Jun 122013
 

For the first time ever, I’ll be teaching some fun and fabulous workshops in New Mexico, in fact, in Albuquerque to be exact. At the end of June, I’ll be driving down to the Land of Enchantment with my partner, and part of this trip will involve two classes at the amazing Self Serve Sexuality Resource Center. The info is below, and you can buy tickets in advance — I hope to see many of you there!

Sexually Able: Intersections between Sex and Dis/ability

Self Serve: Sexuality Resource Center

Albuquerque, NM

June 22, 2013

8:30-10:00pm

$25 for an individual, $40 for pair/couple (need financial assistance, see below!)

Website (contact for tickets)

Self Serve is very happy to host the amazing sex educator and author Shanna Katz in Albuquerque! This is part class, part support group, for people who are differently abled and their partners. This discussion-based workshop addresses coming out to your partner(s), discussing ability levels, trying new things, correct terminology, negotiating sexplay and more. This class is for people of all ability levels who want to recognize themselves as sexual beings.  No one will be turned away from this class if they cannot afford to the ticket price and we are happy to offer financial assistance to those who need it. If you have questions, call the store at (505) 265-5815.

 

Fulfilling Fantasy: Role Play and Beyond

Self Serve: Sexuality Resource Center

Albuquerque, NM

June 24, 2013

8:30-10:00pm

$25 for an individual, $40 for pair/couple (need financial assistance, see below!)

Website (contact for tickets)

Join amazing guest sex  educator Shanna Katz in Albuquerque to learn about fulfilling your desires and fantasies. In this class, we’ll talk about the difference between fantasy and role play, bringing your fantasies and erotic role plays to life, different types of fantasies you may have never thought to explore and even how to get into a role without feeling silly. Come ready to share some of your wildest dreams!  No one will be turned away from this class if they cannot afford to the ticket price and we are happy to offer financial assistance to those who need it. If you have questions, call the store at (505) 265-5815.

Jul 252011
 

Surprisingly, sex education is a fairly thankless job. While there is often the bonus of fun work which I am passionate about, and the occasional free sex toys to test and review, overall, there is a lot of drama. You have to promote yourself constantly to get bookings, you usually have to work a full time just that is not connected to sexuality, or if it is, usually not the side that you’re passionate about. You have to deal with people (friends, family, co-workers and strangers) judging your choice of work, as well as treating you as a free sex therapist all the time. You have to have epic debates about whether to use your real name, give out your real phone number, etc, because of the fear of being unemployable in the future, or having stalkers…well, stalk you. It is not a job that makes much money (really), and it’s one that involves a constant fight for sex positivity in various environments, from the government funding Planned Parenthood to inclusion of gender in employment non-discrimination acts, to fighting for/with folks with disabilities to be allowed to embrace their own sexuality, to removing laws that make owning/buying sex toys illegal in certain states.

It is not easy, and there are days when I sometimes wish I had maybe chosen another route.

And then, you are reminded in a heart beat of why you do what you do.

Last week, I taught my final class (of pre-booked ones) at Fascinations. If they’d like to have me again, I’d be happy to do so, but this was my last planned one. The room was PACKED, standing room only (60+ people) for a class on cunnilingus, which is not frequently a sell-out subject. People were involved, asked questions, answered my questions, and were a truly wonderful group to teach to for 90 minutes. Afterwards, not one, not two, but over a dozen people came up to me, telling me how much I had positively affected my life. One woman was at a class for the first time, and cried, telling me she was so glad to have gotten to hear me speak at least once. Another women cried, telling me that over the last year or more, I had changed her life so incredibly, taking scary subjects of sexuality and helping her confront them, learn about them, and embrace them. Another group of 20 somethings (and a woman who had just turned 18, and was visiting a toy store for the first time) told me how much they’d learned from me, how comfortable they felt with their bodies and their sexualities, and how much they missed me. They all wanted to know when I’d be back, and they all hugged me.

THAT is why I do what I do. My goal in every class is for each person to learn 1 little thing that is new. One. This class, *I* learned how much my education has helped others truly embrace who they are, and have a more positive experience with sexuality. I could not ask for anything more than to have had such a positive effect in so many people’s lives, particularly in a state/area where sex is rarely discussed with a positive and pleasure centric bent.

It can often be a thankless job, but the occasionaly “Thank yous” that I get from people who have attended my classes, read my writing, watched my videos, or had counseling sessions with me? That is better than any easy 9-5 job, better than any big paycheck (though that would be nice too), and totally makes me reinvigorate my passion for this field. And to you all, I say thank you!

