Sex Lab on Temporary Hold

Dear Lovers of Sex Lab,

Sadly, I am having to take a temporary break from recording and producing episodes of Sex Lab with Lara.  This is for two main reasons:  1.  I no longer have access to the equipment and studio I was using regularly.  2.  My business is going through growth and restructuring and I currently do not have the womanpower to execute the many moving pieces of producing a podcast.

Sex Lab has been purely a labor of love that I’ve invested my own resources in because I LOVE this medium for giving solid, free education and I have a great time speaking with these brilliant guests.  I am committed to the same quality of sound and regularity of episodes when we re-launch.  Until then, there are 32 episodes, all well worth listening to.

Be sure to subscribe through the website and/or on iTunes to be alerted when new episodes are posted.  I may have a bonus episode or two that pop up in the meantime : )

You can see when I’m teaching and read my blogs at laracatone.com and The Artemis School for Women’s Sexual Wellness is offering in depth trainings.  I have a couple of talks coming up in LA including one tonight at LA Mother!

Thank you for listening!
Lara

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Episode 32: The Sex Lab Rocketship with Jimmy Bartz

Jimmy HeadshotJimmy is the founder and convener of Thad’s—a spiritual community meeting on Sunday mornings in The Writer’s Bootcamp in Santa Monica. An ordained Episcopal priest, Jimmy has spent most of his professional life leading communities in the work of making a love-spreading difference in the world that surrounds them.

In addition to Jimmy’s ministry at Thad’s, his recent years’ work has included consulting with Red Bull Global Athletes Development Program around teaching spirituality, TEDX Talk “The Effects of Courage”, and studying the relationship between the outdoors and positive, psycho-spiritual health. When not in the office, he can be found in the ocean or in the mountains, usually with his wife, Cindy, or his two children, Jas and Jade. thads.church

Facebook: Thad’s
Twitter: @ThadsChurch
TEDx: Jimmy Bartz at TedxVenice Beach

SHOW TOPICS: sex and religion, expressing ourselves as sexual beings, sex and spirit, co-creating and collaborating with god, quiet, unconscious shame interruptions, love, thinking critically about the church and sex, the complications of fundamentalism, deconstructing story, preservation and community, cultivating inner authority,  the church’s role in sex and intimacy, male infertility, procreation and pleasure, sexual energy, the three goods, the atrophy of intimacy, pleasure as a byproduct of meaning, unitive sex, expressing an integrated human experience, the goddess, the feminine resurgence, Brene Brown

Special thanks to Confidence Head for our theme music!

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Episode 31: Independent Women in Unlikely Places (Sex Work in Brazil) with Julie Ruvolo

JulieAline4Julie Ruvolo is a journalist and digital entrepreneur. She is the editor of Red Light Rio, a collaboratively filmed conversation with fifty women who make a living in Rio de Janeiro’s red light district, and is affiliated with the Observatory of Prostitution, an extension project of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. redlightr.io

Twitter: @jruv

SHOW TOPICS: college students paying for sex, sex tourism, sex trafficking, sex industry research in Rio, sex workers rights, legal sex work, the other side of the anti-trafficking movement, sex anthropology, working conditions for sex workers, judgement and stigma, mega sports (World Cup, Olympics, Super Bowl) and trafficking, high end spas vs red light districts, grandma feminists, anti-prostitution sweeps, police violence against sex workers, giving voice to the silenced, media literacy, digital sex work, internet porn, web cam sex, legalizing sex work

Special thanks to Confidence Head for our theme music!

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Episode 30: How to Feel Your Woman with Bryan Reeves

Bryan Reeves-Bio pic 2A former US Air Force Captain turned Author / Coach / Speaker, Bryan Reeves has triumphed through multiple dark nights of the soul after hurling himself into the transformational fires of intimate relationship over and over again. With massive insight gleaned through countless adventures, Bryan now coaches men, women and couples. He is a regular blog contributor to The Good Men Project, Elephant Journal, Raw Attraction Magazine, Sexy Conscious Awake and more. His book “The Sex, Flirting, Dating, Hunting and Hoping Diet” is on Amazon. bryanreeves.com

 

 

Facebook: Bryan Reeves
Twitter: @TheBryanReeves
Instagram: @bryancito

SHOW TOPICS: feral people, conscious creatives, broken relationships, relationship power dynamics, co-dependence, independence and polarity, surrender, the juicy dance of sexuality, feeling your woman, anal for men, recovering from turn off during sex, orgasm, the sex diet, caring and not caring, leaking your sexual energy, erection, sexual potency, orgasm and ejaculation, mindful sexuality

Special thanks to Confidence Head for our theme music!

