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posted Friday, December 25, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 52
Laughter, Giggles, Moans and Groans; Beyond 50 Shades of Sexy
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Laughter, Giggles, Moans and Groans; Beyond 50 Shades of Sexy

by Mac S. McGregor and Pamela Madsen - Special to SGN

Maybe it's time for all of us Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Straight and Transgender - Everyone across the binary to come together and explore with humor and straight talk what it is to bring the fun and the sexy back into our own bodies and our relationships?

As internationally known sex educators we will support you in growing the seeds of your own desires, by learning new skills without shame and with intense pleasure in this one day (with an overflow) non-residential workshop. If you have a body, you are welcome to attend!

This workshop is about breaking down the walls and finding what we all need when it comes to creating the playful and the extraordinary in our erotic lives. Gender and Sexual Orientation is simply the container. We are going deeper. Imagine that?

The workshop will begin with a meet and greet and continue on to the morning with an optional evening event. This is a clothing-on event on Friday evening and Saturday during the day with a nudity optional lab opportunity on Saturday evening.

Here's 'the thing' about sexuality; sometimes we talk the sexy and the pleasure right out of sex! And if you are like most people, you want to get out of your brains just for a little while, and you want to get into your bodies. You are yearning to laugh and to play.

When was the last time you played with your sexuality? When was the last time you did something different?

To truly experience what it is to have sexual freedom, we need to cultivate our erotic imagination and drop the labels. For each of us, our sexual freedom and playfulness lies in our ability and willingness to create a sexuality of our very own. Forget normal. In truth, what works for doctors and some psychotherapists putting the human experiences into boxes of normal and not normal does not always serve us when it comes to sexuality. Sexuality is often politically incorrect. And, of course, that being said, 'Safe, Sane and Consensual' is always a part of what we teach.

What if we were each invited to view our sexuality as a work of art, and we handed you a blank canvas that was the size of the biggest wall you had ever seen, and an endless supply of colorful paints, pencils and markers. What if we invited you to fill this tremendous blank canvas with your erotic desires? What if you felt truly free enough to create your very own sexuality without shame, judgment or inhibitions? What if we invited you to play in your sexuality?

The human erotic imagination may be one of the golden keys to having an extraordinary sex life. So many of us are raised with a spoken and unspoken understanding of what is allowable and what is not, when it comes to having sex. We are raised with this idea of what is 'normal' and 'approved' and what is 'kinky.'

Quite literally for many of us, our erotic imagination gets shut down and we are left with a very short list of what is allowable for us in our expression of sexuality. Everything else is somehow made 'taboo' or 'dirty' or 'not normal.'

That leaves us either filled with shame over desires that we may think are wrong, or we simply become numbed out to the possibilities.

For others, we may simply have not explored how to cultivate our erotic imagination.

So what makes up our erotic imagination? What are some tools to free up and explore our erotic imagination?

So let's go Beyond Fifty Shades of Sexy!
You will walk out of this workshop designed for all genders, sexual orientations, singles and couples with some wonderful ideas about how to create the playful, hot and sexy in your bedroom and beyond.

Do you want sexgasms, playgasms, orgasms and laughgasms? Then this is the perfect raucous, information-packed, fun, play shop for you. We will discuss and demonstrate an extraordinary array of toys, techniques, and ideas to get your own erotic imagination going!

You will learn all kinds of ways to extend pleasure until you are squealing with delight! And we are talking about with all of your partner's parts and your own.

Participants will discover that both the giving and receiving of touch is not only fun and delicious, it's also transformational and healing. Through a series of mini-lectures, demonstrations, movement, breath and touch exercises, we will open our hearts to what is possible through the power of touch.

What you will explore:
Getting Down to The Basics: We will unwrap the 'Foundations of Sexuality,' and not only teach you the 'Erotic Equation,' we will demonstrate it for you.

Understanding the pleasures of erotic massage. Learn the basics through a live demonstration and even learn how to bring elements of kink into a massage!

How do you create an invitation for sex? And the power of flirting! Sounds simple, but it often isn't. We will give you the tools of effective sexual invitation and how to keep your sexual encounters in the 'I want more' place to be!

Communication and Boundaries: Overcome the fear of setting limits and be comfortable with your own boundaries. Explore your own 'pleasure ceiling,' and challenge yourself to raise it.

