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Live with Awareness, Courage and Love (ACL) Meetups make widely available to the general public, uses the concepts of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) which focuses on the healing power of present-moment authentic interactions. Research indicates that people who are more interpersonally connected are healthier physically and psychologically, and live happier, more vibrant lives.

We began this ACL in 2017 as a meetup in Westchester County. Presently, our ACL group is online and meets monthly. A Spanish-speaking group is forming soon. We are committed to promoting a  vision of open-hearted presence and courageous living to interested participant. For this reason, we provide ACL  sessions upon request to a small group of interested members.  

Awareness, Courage, and Love (ACL) Global Project is a nonprofit organization created in 2015. After four years ACL meetups have grown in 92 cities around the world.  In the TedxEverett  below, Mavis Tsai speaks about the power of connection for mental health and wellness.  She presents the key ingredients for meaningful connections and powerful questions to create unforgettable conversation.

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Our ability to form close connections is not only at the core of our mental health, but interpersonal closeness helps us live longer.

Mavis Tsai

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Our ability to form close connections is not only at the core of our mental health, but interpersonal closeness helps us live longer.

Mavis Tsai

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Mavis Tsai

Our ability to form close connections is not only at the core of our mental health, but interpersonal closeness helps us live longer.

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Our ability to form close connections is not only at the core of our mental health, but interpersonal closeness helps us live longer. Mavis Tsai presents the components of an extraordinary interaction and six powerful questions you can share with others to create unforgettable conversations. Mavis Tsai, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist/research scientist and Associate Director of University of Washington’s Center for Science of Social Connection. She has gained a world-wide following as the co-creator of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), a contextual behavioral and relational therapy that harnesses the power of the therapeutic relationship to transform clients’ lives. She is the co-author/editor of five text books on FAP (some of which have been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and Italian) and over 60 articles and book chapters. She received Washington State Psychological Association’s 2014 Distinguished Psychologist Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to knowledge in clinical psychology. Her most recent and passionate work is in training volunteers in five continents to launch Live with Awareness, Courage and Love Meetups, which address the need for people to connect more authentically with themselves and with others, and to spread the This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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A story is like water that you heat for your bath. It takes messages between the fire and your skin. It lets them meet, and it cleans you.


Jalal al-Din Rumi

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Saturday - 2/4/23 @ 4:00 -5:30 pm

As we launch a new year, we will explore what is most personally meaningful to create, manifest, and experience for 2023, and how to increase the likelihood of living with intention. Please RSVP early to ensure a spot; space is limited and we cannot always accommodate everyone who wants to attend.


Saturday, 3/4/23 @ 4:00 - 5:30 pm

When we lose someone we love dearly, the longing for them can create unrelenting aches and flow like tidal waves that we cannot defend against. Yet, if we open our hearts to the essence of our departed loved ones as they live on through us, the guidance we receive can be profound. In this session, we will explore the gifts and messages bestowed upon us by those who have loved us and passed on, the intimacy and closeness that remains in a different form, and how our pain and anguish can both bind us and set us free.



The honoring of ancestors dates to the beginning of humankind and continues to be essential for people from many cultures. This practice helps us connect with our ancestors, past, and present, and repair the physical and emotional burdens within family and community lineages that often are unconsciously passed down through generations. Similarly, our bodies and our psyches also carry the gifts and strengths our families have bestowed upon us, so through ancestral connection practices, we can learn to embody these blessings wholeheartedly.  

You can access this connection through many types of sacred and native rituals; it can be any type of practice that is centered around your unique experience and lineage that leads you to inquire, connect, ground, understand and/or integrate your past, present and future self. In today’s meeting, we will practice accessing our ancestral wounds and powers for an opportunity to connect more deeply with our lineage and practice finding safety, acceptance, self-love, and compassion within our bodies and with those around us.  



When we do something to hurt others or ourselves, being able to engage in self-forgiveness and to make peace with our shortcomings is important because it can help us live healthier, more connected, and happier lives. It is through self-forgiveness that we can learn and mature from our mistakes. Studies have shown that people who practice self-forgiveness are better at managing their mental and emotional well-being. In this session, we will explore your feelings as a result of having hurt someone, including yourself, and take a step away from self-blame and toward increased responsibility and compassion. Essential in this process is connecting with another’s generosity and kindness.

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About Me

My name is Annecy Baez, I am a psychotherapist, educator, and writer.

I came to Awareness, Courage, and Love after training in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). I discovered FAP after training with Steven Hayes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  Both ACT and FAP allowed me to bring a deeper connection with others, both gave me creative tools to help them find what gave their life meaning and purpose so that they could pursue their passion with determination and commitment.  

Through FAP training, I learned about Awareness, Courage, and Love meetups and I began to facilitate them in Westchester, New York.  ACL reminds me of FAP and ACL. Focusing was developed by Eugene Gendlin it is a process that taps into the wisdom of the body, a wisdom that can be used in every aspect of our lives for self-awareness and emotional healing. It is about taking a pause, going inward and noticing how we feel, and befriending what comes up compassionately and without judgment.  ACL reminds me of Focusing, through guided imagery, and thoughtful questions we can become more deeply aware, courageous, and compassionate.  

ACL opened to the public will be announced on the events page. 

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