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2018 Workshops

Unfortunately things happen and as such all workshops are subject to change without advance notice.


All Things Pokey (aka Perforation Play)

Miz Tee, cindi

From medical staples to needles, from dermal hammers to acupuncture needles, from endorphin buttons to needles bondage and flesh hooks, and flesh corsets -- things that perforate the skin can give both bottom and top a very powerful rush. The metallic essence in the air, the ruby trails across the skin, and the wince beside the eyes as it eases through that soft, supple flesh: these are some of the delightful aspects of pokey play.

We are including a sampling of micro branding, and cutting to this class, rules permitting. Come and explore these pokey things with Miz Tee and cindi. This is an interactive presentation. This is a 201 skill level presentation. We do not encourage trying many of these activities without putting due time in your own kink-aware training.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Artistic to Sadistic: Wax Play. It's Hot Stuff

MsGin, Dave L

Come explore wax play beyond candles. Dripping, painting, pouring, and ladling- this course covers artistic presentation, to the sensual and sexy, and the delightfully sadistic scene. In this class we will discuss preparation and safety of wax play and variations of wax play beyond candles.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

As Strong As a Slave: Transforming Slave Stereotypes

Corvus Black, Violet

Being a slave is not for the faint of heart. In this class we will dissect slave stereotypes behind the often-heard phrase "You don't act like a slave" and learn to replace those narratives with empowering values. Topics include the importance of staying true to our authentic selves, stepping out of the Twue Slave Competition, developing and maintaining healthy boundaries and relationships, as well as practical ways in which we can define our own slavery to include independence, confidence, vibrancy, strength, and a whole lot of badassery.

Please be mindful that this class is intentionally designed for those who self-identify on the right side of the slash. Those identifying other ways are welcome, but are reminded to be respectful. Everyone is encouraged to bring note taking materials.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Please be mindful that this class is intentionally designed for those who self-identify on the right side of the slash. Those identifying other ways are welcome, but are reminded to be respectful. Everyone is encouraged to bring note taking materials.

 

 

Back That Ass Up!: Anal Sex 101

Amory Jane

Are you interested in anal pleasure but not sure where to get started? Already tried anal play but wanting to learn some fun tricks and techniques? Whether you're brand new to the wonderful world of anal or already have some backdoor experience, this class is sure to teach you something new!

In this educational and humorous workshop, AJ will confront taboos, go over anal anatomy, prostate, and the G-spot, discuss anal penetration for beginners, and show great positions for anal sex. She'll also cover safety and hygiene and give you the inside scoop on all the best lubes and anal toys! This class is open to all genders and sexual appetites. Includes demo!

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Being in Service Every Day

Stormmy, Nichole

This class focuses on discussion regarding everyday service in your relationship. How to determine your bottom's motivations for service. How to find services that are beneficial to you and feed your relationships, both domestic and long distance. Ideas for service in poly households and how to divide services based on strengths. And ways that we make service fun in our relationship. Plus much more.

We do our best to push the edge without passing it. We live in a 24/7, M/s, fully consensual non-consent relationship. We don't spend much time talking about consent in our classes, but all of Team Fluffy and the people crazy enough to get caught under our bus know what they're signing up for. No one needs saving. If you've got questions or concerns before, during or after - speak up. Ask us, ask an event organizer, a DM, a friend ... whomever. Get your questions answered or concerns heard, but know what you're consenting to witness before going in.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Attendees should be prepared to hear about and witness beat downs, blood, physical abuse, politically incorrect language, edgeplay, and mind fucks. Mind fucks can look like coercion, bullying, gender bashing and worse. It may be jarring, it may look scary, and it may make you uncomfortable.

 

 

Beyond Medical Staples

Miz Tee, cindi

Pretty ribbons in a row, that's what many of us think of when we think of medical staple play. There is so much more! Face corsets, manginas, bondage, ribbon art, sparkly danglies, your imagination is your only limit. Join Miz Tee and cindi and together we will come up with concepts and ideas that create lasting visual memories. Before this presentation is finished you can either put a staple in Miz Tee or have her put one in you, the victim is up to you! This is an interactive presentation, and it is a 201 skill level presentation. We do not encourage trying some of these activities without putting due time in your own kink aware training.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Please bring a willingness to learn and participate if you choose to.

 

 

Bitches Need Stitches

Stormmy, Nichole

Not everyone has the skill level or necessary equipment to suture in the usual manner. We will show you some easy ways to suture people for decoration, bondage, torture or just for fun. We will demonstrate a variety of materials and approaches including suturing for chastity and facial suturing.

