March’s Class Schedule: Warmer Weather, Hotter Sex Ed!

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gin updated picFriday March 4th, 7-9pm – Kinky Massage with Gin

Massage is so gentle, soothing, and relaxing. No, wait, that’s not this class. Excite your senses with a kinky menu of touches and toys. Learn to visit teases and thrills upon the body and mind of your partner with bondage and a wild tour of sensations from deprivation to intense experiences and feelings.

In this class, you will be introduced to incorporating electric and vibration devices, feathers, wartenberg wheels, brushes, cold and hot, impact tools, clamps, and whatever else your mood and imagination call for. Yes, you will sit through a lecture and demonstration on safety and permission before the fun begins because serious injury isn’t fun. You will learn a few basic light massage techniques to use before, during, and/or after your chosen delights. After a few warm up strokes, the action begins with demonstrations of a wicked assortment of devious pleasures.

Participants are encouraged to attend in pairs or groups of any number and to be prepared with a towel or blanket for hands on practice time together. Every participant is free to pick and choose which elements they wish to practice or have practiced on them and which ones get a red light.

Gin 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.

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Eventbrite - Kinky Massage with Gin

jezebelleFriday March 11th, 7-9pm – Sensory Deprivation for Beginners with Jezabelle Von Jane

Ever wonder what those sexy little black masks and feather packs are really used for? Want to experience every sensation in HD? This seminar will define sensory deprivation; what it is, how to separate and explore each sense and apply its response in sexual and meditative scenarios. Learn to define what your brain relays as pleasure through dividing one’s experience between the senses and learn to harness your sixth sense. Environmental manipulation and its usefulness will also be introduced.

This class can be interactive or observant. Multiple exercises and introductions to props as well techniques to guide each participant to a better understanding of sensory deprivation. Safety, communication and introduction to technique will be the cornerstone of this class. Be prepared to experience each sense separately and learn to execute deprivation and stimulation to gain a truly unique experience. Partners and singles are welcome.

This class is heavily meditative and sexual in nature. Please bring a mature and open mind with you. Also, loose fitting clothing and shoe removal will be necessary for those who wish to participate in demonstrations.

Known as The Grand Marquise, Jezabelle Von Jane has spanned the gambit in adult performance and production since 1997. As a professional Domina she has sired multiple Dominatrix and professional fetish events over the course of two decades in the industry. As an educator in the fetish community, she has held dozens of seminars on subjects such as Dom/sub relationships, Navigating Polyamory and daily life to the more exotic aspects of the genre including Sensory Deprivation and Environmental Manipulation for fetish production. Recently headlining this year’s Diabolic Festival in Philadelphia and winning Fetish Faire’s “Goddess in Carnet” (Prague), Jezabelle is a well versed performer and advocate for the Fetish community. As a performer, Jezabelle has won a host of awards including 2015’s top 100 Most Inspiring Burlesque Performers, Queen of Discordia (2015). She has performed on the Burlesque Hall of Fame stage in Las Vegas. Jezabelle is the founder of the national charity “Titts for Totts” organization as well as founding the Magick City Sirens Burlesque , and presently Co directing the Aerial Gypsy Burlesque and Vaudeville Troupe.
For more information on upcoming performances check out her Facebook at www.facebook.com/jezabelle.vonjane

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Eventbrite - Sensory Deprivation for Beginners with Jezabelle Von Jane

Wednesday March 16th, 6-8pm – Devilish Details on How to Write Salacious Stories with Sascha

With the success of so many huge novels coming out in erotica, the craft thereof, creation and business are all things authors and readers strive to understand. Throw in Amazon, SEO and Google, and it gets even more confusing. What sells?  What’s taboo?  How far can you push the boundaries?  We’ll talk about what makes a story erotic, and how sex revolves around the context of genre crossing, detailing the sex scenes and bringing out your inner muse to play in order to get the words on the page, plus a brief exploration of the business aspect of things so authors wishing to jump in either through self publishing or go the traditional route (including E-books) have more information.

