Upcoming Classes & Events Listing

The following is a list of upcoming in-store classes, events, and other Tool Shed happenings.

All events are held at 2427 N. Murray Ave., two blocks north of North Ave. near the intersection of North and Farwell, unless otherwise noted.

Infinite Ways to Love and Play:
A panel about ethical non-monogamy
Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:30 pm

The demand for this class in November was so high, we arranged a second showing!!

Polyamory, open relationships, swinging, wife-swapping, and more are all parts of the same big whole - ethical non-monogamy. 

Ethical non-monogamy may sound like a contradiction, but many people find that with honesty and trust, sharing their lives and hearts with more than one partner is deeply rewarding. Working through difficult feelings like jealousy and frustration makes these relationships stronger, and helps all of the partners grow.

Join Cooper Becket, Dylan Thomas, Lyndzi Miller and other guests to learn more about the spectrum of ethical non-monogamy. They'll share their own stories, talk about different types of ethical non-monogamy, highlight resources for your own exploration, and answer questions from the group. 

$15 per person/$25 per couple. Sign up with a friend or partner and save. REGISTER HERE.

MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, January 16, 8:00 pm

This monthly discussion group is open to anyone who is interested in exploring polyamorous, nonmonogamous, or open relationships. Regular meeting occur on the third Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted.  Newcomers welcome. More information at www.meetup.com/Southeast-Wisconsin-Polyamory-discussion-group/. FREE.  

Rope Made Easy
with Sir Wieland and Cat
Thursday, January 17, 8:30 pm

This entertaining, hands-on class is for those who say they can’t tie knots and that rope takes too long. Find out how easy rope can be!

We will be showing you how to tie a simple cuff (bolla bolla), a couple of arm ties, a basic chest tie, and a simple karada (body tie). With these concepts, you can be creative and develop your own ties and styles. We will talk briefly about safety, materials, and lengths, and then quickly get the rope in your hands. If you are unpartnered, we will pair people up so everyone gets a chance to tie. Tighter fitting clothing will make tying easier. If you normally wear a bra, a thinner (non underwire) bra or no bra is best for feeling the tie.

If you have your own rope, bring two 20-30 ft pieces. The instructor will also bring some rope for folks to use. After learning a few ties, you will have a better idea of the lengths you may want to have. The Tool Shed has a selection of rope for purchase.

$15 per person/$25 per couple. Sign up with a friend or partner and save.

Now You're Playing with Foreskin
with Dylan Thomas and Ren Grabert
Friday, January 25, 8:30 pm

What do you do with a foreskin when you find one? In this workshop, sex educator Ren Grabert and Life on the Swingset's Dylan Thomas will provide the information and skills you'll need to please that prepuce!

Intact penises (those that still have their foreskins) are pretty common throughout the world. The World Health Organization states that only 30% of penises are circumcised worldwide, but in the U.S. it's as high as 81% (CDC). When intact penises are far less common where you are, you may not encounter one until later in your sexual journey.

In this class we will cover:

  • Pleasure anatomy of an intact penis
  • Techniques for intact penises
  • Safer sex practices for intact penises
  • How to use sex toys and lube to stimulate a foreskin
  • Troubleshooting a foreskin

$15 per person/$25 per couple. Sign up with a friend or partner and save. REGISTER HERE.

Couples Massage
with Betsy Meinecke
Sunday, February 3, 10:00 am

PLEASE NOTE: This is a morning class!

Just in time for Valentine's Day! Reach out and touch someone...consensually, mindfully, and therapeutically! Massage requires clear communication and supportive, nurturing intent, which makes it an incredibly powerful way to connect and de-stress with each other. We will spend most of this class hands-on, taking turns giving and receiving Swedish-based body massage, under the guidance of Betsy Meinecke of Anahata Massage Therapy.

