KinkFest 2018 Presenter Application
The Portland Leather Alliance is actively seeking educators for KinkFest 2018, the Pacific Northwest's premier BDSM event. With over 50 slots to fill, we need your application! Click here for more information.
Unfortunately things happen and as such all workshops are subject to change without advance notice.
All Things Pokey (aka Perforation Play)
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.
Artistic to Sadistic: Wax Play. It's Hot Stuff
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.
As Strong As a Slave: Transforming Slave Stereotypes
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.
Back That Ass Up!: Anal Sex 101
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!
Being in Service Every Day
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.
Beyond Medical Staples
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.
Bitches Need Stitches
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.
BJs with AJ: A Fellatio Workshop
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!
Cable-Tie/Zip-Tie Bondage, Fast & Fancy
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:
Catharsis: The Power of Release Through Play
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.
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.
Diamond Pattern Rope Body Harness
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.
Dollification for New Dolls, Makers & Owners
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.
Dungeon Etiquette & Orientation
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.
Emotional Masochism and Sadism
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?
Empowered Rope Bottoming: Owning Your Scenes for Fun and Safety
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.
Feel Even Better in Bondage: Stretching, Breathing, Pain Processing
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.
First Impressions: Pick-Up Play
"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.
Flogging 201: Technical Breakdown
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!
Flogging for Play, Service and Rituals
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.
Florentine Single Tails
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.
Fuck Your Box! D/s for the Rest of Us
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.
Group Sex: Threesomes and Orgies and Gang Bangs OH MY!
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.
Hot Spots and Tender Bits: Pressure Points for Creating Pleasure and Pain
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.
Hot Squirming - Erotic Humiliation Play: The Why. The How. The What To Avoid.
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.
How to Beat a Bitch and Not Break Them
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.
How to Take More Pain - A Bottom's Perspective
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?
I Own Your Ass: A Day in the Life of an Authority Transfer Couple
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.
If You Like It, You Should Put a Ring On It! Cock & Ball Accessorizing
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.
Mapping the Vulva
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.
Mapping your D/s Archetype
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?
Measure Twice, Cut Once: Knife Play for Everyone
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.
Naked Trust: The Foundation of Intimacy
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.
Negotiation & Communication for Hotter Play and Better Sex
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.
Nerves and Bondage
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.
Open Hearts, Open Minds: Exploring “Alternative” Relationship Structures
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.
Our Intimate Selves: Examining Sex, Gender, Orientation, Intimacy, Relationships Styles and Sexual Behavior
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.
Play Piercing 101: Needles Intrigue
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.
Playing With the Face
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.
Poly Relationships in M/s D/s dynamics
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.
Savagery: Going Beyond Primal
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.
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.
Take Down & Capture
Being captured is a central element of many fantasies, but the logistics can be challenging. We will
The Art of Feminine Dominance
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.
The Crab Tie
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.
The Triangle Suspension (for Masochists & Movers)
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!
The Ultimate Risk: What Does It Take to Be Vulnerable With Your Partner?
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?
The Whore of Babylon- Energetic, Ethical Sluttery
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.
Up Top: Edge Play for the Ones in Control
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.
Woof, Whinny, and Meow: Human Pony, Puppy, and Animal Play
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?”