SAVE THE DATES- Coming in June a summertime bouquet of sexy education!
Thurs June 4- Rope for Sex with Belle
Thurs June 11: The Third Rope (part 5 of rigging series with Belle)
Thurs June 18 Rope Bite Munch
Friday June 19 Partner Massage with Gin
Thurs June 25 Rope 101 with Tom Fincannon
Fri June 26 Kink it up a Notch with Samantha Turnpike
Sun June 28 Fireplay Intensive with Echo
Each year sex educators in the USA celebrate May as National Masturbation Month in honor of the historic firing of former Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders after she (not-so-) radically suggested that kids be taught masturbation as a part of sexuality education in schools. Since then, pleasure positive people across the land pay homage each May to encourage, coach and give permission to folks to explore the personal possibilities of self-inflicted pleasure. This year, the majority of our May mix of class topics focus on a plethora of playful pastimes that can be enjoyed without a partner. Many of these techniques can also be shared with a partner, but any of these skills make for great “spring training” for a hotter season!
Passion 101 sexuality workshops are open to all genders and orientations unless noted. Workshops usually cost $20 in advance (online) or $30 the day of the workshop (in-store). Skill shares and discussion groups are sliding scale, but advance tickets must still be ordered because space is limited and student minimums are required to confirm presenters.
Thursday, April 30th, 7:00-9:00 pm
Buckle Up, Buttercup Strap-on Sex with Tahnee
Strap-on sex can be an exciting new experience for couples (and groups) of all kinds, but can be an overwhelming experience for beginners. This class will walk you through the basics of strap-on sex, including: how to choose the right harness and toys for you and your partner(s), basic positions and techniques, and special considerations for “pegging.” This class is open to people of all genders and sexualities, partnered or not.
Tahnee had been known as the “smiling face” and self-styled “resident big girl” of PASSIONAL Boutique and Sexploratorium for years. Now she primarily uses her sense of humor and easy going personality to share knowledge and information with customers and friends at conventions around the country. 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 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.
Friday, May 1st, 7:00-9:00 PM at Sexploratorium
Every act of intimacy begins with seducing yourself. Explore tender (non-sexual) rituals of self-care and love from hair brushing and scalp massage to eye-gazing, aromatherapy and compassionate self-touch to bring you closer to your own erotic self. All genders and bodies are welcome. This class is designed for solo lovers, but partnered people are welcome to participate simultaneously in this individual journey of self discovery. This is not a scent-free class, so please contact our presenter in advance if you have a sensitivity to any particular scent.
A sex-positive pagan kinky queer fat femme of color, Tahnee lives her life through the active exchange of experience with others on physical, psychological, and spiritual levels. As a presenter, she engages people with her ability to speak to people on their level with candor and humor, making anyone feel immediately comfortable to discuss whatever the subject may be, from body mechanics to kink theory. As an artist, she has studied different forms of dance intermittently through her life, with tribal fusion bellydance being her current passion and an expression of her spiritual practice. Tahnee has come to be known as the “face” of PASSIONAL Boutique and Sexploratorium where she is an educator and festival sales representative. She is also a charter member of the newly formed Queer Leather Alliance, a member of Ekstasis Bellydance, a tribal fusion troupe based out of Philadelphia and Lehigh County, where she performs as Angel Xanthia. She’s also a make-up artist, fashion stylist, plus-size model, bibliophile, and avid admirer of beer and kittens.
Have you ever thought about bringing in another playmate for you and your partner, even if just for one night? The logistics of a sucsexful three way romp can be daunting. Join Monique Darling; three or moresome choreographer extraordinaire, with Peter Petersen, movement and embodiment expert as they share tips for overcoming fears and concerns (yours AND your partner’s), multitasking tactics for satisfying two or more lovers at once, how to evade common threesome faux pa’s, boundary negotiation and safer sex protocols. The skills you learn will help you talk to your loved ones about what you DO WANT in the bedroom, EVEN if you would never be interested in a 3-way.
The second half of this class, you will get to break out into threesome pods, Peter and Monique will lead you through different connection exercises where you will get to practice, in real time, what we just offered you about navigating this tricky territory.
This will begin with an amazing 3way puja, where you can come with a couple of partners and do all the negotiated exercises with one another, or you can choose to rotate through the room, where at each station (Exercise) you will have a chance to interact with 2 new partners.
This is an excellent safe fully clothed structured space, for you to get move through the potential awkward moments of a three or moresome, so if you ever decide you want to try one later, you will have practiced those muscles necessary to more successfully navigate those waters. Plus it will just be a fun, connective, humorous evening, where in we get permission to laugh at ourselves, to not have to “get it right” as you dare to try out something new.
