Education Program

The Foundation hosts a variety of workshops on consent, 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 over the phone, 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. Please note there are no refunds for ticket purchases. However, if you find you can’t make a workshop, all tickets are fully transferable. In cases where a workshop is not sold out, we can provide a voucher in the amount of your ticket to use for another workshop or event.

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

November

Friday, November 9 — 8:00pm
A Kink In The Cure
Gallery Erato: $30. Advance: $20 (Solo)

Fresh from Denver, this insightful drama takes an unflinching look at sexual abuse and trauma while exploring the question: “Can Kink and BDSM be used to intentionally help and heal people?”

A Kink in the Cure is a one-man performance centered on the personal stories of survivors who have used BDSM (Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission, Sadism & Masochism) to help cope with past sexual trauma or shame. Playwright and performer Tim Murray will take you on an unforgettable journey through this ground-breaking work.  Inspired by works ranging from The Vagina Monologues to 50 Shades of Grey, A Kink in the Cure is an entertaining and thought-provoking exploration of using kink and BDSM as an intentional tool for healing.  Join us. Together, we can eradicate sexual shame.

Saturday, November 10 – 12:00pm
Exploring the Practice of Therapeutic Kink ~Educator: Tim Murray
Gallery Erato: $30. Advance: $20 (Solo) $30 (Solo & Pay It Forward Donor) $37 (Duo) and $50 (Trio)
“Kink is not therapy, but it can be therapeutic.”
My guess is that you’ve heard this phrase more than once if you’ve spent any time in the kink community. But what separates Play that is therapeutic, from that which is just fun? How do we structure the emerging practice of Therapeutic Kink so that it can be understood by the professional therapeutic community? Examining the work that underlies A Kink in the Cure, and the recent presentation at the AASECT National Conference, Tim Murray will share the ways he currently uses Therapeutic Kink with clients, and the framework used to differentiate between Play and Practice.

 

Sunday, November 11 — 5:00pm
The Cutting Edge: Body Modification ~Educator: Tom Hill
Gallery Erato: $45. Advance: $35 (Solo) $60 (Duo) and $80 (Trio)

An exploration of Branding, Scarification, Cuttings, Removals & Mutilations.

Body modification is not really so strange within a culture where identity is often expressed through appearance—in mainstream society includes fashion consumption, cosmetic surgery, and botox. This is about intentional permanent or semi-permanent alterations of the living body for ritual, folk medicine, aesthetics, or corporal punishment. This class will cover that broad spectrum of why people do it and the various techniques on how to perform such an alteration.

 

Monday, November 12 — 7:00pm
Naked Yoga ~ A celebration of beauty, freedom and yoga Facilitator: Isis Phoenix
Gallery Erato: $25. Advance: $20 (Solo) $30 (Solo & Pay It Forward Donor)

Naked Yoga is a deeply intimate and liberating practice that nourishes body, mind and spirit. This au natural form of yoga begins with a group disrobing ritual and includes a gentle yoga flow practice and meditation to welcome a state of embodied inner peace.

Naked yoga is a body-positive and celebratory practice geared towards loving the skin that you’re in and fostering a feeling of naturalness through self-acceptance and inclusivity.

The absence of clothes in this yoga practice weaves together naturist and yogic philosophy that aims to bring about increased freedom, embodiment and relaxation in the yoga practice.  Our time together is safe, nourishing and judgment free. Please take a moment to read through this FAQ about naked yoga.

 

Thursday, November 15 — 6:30pm
Consent Basics ~Educators: The Consent Academy
TBD Seattle Area Library Meeting Room: Free

Whether you’re brand new to Consent 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, November 24 — 7:00pm
A Kinky Introduction: Terms, Etiquette, and How to Spice Things Up
Gallery Erato: $40. Advance: $32 (Solo) $56 (Duo) and $80 (Trio)

This workshop is perfect for folks of all levels and interests, and will cover introductory as well as refresher topics. Discussions will be interactive, so bring your questions and ideas. All genders, orientations, shapes, sizes, ages, colors, kinks welcome and celebrated.

