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In addition to providing education to customers in the shop, we offer monthly sexuality-related classes and workshops. Class topics include the G-spot, anal play, non-monogamy, communication, cunnilingus, BDSM, burlesque, rough sex, fellatio, rope bondage, and many more. In addition to in-house educators Amory Jane, Sid Need, and Gretchen Leigh, we enlist local sexuality instructors such as Annamarie Stockwell, Ev’Yan Whitney, Jessie Fresh, and Stella Harris.

We also bring in speakers from other parts of the country. These have included author and director Tristan Taormino, queer porn icon Jiz Lee, author and blogger Kevin Patterson, podcasting sexpert Sex Nerd Sandra, and author and sex educator Ducky Doolittle.


Jul
28

Eating Out: Your Recipe for Outstanding Oral Sex

Thursday, October 24th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Gretchen Leigh

Cunnilingus-curious? Vulva vocationalist? Muff-diving master? Whether you’re well-versed in the art of going down or a newbie in need of a 101, we could all use a little brush-up every once in awhile. In this class, Gretchen Leigh will cover vulva anatomy, tongue techniques, safer sex tools, getting your hands (and toys!) into the action, creative positioning for various body types, and most importantly — how to request, give, and receive constructive feedback on your technique! Come get your clit questions answered and your cunt concerns addressed in this comfortable, gender-affirming, body-positive class.

Gretchen Leigh is an educator, personal trainer, athlete, model, advocate, and performer, dedicated to helping people find the confluence of physical, mental, and sexual health. Though she has made a name for herself in the sex ed world with classes such as “Strap it to me: Strap-on sex for Everybody” and “Fellatio 2.0: An Oral Sex Upgrade,” she maintains a passion for health education, and is currently the go-to resource for many on sex after cancer, pelvic floor health, and more. You can regularly find Gretchen slinging sex toys at She Bop, lifting heavy things in a singlet, or talking about feminism to strangers (with permission, of course).

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. One person will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

Jul
28

Flip the Script: Intro to Femdom

Thursday, October 17th — 7:30 pm — $25

Natasha Strange and Viola Parker

Natasha Strange & Viola Parker join forces to share their combined insight as experienced professional dominants. This class is for those at the early stages of exploring, looking to shed the standard expectations of gender, summon your inner dominance, and further explore your feminine power. In addition to establishing strategies for stepping into your dominant mindset, this workshop will explore scene ideas and dirty tricks for topping. Both Natasha and Viola are playful and approachable instructors, covering the basics while giving you insight and anecdotes from behind the scenes.

For individuals or couples at any stage of exploration, this workshop is geared to all shades of femme-identified tops and their partners. Submissives of any gender and presentation are welcome to join with or without a partner. Ticket price is per person.

Mistress Viola is a kinky queer BDSM obsessive with 10 years of professional domination under her garters. Beginning as an apprentice at a house of domination in San Francisco, Mistress Viola has relocated to Portland, OR and over the last five years she has branched from one on one sessions into couples coaching, teaching beginner BDSM workshops, and creating epic local FemDom events and play parties – running two popular monthly play parties 50 Shades of STFU and QUINK! at Sanctuary. She is fiercely devoted to fostering kink community and creating space for kinksters to learn, play, and express who they are without judgement or shame. 

Natasha Strange has been playing professionally for 25 years and has a deep understanding of what draws people to kink. She specializes in creative sadistic escapism and offers sessions in a wide variety of disciplines as well as BDSM coaching for women and couples who are interested in bringing kinky play into their lives. She is the author of a BDSM primer for adults who are curious about kink called Kinky Sex Tips for Curious Girls: A BDSM Activity Book for Beginners. It’s full of color pages, fun activities, puzzles and solid information about kink, consent and communication.

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. One person will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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Jul
28

Relationships on Purpose

Sunday, October 13th — 7:30 pm — $25

Dr. Liz Powell

Are you tired of falling into relationships that don’t fit for you? Do you feel like you’re not getting your needs met by your partners? Learn how to stop feeling frustrated and start getting what you want and need from your relationships!

Most people when they date “end up” in their relationships. What if we consciously designed them instead? Instead of worrying that no one will ever “get” you, or that you’re doomed to failed relationships, this class by Dr. Liz will set you up with a “user manual” that will help any partner show up for you the way you want and need!

In this workshop, we’ll practice thinking about the factors that make for a strong relationship that’s the right fit for you. You’ll explore what commitment means to you and what commitments you’re making to your partners and yourself. In addition, you’ll get dedicated time to explore what your wants and needs look like in relationships, looking at factors like time, how you feel love, how you show love, and the nitty gritty of how relationships unfold.

