Originally published @ Well + Good
In late 2019, Well+Good predicted that 2020 would mark an all-time high point for the sexual pleasure of vulva-owners—and so far, we haven’t been disappointed. Along with heralding in an era of high-tech vibrators and learning how both solo and partnered pleasure activities can survive during quarantine, an open and honest conversation about sex is slowly but surely becoming the norm. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the packed calendar of digital sex-positive workshops scheduled for the weeks ahead.
The International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM) defines sex-positive folks as people who are “open to learning more about sex and sexual activity“—and these are definitely qualities of those attending and hosting the summer workshops below. If you find yourself wanting to get in on the conversation (and learn a ton about sex and desire along the way) check out the following digital sex-positive workshops and events to sign up for ASAP.
6 sex-positive workshops to sign up for this summer
1. Mindful Sex: Engaging Mind & Body for the Best Sex Ever with Dr. Holly Richmond
June 24 at 6:30 p.m., ET, $15
Hosted by sexual-wellness company Dame Products, this workshop features somatic psychologist and certified sex therapist Holly Richmond, LMFT, who will give tips on having—you guessed it—the best sex ever.
“Having sex is both an emotional and physical experience, so it makes sense to use the mind and the body as resources for pleasure and connection,” reads the event description. “Using methods of mindfulness and tantra practices, and drawing on principles of neuroscience and polyvagal theory, participants will learn to use the mind and body together—not focus on one over the other—to have their best sex ever.”
2. Afrosexology Less Oppression More Orgasms
June 25 at 7 p.m., ET $97
This workshop invites Black people of all genders, sexual orientations, gender expressions, disabilities, and religions to join in on a workshop about getting in touch with your most erotic self. “We all have a source of power, knowledge, and pleasure within us that comes from the erotic. The erotic informs us of the relationships, experiences, and things we desire in our life. Now is the time to honor and reclaim our erotic selves, erotic voice, and erotic power. It’s time for us to reject the sex negativity that this world projects onto us so we can begin living lives full of pleasure,” reads the event page.
The price on this one may seem steep, but you’ll walk away with a 25-page workshop and a “curated list of resources for your sexual liberation journey.” Afrosexology will also host a followup workshop on June 28, 2020 at 5 p.m., ET, for those outside the Black community, also $97.
3. Feminist Sex Ed: Queer Sex 101
June 25 at 8:30 p.m., ET, $20
“Mainstream sex ed probably hasn’t answered the questions you have about having sex as a queer (or questioning) person, but now, they’ll be answered,” reads the event page. Hosted by sex educator Cassandra Corrado, the curriculum of this particular evening will include learning about sexual wellness from a queer perspective, finding your euphoria in the bedroom, and creating the love and pleasure you deserve.
4. Sticky Stories: A Very Sticky Send-Off
June 26 at 7:30 p.m., ET, suggested $30 donation
The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (CSPH), which has been instrumental in providing open discourse and dialogue about the many shades of sex and sexuality, is at risk for going out of business by the end of the summer. To help keep its doors open, the company will be transforming the next in its event series, Sticky Stories, into a fund-raiser. Expect live readings, diary entries, sex adventures (and misadventures) at these live events.
5. Couples Communication: How to Have Your Needs Met
July 8 at 6:30 p.m., ET, $15
Another event hosted by Dame Products, this workshop will investigate the tricky territory of coupled conversation during COVID-19. Led by licensed therapist and Viva Wellness co-founder Jor-El Caraballo, LMHC, you’ll log off from the session with new strategies for how to talk about your needs effectively with your partner in good times and in the midst of arguments.
6. KEW 2020 Virtual Kink Educational Workshop
July 25-26, suggested donation of $40
A whole weekend of kink intel is coming up at the end of July, and it’s sure to be an educational couple of days. With 18 courses available for you to sign up for, including “Domming from the bottom” and “Impact for non-masochist,” you’re likely to expand your pleasure horizons.