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Episode 29: Studies in Human Nature Pt. 2 with Michel Odent

photoscan19Michel Odent, MD, has been in charge of the surgical unit and the maternity unit at the Pithiviers (France) state hospital (1962-1985) and is the founder of the Primal Health Research Centre (London). He introduced in the 1970s the concepts of home-like birthing rooms and birthing pools in maternity hospitals. He is the author of the first article in medical literature about the initiation of lactation during the hour following birth, of the first article about use of birthing pools (Lancet 1983), and of the first article applying the ‘Gate Control Theory of Pain’ to obstetrics. He created the Primal Health Research database primalhealthresearch.com and wombecology.com.

Michel is the author of 14 books published in 22 languages, including Childbirth and the Evolution of Homo Sapiens. His 2015 book titled Do We Need Midwives? is followed by an addendum titled Can Humanity Survive Medicine? He is also the co-author of five academic books.

Facebook: Michel Odent
Twitter: @michelodent

SHOW TOPICS: cultural conditioning vs. science, bonding and attachment, losing the capacity to give birth, neutralizing natural selection, the influence of birthing on libido and fertility for future generations, genital sexuality, fetal ejection reflex, milk ejection reflex, sperm ejection reflex, the orgasmogenic cocktail, the oxytocin system, the highways to transcendence

Special thanks to Confidence Head for our theme music!

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Episode 28: Sexual Archetypes of the Feminine with Laura Blakeman

om-collection-2015-maui-9559An internationally recognized movement guide and an advocate of the Earth, Laura Blakeman blends her deep love of conscious dance, classical Tantra, yoga, mythology, ecology, and the study of many nature-based traditions into inspiring thematic explorations of Soul. All designed to coax the essential self to the frontier of our life conversation.

You might have seen her dancing on the Wanderlust Festival main stage, or on the cover of Yoga Journal. A true rolling stone, Laura teaches workshops, leads retreats, and performs all over the world. The visionary woman in her has founded The Rhythm Way, and gotten herself published and featured in countless books, articles, images and DVDs. A passionate writer, Laura dives deep into human experience, exposing universal connection and poignant synchronicity through mytho-poetic narrative. You can find more of her work on Rebelle Society, Elephant Journal and in Origin Magazine. therhythmway.com

Facebook: Shakti Sunfire
Twitter: @shaktisunfire
Instagram: @shaktisunfire
YouTube: Shakti Sunfire

SHOW TOPICS: psychological aspects of oneself, imagination and creativity, feeling into flavors of yourself, the call to adventure, from ego centric to eco centric, being in your wholeness, mother, maiden, crone, goddesses and mythology, story telling, Lilith, sacred sexual rites, women pre-patriarchy, reclaiming the exiled ones, sex as service, religion and submission, Artemis, forging the wild, equality and sovereignty, discernment, distorted expressions of archetype, creating ritual with archetypes

Special thanks to Confidence Head for our theme music!

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Episode 27: Studies in Human Nature Pt. 1 with Michel Odent

photoscan19Michel Odent, MD, has been in charge of the surgical unit and the maternity unit at the Pithiviers (France) state hospital (1962-1985) and is the founder of the Primal Health Research Centre (London). He introduced in the 1970s the concepts of home-like birthing rooms and birthing pools in maternity hospitals. He is the author of the first article in medical literature about the initiation of lactation during the hour following birth, of the first article about use of birthing pools (Lancet 1983), and of the first article applying the ‘Gate Control Theory of Pain’ to obstetrics. He created the Primal Health Research database primalhealthresearch.com and wombecology.com.

Michel is the author of 14 books published in 22 languages, including Childbirth and the Evolution of Homo Sapiens. His 2015 book titled Do We Need Midwives? is followed by an addendum titled Can Humanity Survive Medicine? He is also the co-author of five academic books.

Facebook: Michel Odent
Twitter: @michelodent

SHOW TOPICS: 67 years as a medical doctor, obstacles from the specialization of medicine, being an interdisciplinary student of human nature, the evolution of the birth environment, the accidental obstetrician, inquiry vs advocacy, why human birth is difficult, the neocortex, basic needs of laboring women, protection for the birthing woman, microbes, bacteria and health

Special thanks to Confidence Head for our theme music!

 

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Episode 26: Love Your Body, Love Yourself with Marla Mervis-Hartman

Marla_gorgeous_editedMarla helps women to honor and appreciate their bodies. As creator of Love Your Body Love Yourself she assists women to find a “YES!” to the question “Do you Love Your Body?”

