Loving More Nonprofit

Presenters Poly Living Philadelphia Feb 10-12-2012

Keynote

Alan M. of Polyamory in the News Website

Alan first discovered group love and devotion at age 17. He has run the Polyamory in the News site (polyinthemedia.blogspot.com) since 2005. Here he has tracked trends among more than 1,000 articles, TV shows, radio interviews, and other places where the world is paying us attention. He’s on the membership committee of the Polyamory Leadership Network, is a Loving More regular (and supporter), and has appeared at Poly Pride Weekend in New York, Atlanta Poly Weekend in Georgia, and Transcending Boundaries in Massachusetts. He calls himself a poly-mono switch, having lived long stretches of his life happily each way. The farther out he looks at our movement for relationship choice, the more interesting he thinks it may become. http://polyinthemedia.blogspot.com/

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Presenters

Alan S

Alan is one half of a happily married, long term, Polyamorous couple. He and his wife have been together, in one form or another, for over 15 years, cautiously dipping their toes into the pool of alternative relationship models and sexuality, from the beginning. He organizes & hosts the “Phila. Polyamory and Open Relationship Discussion Group”  and is also a founding member / co-organizer of the “Phila Mindful Polyamory Meetup,” Both organizations are polyamory education & social groups, which meet regularly and have a combined membership of over 500 people. Throughout the last five years, Alan has hosted many polyamory events and facilitated numerous workshops & discussions, both within the Polyamory & Burning Man Communities, as well as at Drexel University.  He currently lives with his wife, in “tribe” within a diverse, self created, economically sustainable, emotionally supportive, relatively organic, intentional community setting which they also own & manage.

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Anita Wagner

Anita Wagner is an alternative relationships coach, blogger, spokesperson, educator, and sexual freedom activist.  She has lived a polyamorous life for 15 years and has just embarked on a new adventure with her partner of six years, legal non-monogamous marriage. Anita has presented educational programs on relationship skills at FetFest, Good Vibrations, Sex 2.0, Dark Odyssey, Transcending Boundaries, MomentumCon, Southeast Leather Fest, Poly Living, The Floating World, Black Rose, Loving More® Retreat, Primal Arts Festival, Free Spirit Alliances’ Beltane Gathering and Fires of Venus, Florida Poly Retreat, and Washington Area Secular Humanists. Anita is a faculty member at kinkacademy.com, a member of the Polyamory Leadership Network and serves as poly community advisor to CARAS.  Her practicalpolyamory.com website and blog is one of the foremost resources for those seeking information on self-defining their relationships and living their love life on their own terms.

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Ann Tweedy

Ann Tweedy is bisexual law professor and poet.  She currently teaches at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Her scholarship focuses on federal Indian law, tribal law, and sexuality and law, and she is currently teaching a course in Gender, Sexuality, and Law.  She grew up in Massachusetts and practiced law in Washington State before moving to St. Paul to teach at Hamline.

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Ben Silver

Ben is a singer, musician and poly and bi activist who has been in an open primary relationship for 26 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.”

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Carol Morotti-Meeker, MS,MLSP

Carol is a social scientist and clinical professional in practice near Philadelphia, PA with people involved in polyamorous and other alternative loving styles. She is involved in serving on national poly boards and  a co-editor of a guide to polyamory for therapists through NCSF.


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Claudia Lanigan

Claudia Lanigan is trained in numerous healing modalities; she has a passion for healing and helping people. Claudia combines powerful tools of Theta Healing, nurturing touch, massage and Young Living essential oils creating a holistic approach to health and wellness. She believes that it is not enough to offer therapeutic healing, rather that it is essential for people to involve themselves in their own process of healing.

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Jenée Wilde, Ph.D.

Jenée Wilde is an English PhD student and Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon researching issues of gender and sexuality in media and literature. She is also the founder and co-director of the Queering Academic Studies research group at the UO Center for the Study of Women and Society. Jenée is currently conducting fieldwork on bisexual identity and is seeking participants for her research; she can be contacted at [email protected].

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Jens Wennberg

Jens Wennberg is a poly geezer!  He is a supposedly retired Physician Assistant.  He and his wife/partner have had a responsible non-monogamous relationship for 33 years, and each have long-term relationships lasting over a decade

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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.

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Jill McDevitt, M.Ed.

