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"All struggles are based on a lack of connection."

Joe Hudson

This course is a unique approach to relationships with yourself and others.

It dramatically changes your ability to accomplish what you want in your life with ease and joy.

It will help you examine the way that you show up at work and in your personal life, all through training a mindset that leads to more connection and more satisfying relationships.

Our Founder

Please meet Joe Hudson, a former venture capitalist, philanthropist, and today, a highly sought-after teacher and executive coach.

"Whenever I was struggling, I was also out of connection."

My First Principle in Life Is

Connection, connection, connection

I discovered that whenever I was struggling, I was also out of connection.

If I was struggling with my relationship, I’d lost connection with my partner.

If I was struggling with sales, I was out of connection with my customer.

If there were office politics, I’d lost connection with my team.

If I was struggling with bad habits, I was out of connection with myself.

Many challenges, one solution

Through continued experiments, it slowly dawned on me:

The first step of solving any problem was to get back into connection.

The more I stayed in connection, the less I struggled.

Now, not all problems are caused by a lack of connection. Sometimes problems are caused by incidents outside our control. But… the struggling I did around the problem always stemmed from me moving out of connection. And often it was this struggling and lack of connection that then caused the next sequence of problems.

The thing about struggling is that it is a tremendous waste of effort.

It is wildly inefficient, and not enjoyable at all.

"The first step to solving any problem was getting back into connection."

"Our accomplishments are all based on the quality of our relationships."


I began to think there must be another way, and to experiment with struggling less and staying more connected. While this was counterintuitive at first, I discovered that remarkably, the less I struggled and the more connected I was able to stay, the more I could get done.

It was more enjoyable to do, and I accomplished more.

And what I accomplished was more in line with my truth.

When you are in connection with yourself and others, both joy and achievement come easily and effortlessly.

Our accomplishments, love life, business, family, and more are all based on the quality of our relationships.

And when we create depth with ourselves and others, all aspects of life transform.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most communication courses are all about a technique and focus on what to say or how to say it. The main focus of AOA is the state of mind. There is hardly any technique.

We choose this approach for two reasons. First, any communication technique can be hurtful or stop working if it is coming from strategy instead of authenticity. It is why most techniques have a high failure rate. The second reason is that freedom and peace come from a state of mind or a perspective — not from communicating correctly. This state of mind will positively affect far more than your communication.

The framework emerged through Joe Hudson’s work with top executives and companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, including organizations like Apple, Alphabet, SpaceX, HP, Lyte, and Hand in Hand Parenting among many others.

It was further developed and tested over more than 5 years of public workshops in multiple cities with more than 1,000 participants, and most recently, is currently used by more than 100 participants from among Joe’s clients.

Coaching is often about trying to get somebody somewhere, or add value to their life, whereas AOA is about being on a discovery journey together. It’s about deeply understanding that the person you’re talking to has all the wisdom they need to take the right next step in their life. It is about connection, not fixing.

There are a handful of reasons. This course is about learning connection. If you’re learning alone, you’re not really learning connection.

Second, the course actively creates connection with people. Because of this, you get to feel the results of the work instead of just learning a tool.

Third, patterns that don’t serve us which we learned in a relationship are easiest to unlearn inside of a relationship.

Finally, you get to work on current issues that are happening for you, so you get to see how the tools work in changing your life.

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About the Course

The Connection Course is a unique approach to connecting with yourself and others.

The course is the sum of years of study into people who were geniuses at connection. The exercises and teaching methodology of the course were carefully developed from 20 years of exploring dozens of spiritual traditions and psychological frameworks, backed by the findings of current neurological research. This wisdom was then distilled into a series of interactive modules that help people radically and rapidly transform themselves and their relationships, and make great progress towards that which they wish to accomplish.

It will help you examine and choose the way that you show up at work and in your personal life, all through training a mindset that leads to more connection and more satisfying relationships.

Unlike esoteric workshops offered only to elite executives, this course empowers all people to be more effective and successful, create authentic connections, and foster life-changing self-discovery and empowerment.


