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Because we support the global community, we encourage other individuals to create their own A.R.D.E.N.T. tribes no matter where they are! Consider this a vehicle for support amongst your peers, and positive change into the future.
Attribution- Please be respectful of the above license, and credit the creator Xenith whenever possible.
Inclusive- Gatherings should be inviting, and promoting your groups to the general public is encouraged. Any respectful individuals (18+ legal age) interested in participating should be invited, so long as there are not major conflicts of interest or a strong risk to safety.
Diversity Supporting- Race, sexual orientation, gender identity, background, creed, religion, are not factors for baring or restricting any individuals whatsoever so long as no clear and present danger is present.
Lifestyle Supporting- Organizers and members alike should exercise YLIOK (“Your Lifestyle Is O.K.” adopted from YKIOK by Informed Consent) at all times. Not only does this relate to BDSM, GLBTQ, and Trans* rights, but this also extends to any other alternative lifestyle choices. Such as chosen sources of income, dietary choices, hobbies, and view upon the world so long as no clear and present dangers is present. Discrimination is not to be tolerated in any A.R.D.E.N.T. tribe.
Non-monetary- Workshops are not designed to bring any money directly to the organizer, not even in the case of covering “operational costs”. These are small intimate autonomous grassroots groups for a reason. Clear agendas for selfish monetary gain will not be tolerated. Snacks or finger-food is to be provided in a “potluck” fashion only, at no expressed cost. Some exceptions may include alternative currencies or similar non legal tender exchanges. However this must be approved by contacting the founder. When in doubt, just ask.
Informality- Gatherings should be informal, agenda-free, non-workshop environments where participants are encouraged to express themselves freely without judgement or rigid structure by the moderators or organizers. Topics are simply conversation starters, and should not be presented as strictly informational and not in a presentation format. However participants should be encouraged to bring books, media, or other resources to share freely, and networking is encouraged near the end of the gathering.
Drama Free- Members should be as non-combative and forgiving as possible. Conflicts should be handled directly by the parties involved, not everyone (unless invited). Mud-flinging or shaming is also not encouraged or tolerated. Members should remember their thoughts and ideas are not them as a whole.
Pressure Free- No attendants should be forced to share painful emotions or experiences, or be expected or asked to do anything they are uncomfortable with. Touch (even cuddling and hugging in most cases) should be by consent only, and members should be encouraged to get in the habit of asking before being affectionate with someone for the first time (even if casual or non-sexual). Members are also not to be forced or pressured to attend, and there shouldn’t be any high-stake or high-pressure “bring a friend!” tactics. Quality over quantity.
Substance Free- No illegal narcotics, or over-abundance of legal stimulants or intoxicants are to be used during A.R.D.E.N.T. specific gatherings. However individuals are free to make their own lifestyle choices related to stimulants/narcotics whenever they please outside of the Tribe, and should not feel discriminated against for their lifestyle choices.
Touch by consent only
Non-Sexual- Although A.R.D.E.N.T. is a non-judgemental sex-positive environment that has an inherent closeness to it, overtly sexual (physical) activities should not be a focal point of any gatherings. A.R.D.E.N.T.’s primary function is to give others a safe space to express their thoughts and emotions without too much detracting or preventing the free flow of communication. Some exceptions may be considered, but must first be approved by the founder. Please contact the founder with any questions.