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March Gathering 2012

Posted in events, health, touch on February 25, 2012 by Pleasure Forum Australia

February PSM saw the year start off with a veritable BANG in the form of our fabulous porn panel of local porn aficionados, and the skyped-in interview with Buck Angel. Thanks to our candid and honest panel guests, our audience members and our funky new home at LOOP where we gather on the FIRST TUESDAY of the month (except for special occasions).

Next PSM gathering is TUESDAY March 6th, where our guest speakers will be looking at sex and sexuality form a practical and hands-on perspective. Come along to find out more about Sexological Bodywork AND the Joy of Strap-Ons!

Presenters:

Deej Juventin

Deej is one of Australia’s leading somatic sex educators. Focusing on empowering people of all genders, sexualities, and backgrounds to lead more embodied erotic lives, his work is highly experiential, and delivered with safety, heart, and integrity. Based in Brisbane, he runs workshops throughout the Asia Pacific region, and teaches individuals and couples to access more pleasure and have better sex. He heads the faculty for the Certificate in Sexological Bodywork Professional Training in Australia, and is the President of the Somatic Sex Educators’ Association of Australasia.

http://www.sexcoaching.com.au

How We Learn Sex – A Sexological Bodywork Approach To Living More Fully

An exploration of how human beings learn, limit  and expand. Developments in neuroscience have told us what anybody who has put a bit of work into themselves already knew. Rather than being constrained by the habits we’ve developed, we are capable of incredible change, growth, and expansion – a concept known as ‘neuroplasticity.’ This has contributed to the field of somatic sexology – a body-based approach to learning about sex, pleasure and intimacy.

Yes, human beings are capable of an extraordinary range of experience. We are able to access more pleasure and have more choice about how we are in our bodies, than most of us ever imagined. Come and learn how.

Louise

Louise has her finger a few different pies around sex-positive Melbourne. She’s got her hands full working at D.VICE sex shop and for Take Care {out} There, as well as studying sexual health at Melbourne Uni. One of her many interests in the world of sex is Strap-Ons. She will be presenting the ins-and-outs (so to speak) of Strap-Ons, talking about why they are such fun and sharing a few tips and tricks for how to get the most out of them.

Our presenters will be leading you through an introductory seminar and workshop starting from 7.30 pm.

Be sure to get in early for a good comfy spot and take advantage of the range of drinks and snacks available at LOOP, served by the spunky and friendly bar staff.

WHEN: TUESDAY MARCH 6TH

WHERE: LOOP LANEWAY BAR. MEYERS PLACE

TIME: DOORS 6.30 FOR A 7:30 START. (Finishing around 10pm)

COST: $10

In other news, the gang from our old home 24 Moons, are just about to open their new venue, along with the STUNNING Madame Mama Natalia who many of you will remember as the MC of our wild Xmas party at the Order of Melbourne last year. Such a hedonistic concoction of glamour, art, sex and cocktails that just must be seen to be believed!  Check them out at Bohemia Cabaret Club.

AND…………… hold onto your girdles pleasure lovers, because we have an EXTRA SPECIAL surprise for you in April!

Details coming VERY VERY VERY soon!

Bye for now!

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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

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

April Gathering 2011

Posted in events, kink / BDSM, queer, relationships, straight, swinging, touch on March 19, 2011 by Pleasure Forum Australia

March’s birthday celebrations were a  an absolute hoot with our fabulous presenter Maureen Matthews from Bliss 4 Women.

 Four lucky guests won fabulous door prizes, including a delicious Njoy Pure Wand and a set of Comstock films, all courtesy of Bliss 4 Women. We’re also thrilled to tell you that Maureen left behind a lot of goodies for us, so keep your tickets upon entry for fab and fun prizes over the coming months. ( of course if you can’t wait that long and would like your own selection of Comstock DVDs or Njoy toys, they can be found at http://www.bliss4women.com/ )

And now……. April…….. as we turn to the cooler months, here’s a little treat to warm you right up!

 

The Who, What, When, How and Why of Swinging!

Chantelle Austin’s presentation at Pleasure Salon Melbourne will be an informal introduction to swinging and swinging relationships.  As a relationship coach, swinger and author of “The Essential Guide for Adventurous Couples who want to explore Threesomes, Foursomes and Moresomes”, Chantelle answers the questions people are afraid to ask.  And since she can talk as easily about sex, sexuality and swinging as she can about what to put on the grocery list, her presentation is guaranteed to be open, honest and quite candid!  Be prepared to hear some personal stories along the way too.

With a depth of professional and personal experience, Chantelle has been on Nova FM, Today Tonight and The Morning Show, as Australia’s number one relationship expert in this area so we are privileged to have her present at Pleasure Salon Melbourne.

