The Festival 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 and fear of sexuality that so many of us today still struggle with.
Peter Banki, Ph.D is the Founder and Director of the Festival 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.
He holds a Ph.D from New York University (September, 2009). His book The Forgiveness To Come: the Holocaust and the Hyper-Ethical is forthcoming with Fordham University Press. His current research interests include the intersections between philosophy and sexuality, and the politics of reconciliation and forgiveness in relation to cultural trauma.
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 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.
Rebecca Rose has been the manager and helper coordinator of the Sydney Festival of Really Good Sex (2015-2017). She is a qualified Sexological Bodyworker and Sex Educator, certified through the Institute of Somatic Sexology. Her challenges, explorations and moments of profound connection and joy in her own sexual journey, have led her to work with other individuals, partnerships and groups in their explorations.
Her vision is to create a culture where sex and sexuality are regarded as an integral aspect of each of us and honoured, respected and taught as such. By increasing our knowledge and understanding of our own sexuality, she believes we can better understand our emotional make-up and ourselves as a whole. This then flows into the types of relationships we create, the way we love and how we choose to direct our lives.
Neil Grainger is assisting as helper coordinator at the Sydney Festival of Really Good Sex. He holds a Diploma in Tantra & Sacred Sexuality and for 10 years produced Love, Intimacy & Sexuality workshops for the Human Awareness Institute in Australia.
Over many years Neil has learned the benefits of honouring & loving self as a way to connect with others. This expands into exploring and understanding who we are as sexual beings to being comfortable in our own skin and with our desires. He believes the more connected we are with ourselves the more connected we become with those around us.