Events, Workshops, and Classes

Group for Men Interested in Women

Seattle Institute for Sex Therapy, Education and Research is offering a 12-session class for men interested in sexual, social, emotional, and romantic relationships with women. We will provide science-based information about female and male sexuality, introduce participants to technologies of habit change, and engage in lively discussions that help each man clarify his goals and priorities. The class will be held on alternate Tuesdays from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM starting Oct. 1, 2019, and ending March 17, 2020 (with a break for the winter holidays).

Each 90-minute session will be organized as a focused discussion with topics such as “Sex & Political Correctness: Damned if you do …” and “What makes sex with women work?” Between sessions, participants will be able to work individually on personalized homework projects.

Elizabeth Rae Larson: Sex therapist, educator and researcher with over 40 years’ experience in the field of human sexuality, specifically, and behavior modification in general. Dr. Larson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, and Director of Seattle Institute. Elizabeth offers an interdisciplinary understanding of sexuality—biologically, psychologically and socio-culturally.

Ian K. Hagemann: Facilitator, educator, and activist who has been working with fellow men for over 30 years, including some 15 years of experience working with The ManKind Project. Ian is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate. He offers a nuanced understanding of how the world that men are faced with has changed during the recent years and what they can do to be happier and more effective.

Cost: $600 if paid in advance ($50/session) or $75 per session. Please note that we expect the group attendees to attend each session and that the group will be closed to new members after the second week.

To enroll: Contact Dr. Larson at 206-522-8588 or email

Custom-Designed Workshop For Your Group

We have designed presentations on a wide variety of topics, most including audio-visual material. We can design educational events for health care professionals and professionals in training as well as for the general public.

Following is a list of workshops we have presented, accompanied by brief descriptions of content. All of these workshops have been designed for the educated general public. Many are adaptable to other audiences as well. We also design and present material on an as-called-for basis.

If your group or organization would be interested in sponsoring a presentation, please email us at

If you are interested in being notified when we offer workshops or classes open to the public in the future, please send us your email address. We will add you to the email notification list for future events.

Sample Topics

SACRED SEX: Ancient practices centered on the devotion of the erotic couple can benefit modern relationships. Explicit media provide images of specific practices.

MEN’S ORGASM: This workshop is designed for women and men who want to know more about the problems and possibilities of male orgasmic response. Using explicit media, we survey Eastern and Western knowledge of this vital phenomenon. We explore the possibilities for men to experience orgasm more deeply, to learn how to extend erotic sensation, to increase the power of erection as well as orgasm, to become multi-orgasmic.

WOMEN’S ORGASM: Elusive for approximately 20% of American women, orgasm is a very controversial topic. Using explicit media, we explore both the difficulties and the possibilities of female sexual pleasure.

ENHANCING WOMEN’S SEXUALITY: Emphasizes approaches to building erotic satisfaction. Explores the differences between female and male in what constitutes “enhancement.” Explicit talk and imagery.

EROTICIZING SAFER SEX: Explicit video images document the gay/lesbian community’s successful response to the public health menace of AIDS. This workshop can be adapted for adult audiences of all lifestyles.

PASSIONATE MARRIAGE: Keeping intimate, sexual pleasure alive in a long-term relationship is a challenge for many couples. We explore the work of author and therapist David Schnarch. Learn important facts that can change the odds.

KEEPING IT HOT: Restoring and maintaining passion in a committed, erotic relationship. Explicit images.

SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL SEDUCTION: A few suggestions for how to improve your ability to get intimate, including warning signs to pay attention to in modern courtship. Explicit talk. A discussion of male/female differences and similarities in how we are attracted to others and some frank recommendations about how people could make alliance with nature by following certain courtship practices.

BETTY DODSON’S ART: This sex-positive artist and educator is most known for her portraits of female genitals and her advocacy of “sex for one.” Her larger body of work illuminates sexual possibilities that transformed as well as documented the last quarter of the 20th century, contributing to the promotion of healthy attitudes/behaviors in human sexuality.

SWINGING, SWAPPING & POLYAMORY: Lifestyle choices that challenge the dominant paradigm for satisfying, nurturing love relationships. What’s happening here. How does it work, or not.

CROSS-DRESSING: What is it? What forms does it take? Where does it come from? How do partners find happiness with it? Video clips of couples who are coping with cross-dressing are frank but not sexually explicit.

ANNIE SPRINKLE’S HERSTORY OF PORN: Her video documentary, with live commentary by our resident pornography expert. Extended clips from Annie’s touring stage show and old films are blended with her commentary. Must be seen in its entirety. This is explicit.

TO RIDE A TIGER: An exploration of sado-masochism; utilizes extended clips from the classic video documentary of Dutch Dungeon Mistress Monique Van Cleef, whose clientele included some impressive personages of Europe. Explicit. Whether your goal is to explore this particular lifestyle or to understand what its practitioners have to teach all of us, this presentation will touch on important routes to human sexual expression.

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