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Powerful strategies for navigating marriage, family and other long-term relationships

"Relationships for life"

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Gay and Katie Hendricks

From judgment to genius

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  • Safety as a limiting principle
  • Appreciation unlocks genius
  • Upper Limit Problems
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Jayson Gaddis

Understanding conflict and connection

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  • Identifying your conflict story
  • How your relational blueprint forms
  • Transforming victim triangle relationship patterns
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Dr H Hendrix & Dr H LaKelly Hunt

The power of wonder

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  • Why objecting to difference leads to conflict
  • How the Imago process gives couples a structure to move past problems toward empathy
  • The single feature of a thriving couple
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Jennifer Petriglieri

Dual career couple challenges

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  • How to choose whose career should take priority and when
  • How to set boundaries as a couple
  • Prioritizing home, work and family life
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Dr Tina Payne Bryson

Showing up in relationship

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  • How secure attachment predicts resiliency
  • The four S's of attachment science
  • Reflection as a legacy-changing tool
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Dr Daryl Johnson

A blueprint for a solid relationship

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  • Ways to strengthen an existing relationship
  • How to start a new relationship on the right foot
  • How to spot and manage red flags in a relationship
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Ty Powers

How to live, love and work together

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  • Strategies for resolving conflict and creating harmony
  • How to be in a long-term professional and personal partnership together
  • Navigating racial and gender power dynamics in relationship
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Kara Hoppe

Overcoming baby bombs

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  • Danger signs for relationships with small children
  • The importance of secure functioning
  • How to find time for your relationship around small children
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Amy McMahan

Thriving after a baby

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  • The most important factors that build resiliency in couples
  • Signs of perinatal mood disorders and how to get help
  • Guides for staying connected and managing conflict and stress
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Dr Dan Brown

Childhood attachment and adult relationships

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  • The 4 attachment styles
  • How positive visualisation can support healing attachment trauma
  • The 3 pillars of healing attachment trauma

Conference Day 2

Dating apps, communication styles, compatibility and polyamory

"Dating and attraction"

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John Gray

Stress responses in men and women

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  • How traditional male and female roles have evolved
  • Strategies to lower the stress caused by this evolution of roles
  • Why women and men naturally react to stress in different ways
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Heather Monroe

Healing relational trauma

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  • How attachments formed in our childhood impact our adult relationships
  • Why intensity in relationship is not intimacy
  • What trauma bonding looks like and how to break the pattern
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Mat Boggs

Everlasting Love

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  • What principle keeps love alive for decades
  • Which small habit creates distance in relationship
  • How a "5-minute sweaty conversation" can resolve any conflict
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Kevin Patterson

Dating and racial dynamics

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  • Kevin's experiences of the polyamorous community as a Black man
  • The issues around having a racial preference when dating
  • The importance of inclusive spaces
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Marni Battista

Attracting high quality partners

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  • Identifying hurdles keeping you stuck in your dating process
  • The unconscious mistakes women make when trying to attract a high-quality partner
  • The importance of owning your authenticity to improve your dating results online and offline
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Michael Stone

Manifest your desired relationship with breathwork

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  • How our unconscious thinking patterns can prevent successful relationships
  • Using breathwork to transcend these thinking patterns
  • The 6 keys to a successful relationship
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Lamont White

Keys to long-term love for gay men

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  • Priorities for partnership
  • The key to dating apps and social media
  • The versatility of virtual dating
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Shana James

The relationship crisis for men

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  • Signs men don't feel safe expressing emotions
  • Steps to hold space for big feelings
  • The ways women communicate that push men away
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Dr Meg-John Barker

Rewriting the rules of relationships

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  • Understanding different relationship styles
  • Having difficulties in your relationships doesn't make you a failure
  • The importance of figuring out what ways of relating work for you
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Sarika Jain

Becoming Relationship Ready

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  • How closing your 'ex files' helps open the door to 'the one'
  • Why women keep sabotaging their love life, and how to change it
  • How to become relationship-ready for the right partner
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Tripp Lanier

Relationship alignment

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  • Meeting needs when considering a partner
  • Discomfort as information
  • Recognizing when you're out of alignment
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Jessica Fern

Attachment styles in nonmonogamy

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  • Understanding what is consensual nonmonogamy
  • How attachment shows up in nonmonogamy
  • Using the HEARTS method to navigate attachment in nonmongamy
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Ryan Patrick

Finding love post-COVID

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  • The importance of individual personal development
  • Polarity, energy and magnetic draw between sexes
  • Online dating tips and traps
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Dr. Ruth L. Schwartz

Conscious Lesbian Dating & Love

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  • How to stop committing too fast
  • How to avoid emotional draining to foster closeness
  • What is female sexual fluidity

Conference Day 3

Your guide to growing connection and intimacy

"Communication"

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Dr Stan Tatkin

Redefining love as the act of showing up

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  • The biology of connection
  • The power of explicit guidelines for relating
  • Why showing up however we feel is so important
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Jocelyn and Aaron Freeman

