Ottawa Workshops

  • Pre-paid registration is required: please contact us to register.
  • These workshops are open to everyone. However, those under the age of 18 will need a guardian to sign a waiver.
  • Attendees save 10% on any purchases made afterward.
  • Reduced prices are often available for students and others with limited incomes.
  • Some workshops specify an audience (such as women or men): "women" includes trans women and "men" includes trans men.
  • Workshops are held at Venus Envy Ottawa unless specified otherwise.
4 August 2015 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Somatic Sex Education for Living a Joyous Embodied Life

This is the sex ed you always wanted!  Somatic sex educator Tracy Montgomery joins us for a fun playshop where you’ll learn what somatic sex education is, why Tracy’s so passionate about it, and what it could do for you.

Somatic sex education is an emerging field that uses body-based experiences to help people reclaim pleasure and transform their lives, encouraging them to nurture, deepen, and awaken to their erotic, sensual selves.

Sessions with a Sexological bodyworker are client centered and collaborative, and incorporate many modalities including meditation, dialoguing, journaling, consent and boundary exercises, anatomy lessons, breathwork, movement, and individual sessions can include erotic touch for education, healing and pleasure.

In this playshop setting Tracy will tell you how she got involved in somatic sex ed and share how it’s transformed her life. She’ll answer your questions, and invite you to try a couple of fun (fully-clothed) somatic exercises.

 Tracy Montgomery is a lifelong teacher and learner and enthusiastic purveyor of Pleasure who believes that life is supposed to be fun! She loves sex, loves people, and loves to touch, and knows that when we are truly at home in our bodies, we can come to know our divine, whole selves. She teaches that cultivating erotic energy and enhancing pleasure expands possibilities in all areas of our lives and encourages her students to see, welcome, acknowledge, accept and love who they are, no matter where they are in their becoming. She has taught embodiment workshops that include art, sacred dance, childbirth education and sound therapy, produced, directed and performed in  ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and is completing her practicum to become a Certified Sexological Bodyworker.

Duration: 
1.50 hours
Everyone
10 August 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Mouthing Off: All About Oral

Many people have asked us for a session that talks about oral sex on anyone so here it is! Mouthing Off is all about fellatio and cunnilingus and includes info about anatomy, safer sex, positions, technique for mouths, lips, tongues, and hands. Great for anyone who wants to know more about going down, regardless of gender or sexuality.

Duration: 
2.00 hours
Everyone
$20 ($10 sliding scale)
16 August 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Safer Sex Queered

This is the fun, sexy, and pleasure-focused sex ed class you never got in high school. We aim to be inclusive by talking about different kinds of bits responding to different sensations, and opening up our minds to different pathways to pleasure! We'll cover the ins and outs of STI transmission, some risks involved in having different kinds of sex, how to talk about STIs and safer sex, and how to use barriers and make them sexy. The workshop will focus on folks who are often left out of safer sex education and conversations, including, but not limited to, people who are queer, trans, and/or women.

Duration: 
1.50 hours
Everyone
FREE
17 August 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Oppression, Privilege, and Sexual Desire

Oppression, Privilege, and Sexual Desire

Everyone has unique sexual desires. While recognizing everyone’s agency, we’ll discuss the ways in which oppression and privilege inform those desires, and the effects that has on us. Who is undesirable and why? Come ready to participate, and critically examine your own desires.

Duration: 
1.50 hours
Everyone
$20 ($10 sliding scale)
18 August 2015 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Confidence, Consent and Communication: How Sex-Positivity Makes for Hotter Sex

Consider this sex positivity 101! Confidence, Consent and Communication focuses on creating a positive relationship with sex. Learn how to move beyond judgment and stigma to embrace what works  for you, and to be more comfortable voicing what doesn’t. We will also discuss how to handle different wants and needs, and how to hear a ‘No’ with compassion. Sex positivity affects our self-image, our ability to communicate and establish boundaries, and gives us permission to approach new experiences with a resounding ‘Yes!’. Open to everyone!

