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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
31

Modern Dating: A Safe, Practical, and Fun Approach

Wednesday, August 15th — 7:30 pm — $15

Stella HarrisMaybe you’re getting back into the dating game after a long break, or maybe dating has always seemed tricky — either way, this class will give you the knowledge and tools to dive in!

These days, everyone has heard of online dating, even if they’ve never tried it. For a variety of reasons, online dating sites are increasingly the way people meet each other. With everyone working more and more, meeting people the old fashioned way, through friends or social gatherings, isn’t always practical.

So what are the considerations when meeting someone online? We’ll talk about how to write a compelling profile and present yourself in a flattering (and honest!) way, as well as ways to stay safe when meeting someone for the first (or second, or third) time. You’ll also learn current information about STIs, ways to protect yourself, and communication skills for bringing up the conversation with potential partners.

This class will also include a brief overview of different relationship styles, such as open relationships, polyamory, and swinging, so that you can have the information you need to decide what you’re looking for, and you’ll know what other people mean if they say that’s what they’re into. By the end of this class there will be nothing stopping you from creating an awesome profile and going out to meet new people!

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!

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May
31

Pleasure Mastery Workshop: An Introduction to Erotic Blueprints™

Sunday, July 29th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

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!

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May
17

Rope Bondage 201

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

You’ve taken the Introduction to Rope Bondage class and/or you’ve already learned the single column tie, double column tie, and basic chest harness. So, now what? It’s time to level up! In this 201 rope class Stella will show you how to put those ties together to create positions such as the hogtie and shrimp tie, and other positions that can be used for kink and sex. We’ll also dive deeper into rope handling, building intimacy and connection, and how to create a full scene with rope. We’ll demo these positions and techniques and give you time to practice them yourself.

Since these ties are more complex and intimate, you’ll get the most out of this class if you attend with a practice partner (please note that the $20 registration is per person), but folks who come alone may be able to pair off with other students. Please bring rope if you have it, but some practice rope will be available. Also, please bring a yoga mat and/or blanket because we’ll be on the floor for this class.

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!

Apr
19

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

AnnamarieWednesday, July 11th — 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!

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Apr
19

Eating Out: Your Recipe for Outstanding Oral Sex

Thursday, June 28th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Gretchen LeighCunnilingus-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!

Mar
27

Build-a-Vibe with Crave!

Saturday, April 14th (12 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Sunday, April 15th (12 p.m. to 7 p.m.) — FREE or $95

Build-a-Vibe with CraveHave you ever wanted to build your own vibrator? Now’s your chance! Sex toy manufacturer Crave is zooming across the country on their Pleasure Tour, and they’re making a stop in Portland!

Visit our Mississippi location Saturday, April 14th or Sunday, April 15th and climb inside the Crave Design Factory — a 1961 Airstream that’s been transformed into a showroom, design studio, and mini factory. Drop in any time between noon and 8 pm on Saturday and noon and 7 pm on Sunday. Peruse Crave’s product line (Crave toys are 20% off in the Airstream or in-store during the event!) and meet Ti Chang, co-founder and head of design at Crave, to learn a bit about what goes into vibrator design and how the company’s products are manufactured.

Interested in building your very own vibrator? Choose a time slot and purchase it here on our site to secure your spot. The fun and informative Build-a-Vibe workshop includes step-by-step guidance as you assemble your very own pre-release Duet Pro rechargeable vibe to take home! The Duet Pro combines the two-tipped form factor of the Crave Duet with a web app that lets you develop custom vibration patterns and reload them on the vibrator as often as you like. The Duet Pro will retail for $200, so this is a great deal!

Sound fun? Pop into Crave’s Airstream outside our Mississippi location April 14th through 15th or sign up for a Build-a-Vibe spot now. After all, when is another vibrator factory going to roll into town?

Accessibility: while the Airstream itself is not fully accessible, we have an alternative plan for wheelchair users. Just let us know in advance via email (info@sheboptheshop.com) — we’ll be happy to accommodate you!

Sign up now for a build-a-vibe spot!

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Mar
10

Sexting Myself: How to Take Sexy, Sensual Selfies

Sunday, June 10th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

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. You’ll also receive a zine in the class that will help you with poses, playing with certain props, and even photo editing recommendations that you can use after the class is over.

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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Mar
10

Pleasure, Power, and Pain: An Introduction to BDSM

Wednesday, June 6th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

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!

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Mar
10

Swinging & Threesomes & Orgies, Oh My!

Amory JaneThursday, May 31st — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Join sex educator and HUMP! 2015 Film Festival winner, Amory Jane, for a class on partner swapping, sex parties, threesomes, foursomes, and moresomes!

Are you excited about making your group sex fantasies come true but don’t know where to start? Do you and your partner want to try swinging or having a threesome together but are worried about how it may affect your relationship? Well, start learning how to make your fantasies a smart and safe reality with this workshop!

Amory Jane will talk about the differences between swinging, orgies, and threeways (and their unique benefits and considerations), give pointers on how to pick play partners wisely, and will cover important group sex etiquette. She will lead participants through exercises in communication and negotiating boundaries and ground rules, and she’ll also discuss jealousy and other emotions that may arise.

Limited space available — sign up online!

Feb
4

How to Be a Sex-Positive Medical Provider

Wednesday, April 25th — 7:30 p.m. — $15

Hunter RileyDo you work in healthcare and wish you had more resources for patients who have sex and relationship questions? Do you sometimes feel embarrassed talking to patients about their sex lives? Sex is a quality of life issue for most people, and knowing how to discuss the subject with patients is key — whether it’s someone needing a dilator set, a lubricant that doesn’t cause irritation, information on kink, etc.

In this informative class, Hunter Riley will go over how healthcare providers can help their patients feel more comfortable talking about sex, sexuality, relationships, gender and more. Small independent sex shops like She Bop can offer the support and guidance that so many people crave, but due to time constraints, aren’t always able to offer training programs for providers themselves. This workshop is geared specifically toward those in healthcare and helping professions.

We will talk about:

  • How prepared and comfortable do you feel right now to address client issues surrounding sexuality?
  • What biases or beliefs do you hold regarding sexuality, and how can you address them?
  • How do sex shops play a role in supporting people with their relationship and sex questions and challenges?

Hunter Riley is a sex educator, speaker and social media maven and manages the medical outreach program at Self Serve Toys in Albuquerque. She has presented and trained with different organizations including university hospitals, med schools, mental health provider conferences, nursing conferences, sexual assault nurse examiners, and more.

If you are a health care 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!

This class has already taken place. Thanks for attending!

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