Polyrhythm is creating events and resources for healthy communication and relationships
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Polyrhythm Portland is a member-led organization dedicated to creating more love in our lives by exploring and practicing authentic relationships, conscious monogamy (monogamish, mono / poly relationships, etc.), compassionate communication, and multiple loving relationships (polyamory, ethical non-monogamy, relationship anarchy, etc.).

We share stories and unconventional wisdom about love and relationships, offer resources for creating happier, healthier lives, and create programs and events that are a heartbeat of the larger Portland polyamory, LGBT+ and sex-positive communities. Many of our members are in and around Portland, Oregon, though you do not need to be in Portland in order to be a member or patron.

Some of the things we talk about at our events and in our online discussion areas include: 

  • Thoughtfully navigating relationships and relationship transitions
  • Polyamory, solo polyamory, and many other ethical non-monogamy styles
  • Relationship anarchy (RA) and relationship fluidity
  • New research and studies in relationships, polyamory, and ethical non-monogamy
  • The 5 Love Languages (and the 5 languages of apology)
  • The 5 Goals of Communication
  • Increasing inclusivity and accessibility of our events and community to marginalized groups and amplifying minority voices, including POC and LGBT+ communities
  • Attachment theory in the context of multiple loving relationships
  • Myths and stigmas our members encounter in their daily lives
  • Consent, including the FRIES and Wheel of Consent models
  • Relationship agreements vs. boundaries vs. rules
  • Jealousy, self-care, and building healthy support systems
  • Compassionate communication and tools and frameworks like NVC, PNDC, etc.
  • Mutual accountability with our friends and peers
  • Emotional labor and personal accountability
  • Intersectional feminism and feminist relationships
  • Memes about relationships and feelings and stuff
  • Polyamory-related news of interest in Portland and around the world

If you find value in what we do, please consider becoming one of our patrons. Your support will help us create more free, inclusive, and accessible events, programs, and resources for all our members who are improving themselves through compassionate communication, understanding and successfully navigating polyamory and non-monogamy, and building healthier relationships in their lives.

There are many polyamory-related groups and communities in Portland (hey, neighbors and friends!) and Polyrhythm stands apart in a few key areas:

  • Polyrhythm is a resource- and support-focused community that's strictly a SFW (safe for work) and non-dating group. We are sex-positive and not sex-focused
  • We emphatically protect the privacy of our members (and patrons!). Not everyone is out and open as queer, polyamorous, open, or ethically non-monogamous (or any combination of the above) in their personal or professional lives, and we go to great lengths to respect our members' right to privacy
  • Our discussion events, new members orientation, and support group events are strictly alcohol- and substance-free by default as to not exclude anyone in recovery and to make as safe and inclusive an environment as possible treating everyone with dignity, integrity and respect. If there might be beer, wine, etc. at a social event, this is the exception and is explicitly stated up fr900ont
  • We've opted for organic, natural growth, and we have a web-of-trust where only members in good standing can invite new members into our community
  • Polyrhythm is a do-ocracy, an organizational structure in which individuals choose their own roles and things to do and then carry them out. Everyone is encouraged to step up and organize the kinds of events they’d like to see

Our events take place on the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Cowlitz bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, and Molalla. We encourage our members and guests to think about the impacts of colonialism and how this shapes our thinking on love and relationships.

Quick facts:

We have a growing number of resources and programs for our members, including:

  • A growing lending library of audiobooks and physical books focusing on polyamory, relationships, etc., and our members routinely donate, return, and exchange the books they've finished, often during Polyrhythm's monthly coffee social
  • A curated list of Portland-area therapists and mental health professionals, including contact, location, and insurance information, who our members have recommended
  • private Meetup group for our event calendar and minimal discussion functionality, an invitation-only (secret) Facebook group for rich discussions and peer support, and a public Facebook page with a combined reach of nearly 1,000 members

Our current programs and events include:

Monthly and weekly events:

  • Our book club, which so far has covered Attached, Mating in Captivity, and Nonviolent Communication
  • A monthly coffee social that's open to the public
  • A twice-monthly nonviolent communication (NVC) practice group
  • Our monthly support group that focuses on the emotional and spiritual needs of our members
  • A monthly potluck and discussion

Quarterly events:

  • A quarterly new members orientation that describes Polyrhythm and all our events, resources, and programs
  • A quarterly organizers summit

Occasional events:


  • AMAs (Ask Me Anything) sessions in our Facebook discussion group with Polyrhythm members, authors, and domain experts
  • Special events that are open to the public and feature public speakers, panel discussions, polyamory research, etc. presented by our members, including "Non-Monogamy 2.0" and "Trans 101+"

Why we need your help

Over time, producing events and curating and managing these resources has graduated from being a labor of love to being a part-time job and a labor of love 😀 Our events have always been free to attend and have a suggested donation of $5 per person, and no one has ever been turned away for lack of funds. 

