On behalf of IHI Therapy Center, I'd like to thank you, Cyndi, for leading a very engaging and informative talk about sex and sex therapy with our group of interns, as part of our educational presentation series. Our interns appreciated your 'no-bullshit' approach blending warmth, wit, and wisdom which made your talk very compelling and also entertaining. You really seem to know your stuff and to care deeply about the work that you do. We'd love to have you back again in the future.
- Kristy LaRocca, LMHC IHI Therapy Center NYC. Intern Coordinator Staff Therapist
Cyndi is unlike any presenter in this space. We had the pleasure of having Cyndi come to speak to our professional network to ask the question: are we having the right conversations about lesbian, bisexual and queer woman’s sexuality? Cyndi provided a highly engaging learning experience grounded in evidence-based content and enhanced by a passionate and nuanced provocation to lean into our learning edges. A highly skilled speaker, Cyndi’s unique combination of education, practice experience, personal wisdom, and humor helped create the ideal space to challenge the assumptions of our practice and policy frameworks.
- Jackson Fairchild. Manager - Counselling, Family Violence, and AOD Services Programs. Victorian AIDS Council.
We recently hosted Cyndi Darnell at our College where she gave a presentation titled “Sex and Dating in the 21st Century” and the event proved to be wildly popular. While the main theme of the presentation was the importance of consent, Cyndi presented it in a way that wasn't preachy and approached the topic from a sex-positive point of view, while being very sensitive to the diversity of sexual experience represented in the audience. Some other topics that were discussed were gender and sexual identity and diversity, the importance of communication in every relationship and respect. The presentation closed with a Q & A session where Cyndi answered all questions thoughtfully and honestly. Feedback received after the event was overwhelmingly positive and I would recommend Cyndi to other university communities.
- Kristen Doran-Stawiarski. Community Advisor. Ormond College, University Of Melbourne.
I am writing on behalf of the committee of the Women’s Wellness West Network to thank you for your participation in our seminar ‘Sex in the City’ on November 7th, 2013. We received many positive comments from attendees in regard to your interesting, informative and entertaining presentation - “Women, Lust & Desire: An Approach to Sex Therapy”. It was a pleasure to watch you engage with the audience. I and the others enjoyed your presentation enormously. You are a fantastic, genuine presenter that people warm up to quickly.
--Professor Lily Stojanovska MSc. Ph.D. Acting Director Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management. College of Health and Biomedicine. Victoria University
Cyndi Darnell is an adult sex education expert with many years experience and a positive approach which is gentle and not at all “sleazy”. She is interested in a wide range of issues relating to sexuality and wellbeing and understands that sexual pleasure is an integral part of sexual health. Her education work embeds sexual health information within this framework. She is experienced in working with a wide range of people, meeting where they are and pursuing the issues that matter to them. She has a real commitment to this work.
-- Professor Anne Mitchell. Deputy Director- Australian Research Centre in Sex Health & Society. (ARCSHS)
Cyndi Darnell presented at our recent Women’s Health Night “What Women Want” at the Birregurra Community Health Centre on the 17th June 2014. The response from the audience, 120 women from the ages of 21 – 80 years was overwhelmingly positive. Cyndi was very warm in her presentation and normalized the usually fraught subject of sex and women’s libido. Cyndi had the women’s full attention and tailored her talk to the audience and the time constraints. A true professional.
- Susan Langridge Community Health Nurse. Birregurra Community Health Centre.
Cyndi Darnell is a leader and a role model. Her creation of Pleasure Forum Australia is just one example of her ability to build space and bring together diverse communities for meaningful dialogue about sexuality and relationships. She champions sexual awareness and empowerment for everyone, including people whose erotic identities and expressions fall outside the mainstream. She is at the forefront of the sex-positive movement in Australia, and her work with individuals, couples, and groups changes peoples' lives. Savvy, sensitive, and incredibly smart, she embodies the future of sex education around the globe.
—Tristan Taormino. Author, Thought Leader & Sex Educator. (USA)
Cyndi Darnell is the most important new voice on the international sex education scene. Cyndi has been studying sexuality in all it's glorious and inglorious forms for twenty years. Now armed with advanced degrees in sex therapy as well as two decades of practical experience, she is an international force for sexual awakening and global erotic interconnectivity. Cyndi is one of those rare individuals who is as brilliant in a one-on-one session as she is running a workshop. She is also one of the world's best organizers of sex-positive dialogs and events, bringing together international voices to discuss, implement and organize positive change and growth in personal, social, political and spiritual aspects of conscious sexuality. On top of all this, she is one of the warmest, funniest, most genuine human beings I know. -
-Barbara Carrellas. Sex Educator, Gender Activist and Acclaimed Author of Urban Tantra.
Cyndi Darnell is a sex nerd. She is fascinated by sex, pleasure, and relationships and wants to help the world get the most out of their lives, bodies and relationships whether with lovers, solo play or other adventures of the body and mind. She has inspired my passion to be a sex-positive advocate and educated me greatly on the many and varied ways to love and pleasure. Cyndi is at the forefront of this new and exciting movement to move away from outdated ideas of relationships, bodies, and sex into a new place where we feel no shame in finding a good fit and keep learning, playing and pleasuring. I can't recommend her highly enough as a speaker, consultant, educator or therapist.
-- Catherine Deveny. Writer, Comedian, Social Commentator
The festival met with many people working in the field of disability, recreation, and sexuality prior to selecting an appropriate moderator. It was very clear to us that Cyndi would be the perfect person to perform this difficult task. She listened actively to our expectations and concerns about the staging of this intimate discussion, she identified issues that might arise and proposed strategies to manage conflict or distress and she demonstrated a level of compassion and generosity which reassured us that the presenters and audience would be conducted in a safe environment. It was also clear to us that she had an excellent grasp of the complex sexual terrain the forum would cover.The forum itself attracted in excess of 200 people who heard from a panel of speakers that included a sex worker specializing in working with men with disabilities, a gay man from rural Victoria with cerebral palsy and a fondness for Grindr and a self-confessed “benster queer amputee freak”.In an environment where there was an unprecedented level of disclosure of sexual preferences, intimate activities and sexual abuse, Cyndi was the calm center of these passionate, humorous and sometimes painful confessions. She was able to move adeptly from acknowledging the importance of what someone had shared with the audience onto allowing others to make their own contribution.It is also important to recognize that Cyndi was able to create space for people with complex communication needs to participate in the discussion in a meaningful way. In this, she shares the festival's commitment to access, inclusion and social justice.
--Rick Randall. Arts Access Victoria - The Other Film Festival - Festival Director