We do our best to push the edge without passing it. We live in a 24/7, M/s, fully consensual non-consent relationship. We don't spend much time talking about consent in our classes, but all of Team Fluffy and the people crazy enough to get caught under our bus know what they're signing up for. No one needs saving. If you've got questions or concerns before, during or after - speak up. Ask us, ask an event organizer, a DM, a friend ... whomever. Get your questions answered or concerns heard, but know what you're consenting to witness before going in.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Attendees should be prepared to hear about and witness beat downs, blood, physical abuse, politically incorrect language, edgeplay, and mind fucks. Mind fucks can look like coercion, bullying, gender bashing and worse. It may be jarring, it may look scary, and it may make you uncomfortable.

 

 

BJs with AJ: A Fellatio Workshop

Amory Jane

HEADS UP! Are you a giver who wants to blow your lover's mind with your incredible oral sex skills? Are you a receiver who wants to learn how to communicate your fantasies and help your partner have fun and be comfortable while going down? Then come one, come all! This is a blowjob class for everyone!

Amory Jane will talk about anatomy, blowjob positions, teasing, mouth and tongue techniques, what to do with your hands, and how to ask for what you want. She will cover sloppy BJs, deep throating, gagging, and playing with power dynamics. She will also share ideas on making oral sex more stimulating and pleasurable for the giver and dealing with issues such as TMJ or neck pain.

This workshop includes a live demo. Bring a pen and paper if you like to take notes, and a dildo from home if you like to practice as you learn!

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Cable-Tie/Zip-Tie Bondage, Fast & Fancy

Danarama

Learn how to use ordinary plastic cable-ties (zip ties) in dozens of ways to restrain your partner for extremely effective bondage, dominance, or even rough sex. Used alone or in combination with furniture, cable ties can be used for a variety of creative or minimalist restraints. Danarama will demonstrate and coach the fast and effective uses of these common items, including:

1. Selecting cable-ties for bondage use
2. Hand and arm restraint (single and double column)
3. Thigh restraints (cable-tie futomomo)
4. Chest harness (cable-tie TK)
5. Cable-tie hogtie
6. Binding bottoms to objects

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Catharsis: The Power of Release Through Play

Team Soup/Polar, Team Soup/nephesh

There are times when you feel stuck emotionally. Those times when you need to get something out of you but you physically can't. It is during these times that as a Top we can use our skills to help by providing intense sensations and experiences to evoke cathartic responses and help the person on the other end move past their emotional block.

This endeavour is not to be taken lightly by either Top or bottom as it can bring up some heavy emotional issues... think landmines to the nth degree. Join us in the discussing, learning and sharing your experiences and thoughts on this very important subject.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Creative Mindfuckery

Danarama

The physical aspects of S/m can only go so far in taking people into subspace. Headspace is where it's at. But you don't have to be a hypnotist, psychologist or shaman to get there. Danarama shares a wide range of techniques, from communication-flytraps to home-built props and sleights of hand that you can use to delve into your partner's mind... and play upon their fears in ways that are terrifyingly realistic and effective, yet physically safe and easily wiped away like a bad dream. Featuring live demonstrations, craft instructions, basic practical magicianship and discussions into darker sides like interrogation and brainwashing, Dan will arm you with the tools to take your scenes to a new dimension.

1. Brain-stalking, f.k.a. "listening"
2. Seeding and faking expectations
3. Cadence and tone of voice
4. Creating settings, props and plot lines
5. Basic hand sleights
6. Interrogation tips and tricks
7. The "Psych!" and return to reality

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Diamond Pattern Rope Body Harness

Noble Manqué

Hishi ties, a series of diamond shapes on the body, have been called some of the most beautiful ties in Japanese-style bondage. In this hands-on workshop we'll tie an elaboration of a diamond pattern that demands tension the entire time it is tied, and anchors to the thighs to hold it in place, creating a sense of immediacy and connection for both the Top and the bottom during the tying process. This particular pattern works for keeping the arms in the box tie position behind the back, or for the bottoms who can't hold that position for an extended time, the pattern can be tied with the bottom's arms free or held straight behind the back.

Knowing a single-column tie and the crossing knot is helpful. Please bring 3-4 lengths of rope 23-34' long (depending on the size of the bottom).

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Requisite skills: knowing a single-column tie and the crossing knot is helpful RELATED ITEMS NEEDED: Rope: 3-4 lengths of rope 23-34' long, depending on the size of the bottom.

