A Retreat with no Spa?

Sep 05, 2017    |    Blog , Resources

When Shelby first contact me with the idea of a Hooker Retreat I envisioned a party of women, wine glasses in hand, soaking in a steaming hot tub, with nothing else on their minds except relaxation. Alas, it wasn’t quite the direction Shelby was headed – she had bigger plans!

Upon further communication, it was clear the Hooker Retreat was to be an education, discussion, and networking event, bringing those in the New Zealand Sex Industry together. The event was to be held across two days, allowing for a vast array of industry related topics to be explored, including tax, worker’s rights, kink, marketing, photography, self-defense and more, with dedicated speakers representing their fields of expertise.

The weekend of the 25th/26th the Hooker Retreat took place in Auckland, and here’s a little run down, for those unable to make it. But before I begin, I want to take a moment to congratulate Shelby once again for the amazing job she did. The venue, topics, and speakers were all arranged out of pure passion.

While the event didn’t always run to schedule, it didn’t matter, because the discussions that took place could flow freely. It was a gathering between both like mind and diverse peoples, and it was comforting to be surrounded by people who understood your industry, that you could relate to or learn from.


The Retreat

 

Day 1

Accountants aren’t so boring after all

Ian Fenwick, an accountant based in the Lower North Island, takes us through our tax obligations and why being legit is beneficial to us. From the business structure, tips for record keeping and cash flow projections, Ian’s approach to tax was clear and easy to understand.

Follow this link for more on Ian Fenwick

Discussions with NZPC

NZPC umbrellaCatherine Healy, a sex worker activist and founder of the New Zealand Prostitutes (Sex Workers) Collective talks us through sexual health trends. How sex workers have lead the way in terms of safe sex, both here in NZ and internationally. Catherine outlines our progress since the 1980’s through to today and the influence sex workers play in sexual health.

Click here for more on the NZPC

Skype with a Dominatrix

If you were expecting leather, latex, and whips you were at the wrong meeting. While Eve Minax is a dominatrix, the skype session with her dove deeper into the psyche of BDSM. Her demeanor during the session is calm and almost mother hen like. Why do people seek BDSM, how can it be used for healing and what is involved? Eve describes herself as a “Psychic Waste Manager”, taking the issues weighing you down and recycling them into something new.

See more of Eve Minax

Self Defence is not always Aggressive

RAIDWhen I think of self-defense I think of my mother telling me to hold my keys between my fingers if I’m walking alone at night, in case of any trouble. Glenn Green, an ex-police officer, and private investigator teaches a passive approach to self-defense called RAID, a way of giving yourself time and not wasting your energy. The techniques behind RAID were practical and the theory behind them easy to master.

For more information on RAID

 

Day 2

Knowing ACC is important

As a sex worker, have you ever thought of ACC? Ever made plans to protect your income if you could no longer work? Danna Burton takes us through what is ACC, how do they work and what pitfalls to avoid.

Advertising while stigmatized

Steve Crow talked about the advances and changes for advertising when it comes to the sex industry, from the good old days of an ad in the paper to radio ads, to online advertising and even to guerrilla marketing.

Learn more about Steve Crow

Tips from the Starr herself

Venus Starr introduces us to how she became involved in the industry and the evolution of her brand, from tips to get yourself out there, marketing and most of all, good photography with simple yet effective 5 tips for good photos!

For more on Venus Starr click here

Body Work

purple orchidProbably the most moving and unexpected speakers for the retreat was Nina Powell – Sexologist and Coach. Nina walked us through what it means to exchange energy with another person, breathing techniques for releasing tension and creating arousal, and steps towards creating our own futures. While I cannot speak for others, I would describe this session as leaving me feeling both vulnerable and euphoric!

For more on Nina Powell click here

 

 

 

 

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