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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

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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

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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!

October Gathering: Women Sex & Orgasm

Posted in education, events, health, kink / BDSM, Orgasm, politics, queer, relationships, straight, trans, women on September 20, 2012 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Steeped in mystery? Not enough consideration? Just plain frigid?  Slutty? ………………..or………………………..

Women’s sexuality is a hot bed of debate and opinion. Orgasms, squirting, menstruation, multiple partners, fluidity, fisting  and beyond, these four panelists who make up the team for Pleasure Forum Australia’s Women Sex and Orgasm will inspire, educate and possibly divide! Hosted by Cyndi Darnell, this event is going to be a no holds bared exploration of women’s sexuality; real &  raw.

This is a PFA event for all women and those who love them!

Panelists

Mista Samsam is a woman fond of sex and orgasms. A kinky queer fond of all kinds of sex, sometimes with no orgasm. A nerdy genderqueer warrior fond of sex with all their clothes on. An amateur BDSM player fond of mind games and power exchanges. A tart. Aloof. Shy. A sassy introvert fond of curvy femmes and angular bois. A lesbian passionate about people’s right to make informed decisions about their own sex lives without legislative or religious interference.

Clementine Ford is a writer and loudmouthed feminist living in Melbourne. She discovered masturbation early on and, consistent with her severe hypochondria, thought the resulting orgasm was the first signs of a stroke. She is a strong believer in people being able to take care of their own sexual needs. She occasionally tumbles at www.clementineford.com.au and tweets incessantly from @clementine_ford.

In 1996 Maureen Matthews decided to open a bookshop and ‘sex shop’ for women, and their partners. Bliss for Women operated until Jan 2010, but then closed (after the GFC). However, the online business, bliss4women.com, continues to offer the same services. She has done a lot of public speaking on the subject of women’s sexuality. She’s taught at the Royal Women’s Hospital at both their ‘Menopause” and ‘Living With Cancer’ courses. She also works with Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. 6 years ago she started writing her popular weekly column – ‘About Last Night’ in the Sunday Age. She answer questions about sex and relationships. Her focus has always been on empowering women and couples to enjoy their sex lives, regardless of their age, background, orientation, faith, race or cultural background. She tries to approach everyone’s situation in a non-judgemental way, combining compassion and humour with respect and honesty.

Pornographer, sexy-feminist-rant blogger and an obsessive documenter, in words, art, porn and self portraiture (more often than not, nude) Hyperballad otherwise known as Jane, has operated in circles of totally amazing, switched-on women, both personally and professionally for a great many years now. She is also a woman herself. Over 4 years working at Feck, the past several of which devoted to the Beautiful Agony project, she has shot hundreds and hundreds of regular everyday people having an orgasm, from the shoulders up and in turn interviewed them about their sexual and masturbatory experiences. This space sparked a personal interest and engagement in sex positivity, feminism, shameless self pleasure and purposeful self love.

When: Tuesday October 2nd

Time: 7.30pm

Where: LOOP 23 Meyers Place. Melbourne CBD

Cost:  $10