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Explore Desire seminars to 'push the boundaries'

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They wanted more. And the sexologist delivered.

Six months after his women-only sexuality seminar drew a sold-out crowd to the Radisson Hotel, Winnipeg's Dr. Reece Malone is back with three new workshops aimed at helping both genders Explore Desire.

The seminars, on May 25, again at the downtown hotel (288 Portage Ave.), are designed to "enlighten, inspire and heighten awareness" of sexual desire, power exchange and the female erotic potential.

"We'll share strategies on how to heighten your own desire, as well as the desire within a relationship," says Malone, who holds a master's degree in public health and a doctorate in human sexuality.

"We're going to talk about masturbation and fantasy."

And orgasms. Lots of orgasm talk.

Topics were chosen in response to an evaluation form and survey that was handed out at the Fifty More Shades of Pleasure seminar last November. At the end of that session, attendees were asked what information and skills they'd like to see imparted at similar events in the future.

The feedback sent a clear message, Malone says, that he'd played it too safe in his first attempt at trying to get folks to talk about sex in a public setting.

"The glaring criticism was that we didn't push the boundaries. They wanted us to go all out, so we are," says Malone, who runs a private practice at Four Rivers Medical Centre.

The most popular request was for "very specific" information about the female orgasm.

The Big O, along with other aspects of female anatomy and sexuality across the lifespan, will be discussed at length during Female Sexuality: Discovering New Ways to Experience Pleasure. The seminar, which Malone will co-facilitate with marriage and family therapist Vicki Enns, runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. While geared toward women, it is open to all genders and sexual orientations.

"We're focusing heavily on orgasm, but we're going to talk about it more critically and more thoughtfully," to offset the unhealthy myths and messages women often receive about their bodies and their sexuality, Malone says.

Heightening Desire in Your Relationship (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.), which Malone will also co-present with Enns, will explore how couples can strengthen their intimate bond, why desire dwindles over time, and what to do about it.

For many couples, the challenge lies in balancing the need to feel connected and secure with the desire to introduce something new and different into the physical relationship, says Enns.

"When couples experience shifts in their desire, often they avoid talking about it and feel helpless to change it," she says. "In long-term couples, it is key to devote time and energy to creating sexy spaces within the relationship. In this seminar we'll explore ways to do this with touch, anticipation, savouring connection and expanding ability to take risks and try something new."

The third seminar, co-presented by community sexuality educators Anlina Sheng and Darla Stewart, is titled Power Exchange: The Art and Lifestyle of Role Play and BDSM (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.). If you found the whole Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon the least bit titillating or intriguing, here's your chance to learn more about putting a little kink into your bedroom activities. Bondage, spanking and flogging will be covered, among other topics, and there will also be a live demo.

Proceeds from the Explore Desire seminars will benefit Dream Catchers, a program run by Klinic Community Health Centre for women who are in or transitioning out of the sex trade.

Tickets are $25 per seminar, $45 for two, or $60 for all three. They are sold at all Love Nest locations and through Ticketweb.ca.

In additional to the educational fare, attendees will have access to several adult-oriented display booths and vendor tables.

The event will also feature a live DJ, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and goodie bags filled with shwag from local businesses.

For more information, visit www.reecemalone.com/desire.

carolin.vesely@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 16, 2013 C6

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Updated on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM CDT: Corrects date of sex seminars to May 25

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