 

 

Dollification for New Dolls, Makers & Owners

Danarama

Dollification is the process of evolving yourself--or someone else--into a "living doll" using consensual modification of mental/behavioral and physical/clothing traits. Learn the secrets of this dynamic fetish and how to become a living doll or a Doll Maker or Doll Owner. Discover the types of human dollies, including rag doll, posable doll, and even a sexual fuckbot. Learn great dolly makeup tips and how to acquire attire. Then see how a dolly and doll owner can play.

1. What is dollification and why do people love it
2. How to become a dolly (makeup and clothing)
3. Finding your dolly/Owner style
4. Playing as a dolly or Owner
5. Resources for dollification

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Dungeon Etiquette & Orientation

Stella Harris

Whether this is your first kink event or you're a seasoned regular, a refresher on dungeon etiquette is always helpful. Knowing the rules of engagement makes it easier to relax and have a good time - and no one wants to be the recipient of side-eye or wonder if they've put their foot in their mouth.

This orientation will cover the basics of dungeon etiquette including safety & hygiene, along with ways to communicate, negotiate, and even flirt with potential play partners. You'll even leave with a flirt card you can use to approach that kinky someone you've got your eye on.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Emotional Masochism and Sadism

Jerith, Jason

Sadism is the condition in which one's sexual gratification comes from making another person suffer. It's counterpart is masochism, where a person's sexual pleasure comes from experiencing pain. Most of us can accept the idea that giving or receiving physical pain can enhance a sexual experience, but what about mental anguish?

Emotional masochists experience pleasure from feelings that many people would consider negative, among them objectification, humiliation, jealousy, and abandonment. Emotional sadists get off on delivering this torment. During this discussion, we will answer questions like: Why are people interested in emotional S&M? Is this type of play abusive and does it permeate an entire relationship? How do you recover from hurt feelings? How can you tell when you are pushing emotional sadism too far? What are some skills emotional masochists and sadists need?

As a starting point, we will talk about our experiences with this type of play and discuss why it is appealing and fulfilling for us. In addition, we'll show you different ways to hurt someone's feelings, and give examples of emotions that can be made into scenes. We will close the class with a demonstration of what we hope turns out to be an intensely emotional scene and a Q&A.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Empowered Rope Bottoming: Owning Your Scenes for Fun and Safety

Evie Vane

Learn the skills that will help you avoid common injuries and feel more connected and fulfilled in your rope bottoming, including mindfulness, preparation, connection, and communicating with your rope top. You'll also gain insight into the art of surrendering to your partner and the experience without relinquishing your rights and desires. This class is about 60% lecture and 40% class participation and is appropriate for all skill levels. A partner is not required.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Feel Even Better in Bondage: Stretching, Breathing, Pain Processing

Evie Vane

Learn how to prepare your body for a bondage scene and how to get more out of it once you're in it. We'll cover 1. A simple pre-scene stretching sequence that you can do standing (no rolling around on dirty dungeon floors unless you want to!). 2. How to breathe into different parts of your body, and how to use the breath to calm and center yourself in a challenging tie. 3. Techniques to help you process pain so you can go deeper into the tie. This class is about 50% lecture and 50% class participation. Appropriate for all skill levels, and a partner is not required. Please wear comfortable clothing you can stretch in.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Wear comfortable clothing to stretch in

 

 

First Impressions: Pick-Up Play

Shay, Stefanos

"You never have a second chance to make a first impression" - it's an oft-repeated cliche because it's true! Many crucial "firsts"¯ go into pick-up play: poise, finding compatible partners, confident & empathetic negotiation, reading your partner during the scene, and more.

Experienced playsluts Stefanos & Shay will give you all their tips & tricks to make your pick-up play soar (and keep your partners coming back for more)! They will include demonstrations focused on meeting people for pick-up play, dynamic bottoming, quick top ideas to have up your sleeve, and utilizing/reading body language.

This highly interactive session is geared to both submissives/bottoms and tops/Doms, with opportunities to assess your negotiation skills, consider your limits, and participate in roleplay scenarios.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Flogging 201: Technical Breakdown

Courtney Jane

This class will break down a number of ways to flog your partner, go over body mechanics, and understand how to keep the flogger moving naturally. The hands-on portion will allow practice and time to ask questions to enhance your swing. Finally we will come back together to debrief and answer additional questions. Partners are recommended but not necessary as I'll match any singles. Bring your floggers!

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Floggers

 

 

Flogging for Play, Service and Rituals

Alice Little

Never handled a flogger before, or want to expand your flogging skills? This in depth class gives you the opportunity to experience floggers unlike anything you've seen before. This isn't just a 'how to' class- we delve into the details of why and how we use floggers. You'll learn how to use tempo, rhythm, and flow to create a wide range of sensations, and apply those skills to create a variety of scenes.

