KinkFest 2020 Presenter Application

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The Portland Leather Alliance is actively seeking educators for KinkFest 2020, 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.

2019 Workshops


Beneath the Leather: Massage for Boot Blacks and Service Oriented Folk

Leftenant Fox

It all started at the after-party at a conference. I had just traded the beautiful custom Wescos I had worn all weekend for my favorite Chaco sandals. A boot black approached me sadly stating that I wasn’t wearing my boots anymore and they had been looking forward to taking care of them. Someone piped up, “Give her a foot massage with Hubbard’s” and now here we are with this class teaching you techniques and tricks that will elevate your leather care.

Please bring your favorite leather dressing (example: Hubbard’s Shoe Grease, Picard’s leather dressing) and clean feet.

Keywords

Boot Blacking, Leather care, massage, bodywork

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Leather Dressing, wet wipes, clean towel

 

 

Beyond Mommy Dearest

Tristan Taormino

What's the difference between a Top, a Mistress, and a Mommy? Do Daddies really have all the fun? Mommy scenes and Mommy relationships are rich territory where we can explore powerful emotions and needs like reliance, trust, nurturing, and healing. Tristan will talk about the pleasures of Mommydom and how they relate to other kinds of D/s and S/M play and relationships. We'll delve into the taboos and complexities of age and incest play; creating a power dynamic with boys, girls, and other submissives; and other aspects of kinky motherhood. How do our own experiences of mothering (including the fantasies and wounds we carry with us) inform this highly-charged role? Find out how to develop and define your Mommy self and the rewards and challenges that come with the icon of all icons we call Mother.

Keywords

Mommy, dominance, submission, D/s, roleplay, age play, familial play, leather archetypes, fantasy, roles, femme, femme domme

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

 

 

Bound for the Floor: Rope Bottoming 101

ShesANatural, Conroy

Flowing floor work helps to maintain intent in rope, keeping both partners focused on each other. This class is structured for and with rope bottoms. In this class, basic body mechanics, safety and terminology will be covered to assist you to create the type of experience you are wanting as you are being tied on the floor. Conroy and ShesANatural will demo a single column tie, a double column tie and a one rope flow exercise. We ask attendees that wish to participate to please bring rope. This class will not be teaching pattern ties to the tops. This class is designed to give information to the bottoms that are being tied for safety and sustainability.

Keywords

Rope, bondage, rope bottoming

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
If participants desire to be hands-on, having two lengths of rope and knowing a single column tie and double column tie is helpful. Participants can also attend without being hands-on and still gain valuable information from the lecture and demonstration. ***Please bring a sheet or blanket to sit on if you're tying*** ***There is no nudity allowed in this classroom. Please wear comfortable clothes if you plan on being tied.***

 

 

Consent in BDSM and Power Dynamics

Sar Surmick, Mia Fine, Ash McGregor

Consent is more complex than just "Yes" or "No". There is a lot going on when you want to make sure the person you're with wants to be there, doing a thing.

When you add BDSM/Kink into the mix it can get even more complicated.
One of the great things about BDSM/Kink is the ability to play with power and power exchange. It can make things hot and exciting. It also further complicates Consent and adds a greater element of risk.

This workshop will talk about what some of the risks are and how to reduce or mitigate them to help your scene or play be as consensual as possible. Come learn some ways to work with and practice consent.

Keywords

Consent, risks, BDSM, D/s

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

 

 

D/s protocol: Navigating to Deep Waters

Leland Carina

This workshop will focus on how to utilize D/s protocol to go deeper in your play and relationships. We’ll cover building a strong foundation, setting shared expectations, and establishing meaningful communication. We’ll match potential difficulties with possible solutions, and then focus on strategies for going even further. Subjects presented will be considered from both the Dominant and submissive perspective.

Keywords

D/s, protocols

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

 

 

Daddy/girl Play

Leland Carina

Leland will walk you through her very favorite type of play: Daddy/girl. We'll cover classic D/g activities, spectrums of the dynamic, how D/s can fit with D/g, and dark age play. Please note this workshop focuses more on leather and service girls, than littles. We will take into account both the Daddy and the girl perspective.

