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Authentic Connection (Fortnightly dates)

Fortnightly on Tuesday (19:00 -22:00)

Re- Starting –  26th September 2023

Location/Room :  in the Salisbury Centre – Art Room

Accessibility: The Art Room is Fully accessible


The Authentic Connection Group, also known as “Authentic Fred,” is a community-run, experimental space where we practice the art of relating. We do it through playing Authentic Relating games, learning about consent, Circling, and exploring other practices that bring us closer to ourselves and each other.

Our two keywords are “Authentic” and “Connection.”

Authentic, because we believe in staying true to your experience and expressing it in a skilful way to others, rather than pretending you’re feeling / thinking something else.

Connection, because we value staying in connection with ourselves and others, no matter what our experience is at any point.

We draw a lot on Authentic Relating games, inspired by Sara Ness and the work of Authentic Revolution work. At the same time, we’re open to all practices that have to do with connection, communication, and relationships. Each session is different and unique. However, we do have our roots in foundational practices such as The Noticing Game and Circling.

Our informal motto is this quote from Fred Rodgers, an American TV host and author:

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”



The session happens on 2nd or 4th Tuesday of the month at The Salisbury Centre, either in the Art Room or The Studio. Occasionally, if the weather is good, we may decide to have the session outside in the garden.

The group is open to everyone, both regular members and one-off visitors. Please make you sure you book by sending and email to authenticfredsc@gmail.com to secure your spot.


Suggested Donation

We don’t charge for attending but the suggested donation is £5. This allows us to give back to The Salisbury Centre, as we’re not officially paying for the room. No one will be turned away for financial reasons. At the same time, we encourage you to leave a donation if you can afford it, as this helps us keep getting the space for the group.

You can donate by cash or card on the day, or through the website here 

When donating online please use  “Authentic Relating” as REFERENCE (via : www.salisburycentre.org/donate)


If you sign up for a course that carries on over several weeks or months, whatever you’re contribution, please show your commitment by attending or letting the facilitator know when you’re not able to attend. Facilitators may decide to cancel a meeting if in their view there’s insufficient participation to make it worthwhile. Participants will be notified.


How to join and participate?

Email us at authenticfredsc@gmail.com to reserve your spot. At this time, we’re keeping the spaces limited to 20 people (not including the facilitators) due to the room size and the nature of what we’re doing. This ensures a quality experience for everyone.

After you’ve come for a few times and feel more comfortable in the group, you’re very welcome to take agency of the group, too. This can mean facilitating (or co-facilitating) one of the sessions, taking on email bookings for a few weeks, or writing a bi-weekly newsletter.

All of this is optional but highly encouraged! 🙂 The group relies on the contributions of the members and is co-created by all.



Our agreements are signposts for the group’s culture. They help us know what to expect in the group (both from ourselves and others) and through that, create a space in which we can feel safer to explore edgy relational territory.

We always revisit the agreements at the beginning of the session. You can read through them out here at any time.

Here’s the short version:

  1. Honour Yourself
  2. Confidentiality by Request
  3. Stay Present
  4. Own Your Experience & Check Your Assumptions
  5. Don’t Give Advice (Unless explicitly asked)

BOOKINGS:  book your spot by sending an email to authenticfredsc@gmail.com

Extra note about Donation 

Participation in our community-led events is on a voluntary ‘by donation’ basis. This means that nobody is expected to make a payment if they cannot afford to do so. However any donations received will be shared between the Centre and the facilitator, helping to make the events’ programme sustainable as well as to provide some reciprocity towards community facilitators’ time and skills offered.

Where a “suggested donation” is listed, this is just an indication of what the event might cost if it was ticketed – it is fine to donate less (or nothing at all). Donating is one way to show your appreciation for the value of the Salisbury Centre. Please consider ‘paying it forward’ by donating a bit extra helping to keep it possible for everyone to take part, whatever their circumstances.To donate bring cash or donate online www.salisburycentre.org/donate (Please use reference “EVENT NAME” when submitting). Card payment option available in the entrance hall.

If you cannot afford, please get in touch with the facilitator to request a free/discounted place.
An invitation to practice ‘Dana’ (generosity) – please pay only what you can afford to attend.

Art Room