Sascha, who was proclaimed by the publishing industry as The Gentleman Playboy of Romance, started writing seventeen years ago. His erotic romances have been listed under Night Owl Romance’s and Road to Romance’s Recommended read lists, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio.  Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read.

Sascha is a trained and experienced public speaker, and enjoys giving talks and teaching, particularly on aspects of romance, erotic romance, and writing. He was the former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, and is fond of doing guest spots and interviews, on both traditional radio and podcasts. Sascha writes for Assent Publishing, Red Sage, Sizzler Editions, Totally Bound, and Decadent Publishing. Find him at http://saschaillyvichauthor.com

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Eventbrite - Devilish Details on How to Write Salacious Stories with Sascha

Saturday March 19th, 7-9pm – Develop Sexual Consciousness with Anita

Anita DeFrancescoWhen we think of sex we think of a physical connection; when we become aware, we then tap into the higher states of our consciousness thus, creating the spirit essence of our being. That is where I want to enlighten you in this workshop. Exploring the higher dimensions of your physical reality with your spiritual self brings a more solid foundation of love, passion and intimacy. Learn how to connect and open to the deeper connection of your body. Male bodies can learn to extend and multiply the pleasure while female bodies can learn to strengthen the orgasmic response. Learn to bring together your Shiva and Shakti as one within yourself. We will practice Tantra Wisdom exercises to include fire orgasm breath to open up the chakra channels, movement meditative undulations to bring about freedom of the senses, and communication to bring words to what we are feeling. Workshop is open to singles and couples. Expect to work with partners in the class.

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.

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Eventbrite - Develop Sexual Consciousness with Anita

Sunday March 20th, 2-4pm – Partner Yoga Undressed with PrettyMom

This class is an opportunity for couples of any gender or persuasion to get centered, stretched and ready to play together with body-positive clothing-optional yoga workout. Our intention is to feel more comfortable in our body and make our bodies more comfortable and strong. Yoga experience is not necessary, but be prepared to get a workout! By using a combination of ashtanga and kundalini, this class will be challenging for those who are experienced and allows the class to be easily adjusted for those who have any physical limitations. All you need to bring is your partner, your towels or yoga mats, and plenty of water.

PrettyMom (Jen) has been a certified yoga instructor for 4 years and has practiced yoga since early childhood. She has taught nude yoga classes at conventions and recently at Sexploratorium with much success!

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Eventbrite - Partner Yoga Undressed with PrettyMom

Sunday March 20th, 5-7pm – Kink It Up a Notch: BDSM and Kink Basics with Samantha Turnpike

Curious about how to kink things up in the bedroom…or elsewhere? Wondering what BDSM actually stands for? Want to know what negotiating a play scene entails? This introductory class will give you the tools to communicate your fantasies and to make those twisted scenes from your favorite kinky erotica a reality. You will learn basic kink terminology, communication and negotiation skills, and safety tips. You will also get to know the toys and implements to use while playing with others in a safe, sane, and consensual way. If you’re thirsty for ways to spice up your sex life, then this class will give you ideas on how to have your partner bound, gagged, and begging for more.

You may know her as the previous Education Coordinator for Passion 101 Classes, but that’s just the tip…of this iceberg. Samantha is a master’s level medical social worker by day and a master’s level sexuality educator by night and weekend. She is working towards a PhD in Human Sexuality at Widener University, researching the intersections of Freud’s two most basic drives: sex and death. Samantha is a sex positive advocate, speaker, and writer who is passionate about helping people to live healthy and fulfilling sex lives and to die with dignity. She is proudly kinky and, above all else, loves to empower others to explore their curiosities in risk-aware consensual ways.

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Eventbrite - Kink It Up a Notch: BDSM and Kink Basics with Samantha Turnpike

Saturday March 26th, 3-5pm – Sexual Wellness with Dr. Timaree 

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Do you love your body? We’re flooded with images of what bodies are “good enough” and “sexy” and worth loving, but short on ways to find real body love. Discovering a wellness routine that works for you can mean finding that fulfilling mind-body connection and a healthier body image. Learn about the fundamentals of exercise science (from cardiovascular endurance, strength, toning, and flexibility) and how to design a workout that you’ll love (and that will help you in the bedroom as well). Whatever your goals may be, we’ll keep the emphasis on loving your body for what it does for you, not just its appearance. We’ll also go over the interaction between fitness/wellness and sexuality and discuss what kinds of exercises can improve your sexual experience, including increased stamina, improved flexibility and a greater diversity of pleasurable positions.

