FAQ's

What are the dates of the Southwest Love Fest Conference?

Southwest Love Fest 2023 will be Friday April 14th through Sunday April 16th.

 
What is the ticket cost? Do you offer reduced cost tickets or scholarships?

Early bird tickets are $150 per person for a full 3 day conference pass. Day passes will become available two weeks before the conference.

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. people of color, transgender folx, etc). Email us at southwestlovefest@gmail.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?
Our policy is no refunds, tickets may be given or sold to another attendee however. Email us to arrange a ticket transfer by sending us the person's name and email address that you'd like to transfer the ticket to.
 
How will Southwest Love Fest 2023 work?

SWLF 2023 will returning to a 200+ attendee in-person conference, Friday through Sunday.

 

  • Friday will be a social and fun day to have folks start to get to know each other in creative ways. There will be two simultaneous workshop tracks with 4-6 workshops total for that day. Idea is that workshops this day will be more social, artistic/creative and body movement as well as some new to non-monogamy 101 level workshops. Friday evening will have a facilitated consent based cuddle party.

 

  • Saturday will have three workshop tracks with two workshop tracks more content driven (think your more standard workshops) and the third track for more light-hearted workshops for about 10-14 workshops total. That third track again will be more the fun/artistic/somatic workshops. Saturday evening will have some fun entertainment such as a dance party.

  • Sunday will have two tracks and will be an integration day. There will be 1-4 integrative workshops total. The conference ends midday with a town hall for folks to share their joys & struggles in their community and also share their feedback on the conference.

 
What is the the Hotel Venue? What is the physical accessibility like for the hotel?

Our hotel is the La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tucson - Reid Park, located at 102 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711. The workshop rooms are all located on the first floor inside and are located just off of the lobby. There are no stairs at the entrance or anywhere on the first floor. There are 1st floor & 2nd floor hotel rooms with elevators available for the 2nd floor rooms.

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 will provide childcare upon request. Please let us know the age(s) of your child(ren) in your email request to us so we can find an appropriate childcare provider. 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 airborne illness protocol do you follow?

We will have air filters running in the workshop spaces to reduce airborne illness risk. 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 strongly recommend any current vaccines for those that are able to be vaccinated to reduce the risk for everyone. We will have masks on hand if anyone needs one as well as a limited supply of Covid-19 rapid tests.

What emotional support or conflict resolution is available at the conference?

We have an Emotional Support team with at least one person on call during conference hours. Emotional Support team members are there to give you a caring ear or find you additional support if needed. We also have an chill quiet space with calming activities such as coloring books as well as a QTPOC safe space. And finally we are an inclusive consent based conference, see here for our full Consent, Inclusivity & Accountability Framework.

How many people are coming? Who attends?

Last year (2022) we limited the size in person due to Covid, but 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:

SWLF 2019 Ethnicity Stats
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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%
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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%
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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%
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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.

We will have a dedicated social activities staff member this year possibly providing things like speed dating, pool party, game night, cuddle puddle and flirt board as well! Stay tuned...

What is the town hall?

The town hall is a chance to share struggles/successes or ask questions for yourself and/or from your community. It is also a chance to give direct feedback about your SWLF conference experience of what you appreciated, what you felt needs work and what was missing for you.

What’s included in a full conference pass?

A Live Con conference pass includes access to all workshops, discussions, panels, meetups, social events, evening entertainment & town hall Friday through Sunday.