Upcoming Events: next 12 months

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


Endless Poly Summer
August 18–23, 2017
Abrams Creek Retreat Center and Campground, Mt. Storm, WV


This will be the fourth year for Endless Poly Summer, the largest of the quarterly seasonal poly retreats that Sarah Taub, Michael Rios, Indigo Dawn and friends produce at Abrams Creek. These aim to build, over five days, an enduring intimate community. I've gone to their (mostly poly) Summer Camp East for the last eight years, and take it from me — New Culture's practices for community creation and interpersonal-skills development are truly remarkable.

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.


At Burning Man
Aug. 27 – Sept. 4, 2017
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 has been running at Burning Man for almost two decades. This is a large theme camp, about 200 x 500 feet; it grew from 170 campers in 2012 to 284 in 2016 (more than a third of them new in 2016). 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.


● Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference
Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, 2017
Vienna, Austria


This biennial academic conference is spearheaded by Daniel Cardoso, Portugal's leading poly researcher and activist. From the description of the first one, held in Lisbon in 2015: "Traditional concepts and practices regarding marriage, family, sexuality, and intimacy have been changing rapidly in recent decades. There have been radical revisions of thinking and practice not only related to sexuality but also involving gender roles, single-parenthood, family structures, contraception, abortion, and divorce.... The rise in critical discourses regarding normative sexualities and intimacies (and the ways in which these two elements interact) calls into question the traditional paradigm of lifestyles that have been at the core of the sex-gender system, as well as hetero-mono-normative institutions and practices in general.

"Our goal is community-building within and beyond academia in all its fields and disciplines, challenging traditional models of the hegemonic Global North system of knowledge production." The working language is English. 2017 program (preliminary). Facebook page.



On the dock at Polycamp Northeast
● Polycamp Northeast
September 1–4, 2017 (Note these new dates; changed in March 2017)
Southeastern New Hampshire


This 3½-day event began with a smashing success in August 2016. I met 50 extraordinary people, mostly new to me, who self-organized a variety of talks and fun activities: nonviolent communication techniques, radical sustainability, the latest STI information, yoga, volleyball, campfires, board games, cuddle party, dance. The venue is a well-equipped summer camp (all the cabins have private baths) in the New Hampshire lakes region north of Boston. Waterfront with paddleboards, canoes, water trampoline. Three meals a day included. On the closing day the organizers (from the Boston Metro Area Poly Meetup group) were already planning for 2017. "The camp owners/staff really liked us and wanted us back."


OpenCon Madrid (Spain)
September 9–11, 2017
Avila, Spain


"OpenCon Madrid is an international event open to all those who want to discover that happy and sincere relations are not necessarily monogamous." This is a self-organized unconvention in the style of OpenCon Catalonia, OpenCon Italia, and the original OpenCon in the UK. "Debates, workshops and recreational activities that will give you the opportunity to meet people with your same ideas and attitudes, share experiences and concerns, help strengthen our community and enjoy its diversity." The working language is Castilian. 2017 will be OpenCon Madrid's third year. The venue in 2016 was a large house in the country 100 km from Madrid, maximum capacity 70. The event sold out many weeks in advance.



Großes Polytreffen, Fall (Germany)
October 6–10, 2017
Gut Frohberg, Germany


Since 2008 the German organization PolyAmores Netzwerk (PAN) e.V., at Polyamory.de, has organized 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 in the 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 the last years the meetings have been sold out within days."



Polyday 2017
October 7, 2017
London, UK


"A one-day event for everyone who knows that happy, healthy 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 a range of different questions, but who all want to explore the possibilities for happy, healthy and honest non-monogamous relationships. There will be talks and discussion groups throughout the day, followed by an evening of entertainment and socialising." Organizer Taboo LaRasa says Polyday 2016 had 250 people.


Fall Into Poly
October 13–16, 2017
Abrams Creek Retreat Center, Mt. Storm, WV



Another in the quarterly Polyamory for All Seasons series of retreats at Abrams Creek Retreat Center 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.”


