How Would Your Relationships and Your Life be Different if You Had Experienced Conscious Sexual Education as a Teenager???
Its 2012, a time to bring our conscious awareness to how we are educating our children around sexuality. We are honoured to open our focus & resources to create more comprehensive information available to our teens & parents. We will be launching at this years Conference:
2) Our Parenting Program
3) Our Sex – What They Dont Teach You at School! Education Program
4) Our Annual Fun -draiser – The Lovers Mask Ball which finances the Sex – What They Dont Teach You at School! Program for our youth.
A Forum for Teenagers to Freely Express Their Needs, Wants & Desires Around Sexuality. This inaugural event at this years Conference is a FREE event for Teenagers to attend.
Body, Sex, Heart and Soul – a Forum for Young People Aged 14 – 24 Led by a Panel of Young People
Tell it Like It Is Listen to Others Share Your wisdom
If you are between 14 and 24 years old you are invited to tell it like it is – Fears, Thoughts, Ideas, Inspiration and Passions or simply come along and listen to others.
This is the first event for young people at the Sex and Consciousness Conferences and promises to be informative, entertaining and fun.
Meet our 6 Participants on Our Youth Panel…….
Cassy (23) I am a 23 year old female, navigating the delicate balance that is life as a full time student, an employee, a researcher, a partner, a sister, a daughter, a friend, “health freak”, and a lover of people, yoga, learning, travelling, meditating, music, language, spirituality (not in any particular order). I value love, respect, freedom, independence, creativity and honesty.
I love listening to, and having conversations with young people about sex and sexuality, and everything that is attached to these words. I feel that nothing quite underpins our existence as sexuality does. Sexuality is not just “sex” but fundamentally how we relate to life and ourselves, and our sense of self. What then, can be more important than speaking, discussing and learning more about sexuality and sex and in this process, bringing some light to this area.
Dominic (25) I am creative and passionate about celebrating my life. I recently finished a degree in Health-Science (Acupuncture), and now I’m anticipating the next adventure/challenge in life (Yah).
As a 25 year-old man, I acknowledge there is so much I don’t understand about my sexuality. I think this is why I enjoy the opportunity to interact and grow with others when we speak honestly about our views and experiences. I am inspired to live in a community where young people feel they can talk about personal topics openly and have the support of their peers.
It is refreshing to be at an event where everyone gets the opportunity to be themselves and speak about topics from the heart. At the end of each YOUthSpeak I feel empowered by the experience. YOUthSpeak is a great program that I’m proud to be involved in.
Vanessa (23) Hey, my name is Vanessa. I’m 23 years old, born and bred in Melbourne. I love dancing, laughing, dress up parties, the ocean, good food and bad reality television. I work in mental health, privately as a sexuality coach/bodyworker and organise workshops and events around the place.
My passion is for us all to experience deeper, clearer levels of communication and expression of sexuality. My vision is to be part of the revolution of the sex industry and sex education to promote healthier more conscious and intimate ways of being together and with ourselves! I have dedicated these past years of my life as a young adult learning and soaking in as much as I can here in Australia and Europe.
We as young people are the future and more discussion and openness in this area the better! I really look forward to being part of this YOUthSpeak panel and discussion.
Huw (23) I’m an amateur poet, philosopher, lover, warrior, joy seeker and adventurer. I grew up much like everyone else. During Sex Ed at 11, I learned that sex is mechanical. During my first relationship at fifteen I learned that sex is dirty, sweaty and clumsy. Then during my first sexual Rite of Passage at 21, I learned that sex is beautiful, sacred and powerful.
I want to live in a world where sex is talked about freely, where elders and youngers can sit together and share stories, mistakes and joys about sexuality. Where everyone at 14 is surrounded by and belongs to a community that supports their sexual growth with open hearts, full acceptance and ancient wisdom. A world like this, starts with an honest voice, open ears and heart. I am Huw and I’m here to listen!
Sofi (21) My name is Sofi, I live in the Byron hinterland and I’ve been studying Permaculture for the past 3 years. The close observation of nature and her intricate functions and systems has given me many beautiful insights. I particularly appreciate nature’s astounding way to re-generate and create life. For me, sex and sexuality is a perfect example of re-generation for our species, our souls and our spirits.
Like everything else, I feel that the general consensus of sex being a mechanical and somewhat meaningless act of pleasure is reflective of our society at large. As we are entering a new age of consciousness I can already see things starting to shift and adapt. I hold with me a vision of sex and sexuality being celebrated and taught in a sacred and creative way to people of all ages, particularly youth.
Eka (22) “My name is Eka & I am no more qualified to speak about these topics than anyone else, but I too have had my experiences & it is my willingness to share my mistakes & joys along this never ending journey to becoming a sexually empowered Man, that make me just as qualified as anyone else to speak to these topics… In my experience sexuality & the lower chakras of our society are the place that harbour the deepest woundings & darkest fears. What better way to bring light & healing to our places of shadow then to put them out in front of us & lovingly share with fellow warriors of the Heart…?”
