Dan has been with partner dawn for 18 years and Karen for 10 years, as well as other relationships. He has embraced polyamory as a way of life. He is passionate and entertaining and has presented at over 100 events around North America. He is the co-author of two books and co-creator of the wildly popular Kink Starter cards! He also co-produces two unique events, Power eXchange Summit and Beyond The Love:The Polyamory Summit.
He is a co-host of the Erotic Awakening internet radio show; co-creator of the Scarlet Sanctuary and Path of the Qadishti (sacred sexuality spaces); a featured educator on both Kink Academy and Creative Sexuality; and mentioned in a number of books, articles, and other media.
You can find out most of what Dan is doing, events and books, podcast and more at www.eroticawakening.com
Indigo Dawn is a being of light and love, with a passion for deep connection and movement. An intuitive mover since the age of 6, she has trained in contact improvisation, West African, Middle-Eastern, classical Indian, swing, salsa, contemporary, and modern dance styles. After working to combat educational inequality with Teach for America, she left the corps to pursue societal change via individual transformation. As a changemaker, Indigo seeks to improve the lives of others by spreading authenticity, awareness, and self-expression.
Ignacio Rivera is a Queer, Two-spirit, Black-Boricua Taíno, who prefers the gender-neutral pronoun “they.” Ignacio is an internationally known lecturer, activist, sex educator, and performance artist. Ignacio has over 20 years experience on multiple fronts including economic justice, anti-racist and anti-imperialist work, as well as mujerista and LGBTQ movements.
Their work has manifested itself through skits, one-person shows, poetry, lectures, workshops and experimental film. Ignacio’s body of work has focused on gender and sexuality, specifically on queer, trans, and sexual liberation issues within a race/class dynamic.
Their written work has appeared in ColorLines, Ebony, Curve, Yellow Medicine Review, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Trans Bodies Trans Selves , The Ultimate Guide to Kink, Genderqueer: And Other Gender Identities, and in their chapbooks—Las Alas, co-authored by Maceo Cabrera Estévez; Ingridients, and Thoughts, Rants and What Some Might Call Poetry.
Ignacio is the founder of Poly Patao Productions (P3), one of the founding board members for Queers for Economic Justice, blogs on What They Said Blog and is a 2016 inaugural, Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow. JBC is a movement building platform designed to initiate, cultivate and fund strategic efforts to end child sexual abuse.
Jonica Hunter believes that love has no limits and lives life accordingly. They have helped to put on poly events for many years and receive great joy from helping to create space for others to explore their own identities. Much of Jonica’s time and energy is directed towards the deep examination of self and all-that-is, and the practical integration of those discoveries. Jonica experiences no internal sense of gender. He is accepting of whatever gender you think best fits her in any given moment, but they prefer a running mixture of pronouns when referencing zir. Zhe takes xyr goofy and playful nature seriously.
Max and Elise, two members of a 3 person polycule for the last three years, are both mediators and NVC practitioners. Max and Elise used their mediation skills to great effect when they opened up their relationship nine years ago. Both of them have been teaching trainings at New Culture camps East, West and Hawaii, at Lovingmore Conferences and other poly camps. Elise and others have been contributing to Max’s forthcoming book, “Tired of Having the Same Old Argument?” which is available in draft form at this camp.
Michael Rios is an entrepreneur and practical visionary with a creative genius for freedom and empowerment; as some have said, “Michael doesn’t have a box to think outside of.” In 1964, he founded a commune based on service, spirituality, and sensuality that lasted 30 years and (among other projects) provided emergency shelter and support services for homeless people and troubled young adults. In addition, he started one of the first domestic violence hotlines in the US in 1971, and one of the first computer business in the US in 1976. Michael co-founded and lives at Chrysalis, a small urban intentional community in Arlington, VA, whose mission is to support activists and healers (www.chrysalis-va.org). Since 2004, he has been a major organizer of Network for a New Culture’s East Coast Summer Camp (www.nfnc.org, www.cfnc.us) and other events aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment. In 2011, Michael became the director of Abrams Creek Center (www.abramscreekcenter.com), a retreat center in the mountains of West Virginia. His current passion is creating an “intentional village” there and in the nearby town – a place where people live consciously with and near one another, building a life based on personal enterprise and freedom, economic independence, and a web of social interconnectedness (http://aciv.cfnc.us).
Sarah Taub, Ph.D., is a cultural activist whose passion is creating events where people transform. She teaches the skills of peaceful, sustainable community – self-awareness, honesty, clear boundaries – and facilitates group processes of many sorts, including consensus decision-making, business meetings and retreats, ZEGG Forum (www.zegg-forum.org/), and conflict resolution sessions. Sarah co-founded the first cohousing community in Washington, DC, and for the past 10 years has lived at Chrysalis, a small urban intentional community in Arlington, VA whose mission is to support activists and healers (www.chrysalis-va.org). Since 2004, she has been a major organizer of Network for a New Culture’s East Coast Summer Camp (www.nfnc.org, www.cfnc.us) and other events aimed at creating a culture based on awareness, compassion, and freedom rather than on fear and judgment. In 2006, she left her tenured professorship in Cognitive Linguistics at Gallaudet University to focus full-time on events, community-building, and cultural change. Since 2011, she has been the financial and programs manager for Abrams Creek Center(www.abramscreekcenter.com), a retreat center and community in the mountains of West Virginia. Sarah’s current koan: only when you let go of urgency can you be truly effective.