This is a hands on class that will teach you everything from Service Topping to Floggers for Ritual use. Please do bring your floggers, and be prepared to go through the motions of flogging during this engaging class. A limited number of "loaners" will be available for those who don't have their own.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Participants are welcome to bring their own floggers, though extras will be available

 

 

Florentine Single Tails

MsGin, Dave L

Are you a fan of florentine flogging and single tails? Have you ever wanted to learn to use a matched set of single tails? In this class we will explore the use of multiple single tails at once, including how to train yourself to be accurate with them and what to watch out for. Please bring any single tails that you have. A limited number of matched sets will be available for use.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Any single tails that they have but not a necessity. A limited number of matched sets will be available for use.

 

 

Fuck Your Box! D/s for the Rest of Us

Shay, Stefanos

Get out of the box and create your own unique power exchange dynamic! This class is about breaking away from "traditional" D/s or M/s to formulate relationship models and protocols that are unique to YOU.

Stefanos & Shay will draw from their years of experience in an unconventional D/s relationship to discuss & demonstrate the use of creative protocols to establish headspace for a scene, including applying the concept of "flow" to make your scenes soar. They will start with verbal protocols, focused on manners of address and communicating within the "mood" of your dynamic (particularly from the s-type's perspective). Next they'll cover physical protocols, with a focus on position training. The class is peppered with insights gleaned from positive psychology and applying relationship research to D/s, because science is sexy!

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Group Sex: Threesomes and Orgies and Gang Bangs OH MY!

Courtney Jane

Have you ever fantasized about experiencing sex with a few extra people thrown into the mix? The more the merrier, isn't that the saying? Well let's take a few steps back and discuss the psychology of what we are asking for, delve into the expectations placed on the act, and figure out what it actually takes to make your fantasy a reality.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Hot Spots and Tender Bits: Pressure Points for Creating Pleasure and Pain

Noble Manqué

In this hands-on workshop we'll cover an eclectic variety of very specific places on the body that can be prodded and poked to stimulate energy flow and receptivity, open up the body and mind for pleasure, promote relaxation or arousal, or cause exquisite torment. Borrowing from the disciplines of Taoist erotic massage, the martial arts, physiology, and body work, we'll explore some select pressure points, trigger points, acupressure points, meridians, nerves, and just plain old sensitive skin that can be used to serve kinky ends for BDSM play during warm up, aftercare, or the main event.

We'll talk about intent and focus and a variety of ways to apply pressure with hands, other body parts, and implements; but mostly we'll be exploring spots all over the body from head to toe that cry out for naughty and wicked stimulation. If you want to participate in hands-on learning, having a pad and blanket for the floor is helpful.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
If you want to participate in hands-on learning, having a pad and blanket for the floor is helpful.

 

 

Hot Squirming - Erotic Humiliation Play: The Why. The How. The What To Avoid.

Midori

Why are people turned on by being embarrassed? Why do people fantasize about erotic humiliation? Is this a style of play you've struggled to understand? Do you want to understand how to do this well and avoid disasters? What are the potential psychological ramifications? What's different for a one-time scene vs. playing with your life partner? Emphasizing emotional safety throughout, Midori will explore a wide range of play from light teasing and embarrassment to serious humiliation.

What's the difference between a healthy and constructive scene and one that is destructive and harmful?

She will share with you a unique model she's developed to better understand and create an experience that is hot for all the players involved.
This is a TWO HOUR Class

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

How to Beat a Bitch and Not Break Them

Stormmy, Nichole

This is a workshop covering rough body play. We will show you how to utilize your whole body to effectively dominate a partner in and out of the bedroom. Hitting, slapping and punching will be covered as well as kicking and take downs. Safety aspects will be discussed. Special focus will be paid to the sensitive areas including cunt kicking. There will be hands on demonstration as well. Tops and bottoms are welcome to attend.

We do our best to push the edge without passing it. We live in a 24/7, M/s, fully consensual non-consent relationship. We don't spend much time talking about consent in our classes, but all of Team Fluffy and the people crazy enough to get caught under our bus know what they're signing up for. No one needs saving. If you've got questions or concerns before, during or after - speak up. Ask us, ask an event organizer, a DM, a friend ... whomever. Get your questions answered or concerns heard, but know what you're consenting to witness before going in.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Attendees should be prepared to hear about and witness beat downs, blood, physical abuse, politically incorrect language, edgeplay, and mind fucks. Mind fucks can look like coercion, bullying, gender bashing and worse. It may be jarring, it may look scary, and it may make you uncomfortable.

