This is the preliminary schedule.
Friday September 7th
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
4:30 – 5:45PM
New to Poly or Loving More Retreats? Orientation is a great place to get your questions answered and hear basic information on Loving More and the conference, as well as polyamory.
5:00 – 6:00PM
Special Ritual for Entering Sacred Time and Space
This ritual will build on the traditional Jewish tools including chant, singing, poetry, and others to transition to the sacred time of the Sabbath. It will help participants to transition from the external time and space to the alternative consciousness of the retreat.
6:00 – 7:00 PM
7:15 – 10:00 PM
Opening Circle and Orientation
Opening Circle/Orientation – We request that all attendees be present for the opening circle and orientation, even if you have attended a Loving More Retreat in the past. We will use this time for all of us to get to know one another, talk about the weekend events and create a safe container to explore deeply. The evening will include discussion, body movement, and a few exercises to open our hearts and let go of the outside world.
10:15 – 11:30 PM
Saturday September 8th
Spend the day participating in wonderful workshops or simply relax and enjoy polyamory community and Easton Mountain’s facilities. There will be two presentations in each session to choose from.
8:00 Am – 9:00 AM
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Announcements/ Group Check in
Announcement of the day’s schedule and small group check in.
Freeze Frame Theater
Have you ever wished you could press PAUSE in a tricky human interaction, to find a better approach? Or even REWIND it some? At the Freeze Frame Theater we’ll re-enact some poly scenarios with just that power – to stop and look together for a deeper understanding of a situation and discover more heartful and mindful approaches – as well as hopefully more effective ones. Bring your favorite (or least favorite) poly situations. This is a very participatory and dynamic (and fun!) group process for bringing out our combined wisdom and empowering ourselves for the future.
Got something in your life you’d like to improve? Internationally known anxiety expert Mark Shepard has assisted over a quarter of a million anxiety sufferers around the world to stop worry, anxiety and panic attacks. As a master practitioner and trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Ericksonian Hypnosis, Shepard is uniquely qualified to assist people who desire to transform their lives so that their inner and outer experiences align congruently. Shepard will share some key tools and techniques to “master your Mind for a change.” Participants will learn how to crush anxiety, identify and release limiting beliefs, install and strengthen empowering ones as well as how to anchor powerful, ecstatic and resourceful states so they can be instantly accessed at any time and a lot more….
12:15 – 1:15 PM Lunch
Afternoon Session 1
April Oshun Thomas
Intimacy begins with the Self. Intimacy requires of us an attention born of a state of openness in our hearts and minds. In this workshop we’ll explore how our thinking minds process our relations with everyone and everything. We’ll learn a way to attend to this process that allows us to become more intimately familiar with our thinking processes. We’ll experience the contrast between the emotional states born of our thoughts, and a state of Presence.
Experiencing this contrast gives us a direct experience of how we affect our own feeling nature via our thinking. Becoming intimately familiar with how our minds tend to think, and experiencing the contrast between how we feel in response to thoughts that create difficult emotions, and how we feel when fully Present, serve to give us the personal Power to be able to choose to no longer identify with thoughts that produce difficult emotions. In working with our own psychology in this way over time, we gain the freedom from conditioned thought that diminishes our ability to sustain Presence of awareness, moment by moment, within all of our relations.
Many in the polyamory community dream of an extended family of multiple lovers and friends living together or forming networks, few people actually find this in reality and yet it remains a common theme and desire. Why do we long for tribe and connection? Why is it so hard to find? In this presentation we will attempt to discover the challenges that interfere with cooperative living and communal connection. What can we do to overcome a lifetime of programming that impedes our ability to form community and extended family.
Afternoon Sessions 2
Anointing oils and Awakening our Sensuality
Enact the sacredness of one another through balancing, relaxing and anchoring energy. The frequencies of rose and a myriad of other exquisite, therapeutic organic oils bring the Shiva/Shakti energies into sensual massage tradition. To anoint means to connect with Spirit by the placing of oils. We will focus on the spine, feet and then muscles. Become aware of your own divinity while giving and receiving during this class. The experience is a blissful, aromatic journey with amplified intention. Bring a sheet or towel to lay on and be ready to feel divine.
Nurturing and Primary-Secondary Relationships: How to Have Both without Hassle
Carol Morotti-Meeker, MS
Polyamory is a balancing act requiring trade-offs. Self-care, asking for what you need, setting boundaries and having clear expectations of each other are important components. We’ll also talk about resource allocation and priorities. Let’s discuss these issues so we can have more fun and love with our loves and less drama while remaining sane and balanced.
6:00 – 7:00pm Dinner
7:30pm – 9:15pm
Spiritual Sexuality Polyamory Puja
This is an interactive experience that combines the teachings of Taoist and Tantric Sacred Sexual practices. Using techniques of Tantra and Taoist fire breath, heart connection we will open the inner flute and flow energy with one another. We will connect to ourselves and others in dyadic partnership, with multiple partners and with the entire group.
Sunday September 9th
8:00 – 8:45 AM
9:00 – 10:15 AM
Announcements and Groups Check In
Kabbalah as a Tool for Raising Consciousness
This workshop will work from the teachings of the Jewish Renewal Movement. It will explore for worlds of consciousness that we experience simultaneously in the world, in relation to the ten energies of creation which are embodied, among other places, in our bodies. A lot of this will be conceptual, but it will include various exercises which will help the participants to be aware of both parameters.
Sensual Dance Touch
This hands-on workshop combines sensual massage and touch techniques, music and different rhythms with dance and movement to create a wonderful unique, fun and erotic time of pleasure.
Schedule is subject to change