Our New Home

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The Foundation has found a new home!  We are very pleased to continue our cohabitation with our sister organization, the Center for Sex Positive Culture, in Ballard. We have signed a long term lease for 1514 NW 46th St, Seattle, WA 98107. This space has a dedicated parking lot with 18 spaces and there is unrestricted, free street parking throughout the neighborhood.  For those that use transit, we will be a short distance from a bus stop along the routes of the 40 and D-line.  We are very happy to have found a location that is so close to our old space.

Moving in and Getting Started

We take possession of the building in December and are already working on the permit process.  Due to the volume the city is experiencing and the upcoming holidays, this process may take longer than usual.  We will start construction as soon as legally possible.  Some things like cleaning and painting the office can be done as soon as we move in, whereas other tasks will be dependant on where we are in the permit process.  Given what we know of the timing, we are aiming to begin hosting workshops and Enthusiast Groups in our new space in Spring of 2017.  We will share more specific dates as we know more. In the meantime, we will host board meetings and Discussion/Support Group meetings, and reopen the Library in this new space as soon as possible.

What You Can Do to Help

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While we do have funds to get this project underway; how much our community can contribute will make a difference in really taking this space to the next level.  You can donate here.  Whether you can give a little or a lot, we appreciate all who can contribute monetarily.  Please keep an eye out for fundraisers and specific drives where we will fundraise for specific things for the new space.  Some of these special projects we won’t be able to do without your help, so please donate to the things you really want to see in our new home.

Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering to help with anything in the construction process please [email protected] to be put on the new building volunteer list. You do not have to be a CSPC volunteer to help out. Please tell us about any special skills you have in construction, electrical, plumbing, or weight-lifting. This is a big project. We will need all kinds of help, so even if you can’t lift things or swing a hammer, there are still lots of ways to be a part of this exciting time.

Event Schedule

We will still be hosting workshops at Club Sapphire until our new home is ready. We have permission from our landlord to have meetings in the office of the new building. As soon as we have that space set up, we will begin having Discussion and Support Group meetings in the new space.  Please see our calendar for more details.

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Sophia Iannicelli

Executive Director

Two Workshops with Stella Harris

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This Sunday, we are hosting a very special educator from Portland, Oregon. Stella Harris is a certified Intimacy Educator & Professional Coach. She can help you develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make your fantasies a reality. Stella is presenting two classes, Communication in the Bedroom: Asking For What You Want starting at 1pm, and Mapping the Vulva: Anatomy, Communication, Touch, & Pleasure starting at 3pm.

StellaIMG_1572In Communication in the Bedroom, we’ll talk about our fear around asking for what we want, and ways to push through them. We’ll also pick apart some of our fantasies and figure out how to bring their hottest elements into our real lives, and how to approach difficult conversations playfully and with confidence.

In Mapping the Vulva you’ll learn the anatomy they didn’t teach you in high school, a variety of touch techniques you can try, and ways to communicate about touch to help you find exactly what works for you and your partner. We’ll discuss fears around our bodies and talk about ways to be more confidant in our skin.

Tickets are available on line and at the door of Club Sapphire. Purchase your tickets online for Communication in the Bedroom and Mapping the Vulva.

Consent Academy: Seattle Educators Form New Group to Promote Consent Culture

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In a Ballard living room on a rainy Sunday afternoon, ten educators and consent activists gathered to create a team of volunteers dedicated to changing the world through collaborative consent education. “Consent has become part our daily conversations; a constant topic in the news, our schools, and our homes. People everywhere are talking about consent and we decided it was time for us to do more than talk.,” says Sar Surmick, Director of the newly created Consent Academy.

“We live in troubling times. We find ourselves confronted with images, statements, and media that depict people having their consent taken away as if it were normal or even desirable. People have suffered. People are angry. And people are confused, wondering how to even talk about the complexities of a consent culture. We established the Consent Academy to address just that,” adds Surmick, a Marriage and Family Therapist.

    ca-logoThe Consent Academy works to meet the needs of organizations, schools, and individuals who struggle with the complex issues around consent. Members of the collective provide workshops, trainings, consultations, and resources designed to make consent accessible and understandable. The team seeks to bring consent education to as many people as possible and through that work to build and maintain a greater consent culture for all people. “Learning how to integrate healthy consent practices into your daily life is vital at any age,” says Rachel Bowen, a Consent Academy educator.  “The daily practice of respect for boundaries, no matter how small, fine tunes your skills and lessens the perceived ‘gray’ areas that cause confusion.”

Resources and events are offered for organizations as varied as universities, burning man camps, non-profits, churches, and PTA groups. “In a world where ‘good Christian folk’ can excuse sexual assault from political candidates, collegiate athletes, and a countless list of others, it is clear that churches need a more nuanced ethic than sex before marriage is bad,” says Rev. Austin Adkinson, Minister of Just Discipleship at First Church Seattle (firstchurchseattle.org) and educator with Consent Academy.

The Consent Academy provides a wide range of customized offerings for individuals, organizations, schools, and corporations on all topics of consent. If you, your organization, or a group you know needs help with trainings, conversations, or issues around consent they can be found at: www.consent.academy