Authentic Revolution

 Clearing the Way for Connection


Authentic Revolution is clearing the way for Authentic Connection by training leaders, individuals and teams to facilitate amazing interactions and outcomes.

Meet our Core Team

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.

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.

Simmo Simpson

has spent the last few years exploring frameworks, analysis and research around how we can have the greatest positive impact on the world. He sees relationships and communication as a crucial component in solving the biggest challenges we face, both as individuals and as a species.

With a focus on amplifying AR, well-honed strategization, and relationship building, Simmo is working to bring a loud speaker to AuthRev’s work, so we might reach ambitious goals of helping far more people significantly improve their lives and relationships. Collectively, he sees improving both communication and empathy within and between institutions, organizations and nations, and between groups, both online and in the real world, as giving us a shot at reaching a brighter future for humanity.

Meet Our Senior Authentic Leadership Trainers 

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Sara Ness

Micah Sutton

Zach Robison

Hazel-Grace Yates

Danny Morris

Brave Legend Pietri

Megan Browning

Jonathan Van Matre

Danny Morris

Brave Legend Pietri

Megan Browning

Meet our Authentic Life Course Coaches

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.


Meet our COnnect Facilitators

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Sara Ness

Mark Boughton

Barbara Samson

Christine Kennedy

Caroline Johnson

Kim Crowley

Gabe DeRita

Garrett Rokosh

Shane Orton

Damian Gallagher

Olga Shustryakova

Kyla Sokall-Ward

Click here for full list of COnnect facilitators

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