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Loving in the Anthropocene: A Polypore Inspired Workshop on Queering Concepts of Polyamory & Love

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Anthropocene (/ˈanTHrəpəˌsēn/) adjective: relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

Too much of our human relationships to each other and our planet has been characterized by late capitalism’s drive toward consumption, disposability, and manufactured scarcity. The end result? An apocalyptic impact on humans and our more than human kin! This culture of scarcity and disposability has shaped every aspect of our lives, including the fundamentals of how we relate to and love one another, imposing narrow visions of what is possible in human and more than human relationships.

We believe that loving in the anthropocene is so much richer than the limited models of romantic love that we are given: we have vibrant loverships, friendships, movement collaborations, and all of these are expressions of love!

Between and beyond our human love connections live rich complex ecosystems and ecologies: In this workshop we’ll explore the blessings and pitfalls in how we shape our connection with lovers, friends & collaborators. We’ll listen & expand our love into the learnings of our plant and fungal kin through focusing on the beloved polypore Reishi, a deeply heart nourishing ally! Join us for an afternoon of hands-on exploration, embodied rituals and practices for loving, and making medicine!