What are the dates of the Southwest Love Fest Conference?
Southwest Love Fest 2024 will be Friday April 12th through Sunday April 14th.
What is the ticket cost? Do you offer reduced cost tickets or scholarships?
Tickets are $200 per person for a full 3 day conference pass which includes all evening entertainment as well. Early bird tickets are available for $150 now!
SWLF does offer support for making tickets financially accessible. We have a self-selecting sliding scale ticket in registration (look for #slidingscale) and limited lower sliding scale availability upon request. Sliding scale tickets are geared towards financial accessibility for those who need it, particularly folks that are institutionally marginalized (e.g. BIPOC/People of the Global Majority, transgender folx, [dis]abled folks, etc). Email us at email@example.com to work out a financially feasible ticket price if you need an alternative sliding scale option other than available.
What is your refund policy?
Because we have many non-refundable upfront costs for the conference, we do NOT offer refunds. Tickets may be given or sold to another attendee however. To arrange a ticket transfer, email us the person's name and email address that you'd like your ticket transferred to.
How will Southwest Love Fest 2024 work?
We expect SWLF 2024 to have 400+ attendees. The conference is Friday through Sunday. All three days we will have three tracks of workshops running to give the broadest array of content possible. Friday will include some more social or new to non-monogamy 101 level workshops. Sunday will be more of an integration day with more artistic/creative, reflective and body movement workshops with a closing Town Hall.
What COVID or airborne illness protocol do you follow?
Last year we were able to provide hospital grade air filters in the workshop spaces, we hope to procure those again this year if funds allow. We encourage anyone that is unsure if they've been exposed to any airborne illness (not just Covid-19) to mask to protect others, especially if you're traveling in high exposure environments (e.g. airports) to the conference. We will not be requiring proof of vaccination but offer bracelets to wear if you've had 3 of the original COVID vaccinations and/or one from the last year. We will have masks on hand if anyone needs one as well as a limited supply of Covid-19 rapid tests.
What is the the Hotel Venue? What is the physical accessibility like for the hotel?
Our hotel is the newly renovated Ramada by Wyndham Tucson, located at 1777 W Cushing St, Tucson, Arizona 85745. Attendees can get a discounted hotel room. Parking is free and available for all attendees whether you're a guest or not. The workshop rooms are all located on the first floor with a few ramps and stairs off of the lobby. We will place signage for the accessible ramp routes. The 2nd floor hotel rooms do NOT have elevator access, so for accessibility, make sure to request a 1st floor room.
How many people are coming? Who attends?
Last year (2023) we had 300+ attendees. Prior to the pandemic in 2019, we had over 400 people travel from all over the United States and even a few international attendees. A large majority of attendees identify as some sort of non-monogamous relationship style but anyone is welcome. In 2019, 70% of our attendees were under 45 years old. Here are graphs of some of our other 2019 demographics:
A colorful pie chart of Ethnicity of 2019 attendees. White/Caucausian/Anglo/Euro 73.5%, Black/African-American 5.7%, Latinx/Chicanx/Latino/Hispanic 5.7%, Indigenous/Native American 2.1%, Mixed/Multi 6% and Jewish/Palestinian 4/8%
A colorful pie chart of Sexual Orientation of 2019 attendees. Queer/Gay/Lesbian 28.3%, Ace/Aro/Demi/Sapio 1.2%, Bisexual/Pansexual 31.1% and Straight/Hetero/Heteroflexible 39.4%
A colorful pie chart of Yearly Income of 2019 attendees. $80K+ 23.7%, $50K-$80K 22.6%, $35-$50K 14.9%, $20K-35K 10.3% and less than $20K 28.6%
How can I easily meet others attending the conference?
To facilitate easier meetups with other attendees, we're partnering with the app Bloom Community. The app is consent based and allows for you to easily scroll through attendees to find new friends, dates or hookups before, during and after the conference! They also have a general community chat where all attendees can talk. Look for the event Southwest Love Fest 2024 to join the chat!
Will there be an ASL interpreter available?
We will provide ASL interpretation upon request. Requests must be received 1 month prior to SWLF to allow time for arranging interpreters.
Will there be childcare available?
We provide childcare upon request during daytime workshop hours. Please let us know the age(s) of your child(ren) and if they have any special needs in your email request to us so we can find an appropriate childcare provider. You will need to provide a lunch for your child but we will also provide snacks. Requests must be received 1 month prior to SWLF to allow time for arranging a childcare provider.
Can I earn Continuing Education (CE) credits at SWLF as a therapist?
Yes you can! Tucson Counseling Associates is continuing to sponsor CE credits at SWLF. Stay tuned for which workshops will qualify. Make sure to look for the CE clipboard circulating in CE workshops to give us your contact info or email us afterwards to receive your CE certificate.
What emotional support or conflict resolution is available at the conference?
We are an inclusive consent based conference and we ask that you fully read our Consent, Inclusivity & Accountability Framework. Everything listed in our framework is meant to be embraced and maintained by you first. We believe in empowering individuals and community based support. There will be a decompression 'Chill Space' where there will be quiet activities such as coloring books. We also have a volunteer based Emotional Support team with at least one person on call during all conference hours. Emotional Support team members are there to give you a caring ear or find you additional support if needed.