Unfortunately things happen and as such all workshops are subject to change without advance notice.
THUNDER IN THE DUNGEON; TOPS PLAYING WITH TOPS
In our “community” one of the unspoken rules is that Tops don’t bottom to other Tops. You’ll hear a subbie say, “Oh My GAWD! I would just die if my Top bottomed to anyone!” People that is total bullshit! Tops CAN play with other Tops in a myriad of ways that have nothing to do with their submitting to another Top. In fact, some of the most electrifying moments we’ve ever witnessed in a dungeon involve two Tops doing an intricate tango! Besides a no-holds-barred discussion, there will be live demos with a variety of Bad-Ass Tops going at it with Bad-Ass Tops; this seminar should shake the trees of Tops & bottoms alike!
A Conversation With Janet Hardy
For nearly a quarter of a century, Janet Hardy–author or co-author of eleven books, including the classic The Ethical Slut – has been one of the nation's leading authors, educators and publishers on alternative sexualities including BDSM, polyamory, alternative gender/orientation expression and more. Now, here's your chance to ask her anything you've always wondered (Janet says "no question too personal") , to hear excerpts from her memoir-in-progress Chasing the Sound, to listen to her thoughts about everything from "is monogamy natural?" to "what's it like to spank a porn star?," and to get signed copies of her books.
Above the Ring: Rigging in a dungeon enviornment
Dungeon Rigging and Vertical Line Management
Advanced Protocol: Developing Values-Based Protocol to Deepen and Enhance Your Dynamic
Committing to the exploration of D/s is a fantastic starting point... but deepening your D/s and making it more persistent becomes the real journey. Protocol is often touted as one of the most effective tools for deepening D/s and bonding a submissive to their Dominant. However, it can take years to journey from intro D/s to intro protocol to various longstanding protocols – social, military, diplomatic, “Old Guard BDSM” – to advanced protocol that is optimized for your mission and values. Thraje will facilitate this workshop using an adapted methodology (from Robert Greene’s MASTERY) to accelerate attendees into advanced values-based protocol, featuring insights, research and modern tools from over a decade of study. This workshop will serve as a deep dive into the more complex aspects of protocol in BDSM: Construct of advanced personal BDSM protocol, structuring protocol for individuals or multi-party dynamics (play partners, poly, families, houses), communication and discipline, man
Age Play and Power Exchange
As children we were surrounded by authority figures and other individuals with power and influence over us. Now that we're adults and exploring age play in all it's kinky fun, how do we related to those same authority figures? We might explore those roles from similar perspectives to our younger selves, or maybe we're turning the tables on those authority figures. We have some many options to explore! In this facilitated discussion, we'll discuss the various roles Littles and Bigs can embody and the way those roles relate to power. We'll examine these roles within the context of long term relationships as well as casual play. These discussions will include negotiation and relationship topics that are specific to age play.
Whether giving or receiving service, there are practical skills involved in creating great service experiences. As we practice them, these skills allow us to explore intimacy through their artistic implementation. This class offers tools for turning up the connection in a given moment, refining service through constructive communication, and exploring the unique power and beauty in your own style of Artful Service.
At Last, I Have You...Now What?
Many of us seek for many long years for ourselves, for our community, for our place, for our match. And then we realize, once we have found these magical people places and things, that the journey is only just beginning. How do you cope with bringing fantasy into reality in the BDSM and Leather lifestyle? What happens when the fantasy evaporates into a reality that can simultaneously exhilarate and disappoint?
Avoiding Dungeon Douchebaggery
If "what the hell is wrong with you?" is your idea of seduction, you'll get along just fine in this class. Rapid fire demonstrations (with audience participation!) of one terrible idea after another, that can push a scene from intense to terrifying, or serious to ridiculous. Xanthine will go over bad ideas that turned out to be actually bad ideas, and bad ideas that turned out delightfully. This is a direct download of every dirty trick in this sadist's brain. +10 to creativity, -10 to sanity.
Belt-Based Bondage and BDSM
Even the most basic belt can be used in dozens of ways to restrain your partner for effective and minimalist bondage or rough sex. Used alone or in combination with other belts, devices, and surroundings. It can also be used for a variety of creative and intense impact play options. In this hands on class, Danarama will demonstrate and coach you on the fast and effective uses of one of the most common items nearly everyone has on hand. Don't let your belt just go to waist!