Keywords

D/s, Leather, service, D/g

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

 

 

Digging Deep: Pain Processing

BusDriver, Pink

This workshop will explore the body and mind response to pain, and what you can do to process it before, during and after a scene. How do you identify your pain preferences? How do you find new ways to process the myriad sensations of pain and pleasure during a scene? In this workshop we will focus on learning to process pain in ways that can enrich the scene experience for both the top and the bottom. Come ready to discuss and explore.

Keywords

Discussion, D/s, Top/bottom dynamics, pain

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Knowledge of basic terminology (ie subdrop)

 

 

Double Handed, Matched Pair, Single Tails in the Dungeon

Jonn Ireland

This workshop takes your skills to a new level and is for whipsters with at least a little whip experience. Learn to use two whips, one in each hand. You will learn and practice various techniques including 9 and 3 brushing and cross cracking forehand and back hand, as well as Florentine and others. We will have lots of practice in this workshop and by the end you will be well on your way. If you have a matched pair of whips, bring them. However, several pair of matched whips will be available for you to borrow in class. In double handed whip scenes you are frequently hitting the bottom twice at the same time. Intensity and accuracy are things we will discuss.

Keywords

Whips, impact play, single tails

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
At least a little bit of single tail experience

 

 

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.

Keywords

BDSM etiquette, safety, hygiene, orientation (If this is your first big BDSM event please attend this workshop)

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

 

 

Evolution of TK at Ichinawa: The Last Ten Years

Akuaku

Akuaku has been learning and teaching at Ichinawa (Hajime Kinoko lessons) for more than ten years. In this workshop he will demonstrate and discuss the variation and evolution of the chest harness (TK) during that span. We will discuss each point, the reasons and the theory behind it.

Keywords

Rope, history, TK, Takate Kote, Takate Gote, box-tie.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Skills: none but knowledge about chest harness is prefered. Materials: optional 3-4 length of rope (hemp, jute, cotton…), enough to do a chest harness. ***Please bring a sheet or blanket to sit on if you're tying***

 

 

Exploring Your Risk Profile

Thrice, TheCaptain

Whether you’re brand new or you’ve been in for over three decades, you’ve probably heard the phrase “risk profile,” or maybe the related term “informed consent,” but what is a risk profile? And what is your risk profile? What information are we referring to when we say informed consent? How does one get or give it? In this workshop, we’ll explore what exactly a risk profile is and how to tell what is within or well outside of yours. We’ll talk about how to find the information you need to both get and give informed consent, how to vet information, and what happens when you realize you didn’t know as much as you originally thought. Risk profiles are highly individual, and often evolve over time. This workshop focuses on finding and using the right tools to actively participate in deciding what risks you take.

Keywords

Consent, risk, risk profile, self-awareness, informed consent, exploration

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

 

 

Finding, Vetting and Hiring the Right Dominant for YOU

Mollena Lee Williams-Haas

Oftentimes, we hear of dominants and masters placing a potential submissive or slave “under consideration:” this indicating that there is a trial period where the dominant type person gauges suitability and decides whether or not the s-type person is “worthy” of the honor of being owned. But what about the other way around? Is it not also the responsibility of the submissive or slave to ascertain “worthiness,” and ensure they are giving themselves over to a suitable partner, and ready to take this important step?

Finding a good match in the Default World is tough. Adding on the layer of PE (Power Exchange) dynamics can make this a truly overwhelming prospect. It is vital that submissives and slaves take a responsible, clear-eyed approach to negotiating submission and slavery. In this workshop, we will discuss the role of self-esteem in choosing the best dominant or master for you

* What the “Prime Directive” is and what it means to you,
* Identifying and maintaining your core identity
* Negotiation for mutually assured success.

You, dear submissive and slave, are your most valuable commodity: are you taking care to hand yourself over to someone who will care for you?

Keywords

D/s, M/s, Power Exchange

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

 

 

Fondling, Fingering and Fisting

Redrobin

Don't be afraid of the word 'fisting' - it doesn't have to be scary!

Come join us for a demonstration based workshop on using your hands - whether part of your hand or the whole hand, to please all manner of holes. We're going to debunk myths, get nerdy about the human body, and share some sexy tips and tricks! This workshop is for all bodies, genders and orientations! Let's explore and help you and your partner(s) get the most out of their experience!

