The Loving More retreat is small group experience for Loving More members. The smaller group and natural venue allow an opportunity to get to know people on a deeper level and have more experiential workshops. The retreat is clothing optional, and workshops are longer, more in-depth, very interactive requiring attendee participation(always with consent and choice). The attendees and facilitators are together for all meals, creating a cohesive weekend of fun and intimate community. Poly Living is a large hotel conference and a great place to learn about polyamory and to meet poly people from all over. There are more workshop options. It is in a hotel and the kinds of workshops we can do are limited. In addition you are on your own for meals and lodging which are not included at Poly Living.
The retreat is a clothing option private event for Loving More Members. This allows us the freedom to have more interactive and sometimes edgy workshops. Membership helps us to create a safe space to explore heart centered intimacy and build a community experience. membership is included in the non-member price.
Yes, we welcome people coming alone and/or with their partners. This is a common question, as some people perceive the retreat as a couples retreat. It is not a swing event nor focused on couples; it is focused on polyamory. We often get a mix of singles, couples, triads, etc.
No. The retreat is open to people who are polyamorous, exploring polyamory or just curious and want to learn more about the ways it can work successfully.
There is no dress code at the retreat; the retreat is clothing optional in most areas of the venue. We do require that people carry a cloth or towel to sit on if they choose to be nude at times. Clothing is required for meals.
No, nudity is optional and limited to certain areas of the retreat center. Some people are nudist and enjoy the clothing optional environment. In practice, there is usually a mix of people clothed and not. Many people dress casual, some wear a sarong or some even their PJs. We recommend people do what is comfortable for them. Knowing and being comfortable in your own preferences is a strong community ethic among us.
Lodging options can vary from camping to lodge rooms. Details will be listed on the retreat registration information page.
We recommend arriving mid-afternoon Friday, around 4:00. Check-in opens at 4:00 and dinner is at 6:30. Opening circle is at 7:30. Arriving by 4 gives you time to settle in, visit with people and relax before dinner. (These times can change for a specific event so be sure to read event correspondences.)
Meals are included throughout the retreat. Meals offered are vegetarian, vegan, meat and gluten free. We do our best to accommodate special needs and food allergies, just let us know, keep in mind we may not be able to accommodate every need. For people with special food needs that are difficult to accommodate there is a fridge available.
We offer a variety of workshops and have a significantly busy schedule; this does not mean you have to attend everything. We encourage self-care, participate when it right for you and opt out when you need to. There is plenty of hiking, a creek, swimming pool, and natural areas to enjoy and relax.
Loving More events are educational in nature and not really a place to come if all you want to do is hook up. In particular, people’s boundaries are highly respected and we create a very safe space. That said, many people do make lifelong connections with both friends and lovers at events. If you enjoy emotional intimacy, hugs, cuddles, and connecting with people then the retreat may be perfect for you. If you are looking for hook ups and/or sex parties, this may not be right for you. We tell people come for the learning and community and be open to possibilities if you wish.
Specific Location will depend on the retreat location on the east or west coast. Retreats are typically hosted in beautiful retreat centers, with varied accommodations, hiking, swimming, and a relaxed atmosphere.
Generally the retreats are within a two hour drive of a major airport. Details will be listed on the specific retreat page.
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