The Novice Orgy

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An orgy can be one of the most beautiful things in the world. It can also be not so beautiful, if the people involved in it are inattentive, insensitive and unaware. I can't say that it is not about sex. Of course, it's about sex. But it is not sex as it most commonly practiced in our culture. In The Ethical Slut, Janet Hardy and Dossie Easton describe orgies and group sex as radical political acts, because they deprivatize sex and because so much oppression in our culture is based on shame about sex.

Whether or not the orgy per se is a radical political act is open to debate. But certainly it is possible to learn a great deal about yourself, your desire patterns, your fears, your deeper attractions, and a great many unexpected things will happen. Each orgy is singular and unique. It can change your mental state. One can discover how fluid desire is, how at certain moments it is possible not to know the gender of the person with whom you are in contact, or that body size may not be that important, or that even sex may not be that important.

We will approach the orgy with a beginners' mind. Beginners' mind is a term derived from zen Buddhism. It designates an open mind that is listening and attentive, similar to the attitude of a child who experiences something or someone for the first time. Expect to be nervous, because everyone is, even the most 'experienced'. The orgy is not about achieving anything.

It will not be a requisite that you take off your clothes. It is, however, strongly encouraged that you do one of the Sexobatics classes and/or the Temple of Self-Pleasuring before attending this workshop.