Education Program

FSPC Newsletter 1The Foundation hosts a variety of workshops on relationships, sexuality & identity, sex, and kink/BDSM to help people gain a better and healthier understanding of themselves and the world around them.

We are making sex education  more accessible with the “Pay It Forward Scholarship” (PIF). This program provides an opportunity for those who can’t afford the full ticket price to “pay what you can” at participating workshops. This is also a chance for those more financially privileged to sponsor others in receiving quality sexuality education. Read more about it here.

Every month, this page will be updated with the current educational offerings. Most workshops offer discounts for purchasing tickets in advance online or in our library, often with further discounts for buying bundled tickets for 2 or 3 people with our Duo and Trio tickets. These tickets allow entry for multiple people at a lower rate for those attending with their sweeties or friends.

Doors generally open 20 minutes before the start of the workshop, with exceptions posted. You can check the online calendar for all pertinent information. The links below go directly to ticketing pages. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Up Coming Workshops & Events

For tickets to all of our upcoming events, visit our ticket page.

September

Thursday, September 21 – 6:30pm
Consent and Negotiation for a Sex-Positive World ~Educators: Consent Academy
Seattle Public Library Southwest Branch: Free

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.

Come and get some tips, tricks, and tools for requesting a new relationship, tonight’s sex, or a first hug. Then take what you learn out into the larger world to help us create a more Sex Positive World one interaction at a time.

 

Saturday, September 23 — 1:00pm
Bondage For Sex – Rope for the bedroom and beyond! ~ Educator: Suspended Animation
Club Sapphire: $35. Advance: $30 (Solo) $54 (Duo)

Sex is what first drew many of us to bondage, and combining sex with bondage is one of our favorite things. All too often, though, erotic bondage ends up being awkward and frustrating. This class will teach you bondage that immobilizes your partner while leaving them exposed and accessible.

Different types of mischief call for different positions, so we’ll take an in depth look at four of our favorite sex positions, each of which is adaptable to a wide range of activities and body types. No matter what your genders or what kind of sex you and your partner prefer, you’ll learn practical skills that will improve your sex life as well as making you a better and more effective rigger.

October

Thursday, October 5 — 6:30pm
Demystifying STIs and Safer Sex in a Sex Positive World ~Educator: Leah Hirsch
Seattle Library- Broadview Branch: Free

Whether you’re new to sex or jumping back into dating, having good information about sex and the related health concerns is important. What is Safer Sex and how can we make it fun and easy to incorporate into our romantic and playful encounters? Prepare to learn: how to decide what Safer Sex protocols are for you; an overview of available supplies (as well as how to make your own in emergencies); when and how to easily bring up “the talk”; and how to make Safer Sex sexy!  We will focus on solid facts about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and dispelling the stigmas that are often attached to these infections so you can make informed and rational decisions regarding your health.

 

Saturday, October 7 — 1:00pm
Bondage For Power – Tying for Dominance and Pain Play~ Educator: Suspended Animation
Club Sapphire: $35. Advance: $30 (Solo) $54 (Duo)

Bondage isn’t just for sex: rope is a great addition to all kinds of play. This class will teach you to use rope to establish and maintain power during a scene. We’ll focus on dominance / submission and pain play, but these techniques are useful for establishing power in any kind of scene.

Dominance and submission is all about creating a consensual power dynamic with your partner. Because this type of play is more psychological, dominance bondage tends to be less immobilizing than other kinds of bondage. Instead, the focus is on ties and positions that create a feeling of vulnerability and submission, or that simply serve as symbolic reminders of your power dynamic. We’ll also go into the psychology of d/s play and present some techniques for making your scenes more powerful and connected.

 

Saturday, October 14 — 11:00am
Takate Kote Intensive: A two part workshop ~Educators: KinkRx
OK Hotel: Advance: One workshop: $80 (Duo). Both workshops: $130 (Duo)

These workshops are sold out. Email [email protected] for wait list information.

Understanding The Takate Kote starting at 11am through 2pm. Takate Kote Variations starting at 3pm though 5pm.

 

Saturday, October 14 — 1:00pm
Slumber Party ~ Educator: Lyric Seal
Club Sapphire: $30. Advance: $25 (Solo) $42 (Duo) and $60 (Trio)

This workshop is excitingly and blessedly ever evolving. Based on Lyric Seal’s celebrated advice column of the same name, Slumber Party the workshop is a collaborative take on sage sex and love advice. You are your own wisest teacher, but sometimes, even teachers need encouragement and assistance. This workshop takes the form of an afernoon with your best friends, dishing about love, relationships, pop culture, beauty standards, identity and body politics, sex, and our feelings about ourselves and our relationships in the world.

There will a cozy atmosphere, the option for consensual cuddling, and even a soundtrack! Through the guided facilitation of an experienced community counselor, author, performance artist, and queer porn star, Lyric Seal, participants will share their expertise and wisdom with one another to problem solve around relationship woes, give pep talks, and sweeten each other up to ourselves and the world!

This class requires a minimum of 12 advanced tickets by October 8th. Please purchase your ticket online or email [email protected] to reserve you space.

 

 

Sunday, October 15 — 4:00pm
Getting Started in Kink: An Introduction to BDSM ~ Educator: Jim Duvall
Ren Fitness: $35. Advance: $28 (Solo) $50 (Duo) and $73 (Trio)

Entering the world of BDSM can be a daunting task. Fighting your way through all the different labels, techniques and styles is difficult for even experienced players. There is no real book of standards and much of the information is presented as absolute but the next source can contradict it completely. This class will survey all the ways people get kinky with each other and help every attendee find the parts of this very vast subject that sing to them. Bring your questions, curiosity, and bravery for this workshops with lecture, discussions, and demonstrations.

