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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Plural Wedding of Ecosexual Love Sets Hearts on Fire - An Amorous Visions Calendar: Feb 22-March 6, 2014 in California

Dear Planet Lovers,

It's the night before the flight that starts a traveling period of about five months over several countries.  I only have a short time and I don't want to take off without the promised follow up to my newsletter announcements back in December.

Oh well . . . . where do I start?

The wedding: we did it!  The first plural wedding of ecosexual love in the Caribbean.  It really happened!  iI's done.  And it was a success. More: it was magic.  With everyone in the group listening to the invocation ministered by Heather Anne Trahan, and taking the vows to be Playa Azul's "spice." Wooow!  We were so amazingly diverse, yet united by this declaration of love for an ecosystem that I sincerely call my nurse, doctor, and lover.  She is very compersive and not at all jealous.  And now that we all share this lover we are all "metamours."  Lovers of a partner we share.  And since that day the shift in the energetic field all in and around the beach itself, ourselves, and those who come to enjoy nature, is just momentous.  We all share a lover, so we are all collaborative.  We were completely spontaneous and everyone was eager to be on camera. 

For me, and others I hear, emotions were high: to experience a "wedding" as freedom, peace, inclusion. When all feel part of it: more people, more "spice."  What a turn around!  Marriage? It's for everyone, ecosexual style.  Puralizing this institution: making it open, fluid, vibrant.  Acknowledging ecosystems as equals: as partners.  Thank you Playa Azul for choosing me 16 years ago and for keeping me safe, healthy, happy, at ease, and vibrant.  As an added bonus, when in the throes of this template production, an amazing team jelled up.  Our director, Shaison Ouseph, was on his first visit to Puerto Rico from Mumbai.  He learned all about us and got really enthralled, as you can see from the trailer he put out.  Many others pitched in, acknowledged with gratitude.  If you like what you see, let us know.  You can also join the conversation on the FB event page.  We are ready for the next episode in the series Hearts on Fire.  And we can bring the Hearts on Fire right where you are.  We we're taking calls and getting booked up! 

If you can't wait to hear more about Hearts on Fire, we have something coming up.  On Saturday, February 22, Hearts on Fire officially invites to a preview of Te Amo Playa Azul I Love You, at the International Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Non-Monogamy.  we start at 4 PM, at the Clark Kerr Center, Building 14, UCB, 2601 Warring St, Berkeley, CA, 94720.  It's a unique opportunity to preview and discuss the ecosexual art movie that will document the first plural wedding of ecosexual love in the Caribbean.  We're happy to present the project, share more trailers and photographs, and take questions.  Including: "how do I bring this healthy, and safe, and happy, and easy practice of ecosexual love to my families, my ecosystems, my communities?"  We look forward to being with you there.  Share with friends and invite.  Thank you!

This big wave of ecosexual love also helped congeal the energy of "Amorous Visions," the cinema studies project that brought me to Connecticut last year.  With her warm sunshine, caressing waves, clear waters, and blue horizon, it was easy for Playa Azul to attract, in one
day, some 15 "spice" (plural for the word "spouse," poly style).  No wonder she's an ecosystem conducive of such abundance.  We make movies about ecosexual love.  What if we interpret cinema as a study of ecosexual love?  Turns out the motion camera can really find out what happens to the energy of love in ecosystems toxic with fear.  The health and vitality of ecosystems does affect the quality of human relationships.  And yet, even when fear is rampant, love finds a way to survive.  Love for love: the code for this energy encapsulated in a virus, surviving for a better time.  This became the focus for UC Irvine and UC RiversideAmorous Visions: Sex, Genders, and Ecosystems of Love in Bertolucci and Cavani.  Talks are asfo.  Monday, March 3, at 2-3:15 PM at UCR.  Room HMNSS 2212 (English Department Conference Room), hosted by John Ganim for the auspices of the English Department and Queer Lab.  Wednesday, March 5, at 2:30-5:00 PM at UCI.  Room HG 101, hosted by Jonathan Alexander, with auspices from the Writign Center and the Gender and Sexuality Program.  These are al free univrsity event, and they are fun.  I promise.  All details and directions on the FB events page.  Join us.  We want to take your questions and practice inclusive democracy, ecosexuality style.