Keywords

Fingering, fisting, hands, sex, anal, vaginal, human anatomy

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

 

 

For The Love of Boots

Scout

Get ready for more than your basic boot and leather care class. Are you ready to dive into the details of advanced bootblacking? There is more to boot care than a simple shine and grease….
Scout walks participants through regional weather concerns and products that work best in each climate. Traveling has given him a unique experience of the needs of leather regionally around North America. Different products work better in different climates, so let's talk about what options work best where!

This workshop also covers love and care of exotics, what to look for when detailing boots, how to identify mold and playa dust and how to fix it. We will also cover color matching concerns and tackle any unusual problem-areas participants encounter.
This workshop is thorough and those attending should have a basic understanding of leather care terminology, but is open to all who want to learn. Bring a notebook, any questions you may have and your spirit!

Keywords

Boots, Bootblacking, Leather care

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Those attending should have a basic understanding of leather care terminology but it is open to all!

 

 

From Floor to Flying: Beginning Self-Suspension

Shay, Stefanos

You don't need a top to fly! Self-suspension can be used for meditation, athletic dynamic movement, exploring bondage masochism, a tool for learning as a rigger, and more. After a discussion of general principles and safety considerations specific to self-suspension, Shay will lead the class through self-tying a basic chest harness and hip harness. Participants with adequate rope experience will then be guided through a basic face-up self suspension, with a possible transition to an inversion.

Keywords

Rope, suspension, bondage, self-suspension

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
All experience levels are welcome to come and watch, and at least attempt the floor work portion of the class!

Pre-requisites to self-suspend in class:
* Knowledge of safety/health for bondage and evaluating/setting up hard points for suspension
* Proficiency with a basic, suspension-worthy chest and hip harness (we will review harnesses in class, but if this class is your first time tying harnesses, we ask that you not attempt to self-suspend).
* Since you will be suspending (and potentially inverting) yourself, you must be healthy enough for suspension/inversion, and able to maintain a clear headspace while suspended.

Anyone is welcome to watch! In order to do hands-on self-suspension, you will need a full suspension rope kit. Check this page for a list of supplies: https://www.stefanosandshay.com/articles/ropekit/

 

 

High Protocol: Teatime, Verbal Restrictions & Positions

d20domme, Luckypuppy

Do you have a desire to learn the art of High Protocol Tea preparation and service? Would you like to be trained to serve or receive this type of formal service? Does the idea of rigid verbal and physical restrictions while enjoying tea excite you? Join us for a hands on High Protocol Tea demonstration with an American Femdom and her British sissy maid husband. Attendees will be instructed in the history, art, terminology and kinky theory of serving or being served a three course High Protocol Tea and take learned skills to be put into practice. Attendees will also have an opportunity to enjoy unlimited tea, as well as a gift to get you started on your High Protocol Tea journey.

Keywords

Teatime High Protocol

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

 

 

Hoods and Head Trips

Amanda Wildefyre, Diane Pink

Hoods, head harnesses, gags, posture collars, sensory deprivation: all good things that go well together. Learn how to safely and enjoyably apply restraints to the head and neck, and what kinds of scenes benefit from a good head trip. Demonstrations will include rubber, leather, inflatable and spandex hoods; metal, rubber, and leather gags, mouth restraints and head harnesses. We will discuss safe immobilization of the head and neck; various sensory deprivation techniques will also be covered.

Keywords

Bondage, hoods, gags, sensory deprivation, blindfolds, posture collars, immobilization, head trip

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Adherence to safe, sane & consensual play

 

 

Hot, Slick, and Smooth - Intro to Vintage Straight Razors

Raven Darknights

Join Raven Darknights for a scintillating talk on straight edge and vintage razors. You’ll learn what to look for to purchase, about their care and maintenance, the importance of great soap, get ideas and guidance for setting the scene, as well as shaving techniques for any body. Change your razor, change your life and create a new morning ritual.

