Festivals such as Really Good Sex do not exist in isolation. They belong to a wider social and cultural movement, which contests dominant attitudes towards sexuality, while actively encouraging erotic education and expansion. There is obviously a political impetus behind such events to the extent that they seek to contribute to a culture that is more erotically informed and liberated.
It cannot be ignored, however, that like almost everything else today, the so-called “sex positive” movement operates within a context of neoliberalism. More than just the dominance of monetary values and economic calculation, neoliberalism may be understood as a governing rationality through which everything (whether wealth generating or not) is economized, submitted to market metrics and governed through market techniques and practices.
The party provides a space where you can reconnect and integrate what you have experienced over the four days of the festival. It is more experimental than other parties in Sydney. The atmosphere is more like ritual, whose purpose is to make space for deeper physical, sensual, intimate and erotic experiences.
This workshop is ideal if you are new to play parties or if you find certain aspects of them challenging. It is a place to find support.
In this workshop, we'll discuss:
*how to connect with people at a play party;
*how to dress in a way which makes you feel attractive and attracts others;
*how to cope with sexual frustration and peer pressure;
*how to avoid being complained about by others and/or thrown out;
*how to pre-negotiate boundaries and involvement with other people with your partner(s).
13-19 February 2017 at the Karuna Sanctuary in Katoomba
Deepen the work of the festival by attending the post-festival residential retreat in a bush setting at the Karuna Sanctuary.
Men are faced with a lot of challenges today - with masculinity, femininity, with women, with finding themselves. There is the expectation to fulfil all the old roles, plus a great many new ones, all the while having to deal with the stigma of belonging to a privileged gender which acts abusively and non-consensually. For many, this is a very confusing and difficult time.
The men's support group is a space to share and discuss what's going on for you in a supportive environment where discretion is assured. Each week's session will include 30 minutes of bodywork, followed by 90 minute discussion.
The journey to paradise begins through the darkest and most taboo part of the body: so teaches one of the greatest literary works of European culture. In the The Divine ComedyDante famously exits the circles of hell through the anus of the devil.
Modern scientific research supports this poetic insight, informing us that the erotic potential of this area derives from its high concentration of nerve endings, its proximity to the genitals and its interconnections with other pelvic muscles.