our mission:


Connection, the universal need, the universal medicine. Fostering healthy, sustainable, authentic human connections is our work.


“I’ve done other classes and programs. This is by far way better than anything else offered. The interaction, the role playing, it prepares you for ‘out there’ more so than having a teacher in front teaching you something. That’s what I love about this class, the creativity, the love behind it, the passion.”

- Edgar, Colorado Correctional Facility


Who We Are

Authentic Relating International (ARI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) committed to cultivating healthy human connection. We do this by teaching practices designed to empower real, trustable, inspired communication within organizations, companies, communities, and families.

Our initial vision is generating a society in which inmates are not forever relegated to the outskirts of society where the likelihood of re-offending is greatest. ARI teaches skills that enable offenders to more effectively reintegrate into society and to become productive, law abiding, tax paying citizens.

Another intended impact of our work is the reduction of violence inside of prisons, fostering a safer environment for correctional staff and inmates, thereby reducing the emotional and financial costs of incarceration.



First-ever in jails & prisons

We are the first to bring the power of Authentic Relating programs to correctional facilities. We are committed to pioneering this work with a variety of underserved communities.


of prisoners will be released

Authentic Relating programs enable them to feel more human before they re-enter society and more prepared to have healthy relationships and productive lives. Authentic Relating mentorships also available.


inmates served by 2024

With an average size of 20 inmates per training, we plan to serve over five thousand inmates in the next five years, including men, women and juveniles around the world.


“This course is exactly what is going to keep people out of prison and keep them in a healthier lifestyle. For me it’s emotional intelligence - getting in touch with how I feel - because I would always just suppress those things until they would erupt like a volcano.

Being able to relate to another person also means that I’m not going to have an outburst on them, but I’m also not going to let them take advantage of me either. We can feel that connection, that we’re all unique and amazing, deep people.”

- Connor, Rifle Correctional Facility


“This workshop on authentic relating has changed my entire view of my identity in a matter of two days. All the masks I used to wear have been stripped away, and I have found myself for what feels like the first time. My heart feels so open to accept everyone in my life without judgment. I have found brothers and sisters who see me for who I am. I never thought I could feel so connected, so free, so alive while being locked away in jail. My life has completely changed. Thank you for this opportunity.”

— Nick, Boulder County Jail


Take Action

We cannot do this work alone. We need financial support. We need corporate partners. We need introductions. We need volunteers in and outside our training courses. We need YOU. If you are feeling touched and inspired by our work in the world, please take action. We have big, bold goals for 2019 and beyond. We’d love for you to be a part of our family.


make a donation

As a nonprofit organization, we rely on personal and corporate donations to support the work that we do. Make a donation today to help us change the world through authentic relating.

partner with us

Our partners are essential in helping us bring this work to communities around the world. We would love to explore how we may partner with you to serve a new population.

become a volunteer

Without volunteers, Authentic Relating International would not exist. Volunteer as a facilitator, join our Board of Directors, and/or share your unique skills and talents with our team.


“I can truly say this has been one of the most – if not the most – helpful experiences of my life. I feel more alive, more at peace, and more connected. I was shown how to be happy with who I truly am, and how to let go of ill feelings about people. I hope others get the chance to truly feel what it is to be loved, cared for, and a part of an emotional safe space.”

– Frank, Boulder County Jail


Give the gift of connection.