What are we looking for?
SWLF looks for workshops that are thought-provoking, inclusive, sex & body positive, playful, teach healthy community-care and self-care, build up communities and break down existing sources of power inequality. SWLF also looks for workshops that are for different levels of experience in non-monogamy as well as different types of non-monogamy practices. SWLF also looks for diverse approaches to workshops, using many senses, not just auditory or visual, but also somatic experiences, body movement, artistic, etc. Here are some topic ideas:
101, 201 and 301 topics
Gender identity/sexual orientation
Polyam as a political identity
D/s and polyam
Aces and grey sexuals (asexuality)
Spirituality and relationships
Small town communities
Expanding beyond capitalism
Next generation of polyam
Somatic therapy, stress relief
Ableism and mental health
Addressing power differentials in relationships/different marginalizations
Festival etiquette or conference etiquette
Sexual health (STI’s), fluid bonding, PREP
Man-sharing/kinship circles etc
What does being a workshop facilitator look like?
With your workshop, you provide an experience to 10-50 attendees. This might be an artistic, somatic, information/experience sharing, interactive, combinations of these or other forms of experience. Workshops can be anywhere from 30 min to 2 hours.
Each facilitator of a workshop receives a free ticket plus an additional free ticket for a person of their choice (limited to 2 additional tickets per workshop if there are more than two workshop facilitators or a moderated panel).
Workshops are also paid a profit share of the total budget of the event. SWLF reserves 40% of their budget to pay facilitators & staff. SWLF pays one profit share of that 40% of the budget per workshop. So 1 workshop = 1 profit share. The specific amount for a profit share is based on how much money is brought in by ticket sales & fundraising divided by how many workshops there are + the 8 staff positions. Marginalized facilitators are paid a slightly higher profit share as a micro-reparation.
All travel and lodging must be arranged by the facilitator as SWLF does not book travel or hotel rooms. Travel, hotel reimbursements, supplies reimbursement or additional honorariums can be requested based on need and are granted within budget allowances.
Workshop Submissions for Sex by Southwest
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What will Southwest Love Fest 2023 look like?
SWLF 2023 will again be a Friday through Sunday conference (date TBA but most likely the last weekend of March) and will have about 20 workshop spots total.
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.
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.
Sunday will have two tracks and will be an integration day. There will be 1-4 integrative workshops total.