polyamory convention philadelphia
hi, there is a poly convention with lots of good speakers in philadelphia the weekend of feb 4th.
if anyone is going, since i don't know any other polyamorists except my boyfriend and his wife..i wd love to meet you during lunch or something.
i mainly just wanted to let you know that this event is happening.
i found it after joining a website called Loving More.
Poly Living convention Feb 4-6
I'll be going to Poly Living, and have been going for several years. I recommend Loving More's events highly.
Here's the description and schedule:
It's in a new and fancier hotel this year, which is a bit more expensive, but the new hotel includes free breakfast and free hors-d'ouvres buffet, so if you dig into the latter and count it as a meal the whole thing is probably about as cheap. Also, they allow up to 6 people to share a room (the rooms are big).
About 70 to 100 people usually come to this. The age range is wide: 20s to 70s. Here is my very detailed account from the first year that I went (2006):
If I sound enthusiastic there, I was, and still am.
Alan M. in Boston
(Okay, here's the full announcement below)
POLY LIVING EAST 2011: Building a Future of Intimate Community
February 4-6, 2011
To see the webpage for this announcement go to:
Poly Living - A great place to meet others, learn great relationship skills and have a wonderful time. Join us!!
New Venue, New Format
Poly Living 2011 will feature a new format with three tracks; an informational/educational track for people needing information, a workshop/practicum track for people who enjoy hands-on participatory workshops or improving their relationships, and a participant-generated track. Choose a track to suit your needs or mix it up and experience a bit of each.
We will lead the weekend off with a keynote and reception night allowing a chance to mingle and meet other attendees. Saturday includes a lunch buffet, and Saturday evening is always a mix of impromptu extras such as a Cuddle Party or just hanging out and talking. There is something for everyone at Poly Living, sponsored by Loving More Nonprofit, the nation's premier organization for polyamory support, awareness and education.
Keynote Speaker: Mim Chapman, PhD.
Poly Living is excited to have fabulous author and Loving More board member Mim Chapman PhD as our 2011 keynote speaker. Mim is the author of What is Polyamory?, a new book about the forms of poly diversity. She is a relationship coach, educator, and change agent, and has been entertaining and mentoring people for more years than she chooses to admit. She is a certified Myers-Briggs trainer and has led workshops in various aspects of diversity, learning styles, sexuality, and the change process for conferences, schools and businesses. She was Alaska's "Curriculum Leader of the Year," Toastmaster's "Communicator of the Year," and the YWCA/British Petroleum "Woman of Achievement." Her current creative passion is her sex-education performance art piece, "The VP (Vagina-Penis) Dialogues."
REGISTER at: http://www.lovemore.com/conferences/polyliving/pleindex
Presenters List: http://www.lovemore.com/blog/?p=708
Workshop List: http://www.lovemore.com/blog/?p=755
We have an amazing lineup of presenters, and we will have the Open Creative Forum that will be attendee-generated.
We are also pleased to have a Cuddle Party once again, a Poly Living tradition, this time with Cuddle facilitator and author Suzanne Robins.
DISCOUNTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS available:
Loving More is happy to offer a discount to your poly group or organization. Simply call us and we will see what we can do for your group.
We know the times can be challenging and we have discounts available to help those in need, from discounted work-exchange and student rates to discounts for poly groups and therapists. Please contact Loving More for details.
*Some discounts are subject to availability and may require proof of qualification.
970-667-5683 or LovingMore@lovemore.com
EXHIBITOR BOOTHS, ADVERTISING, SPONSORSHIPS:
Have an organization you want people to know about, merchandise you want to sell, or a service to offer? For the first time we will host an exhibitor room for Poly Living. We will limit the number of vendors as well as type of vendors to maximize visibility.
We have several options for exhibitors, from a simple Exhibitor booth package starting at $125 to packages that include full conference attendance for two people and advertising. Sponsorship and advertising start as low as $25.
For questions contact Robyn Trask: firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-667-5683.
THE HOST HOTEL is the Embassy Suites, Philadelphia Airport. Book your hotel stay directly with the hotel; say you're with Poly Living to get the conference discount:
The beautiful Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport all-suite hotel is conveniently located 1 mile from Philadelphia International Airport and offers deluxe amenities:
* Spacious two room suites (sleeps up to 6), Internet included.
* Complementary Daily full Cooked-to-order breakfast
* Daily manager's reception with complimentary hors' d oeuvres and drinks
* Heated Indoor Pool, Hot Tub and Fitness Center
HOTEL DEADLINE for the Conference Rate: January 13, 2011.
COMPLETE HOTEL INFORMATION & PHONE:
RIDE AND ROOM SHARE BOARD:
Save $$$ by sharing with others. We've created a discussion forum on Facebook if you're looking for a ride, can give a ride, or need a roomie. The gorgeous large rooms can sleep up to six people. Note that the conference rate is based on double occupancy and there will be an additional charge for more than two people per room. Facebook Forum Page:
Poly Living is sponsored by Loving More Nonprofit, Supporting Polyamory and Relationship Choice Since 1986.
alan, thanks so much for giving out all of this great info. i am going to take a look at my budget, and at this point i'm 80% going. if i do, i'd wd like to shake ur hand and say hi. take care. jodi
Yay! hope to see you there.
Hmm, intriguing. It's pretty easy for me to get to Philly from NYC, and they have some day passes I'm considering, just to check it out for one day.
But am I the only one who finds that Cuddle Party guy incredibly annoying? All he has is an art degree, but now he's a sex educator? Eh, he's like everyone else who comes out of the Landmark/Forum/EST, with that smooth yet arrogant confidence and the ability to convince people he's an expert. I guess it's because I'm older and have participated in "puppy piles," cuddling in groups, mostly in "New Age" or other situations, but we never had to pay for that! In NYC, those parties cost $35 and some of the people who I know go, are not anyone I would pay to be in the same room with me, much less touch me. He has found a way to really profit from something that us children of the 60s and 70s have been doing for a long while. And now the word "cuddle" has a different flavor. Ick.
Sorry for the tangential rant. The conference looks interesting, though.
hee hee... cindy! spoken like a true ny'er. tell it like it is girlfriend..
i was actually wondering what the heck a cuddle party is anyway. i dance for aliving, so, i don't really want people that i don't know touching me. tbh.
if you do decide to go, please let me know. also, if you want i can pick you up at a train station in hamilton a nd we can drive up together if you want.
pm me if you're interested. thanks.
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