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About Barbara Carrellas
Barbara Carrellas is an author, sex/life coach, sex educator, university lecturer, workshop facilitator, motivational speaker and theater artist. Her most recent books are "Ecstasy is Necessary: A Practical Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Oh So Much More," "Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century" and "Luxurious Loving: Tantric Inspirations for Passion and Pleasure". Barbara's pioneering Urban Tantra® workshops were named best in New York City by TimeOut/New York magazine. In 2016 she was awarded a Sexual Freedom Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Barbara currently offers inspiring and life-changing workshops, lectures, and keynotes on a variety of topics to individuals, schools, conferences, businesses, and the arts.
Barbara is also a Sex/Life coach, offering her clients sex information and education, intuitive readings, emotional and mental rebalancing, resources and referrals. The essence of her work is the inseparable connection between your sex life and the rest of your life, and the happy integration of body, mind, and spirit.
Barbara brings a holistic, metaphysical, practical, humorous, entertaining and gender-fluid approach to conscious sexuality and to all her work. She began her work in metaphysics and conscious sexuality during the AIDS crisis in the late 1980’s—a time when the connections between sex, spirit and healing were at their most strained. Barbara has facilitated countless healing circles and support groups for women, men, transgender people, artists, people with life-threatening illnesses and people with HIV/AIDS. For four years she was a facilitator for and on the Board of Directors of the New York Healing Circle, which was founded in response to the AIDS crisis and incorporated the principles of Louise Hay's work. As her workshops grew in popularity and in attendance, her work expanded to include people from all walks of life and in all stages of sexual evolution.
The more Barbara explored sex and consciousness, the more she saw the possibilities for healing and expanded consciousness in all forms of “sacred” practices, including Tantra, Tao, Quodoushka, Reiki, breathwork, metaphysics, performance, ritual, herbal medicine, bodywork, erotic massage, commercial sex work and BDSM. Her books and her workshops are an eclectic mix of sexual and spiritual practices designed to encourage readers and participants of all sexual preferences and genders to expand their capacity for both pleasure and spiritual fulfillment.
Barbara taught Caitlyn Jenner and her friends how to have gender-free orgasms on the E! reality series I Am Cait and was featured in the Learning Channel’s Unusual Orgasms segment of the series Strange Sex. She has also appeared in numerous episodes of the HBO television series Real Sex, Australian television’s Sex/Life and on Britain’s Sky Channel as part of the documentary, Sex in America. She has been featured in the videos Selfloving, The Sluts & Goddesses Video Workshop, Annie Sprinkle’s Amazing World of Orgasm, Betty Dodson’s Selfloving, Zen Pussy, and in the film Sacred Sex. She collaborated with Annie Sprinkle to present a new/ancient vision of female sexuality in theatrical form in MetamorphoSex, a week-long workshop for women culminating in ritual-performances. She also directed the Australian premiere of Annie’s renowned one-woman show, Post Porn Modernist. Barbara is proud to have enjoyed a lifelong theatrical career as a general manager, producer and theatre manager on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in alternative theatre in New York. She is still active as a performance artist and director.
Barbara has lectured at many educational institutions, including Harvard University, Brown University, Vassar College, Barnard College, Sara Lawrence College, Wesleyan University, the Chicago Art Institute and Yale University. She frequently collaborates with her partner, Kate Bornstein, with whom she performs and tours their sex positive, gender-bending lecture/performance piece There And Back Again: An Epic Tale of Sex, Death, and Gender.
Barbara is a certified sexologist (ASC, American College of Sexologists) and a member of AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists).
Barbara is a proud graduate of the Coney Island Sideshow School with a double major in fire eating and snake handling.
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With more than one hundred easy-to-follow techniques for expanded orgasmic states and solo and partner play (as well as more adventurous practices), this in-depth guide reveals the delicious worlds of ecstasy available to all, no matter one's gender, sexual preference, or erotic tastes. Urban Tantra expands the notions of pleasure and opens new heights of intimacy and sexual fulfillment.
Ecstasy introduces you to your deepest, most authentic self, while simultaneously offering freedom, intimacy, connection, and spiritual awakening.
In this book, you’ll dive deep into the world of ecstatic experience, beginning with the medium through which most people experience ecstasy—sex. However, this is much more than your typical sex book; it is an exploration of the entire erotic self and the infinite possibilities of ecstatic expression.
The insights you will gain on your journey will help you approach sex and relationships with confidence, no matter where you are on your personal erotic path.
You’ll put together a tool kit for solving the inevitable challenges that arise along the way. And you’ll learn that it’s possible to create ecstatic experiences even when sex is not available or appropriate. Ecstasy Is Necessary gives you the permission and the possibilities to go where you haven’t gone before.
Si crees que la felicidad sexual y espiritual no es compatible con los ritmos frenéticos del mundo actual, no has experimentado el tantra urbano. La aclamada educadora sexual Barbara Carrellas mezcla sabiduría erótica y sabiduría espiritual para conseguir una actualización radical de la antigua práctica del tantra. Los exploradores sexuales modernos que deseen superar su límite encontrarán técnicas fáciles de seguir para experimentar estados orgásmicos expandidos y juegos en solitario y en pareja (así como prácticas más aventureras).
Esta sorprendente guía revela deliciosos mundos de éxtasis disponibles para todos, e incluye prácticas de veinte minutos, sexo adaptado a todas las identidades y cuerpos, así como bdsm tántrico. Sea cual sea tu género, orientación sexual o gusto erótico, Tantra urbano expandirá tus nociones sobre el placer y te impulsará a nuevas cotas de intimidad y satisfacción sexual.
"Barbara Carrellas is my favorite sex educator on the planet. She's classy, sassy and wise with vast sexual experience. In Luxurious Loving, Barbara graciously shares her expertise in the most delightful ways. I'm crazy about this book: It's full of superb information; it's great fun and it's sexy, sexy, sexy. Guaranteed to enhance absolutely anyone's sex life." Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D. - Sex worker turned sexologist, and author of Dr. Sprinkle's Spectacular Sex-Make Over Your Love Life.