Sep 042012
 

What: In Pursuit of Pleasure – An All Encompassing Sex Ed Class

Why: To raise money for the Center for Sex Positive Culture in Colorado and the Center for Sexual Pleasure in Health

Who: Shanna (me!) is putting it on, and anyone who would like to (18+) may attend

When: September 16th, 4pm

Where: Denver’s Dangerous Theatre

2620 W. 2nd Ave. #1, Denver, Colorado 80219
Cost: Sliding Scale of $5-$25 – pay what you can afford (extra donations welcome!)
Bonus: Everyone who attends will be entered in a raffle for sex toys, a massage gift certificate, and more!

From the ins and outs of anatomy, to the basics of blow jobs and eating out…and the intricacies of anal to a 101 of kink and what it is, this is a class about pleasure. Sexual Pleasure.

We’ll talk about butts, penises, vulvas and more (and yes, of course the puppets will be there!). We’ll talk sex toys. We’ll talk communication skills, and tips and techniques for sexual activities. We’ll talk BDSM, what it is, and some beginner level toys will be shared. Basically, it’s like a one-size-fits-all sexual education adventure, taught by Colorado Sexologist Shanna Katz.

It gets better: 100% of the proceeds will be split between the Center for Sex Positive Culture Colorado and the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. It’s sliding scale $5-25 (CASH OR CHECK PLEASE!), so pay what you can afford, and it will ALL get donated to sex positive organizations doing great work in the community. Everyone who attends will get a raffle ticket to win awesome prizes!

Must be 18+. Otherwise, open to all ages, sexes, genders, sexualities, orientations, races, ability levels, religions, ethnicity, relationship statuses, family statuses, etc. The workshop space IS wheelchair accessible; please contact if you’ll be needed an ASL interpreter or need a reserved space for accommodations. Invite everyone!

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. Questions about the class? Please email shannakatz@gmail.com

***Note: I am aware this is on Erev Rosh Hashannah. However, that is when I was able to get the space donated for free by the generous Dangerous Theater. Ergo, that is when it will be. My apologies if that interferes with your high holy day plans, and I don’t blame you if you’ll be at Schul instead!***

Mar 142012
 

My partner and I are heading to Momentum at the end of the month to present one of our favorite co-lead workshops; Check Yourself — Recognizing Privilege in a Sex Ed Context. We’re really looking forward to the event — we just found out that Jocelyn Elders (yes, the “masturbation is ok and healthy” Dr Elders) will be on the closing keynote panel. Many of my favorite people in the sexuality industry will be there as well; educators, authors, manufacturers, sex workers, activists and more.

If you’ll be there, please come chat me up! Often times at events, I meet people on the way out who say “wow, I didn’t realize you’d actually want to talk to me” and at that point, I really do, but we’re heading to the airport. If you’ll be at Momentum, I absolutely want to meet you, get to know you and have sexy nerdy talk, so stop by and say hi.

Can’t wait for all the sex geekery this weekend will provide. Hope to see you there!

-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.

Mar 292011
 

Hey folks –

I’m finally settling into our home here in Denver, from unpacking my multitudes of books into my library to getting my office set up for sex coaching and relationship clients to spending far too much time pining after seitan buffalo wings from City O City and Watercourse Foods.

But before I slow down my travel, I’ll be rocking out in the Washington DC area this weekend. First, I’ll be spending all of Saturday and Sunday days at Momentum Conference – check it out at www.momentumcon.com. With speakers from Carol Queen, Susie Bright and Tristan Taormino to Megan Andelloux, Reid Mihalko and Princess Kali (plus about another 45 speakers and panelists), it’s going to be an AMAZING sex positive event with great classes and panels. I’m teaching One Size Doesn’t Fit All – Intersections of Identities, and then am on three panels, about ethical in sex writing, choosing to be out or anonymous as a blogger, and being a feminist in the adult industry. I cannot wait!

Then, on Sunday evening, I’m presenting a class at Sugar, Baltimore’s feminist and woman/trans run amazing sex positive toy store. Info below:

Workshop at Sugar the Shop

Baltimore, MD

Date: April 3rd

Website: http://sugartheshop.com/

Right Foot Red, Left Hand Lube: Sex Positions for Everyone
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 gender and orientations.

Hope to see you there!

Shanna

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.

Sep 212010
 

Hey all!

Later this week I’ll be headed first to Salem, OR to teach at Enigma, and then I’m off to San Francisco to have some fun and present at Folsom Street Fair over the weekend. Next Monday and Tuesday, at Good Vibrations, I’ll be doing not one but TWO awesome classes! Seats do fill up, so I encourage you to pre-register if you can. I really hope to see a lot of you there!

Both of these workshops will be held at the Polk St. store.

Good Vibrations
1620 Polk Street (at Sacramento Street)
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 345-0400
Map & directions

Vaginal Fisting for One and All (NEW)
Monday, September 27,
6-8 pm
$25 in advance, $30 at the door

Fisting is one of those words that makes people say “ooooh!” Sometimes, it’s an “I’m so excited about that” way, and other times it’s more of a “you want me to put WHAT in my WHERE?” response. If you’re curious about fisting, come learn from an expert. Shanna Katz will explain vaginal fisting is (and what it isn’t), how to introduce it into your relationships, what you need to think about in regards to safety, why lube is so important and more. Everyone can use a helping hand when it comes to fisting, so come one, come all, and really get to understand the amazing ins and outs of vaginal fisting.

