Promoting Intimacy and Other-Centered Sexuality
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Phoenix Fellowship Group
NOTE I have kept these
notes up to share ideas that might be useful, however the Phoenix Couples Group
has not met since the late 1990's and none have formed in other cities. No
singles group formed although we had a few good intro meetings
We encourage other groups to form in other locations.
We are sharing ideas from our Phoenix Group which might give you ideas for groups
in your area.
Invitation To Couples & Single Women
Introductory Meeting Required
All couples and single women are required to attend a 3 hour intro
meeting before attending any other events. This helps people feel more secure with
others. Hopefully many of your questions and concerns about who we are will be answered
and you will have the opportunity to meet some of the leaders, host couples and
other new people.
Our last intro January 25, 1997 was attended by 40 people who where were very enthusiastic
and we have completed our follow-up workshops held in February-April. We have a
waiting list for the next intro. However with a very busy schedule of convention
presentations (Reflections at Daytona Beach, FL in March, Visions in Tampa in May,
and Lifestyles in Palm Springs in July), web site construction, Bill maybe going
to be on the East Coast for the Summer etc., we will probably not do another intro
until Fall. If you wish to be on the waiting list to receive invitation, please
call our voicemail 955-0711 and be sure and also leave your phone number as well
as address. Once we set a date you will receive an invitation and if you wish to
attend you will be sent a map to help find it.
Why Not Single Men?
Single women are very welcome but not men without a partner, unless
by invitation of an existing group member but only if we have gender balance. There
currently are no slots available for single men. The majority of couples want to
relate only with other couples although we are trying to encourage couples to be
open to other options. In general, single men often have different issues that don't
mix will with couples seeking friendship with other couples not just sex which is
the prime agenda of many single men. We are much more about intimacy and loving
friendships than just physical sex. See the single
man problem for more information.
After you attend the intro, we have a series of follow-up sessions,
especially designed to help those just starting to explore more intimacy with their
partner, or perhaps others in a more open relationship. None of the follow-up meetings
are required for participation in parties or other events, but they have been very
helpful for most people in the past - regardless of their previous experience.
Sample Events After Intro
The cost for most events is $10/Couple $5 single women. All workshops
are closed to the public. They are only for those that have attended a 3 hour intro
session held 3-4 times a year. Many people are much more comfortable with this restriction
so people get to know and trust each other, not be concerned about new people at
every workshop or event.
Intimacy Meeting & Separate Communications Workshop
Topics: Breaking Your Barriers To Intimacy - Jealousy - Loving Intimacy vs. "Just
Sex" - Sexual Healing- Introduce Hug Circle which is "intimately loving"
but non-sexual - Couples Communications - Couple-centric or individual relating
model - Your Questions, Concerns & Vision
We continue to explore more intimacy using massage. Dave and any
other massage therapists that wish will demonstrate both therapeutic as well as
sensual Esalen massage. Dave will discuss
G-spot massage or demo if any women is willing to have it done in public. We show
a short video with ideas on nudity and clips by the founders of the Stroking Community.
We do a hug circle and an opportunity to share any feelings or issues with the group,
or ask for anything you might like from the group. This is always a very popular
workshop. We also hope to have an ongoing massage group since there is a great deal
of interest - we just need some host couples. We have lots of massage therapists
in the group with massage tables.
Stan Dale, Human Awareness Institute Intro
Intro on tape by Stan Dale, including non-sexual intimacy exercises
with your partner. The full workshops, sponsored by the Human
Awareness Institute, are held all over the world. These are where Dave learned
the most about intimacy and observed the most powerful life-changing experiences
in participants. Its the only group we highly recommend for learning real loving
Parties with different themes or structure hosted by various couples
have been very popular in the past. However, we have lost some of our host homes
for various reasons and seek other couples with homes that can entertain about 40
Massage Group / More Sexual Massage Workshop
Due to the high interest in massage from our massage workshops,
we have a number of people willing to help with what we hope will be an ongoing
massage group. We have some therapists that offer to teach more sexual massage for
those interested. We now have quite a few people with massage tables they can bring.
And of course we can also do good caressing, touch and massage on the floor.
It would be nice to have a regular monthly massage meeting that would rotate between
a number of host homes. It would be similar in some ways to the Stroking Community
but with more choice of different partners and sexual/sensual massage. G-spot massage
would also be an option as long as the woman wanted it. If you are willing to host
such a meeting occasionally on a rotating basis, please contact Dave to coordinate
Sensual Loving WorkshopTM
Hosts: Georg and Janet of Liberated Christians Organization. Georg
has worked as an alternative health care practitioner for over 10 years and is the
owner of the Healing Hands Center
The Sensual Loving WorkshopTM will focus on loving communication and touching. We
will focus on the skills helpful to sharing love with each other through intimate
touch. Demonstrations will be followed by exercises and facilitated discussions
of people's experiences. Clothing may be optional for some of the exercises. Topics
will include communication skills, hygiene, and massage techniques.
Dave's comment: For those that have attended prior massage workshops, where I did
demos, this will give you the opportunity to have a professional therapist share
additional techniques and views as well as to again experience loving, sensual massage
with others in a caring, safe, supportive environment.
Our focus is foremost to create a loving and safe atmosphere to share and
have fun. To that end we require:
- Prior participation in a Liberated Christians 3 hour Introduction
- Respect for the privacy and confidentiality of others.
- Respect for others' unique viewpoints or beliefs.
- Abstinence from intoxicating substances during the workshop.
- Your presence.
Items you may wish to bring, if you have them: Sheets and towels, lotion or oil
(lotion preferred), massage table (let us know if you will bring one), a small pillow,
a massage feather. We are looking forward to a wonderful time with you!
Group House/Meeting/Party Permanent Location
BRAINSTORMING SESSION: (Date to be determined)
There has been alot of interest in establishing a permanent location
to serve as multi-purpose meeting / party / group house, dedicated to the poly lifestyle
and not just the swing scene. For example, there is a conservative red brick schoolhouse
thing with good parking and a couple of classrooms (apartments?) available in NW
Phoenix (but not that far NW). There are also a number of unused Church's for sale
or lease as well as a large 2nd floor private commercial space for workshops at
36th St/Thomas. There also have been ideas on doing larger massage/intimacy workshops
for the general public without scaring them away with polyamory ideas too fast.
These are just examples of ideas if we want to expand and broaden the scope of LC,
either directly or via related groups that would form.
After hearing so much positive feedback, we've decided to start exploring the idea
seriously (not just grinning and fantasizing)!
If you have ideas or resources that may be useful to such an endeavor, please let
us know. We have lots of ideas talent and energy that needs to be organized. We
have a general contractor to help build a facility, have possible land sites available,
an architect, an extensive structural plan for a comprehensive educational program
designed to facilitate Responsible Intimate Non-Monogamy as well as potential financing
plans. We see a need to have more extensive educational offerings, and party house
to offer a more meaningful option than all the commercial swing clubs in town and
for introducing the general public to ideas on intimacy, massage, communications
and the possibility of a responsible nonmonogamous lifestyle as a valid moral option.
If you are interested in being part of the planning team please contact: Eric &
Peri or Dave
A camping trip is being planned for the Spring. There may be an
opportunity for enjoying a hot spring or for other nude activity, depending on the
site selected. We will provide more information in a future newsletter.
VIsions Couples Convention Tampa, Florida May 1-4
This convention does not require you attend our intro. Dave will
be a presenter again this year. We would love to have Liberated Christians people
attend. Presentations will be "Swing Without Guilt or Jealousy" and "More
Fulfilling Swinging thru Intimacy" Details on Visions
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