 

Thursday, October 19 – 6:30pm
Consent and Negotiation for a Sex-Positive World ~Educators: Consent Academy
Seattle Public Library Greenwood Branch: Free

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.

Come and get some tips, tricks, and tools for requesting a new relationship, tonight’s sex, or a first hug. Then take what you learn out into the larger world to help us create a more Sex Positive World one interaction at a time.

 

Saturday, October 21 — 1:00pm
Basic Rope Bondage Harnesses ~Educators: KinkRx
Club Sapphire: $60 (duo) Advance: $50 (duo)

Tying harnesses is a fundamental rope bondage skill. Chest and hip harnesses are versatile components that could be used in a variety of play styles from simple bedroom bondage all the way to rope suspension. They provide sturdy handles by which a person could be held and moved, and an attachment point on a person’s body to tie them to something.

In this class, we will cover the basic techniques required to tie harnesses. There are no prerequisites for this class.

Sunday, October 22 — 4:00pm
Honored Objects ~ Educator: Miss Amy Red
Ren Fitness: $30. Advance: $22 (Solo) $40 (Duo) and $55 (Trio)

This class teases objectification apart from the often-commingled concepts of humiliation and degradation. We’ll look at ways we already objectify while still acknowledging the value, purpose and appeal of those objects. Then we’ll explore some tools we can use to turn up the volume on those dynamics for even more hot connection.

Content appropriate to a wide range of experience levels and both sides of the power-exchange.

 

Saturday, October 28 — 3:00pm
Futomomo Variety Pack ~Educator: Parker RopeBoi
Ren Fitness: $45. Advance: $32 (Solo) $60 (Duo) and $85 (Trio)

This class teaches a variety of different ties for binding a bent leg, ties that are often called a futomomo. The class presents the different features of these ties and relative suitability of these different ties for different applications, attachment points, and suspension positions, as well as for different bodies, physical preferences, and sensitivities. Participants will learn ties for attaching on the inside, the outside, and on both sides. Participants will also learn ties that concentrate the load on different areas of the leg, and how adjust that pressure so as to have a more comfortable (or at least less uncomfortable) futomomo.

 

Saturday, October 28 — 7:00pm
Predicament Play ~Educator: Parker RopeBoi
Ren Fitness: $30. Advance: $22 (Solo) $40 (Duo) and $55 (Trio)

Predicament play often appeals to the more creative, quirky, and even ridiculous SM players, bringing out our inner mad-scientist sadists & James Bond escape artists masochists.

Predicaments tend to involve being between a proverbial “rock and a hard place” while trying to figure a way out (even when there’s probably no way out–just a choice between one sadistic trap and another). This class will present some general strategies and specific techniques for predicaments, risks and risk mitigation, ideas for how to plan and negotiate a predicament scene, skills for how to calibrate and adjust a predicament mid-scene, and some of my own favorite tricks and tools, including many “pervertables” everyday household items. A number of (what we expect will be highly entertaining) demonstrations of predicaments will show you some fun illustrative examples of ways to do predicament play.

November

Saturday, November 4 — 1:00pm
Exploring D/s in Relationships and Play~Educators: KinkRx and Lady Vi
Club Sapphire: $40. Advance: $30 (Solo)

Dominance and submission is one of the hottest and most rewarding aspects of BDSM. It has so many types and flavours and it could be experienced in so many levels of intensity that anyone interested in it can find a way to enjoy it.

Join KinkRx and Lady Vi in exploring techniques that would help you incorporate D/s into your play and help you build healthy D/s relationships. To help you succeed in D/s relationships, we will talk about positive and negative patterns that affect these relationships, and the conversations you need to have with your partner to avoid common pitfalls.

 

 

Saturday, November 11 — 1:00pm
The Practical Application of Floggers ~Educator: Russell Harmon
Club Sapphire: $40. Advance: $35 (Solo) $60 (Duo)

Want to create a really good flogging scene?  Not sure about the basics?  Know the basics inside-and-out but think there might be something more?

This experiential flogging workshop is intended for both beginning and intermediate skill levels– anybody that thinks they’ve got something to learn.  We’ll cover safety, learn and practice basic and non-basic strokes, and discuss scene building and rhythm techniques in depth.  You should come away from this class with new skills and ideas, and all the building blocks you need for some great scenes!

 

Saturday, November 18 — 1:00pm
Sex Party Negotiation ~Educator: Sar Surmick
Club Sapphire: $30. Advance: $22 (Solo) $40 (Duo) and $55 (Trio)

Make the fantasy of Casual Sex, Threesomes, & More-somes into a reality.

You’re at a party and ready for shenanigans. Want new tips on how to approach someone for sex or sexual play for the first time? Or maybe, you have the fantasy of being in bed with two, or more, other people. Maybe you’ve tried to set up either of these scenarios and it didn’t go so well? Join us to find out how to increase your odds of making this desire a reality and ways of making it go well for everyone.

 

Sunday, November 19 — 4:00pm
Teaching from Below~Educator: Miss Amy Red
Ren Fitness: $30. Advance: $22 (Solo) $40 (Duo) and $55 (Trio)

An exploration of ways for “s-types” to foster the development of dominant partners without disrupting the desired power dynamics. (“s-types” only) This class addresses ways for “s-types” to foster the development of dominant partners without disrupting the desired power dynamics. How can you tell when you have valuable and useful information to offer? Where’s the line between useful information and the much-maligned “topping from the bottom”? We’ll explore these questions and more as well as practice with tools that allow us to give constructive feedback that builds connection and ultimately enhances the power dynamics we enjoy so much.

Content appropriate to a wide range of experience levels, but is limited to only those on the “bottom” side of the power-dynamic.