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Authentic Relating Games Night: The Power of Presence

Facilitated by Valerie Silidker and Matthew John

In an overstimulated world moving too fast, we rarely take the time to sit in deep presence with ourselves and with others. Being present to what is alive within us allows us to connect with our intuition, invites us to ask powerful questions both in self-inquiry and collective inquiry, and strengthens our ability to listen deeply to our own inner voice as well as what is authentically present in others.

Presence is a gift. Right now, more than ever, our world needs us to pay attention, to stand face-to-face with ourselves and be honestly present with others as we awaken together into a more connected and compassionate world.

In this expansive workshop, we will journey into a playful and profound space of possibility where we invite you to authentically become more deeply aware and present to what is alive within you and in another. Together, we will leave judgments behind and, with an open mind, embrace the possibility for connection, empathy, and a shared understanding between each other, as well as a deeper sense of compassion for ourselves.


Authentic Connection nights are fun and playful evenings that incorporate experiential exercises which invite us beneath the surface and into a deeper experience of ourselves and others. They offer an opportunity for us to have fun and celebrate with great people who are also wanting to explore what’s possible in connection. Through a series of guided “games,” you can learn and practice new tools for better personal and business communication. You will likely also make some new friends and have some fun!

What you can expect to learn at this night:
· Connect with people at a deeper level – often just moments after meeting them
· Learn how to say what you need to say from a place of confidence – and have others hear it!
· Be able to share what is going on for you in a way where it is less likely to trigger a negative response in the person you are talking to
· Have more fun and playfulness around your relationships
· Find connection and compassion for people you interact with
· Be able to hear difficult communications without collapsing into bad feelings
· Communicate better in business situations
· Take home tools you can use right after you leave

This workshop is for men and women, singles and couples. It will be highly experiential, consisting of individual, paired, and group exercises that explore ways of seeing, connecting, appreciating yourself and others at a deeper level. They are a safe and structured way for us to go beyond small talk and beyond superficial appearances. Along with instruction and discovery, consider it a lab to try out what you have learned in a safe and low-risk environment.

Come by yourself, come with a friend, come with a partner— everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing you there!

Stay in touch! Join our local Authentic Connection Movement FB group here to stay up-to-date on upcoming events:

Check out and join The Connection Movement Community Facebook group here: The Connection Movement Community

And please like Authentic Connection South Florida FB Page:

Special Early Bird (for the first 5 who sign up!): $20
Early Bird: $25
Regular Price at door: $30


VAL SILIDKER, M.S., is a Deep Ecologist, international speaker, activist, event organizer and board-certified psychosynthesis coach. She is a former professor of Ecology and Deep Ecology at Florida International University and certified facilitator of the Work That Reconnects, with continued focus in experiential learning, ecopsychology, consciousness and cosmology. Through production and facilitation of mindful living festivals, events, global summits and workshops, along with individual and group guiding, Val works with change-makers, who are ready to dive into the deepest work of rewilding, embracing psycho-spiritual wholeness and creating a positive impact in our world. She is the founder of Inspired Life Workshops, Expand the Love and Psychospiritual Coaching.

MATTHEW JOHN is a facilitator and speaker. He hosts a Course in Miracles regularly and creates powerful videos for truth in media. Matthew facilitates authentic relating, circling meditation and other workshops designed to bring us closer together as a human community and live a passionate life that is both honest and courageous.

What People Are Saying...

Val, thank you for your unwavering compassion, infinite love, and timeless wisdom. You are such a great teacher. You have shown me, not only through example, but also through your workshops ...