Shortening argument hangovers

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  • The danger of avoiding conflict
  • Avoiding "the trap" during an argument
  • Time out vs walking out leads to repair
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Martha Kauppi

Core skills for polyamory & open relationships

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  • The main issues that arise in nonmonogamous relationships
  • 4 core communication skills
  • How to make strong agreements with one's partner(s)
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Dr Robert Holden

The enneagram and relationships

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  • What the enneagram is
  • How to use the lens of the enneagram for deeper intimacy
  • Practical lessons for each enneatype in relationship
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Dr Betty Martin

Exploring desire through giving and receiving

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  • The Wheel of Consent as a practice of giving and receiving
  • Why it's important to practice giving and receiving
  • How to practice and the positive impact personally and relationally
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Justin Hancock

Consent as more than yes or no

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  • Consent is not just about yes and no, it's about the freedom to choose
  • Consent is not just about sex, it shows up in all areas of life
  • We can always have more consent
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Dr Alexis Shepperd

Cultivating depth and intimacy

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  • The importance of welcoming everything
  • How to share your deepest experience
  • The power of applied empathy
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Rafia Morgan

Moving beyond defensiveness

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  • Why our shadows can get in the way of intimacy
  • What causes defensiveness
  • How to cultivate true forgiveness and connection
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Dr Kathryn Ford

Cultivating intimate communication

Expert's Website
  • The practice of Aperture Awareness
  • Why learning to attune to your partner is so important
  • How repair is different from accepting blame.
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Shezza Walters

Sexy new earth relationships

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  • The importance of taking responsibility
  • How to work with our shadows
  • The power of vulnerability in intimacy
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David Cooley

Managing conflict in relationships

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  • Why conflict in relationships is normal and how to manage it
  • How to prevent escalating issues that arise
  • Skills to listen and communicate when conflict arises
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Terri Lonowski

Soulful listening for relationships

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  • How to use the five elements of Soulful Listening
  • What is the impact of loneliness and isolation
  • How to use the breath to come into the present

Conference Day 4

Techniques and tools that support your pleasure and health

"Sexual intimacy "

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Celeste Hirschman and Dr Danielle Harel

Cultivating sexual compatibility

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  • How to have conversations about sexual needs and desires
  • What turns people on and why
  • How to learn what your partner wants in an experiential way
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Rafaella Fiallo

Sexual self-care

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  • What is sexual self-care
  • Sex education culture and the limits to sexual wellbeing
  • Reclaiming one's sexuality
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Darshana Avila

Connecting to your eroticism

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  • What is Erotic Wholeness
  • Practical tips for connecting to your eroticism on your own
  • Practical tips for erotic connection with your partner (with and without intercourse)
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Dr David Malebranche

Intimacy and pleasure

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  • The importance of talking about sexual health
  • How pleasure can be part of a sexual health assessment
  • How to handle sexual health and sexual needs over a lifetime
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Janel Vitale

Navigating mismatched needs

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  • Going beyond Sexual Mythology
  • Moving through shame to foster connection
  • Compromise beyond coersion and repression
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Justine Dawson

Cultivating mindful desire

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  • The relationship between desire and intimacy
  • How to communicate your desires in relationship
  • How to strengthen your No's and Yes's
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Evelyn Resch

Navigating low libido in relationship

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  • What causes low libido
  • How to navigate different levels of sexual desire in relationship
  • Why radical honesty is so important
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Holly Wood

Different desires in long-term relationships

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  • How desire changes throughout life
  • The three types of sexual desire
  • Physiological and situational factors impacting desire
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Dr Liz Powell

Kink beyond "Fifty Shades of Gray"

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  • Why mainstream media depictions of kink can be harmful
  • How to figure out which fantasies will work for you
  • Practical tips for getting started
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Ruby B. Johnson

Pleasure as anti-oppression

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  • Decolonising consensual nonmonogamy
  • Understanding sexual preferences around kink/BDSM
  • What is pleasure activism

Conference Day 5

Tools to create safety and foster connection within yourself and your relationships

"Emotional intimacy"

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Dawson Church

Tapping through your relationship triggers

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  • How our triggers stop us being emotionally present
  • The biology of our stress response
  • How to use tapping to build deeper emotional connection
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Dr. Margaret Paul

Thriving relationships through Inner Bonding

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  • How control impacts conflict
  • Why the Inner Bonding process can provide relief immediately
  • How self love transforms relationships
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Dr Robert Augustus Masters

Creating emotional intimacy

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  • What is emotional intimacy
  • Why there is no such thing as positive or negative emotions
  • How to express your emotions in relationship
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Melanie Tonia Evans

Finding real love after narcissistic abuse

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  • How to avoid getting trapped in narcissistic relationships
  • Choosing healthy relationships consciously
  • Why self-partnering is critical to a good relationship
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Allison Conte and JT Smiedendorf

Creating a sacred union

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  • What is sacred union, and why does it matter?
  • Working with polarity values to clear conflict & expand consciousness
  • The power of psychedelics for going deeper in relationship
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Dr Patrice Douglas