 

 

How to Take More Pain - A Bottom's Perspective

mr O, toy

Don't you love it when you get "top-splained" by well-meaning(?) Tops who think they know how bottoms process and tolerate painful experiences?

In this lecture/discussion, we'll look at practical techniques for pain management (beyond being told just to "breathe"). We'll discuss the differences in types of pain (joint, deep tissue, skin, surface, abrasions, etc), and look at ways to lengthen and endure more in our scenes.

We will also talk about active-bottoming and ways we can help our Tops bring us further than we thought possible.

Please keep in mind that this is a bottom-focused workshop, and we ask that all participants be in bottom headspace while participating. This class will be part lecture, part discussion.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
none

 

 

I Own Your Ass: A Day in the Life of an Authority Transfer Couple

Team Soup/Polar, Team Soup/nephesh

Authority Transfer is something that isn't well-understood or discussed often within the BDSM community. There are many confusions, fears and myths about how it works. This class aims to address some of the main questions that Polar and nephesh get about their relationship model.

Here are some of the questions that we will explore:

What does it mean to say that you own her ass?
What are the differences between D/s, M/s and Authority Transfer?
Is this just a different term for power exchange?
Does Polar negotiate anything with nephesh?
How do you resolve arguments and conflicts?
Doesn't nephesh get resentful?
nephesh doesn't seem submissive to Polar. What's up with that?

But hold on... service is a major part of how I view the role of submissives and slaves. Does nephesh serve Polar? If so, how does it look?

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

If You Like It, You Should Put a Ring On It! Cock & Ball Accessorizing

Shay, Stefanos

This highly interactive class will look at sexy, intense, and entertaining ways to "decorate" the cocks in your life. Stefanos & Shay will start with a basic discussion of anatomy, safety considerations, negotiation, and circumcised vs. intact vs. strap-on cocks, then move into formal accessories like cock rings and chastity devices.

They will then demonstrate multiple cock and ball bondage techniques, including using bondage to create a cock ring, wrapping everything up in a neat (and easy!) package, making a cock "helicopter," creating a kynodesme (google it!), and cock bondage for chastity. Class participants are encouraged to practice along and get creative!

The instructors will provide cord for in-class use. They may be able to pair people up (or you can practice on yourself), but you're encouraged to come to this session with a willing "stunt cock" of your own.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Instructors will supply cock bondage cord for in-class use!

 

 

Mapping the Vulva

Stella Harris

There is so much mystery surrounding vulvas that it’s become a pop-culture joke. From Orange is the New Black to Gay Men Draw Vaginas - where even the title is inaccurate. Unfortunately, the joke is on us. With vulvas being a place of mystery, and worse - a source of shame - our ability to receive pleasure from this area of the body can be extremely diminished.

This class will dispel misinformation and teach you all about the vulva from anatomy to styles of touch. In addition to the external genitalia, the underlying anatomical structures - the vagina and the g-spot - will also be covered. This class will teach styles of communication that will set both the giver and the receiver of touch at ease and give you tools to communicate your desires.

During the demo you’ll get to see different touch techniques in action for both external and internal stimulation. You’ll also see a variety of toys and tools, such as g-spot wands and vibrators, and learn the best ways to use them.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Mapping your D/s Archetype

Midori

Do you crave D/s relationships? Do you want to improve your current M/s relationship and understand your partner better? How do we create successful and fulfilling D/s and M/s relationships? How do we find the best match and avoid disaster and broken hearts? What goes into creating effective protocol?

To answer these questions, first we must have a solid foundation and understanding of our own desires and D/s goals of our partners. Long before protocol, contracts, expectations and collars come out, there's important work to be done. It's worth it!

This unique interactive class is designed to help D/s - M/s individuals, leather families as well as the curious to discover and discuss their own relationship archetypes. We'll begin to diagram the expectations, boundaries, goals, and priorities. for your current and future relationships.

Through this class you'll gather information necessary in creating effective protocols and the details of daily interactions. Individuals, couples, and multi-member relationships are all welcome. Be prepared to do some creative and hard work now to help reduce heartaches down the road!
Open to all experience level, genders and orientation.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Measure Twice, Cut Once: Knife Play for Everyone

Corvus Black, Violet

A lot of people are drawn to shiny things...and shiny things that are scary in a sexy way? Well that's even better. In this class, Corvus and Violet will walk through the basic steps for starting out with knife play including safety, proper technique and knife selection. They will also demonstrate the use of knives as a sensual and erotic tool while discussing uses in fantasy, psychological, and fear play. Everyone is encouraged to bring note-taking materials.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Please feel free to bring note-taking materials.