The Accessible Multi-linking and Polyamory Virtual Con (AMaP)
November 3–5, 2017

Online

Activists Jessica Mahler, Michon Neal, and Louisa Leontiades were frustrated that they couldn't attend most polycons because of distance or cost — so they're putting together a virtual, online conference "for and about multi-linking and polyamory that anyone with a phone or internet access can attend." It will have "a strong focus on diversity, on how disability, poverty, race, and other intersections affect our relationships and lifestyles." And it's "a conference where you can be keep your privacy and still participate, because no one will see your face or hear your voice unless you want them too." Tickets will go on sale over the summer. "Sign up to our mailing list for updates on the con and information on being a presenter or volunteer."


Beyond The Love

December 1–3, 2017
Columbus, Ohio

The BTL organizers as drawn by Tikva
Wolf. (Ginger stayed home.)
This educational and rollicking hotel conference will move to a new location in Columbus for 2017. In 2015 and 2016 Beyond The Love sold out weeks in advance with a capacity of about 230 people. Lots of local volunteers help put on a rich social schedule as well as three or four tracks of classes during the day.

Also: the triad who organize it say they are eager to help you learn how to put on a poly hotel conference, and they can provide you their project-management software that tracks everything to do starting six months out; contact them at producers(at)beyondthelove.org.



2018

Winter Poly Wonderland
January 26–29, 2018
Abrams Creek Retreat Center, Mt. Storm, WV



Michael Rios, Sarah Taub, Indigo Dawn 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 (largely poly) Network for a New Culture Summer Camp East for the last five years, and 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.

The organizing team for the 2017 WPW:






● Poly Living East (Philadelphia)
February 2–4, 2018
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 13th year (the 11th under Loving More's management). In 2017 Poly Living East drew about 220 people. Here was the 2017 workshop list and 2017 schedule, to give you an idea of what goes on (room parties not included). 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 whole movement going.


International Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Nonmonogamy
February 2018 (date to be announced)
Berkeley, CA


Now coming into its 6th year (the 7th counting an earlier conference in Europe), this conference is organized by 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.


● Kleines Polytreffen, Winter (Germany)
February 813, 2018
near 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 past years the meetings have sold out within days of being announced.


Poly Big Fun
Spring 2018
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." In 2016 well over 50 people attended, judging from the group photo on the Facebook page.



● Polytopia
Early spring 2018
Portland, Oregon

From the 2017 announcement: "Join us for the second annual polyamory and open relationship symposium and celebration! This weekend includes an opening gala, panel discussions, workshops, an information fair, book signings, a party, food, dance, and more. Come and learn, play, and explore your edges and ring your friends and family, meet new friends and lovers, find your tribe! Workshops and info fair is for 18 and over. Opening Gala and Polytopia the Party, 21 and over."


● RelateCon
Spring 2018 (dates to be announced)
Boise, Idaho

"Empowering Relationship Diversity" was the theme for the first-ever RelateCon in 2017, which drew about 120 people — impressive for a first event. It's organized by the Boise Polyamory Network. From the 2017 description: "RelateCon provides a unique and supportive gathering place for polyamorous people to connect as a community through educational workshops, social spaces, and opportunities for networking. The core value of this conference is to empower healthy relationships across a myriad of configurations." Facebook. Twitter. Wrote Ginger Polynirvana, "We are able to offer a simultaneous Professional track at RelateCon, which will offer CEUs to a wide variety of disciplines such as lawyers, social workers, counselors, and teachers." Here's Kitty Chambliss's enthusiastic writeup of the 2017 event. Here's the local alternative weekly paper's writeup.


● Rocky Mountain Poly Living (Denver)
April 27–29, 2018
Denver, CO


This will be Rocky Mountain Poly Living's fifth year, after drawing 100 to 150 people for its very successful first three. In 2016 I gave the keynote speech. It's run by Loving More (based in Colorado), which has put on Poly Living East in Philadelphia every February for 12 years. Here's the list of the Denver event's workshops in 2017. 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.


