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Authentic Relating is a practice of self-awareness, self-expression, and empathy. We explore the effect of bringing our honesty more into every relationship, with tools to both check how our expression affects others and to bring out their more honest truth as well.
Authentic Relating Games are a playbook of practices invented by communities around the world for how to begin relating on an authentic level. Playing these games helps build skills for any relationship: romantic partnerships, families, roommates, friends, community groups, teams, and clientele.
Circling is a transformational communication practice that enhances self-awareness, creates connection, and teaches participants how to get their needs met AND help others thrive in the process. It is practiced by hundreds of communities across the world.
Part art form, part meditation, part group conversation, Circling has been described as “interactive intimacy”, “social intercourse”, or (my favorite), “A structured way to love the crap out of someone.”
In a circle, you’ll join a group of people to have a conversation about what’s actually happening for you, and between you, right here and now. You’ll get a visceral sense of what others feel, think, and experience around you, and develop a meditation practice for bringing your embodied self naturally out into the world.
We agree to do our best to:
Although the Authentic Relating and Circling practices we do here may be therapeutic, this is not a space to seek or conduct therapy. To be accepted without being diagnosed is the medicine many of us need most.
We ask that all who attend our events agree to do their best to show up in alignment with these agreements.
COnnect reserves the right to cancel a member’s membership at any time. If a member is in breach of the heart and soul of these agreements or in any way creating or threatening physical or emotional harm to themself or another member, they may be asked to leave the event. They may also be asked to meet with an COnnect administrator to collaboratively determine if this community is a good fit for them and their needs.
Circling and Authentic Relating are powerful practices, but neither should be confused with therapy, nor should they be expected to provide the type of support that having a good therapist can provide. Therapy can be a great way of processing triggers that might come up from sharing in relational practice space with others. Here’s a great resource for those of you who might be in need of psycho-therapeutic support in your lives, or who might need additional assistance in working with the psychological material that sometimes arises through deep relational practice.Find a Therapist