Massages will be performed on the Tool Shed floor, so bring something (yoga mat, thick blanket, or sleeping bag) to lie on AND something large enough to cover your entire body (sheet, blanket, or large beach towel) for draping. You may bring the lotion or oil of your choice as long as it is in a bottle with a pump attachment, or purchase a bottle of massage oil from the Tool Shed. Betsy will provide handouts for folks to take home after class.

Betsy Meinecke (she/her or they/them) holds a BS in Biology from the College of William & Mary, an Advanced Medical Massage Diploma from The Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy, and has been a full-time bodyworker for twelve years. Betsy has been in private practice for 7 years, and has served on the faculty of The Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy and The Milwaukee School of Massage. She is delighted and honored to be returning to The Tool Shed as an educator.

$50 per couple.  Space is limited!  REGISTER HERE.

Bedroom Burlesque: The Art of the Private Dance
with Afrodisiac and Polly Amor
Friday, February 8, 8:30 pm

Burlesque superstar Afrodisiac and Brew City Bombshell Burlesque's Polly Amour are teaming up to teach Bedroom Burlesque: The Art of the Private Dance. They will get the class loosened up with a fun dance circle, introduce some of the classic burlesque moves that can be used for a bedroom striptease, and teach a short routine. Then the group will practice improvising dances of their own. The main focus of the class is to empower participants to own their sensuality and feel as sexy as possible in the bedroom, whether dancing for their partners or themselves!

This class is open to people of all genders, orientations, body types and ages (over 18, please). Please bring a bottle of water, wear comfortable clothes and bring a set of heels. Don't worry -- everyone's clothes will stay on during this class.

The Tool Shed has been a proud sponsor of the Brew City Bombshells since the beginning of the troupe. We're excited to have one of the Bombshells' very own co-present this fun and exciting burlesque dancing class.

Afrodisiac is a Milwaukee burlesque performer who has slayed various stages across Milwaukee and Madison for almost 2 years. As a curvy woman and POC, she strives to inspire other women and POC to appreciate their beauty and own their sensuality through the art of dance.

Polly Amour has been doing burlesque with the Brew City Bombshells since 2010. Since then she has started her own burlesque theater troupe that focuses on geek themed burlesque, Dainty Rogue Productions. She strongly believes that burlesque is an art for people of any size, gender, and ability and tries to bring that awareness to the performer community with her sass and ass.

$30 per person. REGISTER HERE.

Cock and Balls and Fun
with Cat in MKE
Thursday, February 28, 8:30 pm

Cock and ball torture is serious stuff-- so serious that they just call it CBT, so we don't have to say the whole thing out loud! It goes against years of vanilla conditioning. Pow! Bang! Boom! Thump! Scratch! Smack! Bite! Kick! These are the exciting things we do for Cock & Balls Play.

This class will explore this highly talked about and requested penis play. First, we’ll discuss what CBT is and why we like it. Then, we’ll go over the anatomy of the penis and scrotum, safety, and negotiations. And finally, we’ll create different scenes based on your goals.

Cat, aka cat_in_milw (Milwaukee), identifies herself as a strong, confident woman; however, if you need a label to understand her, she is an occasional bottom, Domme, Educator, and Community Leader. It's really the connection with others that fills her heart. She has been in the lifestyle for 26 years starting with BDSM books and private bedroom play, moving to late ‘90’s internet porn, and finally, discovering Yahoo groups which led her to her local, vibrant, real-time kink community.

Cat lives a polyamorous lifestyle with her partner of nearly 10 years, Sir Wieland. They have taught rope, impact, and kink classes throughout the midwest, and currently facilitate a Power Exchange discussion group in Madison and Waukehsa. To enhance her connection with her partner, DarkAngelMichael, Cat uses her quirky sense of humor, rope, puppets, rubber bands, leather, flowers, spatulas, Hulk hands, and a T-rex inflatable costume to create fun, high energy scenes.

Along with kink, Cat enjoys cars, concerts, travel, and good food. She’s particularly fond of fried chicken and cake (send suggestions)!

$15 per person/$25 per couple. Sign up with a friend or partner and save! REGISTER HERE.