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2013 Poly Living Philadelphia Presenters

2013 Poly Living Philadelphia Presenters

Keynote

Kamala Devi

Kamala Devi is an author, coach, national speaker, activist, and performance artist who specializes in tantra, sexuality and polyamory. She is the mother of a 5 year old son, has been successfully navigating an open marriage for 10 years, and successfully practicing polyamory for over 15. She is the founder and director of SD Tantra Theater and stars in Showtime’s Polyamory: Married and Dating Docu-series. As a Certified yoga teacher and Tantra Educator and Bliss Coach she offers private and group sessions, helping people design and maintain relationships around their true erotic self. www.KamalaDevi.com

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Workshop Facilitators

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Loving More Nonprofit is pleased to host a wonderful variety of presenters for Poly Living 2013. We are grateful to the talented facilitators who share their energy and knowledge. This list is not complete so check back for updates.

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Elon de Arcana

Elon de Arcana is a founding member of the Nonesuch family, a quad that has been together over 10 years. She is fully out as a polyamorous person and works to expand understanding and acceptance of polyamory. Two of Elon’s primary interests in line families are economies of scale and having a date on New Year’s Eve. From a young age, Elon has questioned the reasonableness of every small family group needing to own all of the tools needed to run a household. Along with physical resources, Elon questioned why humans did not share emotional resources, aka love and friendship, more freely. She has found that the line family model addresses economic and emotional issues very well.

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Chas August

Chas August is a brilliant, deep, loving, and compassionate man.  Chas has distilled decades of the most practical, loving and intense positive, “change-producing-practices” into powerfully transformational experiences.  He exemplifies these qualities in a deeply loving and powerful way in his work with groups, couples, and individuals.  Chas is a former facilitator for the Human Awareness Institute, HAI, founded by Stan Dale, where he led hundreds workshops, worldwide, in Love, Intimacy, & Sexuality.  He is a Podcaster/Blogger for Personal Life Media on Sex, Love, and Intimacy www.PersonalLifeMedia.com/podcasts/222-sex-love-and-itimacy.  Chas also has a private practice as a Relationship & Intimacy Coach, www.chasaugust.com, where he facilitates healing and positive life changes.  He is acutely aware of the love in all people and has an impeccable ability to reflect those loving aspects hidden behind the smoky mirror of learned programs.  He also teaches workshops on “Healing Anger,” “Freeing Your Passion,” “Communications,” and more.  An experience with Chas and his flirtatious, loving & sexual nature is an experience that will stay deep in your heart for a long time to come.

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Jim Fleckenstein

Jim Fleckenstein is a polyamory/non-exclusive relationships educator, coach, researcher and activist.  His currently heads The Earth Moved, LLC, an educational and coaching practice helping individuals and groups find and succeed in their ideal relationship.

A polyamory and open lifestyles activist since 1998, he co-founded the Institute for 21st Century Relationships, now the Foundation of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF).  He has spoken at many community events like the Poly Living and Building Bridges conferences and the annual NYC Poly Pride event.  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) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), and in recognition of his expertise, has been chosen to present at multiple AASECT and SSSS conferences.  He is a member of the NCSF Board, and co-edited their recent booklet, What Psychology Professionals Should Know About Polyamory.

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Jesus “Chuy” Garcia

Jesus Garcia 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 and is currently a senior systems administrator living in Colorado.

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Richard Gilmore

Richard Gilmore is a long time polyamory activist, researcher and writer. His primary research is on poly family economics, group decision making and non-sexual intimacy. He is also the vice president of Polycamp NW and the host of Seattle’s Poly Potluck. He joined Elon and her husband Jim, 12 years ago, to form a triad that quickly grew to a quad with in addition of Jim’s girlfriend Judy to the family. Richard is currently writing a book, with the help of Elon, that expands on the topics they cover in their presentation. Elon and Richard have given their presentation across the country from Maui to upstate New York, at science fiction conventions and private homes. They are eagerly anticipating coming to the 8th annual Poly Living Conference.

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Lee Hencen and Murray Schechter

Lee Hencen has been poly for a long time and still has a lover that dates back to high school. She currently specializes in a family style of polyamory with an element of long distance. She has presented at Poly Living, Loving More East Coast Retreat, Deepening Connections for B-More Poly and Building Bridges.

Murray Schechter is a party animal who has identified as polyamorous since 2004. He is on the Organizing Committee of Open Love NY and is known for his wild and wacky  parties. He has presented at naturist gatherings, Deepening Connections for B-More Poly and Open Love NY discussion groups. This is his first time presenting at Poly Living, so please be gentile.

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Anita Wagner Illig

Anita Wagner Illig is a nationally recognized thought leader and media spokesperson on the subject of alternative relationships and families.  As a passionate educator and sexual freedom advocate, for more than 15 years Anita has assisted others in exploring an array of family and relationship options.  Her website, practicalpolyamory.com, offers educational materials and handouts from programs she presents all over the U.S. on these subjects

Anita has co-founded non-profit educational and social groups that support relationship choice and sexual freedom.  She speaks regularly and occasionally keynotes before audiences at such events and venues as Fet Fest, Atlanta Poly Weekend, Good Vibrations, Momentum Con, Dark Odyssey, Transcending Boundaries, Poly Living, The Floating World, and Black Rose.  She occasionally speaks on challenges faced by sexual compulsives in sex-positive culture, most recently at the annual conference of CARAS  – the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities.  She has also served as polyamory community advisor to CARAS.

