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Authentic Relating Game: THEME: Curiosity and Connection
THEME: Curiosity and Connection & NEW start time! Bring food for break if you won't have time to eat! We don’t connect from a blank slate. Our worlds are already established – we view others through the lens of cognitive bias and experience, so others become sum totals of our assumptions, experiences, fears, hopes, and beliefs even before they speak. Who are we to others, and they to us? What do we know/assume? Why do we even want to know? Authentic Relating Games are a collection of extensively tested experiences that give players a hands-on taste of both the joy and skills of interpersonal connection. A traditional Games Night takes participants through a series of interactions designed to highlight body awareness, deepen connection, boost empathy, strengthen community, and be fun! Players walk away with experiences they can use right away to deepen human connections. Types of Games Authentic Relating Games strengthen connection through experimentation with these specific skills: • Presence/Noticing (with self, others,verbal, and non-verbal) • Curiosity • Empathy • Perspective • Reflection • Appreciation • Truth • Navigating Power and Boundaries • Group Bonding (through shared, fun challenges) Sliding scale admission: $10 - $20; no one turned away due to lack of funds NEW START TIME~!! Doors open at 6pm. Games start at 6:15 PM(please be on time! 3 Barnard Lane, 3rd FL Bloomfield, CT ample parking in back Bus #56 stops in front of the building on Bloomfield Ave; Kim Crowley and Kristen Larson-Samalus completed Authentic Leadership Facilitation Training under Sarah Ness, Founder of Authentic Revolution. Kristen Larson-Samalus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, community organizer, Reiki Master, cacao facilitator, Authentic Relating Games facilitator, and creator of the Untold Stories Project. Her focus is on community connection through integrative and multicultural practice of compassionate healing and growth. Visit Kristen’s websites: Tree of Life Counseling Center LLC: treeoflifect.com Progressive Psychotherapy: progressivepsychotherapy.com Untold Stories Project: treeoflifect.com/untoldstories Kim Crowley is a training and dialogue consultant whose life goal is to help people hear each other one-to-one, in meetings, and in community. Her heart-felt hope is that when people are truly seen and heard, we open up space to build together in deeper connection. She brings skills in dialogue facilitation, workshop design and delivery, teaching, conflict transformation, NVC (Non-Violent Communication), activity-based therapies, writing, and a variety of methods for structuring conversations around issues that matter. Values infused in her work include curiosity, perspective-taking, social mindfulness, managing bias, co-creation, and building clarity. When Kim isn’t facilitating Authentic Relating Games, you can find her facilitating meetings and discussions or providing workshops that help others do the same. Follow us for Even More: Facebook: “Connecticut Authentic Relating Games” It’s public, you don’t need a Facebook account to see the page! Check out Toivo’s calendar. We play games there fairly often: toivocenter.org/calendar

#3 Barnard Ln, Suit #310 top floor aronnd back

Suit #310 top floor aronnd back · Bloomfield, CT

$20.00

What we're about

This group is for 2 purposes, scheduling an authentic games night and for the Untold Stories Project.

Authentic Relating Games are a collection of extensively tested experiences that give players a hands-on taste of both the joy and skills of interpersonal connection. A traditional Games Night takes participants through a series of interactions designed to highlight body awareness, deepen connection, boost empathy, strengthen community, and be fun!

Players walk away with experiences they can use right away to deepen human connections. Want to Play?

Sliding scale admission: $10 - $20; no one turned away due to lack of funds

Doors open at 6:45. Games start at 7:00 PM.

3 Barnard Lane, 3rd FL Bloomfield, CT

ample parking in back

Bus #56 stops in front of the building on Bloomfield Ave.; Check schedules.

Kim Crowley and Kristen Larson-Samalus completed Authentic Leadership Facilitation Training under Sarah Ness, Founder of Authentic Revolution. Learn more about us on the reverse side.

Kristen Larson-Samalus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, community organizer, Reiki practitioner, cacao facilitator, Authentic Relating Games facilitator, and creator of the Untold Stories Project. Her focus is on community connection through integrative and multicultural practice of compassionate healing and growth. Visit Kristen’s websites:

Tree of Life Counseling Center LLC:

treeoflifect.com (https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftreeoflifect.com%2F&h=ATPKZtICzT1xtjiQsud9OTCvDI2Am9qgR5Fak25M7oPyxmKHpmsE4PLoepH7l9OxEjs5iNyc7FxqvVQlo6BBEqj4bnO9FWaRu_q6jXZrqJaDTiQ&s=1)

Progressive Psychotherapy:

progressivepsychotherapy.com (https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fprogressivepsychotherapy.com%2F&h=ATPyg4WjCpvFC4jrFW8WK49ALeK2VYHseuhPseg8wE51QRt2DEDb5aU3VY-ZsE-tPpPuTjExGuvJERz2Ela6g-WzwVMBlEdXT_DIIcBRnCKNlVM&s=1)

Untold Stories Project:

treeoflifect.com/untoldstories (https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftreeoflifect.com%2Funtoldstories&h=ATPlBDgGfV8A2xM3-q4AqahTicEEfnjH62_uD0lgxfRawwAvGI5Z2AOZCEjtEzS7cO09WEH4FKnkr8QyGEuhplVEn0R_MXlQqGJZVH8IRZqhM14&s=1)

Kim Crowley is a training and dialogue consultant whose life goal is to help people hear each other one-to-one, in meetings, and in community. Her heart-felt hope is that when people are truly seen and heard, we open up space to build together in deeper connection. She brings skills in dialogue facilitation, workshop design and delivery, teaching, conflict transformation, NVC (Non- Violent Communication), activity-based therapies, writing, and a variety of methods for structuring conversations around issues that matter. Values infused in her work include curiosity, perspective-taking, social mindfulness, managing bias, co-creation, and building clarity. When Kim isn’t facilitating Authentic Relating Games, you can find her facilitating meetings and discussions or providing workshops that help others do the same.

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Untold Stories Project

The Untold Stories Project is a community project, in which a safe space is created so that people can tell stories or hold space for others in which one may feel or has felt shame from. In creating this space for sharing, it is an opportunity to heal and to start feeling like we are not alone in our journey.

After participating in USP, by telling your story or listening to others, groups will be formed with others with have similar stories, to work together on projects. The purpose is on making an impact in the community and reaching others who may be isolated and hopeless. There is an option to have the stories recorded for personal growth, a podcast, documentary, and/or a book.

Now is the time to stand up to the cycle we continue to let happen because we feel these stories should be kept a secret. How can the next generation learn from us, if we cannot get “the real”, into our conversations? The point of this project is to break down the walls, stop sweeping issues under the carpet, and give people the opportunity to learn from their experiences. People still think they are alone or no one understands what they are or have gone through. Stop the suffering and allow people to move forward instead of letting the past hold them down.

Everyone has an important story to tell, something raw, vulnerable, and close to them.

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