Webinars 2019


100 % of the proceeds earned from our webinars will go to the scholarship fund for supporting BIPOC students in attending the professional training. Learn more about it here:

Webinar 1:

Healing Trauma with Pleasure. Presented by Mehdi Darvish Yahya. Hosted by Amy Weissfeld.

Healing Trauma with Pleasure.

What is the role of Somatic Sex Educators in the trauma field? Does somatic sex education have a clinical application in direct treatment of complex developmental trauma? Given our modality of choice (i.e. touch) and our fundamental facility with pleasure, we have the tools to effect a meaningful positive impact in this field.


In his private practice of client-directed touch, Mehdi combines his expertise in psychotherapy with his experience in Intimacy Education and Somatic Sex Education to heal the body and the mind. He believes in the power of embodied sensuality as a means to authentic empowerment, and a way to inner peace and deep spirituality. Conscious bodywork can be a powerful eye-opening experience which can connect us to our authentic desires and true power.

The Touching Cure


Learn How To:

  • The pleasure process and its disruptions by trauma
  • The role of pleasure in safety, trust, and hope
  • Practical examples of the use of pleasure in healing complex developmental trauma

Webinar 2:

ISSS Student Showcase. The Lineage of Somatic Sex Education, presented by Carey French

The Lineage of Somatic Sex Education

Carey French Headshot

Carey French

Carey French is a Somatic Sex Educator and Consent Educator living on unceded Duwamish territory in Seattle, Washington. She is passionate about embodying consent culture and healing the wounds of oppression for all bodies. Her soul work includes sharing songs, enlivening dance floors and facilitating ecosexual erotic openings through the pleasure of fruit, exercises and experiences.

You can reach her at:

Webinar 3:

Models of Practice. Presented by Katie Spataro, Christiane Pelmas, and Ron Stewart. Hosted by Captain Snowdon.

Somatic Sex Educators utilize many different models for their work, from solo practice to working collaboratively with partners/spouses, to forming collectives and integrative plans of care with other practitioners. In this webinar, we’ll hear from a panel of three Somatic Sex Educators who have engaged in creative models of practice, including their learnings along the way, their celebrations and their recommendations both for those new to the field and for those seeking to create greater networks of community. The panel will be moderated by Captain Snowdon.

Learn How To:

  • Discover various models of practice that SSEs are engaging in to support their work
  • Identify ways to collaborate with other practitioners and to build a network for referrals and peer support
  • Discuss the dilemmas we (sometimes) face as SSEs in a predominantly Western Medical Model of care, health and wellness

Captain Snowdon

dr. liam ‘captain’ snowdon lives uninvited on the territory of the Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ peoples on Vancouver Island. Their background is in social justice, street outreach, counselling, harm reduction, somatic sex education and poetry with youth and adults. Some current incarnations of captain’s work are in the anti-violence-movement, working with folks who have done harm, co-teaching the Canada and US Sexological Bodywork/Somatic Sex Education trainings, and bringing somatic work wherever they go. They run the Sex Positive Art and Recreation Center. They are in love with the ocean. For more information see www.captainsnowdon.ca

Katie Spataro

Katie Spataro is a Somatic Sex Educator and Full Spectrum Doula. She is an organizing member of the Seattle Sexological Bodyworkers, an expanding group of local practitioners who gather regularly to offer peer support, skill share and professional community within our unique field of practice. She is also a member of the emerging Heart Collective, a social justice healing arts collective bringing together somatic sex educators and mental health therapists.

More info at
http://seattlesex-ed.com/ and

Christiane Pelmas

Christiane Pelmas

Christiane Pelmas is a certified somatic sex educator, a therapist, teacher, guide and writer. She has authored ‘Trauma: A Guide to Working With Body and Soul’ and ‘Women’s Wisdom: A Guidebook & Card Deck’. She supervises practitioners in myriad healing and wellness fields around the world, and is focused on exploring, identifying and teaching about the elements of healthy, diverse human community within an ailing and uncertain world. She is the founder of The Institute for Erotic Intelligence, which is currently developing curriculum for a professional training that deepens our skill level and capacity to be guides for humanity’s current crisis of belonging and wellness, into a more embedded and generative presence on Earth. One of the core teachings of this new professional modality is a focus on what she calls the ‘communal model’: the practice of weaving webs of care across modalities and diverse practitioners to hold clients, couples and families with more wholistic, integrative, intelligent and successful healing and wholing plans.