About Your Facilitators:
Monique Darling, workshop facilitator extraordinaire has led over 800 workshops in the past 5 years. She is the founder of Juicy Enlightenment an organization dedicated to empowering people who are questioning the assumptions of how their life should be and to offering tools for self expression that create trust, inner knowing and wisdom to enjoy the life they have. Monique has been featured on TLC and The Dr’s as well as various radio shows, podcasts and magazines across the USA. She specializes in helping others reclaim their power and natural sensuality by transmuting fear and repression into courage, self-love and freedom. Her primary purpose is helping folks bring out their vulnerability, energetic embodiment and fearless relating.She guides from a place of understanding and her natural exuberance is infectious! She is available for private sessions, experiential workshops and Cuddle Parties. Learn more about Monique by going to juicyenlightenment.com or track her whereabouts at whereintheworldismoniquedarling.com
Peter Petersen has been teaching for 13 years and has been a certified Sheng Zhen Qigong teacher for the last 11 years, where he has been teaching in health clubs, hospitals, retirement villas, and several different wellness/spa resorts in Mexico and the United States, such as Rancho La Puerta, Mayacamas Ranch, and Present Moment Retreat. Peter is also a personal wellness coach. This Qigong practice helps people ground themselves into their “now” to increase their present moment awareness of their behaviors, and find solutions to problematic habits such as: eating, moving, negative thinking, and sleeping. The result of this tool box of healthy information is that clients become their own health advocate and regain a sense of stability, peace, and well-being into their everyday lives.
Thursday-Sunday, May 9th-11th
SeXx Interative at Unitarian Universalist Church and Downtown Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s second SeXx event, this interactive conference is a unique “Journey for the Mind, Heart and Body” created and curated by local educators and supported by dozens of local organizations. Register through SeXx Interactive Website only.
Thursday, May 7th, 9:00-2:00 AM at Pleasure Garden
Pleasure-cation Sensory Manipulation with Kali Morgan (tickets sold thru PGC only)
The first Thursday of each month, The Pleasure Garden Club, a private retreat for swingers, hosts an educational kinky play party that starts with a class, and ends with dancing, dining and open sexploration. This month, in cooperation with the SexX conference, Kali will be teaching a mini-workshop about how to wake up and play with all of the body’s senses for the purpose of enhanced pleasure. This clothed interactive workshop and demo will be followed by four hours of clothing-optional playtime in public or private rooms throughout the expansive Pleasure Garden Club compound. Kali Morgan is the proprietrix of PASSIONAL Boutique and Sexploratorium
Friday, May 8th, 7:00-9:00 PM
The Ins and Outs of Masturbation for Trans Women with Gauge Velis
This informal skill share led by Gauge is for those that aren’t sure how to cope withmasturbation and dysphoria, those who want to understand how their body changes on hormone replacement therapy affect masturbation and orgasm and for those that just want to know all their options. The setting will be a safe space where people will be able to discuss their experiences with masturbation, body image, physical/mental obstacles and all of the other varied possibilities that come along with being a trans woman. With discussion moderated by Miss Velis even if you have little input of your own there will be plenty to learn and hopefully you’ll leave with a better understanding of yourself and also how other trans women keep themselves happy with their self image and their self gratification. (Sliding scale $5-$15 advance or $10-$25 the day of class).
Gauge Velis is a kinky trans woman, ex-sex worker with a myriad of relevant life experiences ranging from BDSM to pornography. An alumni of the PASSIONAL/ Sexploratorium family with years of one on one interactions and learning on the subject of self pleasure. Currently between life goals at the moment… Miss Velis hopes to come into a windfall of inheritance money or possibly be abducted by benevolent aliens.
Kinky sex is often considered a team sport where one person plays “top” and another plays “bottom.” So what happens when there is no “other” present to play with, as is often the case for busy, shy or long-distance self-lovers? Join Kinky Kali for an interactive brainstorming session and game of charades where you can rehearse for a private (or broadcast) session of solo exhibitionism, voyeurism, dominance, submission, gender play, restraint, sensation play, objectification and more!
Kali is the retail proprietrix of both PASSIONAL Boutique (formerly Fetishes Boutique) and its new younger sibling, the Sexploratorium . She is also a former Dominatrix and telephone hostess. She organizes events, officiates weddings and presents workshops on topics ranging from marketing to fashion to sexuality to romance and relationship enhancement.
This class is going to take the futomomos learned in the previous class and use them to understand good rope handling skills. Rope handling is one of the main things that makes for a good rigger. Without these skills, rope tends to be slow and tedious to tie. While this class will not teach any one new tie, all of the techniques will be applied to every tie learned from this point on. Practice the rope handling skills learned during this class while tying on yourself and your partner. Make observations about what works best for you and things that don’t seem to be working as well.