Stop building your relationships without a blueprint — construct your relationships on purpose!

Dr. Liz believes that great sex can change the world. She’s a sex educator, coach and licensed psychologist (CA 27871) specializing in queer, kinky, and non-monogamous relationships. Dr. Liz has helped couples and singles become more confident in who they are and communicate more effectively with their partners. You can learn more about Dr. Liz and her work on her website.

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. One person will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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Jul
28

BJs with AJ: A Fellatio Workshop

Thursday, October 3rd — 7:30 pm — $25

Amory Jane (AJ)

HEADS UP! Are you a giver who wants to blow your lover’s mind with your incredible oral sex skills? Are you a receiver who wants to learn how to communicate your fantasies and help your partner have fun and be comfortable while going down? Then come one, come all! This is a blowjob class for everyone!

Amory Jane will talk about anatomy, blowjob positions, teasing, mouth and tongue techniques, what to do with your hands, and how to ask for what you want. She will cover sloppy BJs, deep throating, gagging, and playing with power dynamics. She will also share ideas on making oral sex more stimulating and pleasurable for the giver and dealing with issues such as TMJ or neck pain.

This workshop includes a live demo on a strap-on dildo. Bring a pen and paper if you like to take notes, and a dildo from home if you like to practice as you learn!

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. One person will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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Jun
29

Roughhousing for Adults: Rough Sex 101

Wednesday, March 20th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Stella Harris

From hair pulling to being pinned down, from spanking to negotiated face slapping — there are dozens of ways to add intensity to your sex. But getting rough means a bit more planning and communication than you might be used to. This class will show you a variety of rough sex techniques you can use to spice up your own bedroom play as well as teach you to do them safely. Stella will discuss power dynamics and roleplaying, building satisfying scenes, and how to ask for what you want and communicate with your partner about what you’d like to try. Demos on hair pulling, consensual slapping and hitting, and more will be included!

Bring your curiosity and an open mind and get ready to turn things up a notch!

Stella Harris is an author, educator, and coach who focuses on intimacy and connection. As a certified Intimacy Educator, she uses a variety of tools to guide and empower her clients and she teaches everything from pleasure anatomy, to communication skills, to kink and BDSM. She has presented classes for a variety of organizations including the Portland Leather Alliance, the Portland Academy of Sex Ed, Sex Positive Portland, and more, and has spoken at Portland State University, Reed College, and Pacific University. Stella is widely published in print and online, from erotic fiction to educational and lifestyle pieces on sex and kink.

Stella hopes to build a world where everyone has the tools and confidence to explore their sexuality safely and free of shame.

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. One person will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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Jun
29

Sex Positive Parenting: How Do I Talk to My Kids about Sex?

Thursday, September 12th — 7:30 p.m. — $15

Ms. V

Talking about the birds and bees with your child can feel daunting. Join Ms. V for some tips and resources on communicating sex positive and medically accurate information with your kids about all of the questions they might have regarding gender and sexuality. We’ll explore your own sources of shame and discomfort around sexuality that might impact your ability to connect with your child and how, when, and where to have these sensitive conversations.

Ms. V has worked as a sexuality educator for more than 15 years with Planned Parenthood, the Sexual Assault Resource Center, PSU’s Women’s Resource Center, PCC’s Queer Resource Center, and the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center. She also worked as an educator for It’s My Pleasure, Portland’s first sex positive feminist adult store. She is passionate about comprehensive sexual health education, and believes that everyone should have access to accurate and queer/kink/polyamorous affirming information so they can make the best decisions for their bodies and their futures.

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. One person will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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Jun
29

Great Sex During Pregnancy, Postpartum, & Early Parenthood

Thursday, September 5th — 7:30 p.m. — $15

Are you a new parent puzzled by how and when to fit sex into your busy life? Expecting and wanting to know how to have great sex during pregnancy and/or postpartum? This workshop by educators Amory Jane and Jessie Fresh takes a fun, thoughtful, and realistic approach to staying physically intimate and emotionally connected through pregnancy, postpartum, and the first couple years of parenthood.

Amory Jane and Jessie Fresh will challenge traditional ideas about sex and kink for pregnant and postpartum bodies, go over positions that work well during all three trimesters, and share advice on how to have great sex through hormone changes, exhaustion, and new identities. We’ll also focus on postpartum healing, what to expect or prepare for after you or your partner have given birth, and how to communicate through so many major transitions. We’ll also answer any questions you may have, such as how to date each other again after becoming parents, where to have sex if you’re co-sleeping, and much much more!

