Upcoming Events: next 12 months

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—Alan M.,  Polyamory in the News


Network for a New Culture Summer Camp East
July 10–19, 2015
Abrams Creek Retreat Center, Mount Storm, WV

I've attended this interesting, rich, ten-day event for five years now. 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.”

Summer Camp East is one of the few New Agey type things that I find to have actual intellectual integrity. 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.



● California Polyamory Gathering
July 10–12, 2015
Lupin Lodge, Los Gatos, CA

Organizer Dave Doleshal of Saturnia Regna writes, "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. We are still taking proposals for presentations and suggestions for activities. If you've some good ideas, or have a relevant presentation you'd like to do, this is the time to let us know! To register, or if you are interested in making a presentation, contact dr_dave_doleshal@yahoo.com ." 2015 will be the third year for this event at this location.


Poly All Ages Camp BC, #1 (at Sooke)
July 17–19, 2015
Sooke, BC, Canada

In 2015 there are, for the first time, two of these weekend events, at different campgrounds on different dates: July 17-19 at Sooke, BC, and August 21-23 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.


Rocky Mountain Polyamory Family Campout
July 23–27, 2015
Aspen, CO

Robyn Trask and Jesus Garcia of Loving More hold this informal campout nearly every year. About last year's event (2014): "This will be the 14th year. 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.


● Poly Flow Camp

August 1–2, 2015
Faerie Hill Farm, Lawrence County, southern Indiana


"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 long-term property sharing relationships, Safe Spheres and Poly Pods, Sex Magick in Theory and Practice, Sacred Touch Healing and Massage Circle, and 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 II
August 1418, 2015
Abrams Creek Retreat Center, Mt. Storm, WV


“[The first] 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. The dates and name for this one are tentative as of late August 2014; check the Polyamory for All Seasons Facebook page for updates.

Endless Poly Summer 2014, the first of these seasonal events, had about 60 people. About these events I wrote: “Michael Rios, Sarah Taub, and friends, who organize the Network for a New Culture Summer Camp East each July, are starting an ambitious new project. Endless Poly Summer aims 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 for the last five years, and can attest that New Culture's practices for community creation and interpersonal-skills development 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 previous one of these events, Spring Poly Fever 2015.


Poly All Ages Camp BC, #2 (at Chemainus)
August 21–23, 2015
Chemainus, BC, Canada


In 2015 there will be, for the first time, two of these weekend events, at different campgrounds on different dates: July 17-19 at Sooke, BC, and August 21-23 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 #2.



● Polycamp Northwest
August 28–31, 2015
Olympia, WA area

This big, multi-day, kid- and family-friendly campout, now in its 14th 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.

Organizer Quintus writes, "We also do three other events each year:
— Post Polycamp Party
— Room Party at Norwescon (sci-fi convention)
— Polystrip (fundraiser for Polycamp; burlesque by members of the poly community)


At Burning Man
Aug. 31 – Sept. 7, 2015
Nevada desert
(Note: You cannot get into Burning Man without a ticket that's legitimate by Burning Man's anti-scalper rules. Beware of ticket scams.)

Poly Paradise theme camp.
Poly Paradise will be in its 17th year in 2015. It keeps getting awarded prime central locations on the A or B rings. This is a large theme camp, about 200 x 500 feet, with 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 18–20, 2015 (note the date change)
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.


● Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference
September 25–27, 2015
Lisbon, Portugal

This new academic conference is being spearheaded by Daniel Cardoso, Portugal's leading poly researcher and activist. "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. Therefore, we encourage the submission not only of academic papers and thematic panels, but also round-table discussions, film screenings and debates, [art] installations, activist-driven reflections and other modalities."

The working language will be English. Facebook page.


OpenCon 2015
Fall 2015; may not happen this year?
March 2016 instead?


OpenCon in the U.K. is a participant-created convention on the
unconference model, which means the people who show up organize the content. This will be its sixth year... if an organizer steps forward. "A 3-day event in the English countryside for everyone who knows that happy and honest relationships don't have to be monogamous. OpenCon combines discussions, workshops and socialising to give you a chance to meet like-minded people, to build our community and to celebrate its diversity." These events have been selling out; attendance in recent years has typically been about 80ish.

Here are the self-generated schedule boards from 2011:
1, 2, 3, 4. This is how an unconference works. "We had 33 workshops run, only 5 of which had been arranged in advance."



Großes Polytreffen, Fall (Germany)
October 7–11, 2015
Gut Frohnberg (near Dresden), 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/early summer and fall; these draw 120 to 150 people for up to 70 workshops, talks and other events. The smaller winter meeting gathers about 50. 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 Dresden will be the 18th meeting."



Fall Into Poly
October 16–20, 2015
Abrams Creek Retreat Center, Mt. Storm, WV



Another in the quarterly Polyamory for All Seasons series of intensive 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 13
15, 2015
Columbus, Ohio.

This hotel conference had a very successful first two years, with about 200 people attending in 2013 and 2014. I was there in 2014; see my writeup. I was impressed by how imaginatively the organizing triad and the volunteer staff had planned 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 2014 schedule and workshop presenters. There were also attendee-generated unconference sessions, poly speed dating, yoga, and a masquerade ball. Over 18 only. Facebook page.



Playground 2015
November 1315, 2015
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 fifth year, poly and 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."


2016

Winter Poly Wonderland
January 15–19, 2016
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 attest that New Culture's practices for community creation and interpersonal-skills development are ideal for this ambitious project. From the Winter Poly Wonderland Facebook page: “Here is where you can meet other poly people at a deeper level, spend 5 days immersed in an all-poly environment, 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 for hygge in the depths of January.


● International Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Nonmonogamy
February 2016 (dates to be announced)
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.

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. InfinityCon was originally scheduled for February 2015 but was cancelled about a month and a half out. Their website still says they expect to host 500 to 2000 people, which to me always seemed wildly unrealistic. 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/early summer and fall; these draw 120 to 150 people for up to 70 workshops, talks and other events. The smaller winter meeting gathers about 50. 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."


● 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 drew 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
Spring 2016; dates to be announced
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.


Spring 2016 (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) 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.


Atlanta Poly Weekend 2016
Tentative dates June 3–5, 2016; stay tuned.
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.


Großes Polytreffen, Early Summer (Germany)
May or June 2016; stay tuned
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/early summer and fall; these draw 120 to 150 people for up to 70 workshops, talks and other events. The smaller winter meeting gathers about 50. 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."





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 )


Expansive Loving list. (Requires Yahoo Groups sign-in. Send additions, corrections, and changes to tara.shaktima (at) gmail.com )

Modern Poly's Local Group Registry, with interactive map. Zoom in on the map to resolve separate pins in a single city. The site is currently down (April 2015) but could be revived; volunteer needed (write me at alan7388 (AT) gmail.com).

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Can't find a local group near you? Maybe that's the universe saying you should start it! Here's an article suggesting how, by Serolynne (written before Meetup.com became big).


And here is Bhramari Devi Dasi's story of how she started a thriving local poly group in the middle of nowhere, now with about 25 regulars. (Among other things she put this notice in the free events listing of the regional newspaper; okay to copy and re-use.)


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 the more recent Episode #365, Building your poly community with meetups.



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