This list is tentative and subject to change!
Alan is a polyamory-awareness activist who specializes in connecting people. He has run the Polyamory in the News site, polyinthemedia.blogspot.com, for the last eleven years. He’s on the membership committee of the Polyamory Leadership Network and is a longtime Loving More member and supporter. Alan is active in Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness, and has appeared at Poly Pride Weekend in New York, Transcending Boundaries in Massachusetts, Loving More Poly Living Philadelphia and Atlanta Poly Weekend.
Amanda is a radiant inspirational speaker, alternative healer and self bliss guru. She encourages people to live a blissful existence in our intense world by taking care of self FIRST. Amanda is the founder of Experience Ananda, a business intent on teaching that EVERYONE is worthy of L-O-V-E and that blissful living is easily obtainable AND YOUR BIRTHRIGHT! Experience Ananda is Safe Space where Spirituality and Sexuality can meet and play together. Amanda is a passionate leader, who is not afraid to speak up for what she believes in. She has been living polyamorously for over a decade and is committed to serving the poly community. She is a life long learner, full of strength and ambition, who aims to positively impact the world by spreading light, love and bliss through the incredibly transformational experience of TRUE CONNECTION. Amanda is responsible for bringing Cuddle Party to the Connecticut area, where she is ecstatic and honored to support the quickly evolving Cuddle Monster community.
Chas August, Relationship & Intimacy Coach (chasaugust.com), has designed and led hundreds of workshops, support groups, and leadership trainings, worldwide, including the “Love, Intimacy & Sexuality Workshops” produced by the Human Awareness Institute; Challenge Days – a program to help change the climate of violence in our schools; “Free Your Passion Workshop”, the “Healing Anger Workshop” – workshops to transform your relationship with your emotions and release you from your fears of feeling your feelings; as well as “Passionate Relationships” and the “Extraordinary Sex Workshop” — relationship workshops for couples, “Communications,” and more.
Mim Chapman Ph.D.
Mim Chapman, Ph.D., is the author of “What Does Polyamory Look Like?” as well as the UU poly curriculum being used by congregations to nurture understanding and acceptance of poly families. She is also the author of a sex education performance-art piece, “The VP (vagina-penis) Dialogues.” She is a certified Myers-Briggs trainer and has led workshops in various aspects of diversity, learning styles, multiple intelligences, collaboration, anti-harassment, sex and aging, and the change process for conferences, schools and businesses. She was Toastmaster’s “Communicator of the Year,” the YWCA/British Petroleum “Woman of Achievement,” and serves on the Board of Directors of Loving More. She currently lives in Santa Fe, where she is a relationship coach, surrogate partner, associate professor and keynote speaker. http://mimchapman.com
Mandee Conant is the Director of Atlanta Poly Weekend, one of the South’s largest polyamory focused conferences. She has been actively poly in various forms and served in numerous poly-roles throughout most of her adult life. These experiences have provided her with a very thorough understanding of the need for communication and time management. Mandee juggles a full time corporate job as well as the needs of her three children and mulitple partners. She has a very hands-on personality whether it’s organizing social functions or managing projects at work. She passionately supports the local alternative lifestyle communities and lends her time and resources, when able, to help plan and host events in the LGBT, kink, and poly communities. http://www.atlantapolyweekend.com
Julio Cortés is a trainer and consultant who specializes in building long-term mutually beneficial relationships using a blend of modalities from eastern and western philosophies and spiritual practices. A graduate in East Asian Studies with a focus on Chinese and Japanese Philosophy from UCLA, Julio has dedicated his life to finding simple yet powerful ways to assist people in becoming more effective and fulfilled, as they find the bigger picture in their lives. Julio teaches workshops and seminars on effective communication, relationship skills building and sacred sexuality. He has studied with such teachers and masters as Dan Millman, Mantak Chia, Wang Fu-lai, Jibiki Hidemine, and Jim Tamm and has been teaching and in practice since 1991 in the United States and Japan. In addition Julio is also a licensed Tai Chi instructor with additional extensive martial arts training in other systems (Jeet Kune Do, Zong Nan/Cheng-Ming Internal Kung Fu, Systema). Finally, Julio has had in-depth intensive training in energy work and is a master healer and teacher in several modalities (Reiki, Johrei, Sekhem, Qigong, Light Body). www.bigpixenterprises.com
Jesus Viramontes Garcia (Chuy)
Jesus is the Board President of Loving More Nonprofit, polyamory activist and leader in the community. He is a native of the San Francisco Bay area who began exploring alternatives to monogamy in 2004. In 2005 he attended his first Loving More Retreat. In September 2006 he was invited to join Loving More’s Board of Directors. He has worked at raising money for many worthy causes and continues to work tirelessly as Loving More Nonprofit’s volunteer Director of IT. Jesus has been presenting on polyamory at conferences, Universities and special events. He is a key coordinator for Loving More conferences and volunteers. In addition Jesus has worked in the computer information technology field since 1995.
