Play & Pleasure

Play & Pleasure is a multi session skills and relationship building workshop for men who have sex with men. Inspired by the philosophy of sex positivity, our Peer Support Team have developed the program to help men build the confidence, knowledge and skills necessary to have the sex they want. Play & Pleasure creates a fun, social and informal environment for facilitators to share ideas about sex positivity and how to achieve a more healthy relationship, while providing up to date information and fulfilling skills to take home and improve your own sex life! Each session is hosted in the large function room, allowing space for participants to enjoy dinner during the session and network with other attendees. Read more about each session below - you can choose to attend the sessions that particularly interest you, or come along to every session. Whether you're attending solo, bringing a partner or as part of a group, we hope you'll join us to talk about the sex you want!

What is Sex positivity? 

Sex positivity is the simple  idea that healthy, explicitly consensual sex is a positive thing. Being sex positive means maintaining a healthy attitude towards sex and not only valuing the role sex plays in your life, but also your personal sexual needs.  Sex positivity also embraces the idea of being sexually educated and staying safe. Individuals who are sex positive actively decide how and what they want from their sex lives, rather than let others dictate it.

 

Session 1: Building Positive Attitudes

Session 1: Building Positive Attitudes

Building positive attitudes and self confidence, fostering positive self image, keeping perspective, being proactive and optimistic. Session 1 helps you work towards letting go of past negative experiences and resentment. This is the basis making of sex positive decisions in future relationships.

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Session 2: Communication for Sex

Session 2: Communication for Sex

What gets in the way of communicating effectively?

This workshop will focus on helping you to communicate what you want and don’t want, negotiating consent, rejecting and rejection, and listening more effectively.

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Session 3: Safe Sex Skills

Session 3: Safe Sex Skills

What works for you to keep yourself and your partners safe?

How do we talk about and negotiate safe sex strategies and keep things sexy?

During this session we focus on developing your safe sex skills - PrEP, undetectable viral load, and the range of safe sex strategies for HIV as well as STIs.

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Session 4: Negotiating Relationships

Session 4: Negotiating Relationships

How do you get on the same page?

The first step is finding out what you need from a relationship!

During session 4 we’ll discuss different relationship styles. Friends with benefits, lovers, partnerships open and monogamous, and group play. Negotiating sexual needs in relationships, managing changes over time, keeping things interesting, dealing with issues in the relationship and breakups.

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Session 5: Online Pleasure & Safety

Session 5: Online Pleasure & Safety

Are you online?

Keen to get more out of your online profile?

This week we’re focusing on how to navigate the challenges and opportunities of online hook-up apps, including disclosing HIV status, and discussing safe sex. How to maintain a healthy usage relationship with apps, how to make meaningful connections and how to get the most out of your online experience.

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Session 6: A Healthy Approach to Porn & Toys

Session 6: A Healthy Approach to Porn & Toys

How can porn and toys enhance your relationships and sex life?

Let go of your assumptions about porn and toys: they do have a place in a sex positive sex life!

We will discuss the wide variety of toys available and what they can do for your personal pleasure, or for your relationships. Hear about using toys safely and letting go of unhelpful habits around porn.

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Session 7: Creativity and Sex

Session 7: Creativity and Sex

Whether you're curious to explore new experiences in your sex life, or already active in the BDSM scene, creativity plays an important role in enhancing your sex life.

Fetish and kink, BDSM and role play are exciting opportunities for meaningful connection. This full day workshop draws on the skills and ideas explored throughout the Play & Pleasure course to look at how to articulate needs, maintain boundaries and consent, and keep safe while exploring new ways to play.

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