No under 18s

Authentic Dating for men Portland

Wed Jul 3, 19:30 - Wed Jul 3, 22:00

Secret location


Tired of the Grind?

Here’s your chance take a break from the apps and connect more openly and authentically with men both like-minded and different. Due to popular demand, it's returning to Portland this July!

You’ll have several encounters throughout the night. Each will be carefully guided, inviting you to be yourself, to communicate openly, and and explore multiples layers and flavours of connection. Come spark a flame or two!

Authentic Dating welcomes all men aged 18+ who identify as gay, bi, queer or trans, as well as people who identify somewhere on a gender-fluid male-to-non-binary spectrum.

Is this event for me?

If you are seeking....

  • Deep & meaningful conversations without small talky chit-chat
  • Exciting new connections, both romantic & platonic
  • An opportunity to explore & challenge your assumptions
  • A substance-free environment
  • Playful & sincere communication
  •  A space to simply be yourself
  • Communication skills you can apply to your any dating situation in your life

....then this event is for you!

What will actually happen? 

You will be invited to explore four unique interactions, some of which are randomised and some of which you can choose. Each will involve a new set of instructions to help you communicate about topics that really matter to you.

Each interaction will last 10-15 minutes. At the end of each interaction, you will have the opportunity to share a contact detail on a piece of paper that you will only leave once you leave the event.

~ please bring your own pen!

Consent is important: you always have the agency to choose how deep you go. You will never be forced to share information that you don't want to.

Why are tickets sold by income? 

In order to make the event as accessible as possible, it is up to you to decide which ticket you purchase, depending on your own feelings about your level of disposable income and how much you would like to contribute for the event.

If you would really like to attend but do not have the funds for the lowest ticket option, please get in touch and we can figure something out!

The space holder 

I'm Laurie (he/him), a queer British-Kiwi who’s current home-base is Amsterdam. My passion is creating spaces that cultivate healthy, thriving human-to-human relationships, helping people take off their masks, feel their sensations and celebrate their aliveness on Earth. Since 2019, I have organised and facilitated hundreds of Authentic Relating, Dating and Embodiment workshops in Oceania and Europe.My training includes The Embody Lab, Authentic Life Course, and Connection Institute. I have facilitated at internationally acclaimed festivals such as Stretch, and organisations such as ART International.

My workshops have sparked thousands of nourishing connections, turning many strangers into life-long friends. I look forward to holding space for you!

For more information, check out

For my Instagram, check out @itoiauthentic.

i to i Authentic Dating has already been a big hit in Amsterdam, as well as Berlin, London, Edinburgh, LA, Portland, Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne.

Here’s what others have said:

"This has been the most positive experience I've had in meeting genuine souls with the intention of finding love/romance for over 6 years" - Matthew

"Laurie led us through a series of games and exercises that allowed us to open up and create very real bonds with others and with our own selves. Many emotions were felt in the safest, most welcoming environment" - Jason

"I love Laurie’s energy, wisdom, execution and light touch. I felt super safe to open up and connect while he was holding the space" - Steve

"Authentic Dating re-opened an old window for me in a new way. Heaps of fun too! And I did meet a very special person. Highly recommend for anyone curious and keen to connect with depth & joy" - Mikey



$30 for those on low income

$40 for those on medium income

$50 for those on high income

Limited spaces available through Quicket so book early to secure your place!

Location: Secret location on SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR. Address will be sent out a couple of days before the event.

Time: 7.30pm sharp. No latecomers!

Dress code: Whatever you're comfortable in.

Intoxicants: This is an alcohol and drug free event. There will however be plenty of tea available.

Refund policy: Full refund if cancelled three weeks or more before event. 50% refund if cancelled up to one week before event. No refund if cancelled less than one week before event.


Authentic Dating for men Portland
Secret location
SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR, USA
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