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.
We also have plenty of opportunities to relax with and meet other people in a social situation.
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 throughout the weekend for support if something more support wise 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 we also highly value self-responsibility.
We ask you honour this in yourself as well as your fellow campers.
On the weekend we have a small crew of Emotional Support People as well as 4 qualified counsellors. You must complete the applications form to be considered.
ESP's receive a discounted ticket. Please read all information prior to applying.
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.
Who is the Emotional Support Crew? 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 an ESP.
Emotional Support Person (ESP) - Your duty of care as an Emotional Support Person (ESP's) is to offer others at the festival what comes naturally to you: which is a general awareness of the people around you, particularly those who seem triggered or upset, and you have an ability to be proactive in offering care.
You will have a high level of self-awareness and respect for other peoples boundaries. Offering care might mean inviting someone to sit/hang out with you, a short chat to debrief/witness concerns, offering to accompany them to the next break. It may mean guiding them to one of the qualified counsellors or main crew for extra support if required. Another way to look at it is as a role of a sensitive friend.
To join the festival as an ESP, you have some knowledge, skill and experience in identifying the requirement for emotional support. You may, or may not have a formal qualification, you may be studying toward a qualification; or you may have experience within a related health and well-being field.
The ESP role has no designated shifts and is self-regulated - what this means is you are not to be 'on' the whole weekend and not there to provide counselling sessions.
What will I be offered for the role? As an Emotional Support Person - or ESP - you will receive a Returning Sex Campers Ticket.
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 the community will be very grateful.
What else do I need to know? There will be a briefing session for the ESP's with the lead ESP on Friday night (from 6pm meeting in the main space) and you will be introduced at the opening ceremony.
You are encouraged to make contact through the weekend 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 ESP.
Celebrating Sexuality is supported by the values of integrity, love, respect, and self-responsibility.
Celebrating Sexuality Festival isn’t like any other retreat you have attended, or are likely.
You will gather a range of knowledge and practical techniques that will improve the quality of your relationships. Importantly, you will learn things that you can apply at once in your own life from people who are qualified to teach you.
WEEKEND RETREAT WITH A FESTIVAL ATMOSPHERE: 15 - 18 NOVEMBER 2019