Polyamory is the practice or desire for intimate relationships with more than one partner, with the knowledge of all partners involved. Polyamory aims to reject the view that sexual or relationship exclusivity is necessary in order to be in a successful relationship. The arrangements in polyamory may differ but generally have recurring themes and values such as fidelity, communication, trust, boundaries and non-possessive love. Polyamory may come in a number of forms ranging from intimate networks to groups of free-loving adults. If you have ever been inclined to learn about all the options that love may entail or just want to understand how love and sex may intertwine in various ways, join us for an exciting panel from polyamorous experts!
About The Speaker/s
Cyndi Darnell is one of Australia’s leading sex and relationship therapists, spearheading progressive sex, well-being and relationships seminars for adults that deeply change people’s lives. She has shared her work across Australia, UK & the USA, including the prestigious Omega Institute in New York and The School of Life, and shared stages with the likes of Dan Savage. In 2015, she was the only sexologist named on MindBodyGreen’s Top 100 Women to Watch.
Her approach spans the clinical to the esoteric with degrees ranging from a bachelor in adult education to two Masters qualifications in sexology and psychotherapy.
A regular at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre, she is a writer and media commentator whose opinion is frequently sought for TV, radio and print that includes ABC’s Luke Warm Sex, The Project, The Huffington Post, Sydney Morning Herald and much more.
Cyndi has been a featured guest on USA podcasts Sex with Emily, Sex Out Loud &Sex Nerd Sandra.
In 2015, she released The Atlas of Erotic Anatomy and Arousal, a pioneering educational video series designed to give upfront adult information about sex, the body and most importantly, pleasure!
She counsels individuals & couples, offers training to professionals on sex and the human condition, and offers insights into the quandaries of the erotic to transform fear into freedom.
About The Masters Series
WeTeachMe is our vision of the future of learning: Inspired and impassioned learning that is run by the people, for the people.
In 2016, WeTeachMe officially became the biggest school in Australia, one giant leap towards our fundamental goal to be the biggest school in the world. As we start on our new journey to attain our next ambition, we begin with empowering thought leaders in every corner of the world by equipping them with the right tools and knowledge that will help them spark new ideas and bringing these ideas to life.
In accordance with this purpose, we have formed a new creative program to assist us in spreading our message into the world. We launched The Masters Series so that we could begin sharing the gifts, knowledge, and experience—of those who have achieved against all odds, the unimaginable in their life.
To achieve this aim, we invite the best and the brightest, the industry movers and shakers, the well-known and influential members of the world of entrepreneurs to share their learnings and experience in an unwavering effort to help those who are in constant search to find the answers. From creating thriving companies out of company to achieving gold medals in the Olympics, learn from the best of the best.
City of Melbourne
The development of Melbourne as a knowledge city has long been a priority. Today, the knowledge city concept remains a central component to the vision of the city. The City of Melbourne seeks to create a future in which the knowledge sector is better branded, understood, valued and experienced.
“The City of Melbourne continues to develop new ways to gather and share information to support those whose innovations and developments underpin the growth of the city. We broaden understanding and respect for Melbourne’s diverse knowledge sector and ensure learning can be a lifelong process.”
Inspire9 is the original community-led co-working space for Melbourne’s startups, freelancers, and creative entrepreneurs. It is a community in the truest sense. We share ideas, responsibilities and opportunities. We collaborate on projects, help our neighbours with a tricky technical problem and broker business deals over a game of pool or ping-pong. At the end of the week, we savour the satisfaction of work well done over a cheese plate and glass of something nice at our friendly Friday Night Drinks.
The Dream Factory has created a space for extraordinary people to gather and innovate in design, technology and social change. It is owned and powered by Impact Investment Group and has become one of Melbourne’s premier workplaces and event locations. The building features an ample on-site and secure car parking, very accessible bike paths from Melbourne CBD and inner north, great end-of-trip facilities, and loads of breakout spaces, meeting rooms and communal areas. The rooftop is one of Melbourne’s best panoramas of the city and port and is accessible to all its tenants.
