Archive for May, 2011

An Evening with Barbara Carrellas: August 2011

Posted in events, tantra / spirituality / ritual on May 14, 2011 by Brian

In a special one-off event, Pleasure Salon Melbourne is proud to present an evening with Barbara Carrellas.



Named by Time Out New York as as the city’s Best Tantric Sex Seminar Leader for her Urban Tantra® series of workshops, Barbara is thrilled to be presenting in Australia for the first time in over 10 years at Pleasure Salon Melbourne in August 2011.

She is the founder of Urban Tantra®, an approach to sacred sexuality that adapts and blends conscious sexuality practices from Tantra to BDSM, and the co-founder of Erotic Awakening, a pioneering series of workshops focusing on the physical, spiritual and healing powers of sex. She delights in blurring the lines between sacred and profane, enlightened and perverted, spirit and science, and pleasure and pain.

Barbara is the author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the 21st Century,( much of which was based on her time running workshops and teaching in Melbourne in the 1990s) and Luxurious Loving: Tantric inspirations for Passion and Pleasure, with a new book soon to be released: Ecstasy is Necessary.

As a life-long student and facilitator of ecstatic experiences of all kinds, (including a vast range of orgasms that lie beyond those achieved by genital stimulation,) Barbara will share with us some of the many “gasms” she has experienced, witnessed and facilitated and present some possibilities for healing and growth that may be found in prolonged orgasmic states.

Barbara is also known for her pioneering work around gender-free orgasms, and creative and educational collaborations with sex-positive pioneers including, Annie Sprinkle, Kate Bornstein and Joseph Kramer, founder of Sexological Bodywork.

This will be Barbara’s only public appearance in Australia outside of her professional training program. If you are interested in the Urban Tantra Professional Training Program in Byron Bay please enquire here.

Barbara’s presentation in Melbourne, Ecstasy Is Necessary, will cover a range of topics from her famed workshops and books including

  • Expanded and Alternative orgasms
  • Sacred Sex
  • Sacred BDSM
  • Living sex-positive in a sex-negative culture
  • How sex works and why it matters
  • The Tantra / BDSM connection
  • Her orgasmic experience inside an fMRI machine, and the scientific findings on orgasm brain activity.
  • Q & A session and book signing

“If you ever thought Tantra wasn’t for you—too foreign or gimmicky or New Age-y, or not edgy enough for your radical sex explorations—Barbara Carrellas will cure you of all misconceptions and bring you an Urban Tantra to unite your sex, your spirit, your erotic wanderlust, your edge.” —Carol Queen, director of the Center for Sex & Culture, San Francisco

WHEN: Monday August 1st

WHERE: 24 Moons

TIME: Doors 6pm.

Presentation starts at 7pm.

***************THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT*****************

(Please note, due to the extra costs involved with engaging international presenters, the regular Pleasure Salon Melbourne presenter doorlist will not apply to this particular event)

Watch Barbara’s experience inside the fMRI machine here.

News and June Gathering

Posted in art, documentary, events, health, men, politics, queer, relationships, sex work, straight, women on May 7, 2011 by Pleasure Forum Australia

May Pleasure Salon Melbourne was the beginning of our Wintery series of presentations, featuring the expertise of the delightful Uma and her approach to Tantra and Expanded Erotic Consciousness. Big big thanks to Uma for coming all the way from Brisbane to share her knowledge and passion with us! We HEART you!

Our gatherings just seem to keep growing and growing, thanks to all of you. Be sure to join our mailing list for regular updates and info on our sex-positive gatherings in Melbourne.


Pleasure Salon Melbourne only exists with your energy and participation, so the Pleasure Salon Melbourne organisers are deeply grateful to each and every one of our attendees, WE LOVE YOU…… and the  fabulous support of our host venue 24 Moons, our provider of door prizes Bliss 4 Women and ALSO Foundation for our flyers.


We are also thrilled to announce the support of  FECK, creator of Beautiful Agony, I Shot Myself and I Feel Myself for their generous contribution. Starting in June, FECK and Pleasure Salon Melbourne will be giving away one online membership each month to one lucky Pleasure Salon Melbourne attendee.


Being a community based organisation, PSM is always appreciative of any sponsorship that can be provided to assist with maintaining PSM and the contributions we make to making Australia a brighter and more sex-positive place to live. Should you or your business like to be part of this, please email us.


Sex work from a Sex worker’s Perspective

Hosted and Presented by Christian Vega

Overwhelmingly, dramatic performances, research articles and media portrayals make the most of the misery and desperation experienced by some people who do sex work. It’s unsurprisingly rare that these stories are told by actual sex workers. Instead, audiences are fed faceless images, caricatures that perpetuate stereotypes and stigma against sex workers and stymie the progress of our human rights.

In June, Pleasure Salon Melbourne would like to change that.   With the assistance of Zero One Zero, a community digital story telling collective, a group of sex workers were given the tools and skills to express themselves through the medium of film. Pleasure Salon Melbourne will be screening some of these short films:

Name: Lover & Fighter

About: Made with the intention to de-mystify political contradictions and celebrate sex work’s positive impact on my life to those around me i have difficulty explaining it to.

Name: Whore Pride

About My Film: It’s about the latest challenges I faced as I took sex work into 3 arenas many consider too taboo for it to go: Family, Politics and Relationships.

Name: You are Me

About My Film: My film brings to the fore the double life I feel I’ve had to live due to the stigma associated with sex work

A Q&A session with their makers will follow the screening of these films. 

Sex worker, Health Service Provider, Activist; Christian (aka: Tyson Quorren-Smith amongst other aliases) has been involved with sex work for the past 12 years.  Christian has worked in a number of health and community responses for sex workers and other socially excluded peoples. He currently works at RhED (Resourcing Health and Education in the Sex Industry), as the Health Education and Support Worker for Male and Trans* Sex Workers in Victoria and co-ordinates the Hustling 2 Health Program, a peer based,  after hours drop-in service for street sex workers. As a sex worker activist, Christian has taken on a number of roles.  He is a highly active member of Vixen, the Victorian Sex Industry Network, a social support group entirely constituted of sex workers who seek to provide a voice for Victorian sex workers. Christian is also the elected National Representative of Male Sex Workers by the Scarlet Alliance, the Australian sex worker association. Alongside this experience, Christian sex work career spans many contexts from street work to escort agency work to private work with special needs clients.  Highly versatile, either being the boy next door or the boy your mama warned you about, Christian has well-practiced skills in physical, intellectual and sensory satisfaction.

WHERE : 24 Moons. AC/DC Lane. (off Flinders Lane)

WHEN: Monday June 6th

TIME: DOORS 6PM. Speaker and Movies start at 7.30pm