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 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

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

February

Friday, February 23 — 7:30pm
How to Create Amazing Scenes: Get in to Their Heads ~Educator: Midori
Ballard: $35. Advance: $25 (Solo) $45 (Duo) and $65 (Trio)

Come to this class to find out what’s between the lines and under the skin, the anatomy of a truly hot experience. There’s so much more to amazing scenes than just knowing how to use the tools. Whether you are a seasoned top, experienced bottom, novice to topping or new to bottoming, this class will share with you what you can do before the scene to maximize scene success and increase confidence.

Learn about the 5 essential questions the top should ask the bottom. Find out the 5 questions the bottoms should ask the top to prepare for a great scene.

 

Saturday, February 24 — 1:00pm
Bondage for Pain ~Educators: Full Circle Kink
Club Sapphire: $40. Advance: $32 (Solo) $58 (Duo)

Rope bondage is a wonderfully versatile tool that works well for all kinds of play styles. Although we normally try to make our bondage as comfortable as possible, this class will look at ways to deliberately and safely create bondage that is uncomfortable or even painful. Good pain bondage should be safe and precise: it should deliver exactly the right amount of sensation without causing damage. We’ve chosen a set of techniques that work well with almost any body type and which can be easily adjusted to whatever intensity level you’re looking for.

To make sure you stay safe, we’ll talk about the anatomy of pain play and how to tell the difference between safe pain and dangerous pain. We’ll also cover some great techniques for processing pain and moving in rope to improve your ability to handle and enjoy challenging ties. No matter whether you’re a heavy sadomasochist looking to add rope to your repertoire or just want to experiment with some light sensation play, this class will give you the tools you’re looking for.

 

Sunday, February 25 — 1:00
Beyond the Basics: Consent for Leadership
Seattle: Sliding Scale Rates: $100 Full Ticket Price, $75 Tier 1 Sponsored, $50 Tier 2 Sponsored., $150 Pay-It-Forward Sponsor Ticket

Consent in our culture is evolving & expanding. While consent seems like a simple topic, it has complexity that requires nuance and discretion. Join The Consent Academy for this special immersive 5 hour workshop, designed specifically for people who hold Leadership positions. Together we will create a safe space to unpack assumptions and concerns about consent, learn the nuances between issues and violations, as well as identifying personal blind spots. We will also teach you techniques for expertly handling reports of consent issues and implementing consent culture that works best for your community.

How do you know if this workshop is right for you?
Although we all need to be able to talk about consent in an open and honest way, this workshop goes beyond the basics. Consent for Leadership is best for those who have served as event or party organizers, leads for a regional events or organizations, business owners, or anyone who manages employees/volunteers. If you have specific questions, please feel free to email [email protected]

 

Sunday, February 25 — 4:00pm
Make ’em Blush, Make ’em Squirm: Erotic Humiliation Play~Educator: Midori
Ballard: $35. Advance: $25 (Solo) $45 (Duo) and $65 (Trio)

Why do people get off on being embarrassed or humiliated? Is this a style of play you’ve struggled to understand? Do you want to understand how to do this well and avoid disasters? What are the potential psychological ramifications? What’s different for a one-time scene vs. playing with your life partner?

Emphasizing emotional safety throughout, Midori will explore a wide range of play from light teasing and embarrassment to serious humiliation. What’s the difference between a healthy and constructive scene and one that is destructive and harmful? She will share with you a unique model she’s developed to better understand and create an experience that is hot for all the players involved. Are you trying to better understand this difficult subject? Have you questioned yourself on your desires or ability to make another squirm? Or have you ever secretly wanted to be put on the spot or shown how really naughty you are? Then this class is for you!

March

Saturday, March 3 — 1:00pm
Not What You Planned: Harm Reduction, Intimacy, and Learning in Kink ~Educator: Russell Harmon
Club Sapphire: $40.
Advance: $30 (Solo) $56 (Duo) and $80 (Trio)

Scenes are made and broken by how you adapt to the unexpected. Sometimes this means heading off or recovering from a major problem, but much more often it’s small things. Do you notice that your bottom’s having a hard time processing a toy they usually like? Why did the top feel angry when that one thing happened and what did they do about it? Remember the time you did an entirely different kind of scene than you’d planned and it was awesome? How do you respond to a broken whatever, and what do you do to keep it from happening again?

