The Summer of Pleasure 2019 begins July 23.
As a kid, my sexual education consisted of, “wait until you’re married,” followed up with alarming information about STIs and the basics of reproduction. Nothing about pleasure or the complexities of intimate relationships. I felt profoundly alone when it came to sex and relationships, and completely confused.
As a young woman, I’d explored my own body enough to know what felt good, but I had a feeling more was possible if only I knew where to look – or touch.
The Summer of Pleasure
6 VIRTUAL LIVE GROUP SESSIONS (VIA ZOOM)
2 hours each
Tuesdays, 6/23 - 8/27, 6 pm - 8:00 pm MT
Five years ago, a dear friend and mentor of mine put together a group of women – The Women’s Temple – to explore erotic arts together. We gathered to talk about our sexuality, to work hands-on with one another, witness one another, and be in our pleasure together.
This combination of information, community, and guidance transformed my sexuality, and my entire life.
Today, I am much more rooted in my body, connected to my pleasure, sensuality, and sexuality, and able to communicate about sex with partners in new ways, and I have resources and practices that continue to expand my erotic experiences to this day.
The Summer of Pleasure brings clear and simple information about pleasure and anatomy, guidance, practice, and permission, and a community of women devoted to exploring and telling the truth about their sexual pleasure and themselves – in an accessible, easy to digest, virtual format. We won't touch one another, do any live demonstrations, or self-pleasure together, but we will share the intimate details of our experiences.
In this program, I won’t shame or should you. I won’t be telling you how frequently you should be coming, or what kind of orgasms you should or could experience. I won’t tell you the best way to touch yourself, or share with you the one magic secret to unlock your deepest sexual pleasure.
That’s not what this is about.
I will offer you maps and guides to facilitate your own explorations into the wild territory of your pleasure. We'll include your self, your body, your sex, and your soul. I’ll encourage you to ask questions, follow your curiosity, and set up experiments so that you can uncover the deep pleasure that lives in you. You’ll get to share your experiences, frustrations, excitement, shame, and pleasure in a closed group of like-minded women.
This is about so much more than sex. It's about the cultivation of our sexual, generative, creative, life-force. The radical reclaiming of our bodies, our pleasure, and our erotic selves. We need this. Our communities need this. The world needs this.
The Summer of Pleasure begins
... the teachings were rich and deep and easily accessible, the discussions went beyond the physical realm to the emotional, mental, and spiritual realms, and the pleasure I'm experiencing now is beyond what I dreamed possible when I started the course. I am not exaggerating.
- KATHRYN, 70, RETIRED EDUCATOR, CURRENT FITNESS INSTRUCTOR
What You’ll Get
6 VIRTUAL Live GROUP SESSIONS (VIA ZOOM)
2 hours each
Tuesdays, July 23rd - August 27th, 6 pm - 8:00 pm Mountain Time
I will teach, and we will save plenty of time for questions, coaching, shares, reflection, and feedback, not necessarily in that order.
RECORDINGS, OUTLINES, HOMEWORK
All on a course page with downloadable video recordings and audio recordings, guided practices, and downloadable homework and outlines – available for a full year.
SECRET FACEBOOK GROUP
To stay in touch with one another between sessions and after the summer is over.
Maps + Guides
As women, most of us barely know the territory of our bodies and our pleasure. I’ll share with you the full magic of our anatomy of arousal. There’s so much more going on down there than your clitoris and your vagina. So. Much. More.
Practices + Experiments
We tend to touch ourselves the same way, every time. If you want to experience more pleasure with yourself and with partners, you have to start changing it up! We’ll explore different ways to contact your anatomy of arousal, and to incorporate breath and movement into your pleasure so that you can expand the depth and breadth of your pleasure map.
Community + Connection
In my personal journey, sexual and otherwise, nothing has had a bigger impact than community. Sharing these experiences, witnessing other women in their pleasure, seeing what it is they do with their bodies, hearing them describe it, and then getting to ask them questions about it changed everything. While this course is virtual, and we won’t be self-pleasuring together, or touching one another, the act of sharing our experiences and curiosities will be nothing short of revolutionary.
Whether you are brand new to sexual exploration, or a seasoned practitioner of erotic arts, you will learn and discover new things about your body, pleasure, and your erotic self.
We’ll Dive Into:
What is a Self-Pleasure Practice?
Shame, embarrassment, guilt and other things that get in the way of our pleasure
The personal, familial, and cultural stories we carry about pleasure
Anatomy of Arousal and your erotic map
New ways to touch yourself to experience pleasure
Community support and care
Ways to use breath, movement, and sound to unlock your body
Pleasure Rituals and Sex Magick
This will be a co-creative exploration; your questions, interests, desires, and curiosities will help shape our experience together.