Anita is a faculty member at passionateU.com, kinkacademy.com, a founding member of the Polyamory Leadership Network, and an elite member of SPECTRA, a professional mentorship program for feminist Sex Positive Educators, Counselors, Coaches, Therapists, Researchers, Activists and Advocates in the sexuality field.  She has also served on the boards of a variety of organizations that advocate for sexual freedom and relationship choice, including the Advisory Council of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance.

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Raven Kaldera and Joshua Tenpenny

Raven Kaldera is a queer FTM transgendered intersexual shaman. He is the author/editor of 33 books, including “Pagan Polyamory”, “Dear Raven and Joshua: Questions and Answers About Master/Slave Relationships”, and “Power Circuits: Polyamory In A Power Dynamic”. He and his slaveboy Joshua have been teaching and presenting workshops regularly for many years to the BDSM, Neo-Pagan, Sex/Spirituality, transgender, and other communities. ’Tis an ill wind that blows no minds.

Joshua Tenpenny is Raven Kaldera’s Boy, devoted assistant, partner, and slave for life. He is a massage therapist, Shiatsu practitioner, and yoga teacher. He is the author of “Real Service” and the creator of the Service Notebook. He is polymorphously perverse, and finds spiritual fulfillment through any kind of worthy service.

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Claudia Lanigan

Claudia Lanigan is a gifted healer 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. Email: OilsHeal@comcast.net

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Ricci Levy

In 2002, Ricci Levy helped found Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance.   Ms. Levy has testified before Congress, at State and  at local levels of government on sexual freedom issues and as well as at conferences and in dialogs with legislators and decision makers all over the country.  She continues to work with the U.N. Human Rights Commission as part of the first Universal Periodic Review of the United States by member nations on human rights violations.

Often presenting contentious issues in a way that allows for collaborative dialog intended to build bridges and foster alliances, Ricci has established herself and Woodhull as the “go to” for non-partisan, human rights advocacy.

Under Levy’s stewardship, Sexual Freedom Day was officially recognized in Washington, DC in 2010 and is now a part of Woodhull’s annual Sexual Freedom Summit. At Woodhull’s 2012 Sexual Freedom Summit, Levy announced the launch of the Family Matters project, dedicated to advancing, respecting and protecting the fundamental human right to family by eliminating discrimination based on family structure and relationship choices.

Ricci serves on the Steering Committee of the Free Expression Network (FEN), the Advocacy Advisory Committee of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Education Committee of the US Human Rights Network, and is the Chair of the Sexual Rights and Gender Justice Working Group of the Human Rights Network.

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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 Bob@HumanPotentialCenter.org, calling (512) 441-8988, or visiting www.HumanPotentialCenter.org/Poly.

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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. She is currently a Clinician at Planned Parenthood.  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.

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Janet Rose

Janet Rose is a Colorado native, professional mediator, compassionate attorney, fierce advocate and transformative consultant.  Following a deeply spiritual calling that started when she was just 12 years old, she has worked with hundreds of individuals on a personal and now professional level to resolve disputes, heal emotional wounds and ultimately transform how they connect with others.   As an attorney she believes in building bridges instead of burning them down with needless litigation. Even in the midst of fierce opposition at the Colorado state capitol as a lobbyist, she became known for her honesty and fair dealing.  Since being outed in 2006, she now uses this experience to teach others about consent, inclusivity and positive transformation particularly in the gay and pansexual leather communities.  Since 2011, she has run her own mediation practice, Rose Solutions, LLC in Denver.  Her practice currently specializes in resolving disputes for LGBTQ and modern, self-actualized families of all varieties. A queer, married, poly mother, in her spare time she belly dances, advocates for sexual freedom and is co-authoring a book about understanding the deeper social dynamics of the kink and leather communities.

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Mark Shepard

As a gifted and prolific songwriter, Mark struggled early on in his life with stage fright, fear of rejection and self sabotage that stopped him from not only pursuing his passion but being the kind of person who shows up authentically in life. After 30 years of deep work and exploration of the human pysche around love, life and creativity, what has emerged is an multi-dimensional creative and performing artist who’s work is transformative and healing.

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Aggie Sez

Aggie Sez has been poly all her life, but a decade ago she finally realized polyamory is a viable alternative to monogamy and put it into practice. She’s primarily heterosexual, currently single, lives alone, and is unpartnered.  Aggie has had a wide range of relationship experience. She’s been in an 18-year primary relationship which included 12 years of legal marriage. After coming out as poly she spent 7 years as a married poly person. She’s also been part of a poly quad. She’s been both the apex and endpoint of v-style poly relationships — as part of a primary couple, and as a solo. She’s had long-term relationships with married poly men, and she’s dated both poly/open solos and those who identify as at least nominally monogamous. After her amicable divorce (she’s still very close with her former spouse), Aggie hasn’t had — and isn’t seeking — a primary life partner. The solo life offers many advantages she’s unwilling to sacrifice. Living as a free agent is highly fulfilling and empowering.

Aggie enjoys both casual and committed poly/open relationships with honest people who treat her responsibly and well. She doesn’t enjoy relationships with partners and metamours who fail to meet those benchmarks. And she believes strongly in the importance of direct communication and negotiation in open relationships.

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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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Robyn Trask

Robyn is the Executive Director of Loving More Non-Profit, a national leader for polyamory awareness, 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. 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 23 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.

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Jens Wennberg

Jens Wennberg is supposed to be a retired Physician Assistant.  He / they have had a responsible non-monogamous relationship for over 35 years, and each have long-term relationships lasting over a decade.  He is willing to share the joys and sorrows of his aging process (He was surprised to discover that he couldn’t do it 6 times a night anymore).

Jesus Garcia 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 and is currently a senior systems administrator living in Colorado.

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