What is Games Night?
Games Nights are events where we hold Authentic Relating Games: fun and highly-interactive group exercises that explore ways of seeing, connecting, and appreciating yourself and others at a deeper level.
By ‘games’ we mean fun, highly interactive partner and group exercises that demonstrate and explore authentic relating, getting to know yourself better while at the same time learning to see and appreciate more about everyone you connect with. These games are NOT board games like Chutes & Ladders and checkers.
By ‘authentic’ we mean that there is no cookie-cutter mold for how you “should” be or what relating “should look like”. Everyone is a complete universe unto themselves, has a unique style, personality, and integrity that is perfectly *them*, and everyone is perfect and amazing as they are (including their belief that they aren’t.)
They are safe places for taking risks, practicing the art of relating with others, playing a little more outside our comfort zones and discovering more about ourselves than we might in our everyday lives.
They’re also a chance to have fun and party in a conscious way with great people, going beyond small talk and expected (and sometimes boring) social norms.
Why play them?
Engaging with oneself and others in this safe, spontaneous container affords the opportunity to create and foster a culture of conscious connection, positive regard, and authenticity in relationship. In this field of co-creation and co-discovery, we come to recognize and experience our shared humanity on a deep, profound level. Here we experience the absolute relief of being seen and accepted as we explore outside the box of social sleepwalking and superficial conversation.
Games Night is the playground where we practice a new way of connecting and playing that allows the power of intentionally relating to emerge. Here, we are cultivating and practicing transformation — not just talking about it — by being willing to be affected or changed in relationship with someone else (or even ourselves!). The more we let ourselves enjoy and be nourished by each other, the more we take care of ourselves, each other, animals, and the world.
What should I bring to an Authentic Relating Games Night?
A willingness to be curious, to extend your idea of yourself and others, to expand your perspective, to be moved by another person, to lean into your edge, to be surprised, to reflect, and to embrace the whole process.
What can I expect?
Laughter. Fun. Energy. More genuine connection. Anxiety/excitement (while learning the difference). Relief. Feeling alive and awake. Reverence. We Space. Conversation beyond small talk. Play. Connection. New possibilities. New friends. Insights. Sparks. Challenges. Personal growth. Transformation.
Who can play?
Adults of all ages, in relationship or single, who want to explore richer and more genuine connection. Anyone who senses the desire to feel closer and has a playful interest in doing something different. Those who want to explore Integral Relating — a truly personal practice of transcending and including through Authentic Relationship.