Taste of Sex - Guest Speaker: Visiting Guest Speaker Interviews

OneTaste (onetaste.us), a leading educational organization in the field of relationships, intimacy and mindful sexuality offers a lecture series of wide ranging interest – from leadership and purpose to music, spirituality and sexuality. Join Professor Jorge Ferrer of the California Institute of Integral Studies in an exploration of the intersection between sex and spirit; or folk musician, Jennifer Berezan, as she opens to music and the sacred.  Meet environmental pioneer Ocean Robbins as he delves deep into the important issues facing young people and explores possible solutions to our pressing environmental issues. Discover new forms of leadership and governance in Eric Grahm’s discussion of Holacracy. And awaken a deeper joy in life with Buddhist teacher James Baraz.  Over 50 interviews to stretch your spirit, mind and imagination.

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Episode 52: Feeling More with Jocelyn Olivier

In this episode of Guest Speaker interviews recorded live at OneTaste Urban Retreat Center in San Francisco, host Beth Crittenden has an intimate conversation with Jocelyn Olivier, a dynamic pioneer in the field of holistic bodywork. Jocelyn discusses her personal experiences and influences that led her to develop a way to help people find body experiences. Listen in as we hear about her philosophy about body consciousness and how she believes people can experience and feel their body more as they release and feel the emotions that have been trapped and repressed in the body. If you are curious about ways to feel more alive in your body and how to access all the feelings you have inside, tune in to this episode of Guest Speaker Interviews.

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Episode 51: Embracing the Feminine Through Kabbalah with Jay Michaelson
Join OneTaste's Monique DeBose in this in depth look at Kabbalah and sex with author Jay Michaelson. Listen and learn about this mystical and controversial side of Judaism, written for and by men to teach them how to explore their feminine side. Kabbalah teaches that God has both masculine and feminine identities and attributes, and that these traits permeate all of creation. Jay, also known as “the gay Kabbalist” sees the Kabbalah as a roadmap for people of all sexual orientations, helping us to embrace both our masculine and feminine sides. more.

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Episode 50: Radical Ecstasy with Dossie Easton
Join OneTaste’s Beth Crittenden in this candid and revealing interview with author Dossie Easton. Listen in as we hear them discuss jealousy, polyamory, and archetypes. No stone is left unturned in this exploration into alternative lifestyles and the people who live them. Be ready to hear the real, raw, unedited version of what the polyamorus lifestyle is all about from someone who has experienced it firsthand. more.

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Archived Episodes

Episode 49: Environmentalism for a New Age with Ocean Robbins
Tune into this special Earth Day Episode of Guest Speaker Interviews as OneTaste’s Shane Metcalf meets with environmental pioneer Ocean Robbins. Robbins delves deep into some of the important issues facing young people and explores possible solutions to environmental issues. Throughout this interview, difficult questions are asked and poignant answers are given. If you are curious about the state of our global environment, and what you can do about it, then check out this Earth Day episode. We think you will find some inspirational food for thought. more.

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Episode 48: The Movement of Feldenkrais with Dr. Frank Wildman

Join OneTaste's Harmony Niles in this fascinating disscussion with Dr. Frank Wildman, one of the nation's top experts in the study of the Feldenkrais method. The Feldenkrais Method is an educational system centered on movement, aiming to expand and refine the use of the self through awareness. Dr. Wildman answers questions on a variety of topics, such as the origin and history of Feldenkrais, as well as guiding listeners in an interactive exercise of the Feldenkrais method. Tune into this episode and get a taste of what the Feldenkrais method has to offer.

Dr. Frank Wildman is a producer and educational director for Feldenkrais professional training programs. His most recent works include the books 'Your brain is the core of strength and stability' and 'improving with age'. Dr. Wildman travels throughout the world holding workshops and lectures, educating people about the Feldenkrais method.

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Episode 47: The Hakomi Method of Awakening with Marlies Cocheret De La Moriniere

Join OneTaste's Harmony Niles in this in-depth interview with Marlies Cocheret De La Moriniere, an expert in the revolutionary Hakomi method of therapy. Hakomi therapy works with the mind, body, and spirit to help people awaken and fully live in truth. In this interview, Marlies shares with us some of the methodology and philosophy of Hakomi therapy. We also get an intimate look at her personal journey of self discovery and awakening. Explore some of the great questions of our time with this amazing teacher and perhaps learn something about yourself in the process.

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Episode 46: Developing a World Consciousness with Anondea Judith

Join OneTaste's Shane Metcalf in this candid conversation with award winning author Anondea Judith. Listen in as Anondea discusses some of the major issues facing civilization today, from the sustainability of society to the development of a world culture and consciousness. Learn about our initiation into planetary adulthood. If you are curious about the changes taking place on the planet today and what direction we as a people are going, then tune into this broadcast and gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in.

