Authentic Relating Toronto - Changing the world one connection at a time.
"In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen. Really seen."
- Dr. Brene Brown
Authentic Relating Toronto (ART) is a rapidly growing community. Our mission is to foster Authentic Relating community through practicing authentic relationship with ourselves, each other and in the world...

Come experience a different way of relating - one that creates deeper and richer connections.

For us "Authenticity" is the practice of our outward expression more closely matching that of our inner reality.

"Authentic Relating" can mean
  • there's no right way (no cookie-cutter mould) that relating is supposed to be
  • simply showing up with the intention to drop trying to come off a certain way
  • celebrating whatever arises
  • letting ourselves mess it up
  • intending to cultivate even just 1% more connection, transparency, and aliveness in our interactions
Within that, we remind ourselves that trying to be authentic all the time is (ironically) inauthentic to our true nature.
Event Types / Practices


Circling is an organic, in-the-moment interpersonal process that's equal parts art form, meditation, and group conversation - all designed to allow a visceral experience of connection and understanding of another person's world, celebrating who and where they are right now.
Connection Lab / Relating Games

Come enjoy an evening with us as we engage in a variety of relational experiments that involve exploring someone else's world and speaking your truth. Connect with like-minded men and women interested in having fun with curiosity, self-discovery, and saying what we actually mean.

The spirit of the practice is to get curious about the emotional impact you have on others and vice versa, notice what is arising in each moment, minimizing distractions like opinions, stories, past tense and defensiveness. There is no agenda and no task, nothing to do and nothing to talk about except what is going on in the group.

Special Events

Periodically we run Circling/AR weekend immersions and retreats. Once a year or so we'll run a Leadership Training/Immersion program such as our "Core Circle" and "Master Circle" series. And sometimes we run social events such as "Do What You Want" parties and picnic's w/games in a park.

Upcoming Events


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