Communication Skills for Open Relationships
Aug
15
10:00 AM10:00

Communication Skills for Open Relationships

Even the most successful communicators can feel overwhelmed by the emotions and logistical challenges of first-time consensual non-monogamy. If you're having trouble you're not alone.  

Learn the essential skills for healthy communication in open relationships from a ten-year couples therapist specializing in consensual non-monogamy.

Once you've registered you'll receive the details on how to connect to our private conversation line.

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Trust & Open Relationships
Oct
17
1:00 PM13:00

Trust & Open Relationships

Even the most successful communicators can feel overwhelmed by the emotions and logistical challenges of first-time consensual non-monogamy. If you're having trouble you're not alone.  

Learn the essential skills for healthy communication in open relationships from a ten-year couples therapist specializing in consensual non-monogamy.

Once you've registered you'll receive the details on how to connect to our private conversation line.

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OPENING UP COUPLES RETREAT
Oct
20
to Oct 21

OPENING UP COUPLES RETREAT

If you're wondering...


Is non-monogamy right for me (or us)?
How would we even start to open our relationship?
How do I know what I need to ask for? 
What if I get jealous when we start seeing other people?
How will we slow things down if they start getting out of hand?
What kinds of boundaries or expectations are realistic in open relationships?
How can we stay connected if we see other people?
What do we need to do to make sure this doesn't split us up?


... this is the right retreat for you.

NO MORE OVERWHELM AND ISOLATION
Often thinking outside the box about relationships can be a little lonely. You might have great friends, but they're not always the most open-minded when we talk about changing the way we love.

And sometimes getting creative relationships can be overwhelming. Most of us aren't taught great relationship skills in the first place- let alone given the tools to tailor relationships to our unique needs and personal growth.

Rather than stay overwhelmed and isolated we gather together to build friendship, share tools, gain resources, reflect, grow, and laugh. Join us in October 2018.

 
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Celebrations, Holidays & Open Relationships
Nov
14
12:00 PM12:00

Celebrations, Holidays & Open Relationships

The holidays can be stressful for anyone in a relationship, but more relationships can mean more stress.

Join this month's free call to learn the skills and solutions commonly practiced in successful non-monogamous relationships from the foremost couples expert on consensual non-monogamy.

Once you've registered you'll receive the details on how to connect to our private conversation line.

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Privacy, Secrecy, & Honesty in Open Relationships
Dec
12
5:00 PM17:00

Privacy, Secrecy, & Honesty in Open Relationships

Everything you need to know about privacy, secrecy honesty and open relationships in a one-hour free coaching call online.

Join this month's free call to learn the skills and solutions commonly practiced in successful non-monogamous relationships from the foremost couples expert on consensual non-monogamy.

Once you've registered you'll receive the details on how to connect to our private conversation line.

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Managing Time & Polyamory (Free Online Coaching Call)
Jul
16
12:00 PM12:00

Managing Time & Polyamory (Free Online Coaching Call)

Time management is the #1 issue couples complain about when they open their relationships.  I mean, love is infinite, but time certainly isn't.

Here's what you need to know to navigate the scarcity that can come up when managing time and navigating open relationships for the first time.

Learn the essential skills for healthy communication in open relationships from a ten-year couples therapist specializing in consensual non-monogamy.

Once you've registered you'll receive the details on how to connect to our private conversation line.

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Working Together & Staying Together: How to Start a Business with Your Spouse and Stay Married
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Working Together & Staying Together: How to Start a Business with Your Spouse and Stay Married

It's a well-known fact that entrepreneurial couples face significant challenges. All too often couples who start businesses together find themselves overwhelmed with strained communication, misunderstandings, and distance in their very first year of business. 

Join me to cultivate the necessary skills to nourish your connection while you grow your projects.  We'll cover communication strategies, professional boundaries, conflict management, maintaining self-care and keeping the passion alive even when you're swamped with newfound success.

- develop a meaningful and feasible shared vision

- negotiate lasting agreements and learn to renegotiate with care

- develop the skills to cultivate trust, resolve disagreements and stay committed (to both the business and each other)

- learn the secret to maintaining connection and passion (even when busy) 

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HEALTHY BOUNDARIES FOR LASTING RELATIONSHIPS
May
4
4:30 PM16:30

HEALTHY BOUNDARIES FOR LASTING RELATIONSHIPS

Join us for April's Relationship Master Class: Healthy Boundaries for Lasting Love

Do you put your own needs last?

