Who is this festival for?
The festival is for the curious and the brave of all genders, sexual orientations and abilities. It is for singles and couples. It is for people in their early twenties up to their sixties. Our Presenters are selected with a concern that a diversity of ages, gender and sexual orientations is represented at the festival.
Will there be nudity?
Some activities at the festival will be clothing optional. If a clothing optional workshop is not your thing, there will be other activities on at the same time, which are clothes on.
How will the Accommodation be Organised?
All separate room accomodation for the festival is now taken. Shared accomodation, however, is still available. There are single beds available in spaces where others will be sleeping. If you wish to have your own private space to sleep, we recommend you bring a tent or take an Airbnb accomodation nearby. We have also reserved double rooms at The Pines BnB ten minutes away in Nowra. If you're interested to take this option, please contact us.
What is your policy on safety and consent?
Our intention is to create a space that is as safe as possible where all activity is consensual. During the Festival Opening we will provide a framework which will enable people to express their wishes and boundaries in clear ways. There will also be exercises which will help people to learn to read "body consent", which supports verbal communication. People who act in a non-consensual fashion, or who make others feel uncomfortable will be asked to leave. People who are unduly aggressive to other participants or staff will also be asked to leave.
We believe in a dignity of risk rather than a risk averse approach to sex education. Rather than insisting that people practice certain activities in certain ways, we believe in respecting each individual's autonomy and self-determination to make choices for themselves. While all care is taken to make the space as safe as possible, we cannot guarantee that you will not experience any emotional disturbance or discomfort during the festival. Often this discomfort is part and parcel of finding oneself in a new environment or learning something new. Many years of experience have taught us that the best way to keep the festival safe, fun and consensual is to make people aware of the risks of certain kinds of behaviour and to empower them to take responsibility for themselves first.
From our point of view the festival has a dual purpose. On the one hand, it is to create a space where people can feel more confident and free to express their desires. On the other hand, it is to promote emotional maturity and intelligence.
Why do we not sell tickets for individual workshops?
The festival is designed as a space where you will meet people and have experiences you've never had before. It is intended to be a fully integrated experience, which includes much more than the workshops. The pauses in which you will re-connect and share with others what you've learned are an essential part of the process. Because selling tickets to individual workshops goes against our overall philosophy, we simply don't do it.
If I am travelling into Sydney for the festival by plane, how will I get to the Bamarang Bush Retreat near Nowra?
We will be organising transport from Kiama train station to the Bamarang Bush Retreat near Nowra on both Thursday during the day and Friday morning. We will also be organising transport from the retreat to Kiama train station on Sunday evening and Monday morning, and Friday morning (if you stay for the whole eight days). The train from Sydney Airport to Kiama runs every hour and takes approximately two hours. (See here timetable here.)
What will I need to bring for the event?
We recommend you wear loose fitting comfortable clothes to participate in both body-based workshops as well as discussion-based workshops. For some workshops, it is recommended you bring a towel or a sarong. You may also wish to bring a change of clothing. It is strongly advised you bring some elegant or sexy costumes for evening activities. If you don't have any, please let us know in advance, so we can have some on location for you.
Will the Event be Catered?
Yes, the event will be catered. The event will be catered by Ka Lani Lu'au Catering
Does the venue have facilities for elderly and disabled people?
Yes, it does. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
What do I do if I wish to exchange or re-sell my ticket?
All Ticket Sales are non-refundable. However, they can be exchanged for a fee of $30 should it turn out that after having purchased your ticket you are unable to come to the festival. In this eventuality, we will do what we can to help you to find another buyer of your ticket. Contact us via email or Facebook. Once you have found a buyer (either through your own networks or ours), we will exchange the name on the ticket for $30.
Who produces the Festival of Really Good Sex ?
The festival is produced by Xplore Festival Sydney Incorporated (INC 9894818), a non-for profit association registered with Fair Trading NSW.