AJ and Jessie hope to create an inclusive class for all kinds of people who may be going through major life, relationship, and body changes due to pregnancy hormones or becoming parents. This includes queer parents, people who are parents after adopting, sex after surrogacy or pregnancy loss, and “non-traditional” parents who may or may not be genetically related to offspring they are helping to raise.

Amory Jane is veteran sex educator and mother of a toddler, with a background in Couples & Family Therapy. Jessie Fresh is a licensed Erotic Coach who has over 13 years of experience in early childhood development, and who engineered a way to thrive in her sex life during postpartum. They are both passionate about supporting parents to have more love, connection, and joy in their lives.

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. One person will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

Jun
20

Burlesque Basics for the Bedroom & Beyond with Eva D’Luscious

Sunday, September 8th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Eva D'Luscious

Life sucking your sexy? Leave your inhibitions and self-doubt at the door and let your inner showgirl shine in this body-positive burlesque class guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a wiggle in your walk!

Join high priestess of tease and ShowGirl Temple creatrix Eva D’Luscious to learn her “3Ps of Tease” and a sassy routine combining old time burlesque moves like bumps, grinds, shimmies and sassy struts with boa work and a glove peel. Through dance we’ll co-create a safe, welcoming space where we can release our inner showgirls to perform and cheer for each other. Class will end with a delicious stretch and sharing session. Eva utilizes her lifelong dance and fitness training to connect you with your body and provide a solid foundation to move safely with confidence so you can dance through life, and get a surprisingly fun workout.

Wear a sassy outfit you can easily move in and, if you have them, bring long satin gloves, a boa, a long robe and dance heels/heels with ankle straps. Eva’s rule about heels is high enough to feel sexy, low enough to be safe, and feels bare feet are also sexy. A water bottle and a playful attitude are a must!

Eva D’Luscious is a Portland-based MC, burlesque performer, producer and instructor known for putting her students at ease and instigating a love of all things sparkly. A self-avowed dance, holistic living and fitness nerd on a mission to unite and uplift through joyful movement, she has supported many people in revealing their sparkly selves and welcomes beginners and experienced dancers to her classes.

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 1 free class spot to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. One person will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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May
26

Back That Ass Up!: Anal Sex 101

Thursday, August 29th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

AJ (aka Amory Jane)Are you interested in anal pleasure but not sure where to get started? Already tried anal play but wanting to learn some fun tricks and techniques? Whether you’re brand new to the wonderful world of anal or already have some backdoor experience, this class is sure to teach you something new!

In this educational and humorous workshop, AJ will confront taboos, go over anal anatomy, prostate, and the G-spot, discuss anal penetration for beginners, and show great positions for anal sex. She’ll also cover safety and hygiene and give you the inside scoop on all the best lubes and anal toys! This class is open to all genders and sexual appetites.

AJ (aka Amory Jane) is one of Portland’s leading sex educators and sex-positive entertainers. She is the host of the podcast Sex on the Brain with Amory Jane, creator and emcee of the award-nominated Whoopee! A Sex-Positive Variety Showand co-hosts the new sex ed talkshow Talkin’ Dirty. Amory Jane has taught hundreds of sexuality workshops at She Bop and around the country. 

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. Two people will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

May
26

Authentic Kink with Princess Kali

Wednesday, August 21st — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Kinksters often have to depend on erotica and porn to learn what kink looks and feels like, but unfortunately that can create a lot of myths, misunderstandings and accidental mistakes. BDSM is so focused on activity, but just because you’re going through the motions doesn’t mean you’ll have a happy, healthy experience. It can take years (and plenty of bad scenes) to help you learn exactly what you enjoy and why. But it doesn’t have to if you spend time reflecting on your needs and limits ahead of time.

In this class Princess Kali will use storytelling and engaging discussion to teach you how to have the most authentic and fulfilling kink experience possible. Over the last 17 years in the kink scene, Kali has developed a straightforward method for discovering your most authentic kinky self.

You’ll learn:

  • How to dig deeper into your own desires to help you understand articulate them more clearly
  • The difference between style and role and how to use both to your advantage
  • A brand new approach to negotiation that’s proven to create more successful scenes
  • How to break free from any unconscious stereotypes or myths holding you back from fully exploring kink
  • And more!

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please fill out this form if you are interested. Two people will be chosen randomly and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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