The Authentic Relating Games Manual
Playful exercises for awareness & connection.
Do you hold space for transformation?
The Games Manual contains over 200 authentic relating games and variations that can help you lead groups with grace.
What's an authentic relating game?
Modern life is messy. We’re busy, we’re traumatized, we’re stuck in behavior patterns that don’t serve us, moored by relationships that drain our energy, disconnected from our full-body-yes, and unengaged by the small talk that passes for 90% of conversations.
But every once in a while some light will shine through—a deep felt aliveness in those late-night conversations that energize us for hours—the conversations that lead to personal breakthroughs, cherished memories, and lifelong friendships.
What if we told you those conversations didn’t have to be so rare?
That there was a way to access conversational flow states with reliability, to bottle up authenticity and unleash the power of connection like a glowing genie orb escaping a bottle, shining a light on everyone in the circle.
These tools exist! They’re called Authentic Relating games, and we’ve compiled all the best ones into The Games Manual–a big book of group exercises that meld the delicious engagement of deep conversation with the shadow-busting power of therapy.
AUTHENTIC REVOLUTION PRESENTS
THE GAMES MANUAL
Helping you lead fun group experiences of intimacy, vulnerability, and closeness.
Help your participants:
- Open up at their own pace
- Communicate their true boundaries and desires
- Feel more aliveness in their relationships
- Have breakthrough conversations that create new possibilities
- Develop their social and emotional intelligence skills
- Have fun through the power of connection
Here's an example game in the book . . .
THE NOTICING GAME
Picture this. You’re sitting down cross-legged looking at an engaged human being—you’re not eye gazing, you’re just… present.
But how did this happen? You were just doing a conversation exercise...
- A: “Being here with you I notice… your blue eyes…
- B: “Hearing that I notice myself thinking I don’t like compliments”
- A: “Hearing that I feel so sad”
- B: “Hearing that I feel grateful and seen”
- A: “Hearing that I notice tension in my jaw releasing…”
Here's another game . . .
Imagine that you could reach a deep psychedelic state of meditation in a small circle of people. But instead of sitting in silence, you were having a meditative conversation about the relational dynamics present in one cosmic moment.
Circling busts open blind spots and reveals the true experience of how you come across. Self-help junkies love it. Connection junkies love it. And people fearing the truth dare not step into the circle.
This comprehensive book will teach you how to
LEAD AUTHENTIC RELATING GAMES
AND SUPERCHARGE CONNECTION IN ANY DOMAIN OF LIFE
- Work and Business
- Intimate Relationships
- Groups you lead
Authentic Relating is a social intelligence curriculum. Every game in the manual creates an opportunity to deepen your connection with yourself and others.
HEY, I'M SARA!
I've been a leader in the Authentic Relating movement for the past decade, and this single book is the culmination of everything that my team and I have learned. It exists to enable you to lead transformational practices in any group you lead.