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New Venue and November Gathering

Posted in art, events, health, kink / BDSM, men, queer, straight, tantra / spirituality / ritual, touch, trans, women on October 30, 2011 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Well, It’s been a long time coming, but we’re back to see out the rest of 2011 with a bang.

Our next gathering will be Monday November 7th at our brand new home

Tony Starr’s Kitten Club,

Level 2 / 267 Little Collins St. (CBD)

 (Look for the lime green door.)

Since previous host venue 24 Moons shut its doors, we have been looking for a new home to host us, and the good people at Tony Starr’s
Kitten Club have kindly offered their premises to us. Fabulous food, full menu and cocktails, we are thrilled and honoured to have access to this wonderful new space. Sadly, this venue is not wheelchair accessible.  We are still open to suggestions for a new home, so please send us your ideas for places that

  • serve food and liquor
  • have a space for us
  • have stages, mics, projectors etc.
  • are wheelchair accessible
  • and in the CBD

NOVEMBER GATHERING

As you may have been following, we are revamping PSM’s format starting with our November gathering. November brings you 2 special
presenters and a flurry of shenanigans prepared by Cyndi and Christian for your delight. Door prizes a plenty and more interaction for you all.

Summer time start is now 6.30 pm for a 7.15 first presenter.

PRESENTERS;

Jessi Lewis

Melbourne performance artist Jessi Lewis joins us for a presentation like no other.

Exploring what it means to be only 22 and HIV positive, in a world where the death of face to face flirtation is imminent after the rise of Grindr, & what this new technology means for his generation while weaving this in through his own personal story of performance, gay beats, paying rent and moving to Melbourne at age 18.

Having performed Australia wide, Jessi is thrilled to bring us excerpts from his dance pieces, and engage in a Q & A with our audience at PSM.

Melbourne Rope Dojo

Our feedback has told us that you have all been VERY keen to know more about rope play and we have found you one of Australia’s best rope
instructors; Melbourne Rope Dojo!

The head instructor at the Melbourne Rope Dojo is Scott, one of the most experienced practitioners of Shibari outside of Japan. Scott started studying Shibari in 2004, which lead him to visit Japan starting in 2009 to continue his studies. He has been to Japan three times now to study under his Sensei, Osada Steve, and one of Osada Steve’s teachers, Yukimura Haruki-Sensei.

Whilst experienced in all aspects of Shibari, Scott has a particular love of newaza, or the intimate and connected tying typically performed on the floor. For Scott, the connection that can be achieved through rope is unique and forms the heart of Shibari. There is therefore an emphasis at the Dojo of learning how to obtain this connection.

Scott will be providing a demonstration of his work, along with a full suspension demonstration and a history of Shibari (Japanese
Rope Work).

Where:

 Tony Starr’s Kitten Club

Level 2/ 267 Little Collins St CBD

When:

 Monday November 7th

Doors:  6: 30 pm for a 7:15 start.

 Full bar and meals available

Cost $10

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.

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

ECSTASY IS NECESSARY

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.

May Gathering.

Posted in events, health, kink / BDSM, men, queer, relationships, sex work, straight, tantra / spirituality / ritual, touch, trans, women on April 13, 2011 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Our April gathering covering the big questions about Swinging,  proved to be a very popular night. Thanks again to our fab host venue 24 Moons, and our  guest speaker Chantelle Austin who gave away copies of her book, along with a personal coaching voucher valued at over $300! Congratulations to all our lucky winners of Chantelle’s prizes, and our other gifts from Bliss 4 Women.

Also, be sure to check out the page about 24Moons Wheelchair Access under our ‘pages‘  listing, should you require wheelchair access.

As I write this it’s wet and cold outside….a perfect time to get all comfy and tuned into our May presentation.

An exploration of Tantra, Spiritual Sex and Expanded Erotic Consciousness

Our May presenter, Uma, joins us from Brisbane. She has spent most of her working life in the pleasure industry, earning her living as a Sacred Intimate while exploring different approaches to sensuality and sexuality. There are many names for these sacred teachers and erotic explorers- Tantrika, Dakini, Sacred Prostitute, Sacred Intimate. All of these titles are relevant to her work and she wears them with pride.

Uma has been trained in Tantra, Shamanism and Taoism and is a Certified Sexological  Bodyworker . She has found her path in life teaching people of all genders and sexual orientations the art and mysteries of sacred sexuality, and is thrilled to bring her knowledge and passion to speak in Melbourne for the very first time.

Along with her partner, she started studying the Tantric arts 8 years ago as a way to bring their relationship  closer together . It ended up being much more profound experience than either of them could have imagined, which continues to lead them today through an ever-changing exploration of a mystical world of sensuality, heart connection and the Divine.

Uma’s presentation will  explore and explain the history of Tantra as a spiritual philosophy in ancient India and how it is as relevant, important and meaningful  today as it was in days gone by.  Drawing on influences from other spiritual disciplines including Taoism from China and Shamanism from the Americas, Uma will give an overview of how these ancient secrets can be applied to modern-day sexuality and enhance contemporary sexual relationships between all orientations and genders.
Uma’s presentation at Pleasure Salon Melbourne will cover topics including:

*What is sacred sexuality and Tantra?

*What is conscious sexuality?

*Why practice sacred /conscious sex?

*The role of a Sacred Prostitute historically and today

*The kind of people who practice Tantra and Why

* Tantra / Spiritual sex as a complement  to alternative sexual practices ( including solo sex and BDSM)

*How to bring consciousness and the Sacred into your own solo -sex life, and with others.

*Creating a pan-sexual , sacred sexual  community that includes practices from breath work to tantric massage to conscious BDSM  and sex magic.

Where: 24 Moons

Serving Drinks / Nibbles and Dumplings

When: Monday May 2nd. 6pm- 10 pm

 

Speaker starts at 7.30pm

$10