This list is tentative list and subject to change.

Zach Budd

Zach is a self-proclaimed nerd, sex geek and consent junkie. He has been a volunteer facilitator for a weekly Polyamory Peer Discussion Group for two years as well as serving as President of the Board of Directors for the Houston Polyamory Organization. He has been actively polyamorous for ten years and loves nothing more than gaining more poly knowledge and sharing it with others. He has served on polyamory discussion panels and recorded podcast episodes on the subjects of polyamory and non-monogamy. Zach became interested in consent as a topic some five years ago as a personal research project. He will share his knowledge with anyone who will listen and will soon begin training as a social worker to be of even more benefit to his community. He lives, works, laughs, and loves in Houston where he enjoys listening to and playing music, converting from a fat boy to a runner, all things Star Trek, reading, gaming, cooking and being owned and loved by a bulldog.

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Alex Caldwell

After a life of surviving in domestic violence, being diagnosed Autistic gave me the freedom to finally leave. As an aspiring autistic advocate, I began working to make those around me not just aware of, but to understand what being autistic truly means, as well as providing support and direction to fellow late-in-life realized/diagnosed autistic adults. When I fully identified as polyamorous, this experience intersected with my autistic life in a wonderful, but occasionally painful way. When traditional polya support groups could not sufficiently support me, finding community among my fellow autistic non-monogamists best met my needs. This presentation is the culmination of gathering the lived experiences of others, like myself, that show a commonality among relationship experiences. Together we strive to make our lives understandable to those who cannot walk in our shoes. Together we hope to pave the way for successful relationships for autistic partners. I am lucky to be entrusted with telling their tales, combining their experiences, and relating our lives to you.

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Rachael Brunner

Rachael(She/Her) is a 26 year old, Delaware native. She has been in and out of open style relationships since she started dating, but has been identifying as Solo Poly for the last 5 years. Her day to day life is work, school, and juggling multiple partners, and a corgi named Ginger. She is a cofounder of The Free Library of Polydelphia. She is very active in the local Poly and Alternate Life style communities.

 

 

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Robyn Trask

Robyn is the Executive Director of Loving More® Non-Profit, a national organizer, and leading activist 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 including Our America with Lisa Ling, Montel Williams, Baisden After Dark, Michael Baisden Bad Boy Radio Show, Alan Colmes Radio Show, Colin McEnroe Show/NPR, and many others. In addition Robyn works 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 28 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.  www.robyntrask.com/

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Allie Phelan

Allie Phelan, The Polyamorous Librarian, is an author and community organizer who uses her twenty years of experience in and out of ethically non-monogamous relationships to help others through advice, relationship support, dating events, and more.

 

 

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Jessica Fern Cooley

Jessica Fern Cooley is a psychotherapist, coach and speaker, specializing in non-monogamous relationships. Jessica loves working with individuals, couples, and poly loved ones who no longer want to be limited by their reactive relational patterns, cultural conditioning, internalized stories, emotional triggers, insecure attachment styles and past pains, so that they can embody new possibilities in life and love. Jessica holds a Master’s in Conflict Resolution focusing on Somatic Narrative Therapy, Emotional Trigger Work, Non-Violent Communication, Attachment/Trauma Work, Embodying Your New Story and Revising Your Painful Past. Jessica has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.

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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.

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Jeri Lynn Astra Herbert

Jeri Lynn Astra Herbert is founder of Jersey City Poly & Alt relationship Network, and founder/hostess of Jersey City Poly Cocktails. She presented at APW 2016 and has served on the following panels: Widener College’s Human Sexuality Program’s presentation on polyamory, OLNY’s discussion group on Mental Illness and Polyamory. She is founder of JC RetroStyle, which is an organization that sponsors photo shoots, parties, and other events in order to promote community, increase skill sets, provide exposure, and elevate the voices of all genders, nationalities, and sizes in the pin-up and alt fashion universe. Jeri is a dancer with the NYC chapter of PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), an international troupe of dancers and musicians working to promote community, healing, and social change. When she’s not advocating, educating, organizing, or hostessing, she can be found dancing, modeling, working on her art line (Jude the Blackbird), or at her day job in the promotions department of a Manhattan advertising agency. Jeri lives in Jersey City with her amazing anchor cat Frankie.

