APRIL TOPIC: Wandering in a Non-Monogomous Land

APRIL TOPIC: Wandering in a Non-Monogomous Land

Dates: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

For some of us the hi dream of polyamory is filled with multiple loving relationships, the potential for extended family, joy and fulfillment. On the other side is the lo dream where this potential is wrought with intense jealousy, feelings of being left out, isolation, and the fear and/or the reality of being replaced by new emotional attachments.

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SWSG March Topic: laws, policies, and policing

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Dates: Saturday, March 25, 2019
Times: 6:30-8:00 pm

Both here in Chicago and beyond, sex workers face unique challenges with shifting laws, policies, and policing. At our March meeting we will discuss work in the context of police and social control.

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MARCH TOPIC: The Hi and Lo Dreams of Polyamory

Dates: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

For some of us the hi dream of polyamory is filled with multiple loving relationships, the potential for extended family, joy and fulfillment. On the other side is the lo dream where this potential is wrought with intense jealousy, feelings of being left out, isolation, and the fear and/or the reality of being replaced by new emotional attachments.

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SWSG February Topic: Self Care Series

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Dates: Saturday, February 25, 2019
Times: 6:30-8:00 pm

Self care is an important practice for anyone trying to set up a sustainable work-life balance. The emotional labor and social stigma of sex work, among other challenges, make a regular self care practice all the more important for sex workers.

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FEBRUARY TOPIC: Internalized Negative Messages

Dates: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Toward the end of the January poly support group, several folks spoke of, and were in touch with the pain of negative messages that they’d received as children by church leaders, by family, by community. The reverberation of these early life messages may persist as internal expectations, barriers, beliefs and self-criticisms we currently tell ourselves. In our February session, we take time to think about, explore, and share experiences of significant messages that you’ve internalized about self, sexuality, relationships.

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SWSG January Topic: Journaling and self-reflection

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Dates: Saturday, January 28, 2019
Times: 6:30-8:00 pm

During this support group we will take the time to focus on self reflection through the process of journaling. This practice can improve stress coping and reduce anxiety. For those who want journals, we have some donated by the Chicago Books for Women in Prison which we will give out.

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JANUARY TOPIC: The Endeavor to Love Outside of Mainstream Relationship Constraints

Dates: This event has concluded.
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Some of you may be just beginning to explore polyamory, others may have been on this journey for decades, while most somewhere in between. 
Wherever you are, I imagine that the endeavor to color outside the lines may be challenging in a multitude of ways, the ways in which you were raised to be. How’s it going? Let’s get together to discuss, for support. 

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DECEMBER TOPIC: Open Seat & Celebration

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Dates: December 8, 2018
Times: 10 am - 11:45 am

Hello everyone! This is an invitation to any and all who have been to the Polyamory Support group to come kick off the 10th Anniversary of this amazing community! Part of me just wants to celebrate and I know that it is a very difficult time for many of us who identify as marginalized. We are being called out in, oh, so many ways. Please come, let’s huddle if needed, and let’s celebrate this extraordinary group of extraordinary folks.

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Sex Worker Support Group

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Dates: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Times: 6:30-8:00 pm

Come to our support group for sex workers, current and former. Whether you are in need of resources or support, can provide support for others or just need a space to vent, please join us!

The monthly (on Saturdays) topic is a starting place for conversation and connection. Our intention is to follow the needs and interests of those in attendance.  If you would like support or feedback on another topic or issue, please feel free to speak to a facilitator at the outset of the group or to share in the group.

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