You’ll Come Away With
An embodied experience and understanding of your anatomy of arousal
New ways to touch yourself and find pleasure
Maps of the wild territories of pleasure and erotic energy
Community and connection with women to support, challenge, embrace, and encourage you
Tools you can use to continue to unfold your sexuality, layer by layer
The power to tap into your desires, name what you want, and create the sensual and sexual pleasure you crave
“Alyssa has a magical knack for creating group spaces that are at once” profound AND playful, reverent AND fun, deep AND delightfully naughty. No matter how taboo the territory, she makes it feel safe and trustworthy. That is: I trust her — and she helps me trust myself. She doesn’t just light the passageway — she walks it with you, modeling the courage and grace this work takes. She’s helped me get brave, get honest, and get intimate with myself (and others) in incredibly rewarding ways. I can’t wait to see what she does next.”
Session I: Intentions, Agreements, and Your Pleasure Vision
We'll introduce ourselves, share our individual intentions, and form the agreements that we all need to feel safe in this container together. I'll introduce a breathing and embodiment practice, and give you the basic outline you need to create your Self-Pleasure Practice.
Session II: Anatomy of Arousal
We all learn about our reproductive anatomy, but do you know the workings of your anatomy of arousal? Did you know that women have as much erectile tissue as men?! We'll dive into our external and internal anatomy of arousal and ways to bring it to life.
Session III: Your Nervous System and Pleasure + Breath and Muscle Tension + Anal Anatomy and Touch
What does your nervous system have to do with pleasure? Learn how to use your nervous system, breath, and muscle tension, to understand your sexual and sensual response, along with ways to play with all of these to expand your erotic map.
Session IV: Self-Pleasure with the Wild and the More than Human World
It’s time to cast off the layers of domestication of our bodies and our erotic selves, and to explore the inherent wildness within. You’ll explore your body as wild landscape, and open the door to the possibility that your eros and pleasure can (and perhaps were created specifically to) connect you with the more than Human World.
Session VI: Bringing Ritual and Magick into your Self-Pleasure + Integration
We'll explore Sex Magick: the possibility that your sexual energy is bigger than you and your partner(s), and is a way to tap into our deep connectedness with all of life. We'll also review where we've been over the last 6 weeks, and you'll have the space to share what you've learned, where you are now, and what you want for yourself and your pleasure for the future.
We Begin July 23rd
Words of Caution
This is not all rosy and fun. You likely won’t skip down this path, bright and shiny, breathless from all the earth-shattering orgasms you’re having. Opening to and discovering your erotic self, outside the scripts that you’ve been handed by family, media, culture, and religion, can seismically shift the foundation of your life. Everything you think you know about yourself and your place in the world might come crumbling down. When you open yourself to one experience and begin to surrender more fully to life as it moves through you, you open yourself to everything. Grief. Rage. Ecstasy. Rapture.
This is also deeply political. Knowing about your pleasure and your body, and sharing your experience with community rather than sequestering it in your bedroom under your sheets and your shame is a radical, subversive, act.
Don’t Take My Word For It:
“Throughout this program, Alyssa has served as a fearless guide, listener and observer. She comes to the table with a playful curiosity, and a wide open mind to listen and inquire alongside us. Alyssa has not only provided a safe and welcoming space for self-expression, but also one of community and connection. Alyssa incorporates multiple avenues to connect to one's own body and acknowledge others. It is never forced, but always an invitation.”
– LAURA, 27
“It's incredible to experience a community of women who are open and accepting when talking about sexuality. Everyone has their own edge, and you can choose to reveal as much or as little of yourself as you want to. Alyssa provides an extremely safe and welcoming space to explore your relationship to your own body and your sexuality. Just try it; you won't regret it!”
- KAREN, 33, DENVER
WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE THE LIVE CALLS, OR HAVE TO MISS ONE?
This is meant to be a live group, not simply a class, meaning that your participation in the calls is important! If you have to miss one or two, or if something comes up, no problem! Life happens, and you'll be able to catch the recording. However, if you’ll miss most of them, or can’t make any, head over here to sign up to receive the recordings of the teachings and practices. You won’t get the group experience, and you won’t get to hear from the other women in the program, but you’ll get oodles of information from yours truly.
ARE THE CALLS CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes! In our first call, we will make agreements around privacy and confidentiality so that everyone feels safe and contained.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THE SUMMER OF PLEASURE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
If reading everything above is eliciting a response in your body – warmth, sweat, rush, tingle, buzz – tune in, and listen. You might get an answer. You could be feeling fear, excitement, a lean in, a repulsion. Any and all of those are possible signs that you are ready. If you aren’t sure, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can set up a time to talk. We’ll explore where you are at and what you are wanting to see if the Summer of Pleasure is a good fit at this time in your life.
WHAT’S YOUR REFUND POLICY?
I offer a 75% refund within one week of the course start date, no questions asked. After that, no refunds will be granted.
I HAVE QUESTIONS. HOW DO I ASK THEM?
Email me at email@example.com, and we’ll go from there.