Partner Based


Increase the Depth of Your Relationships
$300Sign up on your own or with a partner.
  • Self-paced learning
  • 5 fully-guided practice episodes
  • Access to course material for one year
  • One month of daily habit formation support
  • Integrating the learnings into daily life
  • Go deep with one partner
  • Community online

Community Supported


Deepen Your Learning With Community Support
$687Save $100. Early Bird Pricing ($587) Ends December 29th .
  • Live cohort session January 9 to January 27th
  • 5 fully-guided practice episodes
  • Access to course material for one year
  • One month of daily habit formation support
  • Integrating the learnings into daily life
  • ⇢ Go deep with multiple partners
  • ⇢ Community live + online
  • ⇢ Group learning + facilitation
  • ⇢ Live sessions
  • ⇢ Live Q+A
  • ⇢ Rapid fire coaching with Joe
Cohort Calendar

Pick the schedule that works for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

I have questions about money

People spend $300 on ways that allow them to feel connected to their friends and family all the time, whether that’s a plane ticket, or an expensive dinner, or a gift for a friend. So we think $300 is a fine price to pay. It’s a very reasonable price to not only become more connected to someone than you have ever experienced but also to learn how to do that with anybody in your life. And if people aren’t willing to pay the price of a plane ticket to do this work it’s an indication that they’re not serious enough; that they don’t have the skin in the game to get the job done.

The truth is that the information that we share here is available in lots of other places and you can potentially get all of it for free. The exercises have come from years of iteration, and we have put this course together in a way that it can get to as many people as possible. We’re serious about getting the work out there. We’re not trying to make a ton of money on this. The cost that we’re trying to cover is the production value of a well-produced, high-quality course.

Imagine you had to pay some money to climb to the top of the mountain, and you knew that when you got to the top of the mountain, you would feel excited and accomplished. You would have vistas. You would be at peace.

Now imagine that every step of the way you knew that you could get your money back if all you did was quit and stopped climbing to the top of the mountain. That policy would make it harder for you to get to the top of the mountain rather than easier to get to the top of the mountain.

It’s for that reason we don’t have a money-back guarantee. What we’re interested in is not selling a ticket. We’re interested in helping people who want to do the work and get to the top of the mountain.

It’s important to us that you have an investment in the work that inspires your commitment and focus.

That said; we’re happy to meet you where you actually are. If you’d like to apply for a scholarship please write us a letter about your situation and your commitment to doing the work.  Send it to


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Frequently Asked Questions

How is this for me?

The courses and exercises are designed to be done in pairs. If you don’t have a partner, don’t worry, we can find one in a nearby time zone for you. Just click the “I don’t have a partner” button on the checkout page, and give us your email address and timezone.

What makes you think that you won’t have the discipline? What makes you have that thought and not the thought, “I’m scared I won’t have the discipline to finish this video game,” or “I’m scared I won’t have the discipline to finish this Star Wars movie?”

We’ve designed the course so that it’s as easy as pressing play. You just have to commit to five slots of time that’s equivalent to watching 5 movies. You press play, and then you play the game that’s in front of you. We’ve designed it so that you don’t need to have discipline. All you have to do is show up.

The first thing to look at is why you equate effort with transformation.

You’ve probably transformed your life in 20 different ways over the last year — whether that’s drinking more coffee or taking less showers — and it hasn’t required any effort. The idea that transformation requires effort is a limiting belief that makes changing a chore or an obligation. This could be why you haven’t had the change that you’ve been craving.

What happens when you see the change as enjoyable and fun? This course is designed to be enjoyable and fun as one way of helping people see through the idea that effort is required to transform.

But make no mistake: the course is challenging. It just doesn’t require effort.

What makes you consider time a factor when you’re thinking about taking this course, yet not when you go to watch a movie or scroll Facebook? It takes a lot of time to have friends, it takes a lot of time to be married, it takes a lot of time to have kids, and it takes a lot of time to fly to somebody’s wedding. What is it that makes you think about the course in terms of time, and those things above not in terms of time?

When people think that they don’t have enough time, it’s usually not actually about the time that they have. It’s anxiety they feel around their obligations and their sense of connection with themselves and others. When you feel deeply connected, your anxiety and your sense of obligation decrease, and you get the sense that you have much more time.

It’s like when Richard Branson said that the best time management skill he has is exercise. In the same way, the best time management skill we’ve found is being in connection. Connection can save you weeks getting a better product for your customer. It can save you years in business, years navigating conflicts in your family, and years worrying about your kids. It can save you decades in trying to find happiness, all through connection.

What people are saying

“I could see that it wasn’t an external factor holding us back. At the core, it was about unlocking the potential in every individual in the organization before unlocking the organization’s potential by getting them to communicate clearly and directly.”

— Ant Taylor, CEO of Lyte
on his experience with the Connection Course
(formerly VIEW Workshop)

“Now I have more confidence in myself, knowing that with my struggles and thoughts. I understand that there are a set of questions I can ask myself and others to get me to where I want to be.”

— Melissa Du, CEO of Cadence
on her experience with the Connection Course
(formerly VIEW Workshop)

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