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Saturday, March 25th, 2017: The Eros of Contact: Sensuality Through Shared Touch for Lovers 

NOTE: We moved this class to a larger space at 738 Chestnut Street, Santa Cruz, Ca 95060

$90 advance per couple/$100 walk-in*

7-10pm

The puuurrrfect date night treat...

Join us for an evening of delicious connection with that special someone in your life. This is an incredible opportunity to experience more pleasure, fun, and sexiness together through a potent “dance" form called Contact Improvisation. (Don’t worry there’s no dancing in the traditional sense and anyone can do it!). It's like a Tantric dance with a sense of play!

A collaboration between Amy Baldwin of Pure Pleasure and Daniel Mollner of Contact University, this event is open to all couples/partners/lovers who are excited to explore each other through consensual, full-body touch. Clothing will stay on at all times and you will stay with the person you came with for each of the sensual activities we have designed for you.

Leave feeling energized, connected, and most likely a little TURNED-ON! Mmmmm...

No experience necessary. Lovers of all orientations and genders are welcomed. 

Instructors: 

Daniel Mollner is passionate about creative expression and is dedicated to building community.  With a Masters Degree in Education, he is the co-founder of Santa Cruz Contact University and teaches regular classes and workshops here in Santa Cruz, the US, and abroad. Though he appreciates the opportunity to travel, Daniel always loves returning to his home of 16 years here on the Central Coast.

Daniel also co-produces Santa Cruz Ecstatic Dance facilitating two dances at the 418 Project each week. His current “big” project is producing the National Ecstatic Dance Bus and Film Tour, an art and service project traveling the United States this summer. His love of freeform conscious dance continues to nourish him and inspire him to share the gift of music, dance, and conscious touch wherever it is wanted or needed.

Learn more about Daniel and what he’s up to at: http://www.danielmollner.com

Instructor: Amy Baldwin is a Sexuality Educator, Somatic Sex and Relationship Coach, and Pleasure Activist. She has a degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Sexuality from San Francisco State University, training from SFSI (San Francisco Sex Information) as a Certified Sex Educator, as well as the Somatica Institute and Barbara Carrellas' Urban Tantra Professional's program. Amy has a passion for promoting shame-free, pleasure-based sexuality education while emphasizing the deep emotional and energetic forces behind great sex and intimate connection, offering everything from sexual how-to courses to Sacred Sexuality workshops. For more info visit www.sexandpleasureed.com

*Subject to space available. Advance registration is recommended.

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Friday, April 7th, 2017: The Art of Bill Flynn- Acrylic on Canvas

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

FREE

Bill Flynn describes his work as a celebration of the spirituality and emotion of the physical figure. Sensual lines, flowing and connecting through the shadowing edges of light and dark, reach out to connect with the viewer. While the nude body is a sensual, beautiful and expressive entity, his process gives importance to the edge and the complexity of lights and shadows. 

Bill Flynn’s current passion is painting with black and white acrylics on canvas. This was inspired by Frank Leonard, a photographer of nudes and landscapes, and the brief
experience Flynn had studying with Ansel Adams during the early 1980s. Today, he
especially enjoys working on larger canvases, portraying the figure beyond life size.  For more information on the works of Bill, visit: http://theartofbillflynn.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 14th, 2017: A Special Evening of Comedy

8:00 - 10:00 pm

$25 advance/$30 at the door *

Pure Pleasure and DNA Presents:

A Special Evening of Comedy starring 6 of the wittiest entertainers in the Bay Area: Liz StoneEmma Haney, Ta' Vi, Emily Catalano, headliner, Ronn Vigh, and host Aviva Siegel. These comedians will immerse you into a comedic frenzy and keep you laughing all night long!

Ronn Vigh has been performing stand up comedy for over 13 years. His brash attitude and acerbic wit lead him to becoming a writer for Joan Rivers' “Fashion Police” on E! Television.

A "Joisey" native but veteran of The Bay Area comedy scene since 2001, Ronn is a "comic who happens to be gay" and can easily adapt to various audiences. Ronn is a skilled host, emcee, a paid regular at the major area comedy clubs and has produced the long running weekly comedy series "Harvey's Funny Tuesdays" in the Castro. In his spare time Ronn teaches Vinyasa yoga. His biggest accomplishment: once working as a flight attendant and not smothering any of his passengers with a pillow.

* Admission includes complimentary beverages. Walk-in space is subject to availability. This show is likely to sale out, so secure your seat today to make sure you get your funny bone tickled! Walk-in subject to availability.

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Saturday, April 22nd, 2017: Merkin Making Workshop

2:00 - 4:00 pm

$15 advance/$25 at the door *

In sexy, playful defiance of any personal and private beauty standards, it's time to get creative and celebrate The Hair Down There. What are we talking about? Merkins! What is a merkin, you ask? A sort of pubic wig, of course! In modern life, there has been a lot of pressure to denude the mons pubis, requiring lots of sometimes painful and expensive hair removal and maintenance, and also social anxiety, which has led some to tough stuff including labial cosmetic surgery.... Let's bring back the short and curlies, and celebrate real choice in How We Wear The Hair Down There.

