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.

July

Thursday, July 20 – 6:30pm
Consent and Negotiation for a Sex-Positive World ~Educators: Consent Academy
Columbia City 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, July 22 – 1pm
A Sadist’s Touch ~Educator: Sophia Sky
Club Sapphire: $30. Advance: $22 (Solo) $40 (Duo) and $55 (Trio)

Your hands can be your most valuable and respected toy in your BDSM play. Learn from a trained massage therapist how to exploit the musculoskeletal system for fun and masochistic pleasure. Sophia will share how to tell which muscles will be tender to the touch just by looking at someone, and how to find pressure points. We will also cover pain processing and negotiation. Please wear loose clothing and be willing to participate in consent and touch based exercises.

 

Saturday, July 29 — 1pm
BacoNawa Geeks Out On: Single Column Ties ~Educator: BacoNawa
Club Sapphire: $35. Advance: $28 (Solo) $53 (Duo)

The single column tie is one of the most basic ties in bondage. Often this is the first thing we learn when we move from tying shoes to tying people. Most people have their favorite variant and stick with it. In this hands on workshop, we will geek out on as many different versions as we can cover in the time allotted. We will discuss pros and cons, situational considerations, and tie tie tie! Come geek out with BacoNawa as he does a deep dive into this “basic” topic.

A partner is not required for this workshop if you’re comfortable tying on your own leg. This class I’m going for quantity, so please don’t plan on having time to switch for each tie.

August

Thursday, August 3 — 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, August 5 — 1pm
So You Want To Tie People Up: A playful introduction to erotic rope bondage ~Educators: Suspended Animation
Club Sapphire: $35. Advance: $30 (Solo) $54 (Duo)

Interested in adding some bondage to your life, but not sure where to start? Our introductory bondage 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. In addition to bondage skills, this class covers the basics of BDSM. We’ll talk about consent, safewords, negotiation, and aftercare—everything you need to know in order to start getting up to mischief.

We’ll demonstrate a wide range of bondage styles and positions. Then, we’ll teach you a set of basic knots that you can combine to create almost any bondage position you want. This is a bondage class, not a knots class: we want you to master a small number of versatile techniques so that you can focus on having fun with your partner rather than struggling to remember numerous different knots.

 

Saturday, August 12 — 1pm
Lazy D/s: Creating a D/s Flow When You’re Not Looking for High Protocol or 24/7 lifestyle ~Educator: DoNotGoGently
Club Sapphire: $30. Advance: $22 (Solo) $40 (Duo) and $55 (Trio)

Do you love the idea of D/s, but are overwhelmed by the time and energy that often goes into maintaining a 24/7 relationship or crafting elaborate high protocol rituals? Maybe it’s time to try some lazy D/s! This workshop focuses on creating a more low-key, casual D/s situation either for a solitary scene or ongoing sessions but not 24/7 play. Learn how to identify your key D/s goals and create scenes that meet those needs without excess stress and long-term commitments. Come, learn, and share tips, tricks and tools about finding your personal D/s flow.

 

Thursday, August 17 – 6:30pm
Consent and Negotiation for a Sex-Positive World ~Educators: Consent Academy
Northgate 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, August 19 — 1:00pm
Exploring Extremes: Rape & Abduction Role Play ~ Educator: Jim Duvall
Club Sapphire: $30. Advance: $22 (Solo) $40 (Duo) and $55 (Trio)

The last word in this title is the most important, “play”. This class is about how to make this seemingly illegal and non-consensual activity in the outside world a part of our play. This is a daunting task that requires close examination of your physical, emotional, philosophical and social concerns of rape and abduction play. The questions we will explore are how far are we each willing to go for realism and/or how far are we willing to go for safety, and obtaining solid informed consent. I will talk about my previous play experiences as examples and give details on the ins and outs of negotiating and executing these hot scenes.

Saturday, August 26 — 1:00pm
Sex and Cannabis ~Educator: Chelsea Cebara
Club Sapphire: $15  Advance: $10

Combining sex and weed is certainly nothing new, but the recent wave of legalization has relaxed the stigma around cannabis and vastly expanded the options for incorporating it into your sex life. Sophisticated aphrodisiac strains, edibles, sublinguals, and topicals–especially cannabis lube!–are now available to the casual or curious user. These products have exceptional potential to not only enhance the average person’s sexual satisfaction, but to ease common sexual dysfunction such as vaginismus or post-menopausal inorgasmia by taking advantage of cannabinoids’ singular interaction with the human body. As with any drug, however, safe and effective use requires an understanding of the principles at play.

September

Wednesday, September 6 — 7:00pm
Beautiful Boys: Tying the Male Form ~Educator: MrsB
The OK Hotel: $30. Advance: $22 (Solo) $40 (Duo)

A class for male-identified rope bottoms and the people who want to want to tie them. MrsB and her demo partner BacoNawa will help you create ties that accentuate the best attributes of the male physique, and will explore ways to face challenges unique to male-bodied bottoms. Hands-on, intermediate skill level expected.

 

Saturday, September 9 — 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!

 

Sunday, September 17 — 5:00pm
Creating Better Relationships ~ Educator: Allena Gabosch
The OK Hotel:  $30. Advance: $22 (Solo) $40 (Duo) and $55 (Trio)

Based on her upcoming book Allena Gabosch will give you tips and ideas on how to navigate your relationship, whether monogamous or poly or something in between.

The class will include an overview of the 20 Principles to Try to Live and Relate By that she created with her former husband, Steve. She’ll give you guidance on how to have that difficult conversation with your partner or partners. She’ll share tips on navigating conscious relationships, whether polyamorous or monogamous. Finally, she’ll show you how to have a “Happy Ending”, ending a relationship and staying friends.