The following webinars are recordings of live webinar presentations. These offer information and ideas to help people create polyamory relationships that work for them.
All webinars are free to Loving More supporting members, a few have been offered free to everyone. Loving More members need to contact Loving More directly for access codes for specific webinars. Email [email protected] for member access codes. Please include type of membership, annual or monthly, and specific webinar you wish to view.
Beyond Monogamy is and introduction to polyamory and the concepts of open relationships, swinging, and relationship choices. Relationships come in many forms and relationship styles and this webinar is designed to help individuals explore possibilities and find what kind of relationship style works best for them. We will answer questions and concerns and give basic information on the different relationship styles, the differences and similarities and how they are practiced.
Presented by Robyn Trask and Jesus Garcia, Loving More Nonprofit
Dr. Elisabeth Sheff discusses the findings of her 15-year study of polyamorous families with children. The bulk of the presentation focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of polyamorous family life, and the strategies families use to deal with the disadvantages. The presentation will close with a question and answer session focusing on polyamorous families.
Even if you have never read a page of Robert Heinlein’s work, you have probably heard of line families. Monastic orders are line families that have, in some cases, lasted for centuries. Many of the richest families on Earth use line family concepts to maintain stability, increase power and grow wealth. But what does the line family concept hold for polyamorous families?
We think that a line family will provide its members with financial security, emotional health and love and sharing. None of the individual things we talk about are new or exotic; however, the framework of the line family as a semi-conjugal unit is a new form of an extremely old, pre-agricultural social arrangement.
When polyamorous people fall in love, they sometimes choose to live in multi-adult households. When long term poly families are together 30 years or more, three or four working adults can accumulate a strong portfolio. Then what? We will share what we have learned from research and experience.
Why would you expand a polyamorous family over multiple generations? How does a large group of intelligent and opinionated adults make decisions for the group? Who owns the real estate? Where would a large line family live? This and many other questions are discussed in our presentation.
Jealousy is an emotion that can challenge anyone and sometimes can show up when we least expect it. Often we hear polyamory can’t/won’t work because humans are naturally jealous or jealousy will eventually ruin the relationship/s because if we “really” love someone we will be consumed by jealousy if they love or are close to another. Movies, songs and pop culture wouldn’t have the enormous drama impact without the love triangle fraught with possessiveness and jealousy. But is this true? Do we really have to fear and be devastated by jealousy which is just a form of emotional pain? In this webinar we will explore different types of jealousy, what we can learn from jealousy, tool to cope with our emotions and how to move through and even grow from our experience of jealousy.
One of the biggest challenges in polyamorous relationships (actually all relationships) is understanding our boundaries, creating agreements that work as well as knowing how to negotiate and navigate the complexity of our emotional responses. This webinar will go through the basics of understanding boundaries and negotiating agreements that help create a safe container to expand love and connections. Included in the discussion will be safer sex agreements, how agreements change and evolve over time, finding what works for you and your partner/s and how agreements can be an important part in expending connections and creating lasting relationships.
Presented by Robyn Trask and assisted by Jesus Garcia, Loving More Nonprofit
In polyamorous relationships we are often breaking new ground. Etiquette is not about having good table manners but about treating our partners, loves and metamors with respect and consideration. How do we bring in a new partner? How do help a new love know they are important and matter? How can we be respectful of our partners when we are enthralled in the euphoria of NRE. This webinar will ideas and potential solutions for real life situations many of us face in our everyday polyamorous relationships.
Presented by Robyn Trask and assisted by Jesus Garcia, Loving More Nonprofit
A history of non-monogamy, open relationships and the future of the Polyamory Movement. This webinar goes through the rich history of the polyamory movement taking a look at the origins of marriage, monogamy, free love and the roots of the modern polyamory movement. Where do we go from here and what is the role of polyamory play in the future of family, love and relationships.
From February 10th to April 2nd 2012, Loving More, with the endorsement of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) conducted an internet-based survey of over 4000 participants who self-identify as polyamorous. This is the largest survey of self-identified polyamorous individuals to date. Individuals were recruited through local and regional listserves, Loving More email list, the PolyResearchers list, the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality’s (IASHS) student and alumni lists, and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists’ (AASECT) AltSex list. With the exception of five questions, all the questions were drawn from among those asked in the NORC’s biennial General Social Survey (GSS) in order to compare a sample of the polyamory community with the general US adult population.
What are the keys to making polyamorous relationships work? This webinar will explore common challenges that set people up for failure in polyamory and loving relationships as well as how to overcome the obstacles. Our goal is to help people create relationships that thrive instead of merely survive.
Presented by Robyn Trask
Exploring the Myths of Monogamy and the Nuclear Family –Register Here
Are monogamy and the nuclear family really based on inherent human nature? Is the common narrative of male paternity certainty and female security real? This presentation draws strongly from the works of Merlin Stone, Riane Eisler and the NY Times Bestselling book Sex at Dawn. We will look at the flaws inherent in the study of ancient cultures and sexuality, as well as the possibility of mistakes in the common narrative of sexuality derived from mid-nineteenth century scientists and anthropologists. Sex, power, culture; how are these things linked? Patriarchal culture, religion and morality have greatly influenced the common narrative of sexuality and human relations, but are these narratives accurate? We will explore how these narratives have contributed to a disconnect for many with human sexual nature and contributed to many of the challenges inherent in modern relationships and “battle of the sexes,” as well as ways to see our species in a different light.
This is an opportunity to ask specific questions about polyamory. When you register for the webinar there will be a place to ask a specific question and we will address them. We may combine similar questions into one so we can get to as many questions as possible. Ask about jealousy, agreements, safe sex, compersion or whatever is on your mind.
Robyn Trask & Jesus Garcia
Webinar Past Presenters:
Dr Elisabeth Sheff
Elisabeth is the foremost academic and legal expert on polyamorous families with children. Author of The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Relationships and Families (2013, Rowman and Littlefield), With a Ph.D. in Sociology, 15 years of teaching and research experience at three major US universities, and certifications as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (Fulton County, Georgia) and a Sexuality Educator (AASECT)
Owner, The Earth Moved, LLC
Co-Editor, What Psychology Professionals Should Know About Polyamory (2009, 2012)
Presenter at six AASECT/SSSS conferences
Derrell W. Cox II, MA*
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma
Presenter at several international scientific conferences in sexuality and in childhood development
Richard Gilmore is a long time polyamory activist, researcher and writer. His primary research is on poly family economics, group decision making and non-sexual intimacy. As the vice president of Polycamp NW he was a charter member of the board of directors for the first 10 years. Richard was also the host of Seattle’s Poly Potluck. He joined Elon and her husband Jim, over 14 years ago, to form a triad that quickly grew to a quad with in addition of Jim’s girlfriend Judy to the family. Richard has completed writing a book, with his coauthor Elon, that expands on the topics they cover in their presentation. Elon and Richard have given their presentation across the country from Maui to upstate New York, at science fiction conventions and private homes. They have completed their book, Creating a Line Family. It will be released at the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention in late August.
Jesus “Chuy” Garcia
Jesus Garcia 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 and is currently a senior systems administrator living in Colorado.
Robyn L Trask
Robyn is the Executive Director of Loving More Non-Profit, a national leader for polyamory awareness, 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. 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 23 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.