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Episode 45: "Ask Isadora"

Join OneTaste's Shane Metcalf in this intimate interview with sex educator Isadora Alman. We learn about Isadora's personal journey in being and becoming a sex therapist, from the era of free love to today. She shares how her work reaches out to people engaged in all types of sexuality, including heterosexuality, polyamory and asexuality. Isadora talks about her primary goal for people: to really feel what they feel, say what they feel, and discover what they want. We also hear about her work to help her clients find healthy balanced relationships, including the most important relationship, the one with themselves. Tune in and listen as this sexpert shares some words of wisdom on finding what we want in this ever changing world.

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Episode 44: Saving the Planet Through Sex with Veronica Monet

Check out this unconventional interview with Veronica Monet about how fear of sex is destroying the planet. OneTaste's own Shane Metcalf asks Veronica some of the great questions facing our society around sex and sexuality. The topics range from the sexuality of Bonobo monkeys to the Catholic Church to Veronica's own personal experiences finding spiritual enlightenment through sex. Learn about the parallels that exist between primate societies and our own, how sexual oppression and repression are affecting our world, and what you can do to help. If you are curious about how sex can save the planet, and want to do your part to help, then start by listening to this broadcast.

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Episode 42: Music and The Sacred with Jennifer Berezan

In this interview we get to know Jennifer Berezan, a singer/songwriter of folk and devotional, meditative chant music. She ventures into her inspiration for making music and how it functions as a sacred art of healing. She passionately describes how it facilitates connection with the divine as well as how it’s a form of ritual that holds community together. We learn of her journey growing up in a great awakening period, as well as her travels around the world into eclectic cultures with musical traditions that have been lost to us in the western culture. Jennifer talks about her latest album, which is full of musical praise that invites us to open our hearts to the love of the earth. She leaves us wanting to tap into our own musical creativity.

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Episode 41: The Technology of Orgasm with Emiko Omori and Wendy Slick

Listen to this interview with the two women who produced and directed the movie Passion and Power, based on the controversial yet educational book "The Technology of Orgasm; Hysteria, The Vibrator and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction." Emiko Omori and Wendy Slick talk about how the vibrator was invented by doctors to cure women’s hysteria. Back in the day, doctors responded to what they termed "hysteria" with an appointment for masturbation to orgasm. Omori and Slick relate that the vibrator was invented to help make it easier for doctors. And so began a new spin on feminism.

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Episode 40: Transcending and Descending to Awakening with Jonathan Gustin

Listen as Jonathan Gustin discusses the transcendant and descendant paths of awakening, emphasizing the importance of integrating all aspects of being into a spiritual practice. At San Francisco Integral Life Practice, he teaches a path of "spiritual cross training," a practice of creating and maintaining balance. This is done by shining light on all parts of being, from everyday activities like eating and exercise to shadow elements that hold us back. Gustin shares how he works with people's hearts, souls, minds and bodies to instill wakefullness and move beyond the stories to discover our true gifts, desires, and purpose. Join us for this candid interview and discover a new way to integrate wakefullness into your spiritual practice.

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Episode 39: Awakening Joy with James Baraz

Hear James Baraz, a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in San Francisco and the creator of a popular ten-month course called ‘Awakening Joy.‘ In this interview he talks about the highest happiness and how we are born with the innate capacity to reach this state. James defines joy and what it means to awaken joy within us. We learn that the most important aspect of awakening is having the intention to do so. He also talks about the practice of ‘sympathetic joy,’which is riding on the happiness and positive energy of others and allowing it to rub off on you. We also hear the important message of being in touch with truth as the key to opening the heart.

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Episode 38: The Sacred Art of Love with Karinna Kittles Karsten

Karinna Kittles Karsten is an internationally recognized speaker, author and founder of Sacred Love Inc., as well as the author of ‘Intimate Wisdom: Sacred Art of Love’. She regularly counsels individuals as well as couples on intimacy and lovemaking. In this interview she explains that sacred love is an experience you can have with a partner through compatibility on four levels: emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual. Karinna also teaches us how to have more passion in our relationships, how to identify the right person or relationship for you, and what it takes to be a great lover and all you need is the willingness to do it.

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Episode 37: Holacracy: A New Form of Governance with Eric Graham

Eric Graham shares his knowlege and experience with a progressive system of organizational governance called Holacracy. We learn that it is a form of governance that takes into account each individual's perspective and truth, by having information flowing up and down the organization. He explains the different layers and core principles of how holacracy works. Eric teaches us that the responsibility and accountability of each person is important to have effective decision making, a clear agenda and the evolution of the organization.