Our plan is to keep it this way and never charge our members for membership. Polyrhythm is dedicated to lowering barriers and being open, inclusive, and accessible to everyone, and we believe that charging for membership discriminates based on privilege, economic status, and other divisions. Our goal is to bring people together, not keep people apart.

Help us grow!

Our first goal is to become financially self-sufficient and cover our monthly operating costs. Then we will be able to continue to grow sustainably and accomplish our future goals. We'd love to have you with us on this journey.

After forming in the Summer of 2017, we've had more than 50 official events (an average of 2½ events a month), developed workshops, built an amazing team of organizers, and managed to create and foster a super nice and positive support-based community.

We have big plans for the months and years to come, and your help will support us to achieve our short- and long-term goals:

  • We will become financially self-sufficient as to not depend on any one or two members or organizers, ensuring Polyrhythm's growth can continue well into the future
  • We will develop a guidebook that empowers our members to create the events and community they'd like to see
  • We will develop and host a website and discussion board on our domain, polyrhythm.org (donated by one of our member organizers), that provides benefit and value to our members who are not on Facebook or Meetup
  • We will have a library of printed materials for our events and workshops, from our discussion guidelines to our curated list of therapists and mental health professionals who our members have recommended
  • We will host an annual conference with both beginner- and advanced-level workshops, sessions, and discussions relevant to our local community and beyond

Thank you!

Photo credit: Blue Polygon from Freepik
Polyrhythm logo copyright: Christefano Reyes
Tiers
$2 Supporter
$2 or more per month

With a $2 tip, you can help support Polyrhythm become completely self-sufficient and get us to our goal of 100 patrons!

$5 Supporter
$5 or more per month

For about the cost of a toasted sesame iced coffee, you can help support Polyrhythm's costs including our Meetup Pro account and things like name tags.

$10 Supporter
$10 or more per month

For about the cost of a Netflix or Hulu account, you can help support Polyrhythm's costs for things like event materials, our annual domain registration for Polyrhythm.org, and other infrastructure needs like email and web hosting.

$50 Supporter
$50 or more per month

For about the cost of a night out for two, you can help us fund our event materials, our infrastructure costs, and help kickstart Polyrhythm's event budget, allowing us to reserve bigger or better venues.

$100 Supporter
$100 or more per month

For about the cost of a utility bill or cell phone plan, you can help us with our event materials, infrastructure costs, venue fees, and help fund the development of new programs and events that will benefit all our members and the larger community.

Goals
4 of 100 patrons
When we’ve reached 100 patrons, we’ll begin developing the Polyrhythm.org website with resources (community member spotlights, transcripts and videos from our events, etc.) and a discussion board that doesn’t use Facebook!
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Polyrhythm Portland is a member-led organization dedicated to creating more love in our lives by exploring and practicing authentic relationships, conscious monogamy (monogamish, mono / poly relationships, etc.), compassionate communication, and multiple loving relationships (polyamory, ethical non-monogamy, relationship anarchy, etc.).

We share stories and unconventional wisdom about love and relationships, offer resources for creating happier, healthier lives, and create programs and events that are a heartbeat of the larger Portland polyamory, LGBT+ and sex-positive communities. Many of our members are in and around Portland, Oregon, though you do not need to be in Portland in order to be a member or patron.

Some of the things we talk about at our events and in our online discussion areas include: 

  • Thoughtfully navigating relationships and relationship transitions
  • Polyamory, solo polyamory, and many other ethical non-monogamy styles
  • Relationship anarchy (RA) and relationship fluidity
  • New research and studies in relationships, polyamory, and ethical non-monogamy
  • The 5 Love Languages (and the 5 languages of apology)
  • The 5 Goals of Communication
  • Increasing inclusivity and accessibility of our events and community to marginalized groups and amplifying minority voices, including POC and LGBT+ communities
  • Attachment theory in the context of multiple loving relationships
  • Myths and stigmas our members encounter in their daily lives
  • Consent, including the FRIES and Wheel of Consent models
  • Relationship agreements vs. boundaries vs. rules
  • Jealousy, self-care, and building healthy support systems
  • Compassionate communication and tools and frameworks like NVC, PNDC, etc.
  • Mutual accountability with our friends and peers
  • Emotional labor and personal accountability
  • Intersectional feminism and feminist relationships
  • Memes about relationships and feelings and stuff
  • Polyamory-related news of interest in Portland and around the world

If you find value in what we do, please consider becoming one of our patrons. Your support will help us create more free, inclusive, and accessible events, programs, and resources for all our members who are improving themselves through compassionate communication, understanding and successfully navigating polyamory and non-monogamy, and building healthier relationships in their lives.

