An Interview with Tuesday’s Educator – Andre Shakti!

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Andre Shakti is a Bay Area educator, producer, activist, and professional slut devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their partners, and not taking herself too seriously. She writes about sex work for Cosmopolitan and and is on the organizational committee for Atlanta’s Sex Down South Conference, which just celebrated its inaugural run in October 2015. She recently had an essay published in the anthology “Coming Out Like a Porn Star”.,, @andreshakti,

Buy Tickets for Dropping the Hint, Not the Ball! Flirting 101 with Andre Shakti – Tuesday, January 12th @ 7-pm

Sadly, in today’s “how-to” age, there are more contradictory and harmful myths about flirting floating around out there than there is practical advice. “Don’t fuck on the first date!” “Play hard to get!” “Don’t talk about past relationships!” “Wear something flattering, but not too conservative or revealing!” Hardly ever do the instructions given account for diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship style, let alone personal preference! Join performer, educator, and professional flirt Andre Shakti as she identifies the self-imposed “roadblocks” that make flirting difficult and works with your individual personality style to maximize your success without losing sight of who you are and what you REALLY want!

Eventbrite - Dropping the Hint, Not the Ball! Flirting 101 with Andre Shakti

How did you first become introduced to and interested in your topic? Were there any setbacks/problems in your practice that affect how you teach this subject?

The topics that I teach are ones that “hit close to home” – either they’re in areas that I have a passion for as well as a wealth of experience with, OR I was consistently approached by multiple people to teach on a particular topic and spent periods of weeks or months intensively researching them to provide the most comprehensive and factually-accurate information possible. The “research” is always the most fun! No setbacks or problems so far – fingers crossed!

How many times have you presented this class before? 

I’ve taught my Flirting class around half a dozen times each, and every class gets better and better!

Who is your primary audience for your class?

I focus just as heavily on consent and rape culture in my Flirting class as I do on technique and communication, and I find that generally speaking, though the class is fully inclusive, heterosexual men seem to benefit the most from the information provided, which includes a multitude of anecdotal advice about approaching women intentionally, with sophistication, while identifying and respecting boundaries and avoiding feelings of entitlement.

Which are your preferred teaching methods and/or techniques?

While I can talk for hours on end (I’m Italian – it’s a blessing and a curse!), I definitely recognize that I only have a single set of experiences to pull from, and therefore value a collaborative vibe in all of my classrooms. Each individual has a unique history and priceless knowledge to share, and I strive to ensure that each person feels seen, heard, and valued throughout the course of the class.

What do you love most about teaching?

Connecting with people, empowering them to make healthier, more informed decisions around sex, and learning something new from each group of people I have the pleasure of addressing!

Happy Holidays!

As the year draws to a close, Sexploratorium wishes our friends and their families happy holiday season! Please make note of our holiday hours and our new winter hours for January:



Decmber 24 –  closing at 6pm in observance of Christmas Eve
December 26– closed in obervance of Christmas
December 31– closing at 6pm in observance of New Year’s Eve
January 1 – closed in observance of New Year’s Day
We will reopen from noon-10PM January 2 and noon-8PM January 3
January 4 and 5- closed for inventory.

Beginning Wednesday January 6, please make note of our new winter hours and plan your visits accordingly:
Sunday-Thursday Noon-8PM
Friday and Saturday Noon-10PM

Happy New Year from Sexploratorium

12 Days of XXXmas

It’s the naughtiest time of year! Once again, SEXPLORATORIUM will be giving away 1 free gift to 1 lucky *customer each day for the 12 days leading up to XXX-MAS!

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With quality brands like Liberator, Tantus and Vixen toys to choose from, each lucky customer can take home a prize worth up to $249.99

Starting Sunday December 13th,  the 12th customer will win a free gift (choose from either general sexuality or BDSM item)!

On Monday the 14th, the 11th in-store customer will win a free gift. Tuesday the 15th, the 10th customer will win and so on until the first purchase on XXX-Mas Eve (note that we will close at 6pm on December 24)!

The sooner you come in, the more prizes you’ll have to choose from!

Besides this awesome contest, what other Holiday cheer is Sexploratorium whipping up?  There is our in- store layaway sale where customers will receive 20% off any remaining balances when they pick up their layaways or special order items by XXXmas eve. SEXPLORATORIUM also provide free gift packaging and gift receipts (that detail our warranties, etc) with each purchase while supplies last. SEXPLORATORIUM  Online will feature  flash 50%off sales of in-stock items via our social networks each day, so make sure to keep an eye on the Sexploratorium Facebook page and Sexploratorium Twitter


Hot Sex Education for Wintry Appetites!

