Deej (Daryn Juventin) M.A.
Deej has helped pioneer somatic sex education training in Australia, founding Sex Coaching and Therapy in Brisbane, and heading the faculty for the Certificates in Sexological Bodywork and Somatic Sex Education. He is the president of the Somatic Sex Educators’ Association of Australasia.
He brings his extensive experience in the field of human sexuality to ISS. He trained as a Sacred Intimate at Wildwood in California, and as a Certified Sexological Bodyworker at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, interning with Joseph Kramer and Ellen Heed at the first Australian sexological bodywork training. Deej has over 20 years experience in adult education, teacher training, counselling and bodywork. In 2016, Deej was awarded Somatic Sex Educator of the Year at the Sexual Freedom Awards in London. He is currently working towards a PhD in somatic and spiritual psychology.
Deej is available for work with individuals and couples, for group trainings, and offers professional supervision to somatic sex educators and other health care professionals. He can be contacted via his web sites www.sexcoaching.com.au or www.embodiedtherapy.com.au
Uma Ayelet Furman CSB
Uma is one of our region’s leading somatic sex educators, with over 5,000 hours of face-to-face teaching to individuals, couples, and groups. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Uma teaches conscious sexuality throughout Australia and Asia. She teaches the Certificate in Sexological Bodywork and certificate in Somatic Sex Education with ISS.
She is a Certified Somatic Sex Educator and a founding member of The Somatic Sex Educators’ Association of Australasia (SSEAA). Uma has studied with some of the world’s leading erotic educators, including Kenneth Ray Stubbs, Barbara Carrellas, Triambika, Joseph Kramer, and Ellen Heed.
Uma practices and teaches classical and neo Tantra, Taoism, sexual shamanism and somatic sexology. She has a passion for working with people with sexual difficulties, and with people who are seeking change and growth in their sex lives.
Her web site is www.tantrawithuma.com
Joseph Kramer Ph.D.
Joseph Kramer, Ph.D., is the foremost teacher of erotic bodywork in the world. In 1984, he founded the Body Electric School in Oakland, California, where he trained thousands of professional massage therapists, erotic bodyworkers and somatic educators. In 1992, he started the Erospirit Research Institute, a think tank exploring the connection between spirituality and sexuality. He has also created two online schools offering trainings in erotic bodywork and erotic yoga- The New School of Erotic Touch and The Orgasmic Yoga Institute.
Joseph founded the new legal profession of Sexological Bodywork in 2003, in California. Professional trainings are now being offered in Australia, North America, and Europe. Joseph has produced over a dozen sex education DVDs and has been featured in the HBO series Real Sex.
His web site is www.sexologicalbodywork.com
Kenneth Ray Stubbs Ph.D.
In 1975 Ray began teaching erotic massage to people of all sexual orientations in San Francisco. His 1989 Erotic Massage — the Touch of Love book was the first instructional book to illustrate genital massage and has sold over a million copies worldwide.
He has taught many somatic modalities and has written/created over a dozen books and DVDs on sacred sexuality including Women of the Light: The New Sacred Prostitute, Sacred Orgasms, and The Essential Tantra. He also co-created the 90-minute documentary The Sacred Prostitute and a recent documentary, Path of the Sexual Shaman: Teachings on Energy, Orgasm, and Wisdom. Ray is the former vice-president of the Association of Sexual Energy Professionals.
On a shamanic path for over two decades, Ray is a 13-year SunDancer and has been greatly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. His latest creation is the Shaman Cards: Ceremonies for Energy and Wisdom. Via Skype and the phone, he now gives individual sessions and trainings on energy, sexuality, shamanism, and transformation.
Ellen Heed PhD (Cand), CSB
Ellen Heed offers Sexological Bodywork students lessons in postpartum sexuality, smooth muscle massage, functional anatomy, erectile tissue discoveries in women, and scar tissue remediation. She has spent over 10,000 hours as a bodyworker and nutritional consultant, and holds certifications as a Sexological Bodyworker, Shiatsu Specialist, Craniosacral Therapist, and Facia Manipulation Specialist. She is also an international teacher of human anatomy and a yoga teacher. Her web site is www.ellenheed.com
Liam “Captain” Snowdon, PhD
“Healing and celebrating our sexual selves is a vital part of our human journey,” comments Dr. Liam Snowdon. Snowdon loves the deep connection of sex and spirit and believes that we can each use our sexual energy to expand our creativity in all areas of our lives. Snowdon has worked in the counseling field for over 20 years and holds both a Doctorate in Human Sexuality and a Master’s degree in Public Health in Human Sexuality www.captainsnowdon.ca
Lorella Ricci B.A. CSB
Lorella is an intimacy coach and psychotherapist in private practice in Mullumbimby, facilitates workshops with the Institute of Somatic Sexology, and dedicated meditation practitioner for twenty years.
She holds a BA in Sociology, which ignited her passion for the social construction of identity, and has completed over eight years of studies in Somatic Psychotherapy, namely Hakomi Professional and Relationship trainings. She subsequently studied Sexological Bodywork, Urban Tantra, Pelvic Heart Integration and Tibetan tantric practices.
Her work is a synthesis of mindfulness, psychotherapy, somatic sexology and tantra and she is the founder of Sex & Samadhi meditation evenings and retreats.
Her website is: www.embodiedintimacy.com.au
Betty Martin PhD
Dr. Martin has had her hands on people professionally for over 30 years. First as a Chiropractor, and later as a Body Electric School trained Sacred Intimate, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, and Foundations of Facilitation trainer.
Therapeutic training includes Chiropractic, Somato-Respiratory Integration, Educational Kinesiology, Reiki, Neuro-Emotional Integration. In more recent years, her erotic education has included included sensual massage, Taoist Erotic Massage, Kashmiri tantric massage and Sexological Bodywork.
She is currently most passionate about helping hands-on professionals learn how to assess what is most useful for their clients and students, and how they can teach them to become fully empowered in their desires and choices.
She is the author of the forthcoming book: Learning to Touch: How to bring your heart into your hands, and what it teaches you about life and love.