DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING
This course prepares practitioners to teach somatic sex education to individuals, couples and groups. It is an experiential training which provides direct somatic learning opportunities that emphasise erotic embodiment. Participants learn a variety of Somatic Sex Education™ modalities, including sensate focus, the Wheel of Consent®, mindful genital mapping and massage, anal touch, prostate massage, breath work, scar tissue remediation and coaching in mindful self-pleasure practices.
These modalities are learned primarily through experiencing them yourself, in your own body. The erotic education in this course is communal: we learn from each other and with each other. You will reflect on your experiences in writing and read the reflections of the other students. Thus, participants experience how humans learn sex – through mindful, self-directed practice over time.
This training makes use of online learning, video conferences, home erotic practice sessions, video demonstrations, a supervised practicum, and communal practice. During the U.K. in-person Embodiment Weeks (Modules 2 & 4) participants and instructors gather to hone erotic skills, to explore communal erotic trance states, and to connect with their colleagues in the new profession of Somatic Sex Education™.
We strive to create a radically inclusive space and welcome diversity in age, race, culture, professional background, life experience, sexual orientation, and gender identities, characteristics and expressions.
Some of the most profound embodied learning in the Somatic Sex Education™ training takes place at home during the somatic enquiries of Modules 1 and 3. Curiosity and mindful somatic practice over time are the core of the home study program. Online video demonstrations and important sexological readings provide a survey of the new field of Somatic Sex Education™ with an emphasis on education, erotic bodywork, masturbation coaching, anal pleasure, erotic yoga, and sexual health. Each student reports weekly to the group about their practice and learning.
Dr. Betty Martin’s Wheel of Consent® is explored during the prerequisite Foundations of Relational Embodiment and throughout the training, and provides a context and ethical framework for our work with others.
A private forum facilitates the sharing of homework assignments, while providing a place for online discussions and communications with the instructors. The online lessons direct practice sessions, course readings and video viewing. Students will need to allocate at least 25 hours a week for the 12 weeks of home study. Students are encouraged to divide their home schooling evenly between erotic practice sessions and study of video and texts.
Module 1 focusses on working with self, Module 3 focusses on working with others.
Completing of each of the five Modules in turn is required in order to progress to the next Module.
After the Module 1 and 3 group online learning, students and faculty come together in the flesh to practice communally. The in-person Embodiment Weeks includes instruction and practice in self-massage, movement, sensate focus, embodied consent, breath work and scar tissue remediation In Module 4 we move into active receiving, mindful genital mapping, session structure and facilitating group learning environments.
Special emphasis is placed on learning to work with others as a sexual yoga instructor, guiding their erotic practice sessions and, whenever possible, empowering them to direct their own somatic learning.
In order to develop awareness and hands-on skills, participants touch and coach each other during the intensive, deepening the practice begun in the home study.
The following modalities are emphasised:
Wheel of Consent Training
Skills and practice creating consensual agreements using the Wheel of Consent are foundational core competencies that are taught and practised throughout this training
Clean Language and Body Poem
Skills and practice coaching using Clean Language and Body Poem are foundational throughout this training. We practice radical acceptance and trust in the self-organising intelligence of the people who we work with. This coaching model combined with the Wheel of Consent facilitates active receiving rather than the treatment model.
Breathing is a foundational tool of Somatic Sex Education™. Several different breathing methods are taught. Students learn to help others expand their capacity for sexual excitement and erotic joy through breathing.
Self-Regulation Using Breathwork
Consciously changing how we use breath using sound, movement, touch and focused awareness profoundly affects the nervous system, increasing the potential of neuroplasticity. Guided practice sessions teach participants how to coach clients in self-regulation to develop a greater capacity for experience and choice informed by the science of interpersonal neurobiology and affective relational neuroscience.
Muscular, Skeletal and Genital Anatomy
Anatomy is explored through webinars, slide show presentations, experiential demonstrations and guided practice sessions in both modules 1 & 2.
Exploring and understanding gender & genital identity in relation to belonging and sexual expression is an essential part of ongoing professional development for somatic sex educators.
Genital Identity and Body Image
Genital identity and body image are explored supporting the development of core competencies in relation to erotic and emotional fluency.
Trauma-Informed: Working with Altered States of Consciousness
When we are touched or touch another, we are touching memories. Bodywork, Body Focusing and Breathwork can facilitate up-regulated states of arousal or down-regulated states of relaxation and each person has different ranges of emotional and erotic fluency in different states. All of the practices in this training are choreographed, using the Wheel of Consent and Clean Language coaching to facilitate staying within the range of a person’s response flexibility. Foundational to this training is developing response flexibility (ability to be in choice when experiencing the intensity of emotional affect). This is essential to be able to hold space for others and is a core competency for certification.