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Rev. Kyle Applegate

Rev. Kyle Applegate is a graduate of One Spirit Inter-faith Seminary. He is an Interfaith Minister, a Wedding Officiant, a Spiritual Counselor, Tantric Healer and a long time Sex Educator specializing in LGBT diversity awareness issues, safer sex practices and sacred sexuality. He has been polyamorous for 20+ years; and cofounded the group Spiritual Polyamory NYC, as well as Open Love NYC, where he currently serves as an Executive committee member Kyle previously served on the Transgender Community Advisory Board for Callen Lorde Community Health Center.  He has presented at: Hesser College, Widener University, Caldwell College and Albert Einstein School for Medicine on LGBT gender diversity.  He also spoke at Stony Brook University for the Emergency Medical Services Dept. on domestic violence and at Mount Saini on polyamory for the social work dept. Kyle currently works for Metro Plus  Health insurance company under the federal grant, “Ending the Epidemic” (of HIV) where he serves as a Peer Counselor at Bellevue Hospital. He is based in NYC and can be reached thru his website his site: www.sacredjourneyhealing.com

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Natalie Davis & Robert Merciless

Natalie and Robert Merciless live in the DC area and are members of the polyamory, swinger, and kink communities there. They have been married for twenty-plus years and non-monogamous for more than fifteen. Both have worked in communication-intensive professions where role-play training is common. Their communications workshop is based on their experiences, in conjunction with digesting relevant literature. Natalie and Robert have presented their communications workshop at several conferences, events, and meet-ups.

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Carol Morotti-Meeker, MS, MLSP

Carol Morotti-Meeker, MS, MLSP is a researcher, activist, speaker and therapist.  She works in a community mental health clinic in Philadelphia, Pa. and also has a private practice with adults and families who engage in alternative sexuality and consensual non-monogamous lifestyles.  Carol also serves as a Senior Coach with The Earth Moved, LLC (www.affirmativeintimacy.com), presenting the Affirmative Intimacy ™ approach to relationships.  She has provided professional education at the 2007 and 2012 American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) annual conferences.   She was an Advisory Board Member 2000-2007 for the Institute for 21st Century Relationships and on the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Board in 2005-7.  She has made presentations at numerous Poly Living Conferences in Philadelphia.  Carol led a professional round table discussion for the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) in 2011 in Washington, D.C. and co-presented about communication and sex in non-monogamous relationships at the 2013 CARAS event for students and professionals.

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Ruby Bouie Johnson, LCSW

Ruby Bouie Johnson is the CEO, Founder, and organizer for PolyDallas Millennium LLC. Ruby is a clinical social worker and sex therapist who has 14 years of experience in a variety of behavioral health settings. Currently, she is private practice in Plano, Texas. Over the last 4 years, Ruby’s clients are kinky, polyamorous, open relationships, sexually and gender fluid clients. Ruby has a strong family and group theoretical and intervention skill set. She is able to work with triads, quads, and polycules with power dynamics and communication within their relationships. Ruby has published in various journals and in the African American Encyclopedia on Criminology. Ruby has presented at Kinky Kollege, Consent Summit, Association of Black Sexologist and Clinicians, American Association of Sexologists, Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and her proposal was accepted by National Education Conference. Consent, Negotiation, and Coercion is Ruby’s service area. She is giving a lot of presentations in the Dallas Area. Ruby Johnson is a contributor for HuffPo and guest blogger. Ruby Johnson is on faculty for the Kink Knowledgeable Program. Mrs. Johnson serves on the board for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. The 4th Annual Symposium is July 13-15, 2018 in Dallas. www.polydallasmillennium.com. Ruby has a hub of information at www.blacksexgeek.net.

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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

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Holly Freundlich

Holly Freundlich (she/her) is a book nerd, activist, artist (sentientcanvas.com), adult sex educator, and DJ from Philadelphia, PA.  She is an active member of the Philly polyamory and kink communities. Her activism centers on intersectional feminism: racial justice, gender equality, economic and civil rights, queer and trans issues, sex-positivity and diversity, body justice/fat acceptance, as well as issues of disability, neurodiversity, and mental health. Holly’s social media project “Sorry Not Sorry September” was created to subvert the dominant practice of only sharing the most “flattering” version of oneself. For 30 days, she shares the most “unflattering” parts of her life and body on social media; encouraging others to do the same under the hashtags #SorryNotSorrySept and #FuckFlattering. Holly is a founding member of the Free Library of Polydelphia; a small lending library featuring books relating to the Ethically Non-Monogamous community.

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Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti

Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti is a poet, public speaker, panelist, singer, photographer, performance artist and long-time artist’s model, as well as a former fundamentalist Christian and cult member. She is also a breast cancer survivor. In fact, it was the cancer diagnosis in 2013 that helped her realize how short life is; this served as the catalyst that caused her to come out as sex-positive, bisexual and polyamorous. Most importantly, it helped her to finally set boundaries and refuse to accept shabby treatment (especially shaming) from others. She is very much interested in helping others identify shame, recognize shaming behavior, and finally, to transcend shame. She lives in Seattle, WA.

