Sacred Sexuality

Your facilitators are Cyndi Darnell & Barbara Carrellas Explore, embrace, and expand your authentic, ecstatic sexual self. Learn to confidently embody pleasure, understand desire, celebrate playfulness, and enjoy infinite erotic possibilities through Tantric practices, mindfulness, discussion, movement, sound, and breath. Learn how pleasure complements soulful self-inquiry. Discover how integrating eroticism into spiritual practice sustains our vision for a more heart-centered, connected world. You’ll have permission to bring your whole self to sexual… Read More

5th Annual AltSex NYC Conference

Organized and produced by Michael Aaron, PhD, LCSW, CST and Dulcinea Pitagora, PhD, LCSW, CST, the 5th annual AltSex NYC Conference provides a local arena for clinical and educational discourse around alternative sexual practices. The phrase “alternative sexuality” is purposefully broad, and inclusive of non-conforming gender identifications and sexual orientations and an intersectionality of gender and sexual expressions. The AltSex NYC Conference is a forum designed to disseminate information in a respectful,… Read More

ZAP! The Wonders of Electro-Play w/ Miss Mackenzee

Join in this class as we explore one of the greatest inventions of all time: Electricity! There are many different ways to incorporate electro into your sex and kink. Within this workshop, we’ll discuss ways to make the experience pleasurable or torturous depending on which way you want it to go. What are the safety precautions to take when dealing with electricity? Want to learn how to play with orgasm control using… Read More

Rope Bondage Basics: Harnesses w/ Lolita Wolf

This class will cover a variety of body harnesses that are pretty as well as practical. These bondage techniques will work for all types of bodies and many different types of scenes. Bring two 30 foot lengths of rope with you, because in this class you will learn safely, in a hands-on manner. Bring a partner or find a match at the class! No experience necessary.

All About the Meat

Oral sex – everyone assumes we all know how to do it, but what do we REALLY know? Join us for the annual Steak & BJ Day as Shag shows you how to enhance your oral performance and learn how to be a giving lover to your penis-owning partner. First 10 people get a free gift 🙂

Beginner Rope Ties: Wrists, Ankles and More w/ Lolita Wolf

With just some simple turns of the rope and one simple knot you’ll be able to tie someone’s hands together, tie them to a chair, hog-tie them and more! The possibilities are endless. Bring a 30 foot length of rope, because in this class you will learn safely, in a hands-on manner. Bring a partner or find a match at the class! For real beginners, no experience necessary.

Sword Class NYC: A Safe Place To Be Fierce

Guest blog post by Sara Tunick, social worker and general manager and instructor at Sword Class NYC, where she studies kendo and has achieved 2nd Dan in Siljun Dobup. Compared to others in my generation, I came out relatively late in life. I grew up doing what I was “supposed to do.” I played sports, did my chores, went to college, and I assumed that I would eventually marry a man and have… Read More

The Eulenspiegel Society

By Michal Daveed, the Media Representative for The Eulenspiegel Society. Nowadays, BDSM imagery can be found in mainstream culture, but it’s a double-edged sword.  It can be hard to disentangle fact from fiction, and seeing jokes on primetime TV about bondage don’t offer community, or emotional support. But since before the “Fifty Shades of Grey” craze, and surely until long afterwards, The Eulenspiegel Society fills the gaps. The Eulenspiegel Society, or TES, has… Read More

Call for NYC Kink/Poly/LGBTQ Affirmative Providers

Welcome to the launch of ManhattanAlternative.com! We are a network of therapeutic service providers in New York City who are sex-positive, affirmative, and have expertise related to issues that kink, poly, consensually non-monogamous, trans, gender non-conforming, and/or LGBQ-identified individuals face.  I started working on this collaborative in 2014 in an effort to address the lack of openly affirmative support to the communities I’ve been a part of in NYC for the past 10+ years, and am… Read More