Vino & Vulvas®: Relationship Structures - From Monogamy to Polyamory

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True or False? If you’re in a romantic relationship, there are currently two different models that you can choose. Tried and true monogamy, or upcoming and daring polyamory. Because those two things are VERY different. 
If you chose “true”, you should consider attending this talk. (If you chose “false” you’re already well on your way to soaking up all the good stuff we’ll be digging into.) Because we’re calling BS on the whole damn thing. We talk about all of the different ways people have figured out how to have relationships within monogamy as well as the huge array of options that can be considered polyamory. And believe it or not, there’s some overlap! 

Enjoy!

Heather Edwards

Vino & Vulvas founder and host, Sex Counselor & Educator, Pelvic PT

Kathryn Shanks

Mental Health Professional, LPCA

Tikva Wolf

Comic, Polyamory Educator, Author of Kimchi Cuddles

Bernie Newton

Mental Health Professional, LPC, Sex Therapist
The mission of Vino & Vulvas® is to invite community between cross-disciplinary sexual health providers and the public, and to create conversation that encompasses the depth of inclusive human sexuality.

What's included?

  • One hour panel discussion
  • 45 minute anonymous Q&A with live audience

Who is this for?

Vino & Vulvas is always open to all genders, ages (18+), orientations, and races. We strive to be as legitimately inclusive as possible. Know that when you come to V&V, we’re trying hard to avoid heteronormative, cis-normative, white supremacist, sex-negative, patriarchal bullshit. 

About Vino & Vulvas®

We provide an open space for talking about challenging topics that are often taboo. We meet in a public venue to get out of the shadows and create an open community where all of us (women, men, genderqueer, trans, gay, straight, bisexual, experienced, newbies, kinky, vanilla, young, mature, all races etc.) can laugh and learn more about our sexual selves. We can start to bridge the gap between sexual healing practices, medical sexual health, and sex therapy. It's sure to be an exciting journey. Get comfy and and enjoy some edgy, inclusive, and informative conversation.
Meet the Host!

Heather Edwards, PT, Sex Counselor & Educator, Founder of Vino & Vulvas® (she/they)

Heather Edwards, PT, CSC has been a pelvic physical therapist for 17 years and is an AASECT certified Sexuality Counselor as well as a Sex Educator. They achieved their dual certificate at the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program. They founded Vino & Vulvas in 2015 and it quickly became their favorite thing to do. They have presented at APTA and AASECT conferences and teaches for Pelvic Guru Academy on the topic of Trans-Inclusive Sexual & Pelvic Health. In addition to education and clinical work, Heather is an artist and illustrator of the coloring book series "Coloring Books for the Crotch Enthusiast". To connect with Heather, email [email protected]H
Patrick Jones - Course author

Panelist Bios

Kathryn Shanks, LPCA (she/her)

Kathryn Shanks is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) in private practice at POiNT Health Collective, in Asheville, NC. She specializes in self-care, developmental trauma, and developing more loving and empowering relationships in clients’ lives. Her approach to therapy is largely somatic (body-centered), and also incorporates expressive arts and ecotherapy. She is the founder of the Deep Ecology Mediation group in Asheville, a practitioner of Zen Buddhism, a student of the School of Celtic Consciousness, and a lover of the natural world. As someone who is polyamorous herself, Kathryn has years of both personal and professional experience in the study, application, and navigation of non-monogamy and alternative relationship structures. You can reach her at [email protected]

Tikva Wolf, Author, Artist (they/them)

Tikva Wolf is a comic artist focusing on the topics of healthy communication and relationship dynamics. Wolf’s work is used as an aid by therapists and educators, has been translated to several different languages, and is a part of the Kinsey Institute’s archive collection as well as the Ivy Plus Libraries Global Webcomics Archive. Most well-known for the webcomic Kimchi Cuddles, which covers a wide range of non-monogamous and queer topics, Wolf also has a collection of published books and creates card games. For more, check out: TikvaWolf.com

Bernard J. Newton, Jr. MS, LPC, LSAT (he/him)

Bernie is the owner of Newton Psychotherapy & Consulting, where he is a licensed professional counselor in private practice and a business consultant to other psychotherapists. Having received a degree in Neuroscience from William & Mary and a Masters in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary, he enjoys postmodern conversations around the intersections of neurophysiology, mental health, family systems, and a broad view of spirituality. Throw sexuality in that mix, and he is having a blast! 
Bernie has been a lay sex educator for his peers since middle school and continues that tradition of education and support in his practice. As a gay man who grew up in a conservative southern household, his personal journey has helped him develop a strong passion for supporting folks as they discover a sense of freedom, depth, and wholeness in their sexuality. In order to foster this work, he is currently fulfilling the educational requirements for certification as a sex therapist and sexuality educator through the Sexual Health Certificate Program at the University of Michigan. 
When not in the office, Bernie can be found on and offstage at his local community theatre and enjoying life in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, with his husband, Chris. You can learn more about his services and contact him at www.newtonpsych.com. 
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