The School of Really Good Sex is produced by a small team of dedicated people who are committed to celebrating the joy of being alive, while questioning the shame, guilt, fear and pain around sexuality that so many of us today still struggle with.
Peter Banki, Ph.D is the Founder and Director of the School of Really Good Sex and of the Festival of Death and Dying. Peter is also member of the Philosophy Research Initiative at the University of Western Sydney, where he has also lectured and tutored in the School of Humanities and Languages.
Peter also has an extensive background in Iyengar Yoga, alternative dance and the martial arts (Capoeira Angola). His somatic and movement practice forms the basis of his work in the sex-positive field. His major teachers have been Annetta Luce, Sue-ellen Kohler and Felix Ruckert. Attending the lectures of philosopher Jacques Derrida in the early nineties in Paris and later in New York was formative for his intellectual development.
He holds a Ph.D from New York University (September, 2009). His book The Forgiveness To Come: the Holocaust and the Hyper-Ethical came out recently with Fordham University Press. 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 been interviewed on the Festival of Death and Dying on ABC Radio and the Sydney Morning Herald. His work on apology and forgiveness has been featured on 2SER and ABC Radio National.
A selection of Peter's academic publications can be found at www.peterbanki.com
Natalia Je has been involved with the festival and associated ventures since 2011, as a Committee member, facilitator, administrator, volunteer coordinator, devil’s advocate and creative mastermind behind some of the wicked concepts that we have unleashed.
She has a background in social work, psychology, alternative medicine, dance and bodywork. She is one of the convenors of Off The Wall Inc which runs the monthly Critical Perspectives on Madness Reading Group and a member of several mental health consumer and survivor initiatives. Informed also by her own history and experiences of ‘madness’ and distress, her research, advocacy and activism centre on challenging the mainstream bio-medical approaches to emotional distress and fostering emancipatory practices and discourses in and alongside the mental health sector.
Ira Zev is a Sociology Major with a background in education. She is a writer and general lover of and advocate for creative expression. Ira is the co-founder of the EroticART Project, a project that creates radical spaces for interactive erotic creativity.
Ira endeavours to educate and advocate critical thought by creating space for critical discussion and radical experiences in relation to sex, sexuality and how we interact with it.
Sarah Roffey 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. Sarah has been involved with the School of Really Good Sex since 2011. 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.