Sheri Winston – CNM, RN, BSN, LMT
Founder and Executive Director
The Center for the Intimate Arts
Sheri Winston is an award-winning author, medical professional, and one of the United States’ leading sex teachers. She offers online classes and also teaches at venues ranging from conferences to educational institutions, and from sexuality boutiques to private gatherings, in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Winston’s 2010 book, Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure, won the 2010 Book of the Year award from AASECT (the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists). The educator and author Dr. Christiane Northrup has called it “the most comprehensive, user-friendly, practical and uplifting book on women’s sexuality I’ve ever read.”
Her Wholistic Sexuality™ curriculum has over 50 classes covering subjects such as orgasmic abundance for men and women, sex and relationship skills, and women’s reproductive health.
Winston’s journey to being a sex teacher began when she became a licensed massage therapist in 1980. This was the first of many times she was to study human anatomy. Soon after, she felt called to become a midwife and began assisting and apprenticing at home births. She then became a childbirth educator and doula. In order to become legally certified, she attended nursing school at SUNY/Stony Brook and graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude, receiving her BSN (Bachelor’s degree in Science of Nursing) and becoming a RN (registered nurse). She then attended midwifery school for her graduate education, becoming a certified nurse-midwife and gynecology nurse-practitioner. Sheri’s also studied many forms of holistic healing including herbalism, energy healing, bodywork, guided imagery and counseling as well as a variety of sacred sexuality traditions.
Spending twenty years at the altar of birth turned out to be the best possible apprenticeship Winston could have for being a sex teacher. This is because it was the birth process that taught her much of what she learned about how to have great sex. For years, she taught women how to breathe themselves into an altered state; how to surrender to the tide of labor; how to release their sound and use it to open themselves; and how to use their pelvic muscles as well as their mind to facilitate the birth process. She helped women get in touch with their innate wisdom and showed them how to use their inner tools to cooperate with the natural process.
During this time, Winston unwittingly incorporated these skills and practices into her own increasingly fabulous sex life. Once she became aware that she’d been unconsciously using these techniques, she decided to start learning and practicing them purposefully—and she made it her personal mission to bring her specialized knowledge about how to have great sex to men and women everywhere.
Sheri retired from birthing babies in 1999, although she continued providing gynecology care for another five years. She began development of the The Center for the Intimate Arts and her Wholistic Sexuality™ curriculum during that time. She retired from clinical care in 2005 to dedicate her self full-time to teaching, counseling, running the Center, writing and expanding her offerings. She is passionate about passion and has been doing this work ever since.