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March Gathering

Posted in academia, education, events, open relationships / polyamory, relationships, safer sex on March 1, 2013 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Greetings all,
March is upon us which means it’s Autumn. I don’t know about you but I found those endless hot weeks just a little too much and am looking forward to the cooler days. Days which can mean cuddles and gluhwein, cuddles of many kinds, not just with lovers, but also friends.
Speaking of cuddles & friends and friends with benefits, our March gathering is looking at one of the 21st century’s hottest sex & relationship topics: Polyamory.
There has been a lot of discussion of polyamory in the media of late. Some of it curious and much of it affirmative, but it’s also easy to make a lot of assumptions when it comes to what Polyamory is and isn’t. This evening of discussion and insight hosted by Cyndi Darnell will provide an intro into what Polyamory can look like and we’ll explore some of the common pitfalls and celebrations that can come with integrating (a) polyamorous relationship/s into your life.
Presenters:
Anne Hunter is a Facilitator and Relationships Educator and has been polyamorous for two decades. She is co-founder of PolyVic, Melbourne’s polyamorous community, and has been significantly involved in the development of the wider poly community in Australia. She has facilitated numerous workshops, focus groups and discussion groups on the topic in several forums around Australia for the last decade and is a co-author (with Maria) of a chapter on poly parenting in a recently-published LGBT parenting handbook for health practitioners.
Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli is Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University. Her primary areas of research and activism are cultural, gender, sexual and family diversity. Maria is also a Founding Member of AGMC Inc (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council). Her books include Someone You Know (Australia’s first AIDS biography); When Our Children Come Out: How to Support Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Young People, and Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools (a recipient of a Lambda Literary Award, 2011). Her first novel, Love You Two was co‐winner of a 2010 Lambda Literary Award.
Robin Pearson is one of those people who should be rich, famous and universally adored, but isn’t. Robin’s core value is that every mature, competent human can decide who and how they love, and the role of society is to support that decision. Robin is Master of a beautiful slave, parent of three teenagers, trained in Information Management and Literature and has barely worked in various occupations including Catholic School Librarian, paint salesperson and sex worker. Robin is currently president of Poly Vic and enjoying a rural sabbatical.

Cassie Webb jumped in at the deep end of polyamory a year and a half ago with her first committed relationship. With the help of PolyVic discussions and socials she has maintained what little sanity she had to begin with. Most recently poly single and dating for the last six months, she is chasing the dream of an equal tribe set up rather than the primary/secondary model that is so common. Cassie’s part time retail position allows her space to better experience life and manage her depression.

When: Tuesday March 12
Time: 7pm for 7.30 start.
Where: LOOP Melbourne. 23 Meyers Place. CBD
Cost : $10

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December Gathering 2012

Posted in anal, education, entertainment, erotica / porn, events, health, kink / BDSM, men, open relationships / polyamory, queer, relationships, safer sex, sex work, straight, swinging, women on November 26, 2012 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Greetings Pleasure Lovers

Tuesday December 4th  2012marks our final gathering for 2012 where we have invited back our panelists from throughout the year to give us a summary of their best work to date and whatever else they may have to share with us.

Come an experience some of the highlights from 2012 (and  even a few from bygone years)  and of course the usual shenanigans and door prizes from our wonderful sponsors! See you there!

When: Tuesday December 4th 2012

Time: 7.30pm

Where: Loop Bar

Price: $10

Special Announcement

Posted in education, events, kink / BDSM, men, open relationships / polyamory, relationships, safer sex, sex work, special events, straight, tantra / spirituality / ritual, touch, trans, women on September 13, 2012 by Pleasure Forum Australia

It is with great sadness that we must inform you that Barbara Carrellas  Melbourne event has been cancelled. This morning we received news of Barbara’s partner requiring surgery which means Barbara must be back in NYC for the time this event had been scheduled. Rest assured, Barbara is a very BIG fan of Melbourne and will be back sometime VERY soon

May Gathering. Alternative Relationships

Posted in education, events, health, kink / BDSM, open relationships / polyamory, relationships, safer sex, swinging on April 21, 2012 by Brian

Greetings,

Well after the mammoth events that were Tristan Taormino’s seminar and workshop, PSM is back at LOOP bar next Tuesday night May 1st, at 7.30 with what I’m sure will be a compelling panel presentation on Alternative Relationships.

We all had a blast at Tristan’s events, and for those who missed it, Tristan kindly gave permission to have part of her seminar recorded, and it can be heard by following the link under our “Media” page to the right. Thanks to Dean Beck for making this available.

