In the first part of a three part series on polyamory research, experiences, and families, Kitty Chambliss at Loving without Boundaries interviews me about my own experiences with consensual non-monogamy and how I ended up studying polyamory.
Part two is coming soon!
In my most recent blog on Psychology Today I look at the protective features that may make some poly families less prone to abuse. This blog is the first in a two-part series, and the second will discuss factors that can increase the likelihood of abuse in a poly family.
I just returned to home Atlanta after the Endless Poly Summer at Abrams Creek Retreat Center and speaking to the Charlotte Poly Network. Taking a breather has allowed me to reflect on my tour so far. The Hygge Coworking space in Charlotte was lovely, a welcoming and comfortable space to speak on “Types of Consensual Non-Monogamy and When They Work.”
The Abrams Creek Retreat Campgrounds are gorgeous, with great woods and stream-side camping sites with ample room for a tent and a hammock. Abrams Creek has many wading pools perfect for lounging in the wonderfully cool water. The buildings are all right along the creek and do not have air conditioning, so the mold was a problem for me. I am allergic to mold and other people at the were not nearly as bothered as I was, but if you are sensitive to mold then consider bringing a tent when you visit Abrams Creek. The food was excellent, with many vegan choices and meats as well.
Endless Poly Summer was quite intimate and would be best for people who are interested in Tantra and hands-on practice of sacred sexuality exercises in group and at the Sensual Temple. In addition to an emphasis on sacred sex, Endless Poly Summer uses a New Culture framework with a focus on intensive emotional exercises and encounter-type group discussions modeled after Zegg Forums, though with a degree of controversy about how closely they mirror the original Zegg intentions. EPS would be best for people with experience in gestalt therapy, EST-like groups, or other extensive emotional exploration. If you are new to poly, uncomfortable with intense emotional interactions, or reluctant to explore sacred sexuality, then you might consider selecting a different event to attend.
This will be my first time at Endless Poly Summer, and I am thrilled to be presenting at the lovely Abrams Creek Retreat Center in the West Virginia Countryside. Not only do I get to lounge in their creek and do some forest bathing, I get to learn from amazing people like authors Patricia Johnson and Mark Michaels, Tantra practitioner and osteopath Harold Kornylak, and resident grassroots poly big wigs Sarah Taub and Michael Rios. I will be presenting “Untangling LGBTQIAKOP,” “Polyamorous Parenting,” and “What Kids REALLY Think of their Poly Families.”
I have begun guest blogging for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom — check out my first guest blog with NCSF on the Top Three Considerations When Coming Out As Polyamorous at https://ncsfreedom.org/press/blog/item/guest-blog-top-three-considerations-when-coming-out-as-polyamorous.html