 

 

Naked Trust: The Foundation of Intimacy

Ms. Kelly Chance, slave BoiDi

Our relationships promise incredible intimacy, but where to start? Are you pursuing your most authentic self, yet hesitating when it comes to who to trust and trusting yourself enough to be emotionally naked? Join Ms. Kelly Chance and her slave boiDi for a discussion on trust. We will explore our starting points, trust components, building blocks, factors that erode trust, and how trust can be restored.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Negotiation & Communication for Hotter Play and Better Sex

Stella Harris

Stella is such a nerd about negotiation and communication that she wrote a book about it! (Look for it this September from Cleis Press.) Negotiation isn’t something you rush through to get to “the good stuff.” Talking is part of the fun, part of foreplay, and part of sex and play itself — if you do it right. In this class we’ll talk about ways to put yourself and your partner at ease, styles of communication, and specific examples of tools and phrases to try. We’ll talk about ways to start the negotiation conversation (beyond a checklist!) and ways to incorporate communication into dirty talk.

Even if you have experience negotiating play and stating your needs and boundaries a lot of subtleties can go unexplored. In this class we’ll talk about ways to negotiate a scene that take into account not just what you are going to do, but how you both want to feel. We’re moving beyond simply getting permission and aiming for an optimal experience for everyone involved. Because when you get comfortable with communication before and during sex and play, that makes for a hot experience for everyone.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Nerves and Bondage

Tornus, Dr. Smartypants

Even though nerve damage is the most common bondage injury, it can be surprisingly hard to find reliable information about it. Even many world-class riggers and instructors rely on hearsay and superstition rather than hard medical data. You don't have to be one of them- this class will give you the knowledge and skills you need to minimize your risk of causing or experiencing nerve damage. We'll present techniques for bottoms as well as riggers, and talk about how to detect and respond to nerve damage if you do encounter it during a scene.

No matter what your risk profile, this class will make your scenes safer and more sustainable.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Open Hearts, Open Minds: Exploring “Alternative” Relationship Structures

Lee Harrington

Modern romance dictates that a single individual should fulfill all of our needs – from sharing joys and fears, co-parenting and financial commitments, to sexual happiness, identity confirmation, and spiritual fulfillment. Is this fair? We will look into what relationships give us, then explore a wide variety of relationship structures that are being employed to have people fill all of their needs.

Monogamy and serial monogamy are valid options, but what about polyamory, swinging, pre-arranged trysts, friends with benefits, or choosing to be our own life partner? How do we communicate in our relationships to make whatever structure we choose actually work, and we’ll look into issues like jealousy vs. envy, new relationship energy, and making each of our friends and partners feel like the unique person they are in our lives.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Our Intimate Selves: Examining Sex, Gender, Orientation, Intimacy, Relationships Styles and Sexual Behavior

Lee Harrington

When a baby is born, we lift them up and declare “it’s a boy” or “it’s a girl.” With one fell swoop a child’s gender identity, orientation, life experience, sexual behaviors and social interactions have been painted upon them… but we are more complex than that. In this class we will examine homosocial behavior, transgender issues, heterosexuality, chromosomes beyond xx/xy, and the cultures that affect our assumptions.

From gender roles to prison sex, linguistic colonization to slut shaming, let’s look at humanity through a broader lens! Buckle up for a wild ride through the diversity of the human experience!

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Panel Discussion: Transgender and Gender Identity

Lee Harrington

In this panel discussion, kinky people of transgender or gender non-conforming (TGN/C) experience will come together to look at this complex issue and how it interplays with their journey in BDSM, kink, and leather.

From "basic" terminology of gender and trans discussions to how to be an ally, how being TGNC affects being in community to finding one's own authenticity, join the panel to hear their journeys, as well as ask some of your questions about gender identity and transgender realities.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Play Piercing 101: Needles Intrigue

MsGin, Dave L

Fascinated or frightened but curious about needle play? Perhaps you you feel a driving need to stick sharp, shiny things into people? Needles can be sensual, brutal, simple or elaborate. Come and allow MsGin & DaveL to introduce you to the realm of needles and other sharp objects and the fun that can be had with these pointy tools. This class will briefly touch on negotiation and aftercare in needle play, but will focus mainly on technique and safety.

