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Unless otherwise indicated, all classes are held at our Mississippi location at 909 N. Beech St. When signing up for classes online, put in your address, click "calculate shipping," then choose the shipping option for Store Pickup. You will not need to bring a receipt to class. Class cancellation policy: refund in the form of store credit if cancellation is at least 24 hours prior to the event.

Workshops can be ASL interpreted upon request. Please request interpretation at least 48 hours in advance in the notes section of your order or email us at info@sheboptheshop.com.

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How to Be a Sex-Positive Medical Provider — FULL — email info@sheboptheshop.com with your name and phone # to be added to wait list

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

Do 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 is full. Please send an e-mail with your name & phone number to info@sheboptheshop.com to be added to our waitlist. Please sign up for our monthly email newsletter to be alerted about upcoming classes.



Fellatio 2.0: An Oral Sex Upgrade! — FULL — email info@sheboptheshop.com with your name and phone # to be added to wait list

Thursday, May 3rd — 7:30 p.m. — $20

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!

This class is full. Please send an e-mail with your name & phone number to info@sheboptheshop.com to be added to our waitlist. Please sign up for our monthly email newsletter to be alerted about upcoming classes.



Love's Not Color Blind: Race & Representation in Polyamorous Communities

Thursday, May 10th — 7:30 p.m. — $15

Kevin PattersonPolyamorous people and communities can appear, at first glance, to be very open and welcoming. However, in many cases, they don't take the time to get introspective about why they may come across as unfriendly or inaccessible to people of color. Join Kevin Patterson, author of Love's Not Color Blind: Race and Representation in Polyamorous and Other Alternative Communities, for this combined book signing, workshop, and discussion about what we can do to change that landscape.

This book-signing event comes bundled with a workshop on intersectional polyamory + a personally-driven discussion/Q&A on how race can impact polyamory on both individual and community levels. The book Love's Not Color Blind will be 10% off the night of the class.

Kevin Patterson is an active member of the Philadelphia polyamory community. He's been practicing ethical non-monogamy since 2002 after opening up a relationship that eventually became his marriage. In 2015, Kevin was inspired to start Poly Role Models, an interview series for people describing their experiences with polyamory. Poly Role Models is part of a drive and a desire to change the way our lives and communities are viewed. It is currently the most diverse and inclusive platform for polyamory available.

To continue the discussion of polyamorous representation, Kevin has extended the blog's work into nationwide speaking engagements about how race and polyamory intersect. This has led to the writing of the book  Love's Not Color Blind.

Limited space available — sign up online!



Introduction to Rope Bondage — FULL — email info@sheboptheshop.com with your name and phone # to be added to wait list

Wednesday, May 16th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Does the idea of restraint turn you on? Do you want to learn the building blocks of rope bondage? In this class, Stella Harris will teach you basic safety along with the single column tie, double column tie, and a simple chest harness. With these fundamentals you will be able to improvise and create many different bondage positions and hot scenarios. You'll also learn ways to use rope to build intimacy and connection while you're tying, and tricks to help you build confidence as a beginner.

It's ideal if you attend this class 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, and most of these ties can also be practiced solo. Please bring rope if you have it, but some practice rope will be available. Absolute beginners are encouraged to attend!

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.

This class is full. Please send an e-mail with your name & phone number to info@sheboptheshop.com to be added to our waitlist. Please sign up for our monthly email newsletter to be alerted about upcoming classes.



Swinging & Threesomes & Orgies, Oh My!

Thursday, May 31st — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Amory JaneJoin 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!



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!


 

Sexting Myself: How to Take Sexy, Sensual Selfies

Sunday, June 10th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

Explore 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!



Eating Out: Your Recipe for Outstanding Oral Sex

Thursday, June 28th — 7:30 p.m. — $20

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, we will cover vulva anatomy, tongue techniques, safer sex tools, getting your hands (and toys!) into the action, creative positioning for various bodytypes, and most importantly - how to request, give, and receive constructive feedback on your technique! We welcome you to 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 like "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!



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

Wednesday, 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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