April 5th, 7pm
Picking Up the Ropes: A Simple introduction to Rope Bondage
with Sir Brian
Interested in rope bondage but intimidated by the mountain of information and techniques available? This simple workshop is designed to take you through the basic theories of rope bondage and teach you the commonly used ties that will be the foundation for all of your rope work to come. From cuffs to harnesses, from public corsets to private sexy rope… relax! You don’t have to be a boy scout to keep your partner nice and secure!
Presenter Bio: Sir Brian is an alt-sex consultant and teacher. He discovered his love of all things sensually painful in London a couple of years ago, and has been on an obsessive quest for blood and tears ever since. He can easily be found “doing stuff” and “seeing things.”
April 13th, 6pm
Erotic Bellydance 101
Bellydance has long been regarded as one of the most exotic and sensual of dance art forms the world over, and now you can learn the basics for harnessing these beautiful serpentine movements yourself! Through learning graceful posture as well as basic movements such as isolations and undulations, students will learn to charm, tease, and seduce with body language…all in a fun and engaging setting! Please dress comfortably, bring water, and prepare to go barefoot! Class size will be very limited due to space restrictions.
Tahnee has been known as the “smiling face” and self-styled “resident big girl” of PASSIONAL Boutique and Sexploratorium for the past year, using her sense of humor and easy going personality to share knowledge and information with all she comes across. A fat-positive pagan kinky queer femme, she lives her life through the active exchange of experience with others.She has studied different forms of dance intermittently through her life, with tribal fusion and Middle Eastern bellydance being her passion for over 2 years and views it as part of her spiritual practice. She is a member of Ekstasis Bellydance, a tribal fusion troupe based out of Philadelphia and Lehigh County.
April 14th, 5pm
Non-monogamy: History and Practice
Many people find someone, fall in love and stay together. That’s monogamy. But many more people find someone, fall in love for awhile and break up. That’s serial monogamy. But these are not the only options. In this workshop, learn about the history of non-monogamous relationships, the nearly endless variety of options for folks who want to experience love and sexuality with more than one person, how to navigate the waters of swinging, open relationships, polyamory and more in a loving, responsible, ethical way that can strengthen connections between lovers.
Sexologist Timaree Schmit earned a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University, the culmination of a lifelong search for rational, sex-positive, empirically-based knowledge about sexuality. She now works as an adjunct professor, guest lecturer, and consultant.
As a youngster she read voraciously about sexuality and became the Go-To sage for friends and acquaintances who had sex questions. This hobby eventually translated into becoming a certified HIV Prevention Counselor, PersUNL Peer Sex Educator and Adjunct Professor in Human Sexuality. Her foray into the world of sex writing started in 2003 as a weekly columnist for the Daily Nebraskan and has continued as sex writer for the Barbershop Notebooks , Philly Gay Calendar and East Coast Adult News.
Sex with Timaree podcasts cover a range of topics and feature amazing, entertaining guests whose lives and professions touch on sexuality. And was named one of the Top Five Noteworthy Sexuality Podcasts on iTunes.
April 19th, 7pm
with Andrea Renae
Have you been looking for kinky ways to spice up your sex life? Have you read the 50 shades series (or heard about it) and want to incorporate some of those hot, juicy scenes into your bedroom or play space? Or maybe you’ve just had some kinky inclinations but aren’t sure where to start. This class will give you a beginner’s look at how to play out these fantasies in safe, sane, consensual, and realistic way! We will discuss what BDSM is, types of play, scene negotiation, toys and implements, play (party) etiquette, and more!Class is open to people of all sexualities and genders, partnered or not.
Andrea Renae is the Education Coordinator at Sexploratorium. She has been involved in community based sex education for the past 5 years; teaching topics ranging from healthy relationships to STI prevention to Kink 101. Andrea uses her work in sex education and advocacy as a means to empower others to make informed decisions about their sexual health and pleasure.
April 27th, 6pm
Connections: Putting Emotion Into Play
with Wise Protector
For most Tops, getting the bottom spacey, happy, and experiencing a good connection is the focus of play. Getting a partner feeling that way, has way more to do with communication, emotion, and what’s going on inside our minds than physical technique. There’s all sorts of ways to get to sub-space. This workshop focuses on the idea of connecting with your partner, mentally, emotionally as well as physically. There are ways to connect in any situation, from first time play partners, to intensifying what you already have naturally with a long term, loving partner. You’ll get a chance to try some of the ideas and you can pick what fits for you.
Starting in the late 70’s before the interweb, before knowing anybody actually does this sort of thing, Wise had to seduce girlfriends into BDSM. The cornerstone of that seduction, is knowing what each other really needs, and fulfilling that need. This approach has been called, “clever,” “psychological”, “somehow unfair,” and even, “dangerously persuasive,” but Wise explains,
“All I do is lead people where they want to go, because I’m lazy, and because it works”
That’s the focus of most of his workshops, find out what you both really need and how you need to get it. Then lead them there. That’s how he gets pretty much whatever he wants.
Carter Steven’s Pocono Fall Fetish Fling ( in 1998? ) was his first foray into the public scene where Joe and candi taught him what they know about flogging. After learning from lots of people, he’s given workshops at the York Play Group, Brimstone, The first NDDS bootcamp and The Warehouse.
Wise is married to (not surprisingly) MrsWise, where they live in a surprisingly bucolic suburb North of Philadelphia. He hosts the nearby BDSM of SEPA Social in Bensalem, PA.Wise finds it moderately disturbing to write about himself in the third person.