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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.


May
3

Even More Pleasure, Power, and Pain: Expanding Your BDSM Experiences

AnnamarieWednesday, July 31st — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Do you have a basic understanding of BDSM play? Perhaps you’ve read some of the how-to manuals, own some kinky toys, took a class or two, or have explored some sexy role play in the bedroom. Where do you go from here?

In this class, you’ll learn skills to help you build hot, intense scenes no matter what you’re into. We’ll cover how to take some of the BDSM basics a bit farther, plus learn some edgier types of play such as CBT, nipple/breast torment, and orgasm control. Be ready to try things out (optional, but so much fun!), ask questions, and share your experiences!

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. You can learn more at her website Kinky, Sexy, Geeky.

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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Apr
28

How to Support a Survivor: From Ally to Accomplice

Sunday, June 9th — 7:30 pm — $10-25

Jimanekia EbornLearn to be a better ally and support sexual assault survivors! This class is for survivors and their friends, families, and partners. We will cover ally/accomplice definitions, learn correct ways and wrong ways to support a survivor, provide tools for navigating internal struggles when you are an ally, and discover different ways to give and find support in the community. You will receive insight into what survivors may be going through, and will get to do some interactive work to try out your skills, and more! *Please note this class is interactive and encourages participation to get the most from it!

Jimanekia is an assault survivor and sexuality educator devoted to supporting survivors, as well as supporting and building better allies within the community. With her help, by the end of this class, you’ll learn how to go from an ally to an accomplice. You will learn how to show up for the survivors in your life in a way you may not have known was possible.

Jimanekia Eborn has worked in mental health for the last 10 years, which is where she saw the need for sexual education and sexual trauma support. This has led to her passion for assisting and supporting those that are sexual assault survivors and those without access to comprehensive sex education. Her compassion and passion for these populations have pushed her to continue building safe spaces for clientele, sharing education, and supporting their mental spaces. You can find her work at Traumaqueen.love.

This is a sliding scale class with the following options:

$25 — standard class fee — please pay if you have the funds
$10 — low-income fee — for those experiencing economic hardship
$20 donation ONLY — this does not reserve a spot in class but is a donation to help more low-income folks attend

Limited space available — sign up online!

If you cannot afford the $10 class price and would like to apply for a free scholarship spot, please email us with the class name & date in the subject line and some brief information about your circumstances. Scholarship recipients will be chosen randomly from those who emailed and will be contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

Apr
28

Reconnecting with Your Sexuality After Trauma

Thursday, June 6th — 7:30 pm — $10-25

Jimanekia EbornA lot of people feel like survivors should not be sexual, but “Trauma Queen” podcast host, Jimanekia Eborn, thinks that is ridiculous.

Jimanekia is a sexual assault survivor and sex educator devoted to guiding other survivors in everyday life. In this workshop, she will cover the different types of sexual trauma and provide a starting place for healthy processing. There will be discussion about things that may come up for survivors and how to tackle them, as well as some tools to get you reconnected with your sexuality. Because trauma is something that has happened to you. It is not all of you.

By the end of this class, you’ll learn how to start the healing process and begin to handle the shame that may be connected with surviving a sexual trauma.

DISCLAIMER: This class is not therapy or a replacement for professional psychological care. It is a course run by a sex educator with knowledge of living and loving in the world as a survivor of sexual assault. We will not be delving into memories or interpreting yours.

Jimanekia Eborn has worked in mental health for the last 10 years, which is where she saw the need for sexual education and sexual trauma support. This has led to her passion for assisting and supporting those that are sexual assault survivors and those without access to comprehensive sex education. Her compassion and passion for these populations have pushed her to continue building safe spaces for clientele, sharing education, and supporting their mental spaces. You can find her work at Traumaqueen.love.

This is a sliding scale class with the following options:

$25 — standard class fee — please pay if you have the funds
$10 — low-income fee — for those experiencing economic hardship
$20 donation ONLY — this does not reserve a spot in class but is a donation to help more low-income folks attend

Limited space available — sign up online!

If you cannot afford the $10 class price and would like to apply for a free scholarship spot, please email us with the class name & date in the subject line and some brief information about your circumstances. Scholarship recipients will be chosen randomly from those who emailed and will be contacted at least 2 weeks prior to class to confirm.

Apr
26

Pleasure Mastery Workshop: An Introduction to Erotic Blueprints™

Sunday, July 28th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Jessie FreshDo you know what your Erotic Blueprint™ is? It’s the unique map to your arousal! Haven’t heard of these blueprints? Don’t worry, it’s a new discovery in sexuality. There are 5 types: Energetic, Sensual, Sexual, Kinky, & Shapeshifter. Each blueprint has very specific turn ons, turn offs, superpowers and challenges.