-Shanna

May 262011
 

Right Foot Red, Left Hand Lube: Sex Positions for EVERYONE!

May 28th, 1pm – 3pm

Held at the Denver Sanctuary

Sanctuary Membership NOT required to attend. Anyone 19+ welcome to attend.

Forget the Kama Sutra and Tantra. Leave your sex swing at home. This workshop is on sex positions that anyone can do; no fancy hardware or spiritual revelations needed. We’ll talk about everything from Missionary to Froggy Style, Reverse Cowgirl to the Sneaky Vampire. Want a threesome? Got positions for that. Have arthritis? We’ve got positions for that. Ready to integrate sex toys into the bedroom (or shower, or car)? Check. Bring your favorite position in mind, and be ready to try out new positions (with clothes on) as we sex-plore our way through the endless types of positions available to us. Open to singles, couples and more-somes, and people of all genders, orientations and abilities.

Shanna Katz, M.Ed, ACS is a queer kinky disabled feisty femme board certified sexologist, sexuality educator and professional pervert. From topics like vaginal fisting to non-monogamy, and oral sex to how sexuality and dis/ability intersect, she talks, writes and teaches about the huge spectrum of sexuality, both from personal and professional perspectives. She’s using her Master’s of Sexuality Education to provide accessible, open-source sex education to people around the country. For more info, please visit her sexuality education site, www.ShannaKatz.com.

The Sanctuary Education Series (SES) is a provided by the Denver Sanctuary as a service to the Colorado community. Our goal is that through classes, workshops, discussions, and hands-on training, attendees will continue to improve themselves, their skills, and their creativity. Questions, feedback about SES, or ideas/ suggestions for classes should be sent to sanctuary.ed.series@gmail.com.

Jan 252011
 

Hey Folks!

I’m flying to Denver tomorrow for a week filled with fabulous fun. Wednesday night is a vaginal fisting class at SKALES, Thursday is a free blow job class at the Fascinations in Boulder, Friday night is the Denver Kinky Girls Sleepover at the RACK Room and Saturday afternoon is a fun Fulfilling Fantasies class at the Denver Sanctuary. I love my home town, I love the wonderful organizations putting on these free and cheap classes, and I love seeing smiling faces at my workshop, so if you’re free and/or interested in the subjects or just sex education in general, I hope to see you at some of these events. Info is below.

-Shanna

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Talk at SKALES: Vaginal Fisting

SKALES

Denver, CO

Date: January 26th, 7pm

Cost: Free, Donations Welcome

Website: http://skales.org/

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Let’s Talk Sex: Suck on This! Adventures in Fellatio

Fascinations

2560 28th St

Boulder, CO

Date: January 27th, 7pm

Cost: FREE

Website: http://blogs.funlove.com

Although we would all like to think we’re experts at going down south, every single one of us can stand to learn a thing or two.  This is an interactive class, coupled with a discussion (come prepared to share your tips and techniques) to help as all be the queens and kings of oral that we’d like to be. From the Shirley Temple to the Barber Pole, tips on positions, and more, everyone can learn SOMETHING about how to suck…in a good way! With sexuality educator Shanna Katz.

Food and drink will be served, and a free raffle will take place.

This class is in the series of Let’s Talk Sex workshops put on by Fascinations. Like other workshops in this series, they are all free, and 18+. Spaces are first come, first serve. All stores are accessible.

First 20 attendees will get a $10 gift card as well.

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Fulfilling Fantasies: Role Play and Beyond!

The Denver Sanctuary

Denver, CO

Date: January 28th, 1pm

Cost: $5 members, $8 non-members

Website: http://www.denversanctuary.com/

Whether you have dreams of the school girl and the naughty dean, or a police woman, a criminal and a pair of handcuffs, we all have dreams and fantasies that really turn us on. In this class, we’ll talk about the difference between fantasy and role play, how to bring some of your fantasies and erotic role plays to life, different types of fantasies that you may have never even have thought to explore, and even how to get into a role without feeling silly. Come ready to share some of your wildest dreams!

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Dec 202010
 

I’ve just found out I’ll be teaching the National Collegiate Leadership Conference in Tucson in February 2011, at the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in March 2011, at KinkFest 2011 in Portland in March, as well as hopefully visiting Come as You Are in Toronto in April 2011 for two rocking classes. If you’re in the area, keep apprised for further info…or, if you’d like to have me come speak while I’m already near by and help save on costs, that would be great too!

