Western Mass Authentic Relating Leadership Training (Feb 2018)

Cummington, MA, United States

Sarah Monette
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Feb 16 - 18, 2018
Group size: 1-20
Western Mass Authentic Relating Leadership Training (Feb 2018)
Cummington, MA, United States

Sarah Monette
  • Facebook verified
2 reviews

Feb 16 - 18, 2018
Group size: 1-20

About this trip

▬ Authentic Leadership and Facilitation Training ▬

Looking to dive more fully into your own personal development while inviting others to do the same? This training will guide you through deep connections, learning to discover and relate from your truth, simple and effective empathy skills, tools for creating the flow of an event, and a ton of leadership practice with direct feedback.

The ALFT addresses the art, the science, and the space of facilitation. Over three days, we will set up a container in which authenticity is welcomed in service of creativity, learning, and leadership.

This is the art of facilitation: leadership as an expression of your being.

We’ll also teach the science: how to set the frame and safety for a deep experience; how to understand others and have them feel heard; how, why, and when to bring your truth; how to enroll others in your ideas; how to create the flow of an event; and how to take up leadership in any situation.

Last, we will live an exploration of the space. We will explore the cultures, norms, and systems required for true co-creation to emerge, and for our self-expression to serve a greater whole. At the end, you will have a visceral understanding of how to lead within uncertainty.

ALFT facilitators have taken the social technology of Authentic Relating - empathic, vulnerable communication - into areas from social work to psychotherapy, childrens' classrooms to the Coast Guard. This program teaches leaders to bring themselves into their leadership, and students to create from their own motivated joy. Our students have created massive change towards a better world and integrate their awareness into the community in a multitude of beneficial ways.


Location: Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge

21 W Main St. Cummington, Massachusetts

A warm an welcoming lodge with a large kitchen, living rooms, performance area, and cozy nooks to gather in.

Date: Friday, Feb 16th - Sunday, Feb 18th

Aprox Times: Friday (5-10), Saturday (10-7), Sunday (10-5)

Accommodations: limited number of overnight stays available on a first come first serve basis; private rooms with double beds, loft double bed, futons & dorm-style beds, along with an offsite location (15 mins away) providing more double bed private rooms.

Meals: are eat out (Old Creamery Co-op down the road, along with other nearby eateries) or bring your own (kitchen available), snacks and drinks provided throughout the weekend, potluck and ecstatic dance Saturday night.

Attendees are welcome to stay till Sunday evening when Singing Bridge Lodge opens up it's Vegan Cafe, with amazing vegan pizza, and features the best local musicians performing live throughout the night!

Resource Exchange: 

285 - Low Income/Work Exchange* 

385 - Regular Cost

425/465 - Weekend Workshop plus Accommodation

* contact Sarah Monette to apply

Space is limited. Reserve your spot asap. Payment can be made via bank transfer through Paypal.me /nexusexpressions using "friends & family(free)" option or by credit card through this WeTravel portal.

Training Includes:

~ three day weekend workshop

~ all course materials and assistance documents

~ membership to online ALFT graduate groups

~ post retreat assistance 


We're pleased to welcome Sara Ness, the founder of Authentic Revolutionand co-founder of Authentic World Online as our lead trainer. Sara is an exuberant community creator and facilitator, co-founder of the Houston and Austin Authentic communities. She is passionate about exposing the joy of human connection. Sara has led hundreds of events of every kind, and has coached leaders across the world on how to lead Authentic Relating groups and events. She travels across North America spreading a revolution of authentic communication, and teaches facilitation in Austin, Texas.

Learn more at https://www.authrev.com/

Supporting her will be Sarah Monette, founder of Synthesis - Authentic Relating and Nexus - Expression, Dance, Production, Connection. Sarah leads regular Authentic Relating events local and abroad to help individuals and collectives discover more meaningful strategies of interacting and promote deeper connections within communities. She’s trained in psychosynthesis, mediation, and teaches a variety of communication workshops. She has a passion for conversational analysis and interpersonal growth, leaning into our edges and discovering the many layers of connection at both events and in our everyday lives. Sarah is also the founder of Nexus, an organization which aims to promote collective and personal expression through ecstatic movement, interactive art, authentic relating and introspective engagement... working with several dance events, retreats and festivals throughout New England, New York and beyond.

Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/nexusexpressions/

Other supporting facilitators to be announced. This will be a rich weekend of exploration and experience. Feel free to contact Sarah Monette with inquiries or interest.

Stay tuned for more info!

Available Packages

Low Income/Work Exchange

This option is available for low income participants wishing to attend at this amount along with additional work exchange.  Must be pre-arranged... please contact Sarah Monette to apply. (Discount Code)

Regular Cost
Available until Feb 14th

Covers workshop for the weekend and all training materials.

Karma Kings/Queeens
Available until Feb 14thSold Out

Karma Kings/Queens will be recognized as helping to provide a rich weekend of experiences and support for our group as well as contribute towards the travel costs of our facilitators and provide assistance towards low-income work exchange attendees. This amount covers the weekend, all training materials, and gives three months of access to Authentic World Online, a platform for regular coaching/troubleshooting/connecting through a worldwide AR Community.


Available options

Private Rm On-site (Queen Bed)Sold Out
Loft Area On-site (Queen Bed)Sold Out
Living Rm Futon On-site (Double)Sold Out
Dorm Beds On-site (Single)Sold Out
Couch Bed (Open Rm)Sold Out
Floor Bed (Single)Sold Out
Off Site Private Room (Queen/Double)Sold Out

Low Income/Work Exchange
Past Trip

Who’s Going

  • AP
    Amelia Perkins
    Lovely! So looking forward to it!
    Jan. 11, 2018
  • MC
    Matt Carlson
    I'm excited to co-explore how deeply a group of strangers can go in a few days, so that it feels like we've known each other for years by the end of the weekend.
    Jan. 10, 2018

Your Organizer

Sarah Monette
2 reviews
Traveler, DJ, Facilitator, catalyst :) Leading Authentic Relating events both local and abroad, co-creating ecstatic dances and DJing around the world, always learning, growing, supporting, inspiring and living/loving life to it's fullest!


We had a great time, met some really awesome like-minded people, enjoyed great food with very comfortable accommodations.
Organizers did a great job creating an open and inclusive space for a group of strangers to connect in. Highly recommended!!