Speaking of which, UCSD choose a talk on Ecosexuality, and that's happening on Thursday, March 6, at 4:3-6:00 PMEcosexuality: Notes for an Orgasmic Earth, is the title for the in-the-works collection about ecosexuality I'm co-editing with Lindsay Hagamen.  We will be announcing this amazing collection of writings, and introducing the
Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle's Ecosexual Wedding
online platform for the book launch.  Teamwork here too. Go to www.orgasmicearth.org to find out who all is in the line up.  We will also introduce ecosexuality as the practice, theory, art, and activist that reveres the Earth as a lover and acknowledges her ecosystems as partners with significant and enduring rights.  We will focus on the practice of ecosexual weddings to ecosystems and forces of nature, as initiated by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens in the seven-year project LoveArtLab.  We will explain the relatednes of ecosexuality and modern Tantra.  A don't miss.  Room: LGBT Center at UC San Diego.  Hosted by Pasquale Verdicchio, with auspices by the Literature Department and the LGBT Center.  All details and directions on the FB event page.  From wherever you are, this is worth a trip to La Jolla, San Diego.  Join us!

Finally, after March 6th, time for a break comes.  Here it's time for acknowledgements to all those who contribute to this calendar.  My hostess in Oakland, Spring Friedlander, with her
healthy, amorous, and inclusive community house.  My host in San Diego, Adam Paulman, whose inclusive amorous gifts are well recognized.  All the auspices and organizers, 
including my Deans, Manuel Valdez Pizzini and Felix Fernandez.  the administrative assistants at UPR Mayaguez who spent endless hours "comprobando" (=corroborating the evidence for) expenses and funds.  The teams of Te Amo Playa Azul, including film director Shaison Ouspeh, production coordinator Lloyd Sparks, emcee slash translator Maria Virginia Sanchez, liaisons with campus and organic farms Paola Pagan and Ricardo.  High priestess Heather Anne Trahan, who invoked the natural forces on the speaking of the vows.  All the "guests" and participants in the three workshops who were eager to be filmed as spontaneously as they came long.  And who embraced together the shared spouse.  All the inspiring minds in the 2012-13 Fellows group at UCHI, and its Director, Sharon Harris.  The students in Ecosexuality, including Adam Kocurek and Alexandra Mayer, and the WGSS Chair, Nancy Naples.  Please please please help spread word of upcoming events and invite your friends.  Thank you! 

If you want to catch up with me or invite me in and around the West Coast and the Bay Area, April is your chance.  My calendar is open.  Travel plans proceed with visits and rest in May, plus getting to team up more deeply in view of future plans.  Alessio, my oldest grandchild, turns 10 on May 15th.  He's an amazing student.  Thanks Paola Coda for bringing him up.  And we plan to spend it together with family and friends in Rome.  Visits to Cap d'Agde, France, in late June, and guests from Portland, Oregon, at PostaHouse in early July.  For all these programs, there is a place set at our table, if you choose to join us.  We have extra rooms in the chalets and camping room in the garden.  space is limited so let us know in advance.

More announcements coming as projects evolve.  They have a life of their own, and I, the "inspiring force," am only the conduit ever rushing to catch up with them.  So I hope you will forgive if this letter reads a bit rushed.  Oh well, I have a flight to catch.

Sending much love and all good wishes to all of you and your loved ones.  Thanks you for listening and opening up.  Stay tuned for more coming.  With all good wishes for a happy end of winter, spring, and summer.  Thank you!



Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, PhD
Author of Gaia, Eros, and many other books about love 
Professor of Humanities, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

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Monday, February 18, 2013

UCHI, Feb 28, 4PM - Amorous Visions: The Gaze of Love for Love, or Erotophilia, in Cavani and Bertolucci

Dear Earthlings, 

The presentation of the year is coming up for me soon.   You're invited.   I can't wait to see you!
The Night Porter

What guides a director’s gaze into the web of memories shared by lovers whose circumstances were extreme?  Does the fear of love dissipate when an auteur looks whose sense of sexuality is fluid and style of love inclusive?  This presentation will discuss cinematic techniques of memory retrieval in two Holocaust-themed art films of the 1970s produced in Italy: Bernardo Bertolucci, in The Conformist (1970), and Liliana Cavani, in The Night Porter (1974).  Each presents a gendered perspective on what happens when a species acts against its own best interest--when it becomes self-destructive.  How can this behavior be exorcised?  Can love for love prevail over the pall of fear? These are, I claim, the main questions the films posit for 21st century viewers.

Amorous Visions:  The Gaze of Love for Love of Erotophilia.   
The Conformist
Presented by Serena Anderlini, PhD, and Research Fellow at U Conn's Humanities Institute.
Where: UCHI, CLAS/Austin Building # 301.  215 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4234.  Storrs, CT 06269.
When: Thursday, February 28h, at 4:00-5:30 PM.
Free of charge and open to the public.
For more information call: 860 486 9057

Note: The presentation will be enhanced by numerous selected clips from the movies under discussion.

