Final PFA Ever- November Gathering

Posted in education, events, gender, Orgasm, safer sex, tantra / spirituality / ritual, touch on October 31, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Greetings all

Well, the time has come- as announced at the last gathering this November gathering of PFA will be the last – FOREVER.

It’s been a wonderful journey over the past 4 years- and I personally have deeply appreciated the support and loved watching the development of Melbourne’s signature sexuality education event for adults grow. Sadly – an event like this only runs on my steam and the good will of the monthly panelists and a select few behind the scenes who keep the wheels in motion. These people specifically have been Christian, Aaron & most recently Andrew our camera guy. Without them- PFA would have been a less well- lubed machine. Thank you for the fun, the tears, the perv-fest and the good times in the office J

Without a place to call home PFA would also have crumbled- so from our early beginning back at Madame Brussels- through to our incarnations at The Order, Miss Libertine & 24 Moons and most recently the final 2 years at LOOP – I say the deepest THANK YOU!

Thank you to all out ever loving sponsors – Bliss For Women-  Australia’s longest running erotica boutique for women, D.Vice Australia & Adult Matchmaker whose prizes each month made PFA an extra lucky dip for those who stayed till the end for prize drawing time. Your support and generosity is deeply appreciated.

And of course PFA would not have been anything without the speakers and panelists who generously gave their time and knowledge in the spirit of good will and meaningful adult education. Without adequate funding- such an event cannot pay ongoing staff or panelists- but the dedication of those who spoke each month highlights just how passionate Melburnians ( and many Australians) are about sex positive adult dialogue.

This event marks the end of an era in many ways – but also the beginning of a new era.

I personally intend to keep running all manner of events in different forms – so please join my individual mailing list to stay up to date with my movements – and any events that I am involved with. I am humbled, flattered inspired and tired.

Love Cyndi

xxx

November Gathering: Sex & Spirituality

A devotee and teacher of sacred feminine temple arts, Devashi Shakti has been guiding people in transformational healing for the last 18yrs. She is the Founder of Tigress Yoga, Somatic Sexologist, Tantric Bodyworker & Ceremony Guide. She deeply believes in sexual sovereignty for women and men. Her unusual path in life and her desire to set people free from what inhibits their full pleasure, is likely to continue for the rest of her days. http://www.tigressyoga.com

Shaney is a Tantra Sexuality Educator. She began her sacred sexuality journey after working for 9 years in the stripping industry and realised how many people were seeking more connection and nourishment within their intimate lives. Shaney has been working for the Australian school of Tantra for 4 years and has recently begun her own independent work with the launch of her website shaneymarie.com in August. Shaney works with people of all genders and sexual preferences, using contemporary Tantra methods to support people in owning their pleasure for self healing and to encourage sex positivity. Shaneys vision is to encourage people to explore their sexualities through erotic development not just because there is a problem, but because it is exciting, preventative and empowering to feel full of healthy sexual energy. Shaney provides holistic, sensual and supportive experiential teachings to encourage people to feel their divinity for overall wellbeing and spiritual contentment. http://shaneymarie.com/

Emma is a sexuality and relationships coach and educator. She is also a trained Tantra Teacher and Tantric Yoga Teacher. Having traveled the world studying and teaching these practices, she is now one of Australia’s leading experts in this field. Emma is a strong believer in the extraordinary and transformative effect this work can have in all areas of ones life. Her enthusiasm and passion shine through in her devotion to empower and serve others through these teachings. www.tantraislove.com

Deej supports clients to mobilize their capacities for growth, learning and change through embodied counselling, bodywork, meditation, sex coaching, and Tantric Practice. He holds qualifications in psychology, sociology, counselling, adult education, kahuna bodywork, somatic sex education and professional supervision. He has an MA in Somatic and Spiritual Psychology, and is currently working towards a PhD. Mentors he works closely with include Joseph Kramer, Kenneth Ray Stubbs, and Barnaby B Barratt.

Deej supports the development of body-based therapies in Australia through professional trainings for embodied counsellors and somatic sex educators, and professional supervision for therapists who work somatically. He is the President of the Somatic Sex Educators’ Association of Australasia, and co-director of the Institute of Somatic Sexology.

