If you have any questions or would like to start the certification process, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our goal is to certify women to hold their own Bodysex workshops so that the Betty Dodson method of self-love and sisterhood continues and expands to every country around the world.
When Betty and I first got together, we had this vision of a world map with red lights being illuminated every time someone clicked on D&R. Now we feel that those red lights represent women certified in the Betty Dodson method as each woman holds her own Bodysex workshops.
Running Time 94 minutes. Bonus Features 20 minutes. DVD is region free, NTSC
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Betty took it one step further and had women talk about their sex lives. It's how she learned that most women had genital shame and didn't know how to stimulate themselves to orgasm.
After taking two Bodysex workshops with Betty and Carlin in New York, I really wanted to share the experience with a group of friends in Ohio. I figured this would give me valuable practice as I pursue my certification as a Bodysex facilitator.
I hosted a movie night and invited seven friends that were curious about my new passion. We watched Betty’s Bodysex Workshop DVD and talked about it. When I asked my friends who would like to join in a circle at my home with me as the facilitator, most were enthusiastic about participating. We set the date for a few weeks later and I began to prepare everything that we needed.
The week leading up to our first Bodysex Workshop was so exciting. Unwrapping and charging Magic Wands, sterilizing barbells, filling up the almond oil bottles, it was all coming together.
People often ask me how I discovered Betty Dodson, and Bodysex. I like to think it was through the divine guidance of the Universe.
Knowing in it’s infinite wisdom that she was precisely who I needed for my next phase of development. And for the more pragmatic, linear mind, it was a matter of following the links from one sexuality website to another, and there she was – the mother of masturbation – before me in full colour. Offering her wisdom, through a cornucopia of videos and posts, on the diverse benefits of sexual pleasure.
This past weekend we had our last workshop of the season. We were overbooked, had some last minute cancellations, and filled the slots from our wait list. The most amazing women sit in our circles - somehow the "right" women find their way to the "right" workshop.
We had women from Australia, Canada, Hawaii, the Northeast and the West Coast....sex workers, probation officers, students and a former nun. Betty and I were struck by the gifts and the strength of these women, how fortunate we are to call them sisters. I feel like I'm ruined for ordinary friendships because of the deep connections we create through Bodysex. The women who move forward with certification cross over into family.
The world is just waiting for the power in you to come out.
This week I did a practice Bodysex round with my assistant, Vega DeLeon, and I was reminded of so many important truths. One was that in our attempts to grow or become 'better', we often want to gloss over or sugar coat the gray areas, those places where we still feel shame or don't quite feel excited about ourselves.
When I share with someone how I feel about my body, I often say "Oh I like my body. Ok, I don't really like my stomach always... and my breasts, well... but I'm trying to love it anyways. So... yeah I really like my body. Everything's great!" It's almost reflexive to try and end on a positive note or reassure the other person we're ok.
As I sat down to write about Bodysex last week, I noticed the last lily bud from centerpiece flowers beginning to open.
I feel like that lily bud. Both attending and facilitating Bodysex has opened me so much and this workshop was no exception. It infused me with the strength to unfurl my wings in new and deeper ways.
All of our inner-buds unfurled to reveal beauty long held inside but kept private. When the world doesn't understand sexual pleasure as healthy and normal, even the most empowered woman feels at times she must hide herself to spare the judgment of a shaming world.
For me, this past weekend's Bodysex workshop marked a shift in my personal journey. Everything seemed to come together...ground...then open up again. And that's the genius of these groups. We grow as we facilitate. There is no end if we keep our hearts and minds open to the experience.
The last three Bodysex seasons have been a challenge. I had Grayson in the back room with a babysitter - then he graduated to home care with daddy but there was so much more to coordinate: breast pumping, cooking food for the weekend dinners, and rushing home to relieve my Husband. At a certain point, all babies want mommy and I was conscious of that fact. Attachment parenting and breast feeding on demand isn't for the faint hearted.
Dear Betty and Carlin
Two weeks ago I ran my third Bodysex Workshop in Mexico City and it was just amazing. This was a difficult workshop to prepare. Two weeks before the date I was still considering canceling it. I felt frustrated. My feelings were that pleasure is not a priority. Culturally, sexuality is so focused in the superficial, quick results, porn like desires, romantic love lies; sexuality as a way to grasp on to a partner, or just to cum and feel les anxious; a power mechanism.
Since I became a mom, Betty and I don't get to spend as much time together. The workshops have become the best way for us to reconnect. Now that Grayson is 13 months he can stay home happily with Daddy and mommy can have breakfast with Aunt B, catch up, and assist her in the circle.
When Betty and I click, we click. This past workshop was our best. It felt like we were dancing across the floor anticipating each other's movements, effortlessly gliding through the steps. We ran our third certification workshop; 7 women from Spain, Austria, the West Coast, Boston and NYC will go on to run their own Bodysex groups.
Most of my life I have felt more comfortable with men than women. I made friends with the 'dudes' and always had a few around to hang with, talk to and make me feel beautiful and valued.
When it came to connecting with women, I walked the tight rope of both desiring to belong and fearing I wouldn't be accepted. I felt sure they would see my flaws and expose me as anything but 'normal.'
I remember my first Bodysex workshop and how excited I was to join the group of women, to see all the unique bodies naked and the beautiful variety of vulvas. Despite my excitement though, the morning of Bodysex all my insecurities rose to the surface.
This email from one of the women in Natasha's workshop made my week. Bodysex is going global as we speak...
Dear Betty and Carlin,
I cannot thank you enough for making the decision to share your talents and messages of self-love with a larger audience through your Bodysex certification courses. Last weekend, I traveled to Saskatoon, Canada to attend Natasha Salaash’s Bodysex workshop and my experience (one that you know well) can only be described as transformational.
Julia is one of the first women certified to run their own workshops. She's holding her second workshop in Boulder, Colorado this upcoming May 14/15. If you want to take a workshop, and can't fly to nyc click this link to get all the info and register for Julia's group.
Here is some feedback from her last workshop - so proud to have her representing our work:
After the Bodysex workshop in August, some of the women sent me their stories in writing, sharing what Bodysex had done for them. The names are changed for their privacy, unless they gave me permission otherwise. I feel incredibly blessed and honored every time I read these. The work of Bodysex is powerful and it does the magic.
This past weekends Bodysex workshop was held at Ancient Spirals Retreat Centre, where images of spirals were represented throughout the building and surrounding land. Spirals come in many different shapes, colours, and textures and to me each curve represents the unknown, anticipation of what is to come, darkness around unseen bends, and light when something new is discovered. It has been said that a person needs to travel deep inside themselves in order to find the place where their sexuality lies. I believe that this weekend’s Bodysex retreat helped each of us women on our journey inwards, to further explore the curves and colours of our own spirals.