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Update for PSM Monday Feb 13. 2012

Posted in burlesque, entertainment, erotica / porn, events, men, queer, trans on February 12, 2012 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Just added to the panel for Feb Pleasure Salon is Australian gay male porn performer Zack Acland  and special interview for PSM with Buck Angel.

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

Welcome to 2011

Posted in events, health, politics, queer, relationships, trans on January 22, 2011 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Greetings,

And a huge welcome to 2011!

Hope this finds you well and contented!

Yikes, January is almost over which means that the first Pleasure Salon Melbourne for 2011 is about to kick off on Monday 7th February.

At PSM there have been a few changes to bring in the new year, and we are thrilled to announce the details of our new host venue and sponsorship from {also} Foundation & Take Care out there.

So first of all, a huge thanks to Miss Libertine for their support over the past 6 months, and it is with great pleasure we welcome the support of one of Melbourne’s finest cocktail bars, 24 Moons.

Tucked away in true Melbourne style, down AC/DC lane, 24 Moons is a sleek and gorgeous bar, providing boutique beer and wines, cocktails, table service for PSM gatherings & bar snacks and meals ranging from fancy cheese plates and other nibbles to a variety of steamed dumplings for greater appetites. 24 Moons is honoured to be supporting PSM and have agreed to open just for us on Mondays, allowing both attendees and our speakers greater exclusivity. 24 moons is accessible from AC/DC lane, off Flinders lane. There are a few stairs, however, for those who need wheelchair access, there is another entrance from Flinders street, and with ample notice, assistance can be arranged to help you into the venue. Please email us should you require this. Toilets are not fully wheelchair friendly, however with a buddy, they are usable.

February 2011

So, our first presentation for 2011, February 7th is looking at sex and pleasure around the notions of gender.

We have confirmed two fabulous presenters for the night, offering you a range of info and perspectives on playing in and with, gender diversity and fluidity.

Main Presenter: Jez is a queer transman and the visionary behind the up and coming Trans Zine: DUDE. Jez has travelled and explored queer culture in the USA, Europe and Asia and learnt to negotiate playing and existing in queer spaces, as well as cruising male only sexual spaces, sometimes under a certain level of danger, which is what he would like to change.

Jez identifies a need to continue to develop skills and share knowledge for both trans guys and those interested in playing with transguys, for the sake of making play hotter, safer and more fun!!!! He was the coverboy of the  first Dirty queer magazine, was a co-curator of the 2008 Midsumma exhibition Transmen Translated, and has performed boylesque for many years as well as a 2 year season as a male stripper for Rockstrip in 2008 and 2009. Jez has also acted in some short films and participated in documentaries that have been screened at international film festivals.

 Jez’s presentation is sure to engage and inform.

 You’ll obtain insight and awareness of trans guys and some helpful information around negotiating sexual relationships including:

  •  Understanding gender identity vs. sexual identity. 
  •  Overview of Trans Guys and the diversity of masculine identities. •
  •  Surgery, status and assumptions. •
  •  Helpful terminology and language •
  •  Negotiation, respect and consent •
  • Tips from DUDE: Trans Male Zine• –
  •  Where to go for more information

 

Respectful questions and feedback will be welcomed and Jez will be happy to share personal experiences.

 Our second presentation will be a brief discussion with author of  “My Agender” , Stef Tipping, who has written and collated a new collection of stories and experiences from gender diverse folks in Melbourne and beyond. Both Jez and Stef will have copies of their respective publications available on the night for purchase and perusal.

When: Monday Feb 7th

Doors : Strictly from 6pm

Speakers start 7.30pm

Where: 24 Moons

 AC/DC Lane

 Melbourne CBD

 $10

Welcome to 2011 and we welcome you back to Pleasure Salon Melbourne!

June Gathering 2010

Posted in events, health, men, queer, sex work, straight, touch, trans, women on May 18, 2010 by Pleasure Forum Australia

Greetings Pleasure Lovers,

Please find attached the invitation to June Pleasure Salon Melbourne, with presentation by Sexpert and therapist, Catherine Carter on ‘Conscious Touch’

‘Using both humour and my passion for helping people to experience sex as a form of self healing and deep pleasure, I will be using a model of both a penis and a vagina to demonstrate the power of ‘conscious’ genital touch.  While the demonstration will aim at being informative and instructional, this is also about having fun and pleasure, so I invite you to come with an open mind, a twinkle in your eye and a willingness to share any insights you may have …..After the enlightening, entertaining and engaging talks from both Sally and Christian at the first two Pleasure Salon’s,  I am excited and delighted to be  sharing my insights and knowledge with you  at  the next PS event’  –  see you there! x Cath  (Oh and a big thank you to Ms Cyndi!)

http://www.personalharmony.wordpress.com

Catherine Carter is a promoter of conscious sexuality, sensuality and feminine energy work.   For over 18 years Cath has been practicing as a psychotherapist and workshop presenter, counselling clients in the healing power of sexuality, for all genders.

Wednesday June 2 2010

Madame Brussels ( Up the Rear: ie: Behind the bar)

Level 3, 59- 63 Bourke St ( Above Spaghetti Tree)

Melbourne. 6 pm- 10 pm

Parliament Train Station

Parliament tram stop route 86 / 96

$5

April Gathering 2010

Posted in events, trans on March 9, 2010 by Brian

Greetings Pleasure Lovers,

As discussed at the last Pleasure Salon Melbourne, it seemed many people were keen for us to create a slightly more structured format providing a theme for further discussion.

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our first speaker will be the delightful Sally Goldner.

Sally Goldner has been out of the gender closet for over fourteen years and an active participant in Melbourne’s queer community for the last ten. This includes ongoing involvement with TransGender Victoria, 3 CR’s “Out of the Pan,” VGLRL, Zoe Belle Gender Centre, PolyVic and previous involvement with JOY, BENT TV, Melbourne Marching Girls, ALSO Foundation and Seahorse Club of Victoria. Outside of the community, she has is an accountant specialising in the not-for-profit sector and a soon-to-be-returning performer.

Sally will presenting on sex and pleasure from a Trans perspective. Presentations will kickoff at around 7pm, lasting about 30 minutes, with an option for a group Q and A afterwards. The rest of the night will be the gorgeous free chatter it was last time.

We are asking for a $5 donation to cover admin, speakers and other operational outlays.

Please RSVP to pleasuresalonmelbourne@gmail.com with numbers if you’d like to attend.

Wednesday April 7th

6-10 pm

@ Madame Brussels (Up the Rear!!) Parlour

Level 3

59-63 Bourke St.

Melbourne.

On top of Spaghetti Tree.