Upcoming Events: next 12 months

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Write me at  alan7388 (at) gmail.com
—Alan M.,  Polyamory in the News



InfinityCon
February 4–7, 2016
Atlanta, GA (near airport)


This new hotel conference is being organized "to discuss and celebrate romantic love in all its configurations. Learn skills for navigating through the challenges unique to non-monogamy. Connect with your loves and other like minded people. Enjoy our 'Fun' track for dancing, social time, and good old fashioned relaxation. InfinityCon! Because love is infinite." This event is adults only, unlike Atlanta Poly Weekend in June, which is family-friendly and has a kids' track.

The organizers, LoveInfinity LLC (Sunshine Davidson, director), plan both poly and kink tracks. Facebook page. (Not to be confused with a different Infinity Con, the comic and pop-culture con in Florida.)



● Kleines Polytreffen, Winter (Germany)
February 5–9, 2016
Rommerz bei Fulda, Germany

Since 2008 the German organization PolyAmores Netzwerk (PAN) e.V., at Polyamory.de, has been organizing transregional "Poly Meetings" for German-speaking polyfolks in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. According to the organizers, the gatherings serve as "a platform for networking and for the exchange of experiences and practical knowhow. Also theoretical discussions and the planning of cultural and political activities. The programme is self organized by the participants. Minimum age 18. Two 'Grand Poly Meetings' take place every spring and fall; these draw 120 to 150 people for up to 70 workshops, talks and other events. The smaller winter meeting gathers about 40. In total the gatherings of PAN have seen more than 1,500 participants. In the last years the meetings have been sold out within days. The event near Fulda will be the 19th meeting."


● International Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Nonmonogamy
February 12–14, 2016
Berkeley, CA


Now coming into its fourth year (the fifth counting an earlier conference in Europe), this conference is organized by Dr. Dave Doleshal, longtime West Coast poly and sex-positive organizer. The 2015 conference had seven sessions, described as follows:

The Friday night session is geared towards Psychology/Social workers/Therapist types and medical professionals, but anyone is welcome to attend.

The [three]  main academic sessions are on Saturday. This is the core of the event. Most of these presentations will be standard types of psychological and sociological studies, but we are trying to attract presentations from as a wide variety of disciplines as possible. Student presentations are also very welcome!

We are also having a session for presentations related to Folklore/Mythology/Media studies, and another session devoted to historical/humanities studies as well.

There will also be an Art Exhibition on Friday afternoon, consisting of art objects related to the theme of consensual nonmonogamy. If you have created such a work of work and wish to display it, please contact us.

The political conclave and sessions related to poly-activism are all happening on Sunday. The Political session is being run as a distinct event through a separate website and has a separate registration fee, but it happens nearby on the same weekend.

In previous years, a variety of impromptu poly-related meetings, parties, and other events were instigated at places nearby the conference site to take advantage of the presence of the influx.... The trend seems to be accelerating.

● Poly Living East (Philadelphia)
February 19–21, 2016
Philadelphia, PA

Poly Living is put on each year by the Loving More nonprofit group, in an excellent large hotel near the Philadelphia airport and a rail stop. This will be Poly Living's 11th year (the 9th under Loving More's management). For the last three years (2013, 2014, 2015) Poly Living East has drawn about 200 people. Here was the 2015 workshop list, to give you a sense of what goes on. Here's my writeup of the first Poly Living I attended (2006). In 2012 I gave the keynote speech. I'll be back again this time. Hope to meet you there!

Loving More, "supporting polyamory and relationship choice since 1985," is the original poly organization of the modern era and played a central role in getting the current movement going.


Poly Big Fun
April 7–10, 2016
Bastrop State Park, Bastrop, TX

"PBF is the Austin/ Central Texas Poly group's annual four-day campout/workshop event. We share cabins in the woods and spend the weekend learning from each other (and having an amazing time). This event is open to all regardless of relationship status or location. Registration includes food/lodging for the weekend. This event is entirely volunteer run, so please help us make it happen by transporting gear, attending a cooking party, or volunteering to help run it."

From the website: "Poly Big Fun, or PBF, is a time for us to come together as a community and celebrate. We hold multiple workshops on various relationship-building topics such as effective communication, time management and relationships, multifamily households, community parenting, and more."



● Rocky Mountain Poly Living (Denver)
April 1517, 2016
Denver, CO

This will be Rocky Mountain Poly Living's third year, after drawing 100 to 150 people for its very successful first two. It's run by Loving More (based on Colorado), which has put on Poly Living East in Philadelphia every February for ten years. Here's the list of the Denver event's workshops in 2015. Loving More, "supporting polyamory and relationship choice since 1985," is the original poly organization of the modern era and played a central role in getting the whole movement going.


