After diligent consideration internally and with fellow leaders of similarly affected organizations and communities, we’ve made the difficult but prudent decision to postpone our live courses worldwide that were originally scheduled through the rest of March, all of April, and the beginning of May. As of now, we plan to resume delivering all our currently scheduled courses starting on May 9th.
We can’t tolerate even a small risk that our course spaces might facilitate cross-infection, and we’re clear we need to do our part to slow the spread and buy our medical resources as much time as possible to deal with the outbreak effectively.
At the same time, we’ve been working tirelessly on designing, setting up and testing our online infrastructure so we can provide as many opportunities as possible for people around the world to stay connected and learn the practice of authentic relating online. Our core value is to stand for human connection, and the current challenges facing us won’t slow us down in our mission of making authentic connection available to everyone through all possible means.
As many of us return home to spend a lot more time with others and face unprecedented challenges both near and far, as we all look ahead to an unknown world, we at ART are committed to supporting connection and all the critical emotional and physical health benefits it affords.
We’ll be offering free weekly online intro calls for anyone to come and experience connection, learn about authentic relating, and walk away with immediately applicable relational skills. These will be offered in multiple time zones around the world to make them as accessible as possible, and we will be sending out the information for these shortly, as soon as the details are confirmed.
We’ll be launching our flagship Level 1 course online in early April, as well as online courses specifically designed for audiences – business leaders, families, couples, and others – in the coming weeks and months, as we build bridges in all directions to introduce people to this life-changing and profound relational practice.
We’ll be publishing articles and guides for how to connect with others at home during this time – games, exercises, conversations, skills for conflict transformation – to support people in making the adjustments to home life as nourishing and connective as possible.
Whether it’s in person or online, with friends and loved ones or with strangers from another continent, we’re here to offer a welcome place for all people to gather, connect, grow, love and be loved.
Please be in touch with us anytime – we’d love to hear from you and feel closer. In the meantime, we’re all sending you all big love and care wherever you may be, and offering the desire for all of us to use this time to reflect on the preciousness of life, relationships, ourselves and each other.
In it together and in connection,
Ryel and Jason
Co-Founders, ART International