TESTIMONIALS

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.

"I enjoyed Cyndi's talk, I thought how gifted a speaker she is and how relaxed, funny and informative she was."
"Cyndi {was an} excellent speaker"
"Thank you for talking openly about sex and love without guilt"
"Cyndi's talk was very good. I also learned information tonight relevant for my granddaughters who have not yet started their periods"
"Very informative, funny but good information. Loved it"
"Great presentation. Cyndi very easy going and enlightening. Absolutely refreshing" 
- Birregurra seminar attendees.

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

Thank you for your fabulous workshop on the weekend! You were exactly what we'd hoped for - empowering women with knowledge and practical tips for more fun and enjoyment - and you did it all in a very entertaining way!!  You have definitely found your calling and are great at what you do!
-  Fiona - Private Function
It is with great pleasure that I write to commend the skill and professionalism of Cyndi Darnell. Cyndi moderated the 2012 festival’s SEX, LOVE AND INTIMACY forum. The Other Film Festival is presented by Arts Access Victoria and is recognized nationally and internationally as the world’s leading disability film festival. The festival achieved this reputation by ensuring that the experience and aspirations of people with a disability or who are deaf is at the center of everything that the festival does. This forum is a perfect example of this commitment.

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

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- Sex and relationship development for adults living with disabilities.

Sex Fire and Freedom is a warm, safe and positive space for women to truly comprehend and express their sexuality, their thoughts, their fears, and their triumphs. A total cleansing experience, that opens your heart and nourishes your mind. Cyndi guides and educates with grace and poise – this workshop is a definite must for every sensual woman who’s yearning for just that little bit extra.
 
– Jessica
 
 
Everyone in the whole world should do this workshop
 
 – Dina
 
 
The workshop was beautifully structured and flowed in a way that really facilitated my unfolding. The women in the group were gorgeous respectful and loving. I feel in my power and look forward to my future relating, blossoming and my confidence soaring. Thank you, Cyndi.
 
 – Shae
 
 
Enjoyed the energy and sense of humour. Would be keen to do more. 
 
– Fiona
 
 
Thank you, Cyndi, for an amazing workshop- that was inspiring and FUN! 
 
– Tina
 
 
Beautiful day overall- a REAL pleasure. Very effective. 
 
– Cathy
 
 
Real, grounded and professional. LOVED it!
 
 – B
 
 
Beautiful, powerful, life-changing.
 
 – Alya
 
 
Thank you for your awesome workshop!  It was fun, engaging, and gave me lot’s of tools to use when I feel like I’m getting stuck.  You helped me rediscover my inner fire! I can’t recommend you highly enough.
 
– K
 
Sometimes in life, you don’t know what you don’t know. Cyndi guides and teaches you things about yourself & life that you may not have anticipated and you’re so much better for it. She’s a wise, warm wonder woman.
 
-Lil
 
 
Thanks, Cyndi for setting me on a path of exploration and allowing me to enjoy myself and my partner.
 
– Tam
 
 
Cyndi created an environment for us which was safe, non-judgmental and respectful.  The women who attended openly shared their stories if they chose to and I felt supported and grateful to be surrounded by such beautiful and caring women. This workshop was one of the most valuable investments I have made – time and money wise.  The relationship we have with ourselves is the most important one and I would highly recommend attending this wonderful day.  You will come out with a better understanding of who you are.
 
– Sally
 
 
I can truly say the experience has been life altering for me! The path of self-discovery it has sent me down has been amazing….The workshop was run by Cyndi and her lovely assistants and was very professional and very well run… A lot of planning and organizing obviously went into it and this made the day an enjoyable journey of learning…. With a number of like-minded ladies sharing thoughts and ideas its certainly an experience, I wish to repeat…
 
– Rebecca
 
 
Sex, Fire, and Freedom with Cyndi Darnell were just what I needed.  It helped me to get clear on what I want and need from a sexual relationship and gave me the strength to give myself permission to ask for it!  Thanks, Cyndi.  Looking forward to a more sexually fulfilling future.
 
- Karen