May 13–17, 2016
Abrams Creek Retreat Center, Mt. Storm, WV



“Endless Poly Summer [in August 2014] went so well, we're planning a whole year of poly retreats!” wrote Michael Rios and Sarah Taub of Network for a New Culture. And so it began. These events aim to build, over five days, an enduring network of like-minded people who don't fall out of touch as happens after most events. "The point is building tribe," says Michael. I've gone to their (mostly poly) Summer Camp for the last five years, and can attest that New Culture's practices for developing community and interpersonal skills are ideal for this. Michael and Sarah have a vision of "turning Abrams Creek into a place where tribe is created" around any number of interests and commonalities. "If you can start creating overlapping tribes all over the place, you can have a very strong social impact."

From the website: “Here is where you can meet other poly people at a deeper level, learn the skills needed to handle your relationships, and become a part of a supportive network of people who share your relationship values.... Spend up to 5 days in a rustic woods-and-water setting, hang out around a bonfire, enjoy a song circle, cuddle up at a snuggle party, learn to take your relationships to the next level, and build connections with others that last all year long! We invite top-notch presenters, and live, work, learn and play together for up to 5 days or more.”

Here is Rebecca Hiles's account of attending last year's Spring Poly Fever.



● OpenCon Catalonia
Spring 2016; date to be announced
Galliners, Catalonia, Spain.

2016 will be OpenCon Catalonia's fifth year. It's been modeled on the U.K. OpenCon with a self-generated "unconference" program. "A weekend-long international event in the Catalan countryside, open to anyone who knows that happy and honest relationships don’t have to be monogamous. Discussions, workshops and socialising to give you a chance to meet like-minded people, to build our community, and to celebrate its diversity." In 2012, 2013, and 2014 there were about 40 people, a sold-out house; here's more on what happened. The working language is English.


Großes Polytreffen, Spring (Germany)
May 25–29, 2016
Truckenthal, Germany


Since 2008 the German organization PolyAmores Netzwerk (PAN) e.V., at Polyamory.de, has been organizing transregional "Poly Meetings" for German-speaking polyfolks in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. According to the organizers, the gatherings serve as "a platform for networking and for the exchange of experiences and practical knowhow. Also theoretical discussions and the planning of cultural and political activities. The programme is self organized by the participants. Minimum age 18. Two 'Grand Poly Meetings' take place every spring and fall; these draw 120 to 150 people for up to 70 workshops, talks and other events. The smaller winter meeting gathers about 40. In total the gatherings of PAN have seen more than 1,500 participants. In the last years the meetings have been sold out within days."


Atlanta Poly Weekend 2016
June 3–5, 2016
Atlanta, GA

This super-friendly hotel conference began in 2011. It's a three-day weekend of talks and discussions on poly relationships and making them work, and whatever other topics people propose; comedy, dance, and games; community building and socializing. Here was the schedule for 2015. Kid-friendly; families encouraged: a "Kids Con" track runs all weekend (parents are asked to volunteer two hours per day per kid they bring). I came to the first APW in 2011, was back again for 2012 (see my writeup) and gave the closing keynote talk in 2013. Total attendance was 113 people the first year, 151 the second, and about 200 in 2013, 2014, and 2015.


● Network for a New Culture Summer Camp East
July 8–17, 2016
Abrams Creek Retreat Center, Mount Storm, WV
I've attended this interesting, rich, ten-day event for six years in a row. Network for a New Culture explores building intimate sustainable community through practices of curiosity, transparency, self-exploration, and self-responsibility. The days are structured around ZEGG Forum, various self-improvement and human-potential presenters offering their stuff, and sharing life, work, and fun in the West Virginia mountain woods.

New Culture East is largely the work of the much-respected poly activists Sarah Taub and Michael Rios. “While not exclusively a poly event,” says Michael, “Summer Camp East is about 70% polyfolk, and 100% poly-friendly.” Here are my impressions from my first year. Here's a bit more from my fourth (last two paragraphs).

About 80 people attend. Vegetarian group meals; campsites in the woods (no vehicle hookups); bathhouse with sinks and hot showers. Some indoor accommodations are available onsite. Conditions are rustic, but a modern camp-owned motel is 3 miles away. Kids welcome; inquire about kids' program.



