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Relational Mindfulness

Give yourself permission to be yourself with skill and ease.

Our two day, in-person course offers profound experiential learning that will infuse deeper connectivity into your daily life. We’re here to help you explore your inner world, deepen your relationships, and find true community.

Relational Mindfulness: A Two Day Course

Knowing yourself is the missing ingredient to creating the relationships you crave. The key to living authentically and building connections with others is learning how to have the awareness to identify your true desires, and through practice, articulating them to others. You have the power to lead any connection in your life toward greater depth in a sustainable way through utilizing the tools we teach.

Life’s too short for chit-chat. Join us for this transformational course where you'll develop the ability to engage in deep, meaningful conversations with anyone, anywhere.

You will walk away with
  • Permission to befriend & reveal the full spectrum of your emotional reality.

  • Clarity on how to develop greater self-understanding.

  • Increased capacity to listen to your body and the subtleties of sensation.

  • Tools that support you to notice and challenge your assumptions about others.

  • Skills that empower you to set and receive healthy boundaries.

  • The ability to attune to what is going on in the group field through social awareness.

  • Interpersonal skills that will help you connect powerfully with any human, anywhere.

Our impactful format
  • In-person two-day course held at Green Glen in Mission District, SF.

  • An integration call post-course to get support (recorded), with Dakota & Laurie.

  • WhatsApp group for ongoing support, connection, and cohort community.

  • 3-free buddy passes to bring people who matter with you to Authentic Bay Area events.

  • Bonus Offering: We will give you a booklet at the end of the course that gives you assignments to practice these skills within your relationships outside of our cohort.


October 14th and 15th, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

500 Treat Ave, San Francisco, CA.

Water & tea is provided. If you can, please bring your own containers to drink from. There is a fridge and microwave for you to store whatever you may need! You will have 60-minutes to eat lunch daily with your fellow participants.

Cost: $500

If you are financially able, we would deeply appreciate you paying $650 to help support our scholarship program. Partial scholarships and payment plans are available by request for anyone. We value making this accessible to all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Meet Your Facilitators


CEO & Founder, She/They

Dakota Quackenbush is the founder of Authentic Bay Area. She has been taking up space in the Authentic Relating world for the last 5+ years. Her background working in addiction and mental health already had her rooted in vulnerability, depth, and analyzing social dynamics when she found AR. Once discovered, she quickly began incorporating this technology into her everyday living. She is actively researching Authentic Relating’s Impact on Social Emotional Skills in Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Relationships. Her focus in life is reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and making authentic, vulnerable connections the norm. Dakota regularly closes her eyes to connect to her emotions and physical sensations. When she’s not facilitating connection, she can be found writing poetry or dancing any time a beat comes on.

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Founder, He/Him

Laurie King is the founder of i to i Authentic Relating. He is a queer, British-Kiwi who’s current home-base is Amsterdam. His passion is creating spaces that cultivate healthy, thriving human-to-human relationships, helping people take off their masks, listen to their sensations and celebrate their aliveness on Earth. For the last 5 years, he has organized and facilitated hundreds of Authentic Relating and Dating and Embodiment workshops in Oceania and Europe. His training includes the Authentic Life Course and the Connection Institute. His portfolio includes internationally acclaimed festivals such as Stretch, and organizations such as ART International. His workshops have sparked thousands of nourishing connections, turning many strangers into life-long friends. He looks forward to holding space for you!

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"I highly recommend ABA to anyone—it just might change your life!"

I’ve been to many Authentic Bay Area events, including a full weekend-long workshop. The facilitation style has always felt clear, safe, inviting, and intentional. I’ve been consistently amazed by the transformative powers of AR, and have learned some incredible tools and skills that have deepened my relationship with myself and others. It is so empowering/healing to *see* and *be seen*! I’ve also gained a community of lovely humans who are interested in this level of interaction as well. You can tell a lot about an org by the people who resonate with its mission; these ones are GOLD.

Ariel M. - Founder at Golden Ticket Admissions / Stanford Alum

Register Today!

Acceptance into the Relational Mindfulness Course is by application only and is open to anyone in the world. No prerequisite or prior experience is necessary! Click "Register" below to book this event on Eventbrite. Have questions for Dakota? Sign up for a discovery call and ask away! 

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