Cooperative Living, Open Relationshis & Group Marriage

Live the Dream is an education and support group for those who, originally inspired by the writings of Robert Heinlein, Robert Rimmer and Marion Zimmer Bradley, are now ready to LIVE such alternative lifestyles as cooperative living, open relationships and group marriage. Many of our concepts on multiply committed relationships come from Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land and Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Live the Dream also sponsors a Nest of Church of All Worlds, the real life, over fifty year old spiritual movement inspired by Stranger in a Strange Land. Live the Dream was founded in 1987 by Terry Brussel and Brian Gitt, inspired by Family Synergy founded in 1971 by Hy Levy and Pat LaFollette.

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Intersection of Polyamory and BDSM 

led by Paul Gibbons and Chris Deaton

Saturday September 19 11AM-12:30PM

Chris Deaton and Elisha Thompson facilitate the Arizona Chapter of Loving More and present at Arizona Power Exchange Paul Gibbons (now living in Phoenix) facilitated Live the Dream for many years with Terry Brussel. He joins with Chris Deaton to discuss how power exchange, BDSM and polyamory weave together. Why are there so many non-monogamous relationships in the BDSM community? Some of these are a Dom male with several women like a harem. They are just as likely to be a Dom Female with more than one man in her life, her bed or her home. Some things are not as they seem. One poly family in LA looked like a Dom Male with a harem. Actually, his submissive wife enjoyed the ladies in their home at least as much as he did. Whose harem was it? The important thing to notice in this poly family was that the man and his wife cared deeply for each other and also for anyone who joined their Family. They cared about the growth, health and well-being of each person they included in their household as human beings and as successful members of the community they live in. Jay Wiseman, who wrote S&M 101, and is a top speaker on BDSM including at Threshold Meeting here in LA over the years, also demonstrated those characteristics.

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