As a Living Light Reiki Master for over 10 years, she enthusiastically practices and teaches Reiki. Marla empowers women to feel their juiciness. She teaches women’s tantra classes and yoga. Being a mother herself, she shares her passion of reiki to pregnant and postpartum mothers and teaches Mama Movement classes. As an artist, Marla’s on camera career has led her to numerous acting and hosting engagements, including the holistic healing talk shows; Pathways to Health, Transformational Travel and Voice America’s Radio Show, Live! Love! Thrive!

loveyourbodyloveyourself.org
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Facebook: Love Your Body Love Yourself

SHOW TOPICS: sisterhood, body image and sexuality, reiki, learning to love yourself, preverbal shame, masturbating, hot women, pushing away from pleasure, cultivating pleasure, self care for moms, taking time to heal, tantra, owning your feminine, relating to the masculine, women appreciating women

Special thanks to Confidence Head for our theme music!

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Episode 25: Woman on Fire with Amy Jo Goddard

Amy_Jo-295_LowResAs a Sexual Empowerment expert and thought leader, Amy Jo Goddard has guided thousands of people towards the wholeness and fulfillment they want, sexually and in other aspects of their lives. She earned her Master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education from New York University and has 20 years of experience in the sexuality field. As a renowned speaker and teacher, Amy Jo travels to colleges, communities, and conferences teaching classes and offering keynotes that help people to connect the dots around sexuality and money, expand their creativity, grow their confidence and learn to be bigger in their relationships, in business, and in the world. She delivered her TEDx talk “Owning Your Sexual Power” in March, 2014 in Napa Valley, was named one of GO! Magazine’s “100 Women We Love” in 2010 and one of Kinkly’s ”100 Sex Blogging Superheros” in 2013.

Amy Jo teaches her unique 9-month Women’s Sexually Empowered Life Program, maintains a private coaching practice, and hosts events and VIP days with private clients in Napa Valley and New York City. She creates unique opportunities for women and couples to deeply explore, heal, and grow their sexuality. She is also a corporate consultant, helping companies elevate the professional and personal lives of women. Her second book Woman on Fire: 9 Elements to Wake up Your Erotic Energy, Personal Power and Sexual Intelligence is set for release by Penguin Random House in September, 2015. You can find her online, writing about practical, real-world sexuality and evolved relationships at amyjogoddard.com

Facebook: Amy Jo Goddard
Twitter: @AmyJoGoddard
Instagram: @honeytoes
YouTube: Amy Jo Goddard

SHOW TOPICS: 9 Elements to Wake Up Your Erotic Energy, Personal Power and Sexual Intelligence, Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men, finding your sexual voice, clearing beliefs around relationship and sexuality, emotional skills, claiming authority of your own body, desire, the ubiquitous model of male sexuality, people pleasing, permission to express sexuality, sexual skill building, comprehensive sex education, becoming a sex educator, the connection between sex and money, feminism and sexual empowerment

Special thanks to Confidence Head for our theme music!

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Episode 24: Cut – Sex & Circumcision with Eliyahu and Pennie Ungar-Sargon

Eli_portraitEliyahu Ungar-Sargon is an award-winning filmmaker who has spoken and written extensively about issues of human rights, religion and politics. His first feature length documentary, Cut: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision (2007), received critical acclaim and has been screened in numerous cities around the United States and abroad. He also directed and edited Questions of Life and Death (2004), a short documentary featuring an Israeli assassin. Ungar-Sargon has extensive editing experience, and was a contributing editor on the short narrative film, Sisterhood of Night (2006). Additionally, he served as a guest lecturer in the Film, Video and New Media Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ungar-Sargon was born in London, England, raised in an Orthodox Jewish home in Brookline, MA, and moved to Israel when he was 13. His educational background includes rigorous training in Jewish studies as well as several years as a medical student. He holds two degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; one in film, and one in the fascinating new field of cognitive film theory. cutthefilm.com

Twitter: @eliungar

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Circumcision and . . . roles of culture and religion, The Puritans strike again, history, masturbation, female genital cutting, a cure for being oversexed, babies and pain, consent, the procedure, the penile system, role of the foreskin, re-enacting trauma, the penis’ sliding skin system, lubrication, consequences for women, thrusting and motion dynamics, erectile dysfunction, foreskin awareness, psychological and emotional effects, intactivists, artist vs. activist, foreskin restoration

Special thanks to Confidence Head for our theme music!

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