YOUthSpeak was launched at Woodford, where about 500 young people came and went into the tent that sizzled with anticipation and excitement. People aged from 14 upwards spoke about things that sit in their hearts – their hopes and fears – and issues that concern them about sex.
There were five awesome facilitators between the ages of 20 – 22 on the panel. Together they created a balanced and well-informed group and did a fantastic job of making YOUthSpeak so powerfully life changing for some of the young folk who attended.
Young people raised some interesting questions.
They explored… losing virginity, how to resist the pressure to be sexually active when not ready, why have sex only when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
They questioned… how can we honour ourselves and each other in our relationships? What motivates and is different about male and female sexually? How can we find out what is important to us when we are bombarded so constantly by the media and romanticized or pornographic images of sex?
One 14 year old boy asked how could he learn to worship a woman!!!!!
At Woodford these events were profoundly moving – deep and intimate sharing, brought relief, a sense of connection and community into the lives of those who attend.
If anyone who is 24 or under would like to be involved in developing YOUthSpeak with young people facilitating a deeply moving process for other young people, join us for this event or contact Amrita Hobbs directly. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone 0419 336 291 or visit www.amritahobbs.comus for details.
YOUthSpeak is the initiative of Amrita Hobbs – a local, who has worked with young people for more than 30 years. Her focus is Rites of Passage and Teenage Sexuality and Understanding Gender. Amrita, is an internationally acclaimed facilitator, author and educator. A trained teacher Amrita offers innovative workshops for mothers and daughters, for women and in schools all around Australia and the world.
Following directly after Youth Speak, a Forum to support Parents with better skills of how to guide Sexually Activated Teenagers.
Mandy Nolan, Alison Rahn, Jon Russell, Nicqui Yazdi, Graeme Sudholz & Laura Doe
Teaching ourselves and also our children about what healthy sexuality is, can take this topic out from the taboo closet into a healthy and open arena so that our children have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes as well as from our valuable experience. At this time, while talking about sex and sexuality openly with mentors and peers is still uncommon, it seems like we are constantly having to reinvent the wheel. Making the same mistakes and creating the same levels of confusion past generations have experienced.
During this session, we may explore….
What is healthy sexuality?
What is useful information to pass on to your children?
What can you do to protect/prepare/educate your children in age appropriate ways?
What makes you an effective guide when it comes to topics like this?
Are you informed about youth culture and what young people in our society are facing?
Are you connecting with what is influencing the sexual behaviour of young people today?
Are you afraid to talk about your own sexual experiences and current relationship to your own sexuality with your children?
Do you find it challenging to have conversations with your children about intimacy, sex and sexuality?
At what age do you start talking to your children about sexual matters? What is age approriate information?
Do you know how to relate with young people around touchy topics?
Would you like to stay “in touch” both physically, emotionally and through communication with your teen?
Are you equipped to support young people to become healthy sexual human beings?
Why is sex and sexuality education and preparation still not considered important enough to have effective programs, counselling and ongoing support for young people making a transition from child to sexually alive young adult?
For the first time at the Sex and Consciousness Conference in 2012 there will be an event designed to specifically answer these questions.
A panel of youth facilitators/sex educators and conscious parents will focalise a forum for parents and other interested adults to explore these questions.
In this forum you may discover solutions to personal questions as well as to community concerns.
Special Tickets are available for Parents to attend Youth Speak & the Parenting Presentation.
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Sex – What They Dont Teach You at School!
events for young people 2012……. A year-long series of events designed to provide an accessible, ongoing forum for young people to explore, clarify, discuss, learn, share experiences, inspire others & be inspired on a wide range of pertinent sex-related topics. The program will be designed and facilitated by a team of local educators in sexuality and healthy relationships.
HOW CAN I EXPRESS MYSELF? Building Self Confidence, Communication and Creating Connection
WHAT ARE MY NEEDS? Creating Safety, Asking for What You Would Enjoy, Boundaries – When to Say Yes and When You Mean NO! ie Authentic Consent
HOW DOES SEX WORK? Male and Female Sexual Anatomy, Arousal, Self Pleasure, Taking Responsibility for Yourself with No Harm to Another, Knowing What is Right for You.
HOW IS MALE AND FEMALE SEXUALITY DIFFERENT? How the Different Bits Work, the Dynamics of the Body, What Happens When We Bring the Masculine and Feminine Together. Sexual Preferences and Gender Identity. What Turns Girls On. What Turns Guys On.
WHY DOES MY BODY FEEL SEXUAL? The Energetics of Sexuality, Non Physical Aspects of Sexuality, The Art of Touch, Neurology, Hormones, Attractions, Erotic Themes, Intimacy, Types of Relationships, Unconventional Sex and much more!!!!
These events are generously funded by our community through ticket sales at the Annual Lover’s Mask Ball and by anyone who would like to generously donate to this project.
Facilitated by Leading Local Sexuality Teachers/Experts:
Lovers Mask Ball
Adults get to have fun whilst raising funds for our Youth to attend their Program for free!
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