In Tantric sexual practice, it is important to prolong the excitement phase. The Tantric and Ayurvedic traditions have long recognized specific zones of the body that are particularly responsive to stimulation, and some schools of Tantra (particularly in South India) have developed a systematic approach to the stimulation of these zones in order to produce high states of arousal. This system was introduced to the West by Dr. Jonn Mumford in 1976 and is still little known. In this workshop, we will introduce you to to these zones and the basic principles for working with them systematically.
Mark A. Michaels (Swami Umeshanand Saraswati) and Patricia Johnson (Devi Veenanand), a devoted married couple, have been teaching Tantra together since 1999. Their approach combines traditional lineage-based Tantra with the best contemporary methods so that students can bring heightened awareness and an expanded capacity for pleasure into all aspects of everyday life. Michaels and Johnson are the authors of The Essence of Tantric Sexuality (Llewellyn, 2006), which won the USA Book News National Best Books 2007 Award in Health: Sexuality. Their second book, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment: The Key to Enriching Your Sexual Life (Llewellyn 2008) won the 2008 USA Book News Award, also in Health: Sexuality, was selected as an Indie Excellence Awards finalist in New Age Non-Fiction, and was a ForeWord Magazine Books of the Year Award finalist in the Body, Mind and Spirit category. .) Their meditation CD set, Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep (Projekt Records) was a finalist for the 2012 COVR Visionary Award for Innerspace/Meditational/Healing Music.
Michaels and Johnson wrote and appeared in two instructional DVDs produced by the Alexander Institute: Tantric Sexual Massage for Lovers and Advanced Tantric Sex Secrets. They have been featured on television (Good Day Colorado, AM Northwest, Naked New York), radio (Afternoon Advice and Nightcalls on Playboy Radio, Go to Bed with Cosmo Radio, The Derek and Romaine Show, and NPR's A Chef's Table) and have been quoted as experts in numerous publications and on many websites - from women's magazines to dating websites to men's magazines to GLBT- oriented media - including Redbook, Latina, Jane, Cosmopolitan, The Village Voice, Metro, Pregnancy and Newborn, More, Rockstar, Woman's World, The Sydney Star Observer (Australia's most popular GLBT weekly), Emotion (Germany), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tantric Sex, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Enhancing Sexual Desire. They have also contributed articles to various online and print publications, including Chronogram and Debonair, and give sexuality and relationship advice at Dick-n-Jane.com.
When & Where
Passion 101 Classes @ Sexploratorium
The mission of PASSION 101 Classes is to provide interactive, educational and entertaining learning experiences that enhance the abilities of individuals, couples and other intimately acquainted persons to understand sexual techniques, improve the dynamics of relationships/intimacy, practice useful methods of sexual communication, maintain and improve spiritual/physical/sexual health, and to develop and appreciation of diverse sexual expression through performance and creation of fine arts.
Since 1996, Passion 101 classes have been offered weekly at Fetishes Boutique, Aphrodite Gallery and now at Sexploratorium as well as at regional and national conventions.
Presentations can be scheduled at your community organization, private party or student club by appointment. Remote presentations require a minimum of two students, but private one-on-one consultations can be scheduled in the Aphrodite Gallery of Philadelphia.
Course topics can be tailored to meet the needs of students by request. Students are encouraged to provide feedback via surveys distributed during each class.
Current curricula focus on four major areas of sexuality:
- Anatomy/Physiology/ Sexual technique
- Relationships/ Psychology/Communication
- Psychosexual Fantasy/ Fetish/ BDSM technique
- Erotic Fine Arts /Performance/Exercise
Some individual classes that fall under these categories are offered for specific audiences: i.e. women only, couples only, men only, trans only etc.
Our presenters do not act as sexworkers or surrogates: We will coach you on techniques and strategies for a better sex life, but we won’t play the game for you or with you.
For information about scheduling and offsite presentation or a private consultation with one of our educators, email us or call 215-849-7444.