Nothing ever goes exactly the way you planned. Uncontrolled external events happen, gear fails, ramifications occur. We run with something that’s working unexpectedly well. We try new things and do them imperfectly or discover the fantasy was hotter. People make mistakes and are complicated. Your decisions matter. You can pre-think safety, own what happens, make course corrections, communicate, and choose to learn. These are things you can do before, during, and after play to decrease the risks of harm, and increase the benefits of error. This class will include presentation and discussion on skills, and talking through real-life incidents small and large.

 

Saturday, March 3 — 1:30pm
Beyond The Basics: A Workshop for Men ~Educators: Consent Academy
18th & Union: $30. Advance: $22 (Solo) $43 (Duo) and $60 (Trio)

Consent is conceptually simple but complex in practice. It’s about more than just a ‘yes’ or ‘no’, it’s about celebrating each other and creating safety for connection.

What we see in the media around sexual abuse and consent can be terrifying for anyone who wants to connect for fear that they will do the wrong thing. This workshop will give you the skills and understanding for navigating intimacy in a way that is safe, passionate, and deeply honoring of all parties. Furthermore, this workshop will give tools for talking about this subject with friends, brothers, and colleagues and creating a more healthy culture for intimate connection.

Join a group of men who want to create a safer and more passionate world. This two hour workshop will look at how we can strive to include consensual practices in all parts of our lives, how we can be positive ambassadors and change-makers with other men, and how we talk about this complicated topic. Whether you’re an old hand at consent or new to talking about it, we’ll have something for you. Anyone who self-identifies as male is welcome and encouraged to come.

 

Saturday, March 10 — 1:00pm
Hip Harness Construction: An intermediate rope bondage workshop on hip harnesses and their components ~Educators: KinkRx
Club Sapphire: $85 (Duo) Advance: $70 (Duo) $90 (PIF Donor Duo)

The hip area is the center of gravity of the human body. Whether you want to pull someone towards you, or suspended them in the air, hip harnessed are an effective way in controlling and bearing a large portion of load.

This class aims to uncover the fundamental ingredients of many hip harnesses and how they affect the way a specific harness feels and behaves. In this class we will explore concepts essential to constructing a hip harness that suits the bottom.

 

Sunday, March 11 — 5:00pm
Bondage for Sex ~Educators: Full Circle Kink
Ballard: $40. Advance: $32 (Solo) $58 (Duo)

Sex is what first drew many of us to bondage, and combining sex with bondage is still 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.

We’ll begin with a set of ties and techniques for immobilizing every part of your partner’s body. These building blocks can be combined in a wide variety of ways to hold your partner still in whatever position works best for your favorite mischief.

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.

 

Thursday, March 15 – 6:30pm
Consent and Negotiation for a Sex-Positive World ~Educators: Consent Academy
Redmond Library: 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, March 17 — 1:00pm
Shibari for Lovers: Intimate Rope Play ~Educator: Seattle Shibari
Club Sapphire: $80 (couple) Advance: $75 (couples) – SOLD OUT

Come learn to make your rope play hotter, deeper, and more intimate in a fun, playful, supportive class.

Fancy ties are cool, but for many people, the real attraction of doing rope is the powerful feelings of intimacy, power, and surrender it evokes. In this three-hour class, we’ll explore safe, beautiful, and effective ways to move away from just putting knots on your partner, and build skill and intuition for ‘tying the spirit.’ Drawing especially on the traditional and beautiful ties found in the Japanese art of Shibari/Kinbaku, and core physical partner skills found in martial arts and dance, we’ll explore exercises for building intimacy with rope. We’ll also learn basic knots and ties needed to make your rope look and feel sexy on your partner, and of course, examine safety issues as well.