Dallas, TX

Ruby Johnson, co-organizer of this new event, writes us that the mission of PolyDallas Millennium "is to disseminate knowledge of consensual non-monogamous relationships; provide best practices for consensual non-monogamous relationships; and introduce the community" to them. "In 2015, we had our first symposium: Affirming Polyamorous and Consensual Non-monogamous Relationships. We did a live stream and held it in my private practice. Surprisingly, we had 25 attendees and 5 live stream participants. It was amazing. This was a one-day event, and the consensus from attendees is that we needed a bigger space and we need to hold it over two days. As a result, PolyDallas Millennium was established.

"We are dedicated to debunking myths about creative relationship structures and providing guidance, knowledge, and lived experiences to the community. We are not simply an academic symposium. We are sexologists, sex educators, community leaders, and therapists. Last year, our sponsors were Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino, the Association of Black Sexologists and Counselors, and Inamorata LLC. We were AASECT CEU providers and Texas Regulatory providers for LPCs, SWs, LCDCs, LMFTs, and PhDs. Texas is a very conservative area. There are many individuals who have misnomers and misconceptions about consensual non-monogamous relationships. Our goal is demystify this relationship structure. Please feel free to email at polydallasmillennium@gmail.com".



● California Polyamory Gathering
Summer 2016; date to be decided
Lupin Lodge, Los Gatos, CA

Organizer Dave Doleshal of Saturnia Regna wrote of the 2015 gathering, "This is basically a free-wheeling, three-day polyamorous party, complete with social activities and assorted educational and experiential workshops. It happens at a delightful clothing-optional resort. To register, or if you are interested in making a presentation, contact dr_dave_doleshal@yahoo.com ." 2016 will be the fourth year for this event at this location.


● Poly All Ages Camp BC
Summer 2016; date and site(s) to be decided
British Columbia, Canada

In 2015 there were, for the first time, two of these weekend events, at different campgrounds on different dates: in July at Sooke, BC, and in August at Chemainus, BC.

These are kid-friendly polycamps with programs for grownups too. "A weekend of camping and activities with people who share a common philosophy of abundant love, honest and open communications.... Children from [poly] homes gain a sense of community from attending events like this one where other children from similar homes are in attendance," writes organizer Zoe Duff. "Activities and workshops for all ages are simultaneously held, and the facilities are comfortably supportive of a community atmosphere." Website (may be outdated). Facebook Event page for Weekend #1 in 2015.



Rocky Mountain Polyamory Family Campout
July 2016, date to be decided
Aspen, CO
Robyn Trask and Jesus Garcia of Loving More hold this informal campout nearly every year. In 2015 they had 22 people. 2016 will be the 15th year. Robyn writes, "Join us for a weekend of hiking, playing, and just hanging out with other poly families from the Rocky Mountain Region. This is the one thing each year where the kids get to join in. My kids love the campouts as much if not more than I do. It is wonderful to enjoy the beauty of the Colorado Mountains and spend time with wonderful poly people." Contact form.


Summer 2016; date to be decided
Faerie Hill Farm, Lawrence County, southern Indiana


From the publicity for the 2015 camp: "Infinite Love, Eternal Friendship. LGBT friendly Chill Space, Campfire Cuddling, Love Feasts, Trance Dance, Discussion Circles, Revealing Workshops, Connect - Network - Learn - Enjoy." Discussion circles and workshops to include Clear Communications in Poly Relationships, Kink and the Poly Lifestyle, Poly Marriage Strategies for longterm property-sharing relationships, Safe Spheres and Poly Pods, Sex Magick in Theory and Practice, Sacred Touch Healing and Massage Circle, more.

Adults only (21+). Limited to 144 people. Clothing optional. Pre-registration required; no walk-ins. BYO camping gear and food to share (potlucks are welcome). "This is a primitive camping event. Composting outhouse is provided. There is a water pump up front where you can fill water jugs and clean dishes. Community fire pits and wood are provided. The stewards of Faerie Hill Farm are into earth-based spirituality, organic gardening, and sustainable living." 



Endless Poly Summer
August 19–24, 2016
Abrams Creek Retreat Center and Campground, Mt. Storm, WV


This will be the third year for Endless Poly Summer, the largest of the quarterly seasonal poly retreats that Sarah Taub, Michael Rios and friends produce at Abrams Creek. These aim to build, over five days, an enduring network of like-minded people who don't fall out of touch as happens after most events. (That's the ‘endless’ part.) 
The point is building tribe, says Michael.