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Episode 36: Love Addition with Susan Peabody

Susan Peabody is a recovered codependent, love addict and a pioneer in the field of love and love addiction. In her twenty years of experience she has written two books ‘Addiction to Love: Overcoming Obsession and Dependency in Relationship’, and ‘The Art of Changing’. In this interview she discusses what it means to be a love addict and codependent in relationships, and the unhealthy ways to look at love. She shares her own experience as a love addict and her journey through recovery explaining what makes a relationship unhealthy and the steps to take to break the cycle.

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Episode 35: Getting Real: Truths to Live an Authentic Life with Susan Campbell

In this Interview Susan Campbell, an expert relationship coach and author of “Getting Real: Ten Truth Skills you need to live an authentic life”, and “Saying What’s Real” shares her journey of awakening into her own truth following a divorce from a co-dependent relationship. She explains the importance of honesty as an awareness practice and as a way to keep relationships alive. She dives into the unconscious control patterns that keep us from truly connecting. She also expresses the importance of self-investigation through the dark parts of our psyche - to explore all feelings and sensations. In addition, Campbell talks about how to bring more consciousness and awareness into each moment so that we can have more equanimity and a better connection to others and ourselves.

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Episode 34: The G-Spot – the Heart of Sexual Pleasure with Deborah Sundahl

Listen to this interview with Deborah Sundahl, the foremost pioneer and expert in female ejaculation and the G-spot – the very heart of sexual pleasure. She speaks about the ‘Phase II’ of women’s sexual development, which is a whole new level of orgasmic ability. You will hear how to find the G-spot, how to approach it, get acquainted with it, explore it and awaken it to a fuller orgasm and deeper connection to yourself and your partner. Deborah also exposes the damaging myths about female ejaculation and educates us about what it is and where it comes from.

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Episode 33: Passion of the Western Mind with Richard Tarnas

In this interview, Richard Tarnas talks about his experiences and discoveries in studying history through an archetypal and astrological perspective. He discusses his writing the book "Passion of the Western Mind", so people could have a sense of the interior history of Western civilization, philosophy, religion and the ways they intersect. He also shares his experiences and what seeds were planted during his time at Esalen, in expansion of human potential and exploration of the body and deep psyche.

Richard Tarnas, Ph.D., is professor of philosophy and psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and founding director of its graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He is also adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, where he teaches in the clinical and depth psychology programs. Formerly director of programs and education at Esalen Institute, he is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view that has become both a bestseller and a widely used text in universities. He is also the author of Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View.

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Episode 32: Extended Lovemaking with Patti Taylor

In this interview with Patti Taylor, Ph.D.,certified sexological body worker, and author of "Expanded Orgasm" and "Enchantment of Opposites", you will learn about Extended Lovemaking. Dr. Taylor explores some of the deeper Tantric principles she has been studying in her research, how to set up a space for extended lovemaking, and what people often find gets in the way as they learn. She shares how it feels for her to expand her orgasm this way, and gives some easy ways to transition from everyday awareness into this heightened Expanded Lover Space.

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Episode 31: Marrying Spirituality and Sexuality with Jorge Ferrer

In this interview, Jorge Ferrer speaks from his extensive research on sexuality and spirituality.  He looks at deep philosophical and practical questions such as:

  • What is the fundamental nature of sexual energy?
  • Are sexuality and spirituality always paired?
  • What are some ways that relationship, flirting, love, and sexuality are held differently around the world?

If you want a life that is deeply spiritual and also sexual, you will enjoy listening to this fascinating discussion of intimate relationships.

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Episode 30: Personal Growth Workshops Part 2 with Chip August

“I felt loved, appreciated, accepted.  I felt like it was OK for me to be loving and appreciative of the people around me without it being misunderstood . . .  and for me it was like ‘I’m home!’”     -- Chip August, personal life coach and Human Awareness Institute workshop leader

In Episode 30 the focus shifts from the individual participant to how this work can benefit relationships. Chip argues that relationship is the fast path to enlightenment because each of us will draw from the other what is most divine. 
           
To learn more about Chip August, please see listings under his name on personallifemedia.com and on HAI.org

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Episode 29: Personal Growth Workshops Part 1 with Chip August

“I felt loved, appreciated, accepted.  I felt like it was OK for me to be loving and appreciative of the people around me without it being misunderstood . . .  and for me it was like ‘I’m home!’”   -- Chip August, personal life coach and Human Awareness Institute workshop leader

In these two podcasts, Taste of Sex host Beth Crittenden introduce us to Chip August, who for over fifteen years has been a personal life-coach and affiliate of Human Awareness Institute with a principle focus on issues surrounding sex, love and intimacy.

In Episode 29 Chip discusses some of the core issues addressed by personal growth workshops.  He briefly addresses what life situations and institutional strengths best enable strangers to work together fearlessly in these workshops to support each other’s increasing awareness and growth.  He then delves into practical methods for replacing an overly critical internal voice with an internal voice that actively notes and values your true worth and beauty. 