 

Saturday, March 24 — 1:00pm
Tie Me To the Bedposts Please!  A bedroom bondage workshop for the curious ~Educator: Jim Duvall
Club Sapphire: $40. Advance: $30 (Solo) $54 (Duo) $80 (Trio) and Basic Bondage Kit – $30

Restraining your partner or being restrained can be a very erotic, sexy and sensual experience. Getting them tied up in a safe and still sexy manner can be a challenge. In this class we will explore a myriad of ways to restrain your partner safely and explain why some of the common methods are not. There will be sexy demos, explanations of common and not so common ways to tie someone down. And ideas on what to do with them once they are tied. For the recipients of bondage there will be explanations of how to turn your fantasy into an effective reality. Please bring an open mind and be ready to explore and have fun. Basic Bondage Kit available for purchase will include rope, pallet wrap and other things you will learn how to use in the class.

 

Sunday, March 25 — 5:00pm
How To Eroticize (Almost) Anything ~Educators: Sophia Sky and Evelyn Evey
Seattle TBA: $30. Advance: $22 (Solo) $40 (Duo) and $55 (Trio)

What turns us on is ephemeral and changeable. So much about our sensual selves can be shaped by experiences and our will. Come explore a variety of techniques designed to heighten your ability to enjoy more or new activities, both kink and sexual. This class is ideal for people who want to be able to share or participate in a partner’s favored activity. This class is not recommended for those wishing to eroticize a past trauma. Please bring an open mind and a willingness to engage in discussion and practical exercises.

 

Saturday, March 31 — 1:00pm
Fantastic Fellatio ~ Educator: La La Lipsy
Club Sapphire: $45. Advance: $35 (Solo)

Lala Lipsy continues her Sensual Touch series with the delightful art of fellatio. Appreciating the phallus orally can be just as sensual for the giver as well as the receiver. In this workshop for women we will focus on building confidence, discovering personal preferences and learning solid techniques to please your partner’s phallic desires. Come alone or grab your girlfriends and join us as we sip champagne and discover new ways to entice our lovers below the belt.

This workshop is open to all folks who identify as women and enjoy being intimate with partners having or using external genitalia. We will come together in a safe and social environment to explore oral sex. No voyeurs are allowed at this workshop to create a safe atmosphere for experimentation. Must be 21 or older.

April

Sunday, April 8 — 5:30pm
Emergency Descent for Rope Suspension: Rope emergencies and how to handle them ~Educators: Paisley & Panda
Ballard: $40. Advance: $30 (Solo) $55 (Duo) and $75 (Trio)

Mistakes happen all the time in rope and sometimes, that means you have to quickly bring someone out of rope or down from a suspension. Handling emergency descent situations is a hard skill we will explore in this class. The class will have a demonstration of 3 emergency descent techniques that can be used during rope. We will also discuss how to manage not just your rope during these high stress situations, but how to manage yourself, others and properly care for your bottom. We will practice all 3 descent techniques in smalls groups and have discussion around all the things you should be considering during an emergency situation. If you are not suspension ready or are not currently doing suspensions, we will also discuss how these concepts pertain to floor work.

June

Saturday, June 9 — 1:00pm
Role Play Mixer – A social learning experience ~Educators: La La Lipsy and Trouble
Seattle TBA: $50 Advance: $40 (Solo) Includes light snacks and beverages.

Do you fantasize about a specific interaction – caught in the supply closet with the UPS delivery person, or being the pony pulling your sweetie in a cart – or about hooking up with that hot “stranger” in your favorite bar? If so, you’re into role playing!

Role play scenarios will cover costuming and props, power dynamics, ways to spice up long-term relationships, and many others. Whether playing out a scene in your favorite movie, being cornered in the street, talking back to your boss and giving/receiving punishment, being waited on like a princess, or rewarded for being a good dog, everyone will have a chance to explore different roles, motivations, and characters.

Participants will have ample opportunities to interact with everyone in class. Everyone is expected to participate, and we will give strategies for safely and respectfully ending a conversation or scene that you’re not comfortable with. Based on collaborative negotiation techniques, students will interact with each other to quickly establish scenes and fantasies, develop characters and backstories, and learn how to ensure each person’s desires are being met.

This class is designed for singles to meet other singles, but you don’t need to be single to attend. However, each person will interact with everyone else in class at least once. If you and your sweetie are into role playing, this class will supplement and enhance your communication skills and hopefully expand your repertoire for fun.