Tour Schedule



Email tristan at to book Tristan for: book readings, university and college lectures, keynote speeches, conference talks and panels, sex and relationship workshops, and other public appearances.

***More details below the calendar…***

Sex Educator Boot Camp Level 1: Available Online Now!

Are you passionate about sex education and want to build a career in the field? Sex educator, author, college lecturer, filmmaker and radio host Tristan Taormino has written or edited more than thirty books, appeared on dozens of television shows, garnered national media coverage, and keynoted, lectured, and taught workshops to over a million people around the world. But she’s never shared her insight into creating a successful sex education career—until now. In this three hour course, Tristan will share the secrets of her success as one of the most sought-after sex educators in the world for over a decade. You’ll learn how to: explore options for education and certification; harness your unique perspective in the field and communicate it effectively; identify your individual goals and the audience(s) you want to reach; network with other sex education professionals and build awareness about your work; create dynamic presentations and develop your teaching style; think creatively about marketing and promotion. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to ask Tristan questions about your specific issues and concerns in an intimate environment. This course is ideal for people who: work in an ancillary field to sex education; are considering a career in sex education; are enrolled in or recently completed a sex education advanced degree program; or have worked as a professional sex educator for less than a year.

August 12, play at 8:00 pm, panel after show
MONO/POLY: Post Show Panel 
MONO/POLY: a play about love and sex in the plural is a new play about nonmonogamy written and directed by Brian Reynolds. The show is having its first preview in Los Angeles August 11-13 at the Hudson Backstage Theatre. The follow-up panel after this performance features experts Elisabeth Sheff, Tristan Taormino, Michon Neal, Johan Khalilian, and Abbey Rose who will offer full and diverse perspectives into alternative relationships.
Location: The Hudson Theatre Backstage, 6539 California Route 2, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Admission: The show runs August 11 (8 pm), 12 (8 pm), and 13 (7 pm) and is free. You can reserve tickets via Eventbrite.

August 16, 2017, 8:00 pm
Anal Sex 201 Workshop
Celebrate Anal Sex Month in style at this fun workshop. So, you’ve got the basics of the butt down. Are you ready to take the next step in anal pleasure? Author and expert Tristan Taormino will discuss many advanced topics, including: the ins and outs of anal penetration; pros and cons of different positions; orgasms through anal penetration; extended butt plug wearing; strap-on anal sex; advanced anal toys; pegging; anal fisting; plus, an extensive Q&A.
Location: The Pleasure Chest, 7733 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046.
Admission: Free and open to all. Seating on a first come, first serve basis.

September 23, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Pleasure As Resistance: Sexual Self Care and Social Justice
with Jamila Dawson, Tristan Taormino & Vanessa Carlisle
Many of us are fighting hard against oppression, trying to heal and change the world through our jobs, our art, and various styles of activism. We must take care of ourselves to maintain stamina for this important work, and it is easy to leave our bodies and especially our sexualities out of the self care equation. We believe that liberating our bodies and cultivating the erotic are radical acts that can not only prevent burn out, but bring us greater capacity for doing what needs to be done. In this workshop, we’ll explore the repressive systems that keep us separate from our own bodies and demonstrate how sexual self care can be a path toward healing, wholeness, and power. We will share tools to bring more embodiment, communication, pleasure, and resilience into our lives. Sexual self care is key to healthy relationships, and healthy relationships are key to effective group organizing. Let’s reimagine self care to include our sexuality. Let’s create new, sustainable paradigms for pleasure that support and expand our capacity to show up for social justice.
Location: Everybody, 1845 North San Fernando Rd., LA
Registration: This workshop is open to everyone and centers POC, queer, trans*, non-binary, gender non-conforming and sexual non-conforming folks. Facilitators are donating their expertise and labor to make it free, and we will pass around a jar for donations. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot at

October 5, 8:00-10:00 pm
Powered by Pleasure: Inside the Sex Toy Revolution
Join author and adult industry expert Lynn Comella for a lively discussion of her new book, Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure. Drawing on more than eighty interviews with pioneering retailers and industry insiders, including a stint working as a vibrator clerk, Comella takes a deep dive into the making of the consumer market for sex toys, tracing its emergence from the early 1970s to today. Joining her to discuss this fascinating history will be award-winning author and sex educator Tristan Taormino.
Location: The Pleasure Chest, 7733 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046
Admission: Free and open to all. Seating on a first come, first serve basis.

