Trying to spice things up with your partner but not sure how? Toronto has a wide selection of classes for couples, straight and queer alike. Whether you’re scouring the secrets of tantric yoga, reconnecting over a sumptuous cooking class, or learning how to jive in unison, couples classes are a great way to re-connect with your partner in the real world. [Image credit: iStock.com/franckreporter]
Held at Spiritwind Centre, a cultural hub nestled in the centre of the Kensington Market, Tantra Toronto offers Tuesday night tantric yoga workshops for couples (as well as a number of one-off workshops throughout the year). Each week different topics and techniques are explored in the realms of spiritual, sensual and sexual living. On the website they state that these classes are “not sacred sexuality specific, but will sure get your life to be orgasmic.” Sounds like a good start to us!
Are you more of a cheesy romantic? Why not take your mate to Leslieville Cheese Market East’s “Night School for Cheese Fans,” a series of cheese-oriented workshops and events held at their compact, wholesome shop on Queen Street East. Try their wine and cheese or beer and cheese classes, which are lead by Canada’s foremost cheese expert, Julia Rogers, and include many sampling opportunities for hungry participants.
Rainbow Ballroom is a LGBTQ-friendly studio offering dancing lessons to the community through their airy and accessible Church Street location. Classes vary from ballroom to hip-hop and contemporary dance, taught by some of Toronto’s top dance experts. Come as a couple or alone – all are welcome at Rainbow. Check their website for the complete schedule of events.
Having a hard time surviving your relationship squabbles? Why not get out into nature and attend a WSC Survival School wild edible plants hike for two? Hikes are lead by David Arama ('The Survivorguy'), an expert of the outdoors who has been leading Ontario outdoor hikes and skills training seminars for over thirty years. At their Advanced Edible Plants and Ecology class you will learn how to identify up to 75 different species of plants, trees, ferns, shrubs and lichens in a beautiful, open-air setting in Ontario; a sure-fire way to reconnect with your bae.
For those looking to cool down their overcooked relationship, Cruda Café on Front Street East offers raw cooking classes. In their Level 1 Raw Uncooking Class, participants will learn how to make ceviche with jungle mushrooms, pad Thai, fermented macadamia cheese on a peppercorn pistachio crust and a scrumptious strawberry marble cake. Classes are conducted in the sleek, open St. Lawrence Market kitchen gallery (located second floor of the building), and couples are always welcome.
Some say the nose knows; that scents can trigger deep emotions and help bond people together. So, why not buy your sweetie a sensual essential oil making workshop? At Sophia Zoe's Essential Oils (lead by Sophia herself, a energy healing and aromatherapy expect) you can attend a two-hour workshop and learn which scents can keep you focused, cheerful or productive. Workshops are held in the clean and compact office space above the Carrot Common on the Danforth.
Everyone knows that chocolate is one of the most sensual treats around, so why not treat your sweetie to some? Chocolate Tales on Eglinton Avenue offers a chocolate making workshop, which includes a short history of chocolate, tempering and moulding, truffle-making, lava cake decorating, and tasting (as well as a truffle box for you to take home). Workshops are held at the Mad Bean’s art-filled coffee shop (though some workshops are also available in a number of other locations).