To learn more about Chip August, please see listings under his name on personallifemedia.com and on HAI.org

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Episode 27: Successfully Attracting and Connecting with Women with Carlos Xuma

"I do believe that everything really does come back to that all purpose self-esteem nugget" --Carlos Xuma, relationship and attraction advisor

In this podcast with Carlos Zuma, we discover what it takes for men to successfully attract and connect with women. Carlos discusses common pitfalls, as well as some common myths and stereotypes about what women want. He says that by embracing their authentic selves and becoming more confident, men are better at attracting and connecting with the women they want. Carlos shares his own experience of letting go of insecurities and finding the confidence necessary to successfully connect with the opposite sex.

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Episode 26: Laurie Handlers, Tantra teacher, and author of Sex and Happiness: the Tantric Laws of Intimacy

"For me it's about women and men coming to grips with their differences. Just surrendering by putting down the swords and shields by which they make each other wrong. Coming to peace into a dance..."

In this podcast with Laurie Handlers, learn what the practice of Tantra brings out in people. It leads people to being more conscious in sexuality and communication. By working with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd chakras (chakra means energy center in the body), anyone can bring out emotions and memories that are stored down in the unconscious. Learn how to negotiate all in life of what gets activated in partnership and in sexual practice. It's messy AND rewarding. If you've been curious about exploring this side of yourself more deeply, you will definitely enjoy this podcast.

Anger, jealousy, etc. Some people avoid these difficult emotions, but Tantra teaches people how to stay open in these inevitable challenges of life. Laurie walks listeners through her personal experience and supports a life of full openness and honesty.

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Episode 25: Dr. Michael Bader - What Is He Thinking? Sexual Intelligence

Continue the conversation on sexual fantasy, and the usage of porn and cybersex. Have you ever wondered what's "real" about sex in the virtual world? What appeals to men so much so that it can lead to obsession, disconnection, and dishonesty at times? What are the benefits of online sex, particularly for men who partake of it, that are powerful enough to have them risk being caught?

Hear a case study during this episode of a client with fantasies about lactating women. Taboo? Wrong? Shameful? Or a healthy outlet for his hidden shadow feelings? What's your particular view on this, regardless of what you've accepted or believed before?

Men and women sometimes have the notion that a man being aggressive and uninhibited in his desire will hurt the woman or the object of his affection. How can we as a culture get over this fallacy? Walk the path towards satisfaction and connection in this fascinating discussion.

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Episode 24: Dr. Michael Bader - The Secret Logic of Sexual Fantasies

"While the desire for sexual pleasure is hard-wired into our bodies, we can only feel sexual arousal if it's psychologically safe to feel it."

Explore with us the appeal and misconceptions of sexual fantasies, male pleasure through internet porn and cybersex, and what blocks our psychological arousal.

According to Dr. Bader's research, sexual arousal is not automatic or purely physical just because erogenous zones are stimulated. By examining what turns you on, you can start to realize how important the psychological cues and messages are to physical arousal.& Peoples' beliefs can make it difficult to get aroused.& This comes from conditioning by society, family, friends, media, etc., about what's "okay" to turn us on. What helps us get past these difficult feelings? Our programmed beliefs can lead us to shame, guilt, worry, etc. These things are not compatible for maximum sexual arousal. Voila...the mind creates sexual fantasies to carry us past the thoughts blocking our potential sexual pleasure!

This episode may lead you to deeper exploration. What are the specific details around your own sexual fantasies? Have you shared the details with anyone? Do you fantasize about men or women more? Do you fantasize about real people or the imagined perfect lover? What message and elegant solution do you believe may be addressed by the specific fantasies that your mind has created?

"By exploring the meaning of the sexual fantasies you often get a great look into deeper things that are troubling you."

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Episode 23: Pickup 101 and The Art of Attraction with Daniel Johnson, Hristiyan Atanasov, and Michael Jones

Pickup 101 is an international business that teaches men how to be better men, which then leads to happier women. It's“real world training for men”. In this episode, senior instructors from Pickup 101, Daniel Johnson, Hristiyan Atanasov, and Michael Jones, share background and information on this phenomenally successful business. You'll hear what makes a successful pickup, and some of the best tips for pulling it off.

From Daniel Johnson: “Pickup 101 is a tool to transform a man's life. It uses his natural desire for women in his life...& for a guy who's lonely and sees women walking by, he's confronted by all his fears and insecurities and its a great way for him to step past that and grow as a man.”

This multimedia business teaches men how to have fun in their lives, regardless of their success rate with women, just for fun's sake. When women approach, Pickup 101 students learn how to feel not shaken by the womens' presence.

If you've ever wondered how to be more successful with meeting women and establishing relationships, you will definitely want to listen to this program.

