Workshop: Honest Non-Monogamy 101

Open relationships? Polyamory? Relationship Anarchy? For many people, ethical and honest non-monogamy is about freedom: the freedom to love who you want, when you want, in whatever way feels authentic between adults and is mutually consensual. It has a rosy reputation for being about not putting limitations on whom or how you love, being able to acknowledge your needs and desires and dreams, knowing to expect one person alone to fulfill all of them is way too much pressure. 

But what’s the reality? How do the myths differ from the practical applications? How does it actually work in real life? Is non monogamy some enlightened approach to living, or simply another set of options for relating to other humans? Is there a Golden Path to polyamorous perfection, or is it a multilinear dance where we each get to decide what works for us as individuals?

When Mel Cassidy began exploring non-monogamy she found there were a lot of myths and misconceptions around the practice of polyamory and open relationships. Now, as a relationship coach, she assists individuals and couples in navigating the terrain of open relating. 

This workshop will offer an overview of important things to consider if you are contemplating pursuing open relationships. 

About Mel Cassidy
Mel is a sex-positive relationship nerd who guides social misfits and cultural rebels to experiences of joyful, embodied authentic open relationships.
With over two decades of experience teaching and facilitating in groups small and large, Mel has a reputation for innovation, novelty, and both thinking and living outside the box.
Mel is queer, and experiences relationships as a solo polyamorous individual, and lives, loves, and dances on the traditional and Unceded territories of the K’ómoks Nation in British Columbia, Canada.