Tanya has always been open to exploring new ways of being in relationships with any number of partners. Her love of Science and particularly Biology led her to major in Natural Science at UN-L. Tanya has been part of the swing community for many years and in 2011 began exploring polyamory. She became a volunteer for Loving More in 2012 helping in the office and administrative assistance. In 2014 Tanya become a Loving More Board Member and Board Secretary. Tanya is bisexual, polyamorous and part of the swing community in Colorado, Her experience as a bi woman and support of close transgendered family has opened her eyes to the unique problems of the LGBTQ community. She is thrilled to be co-presenting for the first time at Poly Living.
Robert McGarey, M.A.
Robert McGarey, M.A., has a contagious love for life and a quirky sense of humor. He has been leading personal growth groups for thirty years, and has been poly for more than twenty five. He has served as the Roving Poly Counselor at five Loving More Conferences. He’s founder and director of the nonprofit Human Potential Center in Austin, Texas, and is the author of the Poly Communication Survival Kit. Contact him by emailing Bob@HumanPotentialCenter.org, calling (512) 441-8988, or visiting www.HumanPotentialCenter.org/Poly.
“America’s favorite sex geek,” Reid Mihalko of ReidAboutSex.com and Relationship10x.com helps adults and college students create more self-esteem, self-confidence and greater health in their relationships and sex lives using an inspiring mixture of humor, keen insight, and comprehensive sexual health information.
Reid frequently speaks at colleges and universities on sexual assault prevention and healthy relationship skills, and regularly appears in the media sharing his views on consent, dating, and shame-free sexuality.
Reid’s workshops and college lectures have been attended by close to 50,000 men and women. He has appeared in media such as Oprah’s Our America With Lisa Ling on OWN, the Emmy award-winning talk show Montel, Dr. Phil’s The Doctors on CBS, Bravo’s Miss Advised, Fox News, in Newsweek, Seventeen, GQ, The Washington Post, and in thirteen countries and at least seven languages.
Reid is also founder of Sex Geek Summer Camp and Sex Geek School for Gifted Sex Geeks which help sex educators learn valuable business skills that allow them to reach more people, transform move lives, and make a better living as sexperts. Follow Reid on Twitter and Facebook and YouTube. www.reidaboutsex.com
Located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, I am a happily married father of two beautiful daughters. Professionally, I work as a technical writer and instructional designer. My polyamorous adventure began in August of 2002 and I currently practice a structure that most closely resembles relationship anarchy. Starting in May of 2015, I began a blog called Poly Role Models (http://polyrolemodels.tumblr.com). The goal of the blog was to offer a platform to the perfectly flawed, wonderfully unique people and relationships that make up polyamory. Through it, I’ve been able to display a diverse array of individuals and dynamics and I’m very proud with how well it’s been received.