Better Communication through Ritualize Language
We’ve all had those moments when things are rushed, or tense and the wrong words just fall out of our mouth. Maybe we’re stressed out and frazzled. Maybe we’re in the middle of an intense scene. Maybe we’re in the middle of an argument with our partner. Maybe we’re fatigued beyond our ability to think clearly. These things happen, and when they do, communication becomes increasingly challenging. In this class, we’ll discuss how you can use ritualize language to communicate effectively in those situations. We will examine what “ritualize language” is, when it can be useful, and how we go about creating it. Communicating under stress is difficult, but it can be simplified with the tools discussed in this class.
biting, grabbing and punching,getting a bit of your physical primal on
When people get into their primal side they often feel like biting, grabbing and punching. These are things that still require skill, like any other skill, ie flogging, and knowledge. I want to teach folks how do these things safely. There is more ways to bite than just chomping like a dog with a bone though there is a place and time for that. There are places more suitable to biting and grabbing. Ones that get great reactions and hurt but don't harm. Also talking about reasons a person might want to do this, control, sadism, getting your inner beast out, rough sex. Punching is another area that can potentially be great fun or very damaging. I can show how it is done and where and how it's not safe to do this. I will demo but also ask people to try it. Everything in this class will be hands on and practiced in the class.
Blood, Sex & Steel
Like sex? Like blood sports... say, needles & knives? Similar to chocolate & raspberries, one of the great combinations in life is blood & sex. We're gonna find out how a body carved with blades and poked full of needles reacts when it's jigglin' & rockin' with full-on fucking. The dual sinsations of steel penetration and foreplay, carving and cunnilingus, blow jobs & blades will set up the demo-bleeders for a spectacular cumclusion. When breasts or balls full of needles bounce to the rhythm of rough sex & pounding penetration, the effect on BOTH fuckee and fucker are awesome! Bring your steel and a willing perforee and sing along; let's call it “Carv-e-o-kee”!
Bondage for sex and sadism
Bondage can be such a great tool for hurting people. You are able to twist and contort and pull and make people feel pain in a way like nothing else we do in BDSM. I happen to think that rope is the most sadistic tool in my toy bag, and the one i reach for most often.
Care & Maintenance of a Power Exchange Relationship
50 shades of grey? How about 50 shades of cold, stark reality? As fun, sexy, and mind-blowing as power exchange can be, it can also be a lot of work. Despite our best efforts and intentions, what started out as an inferno can fade into nothing more than cold embers. So, how do we keep that fire burning? Dominants, what can we do to keep our submissives engaged and joyful? Submissives, what can we do to keep our dominants inspired and energized? Join longtime power-player Ruin as she looks at the reality of maintaining a non-egalitarian relationship in the midst of the stressors we each deal with on a daily basis.
Correction, Discipline & Punishment
As a bottom, submissive, slave, pet, little girl, etc the idea of punishment can scare, excite or turn us on...but is that the point? Miss Andie will look at the difference between correction, discipline and punishment. She will then move on to when and how each can be used effectively while maintaining and strengthening your D/s relationship.
Crack Addiction 1 -
Hands-on singletailed whip workshop focusing on swing style working in primarily horizontal plane up to 45 degrees
Crack Addiction 2
Hands-on singletailed whip workshop focusing on overhand/underhand throw working primarily in the +45 degree to vertical planes
Crafting Expectations in Power Exchange
Everybody thinks they know the best way around this whole power exchange thing. Whether you’re strict or laid back, traditional or make-it-up-as-you-go-along, you have an opinion on the best ways to communicate with your partners, set realistic expectations, and create a system in which those expectations are respected by everybody involved. These things are essential for relationships in building relationships that will flourish and thrive. In this class, we will discuss what realistic expectations really are, and how to go about figuring out what’s “realistic” for you and your partner(s). Discussions will focus on cultivate tactics and tools that allow for effective of negotiation and communication in long term relationships with a power exchange. These conversations can be difficult and daunting, but the material discussed in this class will help you navigate them with ease.
Degrade this Slut
Things take a turn to the dark in this class.
Dexter’s Laboratory: The Sex of Splat and Messy Blood Play
Take a tour of the primal power of blood. This one can get messy so a special splatter containment room will protect you from the ensuing splat. Examining the primal power of blood rites to vampirism and melding impact play with blood Michael Sol will poke, suck, and hammer through expressions wrought in the blood of life itself. We will also discuss antisepsis and keeping it clean.