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Episode 22: Suzie Heumann Part 2 of 2
Join Beth Crittenden as she interviews Suzie Heumann, founder of Tantra.com, author of 'Everything Great Sex Book' and 'Everything Karma Sutra', and the soon to be released "Rules of Love: 64 Arts of Kama Sutra" This, folks, is one hot interview: Suzie begins by demonstrating (and asking your to practice along with her) a deep moan that, contrasted with the high pitch porn moans, leads to fuller and multiple orgasms...and she is just getting started! Learn about finding your G spot, the connection between pleasure and pain, and recommendations on getting started in your own expansion. "Use your mind to visualize your Yoni expanding combined with some easy breathing patterns (which she demonstrates) helps you learn to hold onto your energy and arousal instead of letting the energy out". Suzie and Beth dive deep in this steamy interview...you will definitely learn some things you can practice immediately. So tune in and be inspired! more.

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Episode 21: Suzie Heumann Part 1 of 2
Join Beth Crittenden as she interviews Suzie Heumann, founder of Tantra.com, author of 'Everything Great Sex Book' and 'Everything Karma Sutra', and the soon to be released "Rules of Love: 64 Arts of Kama Sutra" With 20 years studying Karma Sutra, a background in biology, and a passion for neuroscience and metaphysics, Suzie Heumann is bridging ancient practices and systems with the modern sciences in an effort to better understand orgasm and to support others in their expansion. "Consciousness, clear communication, eye gazing, feeling like you are one with your partner and in the universe, and the more you do it with your partner, the more you do it out in your life. The sex practices can evolve into your 24/7 life". This episode combines sensual real time experiences with ancient techniques and brings it all together with the most current scientific understanding in the field today. You do not want to miss this! more.

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Episode 20: Knottyboys - "Pretty Tied Up" - Episode 2 of 2
Join host Beth Crittenden for Part II of the Two Knotty Boys interview as they discuss the all-too-often misunderstood world of bondage. These guys are a low-key and approachable duo that teach people how to bring bondage into their life in a way that makes it available and less threatening. more.

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Episode 19: Knottyboys - "Pretty Tied Up" - Episode 1 of 2
JD and Dan - Two Knotty Boys - have a mission: Demystify bondage, put the fun into it, while making it safer and much more aestheticly pleasing. They join Beth Crittenden in this playful interview that lays out the basics, including why one may explore bondage and how to do it safely. Rope Bondage is the most popular sexual fantasy kink out there...and why is that? One reason is that many partners get caught up in feeling like they have to reciprocate and this keeps them from fully enjoying and surrendering to the experience. When one is tied up, there is nothing to do but surrender, and there is such pleasure and healing in that experience. If you have ever been curious about rope bondage, or fantasized about being tied up, this interview will support you in pushing your edge and exploring, and what could be better than that? more.

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Episode 18: Viktor Vajra, "After the Clearing Comes Bliss"
Join Beth Crittenden as she hosts Viktor Vajra for the second installment of this inspiring interview. Viktor Vajra goes into detail about the Bliss Experience, a revolutionary approach to clearing out old painful memories that limit our experience and then replaces them with the ecstasy of being. He also explains Bliss dancing, and gives listeners some practical applications to take to the dance floor. more.

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Episode 17: Viktor Vajra, "Transcendence, Bliss, and a Budding Software Empire"
Viktor Vajra is the creator of "The Bliss Experience", a weekend workshop that combines sound healing, table work, dance and meditation, Tantra, and other healing modalities that transforms participants. He has taught The Bliss Experience at Esalan and across the country. In this dynamic interview, Beth and Viktor discuss Tantra Yoga ("What we in the west miss is the inner experience that the Yogi is having, that something inside of him is moving him there. Yoga in the west simply imitates the postures, but the whole inner experience is missed"), transcendent states, and how this all fits together with running three software business, leading workshops, and Buddhism. Viktor goes into detail about transcendent states, and how he discovered this through conscious sexuality. Says Viktor: "Your body will move into the sequence it needs when you are in the transcendent space. To me this is the same as Nirvana, or the enlightened experience, and when two people are moving from this place together, I call this the Bliss Experience. My workshop is about stripping away what keeps you from having this with another human being." more.