Join rigger Belle for all or parts of this eight class series every second Thursday from 7pm-9pm This series is designed to take the beginning rigger and teach them the fundamentals of using rope as the main tool in a scene while preparing them to successfully learn suspension. There will be a variety of topics covering many aspects of rope bondage, but the main purpose is to build the basic skills necessary to learn safer suspension techniques later on. Each class will build upon knowledge, techniques, and skills learned during previous classes to provide new insight, ties, or understanding about rope. However those who have some familiarity with rope can learn from any of these classes ala carte on second Thursdays for eight consecutive months
- Rope 101 – Tying and untying (Feb 12)
- Futomomo (March 12)
- 2TK (April 9)
- Rope handling (May 14)
- 3TK (June 11)
- Ties that aren’t TKs (July 9)
- Hip Harnesses (Aug 13)
- Putting the pieces together (Sept 10)
Oringinally coined during the bygone hunting era, the term “Big Five” refers to five of Africa’s greatest wild animals: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino a group of mighty mammals that still conjure up the romance and excitement of Africa’s exotic wildife, destinations and experiences, Seasoned leatherman Jaco Lourens personally associates various SM play relating to the characters of the member species of the big 5. The Lion represents total power exchange with the sheer power possessed and displayed by the king of the jungle. The Leopard represents corporal punishment, like a strike from a cane administers correction quickly, the pain is intense but subsides with in seconds, upon the next strike. The Elephant represents flogging or the act of methodically beating the human body and when submitted to willingly, or performed on oneself, as in religious or sadomasochistic contexts it resembles an elephants trunk when the amazing animal swings it about. The Buffalo represents Bondage and consensual restraint as when the maternal animal surrounds their young to protect them from lions and other animals to bring them peace, safety and comfort. The Rhino represents trampling and being restrainted or impacted underfoot as this animal is famous for doing- the danger, dominance and control experienced trough this activity can be life-threatening but fulfilling.
In 2009, he won the title of Mr South Africa Leather and went on to take 4th place at International Mr. Leather in 2010. Jaco runs the Cape Town Chapter of South Africa Leather and along with his legal husband, Herman, has co-founded the Golden Gays Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that cares for aged gay men and women in their community.
Jaco strives to bring diversity to their leather community and has hosted such events as the Corbin Street Fair, a pan-sexual street fair similar to Folsom Street Fair. He also moved the Mr South Africa Leather contest to a venue that allows women to attend. He plans on introducing a Ms South Africa leather title to their 2014 contest weekend.
In 2011, Jaco was awarded the Pantheon of Leather International Award for his efforts. He also became Mama’s SA Leatherman. With strong bonds formed with leather brothers and sisters internationally, Jaco continues to help move his community forward and assist others around the world.
Learn to increase vitality, strengthen your pelvic floor, intensify your sense of self- touch, engage in orgasmic fire breath –all of which you can do anytime without a partner (or as practice before meeting a partner). Wear comfortable clothing for exercises that will include pelvic movement, meditative breathing and self-induced sensation.
Anita DeFrancesco, MA, Intimacy and Relationship Educator. Her focus and vision have been the evolution of spirituality, sexuality, and teaching others to awaken from separation and suffering and to embrace the modern world with oneness and love. She helps people to liberate and let go of the grudges. She has been featured on Playboy’s Sexcetera. She is the author of Live Free: Your Journey to a Liberated Life.
This class covers the basics of self-bondage with a strong emphasis on safety. Tying yourself can be a great experience, especially if you don’t have regular access to a rope top but you will soon find out that tying yourself is very different than tying someone else. We will discuss tips and tricks for making the most of your self-bondage experience.
Belle- has been actively involved in kink, especially rope for more than four years now. She enjoys it from both sides of the spectrum but in the past two years has really been putting her focus in becoming the best rope top that she can be. Her passions in rope especially include predicament and torturous rope but is an avid student of every style she can get her hands on. Her personal philosophy is that the more she knows, the more she can choose from in each scene to create a unique experience between her and her bottom. Before moving the Philadelphia, Belle- was a co-founder and co-owner of local chapters of Hitchin’ Bitches and Rope Bite in her hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has a fire for spreading her passion about rope with anyone who will listen while creating a safe space for people of all skill levels to come, learn, share, and grow in their rope skills. Her teaching philosophy is based in the idea that there is no one right way to tie anything. There are only choices and each choice will have its own risks, merits, and effects.
Craving therapeutic or sensual touch but don’t have a partner or much extra time and money to hire a professional? This workshop explores therapeutic and relaxing massage techniques that you can perform on yourself at home. Wear comfortable/ stretchy clothes and bring a yoga mat or towel to try many of these exercises.
Gin Temoshawsky holds a degree in massage therapy and has been a professional massage therapist for the past decade and was among the first to become licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. She has experience teaching up and coming therapy students at her old school in a formal setting but loves teaching couples and friends how to help, please, and relate to each other through massage in an open minded and safe environment.
SAVE THE DATES- Coming in June a summertime bouquet of sexy education!
Thurs June 4- Sun June 7- A weekend with Strap On Jo
Friday June 19 Partner Massage with Gin
Sun June 28 Fireplay Intensive