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      July 18, 2020

      Saturday   1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

      Brunswick, Victoria

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      EVENT DETAILS
      Opening Up to Opening Up: A deep-dive into non-monogamy (online)

      Two 3.5-hour zoom sessions, with plenty of breaks, over two days (Saturday 18 July AND Sunday 19 July, 1-4.30pm both days).

      For people wanting a deep-dive into alternative relationship models, including those that want to know more about where they sit on the spectrum of monogamous through to not-at-all monogamous.

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

      Are you already engaged in some form of non-monogamy / polyamory, but have a sense that things could be rolling more smoothly?

      Are you conceptually interested in poly, but need help wrapping your head around pragmatics or jealousy?

      We’re in changing times. Various expressions of polyamory are common 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 still, for the most part, 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 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. 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 workshop is not designed as a breezy walk in the park. It’s a nuanced and 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, and what you’re not up for.

      The content of this 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 workshop you may want to check out our ‘Online Social’, which includes a version for folks who are poly-identified or non-monogamous: https://www.curiouscreatures.biz/online-social.html
      Or our ever popular workshop, ‘Fun Little Sex Games’ (the online version for couples): https://www.curiouscreatures.biz/fun-little-sex-games1.html
      Or see our 25+ in-person sexuality and self-development workshops: https://www.curiouscreatures.biz/workshops.html (on pause due to social distancing).

      INTENSITY: At least two chillies (out of four), depending on how new this material is for you, and what historical hurts are up for you at the moment.
      WHO’S IT FOR: Anyone interested in the nuances, challenges, myths and realities around relationship dynamics and how to explore them. It’s suitable for people new to non-monogamy, and also those with considerable experience (especially if challenges are present).
      WHO’S IT NOT FOR: People that are happily in monogamous relationships, or that are confident that that’s where they want to be.
      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 discussional small group-work.
      WILL THERE BE PARTNER WORK?: Yes (discussion exercises only). Also, discussion in threes.
      HOW WILL PARTNERING BE DONE?: Randomly.
      CAN YOU WORK WITH AN EXISTING PARTNER / FRIEND?: We highly recommend being available to do the discussion activities randomly, with other people. We know from experience they work better this way. However, you can overrule us on this one, and do exercises only with a nominated friend or partner. Part of the reason we prefer you to work randomly, is that if you find yourself in complicated relationship territory, we’re not in a position to provide relationship therapy or support in the context of this workshop. That said, couples (or moresomes) that do this workshop together will gain a lot from having done the same material, even if the exercises are done separately.
      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: You can sit out of any activity (or just do them to a simple level), or leave whenever you wish.
      RATIO EXPERIENTIAL / THEORETICAL: Approximately 70/30 Theory and experiential (exercises).
      WEAR: Anything you’re comfy in; there’s no dress-code.

      TICKETS, LOGISTICS, LATE POLICY
      Our 'rounds' of tickets are really simple: they're all the same, except that some of them are cheaper, to encourage you to book in early (because it makes a huge difference to us in terms of planning).
      Round One tickets are similar to 'early bird' tickets, and make up almost half of all ticket sales.
      Round Two tickets, slightly more expensive than Round One, also make up almost half of all ticket sales.
      Round Three tickets are generally only there once we're close to being sold out, but can squeeze in a late-comer or two.

      If you're feeling generous, you can buy whatever ticket feels right, but in general, folks buy the cheapest ones available.

      Tickets range in price from $130 to $170, per person.

      You must BOOK TICKETS: https://www.curiouscreatures.biz/opening-up-to-opening-up.html

      TECHNOLOGY
      When you buy your ticket, the confirmation email will include a link. This will take you a Zoom registration page. If you’ve never used Zoom before, allow 20 minutes to download the software, and register.

      Get online at least ten minutes early, to get comfortable with the technology. Workshops start at the advertised time, and will be locked ten minutes later. This is because late arrivals interrupt the dynamic of the group.

      This session involves use of your camera / webcam, so have a think about what’s in the background. You’ll need a space that’s reasonably free from interruptions.
      An external headset with microphone is recommended, because it makes it easier for you to hear others, and them to hear you, which in turn makes video sessions more enjoyable.
      Since we strongly recommend that couples do exercises with others, this means you’ll need separate devices, in separate rooms.

      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 three 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! You can find out more about their occupational therapy consulting service, ConnectAble Therapies at https://www.connectabletherapies.com/

      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

      PLEASE NOTE: We advertise our events many places and always have many more people booked in then you see here.

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