Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about FEAST Play Parties
What is a play party and how is it different to a workshop?
Our workshops are learning focused and have a clear structure that everyone moves through at the same time. Our play parties invite a more varied and self directed experience where you can experiment with a bunch of different processes and people and discover what you find pleasurable. AND soak it up and enjoy it.
So what actually happens?
Each party has a drop in process where we connect as a whole group and go over basic embodiment, consent and boundaries practices to create safety. From there we create a number of different activities that you can choose to engage with at your own pace. These processes are loosely facilitated and have a lot of space for you to direct your experience. An example of one of these activities is a sensation play space where there would be all kinds of different objects and textures and you take turns in exploring sensation on different parts of your body.
If you are feeling nervous or like you need support we will be present to step in and offer you more structure. There will also be hang out and cuddle/smooze spaces where you can relax by yourself and take a break or just chill with in the company of others.
We will close the evening with a little debrief and ending ritual.
General Info for ALL FEAST Events
Who are FEAST events for?
FEAST creates learning spaces for curious human beings of any gender, sexual orientation, body type or genital configuration who are interested in expanding their knowledge of embodied sexuality.
I have never attended ANYTHING like this before. Is it for me?
YES! FEAST events are created to offer benefit and learning to people at all stages on their journey of sexual discovery. In each workshop you are encouraged to go at your own pace and participate to the level that feels comfortable for you.
Is this event inclusive for all sexualities and gender expressions?
YES. We are committed to creating safe, inclusive spaces that are free from assumptions about people’s gender or orientation and our intention is that all activities are accessible for everyone. You are invited to show up in whatever is your unique expression, regardless of how you identify and whomever you are attracted to.
What do you actually do to make it a safe and inclusive space for gender diverse folk? Like trans, intersex, non-binary, queer identifying people?
We acknowledge that as a gender diverse person you may experience marginalisation and exclusion in life where others don't. In an effort to make our spaces more inclusive and welcoming for you we are committed to offering extra care and support if you need or want it. Have a look at our gender inclusivity statement here, to read about what action we already take at our events to make them safe and inclusive for you.
Do I have to participate in all of the activities?
No. Each participant is encouraged to participate according to their level of comfort and energy. You may love doing everything or you may want to sit out and just watch for some or most of the event. We value and support any way you choose to participate (or not) and work to provide various options for any given activity.
Do I need to do partnered exercises of a sexual nature?
Sexual contact with others is not a requirement of the workshops nor the intention. Each workshop has a specific learning objective designed to expand your awareness and skill level in the subject matter being shared. All activities are optional and you will be encouraged to approach each process from a place of authentic consent.
What is the difference between Sexual and Erotic?
Sexual drive can often be directed toward the aims of orgasm and romantic connection with another. Our erotic energy underlies the sexual charge. It is the buzz of life force felt through the whole body which exists independently of orgasm and connection with another. FEAST events provide a valuable opportunity to explore our erotic energy outside the confines of the usual partner-oriented, attraction drive social context in which we may usually explore our sexuality. This can enable us to deepen our awareness of our bodies and emotions.
Will there be someone to check in with if I’m feeling a little challenged?
Yes, depending on what kind of event you are attending there will either be designated emotional support people and/or a co-facilitator for you to speak with at any time. And, we would love you to come and check in with us even if you are not feeling particularly challenged.
Will there be nudity?
Many of our events are clothing optional, at times that means full nudity is welcome, at other times we may say underwear needs to stay on. Our main priority is that each participant remains fully within their own consent and boundaries, while also remaining open to new experiences - that sweet spot is where all the learning happens!
All of our processes can be done with some, all or no clothing removed. Remember, your choice and sense of what is best for you is the most important. There is nothing you have to do in any of our spaces. We offer you this option because a lot of shame can be carried in our clothes and how we choose to cover our bodies, we welcome and celebrate you, fully, as you are.
What does ‘somatic’ mean?
Much like ‘embodied’, somatic means ‘of the body’ or physical.
What does 'embodied' mean?
Embodied simply means 'in the body'. Very often, learning can happen in the mind through reading information, processing it and aligning it with other ideas or experiences that may already be stored in the brain. Embodied learning shifts the focus to the body and uses it as a source of information to guide our learning. We can increase our awareness of our bodies by asking questions such as: "What am I feeling in my body right now?" "Is this learning experience leading to a sense of expansion or contraction in my body and how would I like to respond to that?" Being more embodied empowers us to take responsibility for our own bodies, pleasure and well-being, in relationship both with ourselves and others.
What about different levels of physical ability?
We strive to make our workshops accessible to people with a range of physical abilities. If you have any particular needs to be accommodated please let us know when you register for an event so we can discuss how to support you.
Are your events wheelchair accessible?
Some of them are, we strive to make all our events as accessible as possible. Unfortunately sex positive venues are limited, we prioritise accessibility as much possible.
Look at details for the specific event you're interested in attending and reach out to us via email.