1st November – from 5pm

VICTORIA SPENCE

Holistic Funeral Director

Cultivating a healthy relationship with death & dying and navigating the funeral industry.

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8th November – from 5pm

JACQUELINE HELLYER

Sex Therapist & Relationship Coach

Everything you ever wanted to know about sex but were too afraid to ask.

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The Institute of Mortal Ideas Brings you Victoria Spence of Life Rites – a Holistic Funeral Director, Celebrant, & Mortality Maverick: “Living With Death” – a discussion on how to integrate a healthy view of our mortality into our lives, how to navigate the legalities of dying in Australia, how to create less expensive & more meaningful funerals, and how to reclaim death & dying from big corporate entities and back into our own hands.

Victoria will offer practical skills and advice for how we can offer comfort and support to people who are dying, and how to create space in our lives for grief & mourning. We will examine profound questions such as: How to talk with children about death, how to honour the dead throughout the year, and how to create a joyful relationship with our own mortality. We will also be discussing the many new & fascinating changes taking place within the Death & Dying space – from eco-burials to cooling beds which allow people to stay at home after they have died.

The conversation will be followed by an intimate meet & greet with Victoria and a book signing.

Join us for this spring event in Kiama brought to you by the Institute of Interesting Ideas. Tickets from $45

This event is part of our Death + Sex series, tickets are available as a package ($90) or individually ($50). Purchase our ‘Death + Sex Series Pass’ for your discounted tickets to both events.

Limited Seating Available – Early Booking Essential

Date: Friday 1st November

Location: The Pavilion Kiama

Evening Itinerary…

5-6pm: Drinks and nibbles on sale from Culinarius Catering

6-7pm: Victoria Spence in conversation with Naima Brown

7-7:30pm: Meet & Greet

ABOUT VICTORIA SPENCE

Since 1988 Victoria Spence has made live art and work at the intersections of cultural, community and creative arts practice as a performer, dramaturg, curator and producer. Artists and companies include, The Sydney Front, Sidetrack Performance Group, Legs on the Wall, DeQuincey/Lynch, Guillermo Gomez Pena and La Pocha Nostra (Mexico), Blast Theory (UK) and Performance Space. She is a qualified Civil Celebrant and Bereavement Support Worker. In 2010 she was a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts ‘Connections Residency’ where she undertook research in the Funeral Industry and established the Living with Our Dead platform to create public site specific ceremonies. This resulted in the inaugural Picnic Among Friends in Nov 2010 that is now an annual event. livingwithourdead.com. Soon to be re-launched as Picnic Among Friends, seeding community memorial picnics throughout the NSW region.

Since 2016 to the present she curates the Sydney Festival of Death & Dying a multi arts platform or workshops and performances with Dr Peter Banki.

She runs a small, bespoke holistic team Integrating end of Life and after Death Care through, Life Rites, Life Rites  Sydney’s only end of life and after death home care, counselling, ceremony and holistic funeral direction practice. You an see more of her Contemporary Ceremonial Practice at  HERE

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The Institute of Intimate Ideas brings you an intimate conversation with Jacqueline Hellyer of LoveLife. A self-described Sex Geek, Jacqueline is a Sex Therapist, Educator, Relationship Coach & Author and joins us for a deep dive into the realities of sex & intimacy that we’re all thinking about but rarely speak about.

Topics include: Sex during & after pregnancy, Sex & Marriage, Sex after Trauma, Sex Through the Years – Seniors & Sex, Spicing things up with sex technology, The impact of pornography on our sex lives, stepping into new territory with your partner, and more.

We will be providing a method to submit your questions anonymously to ensure that we have a no-holds-barred conversation.

Join us for this spring event in Kiama brought to you by the Institute of Interesting Ideas. Tickets from $45

This event is part of our Death + Sex series, tickets are available as a package ($90) or individually ($50). Purchase our ‘Death + Sex Series Pass’ for your discounted tickets to both events.

Limited Seating Available – Early Booking Essential

Date: Friday 8th November

Location: The Pavilion Kiama

Evening Itinerary…

5-6pm: Drinks and nibbles on sale from Culinarius Catering

6-7pm: Jacqueline Hellyer in conversation with Naima Brown

7-7:30pm: Meet & Greet

ABOUT JACQUELINE HELLYER

“We spend a few years on this beautiful planet and I believe that if we learn to embrace love in all of its beauty, intimacy, sensuality and excitement we can really, truly love life.” – Jacqueline Hellyer

Jacqueline believes it’s our relationships that are key to who we are and our happiness. “Without sounding like I’ve found the key to a happy life, I think we’d all agree that if we’re happy in our relationships, we have great sex lives and we’re connecting on deeper levels with those we love, then life is pretty damn good! Imagine if everyone in the world was in love and having great sex – what a happier and saner place it would be!”

That’s why she’s dedicated her life to discovering what really makes relationships work both in and out of the bedroom.

Jacqueline is a self confessed a Sex Geek – completely and unabashedly fascinated by sex, love and intimacy in all its aspects from the biological to the psychological to the spiritual. As well as an enormous amount of formal study, she’s done masses of personal research, and most importantly spent many thousands of hours talking with people about sex and relationships – her private clients, participants in her workshops and retreats, mingling with people after giving presentations and media appearances and in the wider world.

There aren’t too many people in the world with this level of insight into what’s going on in people’s minds and bedrooms… Jacqueline knows what really does work and what doesn’t.

“We live in a society that’s pretty screwed up sexually, so many people are confused, misinformed and struggling with their sexuality. Which is such a shame because sex is a celebration of life and our sexual energy is our life energy. So I’m here to be a ‘light in the darkness’ to help guide people to fulfill their sexual potential and experience all the love, connection and freedom that comes with a whole, healthy sexuality.”