Deej welcomes people of all genders, sexualities, and relationship choices to work with him. www.sexcoaching.com.au

In Other News

In the absence of PFA – you absolutely need to know about these upcoming events on the calendar in Melbourne

Harlot Overdrive presents:
Porn For The Rest Of Us:
A Night With Courtney Trouble (TROUBLEFilms), Ms. Naughty (Bright Desire), Gala Vanting (Sensate Films) and Liandra Dahl.

“I think feminist porn is crucial” – Ellen Page, Actor.

We also think feminist porn is crucial, but what does that mean and how can we be ethical consumers of pornography? Harlot Overdrive is delighted to present this exciting panel featuring some of Australia’s best feminist pornographers, as well as queer porn icon and pioneer, Courtney Trouble (US). These incredible filmmakers and activists will discuss their experiences as feminists working in porn and what people can do to make more ethical decisions when buying and watching porn. There will also be the opportunity to ask the panel questions.

7pm, Thursday 7 November
303 Sydney Road, Brunswick
$45/$40
Tickets on sale Thursday 5 September 

Get Bucked Australia

DUDE MAGAZINE & DIRTY QUEER MAGAZINE PROUDLY PRESENT

This is something you do not want to miss! No matter how much or how little you know about BUCK ANGEL, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear from the man himself.
Buck is an award winning filmmaker and groundbreaking pornographer. He pioneered as the first transsexual man to break into the mainstream adult entertainment industry and has been fearlessly smashing the boundaries there and elsewhere ever since.
When Buck isn’t traveling the world producing films, running workshops and being a powerful motivational speaker, he resides in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico as a loving Daddy to seven dogs!

 Come & Work with Cyndi

(you KNOW you want to)

                      Mentoring for Sexuality / Health Care Professionals

For those of us working in the sexuality realm – as  sex workers, therapists, educators, students or some other form of sexuality & wellness providers – we are often left with limited options for professional development, for mentoring, coaching or debriefing – especially if we are working independently and / or  not frequently part of a broader organisation.
Download info about Cyndi’s offerings to those interested in a career in Sexuality or click here

The slow goodbye – and the new era dawns

Posted in events on October 9, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

So folks- as announced last night- the November gathering of PFA will be the last in its current form. We will be saying goodbye to our home at Loop and we will cease to be monthly events. Be sure to get on the newsletter to stay up- to- date with the changes as they develop. I ( Cyndi) will be taking some time off to breathe some new life into PFA- so best to stay in touch via newsletters.

We want to thank all those who have supported us of the last four years, especially our panelists and attendees. Thanks to Gareth and the fab staff at @Loop Extra big love to Aaron & Christian who have loved me and given we wine all these years. Also our prize sponsors whose prizes you took home each month. Bliss for WomenD.VICE Australia & Adult Match Maker. Thank you all.

PLEASE take the time to share this status around – and hopefully we will see you at the last formal panel – in our current form – on November 12 this year! Bring on new love for 2014!

October Gathering: Sex, Love and Relating in an Intercultural World

Posted in culture, education, entertainment, events, health, politics, queer, relationships, straight on September 24, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

We all have identities, some chosen, some implied, some assumed and some explicit. Each of these may (or may not) form part of who we are and how we interact with the world. How do we experience sex and dating, eroticism and relationship when we  have identities or cultural influences that buck against the norm? Or how do we manage when our multiple cultural influences are at logger heads just within ourselves?

The October Panel on Sex, Love and Relating will aim to shed light on what  this is like for them and how dialogue, self inquiry and red hot rushes have led them through uncharted waters and onto new ground. Hosted by Cyndi Darnell , please join us on Tuesday October 8th for what promises to  be an insightful, poignant and possibly hilarious discussion of the nature of cross cultural intimacy and sex in contemporary Australia.

