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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.

Upcoming events (2)

Circling: History, Ecology and Potential (TheStoa.ca)

Online event

Taylor Barratt from Authentic Relating Toronto visits The Stoa to discuss the intersubjective practice of Circling. A generally accepted history of the scene, how the scene and practice have evolved, and its potential role in the meta-crisis, meaning crisis, and culture wars.

RSVP Here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIoceChqTwvHtIERrxcUHsWAd9CYKPS9YGS

Please note: This is not an ART event, 'talks' are usually not our thing, however this is a great opportunity to hear me (Taylor) talk about Circling in a way we rarely do at ART, as well as introduce ART members to a bit of what's going on at The Stoa, as I continue to work to transcend and include both Circling and Sense-Making into something tangible and accessible and greater than the sum of it's parts.

Connection Lab (Open to All) Theme: Friendship Part II

Online event


You shared, we listened. You liked the theme. You liked the games. You wished some gamed had more space, and were longer. I want to oblige so we will be doing the same theme we did last week, with some of the games you liked the most but we'll leave more time for them.

If you weren't there last week, join us and see what all the fuss was about!

We will be playing games that allow us to connect with ourselves and each other around the theme of "Friendship".

#1 Agreement while we explore these games and themes: Honour yourself. Only doing and sharing what you want to do and share.

Lead by me (Kasia) with facilitator Julie as well.

"Beginner" friendly.

Zoom link provided in the Meetup Event once paid / RSVP'd.

Please ensure your internet, webcam, mic and audio are working before the event starts and that you are comfortable having your mic and camera on so we can see and hear you.

==== Event Logistics ====
This event is open to all.

Zoom Room opens @ 4:25
Check-In's start @ 4:35
Call is "Locked" @ 4:40 (No admittance after check-ins have completed. Please let myself and one of the FiTs know in advance if you will be late. If you let us know at or after 4:25 there is a chance we will be busy with the event and won't get the message.)
If you do not want to use Paypal, we can manually put you on the RSVP list if you send a $10 Interac Email Money Transfer (EMT) to [masked]

Online Pricing
You might notice the pricing for some events has been adjusted from what we typically charge for this event type, in-person. The event’s prices represent the value we see the session offering participants, while acknowledging the reduced operating costs of not having to rent and/or travel to a venue, along with the structural modifications (ie. shorter event times) required to create a valuable online experience.

COVID-19 Fee Policy for Community Track Events
We don't want anyone 'left behind', meaning it's important to acknowledge how many of our lives may already be financially impacted by the mandated (and socially responsible) restrictions put in place. We feel it’s also important to acknowledge that this situation extends to many of our facilitators. Therefore, participants who can’t pay the fee due to a loss of income due to COVID-19 related restrictions may ask to attend events for free if they reach out to the event host to arrange this.

New Refund Policy
If we cancel an event you will get a full refund. We also allow refunds 48-hours in advance of event start time. However, due to recent changes with our payment processor, any participant-initiated refunds will now have a $1 service charge deducted. For example, a $10 event will result in a $9 refund.
Lead: Kasia
Facilitation: Lead: Kasia and Julie

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ART Circling (Online & No-Intro - Growth Track)

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