● PolyLove fesztivál
Spring 2018 (dates to be announced)
Budapest, Hungary


Hosted by Poliamoria Magyarország. From the announcement of the 2017 event: "Másfél nap az alternatív párkapcsolatok és családok jegyében: előadás, workshop, beszélgetőkör, mozgás, tánc, kreatív műhely, buli és minden, ami csak érdekel! Gyertek el, tegyétek fel kérdéseiteket, osszátok meg gondolataitokat, tudásotokat, tapasztalataitokat egymással. Olyanokat is szívesen látunk, akik eddig nem, vagy csak hallomásból tudtak a poliamoria létezéséről, de szívesen megtudnának róla többet."


● Chicago Non-Monogamy Conference
May 5, 2018 (tentative)
Chicago, IL

This one-day event happened for the first time in 2017, with big help from the Relationship Equality Foundation. It sold out in advance. From the 2017 description: "Our goal is to help bring the Chicago non-monogamy community together across all the lines that divide us — age, gender, race, class, location, ability, configuration, label, and all of the other categories which house us. This one-day conference provides a space for attendees to discuss topics pertinent to being non-monogamous, to expand their understandings of their own relationships, and to get to know each other as members of a diverse community seeking intersectional understanding and inclusion." The 2017 Facebook page.


Spring 2018 (dates to be announced)
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) New Culture Summer Camp for the last seven years, and IMO 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 the 2015 Spring Poly Fever.



● International OpenCon Catalonia
Spring 2018 (dates to be announced)
Galliners, Catalonia, Spain

2018 will be OpenCon Catalonia's seventh year. It was modeled on the U.K. OpenCon with a self-generated "unconference" program. "An opportunity to get together in a friendly environment and share our experiences, our questions, the lessons we’ve learned, and the joys we’ve experienced in this new territory of polyamory/non-monogamy/open relationships. The basic plan is to combine workshops with plenty of opportunities for relaxing and socialising. Check the what will happen page for details on the programme as it develops." Capacity was increased to 60 people for 2017, but it still sold out well in advance. Here are an account of the 2016 conference and more about past years. The working language is English. Over 18 only.


Atlanta Poly Weekend
Late spring 2018 (dates to be announced)
Sheraton Atlanta Downtown, Atlanta, GA


A super-friendly weekend hotel conference 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 2017 schedule. Kid-friendly. I came to the very first APW in 2011, have been back most years (see my writeup from 2012) and gave the closing keynote talk in 2013. Attendance is about 200 people.


Großes Polytreffen, Spring (Germany)
May 1–5, 2018
Germany

The German organization PolyAmores Netzwerk (PAN) e.V., at Polyamory.de, organizes transregional "Poly Meetings" for German-speaking polyfolks in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The organizers say 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 past years the meetings have sold out within days of being announced.


Foro Poliamor
Spring 2018 (dates to be announced)
Valle Cardós in the Upper Pyrenees, Spain

This event, first held in 2017 "is a weekend gathering that celebrates polyamory and non-monogamous ethics." The venue is "in Ribera de Cardós, a beautiful village at the foot of the Catalan Pyrenees, in a quiet, comfortable and beautiful place that we reserve exclusively for us.

From the 2017 description: "You will find a myriad of workshops and talks, according to a mixed format that combines workshops set up by the participants themselves and programmed activities. You will be able to learn and acquire tools, techniques and skills to foster your relationships, connect and share. With related people, expand your affective network, without forgetting to have fun, all in a safe, inclusive and respectful environment with diversity. The event will be trilingual: Spanish / English / Catalan, and will have the support of interpreters."



