Authentic Relating

Hannah Barham, Isabelle Harland

Authentic Relating

This workshop involves activities (such as eye gazing) and facilitated conversations that encourage you to be open and vulnerable with the strangers around you. Authentic Relating has roots in psychology and encourages skills such as active listening and the ability to relate more authentically to the people you meet and connect with. This workshop is run monthly in Brisbane and has been run quite successfully at other festivals such as Mushroom Valley, Sprout, Rabbits Eat Lettuce, and is a really great addition to any festival program as it helps people deepen all the beautiful connections that they make.

Authentic Relating is a human connection experiment - involving activities that facilitate deep communication and vulnerability. Being one’s authentic self is not a simple task and is not enacted by revealing our every thought. Instead we must tread a line between ‘unfiltering’ ourselves and seeing the places where a filter will keep us and others safe. Through guided group conversations that stimulate rawness and meaningful interactions between strangers AR helps people connect more with themselves and the community around them. Authentic Relating games have their roots in psychology theory and emerged from San Francisco’s human growth movement in the ‘90s, since then have been run around the world and at many different festivals across Australia.The more that we practice Authentic Relating skills in safe and open environments such as festivals, the more able we are to use them in our everyday lives and have more meaningful experiences.