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      Opening up to Opening up: A deep-dive into non-monogamy in Brunswick


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      November 3, 2019

      Sunday  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

      Brunswick, Victoria

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      EVENT DETAILS
      Opening up to Opening up: A deep-dive into non-monogamy

      Are you thinking about opening up your relationship, but don’t know where to start?

      Have you already started down the path towards some form of non-monogamy / polyamory, but have a sense that things could be rolling more smoothly?

      Are you conceptually interested in poly, but in need of help with some of the pragmatics and / or handling jealousy?

      We’re in changing times. Various expressions of polyamory are common dinner-table conversations these days, along with other alternative relationship models… But solid, carefully thought-out and pragmatic education can be hard to come by, especially in a world that mostly only values monogamy. And while polyamory can be easy and very positive, it rarely goes smoothly without some deliberate work and planning.

      To help with this, we believe you’ll find our workshop, ‘Opening Up to Opening Up (a deep-dive into alternative relationship models)’ useful.

      This polyamory workshop is for people that want to know more about where they sit on a spectrum of monogamous to not-at-all-monogamous. It makes no assumptions that any type of relationship is right for all people, let alone you. But it also appreciates that many people don’t feel quite ‘at home’ in the standard, off-the-shelf model of what a relationship is meant to look like.

      This open-relating workshop is not designed as a breezy walk in the park. It’s a nuanced in-depth, deep-dive into what’s required for an intentional, deliberate relationship. We expect you to come out of it with a good sense of what you’re up for, what you’re not up for, and how you might like to start exploring.

      The content of this polyamory workshop is respectful, ethically-informed, and non-judgemental. We’re aiming to supply the tools and information you need, so that you can understand and comfortably explore what might be right for you.

      Rog (from Curious Creatures) and Tess (from Curious Creatures and ConnectAble Therapies) are highly experienced facilitators of sexuality, relationships, and self-development workshops. They present in a calm, respectful environment and you’ll be surprised how normal these discussions can be and how much fun!

      See full details of this event at https://www.curiouscreatures.biz/opening-up-to-opening-up.html

      If you’re interested in this event you may want to check out the Joy of Accusations (on what to do with criticism), and our adventurous playspace, Curiosity. See all Melbourne workshops at https://www.curiouscreatures.biz/workshops-melbourne.html

      INTENSITY: At least two chillies (out of four).
      WHO’S IT FOR: Anyone interested in deep-diving into the nuances, challenges, myths and realities around relationship dynamics and how to explore them.
      WHO’S IT NOT FOR: People that are happily in monogamous relationships, or that are confident that that’s where they want to be. People who already have a lot of experience with non-monogamy might still find this a useful refresher, or new way of looking at things.
      WHAT EXERCISES / ACTIVITIES?: A variety of exercises designed to help you unfold the right relationship structures and context for you. This includes some inner-work exercises (where you work alone, on a worksheet), some pair-work (where you verbally discuss things with a randomly chosen partner), and some purely discussional small group-work.
      WILL THERE BE PARTNER WORK?: Yes, all verbal exercises are without physical touch. Random pairing will occur for those who do not come as a pair and you’re welcome to be paired (or sit the exercise out) whenever you want.
      HOW WILL PARTNERING BE DONE?: Randomly (if we can count!). Please note that although you’re welcome to arrive with intimate partners, this workshop doesn’t include ‘relationship work’, and pair-work exercises will be done with a stranger.
      CAN YOU WORK WITH AN EXISTING PARTNER / FRIEND?: Yes, you can work with a friend/partner throughout the day or be paired with others whenever you like. There is only 1 verbal exercise in which we highly recommend working with a stranger.
      NUDITY & SEXUAL CONTENT: There is none, however there is likely to be discussions and education around relationships and various expressions of sexuality (‘Nudity’ and ‘Sexual Content’ is only mentioned here because Curious Creatures run a variety of other sexuality workshops).
      COMMITMENT: It’s a full day 10am-5pm, mostly theory with some activities (verbal and written)
      RATIO EXPERIENTIAL / THEORETICAL: Approximately 70/30 Theory and experiential (exercises).
      BRING: A bottle of water, snacks, lunch or $$ to buy lunch in the break half-way through the day.
      WEAR: Comfy sitting clothes, we have beanbags, cushions and chairs.

      TICKETS, LOGISTICS, LATE POLICY
      Tickets are released in ‘rounds’, where ‘round one’ tickets are cheaper, to encourage you to book in early. There is no other difference between the ‘rounds’ of tickets.
      For this workshop, tickets range in price from $130 to $170.

      It is never possible to buy tickets on the door, nor by paying with cash. See our FAQ for more information on this: https://www.curiouscreatures.biz/faq.html

      Unless otherwise stated, workshops start at the advertised time, and doors will be locked ten minutes later. This is because late arrivals interrupt the dynamic of the group, and will miss crucial safety information.

      You must BOOK TICKETS: https://www.trybooking.com/BDSKT

      ABOUT CURIOUS CREATURES
      Curious Creatures believe in sexual empowerment, self-development, community, consent, and communication. We pursue these aims by running workshops, producing a podcast ('Curious Conversations About Sex'), hosting events, speaking publicly, and writing about topics close to our hearts.
      Find out more about us, and check out our other workshops: https://www.curiouscreatures.biz

      You’re going to love our podcast: https://www.curiouscreatures.biz/podcast.html

      ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
      Roger Butler is the driving force behind Curious Creatures, along with some very special co-facilitators. Roger Butler was brought up white, middle-class, mostly heterosexual, and male. In addition to that lineage, they now identifies as kinky, tantric, polyamorous, queer, and very, very curious. Their training is in Process Oriented Psychology and the facilitation of groups, coupled with an extensive education in sexuality.

      Rog has been creating and facilitating Curious Creatures sexuality workshops for six years. Prior to this they facilitated well over a thousand workshops across various industries. They're easily one of Australia's most prolific sexuality workshop facilitators.

      Tess is an experienced facilitator in sexuality and self-development, and has been co-facilitating for Curious Creatures for over two years. Tess is also a qualified occupational therapist with a deep passion for, and experience working in, sexuality in neurological rehabilitation and disability, in community and clinical settings. With a range of experience and a friendly, casual manner, Tess is determined to expand the sex positive culture and the freedom to explore sexuality to all. You'll be surprised how normal it can all seem!

      TERMS AND CONDITIONS
      By making this booking, I confirm that:
      - I will not reveal the names or any personal details of any person in the workshop (except the facilitators).
      - I have no reason to believe I am likely to fall into an altered states of consciousness (such as extremely strong moods, psychotic or schizophrenic states, numbness, trauma response) where I am unable to communicate and look after myself.
      - I am able to take responsibility for saying ‘no’ to any activity, experience or exchange that is not right for me. I will put my knowledge of my body and my psychology ahead of anything I am asked to do.
      - I have free will, and if I need to leave the workshop at any time, I can. If I do, I will let the facilitator know I am leaving if it's possible to do so, or get in touch with the facilitator/s afterwards to let them know why I left.
      - I am an adult and I understand that many of Curious Creatures' workshops are about sex and sexual practices. I understand that while the organisers are strongly committed to safety, there is no such thing as a 'safe space', and that I am responsible for my own safety.
      - I don't believe I am currently suffering from trauma or abuse.
      - I can understand complex instructions given in English.
      - I have read and agree to the refund policy, at https://www.curiouscreatures.biz/policies.html

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