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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 -----

Please Note: We recently had to turn on "organizer approval" for new member requests due to an influx of counterfeit 'adult-content' oriented accounts. We look forward to removing the requirement once meetup improves their account creation process to limit these kinds of accounts. Your patience as we acclimatize to this new process would be appreciated.

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Connection Lab: Alchemy

Sterling Studio #4


**Important Note** Connection Labs are now using a sliding scale ($10-15) payment system. (Please send us a private message if finances are a barrier for you!) Theme: Alchemy Join us as we play a variety of games that involve exploring someone else's world and speaking your truth. Connect with like-minded people interested in having fun with curiosity, self-discovery, and saying what we actually mean. Please note the doors are open at 7pm and we try to start by 7:15. Doors close after introductions (no latecomers admitted). Facilitators: Shaina (Lead) Note: Event Space is *not* Wheelchair Accessible. 7:00 - 7:15: Arrive, and settle in 7:15 - 9:45: Relating Games! (with a halfway break) 9:45 - 10:00: Casually connect with other participants. Shoot your questions on the event wall. ---Event Payment / Secure RSVP --- Please note only the first 30 to pre-pay and/or pay-at-the-door can be admitted. To secure your spot please send us $10-15 if via EMT or Paypal to [masked] and notify us of your meetup username so we can add you to the RSVP list. You are also free to pay at the door! --- Event Description --- Those who have experienced relating games first-hand have seen how they provide you with an opportunity to practice taking chances in a comfortable environment—helping you to ask insightful questions and experience deeper and faster connections. You will be invited to explore—to the degree you are comfortable—the edges of what you think you can know about yourself, others, and what is possible in relating. Past participants have described our events as a safer space than most, allowing them to feel more at ease in this sometimes-foreign territory. We invite you to come and meet like-minded peers, interested in having fun with curiosity and self-discovery, in an environment where saying what we actually mean, is fully embraced. *The golden rule is Honour Yourself: ie. take care of yourself and don't do or say anything you don't want to do or say. Always be at choice. Be okay holding back and saying "no".

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