There will be time for demonstration and Q&A's. If you have a willing bottom, you will be welcome to practice what you have just learned or if you are a willing bottom, you will be welcome to experience the sensation. There is no obligation to participate.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Playing With the Face

Jerith, Jason

A person's relationship with their face is intimate and complicated. Psychologist have long theorized that human's have made a strong connection between their facial appearance and their identity. In addition, the face plays an important role in our relationships with others: it allows us to discern emotions, judge truthfulness, and recall memories of our past interactions.

Playing with your partner's face can be a powerful experience. During this discussion, Jason and Jerith will show you how to create an emotionally charged scene that revolves around the head and facial features. They will cover techniques to torture and pleasure the mouth, the nose, the eyes, the cheeks, the ears, and finally a person's hair. In addition, they will cover the basics of facial anatomy and talk about the psychological impact this type of play can have.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Poly Relationships in M/s D/s dynamics

Alice Little

Polyamory often crosses over into BDSM- we are facing a new generation of poly individuals that are forming their own unique power-exchange relationships .these multi-person dynamics are oftentimes confusing and complicated to those looking at them from the outside. This class seeks to demystify poly relationships in M/s D/s dynamics. We will talk about Dom/Domme/submissive relationships, Dom/sub/slave relationships, and the many flavor varieties that can happen.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Poly Relationships in M/s D/s Dynamics

Alice Little

Polyamory often crosses over into BDSM- we are facing a new generation of poly individuals that are forming their own unique power-exchange relationships. These multi-person dynamics are oftentimes confusing and complicated to those looking at them from the outside. This class seeks to demystify poly relationships in M/s D/s dynamics. We will talk about Dom/Domme/submissive relationships, Dom/sub/slave relationships, and the many flavor varieties that can happen.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Savagery: Going Beyond Primal

Team Soup/Polar, Team Soup/nephesh

The prey is caught in the terrifying gaze of the fierce, violent and animalistic Beast. This is the tale of both the Beast and the prey.

This class moves us well-beyond the core of rough body play and involves far more than the over-used and increasingly watered down growl of primal play. We will explore the animalistic brutality of savagery. This workshop isn't for the faint of heart as it focuses on play that doesn't follow the usual structure or rules of play.

It's time to hunt our prey and tear them apart.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Sensory Manipulation

Jerith, Jason

Our senses form the basis for our interactions with the world. A familiar smell can trigger a memory, the sound of zipper rasping can be incredibly arousing, and having to face a BDSM scene without the ability to see can heighten a bottom's anticipation and sensitivity. By controlling and manipulating your partner's senses you can create a world of your choosing for them, leading them into many different emotions, painful and pleasurable experiences.

In this class we will cover the five basic senses of taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing and then delve into the more complicated senses. We'll teach you creative ways to effect your partner's senses through sensory deprivation and manipulation. Learning how to control someone's sensory input can give you greater power over your partner, and we'll show you how to use that power for good (arousing techniques and sensual kinky play) and evil (fear play scenes, mind fucks, etc.).

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Take Down & Capture

mr O, toy

Being captured is a central element of many fantasies, but the logistics can be challenging. We will
demonstrate some of the principles we can apply when we want to include abduction or capture scenes
in our play. The focus is on how to reduce the risk of consent issues, injury, or other complications
through careful negotiations and planning, then using simple and effective techniques to complete the
abduction. We discuss the considerations we need to make when keeping a captive, and how to
manage the stress it puts on the tops and the bottoms.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
none

 

 

The Art of Feminine Dominance

Midori

Elegance, power and confidence... Do you want to know how to be a dominant without being a bad cliche? How do you find a sexy style of erotic dominance that's authentic to you? Using a special technique she developed, Midori will help you to find your inner power femme archetype, allowing you to pursue erotic fulfillment of sensual power play. Not your typical how-to class, you'll discover the difference between constructive and destructive desires and point you towards ways of bringing satisfaction in bedroom play for both you and your partner.

Midori will share with you her secrets of the feminine art of dominance. She will discuss the psychology, practical exercises, techniques, fashion, how to discover what makes your partner weak-kneed, and more. This class is not limited to a gender, but for all who harbor the powerful woman within! Something for everyone from the novice to the experienced player.
This is a TWO HOUR class

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
writing utensil

 

 

The Crab Tie

Tornus, Dr. Smartypants

The crab tie is an excellent and versatile position, and one of the best ties to have sex in. This class will cover some popular variations of the crab tie as well as a few less common ones that you may not have seen before. We'll talk about how to use bamboo and furniture to enhance the crab, as well as some options for suspending it.