Managing mental health in relationships

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  • How mental health can impact a relationship
  • How to support someone struggling with a mental illness
  • How to ask for support when you are struggling with a mental illness
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Dr Ava Pommerenk

Recovering from betrayal

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  • What the different types of betrayal are
  • Why betrayal is normal
  • How to recover from betrayal
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LaShelle Lowe-Chardé

Relationship as a spiritual practice

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  • Mindful compassionate dialogue
  • How to set healthy boundaries
  • Relationship repair
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Ali Hendry

Understanding and navigating jealousy

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  • Where jealousy comes from
  • How to manage jealousy when it arises in you
  • How to respond to jealousy in a partner
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Tana Espino

Codependency to confidence

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  • Roles women assume in codependent relationships
  • How to stay in integrity with yourself
  • Setting healthy boundaries
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Dr Marni Feuerman

Ending unhealthy relationship cycles

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  • Making the unconscious conscious
  • How our family relationships influence our romantic partnerships
  • The tools and techniques for breaking unhealthy relationship cycles
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Dr Gertrude Lyons

Rewriting the Mother Code

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  • How to identify our Mother Code
  • How to bring the unconscious to the intentional
  • What it means to continuously be co-creating our relationships through all life's transitions
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Libby Sinback

A toolkit for changes and transitions in relationships

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  • The types of changes that can occur in a relationship, including chosen milestones and other types
  • A toolkit to navigate changes and transitions in relationships
  • Knowing when and how to end a relationship if that feels right

Conference Day 6

Celebrating independence and strengthening one’s relationship with oneself

"Self-love"

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Dr Keith Witt

Stages of self-love

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  • Why everything in life is relationships
  • How moral development affects self-love
  • Simple practices to cultivate self-love
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Jamila Dawson

Connecting through self-love and pleasure

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  • Understanding what self-love and self-care really are
  • Practices to connect to your value and power
  • Understanding the positive impact of self-love on others
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Dr David Hamilton

The practice of self-love

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  • The connection between self-love and intimate love
  • How posture affects self-love
  • The power of vulnerability
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Dr Sophia Graham

Self-consent as the foundation for relating

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  • What is self-consent
  • The positive impact of learning self-consent
  • How to get started
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Lauren Mackler

Mastering the art of aloneness

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  • Why aloneness is so important
  • How to overcome the fear of being alone
  • Practical steps to work on your relationship with yourself
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Mel Cassidy

Radical relating with self

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  • What is "Radical Relating"
  • What pulls us away from an authentic relationship with ourselves
  • How to recognise core needs and break free from harmful stories
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Tia Larkin

Loneliness and social isolation

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  • Who is high risk for loneliness and social isolation

and the signs to seek help

  • The role of technology in preventing or promoting disconnection
  • Tools for coping with feelings of loneliness
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Dr Connirae Andreas

Coming to wholeness

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  • How coming from wholeness can transform a relationship
  • Why going beyond our stories is so important
  • Guided experience of the wholeness process

Conference Day 7

Understanding and navigating social and cultural expectations of relationships

"Relating in the world"

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Marianne Williamson

Creating a spiritually mature relationship

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  • The danger of weaponising our triggers
  • What true maturity really is
  • The power of grace in relationship
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Dr Keith Campbell

Understanding narcissism

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  • What narcissism is
  • How to recognise it in ourselves and others
  • How to manage narcissists
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Yasmin Benoit

Understanding asexuality & aromanticism

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  • What asexuality and aromanticism is and isn't
  • Debunking common myths and misconceptions
  • Understanding sexuality as a spectrum
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John Harper

Relationship without projections

Expert's Website
  • What are object relations
  • How to see our projections
  • Practical steps to be free of past projections in the present
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Miranda Macpherson

Cultivating sacred relationships

Expert's Website
  • The power of prayer for connection
  • How to meet relationships from your deepest nature
  • The vows of ego in relationship
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Kate Northrup

Navigating money and relationships

Expert's Website
  • Why our relationship to money is so important
  • How to talk about money to your loved ones
  • Practical steps to better manage your money
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Amalia Miralrio

Coping with vulnerability in relationships

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  • How cultural factors impact relationship
  • The role of social privilege in dating
  • How to foster intimacy when triggered
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Dr Alex Iantaffi

Gender and relationships

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  • How gender impacts all our relationships
  • The harm in perpetuating gender roles
  • The opportunities that open up if we let go of rigid gender roles
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Zayna Ratty

Intersectionality in relationships

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  • What is intersectionality
  • How intersectionality impacts relationships
  • Race and ethnicity in relationships
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Leanne Yau

Gen Z polyamory and neurodivergence

Expert's Website
  • The need for easily digestible educational content around nonmonogamy
  • How being autistic has impacted Leanne's experiences of polyamory
  • Polyamory in the age of social media
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Jennie Williams

Intimacy and disability

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  • Jennie's own story of disability and intimacy
  • The power of honest communication
  • What the disabled community can teach the non-disabled about sex

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