Hi! I'm Haylin.
I'm a seasoned sex educator and holistic health promotion professional with a focus in reproductive justice and youth empowerment. With over a decade of hands-on experience developing award-winning health education programming and providing facilitation trainings for activists and educators, my expertise is in teaching practical skills for a healthier, more pleasurable life. I'm also a yoga instructor and spiritual coach, offering group classes, workshops, and one-on-one coaching from an trauma-responsive, integrated mind-body-spirit perspective. I’m the creator of Sex Ed For All and My Feminism Involves Witchcraft, projects of Haylin Belay LLC.
My mission is to support everyone—regardless of gender, orientation, libido, relationship style, kink/fetish, ability, size, trauma background, or sexual experience—in living their best and healthiest lives. No question is too stupid, and no fantasy is too bizarre. All you have to do is ask.
In addition to my work as a health promotion professional, I have experience as a writer, a workshop facilitator, a public speaker, a yoga instructor, and more. I'm a practicing witch and professional tarot reader currently living in New York City with my cat, Princess Walter.
All people deserve an integrated sex life and the healthy pursuit of pleasure.
All means all: no matter someone's age, sexual orientation, libido, gender identity, kink, fetish, fantasy, relationship structure, sexual experience, race/ethnicity, body size, class, history of trauma, physical ability, mental/emotional health, or cultural attitudes towards sex, all people have a right to the information they need to make decisions about their sexual health and pleasure, and to receive this information in spaces that are safe and accessible.
Our sex lives are not separate from our "real" lives, and finding our healthiest, most pleasurable sex lives is a crucial part of maintaining our overall well-being. Whether someone wants lots of kinky sex or no sex at all, being able to clearly identify and safely pursue our desires is a fundamental part of living an integrated life that encompasses mental, emotional, physiological, spiritual, and social well-being.
We often teach reproductive health from the perspective of NOT contracting STIs, and teach consent from the perspective of NOT violating consent or having one's consent violated. I believe that comprehensive sexuality education, and health education more broadly, is obligated to explore the pursuit of pleasure, whether that means talking about pleasurable safer sex practices, destigmatizing STI diagnoses, experiencing non-sexual pleasure and intimacy, pursuing pleasure post-gender transition, or the power of consent to facilitate pleasurable sexual exploration.
Video Profile: Huffington Post, “How Witchcraft Helped This Woman Heal from Trauma”
Video Profile: Ozy Magazine, "Spells for the Modern Day Sorceress"
Video Interview: Cosmopolitan, “The Sex Ed Crisis” [“Virginity-Focused Sex Ed Shames Victims”]
TV Interview: Sex. Right. Now., "Ladies of Sex Tech" [trailer]
TV Panel Interview: The Daily Show, "Sexual Racism: When Preferences Become Discrimination"
Podcast Profile: Real Talk Radio, "Haylin Belay on Sex Education, Modern Witchcraft, and Relationship Anarchy"
Podcast Profile: Juicy Bits, "Sexpert Haylin Belay"
Podcast Profile: Biology of the Blog, "Haylin Belay"
Podcast Interview: Another Round, "Dearest Y'all, We Have Some News."
Podcast Interview: Flash Forward, "How Is Babby (Not) Made"
Podcast Interview: Radio Interview: Sex Ed with DB, "Meet Your Students Where They're At"
Podcast Interview: MetroFocus, "The Physical Effects of Racism" [Part 1] [Part 2]
Profile: Garden Collage, "Haylin Belay on Practicing Witchcraft in NYC"
Two-Part Profile: AYO Magazine, "Health Educator Haylin Belay Wants You to Be Okay With Sex" & "Witchcraft As Black Feminist Practice: Part II With Educator Haylin Belay"
Profile: Blue & White Magazine, "Campus Character: Haylin Belay"
iHeartRadio, "2018 Psychic Predictions: Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Britney Spears, & More"
WHEDCo.org, "JAM Empowers Middle and High School Students through Sex-Ed"
InStyle, "Sexual Consent: Why We Still Haven’t Gotten the Conversation Right"
Sex Down South 2019 “Sex-Positive Yoga”; “How To Have Good Sex: Talking to Youth About Pleasure”
Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit 2018 [Panel] "Beyond Consent: Power, Pleasure, Profit"
Black Girl Project Sisterhood Summit 2018 "The Sacrament of Yes: Creating a Positive Consent Culture"
[Keynote] Northwest Magic Conference 2018 "What Feels Right: Intuition & Pleasure In Magical Practice"
[Workshop] "Mind, Body, & Spirit: Bodywork for Healing Intuition"
Civil Liberties and Public Policy 2018 [Panel] "Power, Pleasure, Profit: Radical Visions of Consent"
National Sex Ed Conference 2017 "Creating, Maintaining, and Repairing Safe Spaces"
SisterSong 2017 [Plenary Panel] "Power, Pleasure, Profit: Radical Visions of Consent"
Columbia University Scholars Program Symposium 2014 "Alcohol use and risky sexual behavior among young adults living in Nantes, France"
BACCHUS Initiative General Assemblies 2012/2013/2014, Regional Assembly 2013/2014, IvyAlcohol Symposium 2014 "Responsible Communities @ Columbia: Peer Education Models for Alcohol Education"
Private workshops, education consulting, and professional development for NY Interschool ; Hallways ; The Doula Project ; Terrace Club (Princeton University) ; Girls Inc of NYC ; SHAG (sensitive content) ; Ali Forney Center.