Barbara Carrellas is the author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century, Ecstasy is Necessary: A Practical Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Oh So Much More, and Luxurious Loving. She is the founder of Urban Tantra®—an approach to sacred sexuality that adapts and blends a wide variety of conscious sexuality practices from Tantra to BDSM—and the Urban Tantra® Professional Training Program—a comprehensive training program in the practice and application of conscious sexuality. Her pioneering Urban Tantra® workshops were named best in New York City by TimeOut New York magazine and in 2016 she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sexual Freedom Awards in London. Barbara brings a holistic, metaphysical, practical, humorous, entertaining, and gender-fluid approach to conscious sexuality and to all her work. Her books, workshops, lectures, and coaching sessions are an eclectic mix of sexual and spiritual practices designed to encourage readers and participants of all sexual preferences and genders to expand their capacity for both pleasure and spiritual fulfillment. Barbara is a graduate of the Coney Island Sideshow School with a double major in snake handling and fire eating.