October 7, 12:00-6:00 pm
I Didn’t Ask For This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics: Saturday Symposium
Come ogle 150+ unsolicited dick pics accompanied by work from 30 rad artists that explore the female condition, harassment, and the sexuality in the digital age in “I Didn’t Ask For This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics” curated by Whitney Bell. As part of the art installation, there is a multi-media experience on Saturday that includes: Educational Panels featuring Shirley Manson, Kat Blaque, Ericka Hart, Antonia Crane, Tristan Taormino, GabiFresh & more; Blowjob + Vulva Love Workshops by Hodder Media; 150 Unsolicited Dick Pics inside a fully recreated woman’s home; Texting Nightmares from Bye Felipe – Official; Artwork from 20+ Independent Artists; A 200 Dildo Photo Booth; Live Feminist Tattooing; Pop Up Shop from KIDD BELL.
Location: Think Tank Gallery, 939 Maple Ave Second Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Admission: $17-21, via Eventbrite. Proceeds benefit Hollaback! (an anti-harassment non-profit)

October 15 and October 17, 6:00-7:30 pm Pacific time
Sex Educator Boot Camp Level 2 Live Online Seminar
Have you begun your journey as a sex educator and are ready to get serious, streamline your business, and get paid for what you love doing? In this intermediate course, Tristan Taormino, one of the most well-known educators in the field, shares her experience, skills, and insight to help you create a vibrant, fulfilling career in sex education. You’ll learn how to: hone your mission and unique point of view; make your work accessible to diverse audiences and communities; develop and create business, branding, and marketing plans; use web-based tools and social media to connect with media professionals, other sex educators, and potential clients, employers and fans; garner media coverage in order to raise your public profile; embrace the value of your work and develop pricing structures and rates. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to ask Tristan questions about your specific issues and concerns in an intimate environment. This course is ideal for people who have: worked as a professional sex educator or in the sex education field for at least a year; and/or completed Sex Educator Boot Camp 1. Part 1 of this seminar is October 15, and Part 2 is October 17.
Registration: $149 for both October 15 & 17. Save $49 when you purchase Levels 1 and 2 together for $229. Register here.

October 19
Feminist Porn: The Politics of Producing Pleasure
Award-winning author and director Tristan Taormino shares her personal journey from writer and sex educator to self-identified feminist pornographer. Hear about her first foray into porn on and off camera and what led her to form her own company, Smart Ass Productions. She will share her definition of feminist porn (as a growing genre, industry, and movement), what she hopes to accomplish with her films, and the challenges she faces in the mainstream adult industry. As “reality” and representation collide around issues of gender, sexuality, race, and class in pornography, Tristan will argue that feminists must disrupt normative depictions in the medium and create new kinds of imagery. She’ll discuss the role consumers play in the movement, how internet economies have shifted the industry, and why she thinks anti-porn feminists haven’t watched enough porn.
Location: Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.

October 21, 12:00-3:00 pm
Sex Positions From Mild to Wild!
Sex educator Tristan Taormino has written 8 books, taught workshops all over the world, and directed 2 dozen porn movies, so she knows a thing or two about positions! Come learn the ins and outs of classic, advanced, and unique positions to bring your more connection, pleasure, and orgasms. Trisan will cover the pros and cons for each position, plus how to put your own spin on your favorites. You will also discover the best positions for: maximum clitoral stimulation, using sex toys, limited mobility and flexibility, bodies of different sizes, double penetration, and threesomes. Spice up your repertoire with this fun, informative class from one of the world’s leading sex experts.
Location: The Velvet Curtain, 1825 S. Good Latimer Expressway, Downtown Dallas, TX. All events have valet parking and guarded lot.
Admission: Early bird until October 9: $69/pp or $115/couple. After October 9, $89/pp or $149/couple. Get your tickets via Eventbrite here. There is a student discount, please email tristan at for information.

