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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 AJ, Sid Need, and Gretchen Leigh, we enlist local sexuality instructors such as M. Makael Newby, Annamarie Stockwell, Madison Moone, 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, prostate aficionado Charlie Glickman, podcasting sexpert Sex Nerd Sandra, and author and sex educator Ducky Doolittle.


Feb
28

Pleasure, Power, and Pain: An Introduction to BDSM

Thursday, May 30th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

BDSM — whips, chains, and lots of black leather, right? Well… sometimes! But the world of kink and BDSM covers so much more, from a little rough sex to the opportunity to explore your personal boundaries, both emotional and physical.

If you’ve been curious about something you’ve read, or turned on by a scene in a movie that’s a little rougher than the usual fare, this class is for you! You’ll learn how to use those amazing toys and have the chance to see what they feel like. We’ll also be discussing role play, power dynamics, and resources for finding the local BDSM community.

Bring your fantasies, your questions, and your curiosity and get ready for a hot evening!

Annamarie is a passionate sex educator with a knowledge fetish. Sexuality has been a life-long interest, with a focus on embracing our entire sexual selves, growing as erotic beings, and creating community. She has been presenting and teaching workshops on sexuality, polyamory, and BDSM in the Portland area and around the west coast since 2006.

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please email us at info@sheboptheshop.com with the class name & date in the subject line and some brief information about your circumstances. Two people will be chosen randomly from those who emailed and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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Feb
28

Sexting Myself: How to Take Sexy, Sensual Selfies

Sunday, May 19th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Ev'Yan WhitneyExplore and celebrate your sexuality through the fun and sensual art of sexy self-portraiture. In this class, Ev’Yan Whitney — sexuality doula and sex writer on her blog sexloveliberation.com — will teach you all the tricks and tools you’ll need to take bomb sensual selfies — not just for your lover’s pleasure, but for your pleasure, for your gaze, as a way of acknowledging and expressing the erotic in you.

You can’t be what you can’t see, and sexy selfies can show you your sexual radiance through your own eyes.

In Sexting Myself, there will be a short, interactive lesson about sexy self-portraiture, then you’ll get to try your hand at a sexy selfie in a private, secluded area which Ev’Yan has prepped with props, lights, and a playlist to get you in the mood. Perfect for the seasoned the selfie-taker and selfie novices. All you’ll need is a smartphone that takes pictures.

Note: This class is for women- and femme-identifying folks only.

Limited space available — sign up online!

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Feb
28

STARS: Consent and Communication

Thursday, May 16th — 7:30 p.m. — $10

Evelin Dacker

In the age of #MeToo, consent has become a cultural imperative. While consent is essential for healthy sexuality, many of us have not been taught the skills to put it into consistent practice. Talking about sexual needs and desires is a challenge when we do not have a starting point. STARS is a communication model developed by Dr. Evelin Dacker that provides a guideline for enthusiastic verbal consent. STARS stands for STI/Sexual Health Status, Turn-ons, Avoids, Relationship Intentions/Needs and Safer Sex Etiquette. The STARS model helps all of us communicate effectively about sexual desires, boundaries, health and intentions in a meaningful and natural way.

In this interactive workshop by Dr. Dacker, we will explore and learn about dating in today’s age, the meaning of consensual communication, practice STARS, and share ideas with one another in a safe, structured environment. For the story about the creation of STARS, check out this TEDx Talk. For more information on Evelin Dacker, visit evelindacker.com.

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please email us at info@sheboptheshop.com with the class name & date in the subject line and some brief information about your circumstances. Two people will be chosen randomly from those who emailed and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

Feb
13

Talk Dirty to Me: Aural Skills for Turn On

Sunday, April 14th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Jessie FreshErotic language is one of the hottest tools for creating turn on that lingers all day! Dirty talk, when spoken authentically and confidently, can seduce, tease, heighten arousal, deepen connection, and increase sexual satisfaction. We will be learning how to confidently speak, text or email phrases to make someone hungry for you.

Class will include the basics of erotic communication: what to say, how to say it, when to say it, how to find your authentic voice so you can feel inspired to speak for turn-on, and how you can customize the experience for your partner’s Erotic Blueprint, whether they’re energetic, sensual, sexual, kinky or a shapeshifter.

Jessie Fresh is a licensed Sexual Empowerment Coach that specializes in Erotic Blueprint education. She helps her clients understand their unique arousal wiring so that they can experience magnetic attraction, sexual aliveness, and loving connection. Her mission is to help singles and couples increase self-awareness so they can have more connection, trust, understanding, and pleasure in their lives.

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please email us at info@sheboptheshop.com with the class name & date in the subject line and some brief information about your circumstances. Two people will be chosen randomly from those who emailed and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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Jan
27

Wet & Wild: G-spot and Squirting Orgasms

Stella HarrisWednesday, May 1st — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Ancient societies called it Amrita, the nectar of the gods. Pop culture regularly debates whether it’s urine. Whichever camp you fall in, squirting is a hot topic.

In this class, Stella Harris will cover internal and external anatomy with special emphasis on what is commonly known as the G-spot — but is becoming better understood as the clitourethrovaginal (CUV) complex. She’ll talk about everything from sex toys to touch techniques you can try alone or with a partner to experience an internal orgasm, and ways you can increase your chances of squirting.

Just as essential as sexual skills, Stella will discuss how to become comfortable with your body and with your partner, and ways to talk about touch and exploration that will put everyone at ease.

