A regular body practice is an essential ingredient for exploring the full spectrum of our sexuality. Whatever your sexual curiosity and interests are, they will be enhanced by a greater level of body awareness. It will help you to feel more. And your erotic experiences will be more creative and safer as a result.
The approach taken by this workship is to explore kink on the basis of body awareness and body research. Half of the day will be dedicated to practices such as yoga, body-mind centering (BMC), breathwork and contact improvisation. These techniques will provide a common body language and groundwork. They will also be investigated in terms of their differences and similarities to kink practices, such as bondage, pain play, power exchange, sub-space and trance erotic states. These techniques will be introduced in the other half of the workshop. This part of the work will propose emotional and creative opportunities. Extra time is reserved each day for specific, personal explorations, alone, in couples and smaller groups.
This work is about a better understanding of the unison of the mind and the body. And about the synergies between creative and sexual impulses. The mindfulness of clear tasks and exercises offers a frame to let intuition guide you. The workshop provides the possibility of intense learning and the exquisite joy of experiencing something unfamiliar.
Frequently Asked Questions
WORKSHOP INTENSITY: Medium (there will be no extreme play such as blood, humiliation, etc.)
WHO IS THE WORKSHOP FOR: People who are interested in the intersections between the fields of kink and yoga, Tantra, sexological bodywork and philosophy; COUPLES (of any gender or orientation) and SINGLES with a similar level of curiosity. Even though this workshop is body based, there is absolutely no expectation concerning the age or kind of body you should have. However, some prior experience in dance, yoga, tantra or other body work is strongly advised.
WILL THERE BE PAIR-WORK AND GROUP WORK? Yes.
HOW WILL PAIRING BE DONE? People arriving as singles (or couples that like to play with other people) will be paired randomly for various activities. Please note, all exercises can be taken only to the level that’s right for you at the time.
CAN YOU WORK EXCLUSIVELY WITH ONE PARTNER? Yes, if you arrive with them. (You may also bump into someone you know, or meet someone, and decide to do activities with them).
NUDITY: This is a clothes-on workshop. Some participants may choose to work with bare skin (and possibly buttocks) for some exercises but this is not an expectation. Any nudity will be low-level and not explicit.
COMMITMENT: You may sit out of any activity, or participate only to a level that’s right for you.
RATIO OF DISCUSSION TO EXPERIENTIAL: About 30/70 percent.
BRING: A water bottle is advisable. Tea, coffee and morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. Each day there is a one and a half hour lunch break.
WEAR: For most activities loose fitting comfortable clothes are appropriate. Bring a costume or two for the Sunday ritual.
Dr. Peter Banki is founder and curator of the Sydney Festival of Really Good Sex. Since 2011 host of Schwelle Sydney. For over the last 10 years he has worked to integrate bodywork, dance and martial arts with sexuality and kink. This philosophy of integration is the guiding principle behind the Sydney Festival of Really Good Sex. He has practiced Iyengar yoga uninteruptedly since 1999 and has studied dance with Annetta Luce, Daniel Lepkoff (one of the founders of contact improvisation) and Felix Ruckert.
Rebecca Rose is a qualified Sexological Bodyworker and Sex Educator, certified through the Institute of Somatic Sexology. Her challenges, explorations and moments of profound connection and joy in her own sexual journey, have led her to work with other individuals, partnerships and groups in their explorations.
Her vision is to create a culture where sex and sexuality are regarded as an integral aspect of each of us and honoured, respected and taught as such. By increasing our knowledge and understanding of our own sexuality, she believes we can better understand our emotional make-up and ourselves as a whole. This then flows into the types of relationships we create, the way we love and how we choose to direct our lives.
This workshop has been inspired by the approach of Berlin-based choreographer, Felix Ruckert.