Panelists

Asiel is a medical student and a self-proclaimed wanker at The University of Melbourne. He was born in Mexico and will celebrate his 6th year in Australia on 7th October. He lived in Mexico for about 15 years of his life and in the US for about 3, which makes for a rather interesting and sometimes unintelligible accent. He is currently in a long-distance non-monogamous relationship after deciding gay marriage was too overrated. He is also one of the founders of MD Queer, the only med student group for the promotion of LGBTI health in Australia and is currently working on a national policy on LGBTI health for the Australian Medical Students Association. If you’d like to have a say in either of those, come say hi after PFA or email at asiel.adan@hotmail.com

Budi Sudarto is the Peer Education Coordinator at the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre. His work involves establishing strong partnerships with various GLBTIQ multicultural support groups, such as Yellow Kitties, AGMC and Helem Melbourne. He is also the convener of Gay Asian Proud, a social support network for gay Asian men in Melbourne. He wrote a Master’s thesis on the lived experiences of gay Asian men in Melbourne, as well as conducted a research project on Asian/White gay couples in Australia. Budi is passionate about advocating multiculturalism as an integral part of Melbourne’s GLBTIQ community.

Born in Pakistan, Rubina has lived 26 years of her life as a second-class citizen. Rebellious by nature, she was called a slut, crazy and many other names you can think of. In 2000, she broke away from that culture where sexuality is suppressed and expression of affection is limited to a bedroom only. A mechanical engineer with an MBA, she has held many regional positions over the years and is now working as an IT consultant. She has lived in Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne and has created a new life by reinventing herself. She is proud to call her a free sexual woman.

Kath Duncan is a Researcher and Sexuality Producer with especial interests in disability, Deaf and non-normative ppls experiences. Kath is a writer, multimedia producer, artist and arts manager (Heist egalleryhttp://www.heistegallery.com.au/), performs with Australia’s only queer Deaf disabled Unexpected Cabaret troupe Quippings (https://www.facebook.com/groups/594622963911898/) enjoys working with  other creative freaks @ Living Art (http://artsaccess.com.au/news/livingart/) based in Melbourne, from Sydney and northern NSW.

 

Loop Map

When: Tuesday October 8th. 2013
Where: LOOP Bar 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $10

In Other News

To see our upcoming panels for the rest of the year click here

If you feel that you have something you’d like to contribute and be on the panel, please emailpleasureforumaustralia@gmail.com outlining which panel you’re interested in being on and what you have to share. Ideally you would be experienced and well-versed in your subject area, ( though not necessarily an ‘expert’ or an academic) reasonably articulate and bring a level of passion, integrity and professionalism to the event and Pleasure Forum Australia overall.

Female Arousal Anatomy with Cyndi Darnell

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After a sell out event in Melbourne earlier this year and repeated to acclaim in London Cyndi is thrilled to be offering this seminar again in Melbourne.
Have you heard how much of a mystery *women are and that women’s bodies are just so confusing? While

for some that may be true the good news is there are some tried and true methods that ‘wow’ women every time, demystify the myths and this seminar will share these methods with you.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Click here for more details

September Gathering: Australian Porn- A New Frontier.

Posted in academia, art, comedy, documentary, education, entertainment, erotica / porn, events, gender, politics, relationships, safer sex, special interest on August 28, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

September Gathering: Australian Porn- A New Frontier.

This gathering at PFA requires little introduction. One of our MOST popular forums EVER- Australian Pornography- A New Frontier brings together Australia’s most prominent pornographers for a profound, intelligent and thought provoking discussion on the nature of Australian porn, its impact and its educational value. Australian Porn is gaining notoriety globally and earning respect from some of the global greats with our Award winning panelsits sharing their passion and knowledge with the PFA audience. Edgy, smart and ethical- this panel will be hosted by Cyndi Darnell exploring and celebrating how Australian porn is changing erotic expression in a global community.