I've gone to their (mostly poly) Summer Camp East for the last six years, and can attest that New Culture's practices for community creation and interpersonal-skills development are really ideal for this purpose. Michael and Sarah have a vision of turning Abrams Creek into a place where tribe is created around any number of interests and commonalities. If you can start creating overlapping tribes all over the place, you can have a very strong social impact.

From the website: “Here is where you can meet other poly people at a deeper level, learn the skills needed to handle your relationships, and become a part of a supportive network of people who share your relationship values.... Spend up to 5 days in a rustic woods-and-water setting, hang out around a bonfire, enjoy a song circle, cuddle up at a snuggle party, learn to take your relationships to the next level, and build connections with others that last all year long! We invite top-notch presenters, and live, work, learn and play together for up to 5 days or more.”

Here is Rebecca Hiles's account of attending Spring Poly Fever 2015.


● Polycamp Northeast
August 19–22, 2016
Southern New Hampshire

New England is finally getting the summer poly gathering it's needed ever since OLQ stopped putting theirs on in Vermont a decade ago. Polycamp Northeast is scheduled for a well-equipped summer camp (all the cabins have private baths) in southern New Hampshire about an hour north of Boston. "The deposit has been made! We are booked!" writes organizer Carol of the Boston Metro Area Poly Meetup group. "The cost should be less than $225 per person... the price goes down the more people who register."


● Polycamp Northwest
Late summer, 2016 (dates to be decided)
Olympia, WA area

This big, multi-day, kid- and family-friendly campout, now in its 15th year, is held in a reserved area of cabins and common buildings in a state park. Workshops, hikes, canoeing, singing, dance, games from Calvinball to frisbee golf. It has been getting 150 to 200 people. Adults-only workshops take place in their own separate area. Facebook page (which is more active than the website). See newspaper article about Polycamp by Dan Savage from 2010.


At Burning Man
August 28 – September 5, 2016
Nevada desert

(Note: You cannot get into Burning Man without a ticket that's legitimate by Burning Man's anti-scalper rules.)
Poly Paradise theme camp.
Poly Paradise will be in its 18th year in 2015. This is a large theme camp, about 200 x 500 feet; it had 170 campers in 2012, 183 in 2013, and 218 in 2014, almost half of them new. Workshops and events include Heart of Now, Poly High Tea, the famous Human Carcass Wash, the Hiney Hygiene Station, Mind Melt, Revolutionary Honesty, and a poly mixer. Writes Benevolent Dictator Scotto, "There is no doubt that it gets better & better each year." Details.


● Loving More Retreat
September 2016 (dates to be set)
Easton Mountain Retreat, north of Albany, NY


A smallish rural gathering for fellowship and workshops. Navigating poly life both for beginners and long-timers; building intimate community. Intimate crowd, newbie-friendly, typical attendance 30 or so. Here's a FAQ. I've come to this many times since 2005. Loving More, "supporting polyamory and relationship choice since 1985," is the oldest poly organization of the modern era and played a central role in getting the whole movement going.


Großes Polytreffen, Fall (Germany)
Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2016
Location to be announced; Germany


Since 2008 the German organization PolyAmores Netzwerk (PAN) e.V., at Polyamory.de, has been organizing transregional "Poly Meetings" for German-speaking polyfolks in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. According to the organizers, the gatherings serve as "a platform for networking and for the exchange of experiences and practical know-how. Also theoretical discussions and the planning of cultural and political activities. The programme is self organized by the participants. Minimum age 18. Two 'Grand Poly Meetings' take place every spring and fall; these draw 120 to 150 people for up to 70 workshops, talks and other events. The smaller winter meeting gathers about 40. In total the gatherings of PAN have seen more than 1,500 participants. In the last years the meetings have been sold out within days."



Polyday 2016
Fall 2016; dates to be decided
London, UK


From the website, for last year: "A one-day event held in London for everyone who knows that happy and honest relationships don't have to be monogamous, Polyday combines a day of discussions, evening entertainment and social space to give you a chance to meet like-minded people, to build our community and to celebrate its diversity. At Polyday you'll meet a wide variety of people who all have different answers to these questions, but who all know that happy and honest relationships don't have to be monogamous. There will be talks and discussion groups throughout the Saturday, followed by an evening of music and socialising."