Exploring Gender Roles and Erotic Energy
Mindful Practices - Movement, breath and meditations will be offered to help participants become present to the subtleties of giving and receiving touch.

We will teach you games and touch explorations - Through guided exercises, improve your touch skills and deepen your capacity to connect with self or partner(s).

Receiving Pleasure - Utilizing conscious relaxation, verbal/non-verbal communication and active receiving, we will heighten our ability to become more present to pleasure.

The Playful:
Curious about 'Power Games,' 'Role Play,' and how to make that not only playful but a bit dangerous, safely? We got that! Truth is, that what is known as BD/SM is a thrilling play of power, sex, and creativity.

Mac and Pamela will introduce you to role and power dynamics, exquisite toys, and some of their favorite tools for creating a new kind of play and some incredibly hot sex for you to try on your own.



Explore Sexual fantasy. Allowing ourselves to travel freely in our own mind and explore without shame or putting any labels of judgment around our sexual fantasies.

We will play with costumes. Do you have a secret sexual alter ego? Who would you be? Have you ever spent time with your sexual alter ego? We will explore that.

What about consent? Speaking your desires? Asking for what you want and don't want in a way that can be heard? We will go there, too. It's more than saying the right words. Consent allows you to go deeper into pleasure and we are not taught the tools. You will leave this workshop with the skills of listening to your partner and yourself moment by moment.

Come find out what you can do to make your sex life hotter, juicier, and more passionate! These tools will work for any sexual activity, including yummy vanilla or naughty kink, and can be used by people of all genders and sexual orientations. You're welcome to come with a partner, a friend, or solo.

Workshop Dates:
Friday, January 8th at 7 p.m. (wine and cheese reception); Saturday, January 8th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (snacks provided please bring a bagged lunch). Dinner break on your own. Optional play shop from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cost: $200.00 per person. Tickets are limited! Get tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/giggles-wiggles-moans-and-groan-beyond-fifty-shades-of-sexy-tickets-19820530741 Location will be given upon registration

About Pamela and Mac
Pamela Madsen is an Integrative Life Coach specializing In Women's Issues: Sexuality, Fertility, Body Image, Wellness and Rejuvenation. Pamela founded The American Fertility Association and is Co-Director of 'Back To The Body: Sensuous Retreats For Women' a first of it's kind sexuality retreat for women. Pamela has supported hundreds of women and couples to connect to their bodies for the first time, or relight their fire. Known for her playful, vulnerable and forward thinking voice she is a favorite on speaking circuit. Her book 'Shameless: How I Ditched The Diet: Got Naked, Found True Pleasure and Somehow Got Home in Time to Cook Dinner' (Rodale) has been a #1 Best Seller on Amazon. She is a sexuality blogger at Psychology Today and The Huffington Post with a readership in the millions, and has made appearances on 'Oprah,' 'The Today Show,' and '60 Minutes' as well as many other news outlets. You can learn more about Pamela here: http://www.PamelaMadsen.org/

Mac S. McGregor is unique in the world of sex and gender education combining his extensive knowledge around sexuality with his unparallelled expertise in Martial Arts and Energetics. A sought after teacher in the world of sexuality from energetics to kink to gender, Mac is known for his extensive knowledge in making sexuality accessible, playful and sacred for everyone. Mac is also an internationally known Martial Arts & Chi Master, has been a world champion martial arts fighter and former U.S. Karate team member. Mac has been honored with the title Shihan and Sensei. Shihan means Teacher of Teachers and He/She who paves the way.

Mac has coached 58 national champions and 29 Junior Olympic champions and holds Black Belt ranking in 17 different styles of martial arts. Mac is a leader and activist in Gender Issues and LGBTQ Rights. The Mayor of Seattle appointed Mac as a Seattle City Commissioner in 2011. This position has enabled him to be a voice and an activist for civil rights, including but not limited to the Transgender and gender non-conforming community. Mac is the Transgender and gender non-conforming outreach director for Social Outreach Seattle and a former board member for Seattle Counseling Service. He is on the Seattle Police Department LGBT advisory board. Mac has been the volunteer director and is now the VIP Co-Director of the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival. He continuously speaks on panels at numerous colleges, non-profit groups and state and city government on gender & sexuality and writes for the Huffington Post and many other publications.

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