Pandemic Update: As of the Fall of 2020, SpeakUP Connection Games has gone 100% online. We meet via Zoom every other Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm PT. All are welcome to join. Upcoming SpeakUP dates are: March 10th, March 24th and April 7th. Suggested donation $15. No one turned away for lack of funds. Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) are encouraged to come free of charge. Read about upcoming games nights on the Events page. And then click HERE to join!
Every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:30 PST, a curious thing happens. A group of adults – some friends, often many strangers – gather together in a circle. We turn our phones off, shut down the music and look at each other, often for long stretches of silence. The connection between us is what we are there for. And for two hours, we will engage in exercises called “Authentic Relating Games” to help us practice being human together.
Welcome to SpeakUP, my brand of Authentic Relating, a movement spreading all around the world of peer-led groups designed to connect people. The games themselves can be played one on one, in small groups or with the whole group. Some are light, fun and playful, some are serious and edgy. All of them have a focus on paying attention to our experience in connection to each other in the present moment.
Connection Games can also be considered a “relational meditation”. Most of you reading this have heard of seated meditation or yoga, practices typically done alone with a focus on the breath or the physical body postures. A relational meditation is one in which the connection to another person is the focus of the wake up process.
Every week in SpeakUP is a different theme. Some recent ones include, “Interdependence”, “Befriending Fear”, and “Being Loyal to Ourselves”. I will guide you the participants through games designed to follow the theme and help us expand in our sense of freedom in our connection to one another.
From my perspective, vulnerability is a practice and takes practice. I invite you to drop in for SpeakUP to get a taste of what it is like to practice vulnerability with a group of like minded others who believe connection is worth the practice.
$15 drop-in or 4-class pass for $45.