Core Course 2

Erotic Practice for Somatic Sex Education

Core Course 2 Outline

2019 – 1 week in person. Choose either:

  • [FULL] April 6 – 12 2019 (Salt Spring Island – Corinne and Caffyn) [FULL]
  • May 2 – 8 2019 (Victoria – Corinne and Captain)
  • Sept 8 – 14 2019 (Salt Spring Island – Corinne and Caffyn)
  • Oct 17 – 23 2019 (Victoria – Corinne and Captain)

7 days on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. First day: 11am to 6pm, subsequent days 10 am to 6 pm (with an afternoon of repose mid-week)

This is the first of two required in-person intensives. We will begin with creating a “safe enough” container for the cohort to develop skills and comfort with facilitating each other in somatic practice, and feeling into intentional, professional, erotic practice space. Business and personal practices that demonstrate professionalism are discussed. We cultivate capacity to feel and communicate body sensations as we increase our somatic literacy. This course includes a deeper dive into the science of somatic sex education, interpersonal neurobiology, and the methodology of communal erotic practices.

Students practice intake and assessment, ethical frameworks for somatic sex education, mindful erotic practice, masturbation witnessing and coaching, genital anatomy and genital mapping, plus sensual and erotic massage. All activities are done through the lens of empowering choice and voice.

Students will expand their embodied understanding of social locationality. They will learn about how we somatize oppression and privilege, and practice somatic technologies for unwinding it all. This course focuses on our own erotic and somatic journey as foundational for developing a professional practice as a somatic sex educator.

Travel Information To Salt Spring

Salt Spring

Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada, is the jewel of Canada’s Southern Gulf Islands. It is nestled up against the east side of Vancouver Island, about half way between Nanaimo and Victoria, the capital city of BC. The city of Vancouver on the mainland of BC is to the north. More about Salt Spring.

Please make sure to plan ahead for your ferry times and transfers, so you can arrive well before our start time. If you come without a car, please find accommodations in the Ganges area so we can easily get you to and from Caffyn’s studio. (Tracy puts people in touch who want to share accommodations, and makes sure everyone has a ride to and from the studio each day.)

Take a taxi from downtown Victoria to Swartz Bay – approximately 30 minutes, $50. Public Transit bus – approximately 1.5 hours, $2.50
From there you can get a ferry that takes 35 minutes to Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island – $12.00
A bus meets the ferry and takes you directly to the town of Ganges. Ferry schedules are available here http://www.bcferries.com/ (be sure to look for the schedule on the date you will be traveling).

Vancouver to Salt Spring

You can travel to Salt Spring Island via seaplane (25 minutes) from the south terminal of Vancouver airport (take a free bus or cab from the international airport to the south terminal). http://saltspringair.com/ or http://www.seairseaplanes.com/

To travel via ferry from Vancouver: Take skytrain and bus to Tsawassen ferry terminal. There are daily ferries to Long Harbor on Salt Spring Island. You can also buy a throughfare ticket and transfer in Swartz bay on Vancouver island, where you will get the Fulford Harbour ferry to Salt Spring Island (see above). http://www.bcferries.com/

There is an additional ferry from Crofton on Vancouver island to Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island.

Seattle to Salt Spring

There are two additional routes that are occasionally used by students traveling from Seattle.

The Victoria Clipper is a passenger-only ferry with daily service to downtown Victoria from downtown Seattle. http://www.clippervacations.com/seattle-victoria-ferry/ From downtown Victoria there is a bus to The Swartz Bay ferry terminal. It is a journey of approximately 1 hour. https://bctransit.com/victoria/

The MV Coho is a car ferry that makes regular trips between downtown Victoria and Port Angeles, Washington. https://www.cohoferry.com/

Please be sure to arrive on time, and leave plenty of time on either end of your travels for the ferry journey, the journey to your accommodations from the ferry landing, and then traveling to Captain or Caffyn’s studio! First day: 11am to 6pm, subsequent days 10 am to 6 pm – with an afternoon of repose mid-week)

Salt Spring

Salt Spring Island boasts a wide variety of lodgings, from bed & breakfasts to country hotels to luxury spas.  We’ve listed a few of the most convenient and affordable accomodations below, and you can browse more accommodations here: Salt Spring island Accommodations Group:  Air BnB:

If you will not be bringing a car, you will want to stay in the village of Ganges. We can arrange ride shares – or you may wish to walk (it is a pleasant walk to Caffyn’s studio from the village on a nice day). Our admin Tracy can help connect people who want to share accommodations or transportation. We can commit to making sure you have a ride from Ganges and back each day.

In the Village of Ganges (near Caffyn’s studio):

Salt Spring InnJeremy or Basil, (250) 537-9339, info@saltspringinn.com  from $69, restaurant open 9am -10pm daily

Wisteria GuesthouseBeverly or Len, 250.537.5899, info@wisteriaguesthouse.com  from $75, includes breakfast

Duthie Gallery and B&B – Celia Duthie, 250-537-9606, celiaduthie@gmail.com from $99, (mention Caffyn for 10% discount) includes breakfast provisions

Harbour House Hotel Kate Hamblin, 250-537-4700, info@harbourhousessi.com , currently being renovated – some older rooms available from $80, restaurant

Another affordable accommodation option (please bring your own car if you are staying here – 10 minute drive from Caffyn):     

Islandia AirBnb – Kirk, 778-932-2449, kirk.laidlaw@gmail.com, from $49 (mention Caffyn for discount) includes self-serve breakfast..