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Episode 16: LaSara Firefox , "Sex-Positive and Body-Positive Parenting"
In this interview you will learn the basics of sex and body-positive parenting and get some specific recommendations on how all of us can unhook from the negative cultural influences around these issues. Beth and Lasara delve into the issues of boundaries, what they are, and how they are useful in relationships and parenting: “As a parent, setting my own boundaries allows my children to have their own boundaries. It gives them a language around having them, and it models positive boundary awareness and self-care”. Also hear from Lasara about the age-old question, ‘When is the right time to talk about sex?’. Lasara gives an incredible answer, both honest and sensible, but also takes into account what the parent is able to consciously give in that moment. This will support all parents in the journey of supporting children to be healthy and empowered, while also taking care of themselves. Finally, body image is faced in this fantastic interview. Lasara Firefox: “I really think that nakedness is a huge component of body positivity. If we don’t see how bodies age, it is much more challenging for us to have a positive relationship with our bodies as they change”. Get insight into a new system of relating and parenting, and let go of our old cultural adages such as ‘Bonding through self-deprecation’ and ‘focusing on what is wrong’. This interview will get you on your way to a new way engaging and parenting. more.

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Episode 15: LaSara Firefox , "Embodied Divinity"
Join Beth Crittenden as she interviews Lasara Firefox, writer, ritualist, NLP (neurolinguistic language programmer) Master trainer, and Sex Positive Educator. Beth and Lasara discuss the Unification of the mind, body, and spirit, and being the presence of love. According to Lasara, our body is the way to access divinity, while our mind is simply a construct. “Mind is an abstraction, a concept, it’s not a thing….as we become more conscious of the process, we see that mind is occurring in your physiological process”. You will also learn about the differences between projection and attachment (which most mistakenly call love) and real love. “A lot of what we think of as love is actually attachment. Actual love is the ability to become present with the person as they are arising in this very moment….that is embodied presence….more often than not, we are interacting with our projections, not actually interacting with another person, and this is disembodiment, this is not presence”. Beth and Lasara discuss presence, what it is, and how to achieve it. “Sex is such a potent doorway to surrender to the cessation – falling so deeply into presence that I cease, and the other ceases, and there is nothing left but presence”. If you have ever been curious about how spirit, sexuality, and the body all come together, this episode will support your own unification, and leave you turned on to boot. more.

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Episode 14: Veronica Monet, "Bonobo’s, Exquisite Selfishness, and Happiness"
Veronica Monet, author of "Sex Secrets of Escorts", also an erotic model, a sacred prostitute, a courtesan, and an activist for sex workers’ rights, and let me tell you, she shares it all in the second part of this sizzling interview. Do you know what a Bonobo is? A Bonobo is a primate, a large ape, similar to chimps in appearance only. Bonobos have missionary-style sex, which means they make eye contact, and the heart chakras line up. The females have a large clitoris, which they rub together, again, with face to face contact. The females are bonded together. Sex is consensual. Murder never happens. This interview is a blast. We cover the map from primate sex to really getting what you want. You don’t want to miss this! more.

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Episode 13: Veronica Monet, The Value of Sex
In this Interview, OneTaste’s Beth Crittenden interviews Veronica Monet, a sex educator, an author, an erotic model, a sacred prostitute, courtesan, and an activist for sex worker rights.  Veronica reveals her transition from corporate America to sex worker to sacred prostitute. If you have ever been curious about what a sacred prostitute is, this interview will give you all the angles. (Here is a hint: Transformational Sexual Healer) This interview is informative, fun-filled, sexy, and humorous. Join Beth and Veronica as they redefine many previously misunderstood concepts and re-frame the sex worker industry from the gutters of assumption and misinformation into the possibility of sexual healing and spiritual transformation. more.

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Episode 12: John Gray, "Love, Health, and Communication"
In this episode, Beth interviews relationship guru John Gray. With 20 million books sold and counting, John Gray is a pioneer in supporting men and women in understanding differences between the sexes, and how to thrive in, rather than suffer through those differences. This amazing interview has it all, how to understand differences, communication styles, hormone production and the connection to sex and purpose, and finally, John’s latest passion, nutrition, which he views as key to keeping our hormone production at higher levels which keeps us feeling alive and sexual even as we age. If you have ever wondered why you and your partner seem to be speaking different languages, or how the male brain differs from the female brain, or how through diet we will not need the will to exercise because we will simply want to, this episode will be enlightening and enlivening for you. more.

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Episode 11: Conscious Kink: Debunking BDSM Part 2 of 2
In this interview, Beth Crittenden interviews Cleo Dubois, BDSM Educator, ritualist and founder of the Academy of SM Arts. BDSM is a path that allows individuals and couples to embrace creativity, sensuality, spirituality, and fantasy, and supports the breaking free from the rigid cultural stance on sexuality. Cleo shares frankly and clearly about everything from safety and negotiation to the freedom and deepening that happens from this type of play. Safe, Sane and Consensual BDSM brings together the spiritual with the erotic and allows a space for individuals and couples to fully express their sensuality and fantasy life. There is no one better to learn from than Cleo Dubois, who has been teaching since the late 1980s when the scene just began to get organized! Cleo also talks us through a hot collar ritual, and provides us an idea of a common fantasy between a couple that will, if you are honest with yourself, probably touch a fantasy you have had at one time or another. You will come away with a desire to test your own boundaries and perhaps redefine what is possible in your life. More details on this episode go to http://personallifemedia.com/podcasts/taste-of-sex-interviews/episode011-cleo-dubois-conscious-kink-part2.html more.

