Loving More 25th Annual Polyamory Retreat

On September 9-11, like-minded poly people from around the country will gather at the Easton Mountain Retreat Center in New York for Loving More's 25th Annual Polyamory Retreat. Attendants are encouraged to swim, hike, hot tub, connect with nature, and connect with each other.

From opening circle to closing circle all workshops are done as a group to facilitate connection, community and learning. Loving More creates a safe welcoming environment in which to explore, communicate, play and find out what works for you and your partners. You choose your level of participation and take home lessons and connections that last a lifetime.

The basic retreat fee includes all meals, workshops, and use of Easton Mountain facilities. 175 acres provides ample space for camping, and there are a limited number of bunkhouse rooms/beds available for an extra price.

The early registration deadline is this Friday, July 1. Register here.

Participants needed for study of polyamory in communities of color in the SF East Bay

Airial Clark, a blogger at Good Vibrations Magazine and graduate student at San Francisco State University, is looking for participants for ethnographic research on polyamory in communities of color in the San Francisco East Bay.

I would like to interview people of color, between the ages of 30 and 45 years old, who are open to their friends and family about having multiple consensual intimate relationships. Participants must live in the East SF Bay Area.

Participation in this research includes being individually interviewed on three separate occasions about your intimate relationships, sexual and racial identity, social events in the East Bay that you attend, and how being polyamorous has impacted your family life.

Each interview will take approximately 1.5 hours. The study will take place in Oakland from June 2011 through August 2011 with 3 separate interviews being held in 3 week intervals. I am happy to schedule at your convenience, evenings, weekends or weekdays are available.

If you would like to participate in the research, email airialclark [at] gmail [dot] com.

Margaret Cho on her open marriage

Comedian/actress Margaret Cho was a guest on CBS afternoon show "The Talk" this week. At one point, she was asked about her open marriage.

Cho says,

I think honesty is really important. And I plan to be married forever. I love my husband, and I feel that we have to be honest, and I think that, to me, monogamy is not an honest choice for myself. It is for some people, but not for me.