Dirty Mind, Filthy Mouth
Are you ready to take your role-play and dirty talk to the next level? Using acting techniques, improv games, writing exercises, and participatory demos, we will learn how to pinpoint and safely explore the deeper desires often hidden by our secret fantasies and sexual fetishes. Get constructive feedback about your talking dirty technique, specific coaching on role-plays that interest you, and ideas to take home and try with your partner(s)!
Electrical Play (E-stim) 101
E-stim involves using what amounts to jacked-up TENS units for pleasure and/or pain. Many women who have experienced e-stim have compared it to being "fucked by a ghost." In E-stim 101 we'll discuss safety/health concerns related to e-stim, move on to equipment considerations, then conclude with a live demonstration.
An intellectual exploration of the importance of consent in human relationships.
Extreme Vibes for BDSM
Feeling It Through My Sole
This informative class covers stomping and kicking techniques for all boot lovers! Have a heavy boot scene in mind? Scout will give you the tools to make that scene happen, covering body positioning, boney landmarks to avoid, sweet spots not to be missed (!), and things to watch for with different types of boots and different types of bodies.
Floor Bondage Basics: Bliss, Pain, & Presence
It seems that everywhere you go, suspension bondage is all the rage, but just as we have to crawl before we can walk, there is a tremendous amount of value to be gained from knowing how to tie and be tied on the ground before taking flight. Bottoms, learn how to prepare your body and mind for rope. Tops, learn how to secure limbs, create a harness, and combine the basics into an experience that will have your bottom floating without ever leaving the ground.
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.
Fun with Predicaments
A predicament is defined as a difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation. This class will seek to break down even the most complex predicament scenes into easy to understand "If/Then" scenarios. Through DEMOs and class discussion will explore predicaments and the logistics, practical implementation and psychology behind them. In addition to demonstrating and leading you through a range of specific predicaments the class will also discuss predicaments in a more broad sense to help you in developing your own unique scenes. Whether this is your first conference or you've been in the scene for decades, you will leave this class with new ideas to add to your arsenal.
Girlfags, Guydykes and Other Emerging Identities
In an era when the definitions of such common words as “male,” “female” and “sex” are unraveling, how can we still be certain about concepts like “heterosexuality” and “homosexuality”? Many people find themselves somewhere between fully cis and fully trans, with attractions and desires that don’t match up with cultural expectations about gender and orientation – where do such people fit in the spectrum of queerness? And how can their desires be framed without stereotyping or “othering” the objects of that desire?
Hair, Head, and face bondage
The face and scalp are rich in sensory receptors, ripe for stimulation during rope play. Hair and head bondage can be sensual and erotic or painful and humiliating. A skilled rigger can also use rope to immobilize the head or place the face in forced positions. Because of the connection between the head, mind, and body, this is potentially potent stuff to play with when we tie. Just having rope in contact with the face can have a dramatic impact on a bottom's head space. In this hands on workshops we'll cover some quick and effective ties that can create powerful sensory experiences for rope bottoms: hair ties that really hold, rope gags, and tying rope on the face like a mask or head cage.
High-end Electrical Play - Light, Sound, Massage, Electricity
This class takes electrical play to the next level by combining light, sound, massage, and electricity to create an immersive experience.
Inside the Crucible: Playing with Ordeals & Suffering
We often call BDSM 'play', and shy away from exposing the therapeutic and cathartic side of what we do. But what about when you want to push the boundaries of where you think you can go as a bottom or as a top? If you've ever wanted to integrate spiritual and emotional release and transformation into a scene, this class aims to give you tools to arm yourself for a journey into the dark part of play. We will learn to use tools, psychology, and environmental factors to induce altered states and push past limitations, to surprise ourselves with what the human mind, body, and connection is capable of achieving.
Kicking Poly Drama in Its Ass
Are you non-monogamous, polyamorous or polykinkerous? Are you tired of promises of openness and honesty only to get stuck in a giant morass of overly complicated relationship drama? In this session, Cunning Minx, host of the popular Poly Weekly podcast, and her partner LustyGuy share tales of common poly drama in a BDSM context and tips on how to avoid it. By the end of this session, you’ll learn how to define drama, identify the sources of poly relationship drama and apply techniques to combat drama whenever it appears.
