We are springing into 2020 with a season of salons all about relationships, exploring sologamy, polyamory, sprituality, the environment, community – how we connect – what does this mean and are we ready for Relationship Anarchy? Fill your boots with inspiring conversations curated/created by Majella with cutting edge thinkers/doers/be-ers. Being human is messy and we are not afraid to get deep down and dirty with you.
“Either to please or to educate.”
Quintus Horatius Flaccus (8 December 65 BC – 27 November 8 BC)
“A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. Salons were carried on until quite recently in urban settings.”
27th February 6.30 for 7pm start to 9pm Saint Espresso, Camden
The first season of salons for 2020 explores relationships, relationship with ourselves and others. The apparently* rapidly changing face of how relationships are constructed in our social world impacts on all aspects of our lives. At the core our relationship with ourselves is the most important. Without a true relationship of loving/accepting all aspects of who we are; the great, the angry, the mean, the lovely, the bright, the dim… you get the picture right? Who are we without ourselves?
*relationships have always been more that hetero-normative.
You are invited to join in the conversation, explore what connecting, loving and valuing ourselves means for you. How the social and political world impacts on who we are in the world. The need for more rituals.
Opening Majella’s Salon Season are sologamists Donna Lancaster co-founder of The Bridge Retreat and Sophie Tanner, author and hosted by fellow sologamist and relationship anarchist Majella Greene.
Donna Lancaster is one of the Co-founders and facilitators of The Bridge Retreat and has been working with individuals, couples and groups for over 30 years. Donna is celebrating her 3rd wedding anniversary in 2020 and is looking forward to sharing the joy of committing fully to yourself for a fulfilled life with all it’s ebbing and flowing. An experienced Imago relationships practitioner, Hoffman facilitator, her work is heavily influenced by the teachings of David Richo and Sobonfu Some.
Writer, PR and content consultant, events organiser and sologamist; in 2015, after twenty years of dating Sophie Tanner married herself in a public cultural ceremony in Brighton. She discusses what she’s learned about self compassion and self acceptance in her quest for ‘happily ever now’. Sophie is a Brighton-based author and freelance digital content & PR consultant with 15+ years of experience across lifestyle and travel sectors. She is also a NCTJ-qualified journalist. https://www.imarriedme.co.uk/
Hosted by Majella Greene @MotivationalMaj
In 2010 my relationship with someone I loved dearly (loved in my misguided socialisation way – wanted, tried to fit us both into a socially prescribed box with specific milestones to track our progress) ended. A few days after ending the relationship I was on holiday with two of my siblings and messy, broken. I married myself on the rebound. I am excited to host an evening with other fabulous sologamists to explore what does this mean, what difference has it made and whether more of us would benefit from marrying ourselves first?
26th March 2020 6.30 for 7pm to 9pm Saint Espresso, Camden
It seems the exploration of alternatives to monogamy are becoming more openly discussed, types of non-monogamous relationships more socially acceptable, dating sites for ‘regular daters’ now have many people stating they are in poly relationships. This evening will present the diversity of possible relationship styles, and including self-partnering and why they might be important (in terms of how we can love ourselves, others, and the wider world as well as possible).
Meg John Barker
Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including Queer: A Graphic History, Gender: A Graphic Guide, How To Understand Your Gender, Life Isn’t Binary, Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To), Rewriting the Rules, The Psychology of Sex, and The Secrets of Enduring Love. They have also written a number of books for scholars and counsellors on these topics, drawing on their own research and therapeutic practice.
Guests to be announced – save the dates:
23rd April, 28th May, 25th June, 23rd July, 24th September, 29th October, 26th November