Curious about making art merkins? In this workshop we will start with your choice of soft or hard forms and a pile of inspirational materials and make a few merkins. Make yours playful or political. Use the supplies provided or bring some thing(s) from home that spark your imagination. Through the use of different available techniques, we can realize your merkin making potential! You can then chose if you'd like to include your merkin artwork in the upcoming group show "May is for Merkins".

All supplies are included but please feel free to bring anything you have that inspires you!

*Subject to space available.

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Saturday, April 29th, 2017: Feminine Dominance: The Joy of Topping

7:00 - 9:00 pm

$25 advance/$35 at the door *

The strength and beauty of a confident woman in control is an inspiring sight to behold. Throughout the ages strong women have always had an irresistible allure…Are you curious about Topping but uncertain about how to get started? Or are you looking to brush up on your skills to create a memorable and sizzling scene for you and your partner(s)?

Rain DeGrey goes over the steps to unlock your inner Domme!

This class will cover:

  • Negotiation
  • How to create a strong scene
  • Various types of play including humiliation, strap-on, CBT, bondage, boot worship, domestic service & more!
  • Optional audience participation role play scenarios
  • Q&A

There will be a steamy live demo scene demonstrating many of the elements above.

Don’t be shy; learn to own your strong female self! This pansexual class is opens to all genders and orientations, everyone is welcome!

Instructor: Rain DeGrey is an international educator, writer, presenter and performer that has been teaching kink and sex education classes since 2009. After getting her start as a fetish model and Pro Domme, she was motivated to branch out into education, something she is extremely passionate about. Demystifying sexuality and presenting in a clear and humorous way are trademarks of her teaching style and she believes strongly in making sex education fun. She has taught on a wide variety of topics at Harvard, Northwestern University, Kink.com, The Citadel, Pure Pleasures, Stormy Leather, Folsom Fringe, The Looking Glass, KinkAcadamy, PassionateU, Mission Control and Boundcon in Germany. Her work has been featured in such places as Playboy TV’s “69 sexiest things to do before you die”, Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, The SF Fetish Ball, Exotic Erotic, Rope::Burn, Kink-e-zine and Femina Potens. Additionally, she is a regular contributor to multiple online magazines. http://raindegrey.com/

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First Friday, May 5th: May is for Merkins!

6:00 - 9:00 pm

FREE

Pure Pleasure is hosting a show that will celebrate the everyone’s favorite warm fuzzy: The Hair Down There.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - due date is April 29:

 Ladies and Gentlemen- Start Your Merkins 
Make an ART MERKIN to raise money for PLANNED PARENTHOOD. 

For a $20.00 contribution to framing and promotional materials, you too can be a fur-ocious merkin maker! Last year we raised @$800 for Planned Parenthood, and this year we can do MORE. Create, celebrate and defend women's health! 
Submission form, and additional info available at: http://mmmisformerkin.weebly.com

Intimidated by the idea? Sign up for the workshop at Pure Pleasure on April 22. We will get the juices flowing...so to speak! No previous artistic experience required, just a sense of humor and desire to participate! Be prepared to have fun! Sign up here for the Make a Merkin Workshop.

Merkins do not have to be wearable.  Pick your favorites and submit them for the show! 

In sexy, playful defiance of any personal and private beauty standards, it's time to get creative and celebrate The Hair Down There. What are we talking about? Take a look: 
Merkins!  

The pieces displayed will be created by individuals, and will be available for purchase. Proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood. So come to celebrate and support Planned Parenthood.

Saturday, May 13th, 2017: Rope Bondage for Sex

SESSION 1

Session 1 - Intro to Rope Bondage for Sex
3:00-5:00pm     $25 advance/$30 at the door*
Expand your erotic landscape with sensual rope bondage. Create sexual energy with the power of restraint. In this introductory class, Tom Foolery will show you several useful, easy-to-use, captivating knots and ties so you can launch into your own rope scenes. This class is for anyone who wants to try out rope in the bedroom. Special emphasis will be given on how to use rope before and during sexual play. 