Mean Prick Piercing
Needle Schtick: Making Needle Play Art:
Sometimes it is a good time to decorate your bottom as well as take them to another place. Needle play brings a very special euphoria unlike many other forms of play. It can take you on a physical, even spiritual journey, and it can indeed be art. Sol will discuss the potential of needle play as a plain old good time, spiritual journey, and finally show how to make it decorative art. Piercing art projects will include corsets, and use of beads, feathers, and other items to make your scene a work of art.
Physics & Body Mechanics for Suspension Bondage
In this class, Jim & Sophia address and break down the necessary factors in the creation and execution of a successful suspension. We’ll look at basic body structure, focusing on using contours and strengths to an advantage while minimizing the stress placed on more fragile structures. We’ll show you how to work with gravity and use basic physics to get a body up into the air by working smarter, not harder, while minimizing physical harm to everyone’s back. Lecture & slideshow.
play piercing like a pro
This is a class on temporary piercing that is heavily influenced by the techniques of permanent body piercing. Boss is a licensed body piercer who has been piercing since 1995, and will be teaching play piercing from the point of view of a body piercer. This class will guide You through the traditional elements of play piercing. Including some of the different techniques and and materials commonly used. Boss will also cover some of the instruments, needles and materials used in permanent piercing that can be used for temporary piercing. together we will go over cleanliness and sterilization, as well as how to set up and break down a station. This will be a hands on class and You will have an opportunity to put your newly learned skills to use. We will talk about how to combat blood borne pathogens, and how to adapt a routine of cleanliness that you can carry into all your piercing play. Boss's company playpiercingkits.com is donating all the supplies you need for this class.
Pressure Points for Pain, Pleasure & Control
What are pressure points, and how can we incorporate them into our play. This is a demo/workshop where the audience can play along.
Puppies, Kitties and Ponies, OH MY!
Mistress Pixie Fyre proudly presents the world of human pet play! As we explore the basic concepts and requirements to get started, we will also demonstrate some of the vast differences in this ever-growing fetish!
Rope Bondage 101: Lets Start Tying
The basics of rope bondage are the fundamentals with which anybody seeking to include rope in there play need to know. The class will cover, indepth, the safety involved in rope bondage. We will start with a look at anatomy and go over areas of concern. We will then go into basic ties including single column and double column ties. Also, we will explore various ways to use these ties in our scenes. This class is designed for people getting into rope bondage and those interested in adding a little rope into their play.
Rope Bondage 201: Floorwork and Intermediate Ties
So you have covered the basics, but how do you build upon them to develop your rope play? Rope is a very moldable form of play and in this class we with cover how to merge basic ties to form full body restraining ties for fun on the floor. We will cover versions of the hogtie and ebi tie. We will also seek to inspire ways to use these ties in our play.
Rough Body Play: Hands On
This is for folks who are intrigued by the idea of rough body play and want to get some practical experience and guidelines on how to approach this style of play. RACK will be emphasized in teaching techniques for bare-handed (open and closed fist) impact, face slapping, skin torture, hair-pulling, and kicking (as time allows). What are safe body zones for rough play and which areas are best avoided will be covered.
Danarama demonstrates and coaches a wide range of rough sex techniques that can safely make sex feel excitingly brutal while remaining safe, for both women or men in control. After discussing negotiation, mental, and safety factors, Dan and his model dive in and demo dozens of fast and functional arm/body holds, creative use of clothing and furniture for impromptu restraint, powerful sex positions of high exposure or compression, mind-blowing fingerbanging, cruel handjobs, forced oral, hair pulling, slapping, talking dirty, integrating vibrators/toys into the act, orgasm control/denial/forcing, and other imaginative tips and skills to intensify sex. You'll learn rough sex safety and negotiation, rough sex holds & clothes, rough sex positions and transitions, heavy foreplay, rough fucking action skills, talking hot and dirty.
Sensuous art of caning
Michael Sol discusses the romance of a cane to create pleasure and intimacy.
Service: Devotion in Deed
Service relationships come in as many shapes and sizes as there are people who engage in them. What is it that makes some of these relationships so powerful and intimate? Participants are invited consider how service fits into their relationships, what each side of the exchange gets from it, and what can be done to fine-tune for sustainable service relationships. Whether you’re newly curious or well experienced in service relationships, this workshop offers useful tools for exploring and enhancing your unique service dynamics.