October 22, 12:00-3:00 pm
BlackSexGeek presents Cultural Competency Training: Non-Monogamy and BDSM
How do people create and nuture non-traditional partnerships and sexual practices, and how can therapists assist their clients on their journeys? In this training, Tristan Taormino will cover two relevant topics for the modern therapist: consensual non-monogamy and BDSM. Tristan will define different styles of non-monogamy, from solo polyamory to mono/poly and share stories from the 100+ people she interviewed for her book Opening Up. What are the differing needs of someone new to an open marriage versus a polyamory veteran? She’ll discuss common issues and challenges—from “new relationship energy” and time management to jealousy and agreement violations as well as tools and stategies for conflict resolution and success. Next, she will explore the often misunderstood world of BDSM and kinky sex. Kinky sex is no longer some underground practice on the fringes of society. But what is BDSM? Why do people do it? How do you help clients navigate desire, fantasy, trauma, consent, boundaries, and reality? She will define and demystify common practices and discuss the physical and psychological aspects of kink. She will also tackle some challenging issues from grappling with the taboo of submission to negotiating power dynamics from a feminist perspective. Discover the life lessons and skills Tristan has learned from BDSM and non-monogamy, as an educator and practitioner, that everyone can benefit from. This training is designed to help you learn about these two non-traditional practices so you can better support your clients as they explore more authenticity and fulfillment in their lives.
Brunch buffet included!
Location: Plano, TX. Location given upon registration.
Registration: Use the following links to get tickets via EventBrite:
$50 regular registration; $65 for registration plus a copy of the book Opening Up; $25 sliding scale registration available for professionals working with underserved communities, please email tristan at Pre-registration is strongly recommended as space is limited. If there are tickets available at the door, we will post it on Tristan’s Twitter.

October 22, 7:00 pm
Kick It Up A Notch: Taking Sex to the Next Level at Sara’s Secret
From her popular books and website to her sex ed videos and workshops, Tristan Taormino has garnered raves for her unabashed straight talk about sex. Now, you can hear it from the sexpert herself! Whether you’ve been in a relationship for six months or six years, Tristan will discuss what happens when the honeymoon is over and real life sets in. She’ll cover a variety of topics, including how to: let go of the myths of what sex should be like; improve your erotic communication skills; add something new to the mix; explore dirty talk and fantasies; get the low down on the G-spot, anal pleasure, and sex toys. This unique, intimate class will be a supportive, non-judgmental environment where you can ask questions and openly discuss your sexual issues and goals. Join Tristan as she takes you on a tour of all you need to know to have adventuresome, mind-blowing sex.
Location: Sara’s Secret, 810 North Central Expressway, Suite 114, Plano, TX 75074
Admission: $10.00 per person, and your admission includes a $10.00 gift card to the store. Register via Eventbrite here!

November 4-11, 2017
Swingset Takes Over Desire
The fun folks at Life on the Swingset are hosting their sixth annual trip to the greatest place on Earth: Desire Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico. It’s a complete takeover of the resort, and they put on a an inclusive and spectacularly geeky trip, bringing together nudists, polyamorous quads, triads, couples looking to explore, long time swingers, polyamorists, exhibitionists, BDSMers, and those just curious, whose sexuality run the gamut from straight, to bi, to queer, and pansexual. I am the special guest this year, and I’ll be teaching workshops on anal sex and polyamory and socializing my brains out!
Location: Desire Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico
Registration: More than half the rooms are already booked, so reserve your spot today!

The Swingset Takes Over Desire 2017




Can’t make it to a live appearance? Listen to my show Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino every Friday at 5:00 pm PST / 8:00 pm EST. A new episode happens each week!

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