Get Ready to Get Juicy!
Sex & Creativity is a unique workshop, designed to facilitate creative expansion, offer opportunities for transformational healing, activate the libido, and engage the heart!
Led by Dance Naked Productions Artistic Director Eleanor O’Brien and Portland-area psychotherapist Gwenn Cody, this 3-Day workshop will tap into your artistic genius!
- When: Saturday November 1st, 11am-7pm (lunch included), Sunday November 2nd, 2pm-7pm (optional morning dance included), Monday November 3rd 7pm-11pm
- Optional performance Wednesday, Nov. 5th at 7:30pm
- Where: SW Portland (location given on sign-up)
- Cost: $375
- Deposit to hold space: $50 (balance paid at first class).
The purpose of this workshop is to explore and expand the erotic imagination, through games, storytelling and writing exercises. It is an opportunity to examine and release old beliefs around sexual shame and judgement, and transform trauma into art. We invite you to reconnect with a sense of wonder and play around your sexual being. For artists, writers and creatives of all kinds, you will discover how arousal can fuel your work, and inspire your artistic vision.
Participation in this work allows for greater connection,compassion and the celebration of our unique sexual selves. Together we reclaim our sexuality as a necessary and vital part of our whole. With the help two guides, you will dive into unknown depths and discover material you may only have suspected was there. You will make friends, tell stories and channel the fuel of arousal into ART!
Similar to The Artist Way, we use different modalities to access our erotic imagination. We play games that build connection and trust, as well as providing ways to elude our inner critics. Writing and storytelling exercises make up a significant portion of the creative process (though at all times are participants empowered to chose what they wish to share). We are dedicating to creating a container that feels safe and healing for everyone.
In addition to engaging our brains, we use embodiment exercises to activate the genius of our bodies. Though it may be true that the brain is our largest sex organ, it is but one erogenous zone. We use mindful movement practices to help engage and awaken all the parts of our physical and emotional body (including dance!).
We also include a performance aspect to encourage participants to share what they have discovered. We believe that allowing yourself to be seen and witnessed adds to the healing and transformational power of the work. In a safe environment, we create a salon atmosphere in which you may invite select friends to witness your creation. This is an optional aspect of the workshop, and entirely self-selected. (Salon will take place at a private location on the evening of November 5th).
If you are ready to discover a unique map into your creative self, join us for a journey into the loins of your erotic imagination!
All genders welcome.
Questions? Contact Eleanor O’Brien (email@example.com) or Gwenn Cody (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Gwenn Cody, LCSW, CET, CTE is a psychotherapist and facilitator in private practice. After 25 years as a therapist and healer, Gwenn is still deeply inspired by the beauty and passion within us and the process of bringing more authenticity to life. She has extensive education and experience in traditional and somatic psychotherapy, numerous body-mind therapies, mindfulness, Tantra and sexuality studies, Eastern spiritual traditions, work with sexual minorities, and relationship work with couples, dyads, triads and other relationship structures. She has facilitated many workshops on sexuality, tantra, and personal growth.
Eleanor O’Brien is the artistic director of Dance Naked Productions, a company dedicated to creating artistic expression around the topic of sexuality. She is the creator of the solo shows GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies and Lust & Marriage, as well as the ensemble series Inviting Desire. She has taught workshops in Sex and Creativity for Sex-Positive Los Angeles, Sacred Tantra in Portland, OR as well as at Breitenbush Hotsprings. She teaches solo show workshops (Portland Center Stage, St. Lawrence University, The Bluestockings Theater Company) and through Dance Naked Productions. She holds a masters degree from the University of San Diego, and is a trained facilitator for Storyhealers International.
Sex & Creativity Testimonials
Eleanor is an amazing facilitator who brings rollicking fun, creative insights, and deep emotional intelligence to facilitating group process and performance. She creates a strong container for safe yet intimate exploration. The Sexuality and Creativity class allowed me to go deep, build new relationships, and re-embrace my sexuality and creative voice in a new way. I didn’t want the class to end! ~Lena R
That was the best writing workshop I’ve been to, and I’ve been to more than several. Eleanor is amazing, she sees people, and gets them, and she helped me grow. ~Quiddity
It allowed us to really play with our expression, and to combine our ideas about seduction with our experience in a totally safe way ~ KR, therapist
I think you are really onto something special you are uniquely gifted & empowered to offer. I’ve done lots of group exercises around these themes but there were very different aspects to what you taught that were striking to me. I really appreciated the invocation and celebration of lust exercise. Inviting it, walking around with it, feeling it in your body. It felt very safe to me and I felt very honored and empowered to unabashedly be invited to feel lust in my body. Not to do anything with it. As a male I have felt a lot of shame, repression & distrust of my lust. Just accepting, relishing it openly in a room full of many strangers felt healing and potentially revolutionary. This was especially striking to me and completely unique in my experience. ~HL, contractor
Sex and Creativity is definitely a class I will attend again. Eleanor is a fabulous role model who walks her talk, and an incredibly caring human being. Our group grew and flourished under the passionate, playful, expressive and loving guidance of her leadership. ~Anonymous class participant
Juicy, inspiring and healing! I got in touch with fantasies I wasn’t previously aware of. I remembered sexy moments in past through storytelling starting with a clip from other people’s stories. So many thanks to Eleanor for supporting the unfolding of my sexual freedom. ~Tatva
This class opened up my universe. Getting to explore my sexuality in creative ways made me feel much juicier. I fell in love with each of my classmates. I loved witnessing their opening, their courage, their beauty. Thank you Eleanor for creating such a safe, joyful container for us to open and explore within. This is one of the richest writing/creating classes I have EVER taken and I have a Master’s degree plus another 60 hours of post-graduate work. I really loved this class! ~Stacy
My husband and I were so grateful for your workshop. We had an amazing time together, and these explorations are always so good for a relationship. Thank you for demonstrating such courage and kindness. The shares were fun! ~RF, painter
The woman I was paired with on this was divinely appointed. (She felt the same, as she came up to me after the workshop ended and said exactly that!) Incredible to think in such a short time as the evening was, that I could say what I did to her, and she would reveal what she did to me! Powerful… ~ PK, business analyst