Please bring light clothes without belts, buttons or bling. Yoga clothes are good for embodied practices. Weather on the West Coast any time of year can be wet and chilly, so bring layers. You are welcome to bring an item of personal significance for the altar. You may also wish to write your intention for the workshop on a piece of paper to bring to the altar. Altar items will return with you.

Captain’s studio is otherwise known as Grey Dragon, or SPARC – the sex-positive arts and resource center.
Accessibility info:
There are 10 brand new stairs into the house with a very solid handrail on the left. One bathroom. Participants will have full use of the kitchen. A quiet space for chilling and laying down will be set up during the whole time. Backjacks, pillows, mats and straight back chairs will be available for sitting. No scented cleaning products are used to clean the space. One dog lives in the house but will not be in attendance.

All participants are asked to help make a scent-reduced space by refraining from wearing perfumes, colognes or other scented products (including essential oils). If this is a problem for you we ask you not to attend as the results are debilitating for members of the household. For more information on how to support folks with multiple chemical sensitivities, check out Peggy Munson’s writing.

Travel Information To Victoria

Victoria

Victoria is located on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, just off the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. It is the capital city of BC, and is very accessible with flights and ferries from both Vancouver and Seattle. It is easily walkable or short taxi ride from bus stops and ferry terminals.

Please make sure to plan ahead for your ferry times and transfers, so you can arrive well before our start time. If you come without a car, please find accommodations in the James bay or downtown area so we can easily get you to and from Captain’s studio. (Tracy puts people in touch who want to share accommodations, and we can make sure everyone who needs a ride, has one to and from the studio each day.)

Victoria To James Bay

Arriving from the Ferry
To take a public transit bus to downtown is approximately 1.5 hours and the cost is $2.50. Get off downtown for downtown hotels, get off at the Legislature for accommodations in James Bay.
A 20-ish minute walk or 5-minute cab ride will get you into the neighbourhood of captain’s studio.

Arriving from the Airport
Public transit bus – $2.50 to downtown – 1.5 hour ride
Airport Shuttle – approx $20 – 45 min ride
Taxi – approx $50 – 30 min drive

Take a taxi to Swartz Bay (approximately 15 minutes, $25). From there you can get a ferry that takes 35 minutes to Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island. A bus meets the ferry and takes you directly to the town of Ganges. Ferry schedules are available here http://www.bcferries.com/ (be sure to look for the schedule on the date you will be travelling).

Vancouver to Victoria

You can travel to Victoria via seaplane (25 minutes) from the south terminal of Vancouver airport (take a free bus or cab from the international airport to the south terminal).

https://www.harbourair.com/

To travel via ferry from Vancouver: Take skytrain and bus to Tsawassen ferry terminal. There are ferries every 2 hours to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island.

http://www.bcferries.com/

There are also harbour flights and a passenger-only ferry service from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria.

There is an additional ferry from Crofton on Vancouver island to Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island.

Seattle to Victoria

There are two additional ferry routes that are occasionally used by students traveling from Seattle.

The Victoria Clipper is a passenger-only ferry with daily service to downtown Victoria from downtown Seattle. http://www.clippervacations.com/seattle-victoria-ferry/

The MV Coho is a car ferry that makes regular trips between downtown Victoria and Port Angeles, Washington. https://www.cohoferry.com/

These boats will drop you off a short 10-minute walk to captains studio, and the many accommodations in their neighborhood.

Please be sure to arrive on time, and leave plenty of time on either end of your travels for the ferry journey, the journey to your accommodations from the ferry landing, and then traveling to Captain or Caffyn’s studio! First day: 11am to 6pm, subsequent days 10 am to 6 pm – with an afternoon of repose mid-week)

Victoria

Downtown Victoria and James Bay boast a wide variety of lodgings, from bed & breakfasts, budget hotels and luxury spas. We’ve listed a few of the most convenient accommodations below, and you can browse more accommodations here:

Accommodation
Airbnb James Bay, Victoria, BC

Wish List to James Bay

Coast Victoria Hotel

James Bay Inn 

Oswego Hotel 

Marketa’s B & B

If you will not be bringing a car, you will want to stay in James Bay or Downtown Victoria. We can arrange ride shares – or you may wish to walk (it is a pleasant walk to captain’s studio from downtown on a nice day). Our creative admin Tracy can help connect people who want to share accommodations or transportation. Or you can use the FB group to post your suggestions. We can commit to making sure you have a ride from Downtown and back each day.

Please bring light clothes without belts, buttons or bling. Yoga clothes are good for embodied practices. Weather on the West Coast any time of year can be wet and chilly, so bring layers. You are welcome to bring an item of personal significance for the altar. You may also wish to write your intention for the workshop on a piece of paper to bring to the altar. Altar items will return with you.

Captain’s studio is otherwise known as Grey Dragon, or SPARC – the sex-positive arts and resource center.
Accessibility info:
There are 10 brand new stairs into the house with a very solid handrail on the left. One bathroom. Participants will have full use of the kitchen. A quiet space for chilling and laying down will be set up during the whole time. Backjacks, pillows, mats and straight back chairs will be available for sitting. No scented cleaning products are used to clean the space. One dog lives in the house but will not be in attendance.

All participants are asked to help make a scent-reduced space by refraining from wearing perfumes, colognes or other scented products (including essential oils). If this is a problem for you we ask you not to attend as the results are debilitating for members of the household. For more information on how to support folks with multiple chemical sensitivities, check out Peggy Munson’s writing.

Course Pricing

  • On Completion of Course 1

  • $1,625+ GST

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