Stella Harris is building a world where everyone has the confidence to explore their sexuality safely and free of shame. 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. Stella has presented at venues and conferences nationally including Catalyst Con, KinkFest Portland, COPE Ohio, and Seattle’s Center for Sex Positive Culture. She has also spoken at Portland State University, Reed College, Lewis & Clark College and Pacific University.

Stella has been widely quoted in the media and she’s made guest appearances on numerous podcasts including Sex on the Brain and Playboy Radio. Her articles have appeared on Thought Catalog, Kinkly.com, and Fetish.com, and her fiction is included in more than a dozen anthologies.

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please email us at info@sheboptheshop.com with the class name & date in the subject line and some brief information about your circumstances. Two people will be chosen randomly from those who emailed and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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Jan
27

Seductive Peeling with Eva D’Luscious

Sunday, April 28th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Eva D'LusciousBring out the “tease” in your strip to entice your partner with seductive peeling. Learn the 3 Ps of striptease from high priestess of tease and ShowGirl Temple creatrix Eva D’Luscious in a welcoming and safe space. Eva’s 3 Ps apply to all strippable items, so we’ll learn and practice how to work with various pieces, and discuss general principals for creating an exciting experience for your audience, be they one or many.

Items you may wish to bring for practice: robe/coat, skirt, corset, gloves, bra, shoes high enough to make you feel sexy and low enough to be safe.

No nudity required; wear under pieces that will not come off. We’ll layer the sexy stuff on top. 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!

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Jan
26

Advanced Anal Pleasure with Tristan Taormino

Monday, April 22nd — 7:30 p.m. — $25 —This class will be held at the Q Center, 3 blocks north of the North Portland She Bop at 4115 N. Mississippi.

Tristan TaorminoSo, you’ve got the basics of the butt down. Are you ready to take the next step in anal pleasure? Tristan Taormino will discuss many advanced topics, including: the ins and outs of anal penetration; pros and cons of different positions; orgasms through anal penetration; extended butt plug wearing; strap-on anal sex and pegging; advanced anal toys; and anal fisting; plus, an extensive Q&A.

Tristan Taormino is an award-winning author, sex educator, college lecturer, feminist pornographer, and the host of Sex Out Loud, a weekly radio show and podcast. She is the editor of 25 anthologies and author of eight books, including The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women and The Anal Sex Position Guide. She has directed and produced twenty-four sex educational and porn films including four titles dedicated to anal pleasure.

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please email us at info@sheboptheshop.com with the class name & date in the subject line and some brief information about your circumstances. Two people will be chosen randomly from those who emailed and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

Jan
25

From the Bedroom to the Boardroom

Thursday, April 11th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Melanie Moseley and Leah CareyWhat do you need in bed? What do you need at work? Asking for a spanking and asking for a promotion are not that different! Develop your prowess in the bedroom and your finesse in the boardroom at the same time.

Join educator entertainers Melanie Moseley and Leah Carey for a workshop that will be both entertaining and empowering. This workshop will include real-life anecdotes, a lively lecture, and interactive exercises around both sexy and professional situations. Experience and practice what it feels like to: distinguish between a yesno, and maybe; say no with clarity and confidence; and identify your needs (and believe you’re worthy of having them fulfilled).

Mel Moseley has an MA in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon. She is a storyteller, actor, teacher, and musician with more than 25 years of experience in education and performance art. This spring and summer she’s touring her one-woman show, Sexology: The Musical, which debuted at the Come Inside Festival in Portland. Follow her travels and her van life on her website.

Leah Carey is a Sexual Communication Coach and the creator and host of the “Good Girls Talk About Sex” podcast. She helps people learn to communicate about sex so they get what they really want in bed, rather than just accepting what they’re given. She has 15 years of experience as a workshop facilitator, including helping people translate their personal stories to the stage. Find her online and listen to the podcast on all major podcast platforms.

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please email us at info@sheboptheshop.com with the class name & date in the subject line and some brief information about your circumstances. Two people will be chosen randomly from those who emailed and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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Dec
30

Roughhousing for Adults: Rough Sex 101

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

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 email us at info@sheboptheshop.com with the class name & date in the subject line and some brief information about your circumstances. Two people will be chosen randomly from those who emailed and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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Dec
30

How To Be A Sex-Positive Healthcare Provider

Thursday, March 14th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Evelin DackerSexuality is often disregarded when assessing our patient’s health and happiness. Our own personal values, lack of knowledge, and discomfort around talking about sex are barriers to obtaining a holistic understanding of our patients. As the #MeToo movement, gender concerns, and the diversification of relationship and sexual styles become more prominent in our culture, it is important that we become more aware of how to navigate these changes. This class taught by Evelin Dacker, MD will help address and educate medical providers and healthcare professionals on becoming comfortable and successful in addressing the sexual concerns of our patients and provide tools to do so.

Evelin Dacker, MD is a sex-positive primary care doctor. She is board certified in Family Medicine and has a board certification in Holistic and Integrative Medicine, and a certification from the Institute for Functional Medicine. She specializes in Women’s Health, hormones, nutrition, and sexual healing. She is also the C.E.O of Sex Positive Portland and teaches classes on how to communicate with sexual partners (see maketimeforthetalk.com), sexually transmitted infections without shame, and personal boundaries and Consent.

If you are a healthcare practitioner, let us know in the notes when you sign up for this class so we can make sure we can supply you with a bag of discount coupons and lube samples to share with your patients!

Limited space available — sign up online!

We’re offering 2 free class spots to folks with financial need; please email us at info@sheboptheshop.com with the class name & date in the subject line and some brief information about your circumstances. Two people will be chosen randomly from those who emailed and contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

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