This month, Sexploratorium is turning up the heat to melt away your winter blues with some of our favorite local presenters.

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The month’s learning kicks off with with heartwarming healthy sex ed classes  for couples: Gin’s Partner Massage Workshop (Friday December 4th, 7-9pm) and Anita’s Tantra Wisdom Gathering for Couples (Thursday December 10th, 7-9pm). These classes in sensual communication and touch are followed by Samantha Turnpike’s interactive introduction to communicating your kinky desires Kink It Up a Notch: BDSM and Kink Basics  (Friday December 11th, 7-9pm).
Prepare for the hottest new year ever with  a spicy-hot smorgasbord of interactive skill-building workshops starting with Dominatirx Veronica Bound’s crash course in Sex Bondage Made Simple (Friday December 18th, 7-9pm) and culminating with two extended three hour workshops with Raymond Wise (25 advance/ $35 same day) Spanking 101 Extended Workshop: Demo & Hands-On Training (Saturday December 19th, 2-5pm) and Flogging 101 Extended Workshop:  Demo & Hands-On Training (Saturday December 19th, 6-9pm ).

Give the Gift of Sex Ed
For the first time ever, Sexploratorium is offering a gift certificate especially for the sexy student on your list! For $40 you can pre-purchase two standard (note that some special workshops and intensives cost more) Passion 101 Classes for your friend or for you and your partner. These certificates are redeemable through February 2016 and can help prepare you for Valentine’s and beyond! This is a gift that keeps giving:)







Sex-essories to Spice Up Your Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time to play with those fantasies you’ve kept in all year long! Whether it’s walking outside with a riding crop and heels or partying with something naughty under your costume, Sexploratorium can assist with bringing the heat to your favorite fall celebration!

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Costume Idea: Dominatrix

No Domina is complete without an instrument of her supremacy — a riding crop is just the thing to bring your subject to heel!

Costume Idea: Puppy

The thought of playing fetch got you hot? Add a collar and hood to your get up and and go for the gold! And if you’re feeling really adventurous, add one of our new Puppy Tail Plugs and wag for joy!

Costume Idea: Naughty Schoolgirl

So you grabbed your schoolgirl outfit from PASSIONAL? Check! Now, pass the test with a super discreet toy like this panty vibe, guaranteed to distract you from your homework! Extra Credit: hand Teacher a paddle of your own for your punishment!


Interview with Friday & Saturday’s presenter: Strap-on Jo!

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How and why did you end up teaching these subjects, skills, and/or techniques?

I’ve incorporated breath and visualization elements into most of my workshops based on my experiences studying with Barbara Carrellas [Urban Tantra].

How many times have you presented these classes before? Feedback? Testimonials?

For the past seven years, I’ve had the joy of teaching workshops at national and international events, universities, and local organizations. I am known for my contagious enthusiasm, ability to relate to a wide range of personal experiences, and geeky emphasis on exhaustive research.

Which are your preferred teaching methods and/or techniques?

I like to break up lecturing and demos with interactive elements, encouraging questions, and sharing of personal experiences and perspectives.

What do you love most about teaching?

Helping people realize that they’re not alone in their desires and that they have more freedom to be playful than they ever imagined.

Halloween Trick or Treat Contest

It’s that time of year again- ’tis the season for TRICK or TREAT!
Sexploratorium knows that  trick-or-treating does not stop when you’re a grownup! Adults simply move on to different tricks and treats!
We wanna hear about the sweet things you’ve been up to…and give you something sweet in return! Here’s how you can TRICK or TREAT your way to delicious prizes!
TRICK: Share a sexy trick you learned during a Passion 101 Class

TREAT: Tell us about the best sex toy you were ever treated to!

 3 sentences maximum, no photos.
Enter in store: drop a 3×5 card in our raffle box with your 1-3 sentence entry and your contact information!

Online: Email or post to the Sexploratorium Facebook Page or  leave a comment on THIS blog post!

TRICK WINNER receives a coupon good for (2) Passion 101 Class Tickets

TREAT WINNER receives a $50 gift certificate to Sexploratorium

Contest ends 11:59pm Tuesday November 5th and winners will be selected and contacted on November 10th.trick-or-treating1

*Be sure to include your contact information (Name/Handle, Email Address, Phone number Zip Code) with your entry.  One entry per participant, please. Entries with photos will be disqualified.