Topics include, but are not limited to: Consent & negotiation – how to get what you want; Common terms and scene etiquette – both private and public spaces; Beginner bondage and safety – bring a bandana if you have one; Impact – the difference between stingy and thuddy, and how to achieve both; Role play and stepping into alter egos; Dominance and submission, and why they’re super hot; Kink with and without toys or equipment; Pervertables – the many uses of everyday items; Exhibitionism and voyeurism; Bruises, blood, and when to call a doctor;  Finding the fun and the sexy parts of human sexuality

The instructors are excited to bring their collective creativity, joy, and knowledge to those wanting to explore new facets of sexuality in a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment. The workshop will include opportunities to practice consent, meet new people, figure out what the heck that was that you saw online, and ask those questions you can’t ask at the dinner table.

 

 

Saturday, November 24 — 5:00pm
Tongue Tied by Stella Harris: A Reading & Meet the Author
Gallery Erato: Free

Come celebrate the publication of Stella Harris’s first book, Tongue Tied: Untangling Communication in Sex, Kink, and Relationships, an incredible guide full of exercises, tools, and personal experiences. There will be a reading and book signing followed by Q&A. Be sure to bring your questions!

Whether addressing sexual frustration with your partner, trying out new fantasies, or negotiating the terms of a BDSM scene, Stella Harris believes that communication skills are vital to sexual fulfillment. Tongue Tied gives readers straightforward advice on how to conquer their fears, identify their needs, and feel positively empowered. Harris charmingly takes readers through all aspects of communication, from basic interpersonal skills to negotiation advice for expert-level kink play. Learn how to have fun, embrace silly moments, support your loved ones, and take personal responsibility for your desires. Tongue Tied is a must-read for people of every experience level and relationship status.

 

Saturday, November 24 — 7:00pm
Find Your Fantasy – A Date Night event based on a workshop of discovery ~Educator: Stella Harris
Gallery Erato: $85 (Duo) Advance: $70 (Duo) $85 (Duo & Pay It Forward Donor)

Knowing what you want isn’t as easy as it sounds. Many people don’t even know what the options are, or have vague ideas about what appeals to them, but don’t have the language to express it. Especially when you’re new to the kink or sex positive scene, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with choices.

In this class we’ll talk about ways to narrow down your desires from yes/no/maybe lists to explorations of common fantasies. We’ll also work through handouts and exercises that help us identify some of our early turn-ons, and sensuality archetypes from the media, and we’ll use these seeds as a starting point for scenes you can create in real life.

 

Sunday, November 25 — 12:00pm
Salon of SEAF: Naughty Book Upcycling & Art Making
Gallery Erato: $20 (Solo) $30 (Duo) and $40 (Trio)

Come make naughty art from our retired library books! This is your chance to make something new and fun out of our library’s extra copies, out-of-date text books, comics, and pulp novels!
Join local artist Molly Maloney (aka Glitter & Snark) for an afternoon of crafting and art making with words and books. Your studio fee gives you access to hundreds of books that can be used in any creative way you think of, as well as basic supplies such as scissors, glue, paper, and ink, and few extra fancy items like NSFW stamps and a die cutter and dies.

Molly will have sample ideas for you to choose from, or you can bring your own supplies and plans. All the sample ideas are simple and can be elaborate as you image. Imagine giving unique gifts like “blackout poetry” and ornaments with a sexy backstory.

Warning: we are allowing people to cut up, mark on, and disassemble old library books. This activity is not recommend for traditional book fetishists. Molly says the first time one rips the page out of a book can be heart-rending, but as long as your intentions are pure and art focused, you will be ok.

 

Friday, November 30 — 8:00pm
Mutual Trance for Couples: A Date Night event based on a hypnokink workshop ~Educator: Najalaise
Gallery Erato: $80 (Duo) Advance: $65 (Duo) $80 (Duo & Pay It Forward Donor)

Bring an accomplice: the meat of this workshop is the partnered exercises. We’ll explore light trance states which don’t require an induction or any knowledge of hypnosis, much less a memorized script. This is a simple way to ease into erotic hypnosis, and can also help you build skills useful in other types of play. Established couples can use this workshop to reinforce the rapport and knowledge of one another they’ve already built, while folks negotiating pick-up play will have the opportunity to construct a foundation for intimate adventures.