Duration: 
2.00 hours
Everyone
21 September 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Going Down: A Guide to Fellatio

Want to give your pal the blow job of their life, but aren't sure where to start or what to do once you get going? This workshop is for you. From basic anatomy to tips for the advanced, we'll cover a wide range of information about the fine art of giving head.

Duration: 
1.50 hours
Everyone
$20 ($10 sliding scale)
27 September 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Going Down: A Guide to Cunnilingus

If you're interested in licking girls' bits, but aren't sure where to start or what to do once you get going, this is the workshop for you. From basic anatomy to tips for the advanced, this workshop will cover a wide range of information about giving head and other related pleasures.

Duration: 
1.50 hours
Everyone
FREE
28 September 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

The Big O for Her! Tips and Tricks for Bigger, Better and More Frequent Orgasms!

So you know how to have an orgasm, but now you want MORE... in this session you'll learn tips and techniques for multiple orgasms, g-spot orgasms, more frequent and/or bigger orgasms! We'll talk about solo and partnered play, as well as lots of fun toys and tools you can use to enhance your orgasmic experience.

Duration: 
1.50 hours
Everyone
FREE
29 September 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

​Navigating the Ontario Health Care System for Trans People

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​Navigating the Ontario Health Care System for Trans People

Despite the title, this workshop is open to everyone: trans people, their families, friends, service providers and anyone else who'd just like to be more informed.  We’ll talk about getting a first prescription, informed consent, bodily autonomy, SRS, CAMH, and more.

Duration: 
1.50 hours
Everyone
FREE
Venus Envy Ottawa, 320 Lisgar Street
13 October 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Mouthing Off: All About Oral

Many people have asked us for a session that talks about oral sex on anyone so here it is! Mouthing Off is all about fellatio and cunnilingus and includes info about anatomy, safer sex, positions, technique for mouths, lips, tongues, and hands. Great for anyone who wants to know more about going down, regardless of gender or sexuality.

Duration: 
2.00 hours
Everyone
$20 ($10 sliding scale)
20 October 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Whip it Good! A Guide to Power Play and Kink

This is a beginner-level workshop for those with an active interest in BDSM. We will discuss some terms and definitions, communication and negotiating boundaries, safety and safe-words. We will also talk about toys for sensation play, floggers and other spanky stuff, basic knot tying and rope safety, as well as using common household items in new and kinky ways.

Duration: 
1.50 hours
Everyone
$20 ($10 sliding scale)
26 October 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Sex with Trans Women

Sex with Trans Women

A crash course in fucking trans women! We’ll cover some misconceptions, what to ask and not ask, what feels good, and what trans women of different backgrounds and bodies may want or need to have great sex. We’ll use a harm reduction approach to safer sex, and talk about inguinal canals and muffing.  We'll end with a facilitated discussion and welcome further input from anyone with hands on experience.

Duration: 
1.50 hours
Everyone
$20 ($10 sliding scale)
2 November 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Going Down: A Guide to Fellatio

Want to give your pal the blow job of their life, but aren't sure where to start or what to do once you get going? This workshop is for you. From basic anatomy to tips for the advanced, we'll cover a wide range of information about the fine art of giving head.

Duration: 
1.50 hours
Everyone
$20 ($10 sliding scale)
3 November 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

The Big O for Her! Tips and Tricks for Bigger, Better and More Frequent Orgasms!

So you know how to have an orgasm, but now you want MORE... in this session you'll learn tips and techniques for multiple orgasms, g-spot orgasms, more frequent and/or bigger orgasms! We'll talk about solo and partnered play, as well as lots of fun toys and tools you can use to enhance your orgasmic experience.

Duration: 
1.50 hours
Everyone
$20 ($10 sliding scale)
9 November 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Knotty Fun: An Intro to Rope Bondage

Learn to tie knots and, more importantly, how to untie knots. We will also discuss safety, buying tips, and teach you how to tie enough knots to keep your friends tied up tight. This is an interactive workshop, and a length of rope will be provided for practice. As an added bonus we'll be showing off all forms of bondage gear.

Duration: 
1.50 hours
Everyone
$20 ($10 sliding scale)