About Sex Ed with Ashley

Welcome to Sex Ed with Ashley Manta! You've found a sex positive, cannabis friendly, passionate sexuality educator, writer, and podcaster. I am available for one on one coaching and consulting as well as workshops for colleges, bachelorette parties, sex shops, or events. My mission is to help people have joyful, empowered sex lives! Check out my blog to get some insight into my world and please email me if you're interested in learning more about what I do! 

This is a safe space for people to share their stories and build community. Thanks for visiting! 

Upcoming Events that I'm hosting or attending:


5/3/16: Women Grow Signature Networking Event, West Hollywood, CA.

5/6/16: 4 Love and Play podcast appearance

5/13-5/15/16: Lover's weekend, Malibu, CA.

5/28/16: Fabulous Fisting with Damon Holzum, MSW at Stockroom, Los Angeles, CA.



6/3/16: Down for Whatever podcast appearance

6/4/16: Hand Sex Workshop with Alex S. Morgan, Oakland, CA.

6/4/16: QTies: A Bay Area Queer and Trans Play Party co-facilitated with Alex S. Morgan, Oakland, CA.

6/19/16: All-Gender Play Party hosted by Monique Darling, San Diego, CA. 

6/20/16: Shameless: Free to be Sexy w/ Arden Leigh, Ashley Manta, Monique Darling, Peter Petersen, & Ela Darling, San Diego, CA. Buy tickets here.


  • From the blog

    Getting Good at Letting Go

    Image of birdcage with door open and black silhouette of a bird flying out of it.

    This is one of my favorite poems. It is often read at wedding ceremonies. It's from Khalil Gibran On Marriage:

    ...But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
    And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. 

    Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
    Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
    Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
    Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
    Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
    Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. 

    Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
    For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
    And stand together yet not too near together:
    For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
    And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

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    Hot Steamy Hotel Sex

    Historically, I've had problems with expectations. I get excited about something, create grand sweeping expectations, and inevitably feel frustrated when the reality cannot come close to the fantasy I've envisioned. For the first time in my life, I had an experience that was even better in practice than what I had imagined in my brain. Seriously. We used 11 condoms in 24 hours. That's a personal record. We spent the entire weekend doing nothing but finding the answers to this question:

    What would bring you the most pleasure in this moment?

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