Whether you’re just curious about it, currently considering it, or have never heard of it, come along to get the real insider info that no one else dares to talk about in public!  This is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal (but not too personal) with the lovely Chantelle.

Topics covered will include (but are not limited to):

  • What kind of people decide to engage in threesomes, foursomes and moresomes
  • What swinging is in the 21st century
  • The common misconceptions about swinging and swingers
  • When is the right time to explore swinging? How to know if your relationship is ready
  • How to get the ball rolling – beginning conversations
  • Why couples decide to swing and why others might consider it
  • You’ll also have the opportunity to “Ask Chantelle” any burning question you have with a Q&A session.

WHERE : 24 Moons.

AC/DC Lane. (Off Flinders Lane)

WHEN: Monday April 4th. 2011

Doors; 6pm

Speaker: 7.30 pm

$10

March Gathering and 1st Birthday!

Posted in anal, erotica / porn, events, health, men, queer, relationships, straight, touch, women on February 18, 2011 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Maureen Matthews, best known as The Age’s resident sex columnist & advisor, and author of The Sunday Age’s About  Last  Night, pops in to Pleasure Salon Melbourne in March to share her wisdom and expertise, and help us celebrate our official 1st birthday!

Maureen Matthews grew up as an English vicar’s daughter. At the age of sixteen, her family emigrated to Australia; and at the age of 23 she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease. Despite this, Maureen went on to complete a B A with Honours in English Literature and a Diploma of Education, as well as raise 3 sons.

In 1995 she was looking for a new challenge. She realised that all the commercial ventures to do with sex were aimed at men, were sleazy, and offered little for women and men in intimate relationships. Her own personal experiences blending a sex life with long-term relationship and family life, combined with the personal effects of her disability, inspired her to offer a tasteful, informative and intelligent alternative to the sex shops at the time. She decided to open BLISS – Australia’s first adult shop, exclusively for women.

 Now an online store, bliss4women.com is acknowledged by health professionals, counsellors, and other support groups as an invaluable resource for all people wanting to explore their sensual selves.

‘Maintaining a ‘real’ sex life in the ‘real’ world’.

Maureen’s presentation at Pleasure Salon Melbourne will draw on her vast life experience, professional experience running a woman-positive and sex-positive sex shop, and the nature of many of the more popular enquiries to her column.  Whilst Maureen’s talk will focus heavily on women, hetero partners of women, or men interested in women’s pleasures are more than encouraged to attend! (In fact, we insist!!!!)

 Maureen will be discussing sex toys for women, woman & couple-friendly erotic DVDs, and erotic literature, all of which focus on how women, and couples in long-term relationships are often looking for something different to what is generally offered by mainstream sex shops.

Topics covered will include:

  • Assisting new mums, post-menopausal women, and bored couples with re-invigorating their sex lives
  • Dilemmas of long-term relationships and how to negotiate them
  • Ways that women can enhance their pleasure, kick-start their libido, and continue / start to enjoy sex
  • Strap-on sex between women / and /or their male partners
  • Anal sex, bondage play and other taboos that have started to move into the mainstream
  • and what she’s learned about what women REALLY want in the bedroom ( kitchen, lounge room floor, spa, car, plane etc)

When:: Monday March 7th

Where::24 Moons  AC/DC Lane. Melbourne CBD

Doors:: From 6pm

Speaker starts ::7.30pm

$10

Drinks and snacks available all night. Come along grab a drink get comfy and meet some new folks to chat to

*****GREAT DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BLISS4WOMEN******

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Updates and AUGUST GATHERING

Posted in anal, events, health, touch on July 15, 2010 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Greetings Pleasure Lovers,

What a fantastic gathering we had in July!

And now we are drawing our Winter gatherings to a close with one of our most intimate topics to date………………..:-)

But first, some new information………..

Due to our growing numbers, Pleasure Salon Melbourne is on the move, and we are trying out another new venue to try to best suit the needs of all our members.

Try as we might, we have had no luck in finding a totally wheelchair friendly, licensed, sex-positive venue in the CBD.

However, we have been offered a fantastic space on

MONDAY NIGHTS

 Miss Libertine

34 Franklin St.

Melbourne

(between Swanston and Elizabeth)

Miss Libertine is wheelchair accessible with advance notice ( please let us know if you need wheelchair access) and ground floor, but does not have a wheelchair friendly loo!

 The other good thing about this move is Miss Libertine is able to offer us $5 pizzas to complement our timeslot… which remains 6pm-10pm.

In order to keep Pleasure Salon Melbourne alive, we are now asking for a $10 door fee, however, concessions are available, please enquire via email.

AUGUST GATHERING

So, the last of our Winter gatherings, leads us to Monday August 2nd featuring the much anticipated presentation on anal sex, by Melbourne anal expert Dean Beck.

