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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

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!

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

August Gathering

Posted in education, events, relationships, tantra / spirituality / ritual, touch on July 8, 2012 by Pleasure Forum Australia

What a wonderful night was had by all at our superb gathering and celebration of Erotica. Big thanks to all our presenters and to the expert assistance from the gang at Little Raven publishing.

August Gathering
As the last of the winter months approaches us in Melbourne, our introspection moves toward a new
kind of enquiry which examines how sex and spirituality intersect. At a time when many people are losing faith in conventional forms of spirituality and worship, more and more people are turning to Tantra, Buddhism and other alternative spiritual disciplines to find meaning and contentment. Exploring sexuality and spirituality free of shame is becoming a popular and rapidly expanding enterprise, and one which has a variety of approaches and perspective on offer.

Join us at our August gathering on Sex and Spirituality: How Sex and Spirit Intersect to find out more about what is on offer in the Sex /Spirit community, what to watch out for and what this approach to sexuality can offer you.

Panelists

Shinen Wong has a B.A. in Gender Studies from Dartmouth College, and a Graduate Diploma in
Buddhist Studies from the University of Sydney. He has worked in sexual health promotion for GLBT and queer communities at ACON (former AIDS Council of NSW) and internationally in San Francisco and Singapore. He is interested in the intersections between neuroscience, esoteric sexuality, social justice and health. His spiritual practice is grounded in Buddhism, Taoism, Integral theory,and ecumenicism. He blogs on PsychonautErotica:   http://www.psychonauterotica.blogspot.com.au/

Avika de Vine is a long time erotic adventurer and spiritual being whose journey has led through a variety of sexual experiences.  She currently works as a professional dominatrix, erotic masseur and escort where she facilitates journeys into the conscious erotic arts.  She believes passionately in all forms of sexuality as a vehicle for pleasure, self discovery, personal transformation, intimacy and spiritual connection.  She comes from the school of thought that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and that while sex can indeed lead to profound spiritual experiences, we do not need the “excuse” of spiritual connection in order to have fun between the sheets… or hanging from the
chandeliers, or tied to a St Andrews cross. Every experience is already inherently spiritual.
Her  websites are  http://www.avikadevine.com/
www.avikastouch.com  and www.consciouskink.com

Yamini
is an educator, trainer & coach who passionately lives a Tantra Life. www.livingtantra.com.au
Working in the field of sexuality for 15 years, she is committed to awakening in men & women the erotic passionate expression of their everyday lives. Along with a committed group of like minded peeps, Yamini will be involved in the launch of the Australian National Tantra Association (http://www.anta.org.au/): Australia’s Leading Industry body for Tantra, & Neo-Tantra, professionals, practitioners, body workers & educators.

Maruś
[Mah’roosh], Founder of Love Life Global Foundation and Sensual Healing (www.sensualhealing.com.au) has been a leader and visionary in the field of exploring self and sensuality for over 10 years. As a love life and sex coach Maruś provides an integrated and holistic experience educating and encouraging healing for individuals seeking reconnection to their own intimate personal power within. He is a guide and catalyst that inspires his clients to a state of conscious awareness that allows a healthy celebration of sex and life in general. Maruś also regularly
hosts Cuddle Parties throughout Australia (www.cuddleparty.com.au) bringing together likeminded people who wish to share beautiful innocent forms of affection, intimacy and touch structured within a safe ‘non-sexual’ environment.
We look forward to seeing you all at LOOP on

When: Tuesday August 7th
Where: LOOP Bar  23 Meyers Place.  Melbourne
CBD

Time:  7.30pm
Cost  $10

New Venue and November Gathering

Posted in art, events, health, kink / BDSM, men, queer, straight, tantra / spirituality / ritual, touch, trans, women on October 30, 2011 by Brian

Well, It’s been a long time coming, but we’re back to see out the rest of 2011 with a bang.

Our next gathering will be Monday November 7th at our brand new home

Tony Starr’s Kitten Club,

Level 2 / 267 Little Collins St. (CBD)

 (Look for the lime green door.)

Since previous host venue 24 Moons shut its doors, we have been looking for a new home to host us, and the good people at Tony Starr’s
Kitten Club have kindly offered their premises to us. Fabulous food, full menu and cocktails, we are thrilled and honoured to have access to this wonderful new space. Sadly, this venue is not wheelchair accessible.  We are still open to suggestions for a new home, so please send us your ideas for places that

  • serve food and liquor
  • have a space for us
  • have stages, mics, projectors etc.
  • are wheelchair accessible
  • and in the CBD

NOVEMBER GATHERING

As you may have been following, we are revamping PSM’s format starting with our November gathering. November brings you 2 special
presenters and a flurry of shenanigans prepared by Cyndi and Christian for your delight. Door prizes a plenty and more interaction for you all.

