Education Program

FSPC Newsletter 1The 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

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

June

Saturday, June 16 — 12:00pm
Rope Bottoming: A Skills Approach. Practical advice for every body. ~Educators: KinkRx
Gallery Erato: $85 (Duo) Advance: $70 (duo) $90 (Pay It Forward Donor & Duo attendance)

There are particular skills that all accomplished bottoms possess, regardless of their body type, physical strength, or level of flexibility. We have been working on identifying these skills for over a decade and we’d love to share our findings with you. Just like tops practice, bottoms must practice too. The question always is: practice what?In this class, we attempt to answer that question. We get into skills that are specific to contributing to safer and more rewarding rope scenes. Skills like: Understanding your body; Developing your risk profile; Analyzing sensation; Effective pain and anxiety processing; Knowing your timer; Practical verbal and non-verbal communication; Affecting play mood.

Thursday, June 21 — 6:30pm
Consent 101 for a Sex-Positive World ~Educators: Consent Academy
Queen Anne 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.

Thursday, June 28 — 7:00pm
An Introduction to Rope Handling Skills ~Educators: Stellaxluna and Juni
Gallery Erato: $70. (Duo) Advance: $50 (Duo)

Often when people get started with rope, the first thing they focus on learning are knots and patterns. While these are really good fundamentals to get you started, these skills often don’t translate into making good scenes or good performances.This class will cover some of the basics of rope handling, and will focus on two primary parts: the biomechanics of rope handling, and the cognitive aspects required for rope handling.The approach for class is not prescriptive– rather than teaching “what Good rope handling looks like”, this class will focus on a series of demos and exercises that will help you find what style of rope handling best fits your intent for any given day or tie.

July

Friday, July 6 — 7:00pm
Rope Bondage for Intimacy: A Date Night event with Educator Stella Harris
Gallery Erato: $80. Advance: $65 (Duo)

This isn’t a rope class, first and foremost. No knots or ties will be taught. Rope is simply the tool we happen to be using to connect with our partners, and for this class you’ll use whatever rope skills you already have to maximize pleasure and connection. What you’ll learn are ways to negotiate a scene that take into account not just what you are going to do, but how you both want to feel. We’ll work through a series of exercises that help us hone in on our partner and our shared experience. We’ll also talk about ways to focus on your partner and drown out background distractions, even at parties. Please bring rope and a partner, and maybe a blanket or yoga mat, as this class relies heavily on exercises.  After the workshop, there will be extra time to practice or socialize while enjoying refreshments and desserts.

 

Saturday, July 7 — 11:00am
Battling Impostor Syndrome for Sexuality Professionals ~Educator: Stella Harris
Gallery Erato: $35. Advance: $25 (Solo) $48 (Duo) and $70 (Trio)

Have you ever had a moment of panic before a class or client session when you’re sure that you have nothing to offer? That everyone already knows everything you know? There’s a name for that: Impostor Syndrome. The insidious belief that we’re not good enough can prevent us from offering our talents to the world, and it’s more than a simple confidence problem. But there’s good news: “Researchers find that impostorism is most often found among extremely talented and capable individuals, not people who are true impostors.”

In this session we’ll discuss Impostor Syndrome and how it manifests, we’ll figure out how to identify when that’s what we’re experiencing, and we’ll talk about ways to get around it so we can be fiercely and authentically ourselves, and get our passion and message out into the world.

 

Saturday, July 7 — 2:00pm
Foolin’ Around: Introducing Toys in the Bedroom ~Educator: Stella Harris
Gallery Erato: $35. Advance: $25 (Solo) $48 (Duo) and $70 (Trio)

Have you ever wondered how to introduce sex toys to your own bedroom play? Are you curious but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve been using some toys for years, and want to expand beyond the basics— this class is for you.

We’ll talk about the best toys to use with partners from vibrators and dildos and butt plugs to kinky items like paddles and blindfolds and rope. We’ll also show you the benefits of wedges and supports to create more satisfying sex positions. This class has something for everyone and in addition to everything you’ll learn, the class itself is a perfect date night. Try something novel and naughty with your sweetie!

