Ottawa Workshops

  • Pre-paid registration is required: please register online or contact us at the store.
  • 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 (226 Bank Street) unless specified otherwise.


27 February 2017 - 6:30pm
28 February 2017 - 6:30pm

Conflict De-escalation Training for Community Organizers & Frontline Workers

This training will explore conflict styles, methods, and power with the hopes of getting folks more comfortable with approaching and navigating conflict in their community based work and interpersonal relationships. It will cover various de-escalation techniques leaving participants with a tool belt of practical skills they can use going forward. This training is open to anyone engaged in community orientated work or who wishes to increase their participation, but feels they would benefit from more training and knowledge sharing in this area. Or maybe you just really want to take this training, which is totally cool, too! There will be lots of time for dialogue and conversation. 

Some things we’ll cover: 
-how structural power informs our approaches to conflict
-how fear and evasion of conflict affects our community work and relationships
-various conflict modes and styles
-the difference between conflict de-escalation, resolution and mediation
-conflict de-escalation techniques
-why conflict de-escalation and lowering our reliance on the state to handle conflict for us is important in community engaged work

What is Community and Frontline Work?
This can be so many things! Maybe you sit on a collective, work for a community organization, shelter, drop-in, wellness/healing space, etc. Maybe you book/organize events; solidarity events, demos, shows, fundraisers, etc. Maybe you work at a community co-op, work at or run a local business, facilitate or chair meetings. Maybe you currently simply aspire to do more of this type of work.

14 March 2017 - 6:30pm
26 March 2017 - 6:30pm

Full Spectrum Doula Work 101

Come explore the world of full spectrum doulas, in theory and in local practice! "Doulas" are usually known as non-medical birth attendants and companions, but "full spectrum" doulas work from a reproductive justice framework to expand their practice to include compassionate attendance for all pregnancy and reproductive experiences, including abortion, miscarriage, loss, birth, postpartum, menopause, puberty, IUD insertions, and much much more. Come learn about how to get started in this work yourself, how to support local folks doing this important work, and how to get tapped into these community resources to support your loved ones! Sponsored by Sacred Generations Doula Services, local full spectrum doulas, and facilitated by Molly Dutton-Kenny, American midwife and full spectrum doula.

27 March 2017 - 7:00pm

Fucking with Gender

Gender can be an aphrodisiac. Let’s explore gender expression, identities, labels, transcending the mutually exclusive binaries, queer culture, and hot sweaty sex. Academics love deconstructing gender—and yet, the world is still gendered, so how do we navigate it? How do you build your gender intentionally? Are there ways gender can “hurt” less? And how do you develop your gender in ways that enhance and sustain a satisfying sex life? Come have a chat about the ways that we mess with gender, and how we use gender to have better sex. 

28 March 2017 - 7:00pm

The Sexual Politics of Topping

We all have some ideas about what it means to be a top or a masochist, but what does it mean to be a feminist dominant or an empowered submissive? And why do we assume that submissives are unempowered, anyway? Fifty Shades of Grey is on everybody’s night stand, but the politics of that book are terrifying to those of us practicing ethical, conscious BDSM. Yet power dynamics and rough sex can be fulfilling, healing, and even (no kidding!) deeply feminist. What’s it like to engage with topping from a place of feminist theory? What’s the combination of intersectional institutional power theory and sexual power dynamics? In this workshop we’ll explore how consent and agency are key issues in feminism, and how they work in the exploration of topping. We’ll discuss different kinds of topping and bottoming, as well as theories to enhance your personal topping and bottoming skills.

11 April 2017 - 6:30pm

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? Then this workshop is for you! From basic anatomy (in all our lovely varieties) to tips for the advanced, we'll cover a wide range of information about the fine art of giving head. This workshop includes information for all folks who enjoy giving and/or getting head. Tricks and tips for cock play of the flesh and silicone variety will be discussed and everyone is welcome to attend.

24 April 2017 - 6:30pm
9 May 2017 - 6:30pm

The Big O! 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 and p 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. This workshop includes information and fun ideas for women of all histories and identities and everyone is welcome.