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Circling: Being with You, Me & Us in Portland

  • Private Home Portland, OR (map)

Join Laureli Shimayo for two Circles on Friday evening in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland. Limited to 9 participants and Laureli. Pay ahead to secure your space (see below).

I love Circling because, for me, it is magic - it creates a context in which magic happens. Come discover what Circling is for you.

Circling is an AUTHENTIC RELATING activity. It's about what is real and now. It's about what you are feeling and experiencing in your bodily felt sense. It's about your actual thoughts and emotions in the moment, whether they be scared, joyful, sad, etc. It's about the nature of connectedness when you look into the eyes of another being. Authentic Relating is a growing movement with communities around the globe gathering to connect and enrich our human experience. The two most common AR activities are Transformational Games & Circling. ( &

CIRCLING is a way for us to practice presence in relationship with others. It is a group experience that leaves space for individual emotional expression, reflection and sharing of impact - where we are encouraged to follow our impulses, speak our truths, and explore relating with one another authentically in the present moment. The practice of circling allows us to slow down, bring our attention to our own felt experience, and share our inner worlds with one another, noticing what happens within us and what arises within the group as we do so. The intention is to connect from a place of curiosity and to strive for clarity as we bring awareness to what is implicit and make it explicit. The goal is not to change one another, but instead to be with what is, celebrating and honoring who and where we all are right now. As we circle, we practice breaking through the assumptions and projections we may have about each other to allow for deeper connection and greater understanding to emerge.

- Friday September 6 from 6:30-9:30pm
- Address: Private home in Sellwood, Portland, OR - Available after you pay
- Please arrive a bit before 6:30pm to settle into the space so we can begin by 6:40pm. We lock the doors at about 6:50pm.
- We’ll go over agreements, introduce Circling and then do two Circles.
- We are an inclusive community. Experienced Circlers, newcomers to Authentic Relating, and adults and mature teens are welcome.
- Cost: $20 paid ahead to secure your space (only 9 may sign up) at (please mention that it is for Circling on 9/6 in Portland). The Facebook event will be updated when 9 have signed up, and a waitlist started.

- Location info coming after you sign up and pay.
- We cultivate conscious living and freedom. Intrinsic in the work of increasing our consciousness is a keen noticing of our bodies and of those around us. This deep listening doesn't mix well with alcohol or other substances, so please don't consume those that would hinder your natural state before attending or at events.

The event will be facilitated by Laureli Shimayo. Laureli has been leading Authentic Relating events for 5 years with Authentic Portland and Authentic Seattle. To learn more about Laureli and her intuitive coaching practice, go to

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Additional Considerations:
- Please note that Authentic Relating events are not a therapeutic setting, and the facilitators are not there in the role of counselors. If you have needs that would best be served by a mental health professional, do not consider this practice as a substitute for such care.
- Games & Circling events can facilitate people making deep connections. Not everyone brings that connected experience with them after an event. Please remember to practice everyday politeness if you reach out to someone to connect socially after an event.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask Laureli at 720-352-2434 or