Seducing the Muse is back!

  • Writing prompts for Intimate Narratives
  • Creative Games with an Erotic Twist
  • Guided Meditations that Encourage Arousal
  • Performance Opportunities to Share New Stories
Learn to tap into the power of lust to fuel ART! Explore your erotic imagination!
Seducing the Muse is a workshop unlike any you’ve ever experienced. Over the course of six weeks, you have the opportunity to dive into your sexual psyche and discover more about your erotic self. You’ll uncover your old stories and create new ones.
In this unique experience, a small group of participants (10 max) journey together to explore the inner landscape of our sexual selves, and using the raw materials gathered to create pieces of art.*
We combine personal process with creative process, and fuel the alchemy with splash of arousal. We play games that allow us to subvert the inner critic. We write from the depth of our genitals and birth our stories with love in our hearts.
You might say we uncover our sexual soul 🔥

UPCOMING WORKSHOP: October/November 2017

  • WHEN: Six Tuesday Evenings 10/17- 11/26 (except Oct. 31st)
  • HOURS: 7:30pm-10pm
  • VENUE: Private Home in Close-In SW Portland (near Ross Island Bridge)
  • RECITAL: November 30 (performance is optional!)
  • COST: $345 ($95 non-refundable down payment required to hold your space, remainder due at first class)
By creating a safe container to express all kinds of experiences, we release the clamp on our creative channels. We practice using the energy of arousal to fuel artistic pursuits. We uncover the stories that have held us back, or kept us from our greatest enjoyment, and we write new endings. We generate new material in a creative gush!
Create your own performance piece. Or just discover the stories within.
The Recital- Optional but encouraged!
Part of transformation involves the telling of your story.  The sharing of your art.
Participants are invited to create a piece of art that expresses your experience of Seducing the Muse. What came alive for you? What discoveries or epiphanies appeared? We end the course with a an invited salon of friends and lovers to witness the class creations. This recital is optional, but incredibly fun. Past projects have included stories, poems, dance performance, monologues and songs. I call it sex-fueled art. We’ve had poetry, dance, stand-up and song. What might you create?
Personal Interviews
To ensure the optimal mix of participants, I (Eleanor) conduct brief personal interviews with everyone in the workshop. This gives us both an opportunity to answer questions and address concerns (i.e. there is no nudity, no sexual contact among participants during the workshop, etc.). We want to create a group that inspires and cares for one another.  To ensure genuine interest, I require that you make a down payment for the class before we have that conversation.  Once you make a down payment,  I will set up a phone call. If we are both a go, the remainder ($250) is due at the first class 10/17. If now is not the right time for this workshop, I will cheerfully refund your down payment.  I look forward to talking with you!

Workshop Philosophy

Reclaim your sexual story

Engage your erotic imagination

Stimulate Full-Bodied Transformation

  • Who are you, sexually?
  • What do you want?
  • What turns you on?
  • Who do you want to be?

In our workshops, we create a rare opportunity to step out of the closet of “What Is Appropriate” and witness our sexual selves.

Claiming your erotic identity can be terrifying.  We are steeped in a culture that seeks to control and deny the most primal aspect of our animal natures.  Sex is labled “private” and we are told “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Often we wonder, what is normal? Why do I like that? What if someone found out?

Supressing your story is a recipe for shame. Owning your story is transformative.

Dr. Brené Brown says “Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.” In these workshops, we create a safe space where vulnerability around our sexual identity is acknowledged. We step into our stories, we speak our truth with authenticity and allow ourselves to be seen.

When we reclaim our sexual selves, we reclaim our creative power. We free ourselves to explore not only our personal history and non-fiction stories from our past, but we allow the erotic imagination to create new stories, and fuel artistic engagement.
When our imaginations are given permission to explore, our artistic genius can find full expression.

In these workshops, everyone is encouraged to embrace creative nakedness. To metaphorically undress themselves and discover what’s underneath. When you come out of the closet, you’ll be amazed at what’s been hiding inside you, waiting to be discovered.


Instructor

Eleanor O’Brien is creativity and sex-life coach at Uncover Your Story. She is also the artistic director of Dance Naked Productions, a company dedicated to creating artistic expression around the topic of sexuality. She has created the solo shows GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies and Lust & Marriage, as well as the ensemble series Inviting Desire, What is Erotic? and Revelations. She curates and produces the biannual sex-positive theater festival Come Inside in Portland, Oregon. She has taught Seducing the Muse for Sex-Positive LA, Sex-Positive London, Sacred Tantra in Portland, OR and private events. She also 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. She is a huge believer in the deep well of material to be found in our sexual stories, as well as the power of arousal to fuel art.

 Testimonials
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.
The class allowed me to go deep, build new relationships, and re-embrace my sexuality and creative voice in a new way.
I enjoyed the workshop very much! It helped me tap into my sexuality which generally is dormant/asleep. Eleanor was excellent in helping nurture our respective inner – and outer – sexual natures!
I have attended 3 of Eleanor’s Sex & Creativity workshops, each a bit different but very similar in their meaningful and delightful impact on me. I may never have discovered the power of authentic declaration of my sex creature through the manifestation of an alter ego “Lightning Jim” if not for her workshops. An incredible intersection of theater and personal process. Enroll if you can.
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
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
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. ~ 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
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… ~ Paul K