling, and unstructured time for relaxing and socializing. About half the time is planned for group activities, with the remainder set aside for free time. You are always encouraged to honor yourself in terms of how and when you choose to participate. Please join us around the campfire for a weekend of fun and authenticity! *** If you would like to attend, please RVSP "Yes" on Meetup AND fill out the registration form here: http://bit.ly/APCampout2020 ***

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