Dan Powers & Elisabeth Wood
Dan Powers and Elizabeth Wood are sexuality and relationship consultants. Their business, Beyond the Bedroom, serves to forward their mission of educating people about the healing aspects of human relationships. Their combined expertise in sex therapy, sex education and the study of sacred sexuality makes them sought after international speakers and teachers. The skills they use as a couple model conscious and soulful relating to students and clients seeking greater depth in their relationships. Dan and Elizabeth believe that open and informed, fact-based conversation of sexuality, intimacy and relationships brings more awareness to the topics allowing greater personal freedom and choice. Dan and Elizabeth blend their skills and experiences in the workshops, educational teachings, and private sessions they offer. The space created by the two is one of safety where integrity, trust and understanding are prioritized in all the work they do.
Marina was raised in polyamorous family from birth. As a young teen Marina identified as polyamory and bisexual. At age 15 she began assisting in organizing Loving More events from Poly Living Conferences to Pride Fest Booth and Parade in Colorado. In2013 she co-facilitated a presentation on children and raising sex positive kids at Poly Living Philadelphia and at Woodhull in August 2014. Recently Marina started a Teens in Polyamory Facebook page, a place for teens exploring polyamory or those raised in poly families to be able to connect and learn from each other. An aspiring actress Marina performed in the play “Journey to the West” by OpenStage Theatre in Fort Collins in the fall 2014, her first performance with a professional company. Marina is an honors student from GOAL Academy, a statewide online high school currently participating in concurrent enrollment at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, CO and will graduate this spring. She plans to attend college at the University of Northern Colorado and major in theatre, and hopes to expand from stage acting and modeling to film in the near future.
Robin Renée is a recording artist, writer, and longtime LGBT and polyamory community advocate. Her written work has appeared in Curve Magazine, Transgender Tapestry, Big Hammer, The Songwriter’s Market, Biff Bam Pop!, Black & Poly, That Takes Ovaries – Bold Females and their Brazen Acts (Random House), Blessed Bi Spirit – Bisexual People of Faith (Continuum Press), and many other publications. Her recordings include In Progress, All Six Senses, Live Devotion, spirit.rocks.sexy, This., and All I Am. She is one of the co-hosts of the Audacious Eleven podcast. www.robinrenee.com
Janet Rose is a Colorado native, non-traditional attorney, passionate mediator, transformative consultant, compassion junkie, and fierce advocate. Her career has focused on building bridges, fostering understanding and shining warmth and light in the dark corners of humanity. In 2006 she was publicly outed for pursuing honest and open relationships with integrity and love. She chose to transform this hurtful experience to now teach others about consent, inclusivity and positive transformation particularly in the poly, queer and leather communities. She has followed her calling to serve the public professionally by working in legislative advocacy, mediating agreements for co-parents, teaching law enforcement about the poly, kink and swinging communities and most recently practicing disability law. A married poly mother of 2, in her spare time she studies tribal fusion belly dance, advocates for consent culture and delights in all things geeky. She is currently working on two books: one for attorneys to create a more heart-centered legal practice and another addressing the psychosocial dynamics at play within the leather and kink communities.
Ben is a singer, musician and poly and bi activist who has been in an open primary relationship for 26 years. He and his partner started a support group for committed non-monogamous relationships in the ‘80s which met monthly for over 15 years. As a performer, Ben’s music slides through folk, R&B, funk, jazz and back again; he sings about freedom, the environment, LBGT issues, parenting and love. His writing has been published in “Carry it On,” ”Sing Out” magazine and the book “Hearing Everyone’s Voice.”
Robyn is the Executive Director of Loving More Non-Profit and a national organizer and leader for polyamory awareness. She is a polyamory counselor, workshop facilitator and writer. Since 2004 Robyn has worked to expand media awareness of polyamory appearing in numerous articles, radio shows and TV as well as helping to connect the media with other polyamory activists and individuals. Robyn and Loving More were instrumental in the formation of Polyamory Leadership Network. A national speaker and advocate for polyamory she has been a speaker at conferences, taught at universities and been a featured keynote speaker. Robyn has been openly polyamorous for 25 years, raising three children in a polyamorous family. Robyn has been running polyamory support groups, teaching and facilitating relationship and sexuality workshop since 1999. In addition she counsels polyamorous individuals and families. Currently Robyn is working on two polyamory related books.