Tools for Developing Intimacy in a Somatic Sex Education Container
October 18, 2023

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One of the most complex things to navigate in a somatic sex education container is when, how and why to include psychological, physical and emotional intimacy. This is the intersection between a traditional sex education container and sex work. Weaving your heart and body into your practice with clients is a personal choice that can have a powerful impact on your clients, your own heart and those you are in a personal, physical or romantic relationship with. While this intimacy is not to be taken lightly, when it is thoughtfully included in SSE sessions, it can be powerful and transformative. Join somatic sex educators Pamela Madsen and Cosmo Meens as they discuss how they develop and hold a safe-enough SSE container with the inclusion of intimacy as a tool to serve their clients and the world.

Pamela Madsen

Pamela Madsen, a Somatic Wellness Educator, with a Master's degree in Education, has worked with hundreds of women and couples on their own personal journey back into their bodies. Pamela founded Back to the Body, Inc and The Back To The Body Method™, now in its twelfth year. A pioneer in fertility and sex advocacy, she also was the Founder and first Executive Director of The American Fertility Association. Pamela is a veteran speaker, educator, and has been a blogger for The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and more. She is the author of Shameless: How I Ditched The Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure and Still Got Home In Time To Cook Dinner (Rodale, January 2011), and was featured in Orgasmic Leadership: Profiting from the Coming Surge in Women's Sexual Health and Wellness by Rachel Braun Scherl. Pamela has been called a “vagipreneur”. Pamela has appeared on Sex with Emily, Oprah, O Magazine (twice!), Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Buzzfeed, 60 Minutes, CNN, The New York Times, USA Today, and more. She is a fearless advocate for women’s health and integrated sexuality who leverages her raw honesty and well-informed wit to help strip the stigma from women’s wellness, female desire and pleasure, body image, and infertility.

Cosmo Meens

Cosmo Meens is a father, husband, son, brother and friend. He practices a consistent and daily engagement of truth, pleasure, alignment and joy and how to bring these element forward in all of his connections. He is committed to bringing the world of sexuality and sensuality into a playful and loving field, where the light shines brightly into the darkness and all parts of ourselves are loved, seen and valued. He is a spiritual and erotic being, and believes these two themes are deeply interconnected. He is committed to supporting people in finding their truth, pleasure and desire.

Cosmo completed his Somatic Sex Educator training in 2017, and started working with Back to the Body: Sensuous Retreats for women shortly afterwards. He is currently the VP of operations and senior practitioner for back to the Body. He is a strong advocate of immersion-based learning and co-founded The Apollo Project men's sexuality retreats in 2019. He has also been an active board member of the Somatic Sex Educators Association since 2018 and is currently the President.

Hosted By: Mehdi Darvish Yahya

Mehdi Darvish Yahya, MA, CSB, is an artist and a psychotherapist trained in the conventional therapy methods, creative arts therapies, sexological bodywork, and body-mind treatment modalities. He is deeply interested in holistic integrative approaches to trauma, the body, and relationship. Perfect Touch is his model for healing psychological wounds through the body’s natural processes of pleasure and healing.

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