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Unless otherwise noted, all Passion 101 workshops now cost $15-20 in advance, or $25-30 the day of the workshop and happen in the Aphrodite Gallery, 3rd floor Sexploratorium, 620 S. 5th Street in Philadelphia. Advance registration is required as space is limited, and student minimums must be met before visiting presenters can be confirmed. Registration for Fall classes opens on Sept 1, 2011 Thurs Sept 7, 7-9PM – Beyond the Basic Rubdown with Lynk
Thousands of people perform massage with and without training in a variety of settings. The BDSM scene is one place where massage can be taken to a variety of levels beyond the vanilla world’s. If you are looking for a class that will describe different types of massage, this class is not for you. The objectives of this class are to educate you about how to perform effective massage without experiencing too much stress or fatigue and how to give the greatest benefit to the lucky person receiving your massage. Body mechanics, proper use of hands, elbows, and forearms, and important focus areas for greatest benefit from massage will be discussed. When you leave this class, you will be able to give longer and more frequent massages that have people begging for more, and who doesn’t like begging? Tell a friend: RSVP for this event on Fetlife and Facebook (note RSVP’s are not tickets- you need to purchase a ticket to guarantee a seat in this workshop) Fri Sept 8, 7-9PM – Beyond the Basic Rubdown 2: An Interactive Experience with Lynk The follow up workshop to Beyond the Basic Rubdown includes hands-on exercises to put into practice the techniques discussed during the part 1 class. * bring a yoga mat, pillow, towel and/or blanket Tell a friend: RSVP for this event on Fetlife and Facebook (note RSVP’s are not tickets- you need to purchase a ticket to guarantee a seat in this workshop) Dr. Lynk is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He has been involved with massage most of his life and an active participant in the kink community for over 5 years. This background and education gives him a unique perspective on the physical activities of kink and BDSM; he uses that perspective to create classes to improve massage/bodywork skills, body mechanics, and decrease risk of injury. Dr. Lynk’s classes include massage, sex for fitness, anatomy for rope, and injury management in the scene. Fri Sept 16, 7-9PM – Getting Down with Going Down on Him with Chelsea
Want to know more about how the male body really works? In this class we will explore male anatomy and pleasure and learn tips and tricks for great oral sex. This class is great for people both giving and receiving and will focus on communication, pleasure and helpful techniques. This class is open to all, participation is required (no voyeurs). Chelsea Olivia is a Philadelphia-based sex educator and the educational coordinator for Passion 101 classes. Tell a friend: RSVP for this event on Fetlife and Facebook(note RSVP’s are not tickets- you need to purchase a ticket to guarantee a seat in this workshop)
Fri Sept 23, 7-9PM – Tantric Erogenous Zones with Patricia Johnson and Mark Michaels In Tantric sexual practice, it is important to prolong the excitement phase. The Tantric and Ayurvedic traditions have long recognized specific zones of the body that are particularly responsive to stimulation, and some schools of Tantra (particularly in South India) have developed a systematic approach to the stimulation of these zones in order to produce high states of arousal. This system was introduced to the West by Dr. Jonn Mumford in 1976 and is still little known. In this workshop, we will introduce you to to these zones and the basic principles for working with them systematically. Tell a friend: RSVP for this event on Fetlife and Facebook (note RSVP’s are not tickets- you need to purchase a ticket to guarantee a seat in this workshop) Mark A. Michaels (Swami Umeshanand Saraswati) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand) are a devoted married couple and have been teaching Tantra together since 1999. Their approach combines traditional lineage-based Tantra with the best contemporary methods so that students can bring heightened awareness and an expanded capacity for pleasure into all aspects of everyday life
Fri Sept 30, 7-9PM
Knife Play: From Sensual to Sadistic with Lynk
The knife is a symbol of penetrative power, fear and mythology. In the hands of an experienced player, knives can be used as a sensation tool, phallic toy, shaving device, threatening prop or hypnotic shiny object. Learn the basic theory and practices of knife play. Dr. Lynk is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He has been involved with massage most of his life and an active participant in the kink community for over 5 years. This background and education gives him a unique perspective on the physical activities of kink and BDSM; he uses that perspective to create classes to improve massage/bodywork skills, body mechanics, and decrease risk of injury. Dr. Lynk’s classes include massage, sex for fitness, anatomy for rope, and injury management in the scene. Tell a friend: RSVP for this event on Fetlife and Facebook (note RSVP’s are not tickets- you need to purchase a ticket to guarantee a seat in this workshop)
Thursday Oct 6, 7pm
Getting down with Going down on Her with Chelsea Olivia
Want to know more about how the female body really works? In this class we will explore the secret world of female anatomy and pleasure. Learn tips and tricks for great oral sex or people both giving and receiving! Learn about communication, pleasure and techniques in a fun and supportive environment. This class is open to all, participation is required (no voyeurs). Chelsea Olivia is a Philadelphia-based sex educator and the educational coordinator for Passion 101 classes.
