Self-Forgiveness  & Compassion in Memoir Writing Beach Workshop
Aug
15
Aug 16

Self-Forgiveness & Compassion in Memoir Writing Beach Workshop

  • Sou Wester

Writing Through the Cracks: Self-Forgiveness & Compassion in Memoir Writing with Cooper Lee Bombardier & Gina Senarighi

Tue, August 15 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Workshop Series at The Sou’wester

‘Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

To write about pivotal events from our own lives requires a reckoning with our pasts. How do we interrogate ourselves to get at the truth of our stories when the details do not always shine a glamourous light upon us? Writing Through the Cracks will give you tools to get vulnerable in your writing, scrutinize the past from a place of compassion, and help you to discover the story beneath your stories. Join educator, coach, consultant, and professional shame slayer Gina Senarighi and nonfiction writer and educator Cooper Lee Bombardier for an engaging, accessible, and intensive day-long writing workshop at the beautiful and historic Sou’wester Lodge. Writers of all levels are welcome!

Cooper Lee Bombardier is a writer and visual artist based in Portland, Oregon. His work appears in many publications and anthologies, most recently in The Kenyon Review, CutBankNailed MagazineOriginal Plumbing, as well as the anthology The RemedyEssays on Queer Health Issues, (ed. Zena Sharman) from Arsenal Pulp Press. Cooper’s visual art was recently curated in an exhibition called “Intersectionality” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. He teaches writing at the University of Portland, Clark College, Portland State University, and at various Portland-area high schools as a writer-in-residence through Literary Art’s program Writers in The Schools. 

Gina Senarighi, MS, MA, CPC is a communication consultant, sexuality counselor and certified relationship coach specializing in queer love polyamory, open relationships, jealousy, and infidelity.  She’s been leading retreats to build courage and slay shame in LGBTQ community across Washington and Oregon since 2003.

COST: $30 ($50 for both classes)

(This workshop will run on Tuesday August 15th and also on Wednesday August 16th. The cost for each workshop is $30, but if students wish to take both classes, the returning students on Wednesday would receive guided writing time. and both classes together would cost only $50.)

BRING: an open mind, a couple of pens and a notebook or paper to write in/on. A legal pad with a cardboard back is ideal! Please bring a sack lunch and/or snack. Hot tea and coffee provided.

All workshops are open to the public.

Workshop for students age 18 and older.

All Skill Levels Welcome.

RSVP via souwesterfrontdesk@gmail.com or 360-642-2542


PRIDE CLOSURE
Jun
16
Jun 18

PRIDE CLOSURE

All business operations will be closed for community celebration.

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6:30 pm18:30

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  • Portland, OR USA

Clear expectations and healthy boundaries are the foundation of any healthy relationship (polyamorous, open, or monogamous). 

Join us to learn critical skills for negotiation and healthy conflict in long-term relationships.

What you'll learn in this two-hour workshop:

  • How to get clear about what you need- and ask your partner in a way they can hear you
  • How to adjust plans when challenges come up
  • How to respond to jealousy and insecurity- without compromising your integrity
  • How to set and adapt boundaries for long-term relationship success
  • What to do with cyclical repeat arguments and conflicts
  • How to repair from misunderstandings, broken trust, and negative conflict patterns.


Attend the 90-minute workshop, stay for the Q&A session, and take home all the printable worksheets and tools after the live event.

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7
6:00 pm18:00

Polyamory 101

  • Portland OR USA

Learn the practical skills necessary based on ten years supporting and researching healthy non-monogamy.  

This workshop will help walk you through the challenges and benefits of ethical non-monogamy.  We'll discuss different styles of open relationships, talk about how to deal with common issues such as jealousy, resentment, time management, miscommunication, and New Relationship Energy (NRE).  

We'll also focus time on dating/meeting new people, navigating different relationship structures and hierarchies and coming out as non-monogamous to family and friends.  Together we'll cover the most common myths and truths of open relationships, and the most common pitfalls.  

Participants will walk through exercises to help negotiate agreements/boundaries, design their own ideal open relationships, and practice nonviolent communication for deeper, more fulfilling connections. 

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May
24
6:00 pm18:00

Communication Skills for Open Relationships

  • Portland OR USA

Communication breakdowns happen in any couple- but with more people comes more opportunity for misunderstanding. 

Join us to take a look at the most effective communication skills and tools for negotiating ethical non-monogamy, open relationships, and polyamory.

What you'll learn in this two-hour workshop:

  • How to get clear about what you need- and ask your partner in a way they can hear you
  • Learn the science of building trust
  • How to set and adapt boundaries for long-term relationship success
  • How to repair from misunderstandings so you don't get stuck in cyclical conflicts
  • Understand the basics of empathy and critical tools for stronger connection


Attend the 90-minute workshop, stay for the Q&A session, and take home all the printable worksheets and tools after the live event.

Negotiating Agreements in Open Relationships
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30
6:00 pm18:00

Negotiating Agreements in Open Relationships

  • Portland OR USA

Clear expectations and healthy boundaries are the foundation of any healthy relationship (polyamorous, open, or monogamous). 

Join us to learn critical skills for negotiation and healthy conflict in long-term relationships.

What you'll learn in this two-hour workshop:

  • How to get clear about what you need- and ask your partner in a way they can hear you
  • How to adjust plans when challenges come up
  • How to respond to jealousy and insecurity- without compromising your integrity
  • How to set and adapt boundaries for long-term relationship success
  • What to do with cyclical repeat arguments and conflicts
  • How to repair from misunderstandings, broken trust, and negative conflict patterns.


Attend the 90-minute workshop, stay for the Q&A session, and take home all the printable worksheets and tools after the live event.

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6:30 pm18:30

Negotiating Agreements in Polyamorous Relationships

  • North Mississippi Avenue Portland, OR United States

Clear expectations and healthy boundaries are the foundation of any healthy relationship (polyamorous, open, or monogamous). 

Join us to learn critical skills for negotiation and healthy conflict in long-term relationships.

What you'll learn in this two-hour workshop:

  • How to get clear about what you need- and ask your partner in a way they can hear you
  • How to set and adapt boundaries for long-term relationship success
  • What to do with cyclical repeat arguments and conflicts
  • How to repair from misunderstandings, broken trust, and negative conflict patterns.


Attend the 90-minute workshop, stay for the Q&A session, and take home all the printable worksheets and tools after the live event.

 

Communication Skills for Open Relationships
Nov
30
6:30 pm18:30

Communication Skills for Open Relationships

6:30 PM, Wednesday, November 30, 2016

1920 N Killingsworth, Northeast Portland, OR

Communication breakdowns happen in any couple- but with more people comes more opportunity for misunderstanding. 

Join us to take a look at the most effective communication skills and tools for negotiating ethical non-monogamy, open relationships, and polyamory.

What you'll learn in this two-hour workshop:

How to get clear about what you need- and ask your partner in a way they can hear you
Learn the science of building trust
How to set and adapt boundaries for long-term relationship success
How to repair from misunderstandings so you don't get stuck in cyclical conflicts
Understand the basics of empathy and critical tools for stronger connection
Attend the 90-minute workshop, stay for the Q&A session, and take home all the printable worksheets and tools after the live event.