Panelists

Angela White has been performing in pornography for the past decade. She has starred in over 150 pornographic films and has been featured in more than 100 magazines including Penthouse, Hustler and Zoo. Angela also appeared in the Australian television comedy series “Pizza”. In 2010, Angela ran as a political candidate for the Australian Sex Party in the Victorian state election, in which she publicly fought for the rights of sex workers. Angela has a degree in Gender Studies (BA Hons) from the University of Melbourne. You can learn more about Angela White by visiting her official website: www.angelawhite.com.
Bourke Wills
Bourke is the director behind AdultVoyeur.com.au, Australia’s number one porn site. He comes from a mainstream film and tv production background and bought a number of professionals across to Adult with him. Adult Voyeur’s focus is on producing a style of pornography that displays the approach to sex and sexuality which is uniquely Australian. Aussies are well know across the world as sexy, sex positive, fun people, with an eager enjoyment of sex. It is this ideal Adult Voyeur is presenting to the rest to the world.

Ms Naughty
 has been creating and curating porn online since 2000 and she has run the porn for women subscription site ForTheGirls.com since 2003. Her latest project is BrightDesire.com, a sex positive feminist porn site that features all her filmed and written work. Since 2004 she has blogged about porn, feminism and censorship at MsNaughty.com/blog. Her erotic fiction has appeared in several editions of Best Women’s Erotica. Her film Connections: Real Couples, Joyful Sex won a Feminist Porn Award in 2013 and she has been nominated for her films three times previously. She has a chapter on porn for women in The Feminist Porn Book, edited by Tristan Taormino et al. Prior to her career in porn, she worked as a librarian and freelance journalist. She is married and lives in a small country town surrounded by fundamentalist Christians.
Anna Brownfield
RMIT Media Arts Graduate award winning feminist erotic filmmaker, Anna Brownfield, has gained extensive media attention for the originality of her work. Her films look at strong female characters, female gaze, sex, sexuality and domestic craft. Her work has screened at numerous festivals here and overseas including International Women’s Conference (Beijing), WOW Film Festival (Sydney). Her first feature film ‘ The Money Shot’ closed the 2005 Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) and won Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Male Lead
Her second feature, ‘The Band’ has screened at Cannes Film Market (France), opened the Berlin Porn Film Festival (German, 2009), has sold to numerous territories around the world and won “Hottest Feature” at the Feminist Porn Awards 2010 in Canada. “Making it Handmade!” is her first documentary, which premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival 2010, Down Under Film Festival (Berlin, Germany) and had its TV premiere on ABC2 in 2011. Currently, she is making a film about feminist pornography around the world entitled “Doing it Her Way.”
Gala Vanting
Gala Vanting is an erotic imaginist based in Australia.  Erotic filmmaker, professional BDSM practitioner, educator, pleasure activist, and kinky queer feminist, Gala approaches all of her work with a sex-positive perspective and a focus on intimacy, connection, and the democratisation of sexy.  For more info on her and her work, please see www.msgalavanting.com and www.sensatefilms.com.

When: Tuesday September 10. 2013
Where: LOOP Bar 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $10- No Bookings required - But turn up early as this event is sure to be standing-room only. No guarantees for space or positions

In Other News

To see our upcoming panels for the rest of the year click here

We are still looking for expressions of interest from people to appear on our October Panel_ Tuesday Oct 8th  exploring Sexuality, Intimacy and Culture- How culture, sub-culture, race and other identities create erotic alliances and separations- living in Australia. Please email pleasureforumaustralia@gmail.com  Ideally you would be experienced and well-versed in your subject area, ( though not necessarily an ‘expert’ or an academic) reasonably articulate, comfortable speaking in public and bring a level of passion, integrity and professionalism to the event and Pleasure Forum Australia overall.

Sex, Fire and Freedom with Cyndi Darnell

Sunday September 8th – Bookings Essential – More info here
Sex, Fire and Freedom is a one day workshop for all women who wish to experience a profound exploration of sexuality away from the social and cultural restrictions that bind and restrict women’s stories of erotic pleasure. In this workshop you will:
  • Unpack your erotic story
  • Understand more of your sexual possibilities
  • Remember how sex works in your body, mind and heart
  • Journey into Fire and Desire
  • Exploring  your erotic charge(s)
  • Meeting and playing with Power
Also two seminars in September and October respectively Male Arousal Anatomy Female Arousal Anatomy BOOKINGS required for all events.