In this workshop, Jessie Fresh will teach you all about your own Erotic Blueprints needs and desires, as well as any lover you encounter. Whether you’re single and craving satisfaction, together and feeling alone or unfed, or hot and taking it to the next level, this workshop is sure to teach you something orgasmic! Erotic Blueprints may be the foundation to greater understanding, therefore greater sexual satisfaction, and eventually pleasure mastery.

Class will include both an educational component and a live demo, teaching you how to somatically test on the body for what turns you on (no nudity required). Bonus: you’ll learn a sexy game to discover your highest states of arousal!

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 people end unnecessary suffering, shame, and guilt in their sexuality by providing the tools, skills and education for ultimate empowerment.

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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Apr
26

Tied Up, Now What?

Wednesday, July 17th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

Stella HarrisRope bondage has a huge appeal, but people often ask “what happens next?” This class by Stella Harris answers that question. We’ll cover ways to make rope the whole point of your scene, as well as ways to use rope to facilitate other kinds of play, like impact, pressure points, sensation, and yes, even sex.

Stella’s rope play has a focus on intimacy and connection, and she uses rope as a tool to facilitate those goals, rather than for its own sake. This class won’t be showing you any new knots or ties, instead it will use whatever rope skills you already have and build from there. Don’t worry if you only know the basics; even dragging rope sensually across the skin counts as rope play.

Bring some rope and a practice partner and be ready to participate in exercises — you may wish to bring a yoga mat or blanket, too.

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.

Apr
26

Fellatio 2.0: An Oral Sex Upgrade!

Gretchen LeighThursday, July 11th — 7:30 p.m. — $25

You know the basics: your hand-mouth coordination is on point, you’ve timed your breathing to a T, and you have an A+ in anatomy. Now’s your chance to take things up a notch!

Join She Bop educator Gretchen Leigh as she takes you through the ins and outs and ups and downs of advanced fellatio. We’ll dive deep into deep throating, play with power dynamics (bondage, dirty talk, and CBT, anyone?), explore hot blow job techniques for non-traditional recipients including strap-ons, soft cocks, and enlarged clits, brush up on butt stuff, build ball-handling know-how, get creative with oral sex positions, and more!

Come one come all, fellatio aficionados and enthusiasts — this class is open to blow job givers and receivers of all genders and orientations. This class will include a live demo on a dildo; please feel free to bring a pen and paper if you’d like to take notes, or a toy from home if you’d 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 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.

Mar
31

Chair Tease Burlesque with Eva D’Luscious

Sunday, June 23rd — 7:30 pm — $25

Eva D'LusciousSassy, classy or seductive, chair tease is a delicious way to feel your sensuality and share it with a partner. Join high priestess of tease and ShowGirl Temple creatrix Eva D’Luscious to learn the basics of a graceful and enticing chair tease, including a mini routine and tips on dancing with your partner in the chair.

Wear workout or fitness clothing that allow you to move easily. You are welcome to bring heels that slip off easily (but feel secure when on) and thigh-high stockings to practice stocking peels. Sensuous chair dancing requires core strength, so Eva will bring her experience as a group fitness instructor into class for some core strengthening exercises — be prepared to sweat a little. 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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Mar
31

BJs with AJ: A Fellatio Workshop

Thursday, June 20th — 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 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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Mar
31

This Heart Holds Many Book Reading & Event with Koe Creation

Koe CreationSunday, June 2nd — 7:30 pm — FREE (with option to pre-order This Heart Holds Many at 10% off)

As polyamory becomes ever more present in our society, the question blooming in people’s minds is: what about the children!? Fortunately, Koe Creation is here with an answer. This Heart Holds Many: My Life as the Nonbinary Millennial Child of a Polyamorous Family is a memoir highlighting both the logistics and agreements that contributed to one of the most positively unique childhoods you’ve ever heard of!

During this reading, Koe will share their stories of crowded parent teacher conferences, queer youth summer camp, and parental adoptions over potluck dinner that were typical of their otherwise divergent upbringing raised in a queer polyamorous family. In true polyam fashion, there will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A and you are encouraged to share your experiences in building intentional, sex-positive family!

Choose from two RSVP options:

  • RSVP only (free)
  • RSVP and purchase This Heart Holds Many at a 10% discount ($16.20), to be picked up in-store the night of the event*

Koe Creation’s award winning involvement in Sex Education, LGBTQ Activism, Public Health Advocacy and work within Polyamorous and Kink communities began taking professional shape in 2005, as a peer educator working in high schools. Koe has served the community through public speaking, media appearance, executive administration and a long standing verbal relationship with the Polyamory Weekly podcast. Their new memoir, This Heart Holds Many, is the first book written on multi-generational polyamorous families, from the child’s perspective.

Books will also be available at a special discounted price the night of the event.

* If you purchase the book option but do not attend the event, you will be responsible for picking up your book at our Mississippi location.

Limited space available — RSVP online!

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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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