Save the date, plus other stuff

We have several pieces of news!

  1. Save the date for our next event!
  2. Poly businesses list
  3. Upcoming workshop (signal boost)
  4. PSD art show
  5. Twitter
  6. Coding help request

First, we have a date for our next event! Please mark down the evening of Monday, September 2nd (Labor Day). We will once again be at the Armory in Somerville, with doors opening at 5:00 PM, doors closing at 6:15 PM sharp, and ideally dating starting at 7 PM. Stay tuned for an email in Early August when we open registration.

Second, we have been receiving several emails from therapists and other service providers seeking to email the folks on our list. We have decided to put together an informal directory of poly businesses (either poly related, or owned by poly people) to provide a controlled outlet for all of these requests and to help people find one another. If you are interested in being part of this directory, please email us with your contact information and a short blurb describing what you are offering.  We will collate and post publicly.

Thirdly, in this vein, we recently were told about an upcoming nonmonogamy workshop.  The details are below, if interested.

Finally, we are trying to put together an art show for our next speed dating event to give people something to look at, other than our pretty selves. In particular we are interested in art that represents different experiences and backgrounds. We are especially looking for artists of color who have work that is about their experiences with nonmonogamy (even obliquely). We will likely be limiting ourselves to wall art, given space constraints, but are open to other ideas. If interested, please send us three images of your art and a short self-description.

We are not good at social media. But perhaps that will change. If you want to follow us on Twitter, you can: see @bostonPSD (for Boston local stuff, such as open reg announcements) and @polyspeeddating (for the full world-wide stuff, in theory).

If you are a coder and have some free cycles to deploy, we are in crunch mode and could really use some help! Contact us if you are willing to lend a hand.  Also, WordPress-knowledgeable folks!

And now, details of the aforementioned nonmonogamy workshop of “Exploring Alternatives to Monogamy” run by Eileen Casella Rider, LMHC & Elizabeth Boskey, LISCW

Non-Monogamy is not for everyone. Is it for you? This weekend retreat is for people who are thinking about exploring alternatives to monogamy – whether you’ve already opened up your relationship or are just wanting to explore options. This two-day workshop is designed for those who want to explore the joys and challenges of alternatives to monogamy in a judgment-free setting. We’ll examine insecurity, fear and jealousy that may have prevented you from talking openly with your partner about non monogamy. Eileen’s clinical style is gentle and easy, setting the tone for self-compassion allowing you to explore the depths of your love. Elizabeth’s clinical style is friendly and welcoming, encouraging comfortable explorations of boundaries and looking for new ways to increase joy.

Open to LGBTQ+ Individuals and Couples
Saturday August 17 and Sunday August 18
Whispering Pines Conference Center
Alton Jones Campus-West Greenwich
Call Eileen Casella Rider at 401-351-0111 for more information

Disclaimer: This workshop is not an officially PSD-vetted event; it was sent in by a member of the community

What is Poly Speed Dating?

Speed Dating in general is a social event where people meet a number of potential dating partners. Say you were a dater. During the evening you will rotate though several “dates” of about 5 minutes each. After each date you check off whether or not you are interested in romantically pursuing that person any further. Your choices are collected at the end of the night and if you and your date both were interested, your information will be exchanged via email within the next few days.

Poly Speed Dating is this, but done in a flexible way in order to accommodate people of vastly different interests.  For example, using our system we ensure that people are matched with dates who are open to their expressed gender. We balance out dates so bisexuals get a mix of genders on their dates. And so forth.

This is done by having people pre-register, filling out a form asking them basic questions about what they are looking for. Then, at the event, we check off who is there and dynamically schedule the dates in real-time. Then we are off to the races!

For more information, please visit our FAQ.