Many of you have been asking for it, and finally, it’s happening. SpeakUP in person is coming back.

Starting June 2nd, I will be leading a monthly, summer SpeakUP connection event IN PERSON every first Thursday in June, July & August at a beautiful, private residence on Old Eaglemount on the Olympic Peninsula. The venue is large and well ventilated. Email me your RSVP to receive the address (

On each first Thursday, we will gather in circle and take deep breaths – relishing the preciousness of gathering once again – and let our bodies and hearts catch up and remember.

From there, we will play. We will tell stories. And we will practice the connection games that help us slowly open up to one another, build conscious relationship skills and make us feel less separate and more known and understood.

If you were once a seasoned SpeakUP participant, I hope you will come back!

If you never attended SpeakUP Connection Events, this is a great time to step in and find out what authentic relating is all about!

If you are unsure what this is but you know that you’ve been lonely and you yearn to be with people and just be yourself, then you are warmly invited!

At SpeakUP, I will guide you, step-by-step through big group, small group and partner exercises designed to build connection, to lessen the experience of loneliness and to give you skills you can bring back to grow the depth of all of the relationships in your life.

I hope you will join us.

Event dates: June 2nd, July 7th & August 4th

This is a “pay what you can” event. Suggested donation is $15. Please bring cash.


In 2018 I started leading weekly, in person SpeakUP games at Madrona Mind/Body in Port Townsend. A lively, thriving community formed. In 2019, I led the first training of Authentic Relating games facilitators on the Olympic Peninsula. In March of 2020, due to the global Covid pandemic, I moved games online and then later that year, put SpeakUP on pause. This summer, 2022, beginning in June, I am leading a monthly, summer series of events in the hopes of reconnecting our connection community.

These games are for connecting. They are designed to help the body, mind and heart slowly build trust with ourselves and with others. Through these games, we practice authenticity with one another, aligning our inside truths with our outside communication.

There is no expectation that attendees will participate in any certain way, as long as you honor the 4 agreements below. Come as you are and let us slowly meet each other in a space of welcome.


1. Go slowly. Resist the urge to speed up when you feel vulnerable.

2. Practice kindness to self and other. This is like being loyal to yourself while practicing forgiveness of others.

3. Own your experience and take responsibility for yourself and your actions, including using “I” statements.

4. I can’t offer you the guarantee that this will be a “safe space”. But we will endeavor together to create “brave space”:


Dr. Jessica Tartaro (she/her) is a cis-gendered, able bodied, second generation Sicilian Jewish Intimacy Coach & Connection Facilitator who brings to her teaching nearly 20 years of experience in the healing arts facilitating individuals, couples and groups. Through her one-of-a-kind workshops, Jessica powerfully weaves together the influences of Authentic Relating, positive psychology, psycho-education, trauma-sensitivity, experiential learning, mindful embodiment and conscious intimacy. Plus, she loves to play. Former Fulbright scholar, Jessica has founded communities across the country dedicated to healing the collective experience of belonging. On the Olympic Peninsula of Washington where she currently lives, Jessica produces the weekly intimacy podcast “Under 10” through which she shares simple tools to heal and grow your relationships. To stay current on her evolving offerings and inquire about her private coaching and public speaking, go to

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