Community Announcement

Theaterotica is a new Melbourne-based theatre company with the mission to produce quality theatre that is sex positive, and inclusive. We are seeking erotic monologues, scenes and plays and would like to hear from experienced performers. We are looking for a wide range of works covering the full spectrum of sexuality and gender. Writers, please contact Theaterotica@hotmail.com with your monologue (up to 2000 words).  Deadline 16 September. Performers, please contact Theaterotica@hotmail.com with a headshot and performance CV.  Auditions early October.

Theaterotica. PO BOX 24317. Melbourne Vic 3001

 

August Gathering

Posted in anal, art, education, events, gender, kink / BDSM, piercing, safer sex, special interest on July 24, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

August Gathering: An Intro to Kink and BDSM. A Night for Beginners

Kink and BDSM have been in high profile in recent years, gaining notoriety for bridging the gap between the erotic components of the psyche and soul and for those yearning to try something that takes the physical to new heights. The prevalence of such practices are gaining ground with accessible supplies in every adult shop in the city, but some people are still wondering what the hell is this about, is it for me and where do I even start?

 

 
Tonight’s gathering of Pleasure Forum Australia brings together some of the most well regarded Kink educators in Australia whose businesses and professional lived have authorised them to speak with depth and passion about their particular knowledge area in the world of Kink and BDSM. Hosted by Cyndi Darnell , Pleasure Forum Australia is proud to bring these individuals together for a night of discussion and insight into one of the world’s most popular erotic paths.

Panelists

Mistress Electra A’more

Is a dedicated and passionate Dominatrix and Somatic Sex Bod & Fetish Educator.
Classified, as one of Australia’s senior professional Dominatrix’s with over 18 years of hands on experience Mistress Electra A’more is the owner of the spectacular Adelaide professional play space - The Fetish Palace. Traditionally trained, Electra classifies herself as the “Mistress of Sensation Play” Where she dances with your erotic shadows, to enhance your own pleasures through exploring the realms of pleasure &/or pain, with conscious touch, breath and stern guidance to reach a state of blissfulness in what ever scenario is put forth and negotiated.

Sado BJ is well regarded around the BDSM scene as an expert in bondage, flogging and impact play, and as a fetish performance artist. Through his career at Eagle Leather, he has become an advocate of the BDSM scene, particularly through educating. He has been a regular presenter at Eagle Leather’s classes, where his presentations have focussed on the education of fetish enthusiasts in everything they need to know. His enthusiasm and determination have culminated in his becoming the co-owner of Eagle Leather, an Australian icon.

Mz Mallice ( Mistressmallice on Fetlife) is a diverse producer with a portfolio of a wide range of events, shows, exhibitions and productions. She been producing events in Australia for over 13 years passionately creating the opportunity for local and international performers to do what they do best while incorporating her love for alternative art, photography and fashion.
She is currently in production of Oz Kink Fest which is in it’s 7th year and hosts premiere events such as Fetish ExpoHellfire Resurrection, workshops, skillshares and many social activities.In addition, she runs a monthly BDSM club called Provocation which provides a space for alternative lifestyle people to explore their kink or socialise in an accepting and fun environment.

Scott ( AKA Melbourne Rope Dojo) is one of the leading practitioners and teachers of Japanese rope tying, known as Shibari,  outside of Japan. He is one of only two accredited instructors in the Osada-Ryu shibari system, and travels yearly to Japan to continue his studies. Scott has led workshops in Shibari around Australia and in New Zealand, and has performed in both Australia and Japan. In 2011 he established the Melbourne Rope Dojo where he runs weekly classes in Shibari.

When: Tuesday August 13. 2013
Where: LOOP Bar 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $10

Loop Map

The Mechanics of Sex

Cyndi Darnell, creator, founder and host of Pleasure Forum Australia is running a bunch of events on the ‘how tos’ of sex for the curious and the enthusiastic. Topics range from  Female Ejaculation and the latest research on Female Orgasm, through to Anal Sex and How Dicks Work. There’s even a one day workshop for women scheduled in September. Check out the info on Cyndi’s Website or subscribe to her newsletter here.

