Sara Ness is the Founder and Chief Instigator of Authentic Revolution. She began teaching Authentic Relating in 2012, founding a thousands-strong learning community in Austin, Texas and going on to train over 350 leaders and help found 30+ other communities worldwide. Sara is passionate about exposing the joy of human connection and exploring our creative potential through relationship. She has facilitated at schools, companies, yoga studios, a funeral, Burning Man, and more, bringing playful social technology into the mainstream and the….non-mainstream? Sara is into suggesting ideas like pushup contests in fancy restaurants and convincing other people to do them too. Hence, community leadership.
Sara works most of the time. When not doing that, she’s into acroyoga, Ecstatic Dance, cooking, and spending time with the many people she loves. She’s most lit up by creating things – projects, books, movements, systems, anything that her heart and brain can chew on at the same time.
Laura Jensen makes systems management magic happen on the Auth Rev team – bringing care, perception, accuracy, and grace to a vast array of vital tasks, missions, and collaborations. Founder of two circling groups in the Authentic Asheville Community, Laura’s relational presence unlocks potential, action, and embodiment. All things AuthRev run stronger and smoother with Laura’s commitment to excellence and her caring heart on the team.
Laura lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she loves hosting friends and family who come to vacation in the land of waterfalls. She hikes daily with her best pup Tehya, and also enjoys Kirtan, Dances of Universal Peace, and working with power tools on the occasional fixes, small remodels, and creative pursuits in her 110 year old cottage home.
Mark Boughton has been studying communication skills and the psychology of relationships and interpersonal dynamics for over a decade. By the time he was 22, Mark had worked, traveled or volunteered on every continent.
Mark brings his deep passion for understanding people to his roles of administrator and lead facilitator of COnnect - Authrev's Circling and Authentic Relating Platform. He also provides coaching and counseling for individuals and couples looking to create deeper and more intimate relationships.
Josh Billings is a transplant from a universe in which intuition, love, and humor reign supreme. His superpowers are the Loving Gaze and the Accurate Question. A former video game champion and enlightenment explorer, Josh has now turned his gamification skills to the task of helping AuthRev bring connection to the world.
Josh loves helping people discover and celebrate those incredibly worthwhile parts of themselves that are just waiting to be seen.
Melanie Weinberger creates initiatives that drive positive human progress. A sought after public speaker, she enables transformation by helping people tap into the mastery of their minds. Melanie is the co-founder of Mindlight, an emotional mastery training company that offers courses for businesses, practitioners, and individuals. Prior to co-founding Mindlight, Melanie founded Wellshift, which delivered wellness programs into companies across America. Melanie has written and delivered trainings for Google, SXSW, Rackspace, Austin Business Journal, and more. She is also a TEDx speaker.
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Sara Ness is Founder and CEO of Authentic Revolution, a consulting and training company for Authentic Relating and Leadership skills. After helping to found successful learning communities in Austin and Houston, Sara began working with individuals and groups across the world to explore what’s possible when we lead from wholeness and practice good communication. She has trained more than 500 leaders across 19 cities, in sectors ranging from technology startups to education non-profits. Sara's passion is in understanding how people work together to create fulfilling teams that balance safety and belonging with productivity and expression.
Jennifer Ott is a facilitator, coach, and mother-of-all-things who uses Authentic Relating practices to facilitate gatherings where the possibility to learn and grow through connection, vulnerability and intimacy blooms. She manages Authentic Sandpoint and works with Authentic Revolution as our Happiness Officer, keeping the team cohesive with her gentle presence and skill to handle any relational or logistical needs.
When not working with hearts or communities, Jennifer is most happy in her own backyard. Accompanied by her beautiful partner and their four amazing girls she loves to grow food, flowers, is an avid chef, baker and loving practitioner of all ways nourishing.
Josh Billings believes that any sufficiently advanced authenticity is indistinguishable from magic, and uses his wizardry to inspire people to let go of their limitations and meet themselves with love. Born with an allergy to any advice that didn't sprout from joy, Josh confidently deviated from convention by dropping out of school and becoming a professional poker player. Disillusioned by the hollow happiness of meaningless money, he quit poker in his mid 20s to run a 1000+ member community where he taught people to consciously cultivate joy over the next seven years. After relocating and finding himself bereft of community, Josh took the Authentic Life Course and found his true calling in liberating people from the belief that success is found in being anything other than themselves. Feeling truly seen and heard for the first time in his life, within months of finishing the course he joined AuthRev, moved to Austin, and is now immersed in the magic that was all but trained out of him as a child.
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