 

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Nolan Lawless

Nolan Lawless is a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of Mount Scott Counseling in Lawton, Oklahoma. He has over ten years of experience in working with diverse populations, including multiple gender identities, sexual orientations, and relationship dynamics. His practice focuses on providing a supportive and caring environment for his clients to navigate the unique challenges of their relationships to overcome obstacles, improve communication, and rediscover the joy that love can bring. Nolan has presented at conferences in the United States and Canada regarding counseling for diverse populations and alternative sexualities. He and his nesting partner live in Lawton with their two very spoiled dogs.

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Mx. Rill

Mx. Rill is a queer, Boston based, solo poly relationship anarchist.  They are an AFAB, genderqueer, non-binary switch.  They/Them or He/Him in everyday life.  Most definitely “boy” or “Sir” in scene or in bed!  Rill has been poly and kinky since before they began having relationships at 15.  They formally entered the leather/BDSM scene at age 20, many years ago.  They are a member of NELA (Queer and Kinky SIG), TES, and were a founder of MOB (Massachusetts Orgasmic Bitches – Boston’s first and only woman to woman S/M group.)  Rill is a retired EMT, and lifeguard.  Service boy that they are, they can often be found wearing the sexy neon orange safety monitor vest and helping to facilitate your kinky, sexy fun.  They also provide First Aid and Support for large events, both as a member of Operation Hammond (https://www.operationhammond.com/) and on their own.  They teach hands on S/M skills, negotiation, and sacred kink.  In other contexts, Rill is almost done being graduate student in applied math, and continues to be the High Priest of a fledgling coven.

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Marina Reiko

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. www.facebook.com/polyteenagers/

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Chrissy Holman

Chrissy Holman is a queer and demisexual polyamory advocate from NYC. She is the current president of Open Love NY and a Poly Cocktails organizer and host. She moderates a 26k member, intersectional safer space that centers marginalized people who happen to be polyamorous, and is also a member of the Poly Leadership Network. Chrissy is a self-proclaimed poly-tician and is also known as Chrissy from the Internet. Chrissy segued into the nonprofit sector after spending a decade in the music industry, doing radio promotion for Sony Music. She is currently a grad student and research associate at Columbia University, where she studies nonprofit management. She resides on the Upper West Side of NYC with one of her anchor partners and two children.

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Kae Burdo

Kae Burdo (they/them) is a chaotic good queer, a femme-presenting agender enby, a neurodivergent and mentally ill white person, and a generationally poor relationship pluralist with an extremely loud laugh. Over the last 12 years, they’ve taught about a number of sex and gender-related topics including HIV/AIDS prevention & safer sex, queer and trans 101, consent & sexual assault prevention, intersectional feminism, and consensual non-monogamy to folks from ages 8 to 80. Their newest projects include launching a website for their sex, gender, and relationship work, as well as starting a wedding and event planning business that caters to poly and queer communities and alternative events. Kae is a member of the Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity’s Advisory Council, the founder/director of Vermont Ethical Non-Monogamy (VENM), and a writer for Bustle’s sex & relationships section.Their past experiences include speaking on VPR’s Vermont Edition with Jane Lindholm, working at an all-natural condom and lubricant company, providing direct services to homeless and at-risk youth, presenting on sex-positive grant-writing at 2018’s Sexual Freedom Summit, and serving on the board of Vermont Alternative Sexuality Education (VASE).

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Tanya Hixon

TanyaTanya 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 again at Poly Living.

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Indigo Dawn

Indigo Dawn (They/Them) is an impact-oriented love activist with the vision to create a sustainable society for all its stakeholders (indigodawn.us). Their scheme to make this happen includes creating events, workshops, and communities that change lives. As a key organizer and presenter for Center for New Culture (cfnc.us/), Indigo teaches skills and mind-sets that support sustainable relationships and group dynamics– including self-awareness, open communication, authentic connection, and healthy boundaries. Their most recent project is co-creating intentional community at Chrysalis in Arlington, VA; at Allegheny Crest in Mt. Storm, WV; and within the Mid-Atlantic region (New Culture Mid-Atlantic).

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Michael Rios

Michael Rios is an entrepreneur and practical visionary with a creative approach to freedom and empowerment. For the past fifteen years he has been a major organizer of “New Culture” and Polyamory events (http://cfnc.us) aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment. In 2011, Michael became the director of Abrams Creek Center (www.abramscreekcenter.com), a retreat center in the mountains of West Virginia. His current passion is creating an “intentional village” there and in the nearby town – a place where people live consciously with and near one another, building a life based on social change, personal enterprise and freedom, economic independence, and a web of personal interconnections (http://cfnc.us/aciv).