SPARK empowers, educates and brings together Melbourne's most aspiring entrepreneurs. An initiative by Deakin University, our mission is simple: To invite everyone, Teach the curious, and Empower the best.
SPARK is more than just a moment in time, a source of funding, an event, or even a community. Spark is a startup ecosystem designed to help solve real problems and create a better future.
Startup Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation set up to create More Founders and Better Founders.
Startup Victoria is the go-to destination for all startup related topics. We believe that Melbourne can be one of the world’s best cities to build a startup. We want to help make that a reality by helping to accelerate the growth of Victoria’s startup ecosystem.
Wade Institute is home to The University of Melbourne’s Master of Entrepreneurship. When you’re teaching people to create, make and innovate, the space they occupy should invite them to create new things from the moment they walk in. The Wade Institute centre will do just that.
Rather than walk into a building full of classrooms and offices, students will enter a space with a kit of parts, from walls and screens to different desk parts and lights. This main studio workshop is a white canvas with colourful parts ready to become whatever students and staff need it to be – from open plan classroom to office, customer lab or forum to pitch their business idea.
- Get a better scope of what being polyamorous means.
- Learn more about the different forms of polyamorous love and possibly discover which one is right for you!
- Discover the values that polyamorous people share.
- A greater appreciation of the connection between love and sex.
- Your pre-conceptions or mis-conceptions about polyamorous love cleared up.
- The confidence/curiosity to explore the possibilities of polyamorous relationships.
- A once in a lifetime chance to talk to those experts in unconventional love!
- The opportunity to meet the movers and shakers, as well as expand your network.
- Invaluable pieces of advice from industry experts.
- Personal growth and learning.
- Empowerment to stop doubting yourself and make your ideas happen.
- Increase follow-on business and referrals.
- Regain the momentum/motivation you lost somewhere along the road.
- Notepad and pen.
- A camera to document your experience if you like.
Come as you are.
The curious, open minded and anyone interested!
Vendor sincce 2012
It was one afternoon when one of the Founders, Kym Huynh, called Angie Chong of The Humble Dumpling, just to have a conversation. It had been an intense start to 2017 and just shy of 3 months, Kym wanted to connect again with what brought him inspiration, joy and fulfilment - the people and companies that he works with.
For him that day, inspiration came in the form of Angie Chong. By some wonderful stroke of serendipity, Angie shared an inspiring excerpt from the book “The Last Chinese Chef” by Liang Wei. For Kym, the words were both beautiful and moving, and created a fundamental and tectonic shift. These words would later lay the foundation for the launch of the WeTeachMe Pop-Up School.
“Apprentices have asked me, what is the most exalted peak of cuisine? Is it the freshest ingredients, the most complex flavors? Is it the rustic, or the rare? It is none of these. The peak is neither eating nor cooking, but the giving and sharing of food. Great food should never be taken alone. What pleasure can a man take in fine cuisine unless he invites cherished friends, counts the days until the banquet, and composes an anticipatory poem for his letter of invitation?”
Angie Chong invites people into her own home to share food, so that she can pass on her heritage and knowledge. It is not only the act of sharing that is magical, but also the pleasure one can take when the bequeathed knowledge is used to leave a positive and lasting impact on cherished friends, family, and maybe - if it happens enough - our communities, and one day, the world.
And so the classes, workshops and courses, where we invite the best and most influential people in the world to present at, act as a conduit to pass on knowledge and heritage to a willing and mindfully curious audience. It’s an invitation that brings together people who believe in the the idea of sparking an eagerness to learn, so that together, we can propel a tidal wave of transformation that impacts not only on our own lives, but the lives of those who surround us, and then our communities.
Hence, each booking page is more than just a place where you can register your interest. It is an anticipatory poem in the guise of an invitation. When you claim your ticket, it’s an anticipation that the learning experience is set, the classroom is ready, and that the experience will be great. And best of all, that you’re going to be sitting next to people who are just as eager about learning and curious about life as you are.
It is a surprising thing. A surprising feeling. And it appeals to the human need to learn, to share, and to experience.