Dean Beck is the Executive Producer and host of two talk-radio programs on Australia’s first Gay and Lesbian Radio Station, Melbourne’s JOY 94.9.  After just 12 months on-air with his first show Hide & Seek – a show about sex, sexuality and how that shapes ‘self’, (Thursday from 10pm) he also hosts an interview program “Word For Word” (Sundays from 11am), heard across Australia via satellite to over 70 Community Radio Stations.

As long as he can remember, Dean Beck has been a sexual being and whilst he experimented with both sides of the fence growing up, his move to Melbourne at 17yo and a specific experience at 21yo cemented his sexuality and a pursuit of anal pleasure.

A former President of Pride March Victoria, Dean began writing porn reviews for a GLBTI publication at the age of 21.  A career in Marketing lead to him running his own business for 6 years and for the last 3 years Dean held the role of Marketing Coordinator for Australia’s largest Adult Wholesaler, distributing the world’s leading brands of adult films, toys and novelties.

An active member of Melbourne’s Gay Leather Community, Dean has willingly passed on his knowledge to others via adult sex-educational seminars for the last 8 years.  An outspoken advocate for sexual responsibility, the story of his sexuality and how he has managed to stay HIV negative whilst exploring and pushing his boundaries can be read on-line at

           http://www.stayingnegative.net.au

The Ins and Outs of Anal Pleasure….and much more!

Anal aficionado, Dean Beck, tackles the ultimate taboo.  Join Dean’s educational journey as he demystifies anal pleasure, delivering practical tips from basic anatomy and diet, to essential hygiene and safety information. 

You’ll learn how trust and intimate connection through anal play can deliver unsurpassed euphoria and the ultimate orgasm.

Topics covered include:

·        Safety and consent

·        Diet, preparation and cleaning

·        Anal Anatomy

·        Cleaning and hygiene – tools and protocols         

·        Oils ain’t Oils – understanding different lubes

·        Toys R Arse – choosing the right toys

·        Tips and techniques from Top to Bottom

·        Where to go for more information

In a safe and understanding environment, you are encouraged to ask the questions you have about anal play, from a man whose experience and passion is engaging and entertaining.

August Gathering 2010

Posted in anal, events, kink / BDSM, men, queer, touch on July 15, 2010 by Brian

AUGUST GATHERING

So, the last of our Winter gatherings, leads us to Monday August 2nd featuring the much anticipated presentation on anal sex, by Melbourne anal expert Dean Beck.

Dean Beck is the Executive Producer and host of two talk-radio programs on Australia’s first Gay and Lesbian Radio Station, Melbourne’s JOY 94.9. After just 12 months on-air with his first show Hide & Seek – a show about sex, sexuality and how that shapes ‘self’, (Thursday from 10pm) he also hosts an interview program “Word For Word” (Sundays from 11am), heard across Australia via satellite to over 70 Community Radio Stations.

As long as he can remember, Dean Beck has been a sexual being and whilst he experimented with both sides of the fence growing up, his move to Melbourne at 17yo and a specific experience at 21yo cemented his sexuality and a pursuit of anal pleasure.

A former President of Pride March Victoria, Dean began writing porn reviews for a GLBTI publication at the age of 21. A career in Marketing lead to him running his own business for 6 years and for the last 3 years Dean held the role of Marketing Coordinator for Australia’s largest Adult Wholesaler, distributing the world’s leading brands of adult films, toys and novelties.

An active member of Melbourne’s Gay Leather Community, Dean has willingly passed on his knowledge to others via adult sex-educational seminars for the last 8 years. An outspoken advocate for sexual responsibility, the story of his sexuality and how he has managed to stay HIV negative whilst exploring and pushing his boundaries can be read on-line at

http://www.stayingnegative.net.au

The Ins and Outs of Anal Pleasure….and much more!

Anal aficionado, Dean Beck, tackles the ultimate taboo. Join Dean’s educational journey as he demystifies anal pleasure, delivering practical tips from basic anatomy and diet, to essential hygiene and safety information.

You’ll learn how trust and intimate connection through anal play can deliver unsurpassed euphoria and the ultimate orgasm.

Topics covered include:

· Safety and consent

· Diet, preparation and cleaning

· Anal Anatomy

· Cleaning and hygiene – tools and protocols

· Oils ain’t Oils – understanding different lubes

· Toys R Arse – choosing the right toys

· Tips and techniques from Top to Bottom

· Where to go for more information

In a safe and understanding environment, you are encouraged to ask the questions you have about anal play, from a man whose experience and passion is engaging and entertaining.

Monday August 2nd

Miss Libertine

34 Franklin st

Melbourne

6pm-10pm

$10