Bernardo Berolucci, director of The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, and many other films, including, recently, The Dreamers.  

Liliana Cavani, director of The Night Porter, Beyond Good and Evil, and The Berlin Affair, known collectively as The European Trilogy, and many other films. 

Note: The presentation will be followed by an open questions and answers period. 

About the Presenter:
Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio, Ph.D, is a Professor of Humanities, Italian, and Cinema at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez.  She is a current Research Fellow at UCHI.  A UCR graduate, she is the author and editor of numerous award-winning books, including Gaia (2009), Eros (2006), BiTopia (2011), Bisexuality and Queer Theory (2011), Plural Loves (2005), Women and Bisexuality (2003), and The ‘Weak’ Subject (1998).  She has charted new fields, including ecosexuality and the arts of loving sustainably and inclusively.  Her new work includes a study of sustainable practices of love and a collection of writings on ecosexuality.

Find out more about UCHI's presentations, programs, and activities:  UCHI

As a comment: I feel an immense gratitude for this Fellowship research year.  My spirit feels rejuvenated and revitalized by the inspiration and creativity that it's been immersed in.  It has been a wonderful gift to be in the company of fellow Fellows and their projects, and to have access to the abundant research resources of U Conn, Storrs.  Also, it's lovely to be immersed in discourses across disciplines and a campus abundant with Centers and Institutes where these conversations flourish.  

This is the most important presentation in my Fellowship year.  It's a public presentation designed to offer the pulse of where my project is at and where it's headed to.  It's been a pleasure to prepare it, with abundant technical assistance at the Institute.  And I hope it will be well received and inspire a generous amount of questions and genuine debate.

Thank you, U Conn.  Thank you, UCHI.

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Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, PhD

Gilf Gaia Extraordinaire

Author of Gaia, Eros, and many other books about love
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Amorous Visions": Dreams Come True - Happy Earth-Day News for an Ecosexy 2012

Happy Earth Day!

Dear Earthlings:

It is with much joy that yours truly brings the good news.  

Ecosexuality is on the rise with tidings of sexual fluidity and amorous inclusiveness.  The noosphere massages Gaia with effervescence from the social media.  Will love prevail?  Violence  feeds on fear.  But schools of love do educate in courage and unity.  Our most compersive partner, planet earth, is moved and reciprocates with glee.

Research on how to practice love inclusively has received a major recognition.  The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute selected for funding a project by yours truly: "Amorous Visions: Fluid Sexual Moments in Italian Cinema."  She will be one among several Fellows in residence at the Storrs campus for the 2012-13 academic year.  What a joy to be part of such effervescent, trailblazing group!  Not to speak of the gift of spinning the energies to the social fabric, the region, its diverse communities that practice love sustainably, fluidly, and inclusively.  Oh my!  A spell is broken.  It's a dream come true.  Learn all about the project from the Press Release.  

Anna and Giulia in The Conformist, 1970
Funding humanities research on "amorous inclusiveness" and "sexual fluidity" would have been unthinkable a few years ago.  The radiant aura these code words wrap around bi and poly styles of love offsets many taboos and prohibitions.  So academe finally realizes they're not a sickness fit to study in medical school.  But rather, the mettle of what makes us human: imaginative, artistic, productive, generous, ingenious, beautiful.  What captured the imagination of major filmmakers in Italian cinema, and what yours truly promises to unravel in her Fellowship year.  It was persistence, team work, and faith in the vision.  Thanks to all who made it possible, and much, much love to you!  

A special thanks to Imani Mamalution and her family who welcome yours truly in their raw food, tantric home for the period. We anticipate much joy, sharing, enthusiasm, and outreach to local communities.

BTQ, 2011
Also in line with fluidity is a literary recognition.  The volume Bisexuality and Queer Theory is a finalist with the Lambda Awards this year.  Bisexual nonfiction.  The first year the bi category existed yours truly was there with Eros, a book of personal history.  BTQ is a labor of love in a much wider sense: a collaborative effort of many contributors, including co-writer and editor Jonathan Alexander.  Yours truly is graced with the Ceremony and Gala on June 4 at CUNY, and a BiLines reading on June 3 Nuyorican Poets Cafe.  Join us in NYC as we celebrate the beauty of bisexuality.  Encourage loved ones and social circles to come!  Lammy tickets are for sale as we speak.  Bi Lines is $ 8 at the door.  All details in the Press Release.  Yours truly spends the whole month of June on a study residency in Brooklyn.