July Gathering: Erotica

Posted in comedy, entertainment, erotica / porn, events, gender, kink / BDSM, Orgasm, queer, relationships, special interest, tantra / spirituality / ritual, trans, Uncategorized on June 25, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Pleasure Forum Australia’s proud association with Melbourne publishers Little Raven brings you July’s gathering showcasing some of Australia’s best Erotica authors in a night of passion, intensity and absolute hilarity. Erotica has never been hotter, sexier or more hilarious! Hosted by Cyndi Darnell, this event will provide the antidote to your midwinter blues and inspire you to reach for a hot toddy or even a hot Teddy!

 Contributing Writers / Speakers

Little Raven publishers is a publisher of erotic fiction, established in 2011. In November last year Little Raven released the anthology of erotic fiction and host regular events and writing workshops.
  • Van Roberts, director of Little Raven publishing will be head-lining this event and available for discussion about submissions to future anthologies. We’ll find out what Van’s inspirations are and what Little Raven’s history is along with future directions for Little Raven’s vision.
  • KL Joy has been around the traps, in the traps and over the traps of BDSM for a number of years now. Having watched from the sidelines (an avid voyeur) and been a participant on both sides of the crop (and Switch!) she learned her stuff first hand and was never afraid to ‘go there’ in the name of research. Her first book Catalyst: Stories of Awakening was self published in 2009 but 2012 was the year it took off with a bang! Now published under US publisher Storm Moon Press, she has just released her second novel Desire: Stories of Secret Longing.
  • Dosh Luckwell is a sex poet and theatre maker. Over the past couple of years Dosh has created a spoken/word music album (Sex Poems), a debut one-man show (Mr Femme Fatale), a poetry/art installation (Sex Poetry Booth) and an outrageous theatre show set in a shop window (Iron Man). Dosh was awarded the title of WA Best Emerging Artist at the 2012 Fringe World awards for Mr Femme Fatale. Dosh has also received, to date, the Best Live Art award at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe for his ability to relentlessly outpour on the spot ‘sex poetry’ at the Sex Poetry Booth. As a whole, Dosh’s practice actively connects poetry and erotica with music, theatre and installation.
  • Aimee Nichols is an erotica writer and co-founder of Va Va Boombah, Melbourne’s first plus-sized burlesque revue. Her work has appeared in anthologies including The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Volume 6First Timers: True Stories of Lesbian AwakeningSixteen of the BestGot a Minute? Sixty Second EroticaUltimate Lesbian Erotica 2006 and Best Lesbian Erotica 2001 and Little Raven One.
  • Randall Stephens combines humorous, direct and personal writing on travel, romance and masculine identity with an energetic delivery style to create a strong stage presence. Randall has toured around Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo, and competed in poetry slams in New York and London, and been broadcast on RRR and 3CR in Melbourne.
  • Paige Elliot Phoenix is a musician, singer-songwriter, psychotherapist, transactivist, writer and public educator. Paige was in the final six for over 25s on The X Factor, he was the first out transsexual contestant to ever appear on the show.
  • Talia Eilon is a writer and editor; tonight she is reading a story by Ankur van der Woude.  (pronounced ‘wowde’)

When: Tuesday July 9. 2013
Where: LOOP Bar 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $10

In

Other

News

To see our upcoming panels for the rest of the year click here

If you feel that you have something you’d like to contribute and be on the panel, please emailpleasureforumaustralia@gmail.com outlining which panel you’re interested in being on and what you have to share. Ideally you would be experienced and well-versed in your subject area, ( though not necessarily an ‘expert’ or an academic) reasonably articulate and bring a level of passion, integrity and professionalism to the event and Pleasure Forum Australia overall.

Female Ejaculation,

Orgasm

and G Spot


When Cyndi isn’t running Pleasure Forum Australia she is planning and running seminars designed to facilitate greater agency among adults to kick start their sexual and erotic potential. The first in a series of four coming up between July and October 2013 is on Female Ejaculation, Orgasm and the G Spot. Everyone Welcome.
You will learn about;

  • different perspectives on female orgasm and ejaculation
  • what the G-spot is, how to find it and what to do after you’ve found it
  • what the clitoris is & how it provides pleasure
  •  how the vagina responds before, during and after stimulation
  •  why lubrication is a girl’s best friend
  •  labia and how to love them
  • techniques & tools help ejaculation happen
  • and of course what female ejaculation is, what it looks like and how to make it happen for you.