This class works best if you have a tying partner. Each pair should have 4 lengths of rope.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
This class works best if you have a tying partner. Each pair should have 4 lengths of rope.

 

 

The Discord of Kind Cruelty OR When You Love Your Bottom

Miz Tee, cindi

Miz Tee plays hard, mean, cruel and often bloody. But there is a lot of love in all of her heavy play. There is always a dichotomy of cruelty and kindness. Come explore, learn, and share about some of the different aspects of this kind of play.

If you are willing to tear someone down, you have to be willing to help build them back up, or help them find the safe space to do it themselves. How do you fuck up someone you love? How do you live with that? Are you still a good person? These feelings can stretch so far into our minds that we stop doing the exact kinds of play that drew us to each other to begin with. That doesn't need to happen. Come join us and discuss it all.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

The Triangle Suspension (for Masochists & Movers)

Shay, Stefanos

Explore dynamic movement with a minimalistic & playful "circus bondage"-style 3- to 5- point-based rig. This class is hands-on and is self- or partnered-suspension friendly. As the rigging is fairly minimal, a good portion of the class will focus on giving the suspended person time to learn methods for taking full advantage of the freedom & flow offered by this suspension. Note that this is *not* traditional Shibari in any sense!

Prerequisites: Suspension-worthy chest harness (preferred) or TK that can load from the back. Support line management skills. For people being suspended: Body awareness and adequate fitness for a strenuous tie that heavily loads the chest & requires core strength. Communication skills.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Pre-requisites: Suspension-worthy chest harness (preferred) or TK that can load from the back. Support line management skills. For people being suspended: Body awareness and adequate fitness for a strenuous tie that heavily loads the chest & requires core strength. Communication skills. Supplies: 2-4 pieces of ~30 foot rope, 2-4 pieces of ~10-15 foot rope. A suspension ring and/or at least 4 carabiners (locking carabiners strongly preferred). Upline (synthetic/rated upline strongly recommended).

 

 

The Ultimate Risk: What Does It Take to Be Vulnerable With Your Partner?

Ms. Kelly Chance, slave BoiDi

Brené Brown said, "Being vulnerable is a risk we must take to experience connection." It seems easier said than done. In order to experience connection and ultimately intimacy, vulnerability is essential. In M/s and D/s relationships, it is common to expect the slave or submissive to be transparent, AKA vulnerable with the Master or Dominant. To achieve the connection we seek, Ms. Kelly Chance and slave boiDi have found that they both must be vulnerable. Join us as we explore how shame, judgement and the fear of rejection get in the way of true intimacy. What can be done to create an environment where vulnerability is not only possible, but a core part of the relationship dynamic?

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

The Whore of Babylon- Energetic, Ethical Sluttery

Alice Little

Many view sex as the ultimate form of connectivity between two or more bodies. But how do we share this sexuality with others? As a Sex Positive community, it's vital that we discuss how to discuss sex openly, honestly, and pragmatically. This goes beyond 'how to have safe sex', but how to have such conversations in a way that brings positive results. As a Legal Sex Worker, i'll share with you my secrets that will help you to feel more comfortable talking about sex, and discovering how to please your partner(s). Talking about sex in itself can be incredibly sexy- how we phrase things, and what questions we ask can help to heighten the encounter before clothing ever is removed.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None

 

 

Up Top: Edge Play for the Ones in Control

Corvus Black, Violet

What happens when the Top is terrified? This class explores what happens when tops play near their own personal edges. Focusing on maintaining boundaries, clear communication, managing responsibility in a potentially compromised mental state, self care and after care; this class brings tops and bottoms together to discuss edge play from a new perspective and enrich the experience of everyone involved.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
A basic understanding of the concept of Edge Play is encouraged. Please feel free to bring note-taking materials.

 

 

Woof, Whinny, and Meow: Human Pony, Puppy, and Animal Play

Lee Harrington

Many of us have a conscious or unconscious desire to be a noble human equine, a happy puppy dog, an oily pig in a pen, a lazy cat that gets fed, petted and… but what about those of us who have to take care of these “creatures?”

Let’s look at the fantasies, desires, and passions behind this richly varied form of identity exploration! Not everyone has the same take on this diverse category of interest: from firm training to shamanic interactions, passive pets to feral monsters, sadistic veterinarians to kids with their favorite pet, cuddly creatures to hard-working guard dogs… there is a little something for everyone.

Whether you are a curious handler or an experienced beast of burden, join us as we examine the wide varieties of scenes, toys, lifestyles, and amusement; diving into these practicalities and passions with an open heart and open mind.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None