The Authentic Retreat

It’s that time again!!!

Time for our very favorite AR event of the year. Three days of hanging out together, uniting the Texas communities, and getting to connect through depth and play! Not to mention dancing, camping, circling, sleeping (occasionally) and much more.

There will be
– Authentic Relating Games galore!
– Circling with world-class facilitators
– Ecstatic Dance
– Yoga and Meditation
– Outdoor Play
– Delicious meals

And, there will be plenty of time to just relax and enjoy each other.  3 days together in a beautiful location, with authentic community? It’s going to be a blast.

What I experienced this weekend is something I’ve been looking for my entire life. The absolute honesty in everyone that’s been here, whether it’s been sharing love or boundaries, saying “fuck off” in an absolutely loving and meaningful way – it’s hard to say, but ­ I want to do it again, and again, and again, because I feel it’s driving me to be the person I want to be, it’s helping me facilitate communication I didn’t think was possible, and it’s let me look inward and realize that a lot of the interpersonal interactions I have had with people have been entirely in my head.



DATES: January 5-7
LOCATION: Lotus Ranch, 525 Fischer Trail, Wimberley, TX 78676

We are changing some things up this year! In the past, we have charged the absolute minimum amount possible and made do with spaces that were uncomfortable for the number of participants we had. We also gave discounts for volunteers and facilitators.

This year, we are renting a MUCH nicer location, Lotus Ranch ( Lotus has beds for almost all participants, ample meeting and eating space, a gorgeous outdoor area with trails, a hot tub, and more. We believe the retreat will 2x its value for all participants when we feel spacious in our location.

However, Lotus is twice as expensive as our previous spot. To make this viable, while still respecting different levels of financial ability, we are going to try a donation model this year. Please donate as much as you can, and contact us if you need a payment plan to spread the amount over a few months. The recommended donation is $245, which will allow us to cover costs (more information on where the money goes is below). If you choose to donate less than $200, we will contact you to ask if you are willing to give volunteer hours in exchange for the lower cost.

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** If you would like to facilitate at the retreat, please contact us at! This year, it’s our hope that facilitation is considered a gift to the retreat and a way to engage enjoyably, rather than a compensated position. However, if you wish to donate less in exchange for facilitation, that’s your choice.

The Authentic retreat is run at-cost. Organizers (including the lead facilitators and chef) receive extremely limited compensation for their time. For the last retreat, we were paid $427 each for 20+ hours of work before the retreat, service the entire weekend, and cleaning afterwards. All other money goes towards rent, food, scholarships, and supplies.

See you there!

The Facilitators

I feel so supercharged that I’m worried if I flex too hard I’ll blow the walls off my house. What an amazing, powerful, and wonderful weekend! I’m so glad I got to share it with all of you, and I look forward to our next connection.


Thank you all for such an amazing experience! I don’t think I have ever felt so raw, open, and fulfilled before in my life and this weekend has confirmed for me my desires to eventually do a facilitator training and keep AR in my life. 

I decided as I prepared for the retreat to really try to just be. To just allow myself to be open to new things, to lean into my edge, and to really expose my inner self, and I feel that I really did that this weekend. And it was amazing. The people I connected with, the things I learned about myself and everyone around me, and the way I learned new techniques to be in the world are things I am going to cherish and carry with me forever. This was a profound weekend for me. Thank you from the very inner depths of my soul!