Featured Educator: Sar Surmick

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The Foundation works with many amazing educators and we are especially honored to host Sar Surmick this week. Join Sar for for Consent for a Sex-Positive World on Thursday and Enhancing Your  Relationship Communication Skills.

Sar Surmick is a Sex-Positive Marriage & Family Therapist and Educator located in Seattle and Redmond, WA. Sar specializes in working within the Poly, Kink, Queer, and Trans* communities, seeing couples, individuals, moresomes, and families for relationship difficulties, mental health issues, non-monogamy work, gender, sex, and all identity concerns.  Sar speaks and educates about consent, the importance of communication in relationships, understanding the role identity plays in a person’s life, and working from a sex-positive perspective. More information about Sar ‘s practice can be found at: www.significantconnections.com

 

Sar - Purple - SittingThursday, May 19 – 7:00pm
Consent for a Sex-Positive World ~Educator: Sar Surmick

Whether you’re brand new to Sex Positive Culture or an old hand, we all need to be able to talk about consent in an open and honest way.
 Most of us have learned the idea that No means No, but consent in a Sex Positive World goes way beyond that. Explore with us how to move beyond simply giving or accepting a No. Learn how to move towards an informed Yes and even an Enthusiastic Yes.
CSPC Raw Space: $15 Advance: $10

 

Saturday, May 21 – 12:00pm
Enhancing Your  Relationship Communication Skills ~Educator: Sar Surmick

Here’s your chance to learn how to talk to the people you care about. This workshop will cover easy to learn communications skills designed to help your relationships. We will talk about monogamist, non-monogamist, and polyamorous communication concerns and give you a chance to practice right in the workshop. Bring someone with you to try out your new skills or find someone new to practice with when you get here.

Communication happens in all aspects of our lives. Come find new ways to do it better. All sexes, genders, sexual orientations, relationship orientations, and communication styles welcome and celebrated.
$45. Advance: $40 (Solo) $70 (Duo) and $100 (Trio)

Workshops for the Weekend of May 6-8th

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There are two very different educational opportunities available this weekend. On Friday, we have teamed up with the founder of OutshineNW to offer a class on HIV safety and blood play in a BDSM context. On Sunday, we have the follow up incarnation of last year’s popular Orgasmic Yoga: Mindful Erotic Embodiment, or MEE.

Friday, May 6 — 7:00-8:30PM

Beyond Barriers: Blood Play and Your HIV Status

Brandyn Headshots (Credit- Nate Gowdy)-001 CroppedIt’s 2016! Think you know all the options available for maintaining your HIV status? Join HIV and sexual health educator Brandyn Gallagher for inclusive workshop on HIV status management options for kinksters across various forms of play and sexual expression. We’ll discuss how medications and other strategies can be used to prevent HIV transmission regardless of your status and how to conduct a personal risk assessment based on the latest medical evidence, followed by open Q&A and group discussion. Participants will enhance their own framework for making personal risk assessment decisions and also learn ways to engage respectfully with prospective partners, friends, and community members in discussions about serophobia (fear of HIV) and its impact on personal health decisions.

Sunday, May 8 — 12:00-1:30PM

Mindful Erotic Embodiment

MEE imageA monthly conscious self pleasuring practice facilitated by Seattle Sexological Bodyworkers.
May’s facilitators are Katie & Tai and the theme is Nourish.

Mindful Erotic Embodiment is a conscious self-pleasuring exploration practiced within a communal erotic space. This practice can be transformative! Mindful Erotic Embodiment sessions will weave together the heart and genitals in the heart-field of supportive community. This often produces a state of arousal that is free of fantasy, unfinished emotional business, religious dogma, cultural caveats and habitual sexual behaviors. In this erotic trance state, an individual becomes aware of the body as a source of wisdom, happiness and freedom. This event will involve breathing, savoring, sound, movement, self-touch, placement of attention, and awareness of intention.

Please come prepared to engage with your desire. Bring toys and any supplies you might want including towels or mats to sit on. We will create a sacred and supportive space full of music and good company.

No late entry will be allowed due to the intimate nature of this workshop. Doors will be locked at 10 minutes after the start time.

A Weekend of Consent and Art

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The Foundation is very proud to be a sponsor of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom’s Consent Summit this Saturday, April 23rd. Spend the afternoon discussing consent with local and national sex positive activists. In the evening, celebrate eroticism via the arts at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. On Sunday, the discussion about consent continues with a special art tour with NCSF Spokesperson, Susan Wright at the Festival.

NCSF Consent Summit

Keynote Speaker & Panelist Tristain Taormino

Keynote Speaker & Panelist Tristain Taormino

The NCSF Consent Summit is an all-day event of workshops and discussions on consent in Seattle. Attitudes are changing about consent, and it’s time to join in the conversation!

10am – 6pm on April 23rd
Center for Sex-Positive Culture, 1602 15th Ave W, Seattle, WA

Download the program.

Register in advance.
Luncheon and Keynote are sold out. Summit tickets sans luncheon still available.

Seattle Erotic Art Festival

The Seattle Erotic Art Festival is an experience unlike any other festival or gallery you have likely ever attended.  Over the course of three days, a curated selection of some of the finest erotic art the world has to offer will grace the floors of the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, awaiting your perusal and enjoyment.

Whether you are most excited for performances by Seattle’s sexiest burlesque sensations, dancing late into the night in a voluptuous atmosphere, indulging in aphrodisiacs in Aaaahz!, or being art in your sultriest finery, the Seattle Erotic Art Festival has something for every new or veteran sex positive explorer.

lesley_300_new-1Erotic art is all around you at the Festival… on the stage, on podiums and walls and screens… even right there behind you! Our anonymous troupe will delight you with tiny, surprising performances all around the Festival floor. We are here to share moments with you: hyper-local experiences of love and lust, of beauty, of intensity and consent and connection, of passion and humor. We’ll be just around that corner over there…

Not only will you be able to enjoy art, you can create art! Throughout the Festival there will be both scheduled and spontaneous life drawing sessions, where in many cases we will go beyond nude. Or perhaps painting is something you would like to try your hand at. Under the guidance of our instructor, your will take home your own original painting after attending Brush Strokes.

Tickets are available online until the Festival opens each day. Prices go up at the door.

Buy tickets now!