Fall Into Poly
October 7–11, 2016
Abrams Creek Retreat Center, Mt. Storm, WV



Another in the quarterly Polyamory for All Seasons series of retreats in the mountains west of Washington DC. "The point is building tribe," says co-organizer Michael Rios of Network for a New Culture. From the website: “Here is where you can meet other poly people at a deeper level, learn the skills needed to handle your relationships, and become a part of a supportive network of people who share your relationship values.... Spend up to 5 days in a rustic woods-and-water setting, hang out around a bonfire, enjoy a song circle, cuddle up at a snuggle party, learn to take your relationships to the next level, and build connections with others that last all year long! We invite top-notch presenters, and live, work, learn and play together for up to 5 days or more.”


Beyond the Love
November 2016 (dates to be decided)
Columbus, Ohio.

This hotel conference began in 2013 and has been a success from the start. In 2015 it sold out three weeks in advance, with about 240 people attending. I was there in 2014 (see my 2014 writeup) and 2015. I'm impressed by how imaginatively the organizing triad and the volunteer staff plan everything to make it lively and fun. They write, "Beyond The Love’s mission is to provide an opportunity for the polyamorous community to come together in an educational and social forum. At Beyond the Love you will find a wealth of classes, workshops and mini events to learn tools, techniques and communication skills to enhance our poly relationships. We provide a safe environment for meeting with other like-minded people in a supportive and inclusive community. We are passionate about recognizing poly as a relationship choice and sharing common experiences on our many different paths."

Here were the 2015 presenters and classes. Evenings featured a full schedule of mixers, games, and a Roaring Twenties Ball. Over 18 only. Facebook page.



Playground 2016
November 2016 (dates to be decided)
Toronto, Canada.



In 2014 this event drew some 250 people despite happening on the same weekend as Beyond the Love in Ohio. As it enters its 7th year, poly/ swing/ nonmonogamy author Samantha Fraser's Playground conference, partnered with Polyamory Toronto, "will bring together the brightest minds in sexuality education, activism and media to examine the ways in which the sexual and erotic play a part in our everyday lives. Everyone is invited to attend from those looking to educate to those looking to get educated. And most importantly, for everyone looking to have FUN! Over the 3 days, workshops and presentations will touch on kink, non-monogamy, dating, sexual/relationship fulfillment and more. Playground is an all-inclusive event for every community to take part in and celebrate diversity."


2017


Winter Poly Wonderland
January 2017; date to be decided
Abrams Creek Retreat Center, Mt. Storm, WV



Michael Rios, Sarah Taub, and friends in Network for a New Culture organize the four annual Polyamory for All Seasons workshop retreats at the Abrams Creek Conference Center in West Virginia. Their goal for these is to build, over five days, an enduring network of like-minded people who don't fall out of touch as happens after most events. “The point is building tribe,” says Michael.

I've gone to their (mostly poly) Network for a New Culture Summer Camp East for the last five years, and can say that New Culture's practices for community creation and interpersonal-skills development are ideal for this ambitious project. “Here is where you can meet other poly people at a deeper level, learn the skills needed to handle your relationships, and become a part of a supportive network of people who share your relationship values.” A good place to get your winter hygge on.





To add an event (of wide geographic interest, please) email it to me at alan7388 {at} gmail.com.



Another Poly Events List:

Poly Events All Over, which is set up as combined calendars. This includes local events, sorted by region, but it is very incomplete. The site invites you to add your own group's calendar.






Find LOCAL POLY GROUPS
and their get-togethers!

For socials, potlucks, discussions, etc. near you, find and join your local poly group(s). You can:

● Try googling polyamory [your state or city]

Check Meetup.com with keyword polyamory; enter your zip code or city.

Search Facebook for polyamory [your state or city].


● Check these lists of local poly groups:


Tristan Taormino's big list, on the website of her book Opening Up. (Send additions, corrections, and changes to raymond (at) puckerup.com )


List of Local Poly Groups maintained on Facebook. It's editable! If your local gathering isn't on here yet, add it.

Local Poly Group Registry, currently hosted by Michael Rios at polyinfo.org. Much of this once-grand list is now dated, but a remake is in progress! Send additions, corrections, and changes to groups (at) polyinfo.org. Another volunteer on the updating project would be a great help; write to that address if you can put in some time.

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Can't find a local group near you? Maybe that's the universe saying you should start it!


Here is Bhramari Devi Dasi's story of how she started a thriving local poly group in the middle of nowhere, with about 25 regulars.

And here are Joreth's many thoughts on the kinds of poly community events that might work in your area. She's been an organizer for a long time and has pretty much done it all.


Prefer audio? From the Polyamory Weekly podcast: Episode #181, How to attend or organize your first poly munch, and Episode #365, Building your poly community with meetups.



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