Exploring sex & relationships can stir emotions and feelings and although we can’t predict and control everything when it comes to human beings – we are doing all we can to create a safe and solid container for Celebrating Sexuality, that allows all emotions and expressions to be healthily expressed and experienced throughout the weekend – having all attendees (which includes Jo, the crew and presenters) together at the Celebrating Sexuality opening ceremony for the first evening of activities and introductions is vital to this.
To carry us through the weekend we have quiet, intentionally set spaces for people to go when they need some time and space to process or chill out. Being in nature means there is also a tree to sit under and just relax. No need to think about food, we fully cater all your meals from Friday night through Monday morning - with nourishing, locally sourced and organic food.
There will be 4 qualified counsellors, who we'd like to introduce you to click here. They will be available for support if something more is needed, as well as a little crew of ESP’s (emotional support people). They will be introduced to you at the opening ceremony.
If you would like to be part of the emotional support crew, read further below and click the link for 'apply'.
Remember – every workshop, exercise, conversation, interaction, experience is OPTIONAL – you do not have to do anything you don’t feel like doing – we encourage the healthy pushing of your own boundaries but ultimately the choice is yours and this will be honoured and we ask you honour this in your fellow campers as well.
On the weekend we have a small crew of Emotional Support People as well as 4 qualified counsellors. Everyone must complete the applications form to be considered. ESP's receive a discounted ticket.
Why is there an Emotional Support Crew? We know that the topics we cover on the weekend can trigger emotional responses and we want Celebrating Sexuality to be as positive an experience for participants as we can. For this reason, we are seeking people who are sensitive to the emotional needs of others and are prepared to respond as appropriate. At past events, the requirements of ESP crew have been minimal however, the availability has consistently been highly valued by attendees in event feedback.
Qualified counsellors - these positions have been filled. Click here to meet the counsellors If you are a qualified counsellor with some suitable qualifications or relevant experience in the area of sexuality, then you may express interest in coming on board as a qualified counsellor - or as an ESP. The QC are given on and off shift times.
Emotional Support Person (ESP) You may, or may not have a formal qualification – it may be you are studying toward a qualification – but you have some skill or experience in identifying the requirement for emotional support. Your duty of care as an Emotional Support Person (ESP's) is to maintain a general awareness of the people around you and be proactive in offering care to someone who seems triggered or upset. This might mean offering someone to sit with, a short chat to debrief, being there to witness concerns, offering a space where they can be alone, basic support and resource knowledge. Another way to look at it is as a role of a sensitive friend. If they require more than this, you may refer them to a qualified counsellor or the Captain. You will also have a high level of self awareness and respect for other peoples boundaries.
What will I be offered for the role? ESP's receive a Returning Sex Campers Ticket (qualified counsellors in designated role (now full) are offered a free ticket). Qualified counsellors welcome to apply for the general ESP role.
If you are a Returning Sex Camper, a presenter or part of the crew - or if you have already bought a ticket - we would love you to be part of the emotional support crew. We cannot offer a further discount or a refund, but please know we will be very grateful!
What else do I need to know? There will be a briefing session for the ESP crew with the counsellors on Friday night (from 6pm meeting in the main space). You will be given a lanyard to wear so that other attendees may identify you and you will be introduced at the opening ceremony. You are encouraged to make regular contact or contact as required with the qualified counsellors but you may self-regulate the amount. If as an ESP & you are finding the time commitment more than occasional guidance, please discuss this with the lead counsellor.
Celebrating Sexuality is supported by the values of integrity, love, respect, & self-responsibility.