2023 Course Dates:
This course includes:
In-person option: 7 days in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada or Seattle, Washington, USA. $2,295 USD First day: 11am to 6pm, subsequent days 10 am to 6 pm (with an afternoon of repose mid-week)
Online option: Course 4 online will be offered again when there is enough interest. Please let us know if you want to be on this list: firstname.lastname@example.org
At this week-long intensive you will step into the role of facilitator and practitioner while continuing to hold space for your own erotic unfolding. In this course we will continue to layer your personal learnings from Core Course Three with more demonstrations and hands-on practice. You will learn more about scar tissue and genital de-armouring, sensual massage, internal and external anal mapping and massage, erotic massage dancing and Ecstatic Erotic Massage. You will deepen your understanding and skills in working with trauma, develop session arcs and plans for clients presenting with common sexual concerns, and have opportunities to practice facilitating somatic sex education in groups. We support each other in finding and articulating what somatic sex education means to each one of us, and building marketing materials for our unique practices.
Please review our Student Agreement Form, which outlines what our program offers, how students are evaluated and the process for working toward certification, and Institute policies and procedures, prior to enrolling. Our program is unique, and we encourage you to review this document so you know what to expect from us and what we ask of you. Upon registration you will be given access to the online curriculum where you will see this form again. At that time we ask you to initial to agree to each point and add your signature at the bottom. An electronic copy of your completed form will be emailed to you and one copy will be kept in our records.
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.)
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
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)
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:
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.
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.