Do you have trouble managing difficult relationships and drama?

Do you secretly wish people showed you more respect?

Do you have trouble knowing how much to share?

Then this class is just for you.

Our learning goals:

  • Saying no in a compassionate and respectful way

  • Setting up boundaries to build trust in partnerships

  • Ask for what you need

  • Pump the breaks when you need time to think

In this 60-minute class, I'll break down the basics on boundaries for successful compassionate relationships.

We'll cover the research on boundaries- but more importantly, we'll talk about how you apply it in your daily life.

REGISTER HERE

 

A little about my relationship expertise...

I've been supporting couples and teams in creating connected meaningful relationships for nearly twenty years. In that time I've learned to apply the science of trust in my own life as well as within the thousands of relationships and clients I've supported.

Few of us are lucky enough to meet relationship role models along the way who can teach us how to foster trust, communicate openly, and repair from relationship traumas. I've become that mentor to people all around the globe, and I'm excited to share what I've learned with you.

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Ask Me Anything - FREE Relationship Advice Q & A
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

Ask Me Anything - FREE Relationship Advice Q & A

Recently my Ask Me Anything advice column for non-traditional relationships has really taken off.  I've received hundreds of questions about infidelity, polyamory, trust, autonomy, and more- so many I can't keep up. 

Starting this week I'll be hosting facebook live Ask Me Anything Q&A sessions on my Uncommon Love page responding to your questions.  

Tune in at 1:00 PST to listen and ask me directly or submit your questions online in advance right here.

 

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Ask Me Anything - FREE Relationship Advice Q & A
Feb
16
1:00 PM13:00

Ask Me Anything - FREE Relationship Advice Q & A

Recently my Ask Me Anything advice column for non-traditional relationships has really taken off.  I've received hundreds of questions about infidelity, polyamory, trust, autonomy, and more- so many I can't keep up. 

Starting this week I'll be hosting facebook live Ask Me Anything Q&A sessions on my Uncommon Love page responding to your questions.  

Tune in at 1:00 PST to listen and ask me directly or submit your questions online in advance right here.

 

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Women in Business: Vulnerability & Trust for Entrepreneurial Success
Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Women in Business: Vulnerability & Trust for Entrepreneurial Success

About Your Seminar:

You simply can’t start a business, or a job search without making yourself vulnerable.  And while most of us can find business skill training, learning the skills of vulnerability and trust building can be a real challenge.  Gathering the courage to show up, be seen, and live boldly putting your passions out into the world is sometimes an incredible feat.  We’ll discuss the newest research on vulnerability, authenticity, and trust learn the science-based approach to authentic relationships in your career (and at home).   How can vulnerability help your career flourish?  Join us to find out. You’ll walk away with the following knowlege:

  • Improved self-compassion practices to slay self doubt
  • Learn to grow a meaningfully supportive community
  • Cultivate skills of resilience and courage
  • Understand the seven pillars of trustworthiness
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Ask Me Anything - FREE Relationship Advice Q & A
Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

Ask Me Anything - FREE Relationship Advice Q & A

Recently my Ask Me Anything advice column for non-traditional relationships has really taken off.  I've received hundreds of questions about infidelity, polyamory, trust, autonomy, and more- so many I can't keep up. 

Starting this week I'll be hosting facebook live Ask Me Anything Q&A sessions on my Uncommon Love page responding to your questions.  

Tune in at 1:00 PST to listen and ask me directly or submit your questions online in advance right here.

 

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

Self-Forgiveness & Compassion in Memoir Writing Beach Workshop

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

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Negotiating Agreements for Open Relationships
Jun
11
6:30 PM18:30

Negotiating Agreements for Open Relationships

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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Polyamory 101
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Polyamory 101

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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Communication Skills for Open Relationships
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

Communication Skills for Open Relationships

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.

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Negotiating Agreements in Open Relationships
Apr
30
6:00 PM18:00

Negotiating Agreements in Open Relationships

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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Negotiating Agreements in Polyamorous Relationships
Jan
12
6:30 PM18:30

Negotiating Agreements in Polyamorous Relationships

  • North Mississippi Avenue Portland, OR United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

 

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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.

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