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Episode 10: Nixon Suicide, "The Suicide Girls Phenomenon 101" Episode 2 of 2
Beauty and raw sexuality converge in this episode as we talk with Nixon Suicide about the Suicide Girls phenomenon. We tackle topics such as objectification, the changing world of pornography, and the struggle of women from oppressive backgrounds to break free and radical self-expression. Expand your mind and your turn on! "You've got to start with the inside.someone could spend all day putting on make-up and having their hair done and still feel like crap." Nixon Suicide Many women who come from oppressive backgrounds are now on the site. The Suicide Girls business provides an opportunity for women to re-integrate sexuality and self-expression and be supported in a community of others doing the same. We discuss the changing landscape of pornography (hint: Women have begun to take pornography into their own hands), the way internet has changed pornography, how to be a responsible consumer of porn, and last, but certainly not least, how to become a Suicide Girl. This is part 2 of a 2-part episode. more.

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Episode 9: Nixon Suicide, "The Suicide Girls Phenomenon 101" Episode 1 of 2
Join us as Beth delves into the world of the Suicide Girls with Nixon Suicide, an early member of the community and organization. The Suicide Girls are an online community, Burlesque show, and Magazine celebrating alternative sexuality and now have over twelve hundred models from fifty-six countries and over a million unique visitors a week. So what is everyone so turned on about? In this informative episode, Beth and Nixon talk about art, sexuality, creativity, and self-expression and how these come together in the world of the suicide girls. The medium is photography, the turn on is explosive individual expression, journal sections, and chat boards. These are not airbrushed models from playboy with a few lines from the models about basic interests. These are real women, often modeling in completely original and handmade costumes, unique make-up and piercings, and expressing the fullness of their being on multiple levels. This is the divine and the human, the beautiful and gritty. You will come away with a new sense of possibilities and perhaps a sense of your own potential freedom of expression waiting to be tapped into! more.

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Episode 8: Emily Morse, Changing the World One Orgasm at a Time
Join us as Beth Crittenden hosts Emily Morse, radio host of ‘Sex with Emily’ podcasts, which were formerly broadcasted on 106.9 free FM in San Francisco. In this insightful interview, Beth and Emily discuss the changing face of relationship, current trends in sexuality such as online dating and sex coaching, and common problems and concerns Emily most frequently fields from callers. For example, Emily speaks about the need to explore with ourselves: "If you’ve got some questions about your sex life, spend some time alone exploring, find out what you like, and then take that public". This episode is packed full of solid practical advice in the arena of sexuality and relationship. When it comes to relationships and sex, as Bob Dylan so eloquently sang, ‘the times they are a-changin’. Join us as Beth and Emily navigate the changing landscapes and discuss life on the cutting edge of letting go of our old model and embracing new possibilities. more.

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Episode 7: Lee Bridgett Harrington: Passion, Exploration, and BDSM
Lee shares with us about her own curiosity and passion as a teenager, which led her into the BDSM clubs of Seattle, through the adult film industry, and eventually, as a teacher and educator, to support others in discovering their own unique flavor. She speaks in depth about the importance of avoiding simply following an existing path, and instead teaches that turn-on and passion come most intensely from the individual being connected deeply to their own personal passion and sharing with another from this place. Communication, according to Lee, is not simply words or requests. It is a hand brushing against your thigh, a look in your partners eyes when you realize, ‘we got it here’. ‘For me it is about helping people find the path that they are supposed to be on. How do you relate to the divine? What do you believe in? And from there, how do you tie that core belief of the universe at large back into the physicality or the emotional connection of your sexuality. For me, that is where the spiritual and the sexual interplay.’ more.

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Episode 6: Cleo Dubois - Conscious Kink: Debunking BDSM
Discover conscious BDSM bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism-- a sacred space where power play and pain can lead to spiritual ecstasy. If you’ve ever fantasized about tying up a submissive schoolgirl, playing a naughty nurse, riding a hypersexual superhero, or anything and everything in between, this interview will rev you up and inspire you to turn these daydreams into transformational reality. Cleo Dubois, a professional dominant BDSM coach, and creator of The Pain Game debunks the common myths surrounding BDSM and describes how conscious, consensual power play can lead to spiritual ecstasy and deep healing. Dubois, who refers to herself as a caring Sadist plays and works within San Francisco’s kink community, where negotiation before a scene, creating and holding a safe space for the submissive, and reading body language are mandatory aspects of the practice. Join us on this journey to find out how BDSM can help you find the light in the dark aspects of human nature. more.