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Myla

Myla brings over 25 years of Bellydance experience including stage, studio, and sacred circles, weaving together her training as a Post Partum Doula, Birth/Sexuality/Relationship Educator, Parent Peer Educator, and Green Witch Herbalist. She is the Creatrix and host of the reLOVelution: Conscious Relating MeetUp in Northern New Jersey.  She applies these skills to her daily roles as a beloved wife, mother of a dynamic family, and regular dog-walker, and invites you to apply them to yours. Secrets from Behind the Veil is a weekly ongoing class at Body Positive Works in Northern New Jersey, where she offers personal coaching and mentoring for interpersonal and organizational communication skill building utilizing the theories of Social Permaculture. For more information send and email of inquiry to [email protected]

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Jim Fleckenstein

Jim Fleckenstein ([email protected]) is a relationship educator, coach, researcher and activist.  His currently heads The Earth Moved, LLC (www.affirmativeintimacy.com), an educational and coaching practice helping individuals and groups.  He is the creator of the Affirmative Intimacy ™ approach to building healthy and sustainable relationships.  A polyamory activist since 1998, in 2000 he co-founded the Institute for 21st Century Relationships, now the Foundation of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), and served on the NCSF board 2006-2018.  He has spoken at PolyLiving, NYC Poly Pride, CatalystCon East, and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit.  He’s been interviewed by the Chicago Tribune, the Guardian (UK), and on TV and radio.  Jim is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.  In recognition of his expertise, Jim has been chosen to present at multiple AASECT and SSSS conferences, and to the Society for Sex Therapy and Research.  Jim’s research has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy.

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Rhea Ward Lawrence

Rhea has been involved in personal growth, womyn’s work  and group process work since the 1980s. She has been a leader and Intern/Staff for the Human Awareness Institute since 2007.  Her other work includes LifeSpring, New Culture, Rites of Spring.  Womon Gathering as well as her own personal workshops which include diverse topics such as Sexual Education, Personal Empowerment, Kink/BDSM and Womyn’s Spirituality. Rhea is a Certified Massage Therapist and Polarity Practitioner.  Her recent bodywork modality involves a combination of Kink/BDSM and Bodywork that transcends the boundaries of mainstream spa and massage work.  (It’s  personal; ask me about it!!) Her authenticity, vivacity and vulnerability always shine through in her presentations and have been well received by many.

Buck Lawrence

Active in Poly circles since 2006, Buck helped to found what became the Poly Leaders’ Network right here at Poly Living.  With some of those same friends from the NYC area, he participated in the formation of OpenLoveNY, New York City’s largest and most active educational poly organization, dedicated to diversity and relationship choice.  Buck loves to watch people as they encounter the possibility of joy in their lives when they participate in these conferences and workshops.

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Dan & Dawn Williams

Dan and dawn are a polyamorous couple of twenty years and have presented at over 100 events around North America. They are the authors of two books as well as creators of the wildly popular Kink Starter cards! They also co-producer two unique events, including Beyond The Love: The Polyamory Summit. They are also the co-hosts of the Erotic Awakening internet radio show, an educational podcast that explores “all things erotic”; co-directors of the Columbus Space, an alternative community center; 2016 MAsT International Member’s Choice Presenter of the Year Award winner; creators of the Scarlet Sanctuary and Path of the Qadishti (sacred sexuality spaces); featured educators on both Kink Academy and Creative Sexuality; and mentioned in a number of books, articles, and other media.

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Keira Harbison

Keira Harbison has been working with NCSF since 2011. Since then she has been the Volunteer Director and now does a lot of the daily behind the scenes work. She is the Vice Chair and works on keeping the Kink Aware Professionals list updated. In addition, she regularly attends a variety of events to represent NCSF as an exhibitor and educator. She lives in Duluth, GA with her husband, metamour and two dogs. Keira is queer, polyamorous, and frequents local polyamory, swing lifestyle, and BDSM community events with her polycule.

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Seren Low

Seren (they/them) identities as solo polya bisexual and bigender. They have been active in the polydephia community for the past few years and helps run meet ups as well as a few of the sub communities including Polya 101: I’m new now what?, Philly Polya Parenting and Philly Polya w/o privliage. They are 32 have a child who was born this past May. They live with thier coparent and partner as well as has a number of platonic and romantic partners.

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Max and Elise Rivers

Max and Elise Rivers are life-partners as well as co-mediators. Elise is also an attorney, acupuncturist and a graduate of the Priestess Path Training. Max was the Director of the Boston Men’s Center for 20 years, running hundreds of men’s groups and workshops across the Northeast.  Together they are pioneering the use of mediation to help committed couples work through their differences and learn to communicate constructively.
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