Events: Love on the Rocks, Create Love for Women.
Workshop focuses on women who love women
Imani Evans and SharRon Jamison, creator and co-founders of “Create Love for Women,” share a passion. As counselors and coaches, they began to see the need for women who love women to stop following the “failing” relationship template for heterosexual couples and forge a new way for women to move forward and be successful in their relationships.
What was born of their passion was the website/blog www.createloveforwomen.com and the upcoming “Create Love for Women” conference on Feb. 16 at the Downtown Decatur Marriott Hotel.
“The conference is for women who love women,” Evans says. “We don’t want to limit it to the term ‘lesbian’ because you can be bisexual, queer-identified... if you have intimate relationships with women, however you identify that, you are welcome.”
Evans says women need to change how they view the heterosexual marriage model.
“The marriage statistics in this country show that something isn’t working. As we move toward this momentum-built marriage equality, it’s imperative that we begin to build a framework for what a healthy gay marriage looks like,” she says.
“Most of us did not grow up with gay parents,” Evans continues. “We want to throw away that failing model and create a new, successful model so that 50 years down the road, the gay community doesn’t see the same devastating divorce rate that is seen in heterosexual marriages.” Jamison agrees. “We grew up without any gay relationship role models in our homes or in the media. We knew we needed to offer women some skills that they normally don’t take the time to develop like listening, sharing, compromising, negotiating, affirming… those things don’t always come naturally when it hasn’t been modeled for you,” she says. “We want to empower women.”
Toward this end, the two women have divided the relationship needs into two main workshops at the conference: one on how to communicate Create Love for Women Saturday, Feb. 16, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Downtown Decatur Marriott 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, GA 30030 www.createloveforwomen.com effectively and another on avoiding conflict.
“In my workshop,” says Jamison, “I want to help women have the relationship that they desire and deserve. I’ll teach women the six pillars of a lasting partnership so they can start to use these new tools immediately in their own relationships.”
Evans says her workshop is “geared toward preventing and managing conflict.”
“It will give women the tools to prevent an argument or, if there is an argument, teach you how to keep that from becoming an all-out war,” she says.
In addition to the two major seminars, there will also be a panel discussion with three couples who are “making it work” as they face the dayto-day challenges of being in a relationship.
There is also a vendor area that will be ac- cessible to paying attendees as well as to the general public.
“You don’t have to pay to come to the conference to take advantage of the various companies who want to reach people in our community. This is free and open to the public,” Jamison says.
Tickets are $89 for an individual and $159 for couples. They include a continental breakfast, lunch, admission to workshops and door prizes and can be purchased at the event or online at www.createloveforwomen.com.
Imani Evans says the goal of Create Love for Women is to leave behind ‘failing’ heterosexual models ‘so that 50 years down the road, the gay community doesn’t see the same devastating divorce rate that is seen in heterosexual marriages.’ (Photo via Facebook)