Module 1: Online Group Study
The most profound embodied learning in the Somatic Sex Education™ training takes place at home during erotic practice sessions. Mindful somatic practice over time is the core of the home study program. Online video demonstrations and important sexological readings provide a survey of the new field of somatic sexology with an emphasis on education, ethical practice, erotic bodywork, masturbation coaching, anal pleasure, erotic yoga, sexual health, anatomy and scar tissue remediation. Each student reports at least weekly to the group about their erotic practice and learning.
A private forum at The New School of Erotic Touch facilitates the sharing of homework assignments, while providing a place for online discussions and communications with the instructors. An online home-study workbook directs practice sessions, course readings and video viewing.
Students should allocate a minimum of 20 hours each week - or approximately 3 hours a day - 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.
Completing the home study somatic enquiry reports is a prerequisite for attending Module 2, the Embodiment Weeks.
Module 2: Two 7-day Embodiment Weeks
After each 6 week block of group online learning, students and faculty come together in the flesh to practice communally in Glastonbury, SW England. The two in-person 7-day Embodiment Weeks include instruction and practice in Betty Martins' Wheel of Consent®, self-massage, movement, sensate focus, mindful genital mapping and massage, breath work, scar tissue remediation, Orgasmic Yoga, session structure, embodied consent 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:
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.
Somatic Sex Education and Neuroplasticity
Consciously changing how we use breath, sound, movement, touch and focused awareness has a profound effect on the nervous system, increasing neuroplasticity. This allows us to experience more, and have more choice in how we are erotically. Guided practice sessions teach participants how to coach clients in self-regulation to develop greater capacity for experience and choice informed by the science of interpersonal neurobiology, Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory and Jakk Panksepp's emotional command systems.
The Wheel of Consent®
We spend 2 days exploring Dr. Betty Martin's Wheel of Consent® during Module 2.1, which provides a context and ethical framework for our work with others. Betty Martin will offer Q&A sessions during this time via video-link.
Muscular, Skeletal, and Genital Anatomy
Anatomy is explored through webinars, slide show presentations, experiential demonstrations and guided practice sessions in both modules 1 & 2.
Sex, Gender and Identity
Examining basic principles of gender, sexuality, and identity in relation to sex and embodiment, is introduced as an essential part of ongoing professional development for somatic sex educators.
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, such as erotic trance dancing. 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
This form of sex coaching involves taking on the role of erotic trainer or sexual yoga instructor. Participants help others to overcome shame and erotic sensory-motor amnesia, allowing both personal and communal erotic embodiment. Rather than offer teaching, students facilitate learning and erotic mindfulness in others.
Mindful genital mapping and massage
Through both giving and receiving erotic touch, students learn several forms of genital and anal bodywork that promote 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.
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 3: Home Study
After Module 2, students participate in two more weeks of group online home study, focusing on successful business practices and structuring one’s learning during the supervised practicum. 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.
Students complete 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 3.
Students submit reports on their sessions to the facilitators 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.
Module 3 is about the students' learning, which does not happen if you are rushing to complete. We encourage and support students to take the time they need to identify areas of learning useful to them.
Demonstrating competency is a requirement of 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.