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Authentic Relating Games
WHO THIS IS FOR Introductory to intermediate level authentic relating games. Suitable for novices as well as for more experienced people who often come because it's a fun, easy and life-affirming way to spend an evening. Disclaimer: If you have recent, significant and/or unresolved interpersonal trauma or group-related trauma, please be aware that some of the things we do might be triggering for you, or you may at times lose access to knowing that you are always at choice about how to engage. If this applies to you, we advise you proceed with caution and at your own risk. WHAT HAPPENS AT GAMES NIGHT: We have prepared a series of guided games designed to stretch people to practice a more transparent, self- and other-aware way of relating and communicating. This can involve pair work, group sharing, asking questions, or movement games. We provide a container in which you have the opportunity to lean into your edge in ways you might not dare to do otherwise. By taking risks, you may discover new things about yourself in front of others, and you may come to appreciate people more deeply. PROGRAM: 7:15 door opens 7:30 games start 7:35 door closes for late-comers 8:30-8:40 break with snacks and social time 9:30 games end 9:30-9:50 social time and cleanup EVENT TYPE: facilitated practice + some social time during break 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. ​ 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 $10 that feels good to you. Additional funds are used for facilitator development, hosting special events, Authentic Portland upkeep and growth. EVENT BY: Authentic Portland REQUIREMENTS: - willingness to self-reflect and share your inner experience with people - willingness to treat yourself with kindness and respect - willingness to treat others with kindness and respect - willingness to lean into the edge of your growth and learning LOGISTICS: Please come scent-free (i.e. not wearing strong perfumes, colognes, hair products, essential oils) to allow people who have neurological sensitivity to fragrances, to participate. TO REGISTER: Please RSVP here on Meetup if you are coming, and please change your RSVP if you change your mind. It really helps the whole group if we can have an accurate number. Thank you.

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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.

To connect with others in the community, join our Authentic Portland Facebook group (

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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