Relational Leadership Academy

Join us for a deep dive into the art & science of facilitation and relational leadership.


A deeper understanding of the Relational Inquiry Approach

Opportunities to connect with  masterful communicators

Foundational skills of facilitation

Education on how to teach facilitation



Regular online Inquiry Circles hosted by our team of hand-picked facilitators from around the world


Opportunities to practice leading Inquiry Circles online


Online course material (including training videos & documents)


Access to our exclusive Facebook discussion group


Practice exercises, quizzes, and assignments to further hone your skills





Live Online Classes 

Class Categories:

  • Relational Inquiry for Community Development & Basic Communication Skills

  • Deeper Skills Development

  • Transformational Work (i.e. expanding your ability to be with and respond to what comes up in yourself and others)

Large Self-Paced 

Video Course Library

What's Included?

Inquiry Basics Review

In this section, we’ll cover the basic tools, principles and concepts of the Relational Inquiry Approach to get you started on your journey to deeper relational intelligence.


In this section, we cover a variety of agreements that you can introduce to a room when you lead workshops to help build group norms and guidelines.

Essential Principles

In this section we cover some of the essential principles for relational intelligence.

Setting Up an Inquiry Circle

In this section, we cover the power of setting context, one of the most fundamental skills for mastering facilitation and leadership. Think of it as setting the stage and arranging the props for a play that can transport you to other worlds.

Leadership & Facilitation

In this section, learn about your role as a leader and facilitator and relevant skills to develop yourself in this area

Group Management

In this section, you will learn the fundamental skills of managing a group and facilitating communication between different members that serve the context of your group. These skills are the building blocks for you to be able to handle all kinds of difficult situations that you will face in leadership.

Ethics: Sex, Power, Relationship & Responsibility

In this section, we take a look at power, how it moves invisibly through our lives and its impact. We cover topics like the 3 types of power, dynamics, projection, and the importance of self awareness in leadership.

Teaching Emotional Intelligence Skills/Circling

This section provides practical exercises that grow emotional and relational intelligence skills, and develop group cohesion. You can use this both for yourself in your own life or learn them as essential exercises for teaching groups about these types of skills.

Class Recordings

In this section, we'll include any online classes that we have recorded.

Current Class Schedule

Times listed in ET (New York)


I’m totally new to this. Can I still join?

Yes! Along with covering more advanced topics like facilitation and leadership, we also cover the basics in our course. Our content & live classes will give you what you need to have a deep understanding of what the Relational Inquiry Approach is and how to do it well.

What is the Relational Inquiry Approach?

Rleational Inquiry Approach is a transformational modality that will shine a light on beliefs and create possibilities for a radical shift in identity. This method has been cultivated by Peter Benjamin, Mark Boughton, and Jason Digges after more than a decade of experience as established leaders in the field of Circling.

Is there any time commitment for enrolling?

No, our platform is self-paced. This means there is absolutely no time commitment. You can browse the available resources at your own pace and attend as many or as few live classes as fits in your schedule. You can cancel your subscription at any time.

How long will it take me to complete the course?

This depends on a number of factors including how much time you can commit to reviewing the educational content and how often you attend classes. We’ve had students be members on the platform for years, as it’s valuable to review the content as you mature as a communicator and facilitator. Our video library contains over 7 hrs of video content in addition to quizzes, articles and notes. We also offer between 8-18 hours of live class options weekly.

Will I have communication with fellow classmates?

Yes! We have a private Facebook group for connection as well as our Pod Program, both of which are designed to help bring our students together for connection as a part of the learning experience. You’ll also have a lot of chances to connect with your classmates through the numerous facilitated events we offer each week.

Where do the live classes take place?

Online in our private Zoom Room. Zoom offers a free app for smartphones and computers or join right from your browser.

Do I have to join the live classes?

Live classes are optional, though attending them would be required if you’re interested in advancing to the higher levels of our course.

What if I do not WANT to be a facilitator?

That's completely fine. Whether you are aspiring to lead groups or just hone your skills as a communicator, you are welcome to join.

Can I become a facilitator after completing this program?

Yes! When you reach Level 3 of our course, you are invited to start leading beginner classes on our platform. We also offer a trainer-in-training program to a select number of Level 3 students which includes mentorship and the ability to facilitate more advanced classes.

Will I become certified by The Connection Institute if I complete this course?

At this time, certification is only available through our in-person trainings.

Can I cancel at any time?

Yes, you can cancel at any time.

Do I have to be a facilitator to join?

No! Our community is filled with facilitators, beginners and experienced folks alike. Our platform is a wonderful place to learn and grow in your communication (and facilitator if that’s the path you’re interested in pursuing).

Can I give the platform a try for free?

Yes! We currently offer a free trial which will give you access to our Inquiry Basics Review and our live Level 1 classes.