SEX IN THE DUNGEON; BRINGING THE HOT SAUCE BACK!
Back when black rooms teemed with gay men, the dungeon screamed with sex, it smelled of sweaty hot bodies, and the power was unmistakable! These days, even simple eroticism is rare in our dungeon play spaces. What the Fuck? No, “Where’s the Fuck?” This seminar & discussion aims to list the all the excuses for the timid, then will help banish them to the trash bin. We’ll look at an endless variety of techniques for adding sensuous magic — and fucking — to scenes. The yin/yang of pain and intimate pleasure will cook up to-die-for scenes they will not soon forget! This is a hands-on tour with demos and class participation for hets as well as GLBTs... We can use up to 5 male & female audience volunteers; you in? Write to us!
Skin Anatomy for Needle Play
Our skin is the barrier between us and the world. Come explore the physical and psychological implications of breaking this barrier. Through a slide show and demonstration, Sophia will share detailed information about the tissue and structures that comprise our skin. Learn how to work with or against skin's nature to further your needle scene. How much do you want it to hurt? How do you know how deep to put needles? The answers to these questions, and more, lie in understanding the skin's anatomy and developing palpation skills.
So You Wanna Be a Top…
Swinging a flogger, cracking a whip, wrapping rope around the limb of a willing bottom - these are all highly enticing experiences! But there is much more to being a good top than knowing how to use implements.
The Art of Fisting
The miracle of the art of fisting, taught to all levels of expertise by the one and only Dr. Evil. This class will include everyone’s favorite power point of the how-to's and don't do's of fisting followed by a demonstration. Are you a virgin top and wanna try? A sly bottom that’s wanted to top? This is a HANDS-IN class where all your dreams can come true and your fisting problems will be solved in one easy lesson. Splash zone protector won't be provided.
The Doc is IN!
Medical play isn’t just for folks who just love the costumes and the instruments, or for the faint of heart who might be afraid of blood. Take the next step of medical fantasy with Dr. Evil and Nurse Silly Straw and learn some practical ways of using humor and mind games to get you further in your scenes. In this class, we will discuss the endless avenues of medical-type role play beginning with intake, the diagnosis process, and discharge and after care. You will find that this type of fantasy play is limited only by your imagination.
Tying for connection
This is not a workshop about knots or specific rope ties; this presentation is about ways to approach rope bondage as a potential conduit for real emotional and physical connection between play partners. People new to rope bondage often get caught up in learning the necessary technical aspects of applying rope safely and securely. However, for many rope enthusiasts the deepest pleasures come from learning to concentrate on the way both you and your partner feel as the rope is applied. For Tops this can be about the way it feels to wield power as you restrain a vulnerable human being who is responding to your presence and intent. For bottoms it can be about reveling in the sensations of having rope woven around you by a partner who is focused on you and the connection between you that rope can create and enliven. This presentation and demonstration will touch on a variety of ways that riggers and rope bottoms can start to focus on the connections they forge with each other through rope.
Unleash Your Tongue
Would you like your actual sex life to be as hot as your fantasies? Have you or your lover ever pleaded, “talk dirty to me!” in the heat of passion? Is there a role-play you’ve wondered about but are too nervous to try? Learn the tricks of the trade from a professional actress and phone sex operator! Tonya Jone Miller uses basic acting theory and improv games to help you get past your self-judgment and into a playful, erotic headspace. Unleash your tongue and discover the foul-mouthed creative genius within!
What a Prick: Advanced piercing/blood play
No one likes to get a shot at the doctor’s office, right? So what is it with our fascination with needle play? Join us for an advanced look into needles and other things that can go under the skin such as medical staples, sutures and flesh hooks.
Who Said Topping from the Bottom Was A Bad thing?
Some of us come into the world of Leather, Kink and BDSM young and fresh-faced, some after many decades of searching, and everything in-between. It isn't uncommon for someone with more years in the trenches to partner with someone with greater experience. This is often seen as good and right….until you have a submissive or slave with more experience than their dominant and owner. It can be a question of ego, of protocol of perception, of pride, but it can be tough as hell to feel as though your slave, your sub, your bottom, is calling the shots because they have a greater breadth of experience!