Tuesday May 1st. Alternative Relationships

Relationships and communication are often a forgotten part of the sexuality dynamic. Titillating images or instant gratification are often more accessible and for many people, or more enjoyable than the potentially complex realities of processing emotions and negotiation that go along with being in a relationship.

Our panel for Alternative Relationships, will be hosted by Cyndi and  will be made up of  experts in the field, people with real life experience negotiating different kinds of relationships; why they do it, how they do it, and why it works for them. They will examine in detail alternatives to the monogamous, pair-bonding relationship many of us engage in by default, including:

  • how to negotiate boundaries
  • desires
  • fantasies
  • safer sex
  • family and society at large
  • and how they carved out a life for themselves that is both unique and fulfilling.

Their areas of expertise cover, but are not limited to bisexuality, polyamory, open relationships, swinging, and the D/s dynamic as a relationship and a lifestyle.

Our panellists:

Lyndal and Andrew Coon

Chantelle Austin

Anne Hunter

Sur Jack

As with all PSM events, we welcome people of all orientations, genders and backgrounds to come along, listen and share your experiences of a life when pleasure is important.

When: Tuesday May 1st

Time: 7.30pm

Where: Loop Bar.  23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD

Cost : $10

The venue is intimate, so we encourage people to arrive early for a seat, and a pre panel mingle to warm up.

Proudly supported by Take Care Out There

Tristan Taormino at Pleasure Salon Melbourne. April 2012

Posted in anal, art, education, entertainment, erotica / porn, events, kink / BDSM, open relationships / polyamory, politics, queer, relationships, special events, straight, women on March 8, 2012 by Brian

Pleasure Salon Melbourne and Cyndi Darnell  (creator and founder of PSM) are thrilled to present

 Tristan Taormino ( USA)

for two nights in Melbourne 

Both events require PRE PURCHASE. See links below for access to our tickets through Trybooking.com.au

Tickets can be bought for each event separately or come to both events for a discount

Both venues wheelchair friendly. PLEASE email for further details about this

Wednesday April 11. 2012 

Public Seminar

303 Sydney Road ( formerly The Beach)

Brunswick

7.30 pm

Tristan Taormino will take you on her personal journey from activist undergraduate to law school reject to struggling writer to author, Village Voice columnist, On Our Backs editor, sex educator, and adult film director. She’ll reveal the pleasures and pitfalls of a career that revolves around sex.

Hear about her first foray into porn on and off camera, what led her to form her own company, Smart Ass Productions, and become an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment, one of the largest adult companies. She will share her definition of feminist porn, what she hopes to accomplish with her films, and the challenges she faces in the adult industry and in her professional career as a sex educator. She’ll dish all the juicy details of her adventures along the way with swingers, strippers, dominatrixes, drag kings, porn stars, and even Howard Stern.

Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, columnist, sex educator, speaker, and filmmaker. She is the author of seven books: Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation, The Big Book of Sex Toys, The Anal Sex Position Guide, Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships, True Lust: Adventures in Sex, Porn and Perversion, Down and Dirty Sex Secrets, and two editions of The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women.

She is the editor of 23 anthologies including Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica and was the founding editor of the Lambda Literary Award-winning series Best Lesbian Erotica. She’s written for a multitude of publications from Yale Journal of Law and Feminism to Penthouse, and served as editor of the magazine On Our Backs. For nine and a half years, she wrote a bi-weekly column in The Village Voice. She runs her own adult film production company, Smart Ass Productions, and is currently an exclusive director for Vivid Entertainment.

Tristan has taught hundreds of classes (on everything from negotiating relationships to female orgasms) at conferences, community events, and retail stores and she frequently lectures at top colleges and universities. Tristan has been featured in over 200 publications and appeared on dozens of radio and television programs.

She runs three websites: www.puckerup.com, www.tristantaormino.com, and www.openingup.net

AND

THE EVENT “”MAKING OPEN RELATIONSHIPS WORK ” IS NOW SOLD OUT

The following night:

Making Open Relationships Work

A workshop with Tristan Taormino 

Thursday April 12. 2012

Level 10 / 225 Bourke St Melbourne

7.00pm

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Do open relationships really work? How do people create nontraditional partnerships that are loving and lasting? Tristan Taormino, relationship expert and author of Opening Up, shares some of the key principles that can help your open relationship(s) succeed.

She’ll discuss common issues and problems-from “new relationship energy” and time management to jealousy and agreement violations-and ways to address and resolve them. Tristan will offer tips on communication, negotiation, and boundary setting, as well as how to cope with change. Learn how to get to the root of jealous feelings and transform them by embracing the concept of ‘compersion’.

Whether you’re a newcomer or veteran to the world beyond monogamy, come discover strategies to help you nurture and grow your open relationship(s).