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National Polyamory Retreat Facilitator List

Leyla Gulcur, Ph.D.

Leyla, is a psychologist, medical qigong therapist and instructor of sexual qigong for women. Also a long-time practitioner of tai chi, bagua and Taoist meditation, Leyla has combined her experience and background in Western psychology, Chinese medicine and Taoist energy arts to create a pleasure-based coaching and teaching practice designed specifically to help women and men craft conscious and sustainable relationships through the enhancement of communication skills, emotional vitality and sexual polarity.  She has studied with teachers such as David Deida, Kenneth Van Sickle, Joseph Zeisky, Tom Bisio, Frank Allen, Tina Zhang, Lisa Vanostrand,  Regena Thomashauer and Ariel Daunay.

Julio Cortés

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, Sanaya Roman, Burton Richardson, Mantak Chia, Wang Fu-lai, Jibiki Hidemine, Ron Luyet, 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, Shunan Hsing I, 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).

Ben Silver

Ben is a singer, musician and poly and bi activist who has been in an open primary relationship for 25 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 Trask

Robyn is the Executive Director and Editor of Loving More Non-Profit and Magazine since October 2004.  She has been openly polyamorous for 21 years, a mom for 23 years.  Robyn has been running poly support groups, teaching and facilitating relationship and sexuality workshop since 1999. She has done numerous interviews on polyamory for radio, television, newspapers and magazines articles including features in the Denver Post, the Hartford Current, Mom Logic, Boulder Daily Camera, Baisden After Dark on TV One, the Montel Show and Christian Broadcast Network on the 700 Club.    Robyn has worked with the media to bring awareness of polyamory as a viable alternative in today’s changing styles of love relationships. She was the Keynote for the Florida Poly Retreat in 2007, featured speaker at Poly Pride in 2006, 2007 and 2008, presented at the 2006 and 2007 Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Western Conference and has done guest lectures at CU Boulder and Denver University.  Robyn has dedicated the past six years of her life working as a full time volunteer for Loving More and the Polyamory Movement.

Jesus Garcia

Jesus 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 has been a great help as Loving More makes it’s transition to non-profit. He has worked in the computer information technology field since 1995. In college he majored in Biology and Psychology with an emphasis on bio-psychology.

Elon de Arcana

Elon is a founding member of the Nonesuch family, a quad that has been together over 10 years. She is fully out as a poly person and works to expand understanding and acceptance of polyamory.

Richard Gilmore

Richard lived in a triad for 7 years before external circumstances caused it to dissolve. He was briefly in a rural family and is currently in the Nonesuch family.

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