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Circling Fundamentals Training Course
We invite you to join us this fall for our Circling Fundamentals Training course. In this course you will learn the basics of how to facilitate a traditional “Birthday” style Circle. You’ll be introduced to the underlying principles that the practice builds on as well as learn the processes involved in setting up and holding a container for ‘safe’ Circling. In between each live session there will be partner work where you can practice and further build on your Circling skills. During live sessions, along with group instruction and training, you’ll also get direct feedback and coaching while you’re Circling. At the completion of the course, there will be opportunities to do a certification Circle and if successful, opportunities to lead and co-lead Circles at future ART circling events. Of course, this path is not a requirement to take the course, Circling as a practice is an extremely valuable life skill even removed from the container of a Circling event. We want to make the course accessible, and therefore participants only need to have been 'circled' once. If you're not sure if you qualify, send us a message so we can discuss. The Early-Bird price for this course is $495 and is valid through to October 17th. The full price for this course is $595. The Schedule* for this Course is: Thursday, October 25th – 6:30p – 10p Friday, November 2nd – 6p – 10p Thursday, November 8th – 6:30p – 10p Wednesday, November 14th – 6:30p – 10p Saturday, November 24th – 9a – 5:30p Thursday, December 6th – 6:30p – 10p Wednesday, December 19th – 6:30p - 10p (All sessions currently scheduled to take place in the Roncesvalles Village area, except Saturday, November 24th, which will take place in The Beaches area on the east-side. ) To Register: Please send your payment via EMT to [masked] and message us your basic contact info (name/phone/email) if we do not already have it. What is Circling? Circling is an organic, in-the-moment interpersonal process that's equal parts art form, meditation, and group conversation - all designed to allow a visceral experience of connection and understanding of another person's world, celebrating who and where they are right now. It's practicing using our genuine curiosity to better understand and become a connoisseur of another person's world though present moment awareness while breaking through the assumptions and projections we have about each other. Different than sitting on a meditation cushion by yourself, Circling is a relational practice. And though it works exquisitely in intimate relationships of all kinds, it can be applied in ALL areas of life because it's so organic, non-analytical, effective, nourishing and fun. While Circling is not therapy and the intention is counter to trying to 'fix' anyone; Developmentally speaking, Circling can uncover relational blind spots, result in the feeling of being seen and accepted and through this experience give access to personal transformation(s). Through this in-the-moment process, we have more choice about how we respond. The more we are aware of our blinds spots, the greater our choice in any situation. The greater our choice, the greater our degree of relational freedom. For more information about Circling or ART please visit: authenticrelatingtoronto.com (http://www.authenticrelatingtoronto.com/) *This courses regular schedule usually takes place over 5-weeks in 5-sessions, however due to demand and other scheduling, this is the best schedule we could do to accommodate most pre-registrants.

Roncesvalles Village

Roncesvalles Avenue · Toronto, ON

CA$495.00
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Authentic-Relating Toronto: Where relating is ART

Come experience a different way of relating—one that creates deeper and richer connections.

Authentic Relating can mean

there's no right way (no cookie-cutter mould) that relating is supposed to be.

simply showing up with the intention to drop trying to come off a certain way.

celebrating whatever arises

letting ourselves mess it up

intending to cultivate even just 1% more connection, transparency, and aliveness in our interactions

Within that, I remind myself that trying to be authentic all the time is (ironically) inauthentic to my true nature. ;)

ART is a rapidly growing community dedicated to bringing more authenticity, openness, and connection to the city, and the world at large.

Use this group to stay up to date with future relating-games nights and similar happenings in downtown Toronto. Once you attend a relating games (or other public Meetup event), we will invite you to join our private email list and Facebook group for information about Circling, t-groups, do-what-you-want parties, and other community events.

PPS: Check out this beautiful video from Kia who talks about her experience with ART and the impact it's had on her: http://youtu.be/Jrgk4LqzNto

---- Connection Lab (aka Games Night) Details:--------

How often do say what you really mean? Do you have the experience of being seen as much as you'd like?

Come enjoy a casual evening with old and new friends as we play a variety of relational games that involve exploring someone else's world and speaking your truth. Connect with like-minded men and women interested in having fun with curiosity, self-discovery, and saying what we actually mean.

We will try to hold a safe space so you can feel at ease in this sometimes foreign territory. You will be invited to explore the edges of what you think you can possibly know about yourself, others, and what is possible in relating. Of course, you won't have to do/say anything you don't want to. Remember—like in yoga—stretch, don't tear ;) .

This is conscious nightlife, not a workshop. Come ready to have fun and experiment, and always honour yourself.

"Things to expect: laughter, relief, anxiety/excitement, (and the wisdom to know the difference), reverence, love and connection, new friends, and new possibilities for how you engage the world." - [taken from an Authentic World games night event page]

----Circling Details:-----

"In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen. Really seen.” – Dr. Brené Brown

Circling is an organic, in-the-moment interpersonal process that’s equal parts art form, meditation, and group conversation — all designed to allow a visceral experience of connection and understanding of another person’s world, celebrating who and where they are right now.

It’s practicing using our genuine curiosity to better understand and become a connoisseur of another person’s world though present moment awareness while breaking through the assumptions and projections we have about each other.

Different than sitting on a meditation cushion by yourself, Circling is a relational practice. And though it works exquisitely in intimate relationships of all kinds, it can be applied in ALL areas of life because it’s so organic, non-analytical, effective, and fun.

Here’s more about Circling, from Bryan Bayer and Decker Cunov, founders of AuthenticWorld:

The purpose of Circling is twofold…

1. Circling uncovers our “relational blind spots”—the places where we push away the depth of connection and intimacy that’s possible, whether we’re:

In a relationship and want to deepen with our partner…

Single, and looking to attract someone to explore deeper connection with…

Looking for deeper connection with ANYONE — family, friends, prospective clients…

2. The experience of “Being Seen” for who we authentically are is one of the most rewarding experiences we can have as human beings…and Circling teaches us exactly that — how to see and celebrate each person for the unique flavor they bring to the world.

Through this in-the-moment process, we have more choice about how we respond. The more we are aware of our blinds spots, the greater our choice in any situation. The greater our choice, the greater our degree of relational freedom.

----- Please see our website at http://circling.ca for more details on Special Events -----

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