What we're about

Ethical Open Ottawa (EOO) welcomes all those who want to learn and/or share their own experiences around non-traditional, non-monogamous relationship models. EOO’s goal is to create a safe space for adults of any age and any relationship status to discuss topics around polyamory. We also host social activities where like-minded folks can connect and be part of a strong, accepting and supportive community.

NOTE: EOO meetup is not a dating site and our events are not for hooking up. Unsolicited messages to other members asking for dates or private meetups are not supported. Reports that a member is sending unsolicited, unwelcome messages, may result in being removed from the group.

Members are encouraged to suggest and/or to host events. We prefer events to be free or low cost, and at the same time appreciate donations to event hosts to cover event costs.

EOO is a cooperative and collaborative group. Though we rely on the integrity of our organizers, we also believe that all members share the responsibility to create a safe and respectful space for sharing and learning.

EOO’s general event guidelines:

• Be respectful of others’ boundaries: do not assume consent and always ask permission before touching or hugging someone.

• Respect diverse opinions and beliefs: we are all here to learn and we all have something to offer.

• Share the space: do not monopolize the conversation or interrupt others. The hosts/moderators will step in if needed.

• Communicate authentically: speak to your own feelings and experiences. Using “I-statements” as much as possible is strongly encouraged as this creates more genuine heartfelt conversation.

• Honour specific requests of members who are hosting events, e.g. no smoking on property, no scented products in their home, arriving/leaving by a certain time, etc.

EOO welcomes adults of all ages, relationships statuses, ethno-cultural backgrounds, socio-economic statuses, physical abilities, gender identities and sexual orientations.

Questions, comments and feedback are very welcome! Please contact EOO Organizer Ellen Dickson (https://www.meetup.com/Ethical-Open-Ottawa/members/187541600/).

Upcoming events (5+)

Open by Design - Discussion Night (Barrhaven)

Private Home

For this event, we watch one or two short videos (less than 30 minutes total) on subjects related to being ethically open and/or in non-mainstream type relationships, followed by a group discussion about what thoughts you had and/or what feelings came up for you while watching. Feel free to send your suggestions for topics and/or videos to watch. As this event is in our home, if we haven't met you, please send a message via Meetup or include a quick intro with your RSVP. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided and you are welcome to bring food and drink to share. Cost: Donations to cover refreshments and other costs of hosting are gratefully accepted. Notes: ~ Allergy alert: this house comes with a dog and 2 cats ~ Unfortunately this location is not wheelchair accessible as there are 3 steps from the walkway into the house and the main floor washroom is small. Please contact us for more information. List of videos watched to date (https://www.meetup.com/Ethical-Open-Ottawa/pages/22639274/Open_by_Design_Discussion_Nights/)

Rencontre Polyamour Outaouais

Le Troquet

Joignez-vous à nous pour notre rencontre officielle du groupe Polyamour Outaouais. Nourriture, breuvages et discussion libre au menu. Anglophones et LGBTQ+ bienvenus ! Demandez pour le groupe de Karine.

LGBTQ2+ Folks: Self Love and Awareness Workshop

Needs a location

As August is Pride Month for the National Capital Region, this workshop is for those LGBTQ2+ folk: those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, Two-spirited, asesexual, their allies and friends... Join us for a beautiful afternoon workshop to explore ways of opening our hearts to self love and awareness, to creating intimacy and increasing connection in our lives. Do you crave conscious community? Would you like to have richer, more authentic friendships? "Self Love and Awareness" is about creating an environment that supports experiences of opening our hearts to deeper connections. Spend time deepening your connection to yourself and others - in a safe, warm and welcoming environment. In a safe space, with boundaries and choice emphasized, a HAI volunteer will lead you through a gentle series of exercises designed to open your heart and allow you to be more connected with others. When you show up you get to connect, relate, and experience what we jointly create here. Practice using powerful "I" statements, sharing perspectives, listening deeply and allowing all (or some) of your uniqueness, quirkiness and specialness to be seen, received and respected by others. You will also learn more about our weekend workshops which focus on: - Love, intimacy and sexuality - Connections, communication and being happy - Improving body image to improve your awareness love of yourself and others - Making the right heart choices for you - Finding love, being honest and creating emotional intimacy We look forward to seeing you there! Even if you've been to a mini-workshop before, please join us again! There's no limit to how many you can attend! Doors open at 3pm. Please plan to arrive by 3:15 so we can get started right at 3:30. We kindly ask that if you won't be able to arrive by 3:30 that you join us another time. You are welcome to stay afterwards to hang out and keep connecting. Cost: Suggested donation of $5 per participant to cover costs of hosting. Any surplus goes into a “scholarship fund” to help others who need financial assistance for the HAI weekend workshops. This event is posted in other locations so once 20 people have confirmed their attendance by email to [masked] we will close the RSVPs. Thanks for your understanding! The Human Awareness Institute (HAI) holds a bold vision of a world where people live in dignity, respect, understanding, trust, kindness, compassion, reverence, honesty and love. All HAI workshops are alcohol-, scent- and drug-free. If you use marijuana medically, we request that you use only what you need for your health and comfort. HAI Canada is committed to fostering a harassment-free environment where all are treated with respect and dignity: https://www1.hai.org/hai-canada-anti-harassment-policy-and-procedures/

Open by Design - Discussion Night (Barrhaven)

Private Home

For this event, we watch one or two short videos (less than 30 minutes total) on subjects related to being ethically open and/or in non-mainstream type relationships, followed by a group discussion about what thoughts you had and/or what feelings came up for you while watching. Feel free to send your suggestions for topics and/or videos to watch. As this event is in our home, if we haven't met you, please send a message via Meetup or include a quick intro with your RSVP. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided and you are welcome to bring food and drink to share. Cost: Donations to cover refreshments and other costs of hosting are gratefully accepted. Notes: ~ Allergy alert: this house comes with a dog and 2 cats ~ Unfortunately this location is not wheelchair accessible as there are 3 steps from the walkway into the house and the main floor washroom is small. Please contact us for more information. List of videos watched to date (https://www.meetup.com/Ethical-Open-Ottawa/pages/22639274/Open_by_Design_Discussion_Nights/)

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