Celebrating Love and Disability provides an experiential play space for people with functional diversity and their friends, allies and supporters to learn about and explore different aspects and variations of love, intimacy and disability. This is one day event happening at East Sydney Community Arts Centre, 34 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 on Sunday, 4th November. It includes a program of talks, performances, films and experiential workshops. The event brings together artists, disability activists and sex educators around this topic.
Into the Wild is our most important event of the year. It is a unique opportunity to experience what it is like to live in a sex-positive space for an extended period of time in a natural bush setting. It is a chance to explore the full potential of your sexuality and gain new perspectives on creativity, intimacy, love and friendship. Into the Wild brings the most innovative presenters in the world to Australia to teach and co-create with our most talented local practitioners.
The festival combines 3 full days of workshops and performances, followed by 3 days of deep integration in a beautiful bush setting.
During the first three days, there will be three concurrent 90 minute workshops running throughout the day with performances and curated play spaces each evening. During the post-festival integration there will be a curated program to deepen the experience of the festival. There will be longer workshops and play installations, as well as the opportunity for organic creativity where participants play a role in developing the program under the guidance of experienced teachers.
It is possible to book for Into the Wild either for three days or six days. While not recommended, other booking possibilities are available on request. For the safety of the group, all participants must attend the opening ceremony on Sat. 26th January at 11am.
Accommodation options are either for 3 or 6 nights, unless you are self-camping or bringing a camper van, in which case it is the same price for any period of the retreat. Couple accomodation includes your own separate room. Single beds are also available in shared accomodation with the genders separated. Glamping options are also available on the property.
Accommodation is either on the property itself or 5 minutes away by car in the next property which is equally beautiful. One can also book hotel accomodation in Nowra (10 minutes away).
Into the Wild - Catering
We know that not everybody likes to eat in the same way. So this year we have to decided separate the catering from the ticket price to give you more food options. You can take one of either food options or a mixture of both:
1. The festival has its own full time caterer on site who will be preparing food during the whole 6 six days. Her name is Amanda Christenson, from Thoughtful Food Co. You can purchase catering from Amanda either for the whole festival or a part thereof, i.e., for one day, three days or six days. Amanda's cooking is extremely healthy and organic.
2. You can also self-cater, if you wish. There are two fully equipped kitchens on the property where you can cook for yourself to keep costs down or because you have special dietary needs. The town of Nowra is a 10 minute drive away where you can purchase anything you may need.
Exploring Sex and Disability provides an experiential play space for people with functional diversity and their friends, allies and supporters to learn about and explore different aspects and variations of sexuality. This is one day event happening at East Sydney Community Arts Centre, 34 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 on Sunday, 4th November. It includes a program of talks, performances, films and experiential workshops. The event brings together artists, disability activists and sex educators around this topic.
Our intention is to provide a consensual, safe, informed and inclusive space, which allows people with functional diversity to explore and learn about sexuality.
Event Director: Peter Banki, Ph.D
Curatorial Advisor: Oliver Morton-Evans
The 2018 program is Annouced
1. WHO IS THIS EVENT FOR? The event is for people who experience disabilities, their friends, allies and carers. It is open to people with all kinds of disabilities, including intellectual and physical disabilities, neuro-diversity, functional-diversity and psycho-social disabilities.
2. IS THIS SPECIFICALLY A HETEROSEXUAL EVENT? No, this event is open to people of all genders and sexual orientations. Heterosexual people are welcome to attend as are people who are not heterosexual.
3. WILL THERE BE NUDITY? No, for this introductory event all activity will be clothes on.
4. WHAT IF I NEED A SUPPORT WORKER OR FRIEND TO HELP ME TO ATTEND? You are welcome to bring a support person or a friend with you, if you need. Please let us know when you book. Friends or support workers will also need to buy a ticket to pay for lunch.
5. HOW WILL PEOPLE BE PAIRED FOR ACTIVITIES? If you have come with a partner, you can engage exclusively with them. Otherwise everyone will be paired at random with different people during activities and get to chat to different people during discussions.
6. WHAT IF I DO NOT WISH TO TAKE PART IN A GIVEN ACTIVITY? There is no obligation for anyone to do anything. You participate at what ever level feels right for you. There are no expectations.
7. WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Please bring a water bottle if you need. Lunch will be provided.
8. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? Loose fitting comfortable clothes are appropriate for most activites. If you wish to wear something more sexy later on in the day, you are invited to bring a change of clothes.
9. WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS TO ALLOW ME TO ATTEND? Please let us know as soon as possible and we will endeavour to cater for them.
10. WHO IS CATERING FOR THE EVENT AND WHAT FOOD WILL BE SERVED? The event will be catered by Decadent Catering. The menu will be announced shortly.
OUR POLICY ON SAFETY AND CONSENT
It is our intention to create a space that is as safe as possible and where all activity is consensual. During the day we will be doing exercises which teach people to express their wishes and boundaries in a clear way. There will also be exercises which will help people to learn to read "body consent", which supports verbal communication. There will also be trained staff on hand who have experience with working with people with disabilities and who will intervene if any behaviour risks to be non-consensual or unsafe.