I still have some spring openings, especially for colleges, universities and toy stores, so drop me a line, and I’ll see if I can present at a location near you!

Dec 062010
 

I’m flying out to New York on the red eye this Thursday (my birthday), and while near the Big Apple, I’m going to be teaching not one, but TWO workshops, as well as filming a few videos for Kink Academy. I can’t wait.

The details of the workshops are below, and I’d love to see you there!

-Shanna

Touch a Touch a Touch Me: Sensation Play and More

Date: December 11, 2010

Who: Lesbian Sex Mafia

Location: LGBT Center, Room 410, 208 West 13th Street, New York, New York

Cost: $5 members, $10 non-members

Time: 3pm-5pm

Sensation play includes everything from soft and fluffy (ticklers and fur), temperature play (hot wax and ice cubes), sharp things (vampire gloves and knives), and thuddy things (paddles and fists), to tactile textures against the softest skin, and more! Learn some of the ins and outs of sensation play; exploring all types of sensations, the tools that make them, and how to create a hot scene using them in this hands on workshop.
Join us for a sensational evening.
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Ain’t Nothing but a G-Thing : G-Spot Play and Female Ejaculation

Date: December 13, 2010

Location: Purple Passion, NYC, New York

Cost: $20

Time: 7pm

Click here to get tickets

Ever wondered where that often talked about “g-spot” resides, and how exactly you can find it, stimulate it, and really get the most of out it? Learn all about this mysterious pleasure zone from the anatomical side, as well as great ways to nurture and pleasure this sensitive zone of wonder.  Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to know about female ejaculation, we’ll talk about what it is, the make-up of the fluid, and how to work towards ejaculating if that’s your goal.

Aug 182010
 

I’ve decided to go the trendy way, and have a fancy schmancy monthly newsletter. Want to sign up for it? (I promise not to send it more than monthly, not to spam you, sell your info, etc) You can either click here to register for it, or put your email address into the oh so cool widget at the top of the right column.

Either way you sign up for my Shanna Katz Sex Educator Newsletter, you’ll get info on classes/workshops/discussions/conferences/etc that are coming up, new sex toys and sex toy reviews, porn reviews, important news, sex tips, sales/coupons for toy sites, and much more!

Thanks in advance for signing up!

Shanna

Apr 062010
 

Looking for something to do tomorrow night?  Perhaps you want free cupcakes, drinks, a free $10 gift card, and the chance to win a free raffle for a Lelo Ina, Lelo Liv and Lelo Gigi?  Or maybe you’re just super excited about getting to attend a FREE (18+ only, please) class on the art of oral sex and the amazingness of cunnilingus.

That’s right; in conjunction with Fascinations, I’m offering a FREE Let’s Talk Sex workshop tomorrow, April 7th at 7pm at our NEW Fascinations store near Shea and Scottsdale Rd in Scottsdale, AZ.  To make it even better, my friend is baking homemade cupcakes of awesomeness from scratch. I’d be there if I were you!

Mar 092010
 

As many of you know, I’ve been working with Fascinations for the last few months, and in February, presented my first workshop for the Let’s Talk Sex series called What’s in Your Toybox.  Because many people don’t live near our stores, or couldn’t make it out for a variety of reasons, we’re going to try and post many of these workshop recordings online so that they are visible to everyone.  Please enjoy!

-Shanna

(Thank you to Michael and Matt at  Fascinations for doing an awesome job with the video stuff-ish-ness)

Mar 062010
 

I’ve been putting together some new workshops, and updating some old ones, so please check out my workshop listings page to see what I now offer. If you’d like to have me speak/present somewhere near you, remember I’m open to working with centers (sex positive, LGBTQ, feminist, etc), toy stores, colleges, universities and so on. I’m happy to work with people about how to get me somewhere in the most affordable manner. I don’t need fancy hotels (although those are always nice), and am able to work to find the cheapest transit possible.

In other news, I’ll be at Brown University in Rhode Island for Sex Week on March 15th and 16th.  I’ll put up more info about times and locations when I get it.

April 1-4th, I’ll be in New York, and am looking for a place (or places) to present classes/workshops.  If you know of anything, I’d love to get in touch.

I’ll be doing a radio interview soon for Blowfish; I’ll be sure to post a link when their podcast goes live.

Tomorrow night, Sunday, March 7th, I’ll be doing a live internet radio show called Kink on Tap with fellow guest Sarah Sloane, who is one of the coolest sex educators/writers/consultants/awesome people out there.  Make sure you tune in, but if you miss it, it’ll be available in a few days.