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Episode 5: Dr. Deborah Anapol, Red Hot Tantric Sex
Would you like longer, more intense orgasms? Do you long to connect more deeply with your partner(s) during sex? How about extending the potent and pleasurable energy of orgasm throughout all areas of your life? "During peak (tantric) experiences, I've sensed everything happening in my lover's body and knew the thoughts in my lover's mind," says Dr. Deborah Taj Anapol during her intimate half hour with Beth Crittenden, One Taste teacher and community member. Dr. Anapol is the author of several books including The Seven Natural Laws of Love, and Polyamory: The New Love Without Limits, and has been teaching sacred sexuality for 20 years. Dr. Anapol, whose vibrancy and power can be felt in her slow, lilting voice, gives us a glimpse of the transformative power of red tantra, a conscious sex practice where raw desire and spiritual enlightenment are inextricably entwined. Tune in and learn the common roadblocks to achieving tantric bliss, and begin to weave this orgasmic energy into your daily life. more.

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Episode 4: Charles Moser, MD, PhD: A Sexual Medical Expert on Unusual Sexual Interests
In this program, Dr Moser talks to us about the nature and range of sadomasochism (SM). He discusses his background (a self-described horny teenager who went to the library a lot) and how he came to view sexuality from a scientific perspective. From there, he branches out and looks at how our sex-negative society has led to people internalize their feelings and desires the negative repercussions of that. He also discusses the types of medical questions that people bring to him (i.e. I want to do X, how do I do that safely?) According to him, there is nothing that hasn’t been eroticized. He looks at people’s sexual behaviors and the medical and emotional issues that arise from a scientific perspective. He approaches his patients from a non-judgemental point of view and acknowledges that good SM is whatever really gets people off and that it is different for each person. While keeping safety in mind, he says that a key way for people to learn about what they want in their sexual lives is through talking and experimenting. Sex is fun, enjoy it. more.

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Episode 3: Dr. Carol Queen, Part 2 of 2; Do-It-Yourself Sexuality
"I remember being a little kid and not liking my mother's cooking and how amazing it was to find real wonderful food when I grew up. I'm sure that sexuality is that way for people sometimes, too. Carol Queen, PhD From Host, Beth Crittenden: In this program with Dr. Carol Queen, we hear about the Masturbatathon and the Center for Sex and Culture, 2 fascinating ventures that Carol and her partner Robert Lawrence have created and supported for 13 and 5 years, respectively. The Masturbatathon is as it sounds...people take pledges to masturbate for a good cause! Much like the AIDS ride, this event was created to raise awareness around an important health issue. Hear all about the history of this event, which has now reached international proportions. Carol also shares with the listener why masturbation is important to keep included in our sex education dialogues. When young women especially venture into sexual exploration, do we want them exploring with themselves, or off their center with other people? This issue is treated with admiration and respect, and the episode will benefit single people and partners alike. The Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco is the educational arm of Good Vibrations. The Center is creating a historical archive of sex, and Carol and Robert are committed to preserving artifacts and information so generations to come can learn about their roots. Hear about their sexy journeys to estate sales, finding grandpa's naughty novelty items. more.

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Episode 2: Dr. Carol Queen, Part 1 of 2; Erotic Writing: The Pleasure of Text
"I think when you create anything, the process of creation is a particular kind of source for tapping into things that are bigger than you on some level . It's not surprising to hear that about art creation when someone paints or draws, but I think the same is true when you write erotica, that there's alot out there in the culture that you weave together to make your own responses, to make yourself, to make your identity. We're each individual and unique but none of us is in a vacuum." . Carol Queen, PhD From Host, Beth Crittenden: In this program with Dr. Carol Queen, we hear about the path this icon took in order to become a prolific erotic writer, as well as how her writing process looks and feels. Get up close and personal with the Doctor as she merges brain and body. We also hear why she became motivated to make Sex her profession. She found the pleasure, confusion, mystery, remnants of shame and things to work on, etc., irresistible. She reveals how Sex can bridge the generation gap and connect us all more deeply to one another. This is a fun, intelligent, provocative interview that you're sure to enjoy! more.

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Episode 1: Midori, Beyond Vanilla Sex
Want tips for moving from having "boring" sex to good sex? Want to hear about how to be truly connected in sex? Want to have disspelled your misconceptions about kink and those underground urges? Then you do not want to miss this show. In this interview Midori lovingly walks the listener through her journey into kink and the wide world of sex. While at UC Berkeley, Midori discovered the San Francisco underground and her deep exploration led her to a flourishing career. She also had a wild time as a member of the US Special Forces, and you will not want to miss her take on the best use of a foxhole! During the second half of the show, Midori discusses toys, furniture, and accoutrement that take kink to the next level. Hear what she recommends for the basic toolkit for beginning to play beyond vanilla sex. more.

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