More information can be found here  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 
Check more about Cyndi’s upcoming seminars here.

Orgasms With Spirit: *latest from Barbara Carrellas

Barbara Carrellas, long term friend and supporter of Pleasure Forum Australia is teaching a brand new four-part online class in partnership with Hay House: “Orgasms with Spirit”, beginning 17 July. She’s bringing together the most popular segments from her in-person workshops. Discover the totality of possibilities of orgasm, learn to have a breath and energy orgasm (or “Think Off”, as seen on her TLC Strange Sex episode), deepen your connection to a partner with sacred sex, and practice sex magic. An added bonus is that you don’t have to be available to listen live. You can download the course and listen at your convenience. Early bird price in effect now!

June Gathering: Sexy Beasts

Posted in academia, documentary, education, entertainment, events, queer, relationships, special events, special interest, Uncategorized on May 28, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

June Gathering: Sexy Beasts

Any sexual practice someone doesn’t like gets denounced as “unnatural”. Yet a look at nature shows that sex can be as diverse as anything humans can devise. As the great biologist JBS Haldane said “The Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.” Whether it is transvestism, bondage or male-male sex as a survival strategy if you can think of it there is probably an animal species that does it.

Predominantly focusing on Australian native species, this event will introduce amusing, fascinating and brain-bending sexual practices of more than a dozen species of animals. Some may provide a shock of recognition, while others are almost beyond our imagining.There will also be some discussion on what conclusions we can, and cannot, draw about human sexuality.
Note this talk is *not* about bestiality, and even the most enthusiastic animal lover might find it hard to be turned on by some of the species discussed. Hosted by Pleasure Forum Australia’s founder and creator Cyndi Darnell, this will be a night at PFA unlike any other!

image:http://australian-animals.net/

Keynote Presenter: Stephen Luntz

Stephen Luntz is a staff writer at Australasian Science magazine and has been published on ABC online, Crikey and Australia Unlimited. He is the author of Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats: A Field Guide to Australian Scientists (CSIRO Publishing 2011).
Although his background is in physics he now writes about all fields of current Australian research, and this has led him to learn more than he ever thought possible about how Australian species reproduce. He’s found these stories are more popular at parties than the latest developments in the use of Bose-Einstein Condensate, although he can tell you about that if you like as well.
Stephen is the electoral analyst (unpaid) for the Australian Greens Victoria, and a partner at Above Quota Elections, who run internal elections for non-profit organisations. He blogs at  forensicsfossilsfruitbats.wordpress.com

When: Tuesday June 11. 2013
Where: LOOP Bar 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $10

In Other News

To see our upcoming panels for the rest of the year click here

If you feel that you have something you’d like to contribute and be on the panel, please email pleasureforumaustralia@gmail.com outlining which panel you’re interested in being on and what you have to share. Ideally you would be experienced and well-versed in your subject area, ( though not necessarily an ‘expert’ or an academic) reasonably articulate and bring a level of passion, integrity and professionalism to the event and Pleasure Forum Australia overall.

Workshops for Lovers: Sex , Love & Intimacy

Cyndi Darnell, along with Dr Christopher Fox is offering a full weekend workshop in Melbourne for couples / partners wishing to deepen their connection and their intimate relationship.
Love, Sex and Intimacy is an intensive weekend workshop of 20 hours of couple’s therapy (non-residential) offered in Melbourne for couples wishing to deepen their connection and enhance their communication and intimacy. The outcome is to develop a more profoundly connected, intimate and erotic relationship with yourself and your partner. This workshop is for all couples regardless or orientation or gender.

The workshop will cover:

  • How to improve communication & identify blockages
  • Developing a greater sense of intimacy
  • Putting the spark back into a relationship
  • Learning to a fight a fair fight
  • How friction can be used as an erotic tool
  • How to energise sex
  • Exploring erotic possibilities

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Click here for more details

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