Summer time start is now 6.30 pm for a 7.15 first presenter.

PRESENTERS;

Jessi Lewis

Melbourne performance artist Jessi Lewis joins us for a presentation like no other.

Exploring what it means to be only 22 and HIV positive, in a world where the death of face to face flirtation is imminent after the rise of Grindr, & what this new technology means for his generation while weaving this in through his own personal story of performance, gay beats, paying rent and moving to Melbourne at age 18.

Having performed Australia wide, Jessi is thrilled to bring us excerpts from his dance pieces, and engage in a Q & A with our audience at PSM.

Melbourne Rope Dojo

Our feedback has told us that you have all been VERY keen to know more about rope play and we have found you one of Australia’s best rope
instructors; Melbourne Rope Dojo!

The head instructor at the Melbourne Rope Dojo is Scott, one of the most experienced practitioners of Shibari outside of Japan. Scott started studying Shibari in 2004, which lead him to visit Japan starting in 2009 to continue his studies. He has been to Japan three times now to study under his Sensei, Osada Steve, and one of Osada Steve’s teachers, Yukimura Haruki-Sensei.

Whilst experienced in all aspects of Shibari, Scott has a particular love of newaza, or the intimate and connected tying typically performed on the floor. For Scott, the connection that can be achieved through rope is unique and forms the heart of Shibari. There is therefore an emphasis at the Dojo of learning how to obtain this connection.

Scott will be providing a demonstration of his work, along with a full suspension demonstration and a history of Shibari (Japanese
Rope Work).

Where:

 Tony Starr’s Kitten Club

Level 2/ 267 Little Collins St CBD

When:

 Monday November 7th

Doors:  6: 30 pm for a 7:15 start.

 Full bar and meals available

Cost $10

An Evening with Barbara Carrellas: August 2011

Posted in events, tantra / spirituality / ritual on May 14, 2011 by Brian

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

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

ECSTASY IS NECESSARY

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.

May Gathering.

Posted in events, health, kink / BDSM, men, queer, relationships, sex work, straight, tantra / spirituality / ritual, touch, trans, women on April 13, 2011 by Brian

Our April gathering covering the big questions about Swinging,  proved to be a very popular night. Thanks again to our fab host venue 24 Moons, and our  guest speaker Chantelle Austin who gave away copies of her book, along with a personal coaching voucher valued at over $300! Congratulations to all our lucky winners of Chantelle’s prizes, and our other gifts from Bliss 4 Women.

Also, be sure to check out the page about 24Moons Wheelchair Access under our ‘pages‘  listing, should you require wheelchair access.

As I write this it’s wet and cold outside….a perfect time to get all comfy and tuned into our May presentation.

An exploration of Tantra, Spiritual Sex and Expanded Erotic Consciousness

Our May presenter, Uma, joins us from Brisbane. She has spent most of her working life in the pleasure industry, earning her living as a Sacred Intimate while exploring different approaches to sensuality and sexuality. There are many names for these sacred teachers and erotic explorers- Tantrika, Dakini, Sacred Prostitute, Sacred Intimate. All of these titles are relevant to her work and she wears them with pride.

Uma has been trained in Tantra, Shamanism and Taoism and is a Certified Sexological  Bodyworker . She has found her path in life teaching people of all genders and sexual orientations the art and mysteries of sacred sexuality, and is thrilled to bring her knowledge and passion to speak in Melbourne for the very first time.

Along with her partner, she started studying the Tantric arts 8 years ago as a way to bring their relationship  closer together . It ended up being much more profound experience than either of them could have imagined, which continues to lead them today through an ever-changing exploration of a mystical world of sensuality, heart connection and the Divine.

Uma’s presentation will  explore and explain the history of Tantra as a spiritual philosophy in ancient India and how it is as relevant, important and meaningful  today as it was in days gone by.  Drawing on influences from other spiritual disciplines including Taoism from China and Shamanism from the Americas, Uma will give an overview of how these ancient secrets can be applied to modern-day sexuality and enhance contemporary sexual relationships between all orientations and genders.
Uma’s presentation at Pleasure Salon Melbourne will cover topics including:

*What is sacred sexuality and Tantra?

*What is conscious sexuality?

*Why practice sacred /conscious sex?

*The role of a Sacred Prostitute historically and today

*The kind of people who practice Tantra and Why

* Tantra / Spiritual sex as a complement  to alternative sexual practices ( including solo sex and BDSM)

*How to bring consciousness and the Sacred into your own solo -sex life, and with others.

*Creating a pan-sexual , sacred sexual  community that includes practices from breath work to tantric massage to conscious BDSM  and sex magic.

Where: 24 Moons

Serving Drinks / Nibbles and Dumplings

When: Monday May 2nd. 6pm- 10 pm

 

Speaker starts at 7.30pm

$10