Oh yes, and as an added treat, a May 11th book reading for Lambda finalists in the New York area is planned for 7PM at the Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St.  Good company and a favorite neighborhood full of old and new reminiscences.  How exciting for yours truly!  Come one, come all, and learn all about what's new in LGBTQ literature.  Yours truly's reading is at about 7:15-30. 

Events, events are also coming up very quickly.  May 4-6 is the ISTA Conference in Sedona, named Phoenix Rising as a way to recognize the resurrection of Temple Arts from past incursions of Swat Teams.  Annie Sprinkle is keynoting and a panel will discuss the legal issues.  Why criminalize love?  What's the gain of controlling people by fear?  Ecosexuality has answers, and yours truly will teach a class on the theme: "Ecosexuality: The New Orgasmic Revolution on Planet Earth."  Yes!  Life can be orgasmic when we connect with the metabolism of our source, Gaia, the most compersive lover there is.  Death? A "smooth landing" that recycles us to another state of being, a pause in the grand scheme of things.  Join us in Sedona.  A gathering of inspiring artists of love and ecosexual beings.

Allen McPhee Teaching Tantra
May 13 is the "Tantra Goddess Empowerment Workshop" in Western Puerto Rico with Allen McPhee.  A pure joy of this season is bringing an expert tantra teacher and metaphysician to Playa Azul.  In this Introduction to Tantra, Women of all tongues and colors will be empowered to discover the goddess within.  We will translate, practice, and complete the evening with raw foods.  Se habla espanol y el en dia de las madres considera lleval tu mama tambien!  A unique opportunity Allen offers at no charge to activate our region.  Join us in Playa Azul!  All details in the Description.

"Saving the Earth is Sexy," and the Ecosex Symposium III in Portland Oregon, has invited some fabulous speakers, including Deborah Anapol, Christopher Ryan, and yours truly.  It is planned for June 29-July 1st.  Let's build the funding base for this event to come true.

What other ecosexual tidings does love bring?  The biosphere teems with life and radiates energy to the noosphere.  Cyberspace opens up to host the creative effervescence of our era.  Horizontal, participatory, collaborative: it occupies planetary consciousness with new styles of fame, interactive, intimate, inclusive.  On Facebook and other social media, attraction brings together cyber communities that land on Gaia and adopt a piece.  IT workers have laid the terrain in the past thirty years.  Now new life comes to the third planet from the mind-field created by this interactivity.  Yours truly feels blessed to share about Ecosex Sexecology and Sustainable Love, an inspiring group whose extensive, open-heart conversations are especially nurturing.  Join us!  It will be a pleasure to converse with you!

Posta: A Collage
Updates come in this wake too.  For those interested in the PostaHouse project, we have news.  John Overton is a thoughtful resident-in-charge with resilience and enthusiasm.  He is bringing his care to the place, exploring potentials and getting to know people and region.  We are focusing on the intentional community.  No events are planned for 2012.  PostaHouse is open for residencies.  All ecosexuals and others interested are encouraged to join John for the upcoming summer period.  Read the blog news and "like" the Facebook Community.  Email postahouseitalia@gmail.com with your timeline and ideas.  We will respond promptly.  We hope to be open as holistic vacation center in the summer of 2013.

Another update is about Playa Azul, the enchanted beach where yours truly is blessed to live.  It's a Gateway to Gaia, a place of retreat where this compersive lover kisses you when the moon wake caresses the beach.  Completely furnished and equipped, a three and one half hour flight from NYC.  The apartment is available August through June.  You can rent it on AirBnb.  Pictures and info on the listing.  Make an offer soon. 

Dr Lynn Margulis in her Laboratory
As a way to complete, yours truly wishes to remember those who've accompanied us for a stretch of the journey and are back in Gaia's womb.  The loss of a dear one is always a reminder of one's own mortality, of the passage, the journey, the precarious gift from nature that life is.  Many are remembered this year: from Rome, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, Massachusetts. Lynn, scientist extraordinaire, is one of them.   We mourn the violence of this.  We miss the loved ones and invite their energies to reside within us as the cycle of life absorbs them into another form of being.  We vibrate with the loss and grief of others and salute the divine in them with a namaste.

Yours Truly wishes you a wonderful summer.  The best things in life are free.  You are loved.  Violence can poison, torture, maim, humiliate, divide, kill.  The challenge is to hold ourselves to a high inner discipline. Occupy the Eheart with courage.  Hold the space of love within.  Your most compersive partner Gaia is always with you.  Enjoy every moment and imagine a life enchanted with Earth as your lover.  

At 3WayKiss we love you! 
Your questions and comments are a gift to us.  Please do not hesitate to ask.



SerenaSF2011Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio, PhD
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