‘Sex has always been good, but there were patterns we were falling into,’ he says of their motivation to attend last year.
‘It is a lot less centred around the pursuit of orgasm now – less goal-oriented, and with a high level of intimacy.’ Plus, he says, it’s incredibly inclusive. ‘I am not so much into the energetic-flow stuff,’ he says.
‘That’s been scary, but everyone’s here with the same aim, so there’s a sense of community and acceptance,’ she smiles.
Most of the campers have pitched tents, but I’ve opted for a shared bunk room, for which I’m grateful, since the first 24 hours are little different to a rain-sodden British festival.
I’m at Sex Camp, a weekend festival of workshops and classes held, somewhat improbably, on a Girl Guide campground in the Australian countryside, 90 minutes outside Melbourne.
‘Celebrating Sexuality is our media-friendly title,’ laughs Vanessa Florence, who founded the festival three years ago. It’s about giving yourself permission to explore what you want and like.’ To that end, there are workshops (many of which are ‘clothing- optional’) on tantric techniques, polyamorous lifestyles, blow jobs and bondage, a juicy mix of the kinky (clingfilm class at 4pm, anyone?
But, driving solo from the airport to the camp on a humid Friday afternoon, concerns begin to creep in. Will I spend the whole weekend awkwardly watching exhibitionists and sexual athletes going at it hammer and tongs?
NYMetro Parents is the parenting division of Davler Media Group and encompasses 9 regional print magazines within the greater NY metro region as well as the website (nymetroparents.com).Sex Campers are also encouraged to push their own boundaries, so, by dinnertime, I will have got naked in a room full of strangers, a situation terrifyingly far outside my comfort zone.