Meet Our Team

John Church
John ChurchFounder
John Church, co-founder of AuthenticNC, is a nationally recognized Integral Circling trainer committed to helping people live fully aligned and inspired lives. A facilitator and coach, John draws from over 10 years of study and practice of Circling (inter-subjective meditation), developmental psychology and spiritual practices. From seeding and leading men’s groups to facilitating international workshops, John has helped hundreds lead more fulfilling lives.
Dawn Church
Dawn ChurchLead intuitive and womens leader
Dawn Church is the busy bee of the AuthenticNC family. Being a professional event planner, she handles all of the larger events that we produce, and she is responsible for most of the day to day community relations and office managerial odds and ends. She is the leader of our women’s related programs and teams. Our social butterfly, she tends to bring her large heart that’s full of love, compassion and fun on her connection tool belt. The practice we emphasize really is her life path and the foundation for which her marriage to John Church is built upon.
Mike Morrell
Mike MorrellLead Facilitator
Mike Morrell is the Communications Director for the Integral Theology think-tank Presence International, co-founder of The Buzz Seminar, and a founding organizer of the Wild Goose Festival. Mike curates contemplative and community experiences via Authentic NC, Relational Yoga, the ManKind Project, and (H) Opp, taking joy in holding space for the extraordinary transformation that can take place at the intersection of anticipation, imagination, and radical acceptance. Mike is also an avid writer, publishing consultant, author coach, futurist, and curator of the book-reviewing community at He lives with his wife and two daughters in North Carolina. You can read Mike’s ongoing exploration of Spirit, Culture, and Permaculture – and receive his free exclusive updates – at
Benji Whitehurst
Benji WhitehurstLead Facilitator and Outreach Coordinator
Benjamin Whitehurst, M.A., is excited to be a Lead Facilitator and Outreach Coordinator with AuthenticNC. A passionate proponent of authentic relating, he travels widely supporting people to feel more connected and alive in their communities and workplaces. In addition to worldwide travels, Benjamin is a former Peace Corps volunteer and is proficient in Spanish, Portuguese and Kaqchikel Mayan. Benjamin holds a Masters of Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Learn more about his coaching work and other events at NavigateChange.Org
Sarah Harrocks
Sarah HarrocksLead Facilitator
Sarah Harrocks, MSW, LCSW, is a therapist and the Owner of Rising Oaks Counseling. She utilizes her training as a clinical social worker and as a Reiki Master, to approach therapy and healing from a spiritual and holistic perspective. Sarah has a wide range of experience facilitating personal development through which she has utilized her creative and empathic gifts to support her clients personal healing, including Authentic Games Night – Raleigh Edition, the Authentic Man Program (AMP), Authentic Woman Experience (AWE), founded a spiritual and healing art group for women, and H Opp. Sarah is on a highly intentional spiritual journey which fuels her passion to help others with discovering healing, mental and emotional clarity, aligned goals, and divine purpose.
Aaron Zauber
Aaron ZauberFacilitator
Aaron Zauber is on a mission to help people become more fully ALIVE. He brings a unique and varied spectrum of relational experience ranging from hundreds of hours exploring ways of starting interactions with others; years of helping identify peoples needs and provide them unique solutions and support; bringing together, training and focusing teams on obtaining their goals; and now certifying to be a Bulletproof Life Coach. From the mundane to the magical, his approach is grounded in deep presence, authenticity and shining a light into the darkness. His blog can be found at