This episode is part two with Goddess Amina (Amina Peterson). In this episode, we talk about everything from the politics of sex to psychedelics. Regarding sexual politics, Amina feels the best way to buck our patriarchal system is by offering and teaching something that is way better than anything patriarchy can ever offer…next level pleasure. With a gleam in her eye, Amina states, “This is how we fight patriarchy, by offering something way juicier, way more whole, way healthier, and way more appealing. Amina questions the hypocrisy in our culture related to sex and points out that, “We can sell a waterfall, but we can’t sell our own p*ssy.” She discusses rights related to sex work and delineates survival sex work versus empowered sex work.
After this impassioned conversation, we switch gears and discuss Amina’s work with psychedelics. She offers San Pedro retreats outside of the United States. She likens San Pedro ceremonies to “getting a hug from the universe for ten hours.” She excitedly explains that she’s been learning from a shaman since 2021 and describes how her guests seem changed after these experiences.
Finally, we close the interview discussing the importance of access and inclusion of Black and Brown people in the psychedelic movement including the necessity of having Black and Brown run retreat centers and clinics. We discuss the importance of amplifying the public awareness of sexual abuse that has been enacted by some shamans, mentors or facilitators upon some guests, students or patients who are experiencing a psychedelic journey. All of this drives home the point that profits should never be more important than people. We hope you join us for incredibly thought-provoking episode of Open Deeply.
Amina Peterson’s Bio: The Goddess Amina, otherwise known as Amina Peterson, is the founder of the Atlanta Institute of Tantra, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to pleasure and tantric embodiment in communities of color. She is also the host of the Fix Your Sex Podcast. Her path began as a Sex Surrogate working with Dr. Dean Dauw in 1997. In 2004, she began practicing massage after completing a 500-hour program at the New Chicago School of Bodywork and Massage. That training opened her eyes to a variety of erotic healing modalities, including neo tantra and esalen. She is a graduate of the University of IL (B.A. Sociology), a Reiki Master, and a yoga instructor (Core Power & Tantra). Her resume highlights accolades that include a combined 20+ years of work in non-profit management, and a bodywork background that includes work as a birth doula, personal trainer, and fitness coach. Her extensive background in fitness and health has made her work especially focused on helping lovers heal their wounds related to body image, sexual abuse, self-esteem and identity.
Amina Peterson’s links:
@atltantra on all social media
About the Hosts:
Sunny Megatron is an award-winning sexuality educator and media personality. She’s the host and executive producer of the Showtime original television series, SEX with Sunny Megatron, plus co-hosts American Sex Podcast and Open Deeply Podcast.
Voted XBIZ 2021 Sexpert of the Year, Kinkly’s Sex Blogging Superhero of 2017, and named one of the 6 most savvy sexologists in North America, Sunny has been featured in Cosmo, Playboy, Buzzfeed, CNN, and more. She is also a contributing editor of XBIZ Premiere Magazine and a regular columnist for Sexual Health Magazine.
In her sell-out sex and kink workshops, Sunny’s unique brand of “edutainment” seamlessly combines her humorous lecturing style, interactive exercises, and the latest sexuality research. Sunny’s passion is helping people become their authentic, sexual selves by learning to overcome shame and shed inhibitions. As a lifestyle BDSM enthusiast, much of her work centers around normalizing alternative sexual practices and ending sexual stigma.
American Sex Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/2HroMhWJnyZbMSsOBKwBnk
TV Show, Sex with Sunny Megatron: https://www.sho.com/sex-with-sunny-megatron/season/1
Kate Loree, LMFT is a sex-positive licensed marriage and family therapist with a specialty in kink, sex worker, LGBTQ and non-monogamous communities. In addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, she is also an art therapist, and has a second Masters in Business Administration (MBA). She has been practicing psychotherapy since 2003 and has additional training in EMDR and the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) for the treatment of trauma, such as sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Her first book on compassionate, conscious non-monogamy will be published in April of 2022. She has been featured in Buzzfeed videos, has been a guest on Playboy Radio, and many podcasts such as American Sex, Sex Nerd Sandra, and Sluts and Scholars. She has spoken at universities, such as UCLA, and written for Good Vibrations and Hollywood Magazine. Privately, she has been connected to poly, swing and kink communities since 2003 and understands the hurdles, massive emotional growth, and amazing joy these worlds can provide. Her private practice resides in Encino, CA. For more information, please visit her on the web at KateLoree.com.
Open Deeply podcast is not a replacement for therapy or therapy. Please know this episode has themes of sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. If you catch yourself becoming emotionally overwhelmed by this episode’s content, please get support. Call a friend, therapist, or an emotional support hotline, such as, 800-273-talk (8255).