Polyamory & Open Relationships // Wheaton College // November 2015

Polyamory & Open Relationships // Wheaton College // November 2015

Title: Polyamory & Open Relationships: Designing & Sustaining

Workshop Description: Despite its most prevalent stereotype, non-monogamy is not all sex, sex, sex, but is actually mostly talk, talk, talk. Unlike monogamy, open relationships rarely come with a list of pre-determined rules, so we need to make our own. But how?

This workshop offers a guide through this very terrain, introducing participants to the many different forms of non-monogamy (polyamory, open relationships, monogamish relationships, polyfidelity, clopen relationships, etc) and helping participants create their own map through the rocky landscape that is designing a sustainable, non-monogamous relationship tailored to fit all partners involved.

Tackling common challenges unique to non-monogamy such as managing jealousy, creating solid relationship agreements, and communicating clearly about your needs and wants, this workshop serves as the perfect introductory course for non-monogamists or a useful tune-up for the in-the-thick-of-it pros.

Participants should bring a pen and notebook as each participant will walk away with a customized collection of worksheets & reflections to get them started on and/or help continue on the journey through non-monogamy.

This workshop is perfect for… College students, a group of friends, couples & adults more generally



All workshops are customizable to your particular group & goals. Workshops listed on this site are just a few examples of the sex & sexuality topics Yana is trained to teach & talk about so please contact her if you have a particular topic in mind.

Thank you!


Keene State student newspaper member Angelique Inchierca wrote a great piece about this workshop when I presented it to their students in January 2018 here.

“Thank you! It is so important to create spaces for people to initiate their own learning and exploration of potentially scary topics (and you did so in such an open, endearing & light way!”

“Your workshop gave [my partner & I] openings and direction for some really great conversations last night and moving forward. Deeply grateful, not only for the info, but your ‘style’. It’s so permissive and invitational. Your modeling always helps me find my own permission to move beyond my limits and assumptions with more freedom and curiosity. You really helped me understand a more helpful framework to navigate my emotions in relationship to exploring poly”. 

– Polyamory & Open Relationships // Easthampton Co.Lab // February 2016

“Wheaton Sexual Health Advocacy Group loved having Yana come and do her Polyamory 101 Workshop with our community. She was so inclusive in the content of her workshop and her language. We look forward to inviting her back to Wheaton in the future to experience more of the workshops and talks she has to offer”

– Wheaton College // November 2015

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