We went to an incredible open relationship workshop in Austin, Texas called “True Sex and Wild Love” and here is recap in case you missed it! (And yes we talk about the pink thing.)
The event was hosted by Aubrey Marcus, CEO of Onnit, a company that makes and markets nutritional supplements, fitness equipment, and more in the spirit of optimizing human performance, and his fiance Whitney Miller, who is a relationship coach. (And they both happen to be in an open relationship.)
The guest speaker at their event was Dr. Wednesday Martin, author of the award-winning book “Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free”.
It was incredible to hear Dr. Martin talk about the benefits of open relationships from her scientific perspective and the research about the critical time period when monogamous couples seek variety (is it the man or woman?!).
Aubrey and Whitney also spoke about their open relationship and what they went through and it was so refreshing to hear about how “normal” their challenges, struggles, and fears were and how we’ve been through those same things. Despite them being an accomplished entrepreneur and relationship expert/coach, we’re all human beings and experience same emotions that you’re probably going through now (or already have) if you’re in an open relationship too.
What was really fun (and made the event a workshop and not just a lecture) is that we did this group exercise that exposed how different (yet the same) we were compared to other open relationship couples at the workshop. The great thing is you too can do this exercise with your partner and discover the same thing (or something different!) we learned from it.
And finally of course, we talk about this mysterious pink thing.
John and Jackie Melfi are in a consensually non monogamous marriage. They have been featured in ABC News Nightline Special Report “Getting Naughty In N’awlins”, Inside a New Orleans Swingers Convention, and CNN “This Is Life” with Lisa Ling. The Melfis are the force behind the industry famous colette swingers clubs in New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, and Austin. With over 20 years of combined experience, this powerhouse couple coaches thousands of singles and couples through their award winning blog Openlove101.com.