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.

MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, September 19, 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.  

Bedroom Bondage
with Sir Wieland and Cat
Thursday, September 20, 8:30 pm

We're starting our fall classes off with this popular rope class from Sir Wieland and his partner Cat. For years, they've shared the beauty of decorative rope with our customers, and have become some of our favorite instructors. This time, they're back to teach a class specifically to people who want use rope to enhance their sex life at home.

For many people, rope has a distinctly sensual feel. This class will teach you how to use rope in erotic ways to enhance your sex life. There are many ways you can tie a person to make certain areas of their body more accessible and heighten both partners' sexual pleasure. Limiting your partner's mobility or having them struggle against the ropes may turn both of you on.

Wear clothing that is tighter on the body and stretchable so the ropes do not get caught in loose fabric. A yoga mat or other pad for the floor and a pillow will be helpful. We will have rope to use or you can bring a few 30 ft pieces.  

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

The Pegging Revolution
with Cooper Beckett and Lyndzi Miller
Friday, September 28, 8:30 pm

Pegging is a term first coined by Dan Savage, and describes the act of a woman using a strap-on to penetrate her boyfriend, husband or other male partner. But pegging can be fun for lots of folks! Role-reversal, power play and butt sexx can feel good, regardless of your orientation or identity!

Here at the Tool Shed we get questions about pegging every day. How do we do it? What are the right tools for the job? Does it actually feel good? I'm a straight guy, will pegging make me gay?

Lyndzi Miller, Tool Shed staff member and sexuality educator, and Cooper Becket, Life on the Swingset podcaster, will answer these questions and cover all of the basics of pegging, a sexual activity that is growing in popularity. They'll also talk about safety, male anatomy and the health benefits of being pegged. Yes folks, that's right. Taking it in the boot is actually good for you!

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

Sex for Survivors
with Caitlin Myles, LMFT
Saturday, October 6, 10 am

Sex for Survivors is a brief course designed for survivors of sexual abuse or trauma and/or their partners. Please join us to learn about recovering and rebuilding healthy sexuality. Topics will include establishing ongoing safety, self-acceptance and empowerment, sexual pain and other pelvic disorders, mindfulness, applying skills to handle triggers, and healing exercises within relationships. Open to survivors and their partners of all genders, backgrounds, and orientations. Trigger warning: This course will include discussion about aftermath of sexual trauma and may be triggering for some survivors.

Caitlin Myles, LMFT, is a Milwaukee-based sex therapist and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She treats individuals (teens and adults), couples, and families. Sexual health areas that Caitlin addresses include sexual pain, arousal, trauma, libido, lack of satisfaction, out-of-control sexual behavior, desire discrepancy, orgasmic difficulties, infertility, and postpartum sexuality. Sex-positive and affirming, Caitlin helps clients who are queer, kinky, and poly. She is an LGBTQAI affirmative and informed therapist. You can find her online at www.caitlinmylestherapy.com.

This is a FREE class. No registration necessary.

Art of the Tease: The Basics of Burlesque
with Polly Amor and Sugar St. Clair
Friday, October 12, 8:30 pm

Please join us for a very spooky edition of our classic burlesque class. We'll be getting ready for Halloween, and teaching you plenty of tricks *and* treats!

Brew City Bombshells Sugar St. Clair and Polly Amour will introduce some of the classic burlesque moves and teach a short routine. Then the group will practice and perfect the routine, incorporating struts, glove peels and feather boa work. Every one who participates in this class will also be invited (but not required!) to perform a group number live on stage with the Brew City Bombshells one week later!

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 two of the Bombshells' very own stars present this fun and exciting burlesque dancing class.

Sugar St. Clair joined the Brew City Bombshells in 2009. She has been a full time member of the troupe since then, and is also a member of the Miltown Kings. She's dedicated to the Milwaukee queer art scene and plans to keep on dancing for a very long time.

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.

$25 per person. Register here.

Risqué and Risk Aware: Protection Made Sexy
with Dylan Thomas and Lyndzi Miller
Friday, October 19, 8:30 pm

Let's talk about sex! Safer sex, that is. In this class we'll go over the stigma of STIs, testing, prevention, and how to keep sex super hot while being risk aware. Learn how to talk about your status with a parner, use barriers, and how you can have the hottest safer sex.   

Dylan Thomas is a co-host of the podcasts Life on the Swingset and The Gentleperverts' Social Club. He's packed a lot of adventures into his life so far, and he's just getting started. Lyndzi Miller is the assistant manager of The Tool Shed as well as the founder and leader of the Milwaukee Poly Group. When she's not working at The Tool Shed, she's super busy dying geek-themed yarns for her business, Lady Purl Designs.

$10 per person. Register here.

Giving Spanks (and So Much More!): An intro impact play
with Sir Wieland and Cat
Thursday, November 15, 8:30 pm

Do you ever walk through our store, see all the fascinating BDSM toys, and wonder how they are used? How do you hold it? How do you swing it? What does it feel like? Floggers, paddles, crops, canes and hands each have a unique feel. Sir Wieland and Cat will teach us all the differences. Come have fun and learn how to use them safely and effectively to enhance your play.

From simple impact implements like your hand, a paddle, or a crop, to the more complicated use of floggers, single tails and many toys in between, we will talk about where and how to strike your partner.

Sir Wieland and Cat are respected and much beloved BDSM educators living in Southeastern Wisconsin. With decades of practical experience, they bring skill and sensitivity to their classes.

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

Infinite Ways to Love and Play: A panel about ethical non-monogamy
Friday, November 30, 8:30 pm

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.