Our Team

We are a team of experienced facilitators, coaches, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the realm of authentic relating. We're committed to bringing about a world of healthy, connected, revealed, honest, enlivened, and intimate relationships, with both self and others.

We also live and breathe this work in our own lives, and have watched ourselves radically transform toward greater and deeper connection with all those with whom we're in relationship. 

From breakthroughs in intimate partnerships to profound connections with absolute strangers (who rapidly become friends and allies), we've all seen how hugely impactful and immediately applicable this work and practice has been. 

We believe that we all already have the circuitry and mechanisms needed to participate in conscious relationship. Our work is about activating those circuits and engaging our participants in practice to embed this state of consciousness deep in their minds and bodies. 

We believe anyone can learn to relate authentically. Whether you're joining us for a weekend training course or an evening introductory event or simply as a recipient of high-quality distributed content, we believe in your immediate transformation and capacity to enjoy profound and enlivening connections with all those around you.


 
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Ryel kestano

co-founder / course leader

Ryel is the lead designer of ART's curriculum, develops the company's long-range growth strategy, and is a senior course leader. Prior to co-founding ART International, Ryel oversaw all training operations at the Integral Center in Boulder, a world-renowned leader in transformational workshops. He has been a course leader, course supervisor, facilitator and coach since his own transformation several years ago. Ryel is also the co-founder and visionary behind Virtuance, one of the largest providers of real estate photography in the world, and the co-founder and visionary behind Pink Mammoth, one of the Bay Area's largest and most successful creative arts collectives. Ryel has four very authentic kids and lives in Boulder.

 
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Jason Digges

co-founder / course leader 

Jason leads ART's sales, marketing, and business development efforts, manages enrollment, and is a senior course leader. He also makes major contributions to the curriculum based on his unique background and expertise. Jason is a modern renaissance man: Equal parts artist, philosopher, teacher, and video producer. From 2003-2012 he worked for Ken Wilber and other clients to create thousands of hours of educational media on the topics of transpersonal psychology, spirituality, productivity, and personal growth. For the past 4 years he has been a trainer and facilitator for groups within the authentic relating and circling realm and is obsessed with how humans can live and relate optimally.

 
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Jamie Grant

Operations Manager

Jamie manages ART’s operations, communications and administrative projects, focusing on the internal execution essential to the company’s big vision. Prior to joining the team, Jamie supported various nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering individuals, families and communities through mentoring, education and employment training for nearly a decade. Her professional impact has since merged with her own personal transformation, having spent the past three years supporting the very teachers and programs that paved her way to a more authentic life. With a keen eye for the details and a big heart for this work, Jamie is on fire behind the scenes in Bellingham, Washington.

 
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Laurie Lazar

Jails and prisons director/facilitator

Laurie obtained rigorous training as an adult transformation facilitator at the Boulder Integral Center through their authentic relating training program and has since been on staff to support others through authentic relating programs. In 2017, Laurie co-facilitated a victim impact and relational and life skills program for inmates at the Boulder County Jail, and then went on to become a mentor to recently released inmates to support their transition to the community. Laurie has prioritized working with children and adults in growth and transformation throughout her life. She’s worked extensively with children through Colorado Youth at Risk, Children’s Heaven, Camp To Belong, and Mt St Vincent Home for Kids. In 2003, she earned a Masters in Education and taught children at Compass Elementary. Professionally, Laurie has been a high level corporate recruiter for national corporations and has used her authentic relating skills to connect hundreds of people with their dream careers. Laurie’s greatest joy comes from helping people express themselves in the world through their work and through their relationships and to lead fulfilling personal and professional lives.

 
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JAHMAYA KESSLER

JAILs AND PRISONS FACILITATOR/program specialist

Jahmaya leads our jails and prisons courses and leverages his experience and expertise in guiding the program to reach facilities around the country. In 2013 he earned an MA in Counseling Psychology, and began working as a program coordinator for the Boulder County’s Jail Education and Transition (JET) Program. During this time he helped over a thousand inmate clients address criminogenic factors holding them back, transform themselves, and offer support in their transitions into the community. He has facilitated hundreds of groups on topics such as: Mindfulness, Trauma, Attachment, Healthy Relationships, Emotional Intelligence, Neuroplasticity, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, and Authentic Relating. His most recent contribution to this work is as a speaker at TEDxCU April 21st, 2018 on the topic of "Humanity in Hard Places: The Value of Compassionate Incarceration." In the last year, Jahmaya has become incredibly passionate about the Authentic Relating work and helped to plant it into the jail.  The overwhelming success of it led him to want to dedicate himself to making sure that this work can spread to other facilities and is made accessible to as many people as possible.