Jill McDevitt is a sexologist, feminist sex shop owner, sex educator, public speaker, entertainer, blogger, author, sexual rights advocate- and only 26 years old! Jill has her B.A. in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family, her M.Ed. in Human Sexuality, and upon completion of her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Education in spring 2013, she will be the only person in the world with all three of their degrees in sex! You can find her at www.thesexologist.org.

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Jim Fleckenstein

Jim Fleckenstein is co-founder of the Institute for 21st Century Relationships, now the Foundation of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF).  A founder and former board chair of the Chesapeake Polyamory Network, he has been a polyamory and open lifestyles activist since 1998, has spoken extensively, including several Poly Living conferences and at Poly Pride in New York City, and has been interviewed on TV and radio.  He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Mass Communications and Politics and Public Affairs (double major) from the University of Miami, and is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.  He is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS).  A recognized expert on polyamory, Jim has been chosen to present on poly-related topics at multiple AASECT and SSSS conferences, and was invited to author the Polyamory section of the U.S. chapter of the Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality.  He is a member of the NCSF Board, and served as co-editor of the 2009 booklet What Psychology Professionals Should Know About Polyamory.  He is currently collaborating with Dr. Curtis Bergstrand on research into the polyamorous community, and analysis of the 2000 Loving More survey.

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Kamala Devi

Kamala Devi is an author and coach specializing in sacred sex and polyamory. She wrote Don’t Drink the Punch and Sacred Sexual Healingwith Baba Dez Nichols as well as numerous stage plays and DVD, Earning your BLACKBELT in Relationship with REiD Mihalko. She’s appeared on the Tyra Banks Show, Discovery Channel, Morning Show Live, Inside Edition, MTV’s True Life, Sex Magic: Manifesting Maya and other documentaries about relationship and sexuality. She’s been successfully navigating an open tantric marriage for the last 10 years and currently lives in San Diego with her poly pod and son. www.Blisscoach.com

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Ken Haslem

Ken Haslem is a retired anesthesiologist and Polyamory Activist.  He recently established the Kenneth R. Haslem Polyamory Collection at the Kinsey Institute of Indiana University. He has presented lectures, sermons, and workshops on polyamory, aging and sexuality at various conferences.

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Michael Rios

Michael Rios has been creating and living alternative lifestyles and personal growth experiences for 40 years. His favorite social organization principles include guerrilla capitalism and responsible anarchy.  He regularly organizes “New Culture” events aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion and freedom rather than on fear and judgment.


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Nancy Miller

Nancy Miller is a nurse midwife with years of professional and personal experience with women’s changing sexuality as they mature.  Her own experience is that overall sex has gotten better over the years.  We can “use it and not lose it” even as our bodies change.  Her current career passion is international work especially involving Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.

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Richard Prescott

A recovering drug addict and alcoholic for the past 24 years, Richard believes that talking on an intimate level and learning about yourself are the keys to living a “Full and Rich” life. He has found his niche offering relationship coaching and personal guidance to those who seek to live more. He is currently writing a series of books on living better. http://www.meetup.com/phillypoly/

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Robert McGarey, M.A.

Robert McGarey, M.A., has a contagious love for life and a quirky sense of humor. He has been leading personal growth groups for thirty years, and has been poly for more than twenty five. He has served as the Roving Poly Counselor at five Loving More Conferences. He’s founder and director of the nonprofit Human Potential Center in Austin, Texas, and is the author of the Poly Communication Survival Kit. Contact him by emailing [email protected], calling (512) 441-8988, or visiting www.HumanPotentialCenter.org/Poly.

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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 Dailey 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, has done guest lectures at CU Boulder and Denver University.  Robyn has dedicated the past five years of her life working as a full time volunteer for Loving More and the Polyamory Movement.

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Sarah Taub

Sarah Taub uses her training in cognitive science, group facilitation, and transformative practices such as co-counseling and Nonviolent Communication to create powerful experiences for human healing and growth. Her current koan: only when you let go of urgency can you be truly effective.  She regularly organizes “New Culture” events aimed at creating a culture based on love and freedom.

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Stefanie Fulwood

Stefanie has been a practicing polyamorist for over 10 years and brings with her the experience of loving in multiple relationships. She has been a leader in community organizations and has recently dedicated her efforts to support and educate those who find themselves drawn to polyamory through the Philadelphia Mindful Polyamory Meetup Group. http://www.meetup.com/phillypoly/

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