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Peter is a professional coach, trainer and facilitator. He is also an intimacy junkie, community builder and the founder of The Connection Institute -- an organization that teaches emotional and relational intelligence. Through coaching, classes, and workshops, Peter's clients learn to be more resilient, deepen their relationship with themselves, and develop their authentic communication skills. Outside of work, Peter enjoys contact improv, partner dancing and cooking delicious food.



Mark has been studying communication skills and the psychology of relationships and interpersonal dynamics for over a decade. By the time he was twenty-two, he had worked, traveled or volunteered on every continent of the globe, and had discovered a deep passion for understanding people. He stumbled upon Circling eight years ago, immediately fell in love with the practice, and has been facilitating and teaching relational practice ever since. He also works doing coaching and counseling with couples and individuals, and with teams and groups wanting to have more effective communication skills.



On a mission to bring people closer, Fei has dedicated her life and work to learning and teaching about connection. Authenticity, vulnerability, non-judgment, and ownership are some of Fei's core values that she brings to this practice. Her primary work as a cuddle therapist and intimacy coach has been deeply enriched by circling (and vice versa). Fei brings her appetite for relational exploration to her work with individuals, groups & professionals, helping them deepen their relationship with themselves and others. You'll find her facilitating connection everywhere she goes, but most particularly in Los Angeles, CA where she is based.



Brandi has enjoyed expanding her extensive inner meditation work to the world of Authentic Relating and Circling. What drives her is to think creatively about fusing together these practices as well as combining Circling with other practices. Brandi has a constant appetite for learning. She has evolved from Circling trainings and courses with The Circling Institute, Authentic Revolution, and The Connection Institute. Some other multi-week courses that she’s completed and have further informed her practice are courses in Non-Violent Communication, Mindful Self Compassion, and Attachment Theory. Brandi also regularly facilitates Circles for the Authentic Relating community in Portland, OR.



Jack Peterson is a heart-centered introvert on a mission to usher in a new paradigm of business leadership and conscious relationship. 

After starting his dream business with his wife 6 years ago, Jack was experiencing external success, yet on the inside he was struggling with depression and adrenal fatigue. It wasn’t until the day when his business AND marriage was on the brink of falling apart that he committed to designing a business and life he loves and is energized by. Jack and his wife lead a YouTube channel that has 3 million views worldwide, and enjoy living a global lifestyle with their 5-month old daughter in Bali, Australia, and California. 



Damian has a passion for people and exploring what is available in every moment. He loves the simplicity of living a life in connection with self and others. Damian considers one of his greatest relational strengths to be revealing his inner world when he’s feeling awkward or vulnerable (and he feels awkward writing this Bio). He thrives when working with others and enjoys facilitating Circling, AR games and Relational work. Damian also facilitates one on one Personal growth and Transformational work, as well as Men’s work exploring accountability, shadow, and presence. He finds pleasure in movement and embodiment and also delights in finding moments of slowness and stillness. Damian lives in Santa Barbara, CA with his wife and son. 



Rachel's love affair with communication and relational dynamics started when she was 23, as she began her recovery from social alcoholism. At 28 that she discovered circling and authentic relating - and it changed her life dramatically. After founding several startups, she now operates as a success coach for lawyers and dreams of bringing Circling to the working world.



Oren is passionate about helping people restore inner faith, be courageously vulnerable, connect deeply, and embody their desires, creativity, and joy.  He has trained in bodywork, Tantric counseling, the Completion Process, and facilitation. His process and facilitation work can be found at https://awakenedheart.space.



Bio coming soon!



Whitney is a Transformational and Relational Coach and discovered Authentic Relating and Circling in Boulder, CO.  She has recently traveled through her own Dark Night of the Soul, unleashing an aliveness and freedom she had never imagined possible and inspiring others to have the courage to do the same.

She is currently writing a book about how Authentic Relating changed her deeply, transformed and saved her relationship, and simultaneously, dissolved her 20-year marriage in a caring, courageous way.


Whitney utilizes her AR skills both at home and at work and is most excited leveraging them with students who are in their high school to college and career transitions.  She previously coached and facilitated leadership and team-building programs with international teams and did marketing, sales and event planning in Latin America for both for-profit and non-profit entities. 

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Indigo Dawn (They/Them) is an impact-oriented love activist, who lives and works to cultivate a more abundant, humane, sustainable world.  They coach clients; offer touch therapy; and create events, workshops, and communities that change lives.  As the Program Director for Center for New Culture, Indigo spreads skills and mind-sets that support joyful relationships and communities– including open communication, emotional intelligence, radical compassion, and healthy boundaries. They co-create intentional community at Allegheny Crest Intentional Village; and within the DC metro region.



Garrett Rokosh is the Founder of Play Connect Dance which facilitates unconventional experiences that intentionally serve universal human needs for play, self-expression, authenticity, movement, touch, empathy, acceptance, belonging, emotional-safety, and community. He is passionate about authentic relating, acro yoga, climbing, meditation, and ecstatic dancing.