There are many polyamory-related groups and communities in Portland (hey, neighbors and friends!) and Polyrhythm stands apart in a few key areas:

  • Polyrhythm is a resource- and support-focused community that's strictly a SFW (safe for work) and non-dating group. We are sex-positive and not sex-focused
  • We emphatically protect the privacy of our members (and patrons!). Not everyone is out and open as queer, polyamorous, open, or ethically non-monogamous (or any combination of the above) in their personal or professional lives, and we go to great lengths to respect our members' right to privacy
  • Our discussion events, new members orientation, and support group events are strictly alcohol- and substance-free by default as to not exclude anyone in recovery and to make as safe and inclusive an environment as possible treating everyone with dignity, integrity and respect. If there might be beer, wine, etc. at a social event, this is the exception and is explicitly stated up fr900ont
  • We've opted for organic, natural growth, and we have a web-of-trust where only members in good standing can invite new members into our community
  • Polyrhythm is a do-ocracy, an organizational structure in which individuals choose their own roles and things to do and then carry them out. Everyone is encouraged to step up and organize the kinds of events they’d like to see

Our events take place on the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Cowlitz bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, and Molalla. We encourage our members and guests to think about the impacts of colonialism and how this shapes our thinking on love and relationships.

Quick facts:

We have a growing number of resources and programs for our members, including:

  • A growing lending library of audiobooks and physical books focusing on polyamory, relationships, etc., and our members routinely donate, return, and exchange the books they've finished, often during Polyrhythm's monthly coffee social
  • A curated list of Portland-area therapists and mental health professionals, including contact, location, and insurance information, who our members have recommended
  • private Meetup group for our event calendar and minimal discussion functionality, an invitation-only (secret) Facebook group for rich discussions and peer support, and a public Facebook page with a combined reach of nearly 1,000 members

Our current programs and events include:

Monthly and weekly events:

  • Our book club, which so far has covered Attached, Mating in Captivity, and Nonviolent Communication
  • A monthly coffee social that's open to the public
  • A twice-monthly nonviolent communication (NVC) practice group
  • Our monthly support group that focuses on the emotional and spiritual needs of our members
  • A monthly potluck and discussion

Quarterly events:

  • A quarterly new members orientation that describes Polyrhythm and all our events, resources, and programs
  • A quarterly organizers summit

Occasional events:


  • AMAs (Ask Me Anything) sessions in our Facebook discussion group with Polyrhythm members, authors, and domain experts
  • Special events that are open to the public and feature public speakers, panel discussions, polyamory research, etc. presented by our members, including "Non-Monogamy 2.0" and "Trans 101+"

Why we need your help

Over time, producing events and curating and managing these resources has graduated from being a labor of love to being a part-time job and a labor of love 😀 Our events have always been free to attend and have a suggested donation of $5 per person, and no one has ever been turned away for lack of funds. 

Our plan is to keep it this way and never charge our members for membership. Polyrhythm is dedicated to lowering barriers and being open, inclusive, and accessible to everyone, and we believe that charging for membership discriminates based on privilege, economic status, and other divisions. Our goal is to bring people together, not keep people apart.

Help us grow!

Our first goal is to become financially self-sufficient and cover our monthly operating costs. Then we will be able to continue to grow sustainably and accomplish our future goals. We'd love to have you with us on this journey.

After forming in the Summer of 2017, we've had more than 50 official events (an average of 2½ events a month), developed workshops, built an amazing team of organizers, and managed to create and foster a super nice and positive support-based community.

We have big plans for the months and years to come, and your help will support us to achieve our short- and long-term goals:

  • We will become financially self-sufficient as to not depend on any one or two members or organizers, ensuring Polyrhythm's growth can continue well into the future
  • We will develop a guidebook that empowers our members to create the events and community they'd like to see
  • We will develop and host a website and discussion board on our domain, polyrhythm.org (donated by one of our member organizers), that provides benefit and value to our members who are not on Facebook or Meetup
  • We will have a library of printed materials for our events and workshops, from our discussion guidelines to our curated list of therapists and mental health professionals who our members have recommended
  • We will host an annual conference with both beginner- and advanced-level workshops, sessions, and discussions relevant to our local community and beyond

Thank you!

Photo credit: Blue Polygon from Freepik
Polyrhythm logo copyright: Christefano Reyes

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Tiers
$2 Supporter
$2 or more per month

With a $2 tip, you can help support Polyrhythm become completely self-sufficient and get us to our goal of 100 patrons!

$5 Supporter
$5 or more per month

For about the cost of a toasted sesame iced coffee, you can help support Polyrhythm's costs including our Meetup Pro account and things like name tags.

$10 Supporter
$10 or more per month

For about the cost of a Netflix or Hulu account, you can help support Polyrhythm's costs for things like event materials, our annual domain registration for Polyrhythm.org, and other infrastructure needs like email and web hosting.

$50 Supporter
$50 or more per month

For about the cost of a night out for two, you can help us fund our event materials, our infrastructure costs, and help kickstart Polyrhythm's event budget, allowing us to reserve bigger or better venues.

$100 Supporter
$100 or more per month

For about the cost of a utility bill or cell phone plan, you can help us with our event materials, infrastructure costs, venue fees, and help fund the development of new programs and events that will benefit all our members and the larger community.