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Authentic Self-Expression as a Foundation for Community [Workshop]

June 17, 2021


4:00 PM

6:00 PM


June 17th | 4:00-6:00pm Eastern

Authentic Self-Expression as a Foundation for Community

Join Conscious Relating Coach and Expressive Therapist, Teri Lynn Grunthaner, for a workshop exploring how to create authentic relating within your community.

We know that thriving community depends on developing shared governance, decision-making, and interpersonal communication. But what about cultivating the most important components – you and the people you live with? The more authentic and connected we are to ourselves and one another, the more creative, cohesive, and resilient a community will become.

Authentic self-expression can be difficult and feel vulnerable or scary. What if I’m misunderstood or judged? What if my truth creates conflict or jeopardizes my inclusion? What if I have inner conflict and don’t know what is honest to share? What if I’m not sure what I think, feel, need, value or want?

Key outcomes of this workshop:

  • What authenticity is and why it’s so important for cooperative, intentional communities
  • The four main barriers to authentic expression
  • How to nurture our own healing, growth, and skillfulness for more authentic expression
  • How to support and encourage others’ authentic expression and create a culture of curiosity, compassion, and collaboration
  • How to cultivate the conditions necessary to support authentic relating in your community 

Workshop Presenter

Teri Gruthaner, Guest Speaker

Teri Lynn Grunthaner

Teri is a Conscious Relating Coach and Expressive Therapist who has been living in an exploring the potential of intentional community as a vehicle for personal and social transformation for over a decade. She believes that intentional communities, cooperatives, collectives, and circles rooted in anti-oppression values and liberation frameworks are creating the more just, sustainable, and loving world she longs for.

Through Nonviolent Communication, Inner Relationship Focusing, and Expressive Therapies, Teri passionately helps folks create authentic, cooperative, and healing relationships with themselves and their community. Learn more about her practice and join the support network of community seekers, lovers, and creators doing inner relationshp work at www.radicalhearts.com.

Teri is currently settled in Delaware Street Commons Cohousing in Lawrence, KS, also known as the Kaw Valley, ancestral lands of the Kansa, Osage, Wichita, Kiowa, Kiowa-Apache, Comanche, Pawnee, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and other groups recognized and unrecognized. She lives with her partner and toddler, Samuel and Kylee.


Workshop–Authenticity as a Foundation for Community

Starting From $10.00

Date: June 17th

Time: 4-6pm ET (see your local time)

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Loved by Community Builders

Teri’s presence, warmth, poise, experience and clarity. I quickly felt at ease and confident that she knew what she was talking about, and could share the material effectively, while also managing the group format. – Jeffrey B

What a beautiful gift to our intentional community builders and leaders! FIC’s programs provide a way for thinking and concerned people to collaborate for solutions to our multitude of global crises. Thank you FIC!Terri Garcia

I am constantly impressed by the down-to-earth practicality of the FIC workshops combined with the philosophical questions that are so vital for us to explore. I’m grateful for the excellent planning and delivery of the workshops by skilled and inclusive presenters, who create a space that is both welcoming and invites participants to challenge existing ideas and world views. Well done and thank you FIC.Claire Ogden

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