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Classes and Events

Where to find Laura and Ready for Polyamory, online and in person, at upcoming events. Contact me at readyforpolyamory@gmail.com if you'd like to book me for your event or a class at your venue; I'm available digitally and in person in 2023.

Deconstructing the Relationship Escalator

A Workshop with Annie Undone

March 3, 2024 - 2PM Eastern (11AM Pacific, 7PM UK)

a 90-minute workshop discussing the relationship escalator, compulsory monogamy, amatonormativity, and the ways these forces shape our relationship choices no matter what structure we choose for our relationships.

There will be discussion of how the relationship escalator continues to impact polyamorous relationships and polycule structures; how mononormative ideals we grow up with can feed our ideas of what relationships "should" be in ways we don't notice; how monogamous folks can benefit from engaging intentionally with these ideas; and more.

Tickets here

Boundary Expression and Enforcement

(A Digital class presented for the Society of Janus)

March 20, 2024 - 6PM Eastern 

As a certified People Pleaser and Anxious Conflict Avoider, for many years I struggled immensely with communicating needs and boundaries with partners, friends, and metamours. Communication of needs and boundaries is the foundation of self-care in all relationships, but especially polyamorous relationships, where additional moving parts may necessitate additional communication around situational and emotional changes. This class is a roundup of strategies that I've been offered over the years by therapists, partners, and my own imagination, including the ones that don't work for me but do for others I know, to help attendees build their toolbox for this type of interaction.

I'm presenting it online for the Society of Janus, who welcome open-minded non-members at their virtual events.

Tickets here

Dungeons and Geekdoms 2024

Weekend Conference- March 14-17, 2024 - Fairfield, NJ

Laura is teaching 4 classes at this conference between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning: 

  • Boundary Expression and Enforcement (A 101 Class From a Former Doormat)

  • Fluid Bonding, STI Risks, and You: Change and Risk Assessment 

  • Non-Escalator Relationships: Strategies and Challenges

  • Polyamory and Power Exchange Relationships

tickets and information are here.

Polyamory 101

(A Digital class presented for Wicked Gounds)

April 8, 2024 - 6PM Pacific 9PM Eastern 

Information for beginners and those curious about polyamory and consensual non-monogamy, including:
Polyamorous Vocabulary
Building Relationship Agreements
Dealing With Jealousy
Is Non-Monogamy Right for You?
Common Bumps in the Road
Relationship Check-ins
Coming out to Family and Friends
and more!

Presented for Wicked Grounds, open to the public at a sliding scale pricing.

Tickets here

Growth Cycles- A Women's Retreat

April 26-28, 2024, 2024 - retreat location given upon registration, western Massachusetts. 

Join us for a weekend of work on self-knowledge, personal boundaries, and common polyam relationship issues at a beautifully restored historic home in northwestern MA. Space is limited.

This retreat is sold out, but please feel free to contact me to get on the waiting list for future events or to inquire about me facilitating in person group work.

Relationship Anarchy Applied to Play Partnerships

(A Digital class presented for Wicked Gounds)

May 6, 2024 - 6PM Pacific 9PM Eastern 

Lots of monogamous or monogamish people in the kink community allow for play with folks who aren't their partner and then run into emotional turmoil as a result. Applying the theory of relationship anarchy and considering these play partnerships as relationships connected by the Greek "ludus," playful love, we can give people tools to work through conflicts, negativity, & concerns they may have as they and their partners explore play with others.

Presented for Wicked Grounds, open to the public at a sliding scale pricing.

Tickets here

Polyamory and Parenting

A  Digital Workshop

May 5, 2024 - 2PM Eastern (11AM Pacific, 7PM UK)

Many polyamorous people have to address the strawman reaction of “But what about the children?” When they come out as polyamorous - and still more have concerns about how their relationships will intersect with them or their partners having children. This 90-minute workshop touches on some of the biggest “kid issues” polyamorous folks will face, including:  
-Approaches to coming out to older children either as a theoretical idea or when you have additional relationships;
-Addressing non-traditional family structures with toddlers and young children;
-Explaining new partners and what their role is, or how it is evolving, to different age groups;
-Concerns of schoolmates and other children yours may interact with;
-Interactions with schools and doctors offices regarding children and additional partners or additional parents;
-Legal concerns of multi-parent families;
-Smoothing big relationship transitions for children, why and how one might want to do that.

Tickets here

Polyamory and Power Exchange

(A Digital class presented for Wicked Gounds)

May 29, 2024 - 6PM Pacific 9PM Eastern 

Power Exchange Relationships, or D/s relationships, can seem to be at odds with polyamorous theory, because of polyamory’s focus on personal responsibility and autonomy. This class breaks down some common problems encountered when combining D/s dynamics and polyamorous relationship styles, and offers strategies for working through those pitfalls, including:
Creating an egalitarian container within the D/s dynamic to negotiate polyamorous concerns
Pre-negotiation of relationship terms
Differentiating similar D/s relationships within a polycule
Including a D/s relationship in an otherwise egalitarian network
Negotiating the interaction of different power exchange relationships
Is my Dom's Master mine?
I also offer lots of time for workshop style discussion of what works for participants who are in multiple dynamics or one D/s dynamic within a larger polycule, so that class participants can hear a variety of experiences.

Presented for Wicked Grounds, open to the public at a sliding scale pricing.

Tickets to be released shortly, link will be here.

Bottoming Safety 201: Negotiation for Edgeplay

(A Digital class presented for Wicked Gounds)

June 19, 2024 - 6PM Pacific 9PM Eastern 

Lots of monogamous or monogamish people in the kink community allow for play with folks who aren't their partner and then run into emotional turmoil as a result. Applying the theory of relationship anarchy and considering these play partnerships as relationships connected by the Greek "ludus," playful love, we can give people tools to work through conflicts, negativity, & concerns they may have as they and their partners explore play with others.

Presented for Wicked Grounds, open to the public at a sliding scale pricing.

Tickets available soon.

The Ready for Polyamory Podcast and Classes

It can be challenging to find clear information about non-monogamy in formats we internalize well. The Ready for Polyamory Podcast is available on all major podcast services and includes overviews of big current topics in non-monogamy as well as important basics. The guests who come join me on there are a wonderful cross section of non-monogamous life, education, and creativity.

Some of my most popular classes are being made available as downloadables on my ko-fi shop. If you can't make the live classes, or the fact that many of the organizations I partner with don't allow for recording means you don't have time to process information fully, making a purchase of a recording might be for you. If something isn't available yet, send me an email - I'll let you know if it's one of the ones in preparation, or when I'm teaching it next.

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