An Evening with Barbara Carrellas: August 2011

In a special one-off event, Pleasure Salon Melbourne is proud to present an evening with Barbara Carrellas.



Named by Time Out New York as as the city’s Best Tantric Sex Seminar Leader for her Urban Tantra® series of workshops, Barbara is thrilled to be presenting in Australia for the first time in over 10 years at Pleasure Salon Melbourne in August 2011.

She is the founder of Urban Tantra®, an approach to sacred sexuality that adapts and blends conscious sexuality practices from Tantra to BDSM, and the co-founder of Erotic Awakening, a pioneering series of workshops focusing on the physical, spiritual and healing powers of sex. She delights in blurring the lines between sacred and profane, enlightened and perverted, spirit and science, and pleasure and pain.

Barbara is the author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the 21st Century,( much of which was based on her time running workshops and teaching in Melbourne in the 1990s) and Luxurious Loving: Tantric inspirations for Passion and Pleasure, with a new book soon to be released: Ecstasy is Necessary.

As a life-long student and facilitator of ecstatic experiences of all kinds, (including a vast range of orgasms that lie beyond those achieved by genital stimulation,) Barbara will share with us some of the many “gasms” she has experienced, witnessed and facilitated and present some possibilities for healing and growth that may be found in prolonged orgasmic states.

Barbara is also known for her pioneering work around gender-free orgasms, and creative and educational collaborations with sex-positive pioneers including, Annie Sprinkle, Kate Bornstein and Joseph Kramer, founder of Sexological Bodywork.

This will be Barbara’s only public appearance in Australia outside of her professional training program. If you are interested in the Urban Tantra Professional Training Program in Byron Bay please enquire here.

Barbara’s presentation in Melbourne, Ecstasy Is Necessary, will cover a range of topics from her famed workshops and books including

  • Expanded and Alternative orgasms
  • Sacred Sex
  • Sacred BDSM
  • Living sex-positive in a sex-negative culture
  • How sex works and why it matters
  • The Tantra / BDSM connection
  • Her orgasmic experience inside an fMRI machine, and the scientific findings on orgasm brain activity.
  • Q & A session and book signing

“If you ever thought Tantra wasn’t for you—too foreign or gimmicky or New Age-y, or not edgy enough for your radical sex explorations—Barbara Carrellas will cure you of all misconceptions and bring you an Urban Tantra to unite your sex, your spirit, your erotic wanderlust, your edge.” —Carol Queen, director of the Center for Sex & Culture, San Francisco

WHEN: Monday August 1st

WHERE: 24 Moons

TIME: Doors 6pm.

Presentation starts at 7pm.

***************THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT*****************

(Please note, due to the extra costs involved with engaging international presenters, the regular Pleasure Salon Melbourne presenter doorlist will not apply to this particular event)

Watch Barbara’s experience inside the fMRI machine here.


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