Dr. Timaree Schmit has a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality from Widener University- where she is now an instructor, along with West Chester University. She is also a certified fitness instructor, as well as a regular contributor to Philly Weekly and Philly.com. Her passion is bringing rational, empirically-based sex-positive information to the world, empowering others to celebrate their bodies, build intimacy and experience pleasure. Reach Dr. Timaree at sexwithtimaree@gmail.com

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Eventbrite - Sexual Wellness with Dr. Timaree Schmit

 

gin updated picFriday, April 8th, 7-9pm – Partner Massage with Gin

Learn fun and effective ways to ease, tease, and please through hands to body touch. Discover tricks and techniques that will feel amazing to your partner yet won’t wear you down or hurt your own hands and arms. Find out why oils and lotions are so different and when each is more useful than the other. Most of all, have fun, love, and touch enthusiastically!

Gin 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.

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Eventbrite - Partner Massage with Gin

DATE & TIME TBA – Dispatch from the Frontlines: The Latest About Sex Toys
and Accessories with Caitlin Murphy

The adult industry is constantly changing, and it can be difficultcaitlin to keep up with: are toxic sex toys still a thing? I can’t find any good information about why I should avoid certain lube ingredients! Someone told me silicone lube melts condoms?? There is a lot of hearsay and what I like to call Sex Educator Telephone: since there isn’t much solid information and research out there, we often rely on educated guesses and the word of other professionals and sex geeks we trust, or the people manufacturing the products. This has lead to a lot of misinformation going without fact checking (since fact checking is difficult to do) – and being spread around like wildfire. I’ve gone and found as much reputable information from all corners of the industry and talked with the people trying to dig into the answer: bloggers, sex educators, and retailers doing the dirty work, so you don’t have to. Great for professionals – sexuality educators, medical professionals, sex workers – and the curious alike, whether you want to inform yourself for your work or your next purchase.

Caitlin Murphy is a sexuality professional, writer, consultant and occasional visual artist currently residing in Philadelphia, PA, when they’re not traveling. Among other honors, they were once referred to as a Level 5 Glitter Elemental. When they’re not writing or teaching about sex toys, Caitlin can generally be found with their plants – #PlantParenthood – as well as at www.sex-ational.com and @sex_ational.

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Eventbrite - Dispatch from the Frontlines: The Latest About Sex Toys and Accessories

Friday, May 6th, 7:30-9pm – Queer Open Relationship/Polyamorous Discussion Group

This Discussion Group – facilitated by Lenore Jefford, LPC and Lisa Kaye, CMT – is designed for anyone who identifies as Queer (for our purposes Gay, Lesbian, Bi or Trans) who is interested in or currently in an Open relationship or Poly configuration. We created this discussion forum specifically for Queer folks (GLBTQI) as a safe space to learn more about Open relationships and/or Poly living. The Open Relationship or Poly meet-ups and events in Philadelphia are mostly heteronormative and, although, not unwelcoming or exclusive, seem to miss or misunderstand the specific needs of Queer identified folks. We hope to facilitate questions and create an open arena for discussion so folks considering this lifestyle may benefit from the experience of those currently living it. Likewise, we hope this discussion group may provide a community of like minded folks to support and encourage one another in this unique journey. Admission is donation-based

Lenore Jefford is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Mt. Airy for the last 9 years. She recently completed the Sex Therapy Certification at Council for Relationships in Center City. She specializes in LGBTQI cases in her practice, including couples work and has extensive experience with treating all types of trauma. Lisa Kaye is a Licensed Massage Therapist in PA. She has been in private practice for 20 years. She specializes in Myofacial Release, a deep tissue modality. Lenore and Lisa have been together for 12 years.

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Eventbrite - Queer Open Relationship/Polyamorous Discussion Group

 

 

 

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