We don’t know for sure what the programme will look like, and we’ll only find out there. International OpenCon Catalonia (IOCC) is run as an unconference, a work-in-progress whose programme will be updated as the meeting happens. Every attendee is considered an organiser, and if you have a cool idea, you’re very much encouraged to make it happen! The basic format of the weekend is that there’ll be a mostly-empty daytime workshop schedule (see below), which people can fill in as they propose workshops, and there’ll be participant-run evening entertainment as well.
To give you an idea, in the previous meetings there were over twenty workshops, very few of which had been arranged in advance. Topics of the workshops/discussions included activism, feminism, negotiating hierarchy, legal aspects of Polyamory, games, shiatsu massage, flirting theory and much much more. Many people also chose to spend time socialising and informally chatting on the grass by the swimming pool, rather than in workshops.
Please think about the personal knowledge and experience you could share with the rest of us. To propose a workshop or activity, send us an email, or – even better – post your suggestion in the Facebook group of participants for discussion.
Workshops are facilitated discussions or activity groups on a variety of topics related to non-monogamous living. They will be opportunities to hear how other people are living, to share your knowledge and experience, and to learn some skills. There will probably be multiple workshops on at once, each lasting about one hour, but they are all optional – you pick and choose what you feel like doing.
Workshops can be proposed by anyone, so the programme will continue to evolve before and during the meeting. Workshop facilitators are not supposed to be the “expert” on the topic, but to help discussion flow and ensure everyone who wants to has a chance to have their say. Running a workshop only requires having a clear topic and a minimum of preparation. Sitting to chat in a circle works well for keeping things non-hierarchical and low-pressure.
The following guidelines can help workshop organisers to ensure a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment:
Polyamory-related workshops are the main focus of the event, but there are other ways to participate, for example if you like to entertain a friendly public (e.g. as a stand-up comedian, a DJ, a singer or a poet), or if you have a skill you would like to share (e.g. drumming, massage, circus skills) you are welcome to organize your session!
There will be plenty of space for socialising and relaxing, both indoors and outdoors (including a lovely swimming pool – fingers crossed for good weather!).
Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) will be provided from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch, and will take place in a common dinning room. The food will be prepared by two cooks who will be in-house for the weekend and offer healthy and well-balanced menus mainly using organic ingredients. The main menu will be vegan and gluten-free, with a few non-vegan, with-gluten extras on the side. We are afraid we cannot cater for more specific requirements. If you have any specific food allergies please let us know and we will tell you in advance which specific meals may pose a problem to you; you should then plan accordingly by bringing a replacement for those meals. Your apartment will have a kitchen where you can cook and a fridge where you can store food.
The cooks will cook, but it will be up to us to prepare the dining room before, serve the meals, and clean it up afterwards. So each participant will belong to a (pre-defined) team, and each team will be on duty just once, associated with a specific meal.
Draft programme (just to give you an idea…)
9:40pm-10:00pm: Welcoming and introduction
10:00pm-10:30pm: Small-group discussion
10:30pm – 12.00am: Dancing, Social time
8:30am-10:30am: Check-in for Saturday arrivals
8:30 am -9:30am: BREAKFAST
4:45pm – 5:30pm: Coffee break and small group time
9:30-12:00: Social time
12:30pm – 1:00pm: Small-group time