The Opening Ceremony (9:30-11am)

Meet the festival presenters, learn about verbal and body consent, and how best to navigate through the festival. 

To ensure that everyone who comes to the festival takes part in an atmosphere of informed consent, all participants, who have bought an all-inclusive ticket, must attend the Opening Ceremony, during which we will provide a framework which will enable participants to express their wishes and boundaries in clear ways, and gracefully to accept refusal. If you cannot attend the Opening Ceremony, you need to a Festival Induction on Sunday morning at 9am. We will look at questions such as stating one's boundaries, impulse control, how to deal with unpleasant interactions, as well as partner choice. We will also provide necessary tools about how to read "body consent", which supports verbal communication. 

Porn Habits with Peter Banki, Ph.D and Sarah Roffey (11:30-1pm)

Pornography remains a very fraught topic in contemporary culture. And yet, despite its negative impacts, porn can still teach us a great deal about who we are as sexual beings and what turns us on. We are not all turned on by the same things. And many of us keep what turns us on secret. 

As a way to counter sexual shame, this workshop will be an invitation to share our porn habits with one another in an accepting and non-judgemental atmosphere. We will be invited to show some of the porn that we like and talk about why we like it, i.e., what turns us on about it. By pornography, we mean of course visual images and video, but also writing and literature. (Bring it along some of your favourite material with you. We will able to project it and/or read it out.)

There will also be an opportunity to try a little "Porn Yoga". Porn Yoga is a modality invented by Joseph Kramer, as a way to use the arousal and energy we get from porn and circulate it through our bodies. 

Liquid Love: Bodygliding with Nuru (2:30-4:00pm)

In this  workshop we will experience what it is to slide over, around and on top of each other with massage oil. Liquid Love is a collective experience exploring the sensuality of flowing skin to skin contact. We will begin with dry massage in small groups with your chosen partner or partners. And then once the warm, fine, neutral oil is on your skin, you will have the option of moving in a sea together with others.

This workshop is a sensual, but not sexual experience. Genital touch is not encouraged. Everyone is invited to respect their own rhythm and limits to touch and nudity.

We invite you to move and allow yourself to be moved without intentions or sexual orientation. Releasing our usual desire to take action on erotic sensations and thoughts we invite you to be present with them and to relax into the energetic flow of the bodies around you. This is a place where you can love and be loved in an impersonal and unbound manner and above all a place to super charge your soul.

It is important to us to create a safe, trusting, and responsible environment where you can feel comfortable in the presence of other people in the group.

Safer Sex For Sluts with Nikó (2:30-4pm)

Good sluts are safe sluts. Safety is a basic aspect of ethical, responsible conduct and an essential part of keeping things sustainable. You want to have exciting, connected, juicy sex that doesn't endanger your health, doesn't land anyone in hospital and doesn't require complex psychological after care.

This workshop will explore physical and emotional safety in sex: risks in sexual encounters, conceptual tools to think about risk and health, steps you can take to protect yourself and others, testing regimes for STIs, the basics of good emotional boundaries and Q&A.

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Nikó is a sociologist, writer and community organiser. She has researched and written about ethical non-monogamy, identifies as bisexual and polyamorous and has extensive knowledge of BDSM, tantra, polyamory, swinging, complex chronic health problems and the health care system, and psychology. She is the mum of two boys who keep teaching her about life.

Erotic Literature with Sarah Roffey (4:30-6pm)

Words can be powerful in wooing lovers, in love letters and during erotic and sexual encounters. Literature and poetry have for centuries and continue to play a role in relationships, to excite, entice, tease and penetrate minds and bodies. Have you ever become aroused by an email or a phrase uttered by someone? What kinds of words or literature turn you on? What would you love a lover to whisper into your ear or breathe into your mouth?

In this workshop, we will explore reading erotic poetry and literature to one another, exploring words with our minds and our bodies. Where do we feel a certain phrase in our bodies? What tone of voice excites us. What kind of writing do we enjoy listening to and hearing from others? What do certain kinds of touch feel like when alongside certain words? You will also be invited to explore your own erotic writing. Bring your imagination!

“Who taught you to write in blood on my back? Who taught you to use your hands as branding irons? You have scored your name into my shoulders, referenced me with your mark. The pads of your fingers have become printing blocks, you tap a message on to my skin, tap meaning into my body.”

Jeanette Winterson

The Desire Play Party (7:30-12pm)

The Desire play party is a space where you will have the opportunity to take part in a curated experience, where you will be able to say how you are feeling and who or what you are looking for. There will also be invitations to discover how you can play erotically with many more people than you think.  

The Desire Play-Party has a no effort no entry dress code. It will not be acceptable to come in jeans and a t-shirt. For inspiration about what is appropriate play party wear, please see below.