The Next Bodysex Workshops

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 17:40
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Taking a bodysex workshop is transformative.  We focus on overcoming negative body image and pleasure anxiety. 

Yes, they're done in the nude but it's not sexual.  Betty developed these workshops using the consciousness raising model of second wave feminism where women got together and shared their experience first person. You can read about past workshops to better understand the experience here (scroll down to read blog posts written by Carlin and our Bodysex leaders).

Whatever your race, orientation, upbringing, or country of origin, we have wounds to heal. All are welcome.

The next workshops will be held Spring 2017 on these dates:

  • April 22/23
  • May 20/21
  • June 24/25

They take place at Betty's apartment in midtown manhattan from 1-6pm Saturday and Sunday. 

The suggested donation is $1,200.00 by check OR $1,000.00 by cash - we prefer cash :)  And we have a student/hardship reduced price of $800.00.

This include everything you'll need (you get to take the vaginal barbell home with you). 

To reserve a spot in one of the workshops, send me an email:

Let me know what dates you prefer. 

Once I confirm a spot is available, you can make a $200 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot in the workshop (the $200 deposit goes toward the total workshop donation of $1,200 by check or $1,000 by cash or $800 student/hardship rate): donate.

You can pay the rest of the fee in a series of donations or pay by check/cash the day of the workshop.

Bodysex Certification.  We've started a bodysex certification program for women who want to run their own bodysex workshops.  

You're required to take one workshop, a second workshop with other women seeking certification, and then write a thesis you'll defend.  Your thesis statement will describe your own sex history, how your family dealt with masturbation, what you believe is wrong with how the culture handles sexuality and what you would do to change it. 

The total fee for certification is $5,000 - two workshop fees of $1,000.00 plus one last donation of $3,000.00. 

If you're traveling from out of town here are some hotels close to Betty's apartment.

On the economical side:

You can rent a room or an entire apartment on Airbnb.

Clarion Hotel

Hotel 31

On the pricer side:

The Roger Hotel

The Gaansevort

Frequently asked questions:

What if I have my period?

No problem. I have my period for almost every workshop. You can use a tampon, menstrual cup, or a piece of natural sea sponge during genital show & tell and erotic recess. Personally, I use my menstrual cup during genital show & tell and then switch to my diaphragm on Day 2 so I can experience penetration with the barbell during erotic recess.

What if I have a yeast infection?

No problem. I would recommend some cranberry pills or the monistat egg to treat your yeast infection then head over to Betty's.

What if I can't orgasm?

If you orgasm, great. If you don't, that's ok too. Orgasm is NOT the goal. We're here to heal body shame, overcome sexual guilt and experience true sisterhood. There's no agenda and no expectations.

Can I buy Betty's memoir at the workshop?

Yes. You can buy Sex for One and My Romantic Love Wars and have Betty sign your copy. All of our dvds are also available for sale.

Can I keep the mystic wand?

The price of the barbell is included in the workshop fee. If you want to keep the mystic wand you used during the workshop, you can and the price is $69.99.

Can I bring my own barbell and wand?

Yes. If you've already purchased the barbell and the wand, you can bring them with you to the workshop.

Can I bring something to eat?

Of course. We provide beverages (bottled water) and cookies. I've served veggies with dip, salads, sandwiches...but no one eats it. Women want a bit of sugar and that's it.

If you have any other questions, you can email me directly:

I wish every young woman could take a workshop and connect with herself as part of her sexual rite of passage. Hope to see you in the circle.

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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Sun, 09/21/2014 - 01:34
Gemma (not verified)


I've just stumbled across your website, I am sick of reaching for my vibrator and feeling like it's wrong or dirty.
These issues I have impact my relationships also, I can't let go. Struggle to let myself be pleasured. I think heading towards my mid thirties I need sort this out.
I love the idea of your classes etc. just wondering if you can recommend /know anyone in the uk? Who does the same thing as yourselves. I don't mind a trip to New York, however it would be a while before I can gather the funds together.

Many thanks ladies x :)

UK workshops

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:33
Lola uk (not verified)

I too am from the uk and would love to attend one of these workshops. However a trip to NY isn't feasible in the near future.

Like the lady above, any info on uk workshops would be fabulous


UK workshops

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:24
PaulaM (not verified)


I follow this blog for over an year now and always wanted to do the workshop.
So like the two ladies above, I would love to know if you have plans to come to UK or could suggest another group to do workshop.

Many many thanks

Workshop Locations

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 05:28
Charity (not verified)

I came across your blog tonight (this morning?) via youtube and am completely blown away by the genuine love I feel just watching/listening to the videos and reading the different articles.
A little about me: I am 25 and have been afraid to masturbate for as long as I can remember.  To touch "down there" feels awkward and foreign and frankly, it scares the hell out of me.  I have had many a sexual partner, but I don't know if I've ever "achieved" orgasm.  I've always thought that was a load of crap and that my genitals were broken or defective and that I simply got the short end of the stick in life.  I know now that's not the case.  I simply have not yet awoken.
I am curious to know where any of the ladies who have been or will be Bodysex Certified are located.  I am persuing my masters currently and pretty much have $0 to spend on anything.  I assume that if a workshop were closer, I would spend less on travel expenses, etc.  I know that one of these workshops would LITERALLY change my life, and it is worth any scrounged penny I can get my grubby hands on.
Much love,

ThankYou Betty an Carlin

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 13:35

I have been a Sex Therapist for several years. Masterbation was mentioned, not encouraged. At almost 70. I am liberated and want to learn more. I will be at a Workshop soon.
This all started with a New Year's gift from my friend and partner, Jon, just one week ago. Life, Love and Learning is a Treasurer.
Thank You


Sat, 01/23/2016 - 22:17

Many of my friends are gay, and one is trans. Some of them had severe problems growing up, thankfully our western society is less constrained than it was. But there's a long way to go until we stop defining gender at birth, and acknowledge a person's right to define their own gender, until then we will be oppressing much of our community. We must all speak out, trans, gay, bi, sraight, whatever, and say "You don't define me, I define who I am". This should be part of the UN Charter of Human Rights.


Gender vs. Sex

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 22:32

I'm probably wrong but I find the use of the word 'gender' inapproiate and in some cirminstances just plain wrong. It seems we didn't like saying 'sex' so we use 'gender' instead. One of my friends is trans-sexual, some are bi-sexual, why would we, for example, say someone was bi-gendered. It's quite absurd. Mrs Grundy lives! 

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