To register for this workshop, please visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/112656

Right Foot Red, Left Hand Lube: Sex Positions for Everyone (NEW)
Tuesday, September 28,
6-8 pm
$25 in advance, $30 at the door

Forget the Kama Sutra and Tantra. Leave your sex swing at home. Shanna Katz is here to tell you all about 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 gender and orientations.

To register for this workshop, please visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/112676

Shanna Katz, M.Ed

Sep 152010
 

Shanna Katz and her butt puppets

One of my favorite workshops to teach is What’s Up with the Butt — Anal 101. I’ll be teaching it tomorrow night in Tucson, Arizona, at the Fascinations store there. This class, however, is going to be extra super duper special. Why? In addition to talking about have to have safe, healthy and pleasurable anal sex, how to incorporate safer sex into anal play, and what sex toys are good for butt play, I’ll also be debuting my TWO new, anatomically correct butt puppets, as seen above. On the left is Andi the Anus, and the right shows Riley the Rectum. I love making sex education fun AND informational, and I’m sure that these puppets will certainly help (I also have Vivianne, my vulva puppet, and she always is in high demand). Anyways, this butt class is going to be fun and super awesome!

Time: 7pm

Cost: FREE (first 20 attendees get a $10 gift card to the store)

Where:

Fascinations

3658 E Speedway Blvd

Tucson, AZ 85716

(520) 322-0757

No RSVP needed, but seating is limited, so first come, first sat.

Also included are food, drinks, and a raffle!

I hope to see some of you all there.

-Shanna

Jun 252010
 

I wish I was lucky enough to be putting this on, but it seems like an incredibly interesting series for people with disabilities (or however they may identify) and their partners. Wish I lived in the area to attend…sadly, I do not. Would highly encourage those living in CA to check it out!

-Shanna

Sexuality and Disability Educational Series

For all Disabilities and Sexual Orientations
June 30 – September 22
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30PM
Center for Independent Living, Berkeley, CA
Suggested Donation: $25 per class
Sexuality and intimate loving relationships are a fundamental part of everyone’s life. This 12-week series is designed for individuals who are living with a disability as well as his or her friends, families, partners and attendants.

You will gain ways to improve:

• Self-Esteem and Body Image
• Healthy Relationships
• Delicacies of Kissing and Touch
• Chronic Pain and Sexuality
• Sexual Health
• Practical Tips and Tools for Enhanced Sexuality
• Solo Sex & Partnered Sex

Our philosophy:
• Participants will have a chance to experience the support of peers and have an increased sense of community
• Attendees can experience a sense of empowerment, hopefulness, improved self-esteem and self-confidence
• Learn new skills and resources to expand knowledge regarding one’s sexuality, sexual health and intimate relationships in a nonjudgmental environment
• Workshop goals to be achieved through presentation of topics, facilitated sharing and experiential exercises

Limited Space Available. To reserve your place please email Dr. Biggs at rebiggs@mac.com

For more information go to www.somaevolution.org

May 262010
 

When I chose to go to grad school for sexuality education, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with it. Perhaps work for Planned Parenthood, or work in schools. Then as I went through grad school, I realized I wanted to branch out to “alternative” sexuality education. I wanted to work with people beyond pregnancy prevention and avoiding STIs. I wanted to help adults enjoy sex, learn to communicate, build stronger relationships (with themselves and with others), teach them how to use toys and porn to enhance their sexuality, and how to discover more about themselves.

I’ve been writing my other blog for years. I’ve written pieces for tons of sites, blogs, newspapers, and presented all over the country in sex toy stores, dungeons, LGBT centers, colleges and universities. But I did so much for free, to give back. I understand how hard it is for people to pay for sex ed learning, and so I’ve done a ton of pro-bono work. I don’t regret that for a second.

But now, I’m working full time a sex educator.  Yes, I also do social media and the like, but my main job, my business card title is Resident Sexuality Educator at Fascinations. I can’t tell you how wonderful that feels.

Now that I am living the life I want, and working within my passion, I want to to continue to be the best sex educator, advocate, activist, writer, blogger, tweeter, media expert, etc that is possible for ME. I’d love to get my name and my workshop and my company (because it truly feels like I am part of it now) to be more recognized, more popular. I want to be as big a name as Tristan Taormino, Ducky Doolittle, Megan Andelloux, and more. My biggest goal is to speak at more colleges and universities. Fascinations has even offered to help with airfare, so if your school is interested in having me talk about sex positive pornography, sexuality, relationships, communication, or more, please contact me about coming to speak/present for you. Some ideas; sex weeks, LGBTQ/GSA groups, feminist and gender studies, women’s studies, human sexuality classes, film classes, and much much more. I’ve spoken at ASU, U of A, Colorado College, Princeton, Brown, SUNY-Purchase and more. Would love to add more schools to that list.

Thank YOU. Thanks to anyone who has read anything I’ve written, commented, come to my classes, followed me on social media, or anything else. I’m living *my* dream, and I have all of you to thank.

-Shanna