A Weekend with Boss Bondage
BossBondage has been involved in the BDSM community for over a decade. He is the founder and president of The West Coast Assholes an edge players advocacy group that focuses on edge-ucation within the community. He also serves as the vice president of the Portland leather Alliance. Boss recently received mainstream attention, working as the bondage consultant on the music video for def jam recording artists Electrik Red. For almost 4 Years Boss has operated His own professional dungeon The Asylum. Born from his love of hemp bondage rope, He started BossBondage.com in 2004. Boss has also been a body piercer since 1995. Boss does not get too tied down to titles and just considers Himself to be a bondage artist. In the last several years through intensive performance of bondage, in particular suspensions, he has developed a unique style. He is self-taught. Boss was the winner of the 2006 In the woods Bondage contest, and has been nominated for a Pantheon of Leather award. He has taught at such events as In The Woods, COPE, Truly Bound, octroperfest, Kinky Kollege, Kinkfest, the Folsom Fringe, spanksgiving, Shibaricon and MVK in vancouver, Canada.
Friday Oct 14, 7pm
Intro to Western Shibari with Boss Bondage
What is Shibari? That’s a debate that still continues. Some say Shibari can only be performed by the Japanese, some say it’s any bondage that’s influenced by their style. No matter your definition, Shibari, or Japanese rope bondage, is a beautiful and powerful style of rope play. So what is Western Shibari? I don’t know about You but I have never had the opportunity to tie up a 4’9″ 95 pound professional Japanese bondage model. I have spent the last several years doing bondage on a wide variety of sizes and shapes on both Men and Women, with an even wider range of health issues, flexibility issues, experience levels and conceptions and misconceptions about what Shibari is. This class is simply about taking some of the great images we associate with “Shibari” and applying them to the people we bind in real life. We will be covering safety, a few knots, some positioning, and how to put it all together to create a fun scene from beginning to end. This class will focus on the basics of rope harnesses, on the chest, crotch and other areas of the body, and how to combine them with Your rope play. Bring rope.
Saturday Oct 15 4:30-6:30PM
Bondage for Lovers with Boss Bondage
Bondage is a great addition to sex, giving You the ability to restrain, just enough for what You want or so tightly You get everything You want. Bondage can greatly aid and enhance sex positions, and help create new ones. Rather than focusing on traditional ties like “spread eagle” to a bed, this class will show you how to use chest harnesses as a basis and will show you how to twist and turn someone during sex, how to fluidly move from position to position without having to untie and retie. Also learn to tie yourself to your partner during love making. Please bring rope for the hands on portion of the class.
Saturday Oct 15, 7-9PM
Hillbilly Hojojitsu with Boss Bondage
Hojojitsu is the decades-old traditional Japanese martial art of capturing and restraining a person with rope. A hillbilly is a hard workin, salt of the earth person. The Modern Hillbilly is a true bohemian who is not constricted by what the mainstream considers acceptable. They live by their own rules and are truly a modern day outlaw. Hillbilly Hojojitsu is the years-old non-traditional art of BossBondage; combining the tight rope and rough capture of hojojitsu with rough body play, takedowns and body control, and mixing them all up in a pot with the hillbilly arts of ass kickin, toe torturin, face slappin, throat chokin and foot stompin. creating one mean and nasty tortorous experience not to soon be forgotten. Bring a piece o’ rope or two with ya for the hands on torturin. 4mm is good, 7-15ft iffin ya got it, iffin Ya don’t stop by and talk to Boss before the class, he’ll get ya set straight on rope, He’s got some for sale!
Thu Oct 20, 7PM
Light My Fire with Kali Morgan
Fire things up in the bedroom and in life with a few safety tips and that will ignite ecstatic sensations in you or your parter. Flame has the power to mesmerize and sensitize and will add drama and excitement to any erotic play. In this workshop, you will learn how to gauge and control wax and flame, how to set yourself and your partner ablaze. Kali Morgan is a longtime pleasure professional and the Proprietrix of Sexploratorium and PASSIONAL Boutique.
Friday October 21
Starting at the Bottomwith Screw Smart
Where do you start when you want to learn new information and pleasure heightening tricks? At the bottom, of course, and that is just where this Anal 101 begins. From the basics of safety and starting out, to the perfect techniques and tricks to have your ass begging for more, this workshop will calm your fears, answer your questions and most definitely welcome you into the wonderful world of anal play. However you identify, as long as you have an ass, or know someone that does, you are welcome to come join in the fun!
ScrewSmart is a sex education collaborative formed to promote both individual and community sexual heath and satisfaction. Based in Philadelphia, it was founded in 2009 by three sex positive queer women who met while working towards human sexuality education masters. They came together with the goal of providing information and resources to a diverse adult audience. ScrewSmart aims to facilitate a collective community dialogue that supports sexual exploration and health. They do this by providing educational workshops, hosting sex positive community events, and advocating freedom of expression for sexual minorities. ScrewSmart works to build spaces where they can share our love for each other as friends and professionals while inspiring others to be engaged and informed sexual adventurers!
Fri. Dec 9th , 7PM
Adult Playtime with ScrewSmart
As children we were encouraged to play. Research widely supports the fact that playing allows children to build important skills like: creative expression, improved communication skills, and the ability to bond with others. This workshop helps participants to approach sex in a playful manner! Adults have enough pressure in our lives – don’t we deserve an little playtime? Dynamic and engaging, the furies of ScrewSmart will help you laugh when things get absurd, reconnect with your imagination, and see your sexual landscape with wonder! Bring an open mind and a willingness to laugh! After all, these are the best tools we know for building a healthy and satisfying sex life!