● Polywood Camping 2018
Summer 2018 (dates to be announced)
near Eganville, Ontario


"A kid-friendly poly camping weekend, at Raven’s Knoll Campground. Join us for a weekend of community building as we learn from each other via informal discussions, socializing, and fun. Come meet fellow like-minded poly people around the large communal bonfire; take part in various relationship building and strengthening discussions; share your poly knowledge and experiences over wine and cheese." Swimming, showerhouse, food truck. Camper hookups available, dogs welcome. The program for 2017.


● Network for a New Culture Summer Camp East
July 13–22, 2018
Abrams Creek Center, Mount Storm, WV

I've attended this interesting, powerful, ten-day event for eight 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 play in the West Virginia mountain woods.

“While not exclusively a poly event,” says co-founder Michael Rios, “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 75 to 90 people attend. Vegetarian group meals; cabins and campsites in the woods (no vehicle hookups); bathhouse with sinks and hot showers. Some indoor accommodations are available onsite. Conditions are rustic, but a camp-owned motel is 3 miles away. Kids welcome; inquire about kids' program.



● PolyDallas Millennium

Summer 2018 (dates to be announced)
Dallas, TX


The theme for 2017 was "Power, Anarchy, and Equality" in Polyamory." 2018 will be the fourth year, the third as a full-fledged hotel conference. Ruby Johnson, therapist and co-organizer, writes 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. Article in the Dallas city weekly (July 17, 2017). Polyamory Weekly podcast chat with Johnson.

"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. In 2015 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. Please feel free to email at polydallasmillennium@gmail.com". CEUs are available.



Rocky Mountain Polyamory Family Campout
Summer 2018 (dates to be announced)
Aspen, CO

Robyn Trask and Jesus Garcia of Loving More hold this informal family-friendly campout nearly every year. 2018 will be the 16th year. About 30 people attend. 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.


● Colorado Poly Weekend
Summer 2018 (dates to be announced)
Winter Park, Colorado


Now in its third year, "the Colorado Poly Weekend is an annual long-weekend vacation retreat for polyamorous people and people in poly relationships to hang out together in a poly-normative, accepting environment. Relax, go on hikes, play board and card games, soak in the hot tub, practice your puns and innuendo, dance and play music together, and talk and make new friends with other interesting, fun, poly people. This event is hosted at a lodge in beautiful Winter Park, and all meals from Friday dinner to Monday breakfast are provided at the lodge."

A couple dozen attended last year. Organizer Tom Satter says that this event is quite different from the Loving More Campout, which is run by his Loving More friends. "The campout is for families and is a camping event. Our retreat is for adults only, because there does tend to be some drinking and a lot of innuendo and we tend to play adult-oriented games like Cards Against Humanity. Our retreat is also lodged based — people pay one fee for the weekend ($180 to $250 per person) and that covers all lodging and food from Friday afternoon to Monday at noon. I donate monthly to Loving More and really like Robin and Chuy when I get to see them."



● Midwest Open Relating Extravaganza (MORE)
Summer 2018 (dates to be announced)
Columbus, Ohio

Second year for this event. From the 2017 description: "We will provide a number of social and educational events for those who identify as polyamorous, kinky, swinger, non-monogamous, open, or in some other way practicing an alternative relationship style to default prescriptive monogamy." Lodging available. It was hosted by the Relationship Equality Foundation, Open Hearts Columbus, and Cincinnati Polyamory Meetup.





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




Kimchi Cuddles characters and stories are based the cartoonist's real life. See her followup strip. And yes, she and "Rajeev" did both make it to the Beyond the Love polycon in Ohio, November 11-13, 2016.







How to find your LOCAL POLY COMMUNITIES
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:

– Directory of Local Poly Groups maintained on Facebook. It's editable! If yours isn't here yet, add it.

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

 Canadian Polyamory Groups, courtesy of the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association.

– Local Poly Group Registry, currently hosted by Michael Rios at polyinfo.org. This once-grand list seriously needs updating. Send additions, corrections, and changes to groups (at) polyinfo.org. If you can put in some time on the updating project that would be a great help; write to that address.

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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 #365, Building your poly community with meetups; and Episode #464, Building Your Poly Community as it grows.