Four Part Salon Series
Monogamy is not for everyone – especially married people. Growing emotionally and sexually as a person and as a couple is a major part of having a committed strong, long term, loving relationship. This is all about moving towards living an authentic life for yourself and with your partner.
Go on an adventure together.
Live by your own rules.
Change your perspective on your relationship – and your life.
Mark & Lianna offer interactive evenings (discussion + exercises) about the joys and challenges of opening a relationship and ultimately living a more truthful life.
After 15 years of monogamous marriage, Mark & Lianna decided to open their relationship and free one another to explore their sexuality. This decision was partially precipitated by Mark’s bisexuality, but ultimately the couple wanted and needed more from their relationship and each other.
Both of them have been surprised by the positive changes which have resulted within them individually, and between them as a couple. Taking the leap into opening your relationship can be overwhelming and seemingly isolating. Exploration and communication are key. It has been their experience that the benefits of an open relationship far outweigh the hardships.
Their love is deeper, sex is more passionate, their social circle wider, their lives filled with more excitement and adventure. Really!
Over the past two years they have given numerous workshops on the subject of open relationship and sexual roleplay. Mark as an experienced group facilitator/leader, writer and counselor also offers a variety of other workshops, Meetups, salons and seminars for like-minded people to gather, exchange, and socialize.
Your exciting new adventure, and ultimately new way of living by your own rules, begins by taking the first small step and attending our Salon.
During the next month we will be offering a Four Part Salon Series. These theme based evenings will be informative and intriguing and will assist you in taking forward steps into a rejuvenated relationship.
You can attend one, some, or all of the salons (discounts for attending the series). We offer a supportive, nurturing space where people of all sexual orientations, ages and stages interested in exploring non-monogamy are welcome.
Date: Thursday, June 6 We are intruiged. Where do we start?
You have discussed opening your relationship, but you’re not sure how to go about it. There may be a good deal of fear and uncertainty at the moment, mixed with excitement and anticipation.
Examining beliefs about sex and monogamy, love and promiscuity, living authentically and popular misconceptions are some of the discussions points we will touch upon. We will also cover different ways to start (what to do, where to do it, and how to go about it), as well as offer ideas about moving forward.
Date: Thursday, June 13 Fear, Jealousy and Other Intense Feelings
One of the benefits of opening your relationship is that it invites all kinds of unknown and unexpected experiences into your lives. Some of these are highly pleasurable; others can be uncomfortable and upsetting.
This is a time to start examining personal beliefs, fears, and limitations about your life and your relationship. Intimacy is enhanced by sharing these feelings with your partner.
Looking inside and tackling what is going on is paramount. This is ultimately about what you are feeling. And we all want to feel good! We will discuss learning to deal with the emotions and fears which come up, and offer techniques to get through some of the more difficult times.
Date: Thursday, June 20 Designing a New Relationship
A new relationship needs a new design. Who am I now and what do I want from my life? What are my fantasies and how can we work together to move forward? Rules and boundaries, are there any and what are they?
Communication and honesty are necessary to making your relationship work.
Designing a new relationship that satisfies both of you can be exciting and comforting at the same time. This has to work for both of you, and it really can!As you gain experience and try new things, your perspective will change. This will require periodic readjustment to your relationship to keep things pertinent, fresh and sexy.
Date: Thursday, June 27 Maintaining and Flowing
This is all about your primary relationship, ideally strengthening and deepening the connection between you. There are ebbs and flows to any relationship, and an open one is no different. Desires are always changing. What worked last year may not work this year.
What are the challenges you are finding you need to deal with and how can you continue to create excitement as a couple within this relationship?
The discussion will center around making this the best experience possible: the support available to you; opening up on other levels so that you feel more accepted and free; safety and precautions; keeping your love as strong as possible.
COST: $20 /person per Salon
$70 / person if attending all four Salons in the series
$130 / couple if attending all four Salon series
(includes private coaching session with Mark)
Register by email : Register Here Include your name, Salon date and cost option as per above. Payment will be taken at the door. Cheque or Cash.
Private residence in Vancouver, closest skytrain 49th and Cambie
*Secure a space now. Limited tickets offered for this event.
Positve Aspects of an Open Relationship
*You discover and learn about yourself and your own sexuality.
*Everything is on the table, you start to develop more honesty in your life about who you are.
*You feel sexier, knowing you have freedom to explore and experience.
*Getting to explore sexuality in an open, frank way is healthy and quite often necessary.
*Each person is playing out their desires and the other supporting them in it – this is very loving.
*Learning about oneself, one’s partner in the most intimate of ways creates intimacy.
*Ability to see your partner as others do: sexy and enticing.
*Working though hurdles and other emotional issues opens you as a person and your relationship as a couple.
*This is an adventure with risk and excitement – you feel alive again.
*You get to have sex with other people.
*An open relationship is a relationship in which the people involved agree that they want to be together, but in which romantic or sexual relationships with additional people are accepted, permitted or tolerated.
*If you know you can’t handle an open relationship, then don’t agree to one. No need deceiving yourself and your partner into thinking it’s ok, when you don’t really think it is. Most times the other party is doing their thing, and you’re dying in silence and eventually in the future you just might grow to resent your significant other for that reason. Be real… If the idea comes up and you can’t handle it then just say no.
*Studies show that between 30 and 60 percent of married individuals in the North America will cheat at some point in their marriages.
Who attends this type of salon?
Couples in relationships of any length wanting to explore something new or are exploring and wanting support, people interested in the idea of an open relationship and are looking for more information, are best suited to this salon series.
Can I just attend one of the salons?
Yes absolutely. Just let us know which one and sign up.
What if I have never been in an Open Relationship but I am interested in learning?
You are very welcome to attend. The understanding is very important to making the leap into choosing this new way of living.
My partner does not want to come, can I attend alone?
Yes you can. We encourage people to attend as couples but if this is not possible, you are very welcome to attend on your own.
Will there be any exercises I have to do?
We will have some exercises for everyone to take part in. These will be directly related to the theme of the night.
Will I have to talk about myself?
This is a place where we hope you will feel comfortable talking about yourself and what your are going through. There is no pressure however to reveal anything.
Questions or Registering: Please contact us