She can be found at



Ron Stewart

Ron Stewart is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker and somatic sex educator. He is currently serving as vice president of the Somatic Sex Educators
Association, a growing organization committed to supporting ongoing professional development of somatic sex education and sexological bodywork in Canada, the United States, and around the world. He is co-founder and core senior team member with Back to the Body sensuous retreats for women. Ron works with people of all genders in private sessions, group classes and retreats from his home/studio in Metchosin BC.

More info at www.ronstewart.net

Learn How To:

  • Discover various models of practice that SSEs are engaging in to support their work
  • Identify ways to collaborate with other practitioners and to build a network for referrals and peer support
  • Discuss the dilemmas we (sometimes) face as SSEs in a predominantly Western Medical Model of care, health and wellness

Webinar 4:

Sex and Depression. Presented by Shauna Farabaugh. Hosted by Katie Spataro.

Depression often has a profound impact on people’s sex lives–solo and partnered. So how can we support our client’s to stay connected to their own sexuality and intimate relationships when they feel more inclined to hide under the covers than slip between the sheets? How can we support our clients in finding pleasure in the midst of depression? Join certified somatic sex educator Shauna Farabaugh and let’s pull back the covers on sex and depression.

Shauna Farabaugh

Shauna Farabaugh is a certified Somatic Sex Educator and Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) provider in private practice in San Francisco, CA who fiercely believes in the right to sexual expression for every body and is committed to making sex education more “sexcessible.” She is particularly passionate about exploring the intersection between sexuality and life transitions of all kinds—both how life change impacts our sexual identity and expression and how we can connect with our sexuality in times of transition as a source of strength, resilience and wisdom to guide us through change. Shauna has been a professional sex educator for over a decade, with certifications from San Francisco Sex Information, The Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, and the Somatic Sex Educators Association. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at the Institute for the Study of Somatic Sexology, and recently published a book on pelvic pain with mentor and colleague, Caffyn Jesse. Reverently irreverent, Shauna brings a profound sense of play to both her group classes and one on one work with students of all genders, sexualities, and sexual lifestyles…because sex really is supposed to be fun!
Learn more about Shauna at

Learn How To:

  • Identify three common changes in sexual physiology during depression and how to address them with clients

  • Describe how depression changes ones relationship to intrapersonal consent and how that impacts sexual decision making

  • Discuss how depression impacts romantic and sexual partner(s) and list strategies for supporting them

2019 Webinar Series Somatic
Sexuality: Tools for Practice

This 4 part webinar series sponsored by The Somatic Sex Educators Association is specifically designed to support professionals in the field of sex education, health and wellness. Each event includes a 75 minute presentation, clear learning objectives, Q & A, and further resources. Webinars will be recorded and registrants will receive a link to the recording. All proceeds raised from these webinars will go towards scholarships for BIPOC students to attend the Institute for the Study of Somatic Sexology.

  • Webinar 1

  • $31.50/mo
    • Healing Trauma with Pleasure
    • Presented by Mehdi Darvish Yahya
    • Wednesday October 16th
    • 10am PST / 1pm EST

  • Webinar 2

  • $31.50/mo
    • ISSS Student Showcase
    • Presented by Carey French & Rhiannon Webb
    • Wednesday Nov 13th
    • 10am PST / 1pm EST

  • Webinar 3

  • $31.50/mo
    • Models of Practice
    • Presented by Katie Spataro, Christiane Pelmas, and Ron Stewart
    • Wednesday Dec 11th
    • 10am PST / 1pm EST

  • Webinar 4

  • $31.50/mo
    • Sex and Depression
    • Presented by Shauna Farabaugh
    • Wednesday Jan 15th
    • 10am PST / 1pm EST

Best price
  • Webinar Bundle (All 3)

  • $105/mo
    • 10am PST / 1pm EST
    • Wednesdays
    • Oct 16th, Nov 13th and Dec 11th, Jan 15th