We will dive deep into: rope selection, safety, wrist ties, chest harnesses, and all the things you will want to know to make your rope adventures sexy and successful. There will be hands-on practice to show you how to safely and sensually tie someone up step-by-step. Plenty of one-on-one help will be provided. Leave this class with knowledge of basic rope skills and heaps of excitement to start exploring on your own.
Session 2 -Creating Sexy Scenes with Bondage
7:00-9:00pm
$25 advance/$30 at the door* (both sessions $40 advance)
 
Building on what we covered in the afternoon, this class includes additional ties and techniques to add to your repertoire. You will learn how to decoratively tie someone up and even tie them to things like chairs or beds. Additional practice and drills will be included so you can learn to move smoothly and confidently during your rope scenes.
We will cover more details about how to add exciting rope play into your love life. Rope scenes contain physical and psychological elements. This workshop will cover how to combine these together and create great energy and pleasure in the bedroom. There will be lots of information on the finer points of rope work so that using rope is made easier and more effective. With this extra practice and knowledge, you can start to transition from dealing with the technical aspects of rope to being able to focus on your partner and creating an erotic environment for both of you.
These classes are open to individuals and couples (and triads +) of all genders and orientations. We will work in pairs, so if you do not come with a partner, you will be paired with someone in the class.
Note: We encourage guests to bring their own rope. We will also have rope for sale at the store. If you bring your own rope, we suggest at least 2 pieces of 30 to 35 foot, 1/4 or 3/8-inch diameter rope. Also, bring 2 pieces of 10-foot rope if possible. It can be any kind you like, so long as it is soft to the touch, i.e. cotton, nylon, and polyester. It is best if the rope bends without forming a ‘loop’.

Instructor: Tom Foolery uses rope bondage and suspension to express himself artistically. His 14 years as a rigger have included photo shoots, workshops, performances and play in Seattle, LA, Portland, SF and at Burning Man, among other places. He finds rope work intellectually, creatively, spiritually and aesthetically rewarding. His style is a fusion of different techniques and is always growing and changing.

Gather at Noon
Readings at 1:00 til 1:30
Hangout until 2:00


There’s an eXciting new book in town, and it’s all about orgasm! Learn the fascinating history of orgasm research, the new definition of orgasm, and seven keys to a more mind-blowing blast off. Experiment with breath and energy orgasms, orgasmic states, dreamgasms, nipplegasms, crygasms, minigasms, megagasms and moregasms. Discover the difference between an orgasm and a climax, and how to extend your afterglow. Beautifully illustrated by YuDori.

The Explorer’s Guide to Planet Orgasm will be available for purchase at this event. Have yours signed by the authors!

Featuring performative readings by the authors: Annie Sprinkle, Beth Stephens and their Sexy Orgasmanaut Friends

This book launch & reading will be the afterglow part of Annie Sprinkle & Beth’s conference on May 18/19 at UCSC, Environmentalism Outside the Box; An Ecosex Symposium. For information: earthlab.ucsc.edu 

Tuesday, May 23rd: G-Spots, P-Spot and Squirting 101

7-8:30pm

$20 advance/$25 walk in*

Are you ready to dive deeper into these powerhouses of pleasure?

Join us for a fun and informative class full of action-packed techniques for pleasuring all the right spots. This class has something for everyone, regardless of sex or gender. Whether using hands, toys, or other fun phallic bits, Sex Educator Amy Baldwin will show you how to up your self-pleasuring practice, as well as how to drive partners wild. Topics include: basic anatomy; foreplay and building up arousal; G-spots (AKA G-area); P-spots (AKA prostate pleasure); squirting (AKA gushing); ORGASMS; hand techniques; positioning; toys and lubes, and more!

Leave this class feeling juicy, inspired, and with knowledge and skills on how to pleasure all bodies.

This class is open to individuals and couples (and triads, etc) of all genders and orientations.

Instructors: Amy Baldwin is a Sexuality Educator, Somatic Sex and Relationship Coach, and Pleasure Activist. She has a degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Sexuality from San Francisco State University, training from SFSI (San Francisco Sex Information) as a Certified Sex Educator, as well as from the Somatica Institute in San Francisco. For more info on Amy, see www.sexandpleasureed.com.

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Wednesday, May 31st: Kinky Sex Makes the World Go Round: An Unabashed Introduction to BDSM

6:00 - 9:00 pm

$20 advance/$25 at the door

Introducing ideas of consensual power exchange and role play, Eli explains Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission, and Sadism & Masochism, and how “kinksters” use gender, intense stimulation, and hierarchical power display/enforcement to “play” with erotic interactions like impact, restraint, and verbal direction. 

 Additional discussion will include: Facing Your Squick & Getting Over It

Does someone else’s sexual desire just make you cringe? Eli relates how she faced her internalized sexual judgment as a closet prude, reconciled her feminist beliefs with women’s voluntary masochism, and managed colleagues’ assumptions about her personal life in light of her research on polyamory and BDSM. Sheff closes with strategies for dealing with your own squick if someone else’s yum is yucky for you.

Instructor: Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamory in the US, and the worldwide expert on polyamorous families with children. An expert witness and Guardian Ad Litem with a background in academic sociology, Dr. Sheff specializes in gender and sexual minority families, kink/BDSM, and issues facing trans* people. She is the CEO and Director of Legal Services at the Sheff Consulting Group, a think-tank of experts specializing in unconventional and underserved populations. Sheff has been interviewed by everyone; The Huffington Post, The Sunday London Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, The Atlantic, CNN. She has published extensively and blogs at Psychology Today, How Do I Date? , and at elisabethsheff.com.

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