The School of Really Good Sex is a place to learn extremely important life skills which unfortunately are not taught at school or at university. It is led by a small team of dedicated people who dare to live more freely, to feel more alive, and who are not afraid openly to question society’s prejudices and judgements.
Peter Banki, Ph.D founded the School of Really Good Sex in 2015. Prior to that he curated Xplore - Festival of the Art of Lust in Sydney from 2011-2013. He says: “when you are intimate with someone, you see who they are. And that’s when it’s really exciting. Much more than their competences, it’s their being. Sex opens up and shows you a human being at their most open and vulnerable, whatever their roles.”
Peter has also been a scholar and teacher of European philosophy and literature for much of his adult life. He holds a Ph.D. in German Languages and Literature from New York University (September, 2009). His book The Forgiveness To Come: the Holocaust and the Hyper-Ethical came out in December 2017 with Fordham University Press. He is currently affiliated with the Philosophy Research Initiative at Western Sydney University.
Peter has also an extensive background in Iyengar yoga, dance and the martial arts (Capoeira Angola). His somatic and movement practice forms a basis of his work in the sex-positive field.
Philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche and Georges Bataille, Anne Dufourmantelle and Jean-Luc Nancy have most inspired him in his thinking about sexuality and eroticism. He has also worked leaders in the sex-positive movement, such as Janet Hardy, Joseph Kramer, Tristan Taormino and Felix Ruckert.
Articles about Peter's work on The Festival of Really Good Sex have been featured in many news outlets, including The Guardian, Archer Magazine, ABC Radio National and news.com. He has also been interviewed about the Festival of Death and Dying, which he also founded and directs, on ABC Radio and the Sydney Morning Herald. His work on apology and forgiveness has been featured on 2SER and on the philosophers’ zone on ABC Radio National.
A selection of Peter's academic publications can be found at www.peterbanki.com
Sarah Roffey is a faculty member of the School of Really Good Sex and has been involved with us since 2011. She says that the school has given her opportunities especially to push herself out of her comfort zone, which for her has less to do with sexuality and more to do with confronting shyness: talking to people, being in front of people and running workshops.
She has qualifications in Gender and Cultural Studies and Social work. She is one of the founders of OFF THE WALL INC and also one of the founders and facilitators of Sydney’s Critical Perspectives on Madness Reading Group. She has experience facilitating therapeutic and educational groups and workshops, including on sex and madness. She is informed in her work by her own experiences of distress and other states of mind and is interested in challenging dominant approaches to what is often termed 'mental illness'. Sarah is interested in the intersections between the body, writing, literature, erotica, sexuality, madness and the exploration of diverse experiences.
Ira Zev is a faculty member of the School of Really Good Sex since 2017 and is also co-founder of SCRAP Gallery and Co-op in Enmore in Sydney. Her interest in sex-positive spaces comes out of her critique of the culture we live in. To her, it has always seemed normal for people to share an intimacy with one another and to be affectionate. “That’s how we make connections, that’s how we make friends. For the culture to tell us that that’s wrong to explore never seemed right to me.”
Ira is especially interested in making spaces where people come to realise that they can be creative.
“People come to these workshops and festivals thinking they’ll get step by step pointers and tricks about how to be better lovers or how to have good sex, but it doesn’t work like that. I want people to realise that we all have the capacity to be creative. We all have the permission to do that all the time.”