 

Saturday, July 14 — 1:30pm
Beyond the Basics: Non-Verbal Consent ~Educators: Consent Academy
18th & Union: $30. Advance: $20 (Solo) $30 (Pay It Forward Donor & Solo entry)

We say a lot with our bodies, from the way we look at one another, to the way we move, to the smallest of muscle contractions. Our non-verbal cues are a language all their own. One which can be very hard to read and interpret. When it comes to consent, being able to read that non-verbal language is both crucial and limited.
Ever wonder if the other person is saying “yes” with their eyes? Ever feel confused if it’s ok to move forward without asking verbally? Join us for a look at what the body is saying and what it means for consent.

 

Sunday, July 15 — 5:30pm
Bondage for Beginners ~Educators: Full Circle Kink
Gallery Erato: $70. (Duo) Advance: $58 (Duo)

Interested in adding some bondage to your life, but not sure where to start? This comprehensive introductory class will introduce you to the basics of rope bondage and give you the skills you need to safely and confidently start exploring bondage on your own.

This is a bondage class rather than a knots class, so our focus is on teaching a small number of versatile techniques that you can use in all kinds of ways. To help you figure out what to do with them, we’ll have numerous fun demos of the techniques in action, along with suggestions for how to figure out what kind of kink works best for you. As well as bondage techniques, we’ll cover the basics of kink and BDSM. We’ll talk about consent, safewords, negotiation, and aftercare—everything you need to know in order to start getting up to mischief.

 

Thursday, July 19 — 6:30pm
Consent Basics ~Educators: Consent Academy
Broadview Library 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, July 21 — 11:00am
Exploring D/s in Relationships and Play: A workshop on power exchange dynamics. ~Educators: KinkRx
Gallery Erato: $40. Advance: $30 (Solo) $45 (Solo & Pay It Forward Donor)

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 in exploring techniques that would help you incorporate D/s into your play and help you build healthy D/s relationships. We will discuss different models of D/s and explain the commonalities and differences between them. That will help you find out what the possibilities are, choose one that’s suitable for you, or design your own. We will cover tips you can use to prepare yourself and get in the mood before a play session, and tips to help you get out. We will also cover techniques to help you exude the kind of energy that suits your role in a D/s dynamic. 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, July 28 — 10:00am
Sexploration – A day of sexy & kinky exploration ~So Many Great Educators
Gallery Erato: $120 (Solo – Full day) $65 (Solo – Laboratory only) Advance: $90 (Solo – Full day) $150 (Duo – Full day) $45 (Solo – Laboratory only) $75 (Duo – Laboratory only) $45 (parking) $50 (Starter Kits)

Sexploration is an all-day event that leads you on a path to a more satisfying sex and love-life. We’ll spend the morning and afternoon learning with multiple workshops and panels. Then we’ll party on into the night with a kinky social and learning laboratory. This event is great way to learn more about relationships, consent, and many different forms of sexual expression.  Spend a day choosing among 3 carefully crafted educational tracks of introductory and intermediate sexy education. Discussions, demonstrations and hands-on sessions will be followed by a social based practice session, with even more learning opportunities in a kinky laboratory.

August

Saturday, August 4 — 2:00pm
Mobility and Self-Care for Bottoms ~Educator: Ren Caldwell
Ballard: $30. Advance: $22 (Solo) $42 (Duo) and $60 (Trio)

This two-hour workshop will give you tips and tools that will keep you healthy as you pursue your passions! You’ll learn:

*how the different parts of your body work together to keep you healthy and strong, and what to do when you’re out of balance
*core and breathing exercises for recovery and to release tension
*soft tissue work to release knotted muscles and relieve nerve pain
*mobility exercises that will increase your ability to get into and maintain difficult positions

Participants will get a link to the exercises we go over, and a free first session at the gym if you choose to return and do more training with us!