The Right Use of Power
Understanding Role, Status, and Personal and collective power is central to our core competencies as practitioners inhabiting role power positions as part of the systemic power structures that we and the people we work with are part of. Core to learning is our self-acceptance and belonging which supports our ability to learn and be curious, which in turn supports our ability to participate which feeds our personal power to voice what matters to us and inhabit ethical practice. All of the structures within this training are choreographed towards developing personal power and inhabiting ethics on the inside congruent with our Association of Certified Sexological Bodyworkers’ professional codes of ethics and conduct.
Based on Authentic Movement, masturbation coaching is an astonishingly effective means to assist others to break free of limiting habits and to go deep into erotic experience. The major technique in masturbation coaching is witnessing and being witnessed. Students give and receive individual coaching sessions as well as participate in and facilitate group coaching structures. Students learn ways to make use of video feedback in working with others. The motto of masturbation coaching is: “Change the way you masturbate, change your life.”
Somatic Sex Coaching
Students learn to help others to overcome shame and erotic sensory-motor amnesia, allowing both personal and communal erotic embodiment. Rather than offering hierarchical teaching, students learn to facilitate learning and erotic mindfulness through client-led, co-created explorations. A learning objective is translated into agreed somatic practices that support inhabiting new ways of being.
Mindful Genital Mapping and Massage
Through both giving and receiving erotic touch, students learn several forms of genital and anal bodywork as client-led active receiving that promotes a greater sense of embodiment and interoception. These forms of bodywork also often result in profound trance states. Students also learn to teach this bodywork to couples and groups as a form of lovemaking.
Facilitating In-Person and Online Groups
Successfully running group learning experiences is a creative and structured process. Participants are taken step-by-step through the process of turning an idea into a dynamic group learning experience.
Module 5: 8 January – 24 March 2024
Setting up a successful Somatic Sex Education practice involves a vision, business plan, promotion, and a supportive network. Students also become familiar with local legal issues and professional ethics.
Module 5 is about the student’s learning, which does not happen if you are rushing to complete it. We encourage and support everyone to take the time they need to identify areas of learning useful to them.
Demonstrating competency is a requirement for Certification. Therefore, while 25 credits is the minimum number we have found that provides a useful structure for students to be able to do so, some students may be asked to do more.
Online teaching practice
Students continue attending the weekly webinars practising teaching using the Engage, Study, Activate & Install teaching method and attend each other’s online classes.
Session Structure – Translating Learning Edges into Learning Objectives and then into Educational Contracts
During this final module, students practice using the embodiment assessment tools and sexological bodywork tool kit. Students first receive sessions that address their learning edges in relation to core competencies. These sessions support sessions involve translating learning edges into learning objectives and then into educational contracts. After receiving a minimum of five learning credits with self-directed practice, student Sexological Bodyworkers then progress towards completing a minimum of twenty-five sessions of Somatic Sex Education™ with individuals and, optionally, with couples and/or small groups over the 16 weeks of Module 5.
Students submit reports on their sessions to the course directors and to their Coach and post a summary of their learning online for instructors and classmates to read and review. They arrange supervision sessions with their coach after every 5 sessions.
Upon completion of all requirements, you will be awarded the Certificate in Sexological Bodywork (CSB).
Foundations in Relational Embodiment prerequisite: £660 (see under Courses menu)
Certificate in Sexological Bodywork: £5,672
A non-refundable* deposit of £500 plus £660 for the prerequisite training reserves your place.
- Online access to the curriculum and student forums
- Demonstration videos
- Live community webinars in Modules 1, 4 & 5 with the course directors and visiting teachers
- On-line small group coaching for Modules 1 & 4
- 2 six-day In-person Embodiment retreats facilitated by the teaching team
- 1-1 Learning edge coaching sessions for Module 1 -5
- 1-1 Supervision for Module 5
- One-year membership to The New School of Erotic Touch and The Orgasmic Yoga Institute, the major online resources for Somatic Sex Educators.
- Travel, food or accommodation for the 6-day Embodiment retreats.
- Morin J (1995) The Erotic Mind: Inner Pathways for Sexual Excitment. Headline [also sold as: The Erotic Mind: Unlocking the Inner Sources of Passion and Fulfillment (2012) Harper Perennial]
- Cornell AW (1996) The Power Of Focusing: Finding Your Inner Voice. New Harbinger
- Anatomy of Erotic Anatomy and Arousal video course by Cyndi Darnell is our main anatomy “text”. Like the rest of the reading list the cost of this is not included in the course fee, however there is a discount code supplied to students
- Pelmas C (2017) Trauma: A Practical Guide to Working with Body and Soul; A Somatic Sex Educator’s Handbook. The Rewilding Press. A PDF of this book is supplied free to students.
You are not required to read the books before the course starts, however, if you choose to, you would have a head start. There are more titles in the full recommended reading list, including some online texts you can access free from there.
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