***Keep an eye out for Raven giving a straight razor shave in the dungeon on Friday night***

Keywords

Razors, vintage, sensuality

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

 

 

How to Talk Dirty and Dominantly

Danarama

Say "Fuck no!" to silent sex and quiet kink. The tone of voice and choice of words you use during intimacy and play can be as powerful as the moves and implements you use. But knowing what to say and how to say it during sex or within a scene is often the most challenging part of the experience. Silence is boring...but saying the wrong thing is embarrassing at best. With his degree in Speech Communication and his life experience as a pro orator, actor, Dominant, and porn director, Danarama will describe, demonstrate, and lead a discussion of dozens of effective techniques for using voice and words and scenarios to not only fill the void of silence, but also make your scenes more dynamic, intimidating, cathartic, and sexy than ever before.

Keywords

Dirty talk, verbal, aural

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

 

 

Imagery & Design with Needles

Tom Hill/The Carnie

Want to use the body as a canvas not just a pin cushion? Learn how to create your own patterns and how to execute those patterns on the body. Focus is on maintaining consistency and keeping a safe, clean environment for longer sessions.

Keywords

This class involves needles, piercing, and blood.

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

 

 

Immobilization Bondage Tips & Tricks

Amanda Wildefyre, Diane Pink

Using only rope and leather, you will learn how to have seemingly supernatural control over your partner's body with these easy-to-learn tricks to immobilize limbs, head and torso. Take your serious bondage game up a notch and show your bottom just how vulnerable they can be! We'll also discuss types of gear that are best for immobilizing your sub.

Keywords

Immobilization, bondage, heavy bondage, rope, leather, dominance, restraints, dungeon furniture

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Adherence to safe, sane & consensual play

 

 

In the Air Tonight: Rope Bottoming 301

ShesANatural, Conroy

This workshop is focused for and with rope bottoms. The information shared will cover weight distribution, adjustment and management so you can stay in control of your own body even when you are tied up. We will share tricks and shortcuts on relaxing and engaging muscles and breathing to improve sustainability in static suspensions. Conroy and ShesANatural will demo a static suspension, with ShesANatural sharing how she is feeling throughout and answering question from attendees during the suspension.

Keywords

Rope, bondage, rope bottoming, rope suspension

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
This is an information lecture and demonstration. No pre requisite skills are required.

 

 

Intro to Catheters & Sounding

Tom Hill/The Carnie

This workshop will demonstrate safe practices and techniques for those interested in exploring the use of sounding devices and catheters. It will cover on both male and female insertions of implements into the urethral opening.

Keywords

Medical play, catheters, sounding, urethra

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

 

 

Introduction to Anal Sex

Danarama

Learn how to introduce your partner to anal sex, the nice & easy way! Porn doesn't give the complete picture. Discover the preparation, lubrication, communication, and stimulation techniques that maximize success, helping to ensure that you both enjoy the first experience and want to keep doing it again and again. Danarama and his demo model will discuss and demonstrate a variety of proven prep and practical skills, including the best positions for trying first-time anal penetration, plus training, priming and timing and other butts practices.


Keywords

Anal, sex. This class involves graphic explanations and sexual demos.

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

 

 

It's a Trap: Playful Scenes & Non-Bondage Predicaments

Shay, Stefanos

This isn’t always serious work we do! Predicaments are all about getting between the proverbial “rock and hard place” (and laughing as your partner is flummoxed by their situation); playful BDSM is about giggling together in scene, with bottom and top both participating creating the "torment."

This class will show you how to bring a different level of engagement to your BDSM play and go beyond giving and receiving sensations – create story lines and connect mentally with your partner. Stefanos & Shay will also address both the top and bottom’s perspective, including communicating within the “mood” of your scene and discussion of “bratting.”

Leave your rope bag at home – this is NOT a bondage class! In addition to demonstrating many specific predicaments and “games,” Stefanos & Shay will discuss this type of play in a broad sense to guide you in developing your own unique scenes.

Keywords

Predicaments, role play, kinky games

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

 

 

Leather 101

BusDriver, Pink

"Leather" can be a hard topic to understand. What is it? How do people 'become' part of the Leather community? What are some of the key differences and similarities between BDSM and Leather? In this class we'll look at what draws kinksters to the Leather lifestyle. BusDriver and his girl Pink will share some basic history and principles to give some background and insight into this lifestyle choice.

Keywords

Leather, Leather Culture, history, scene

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

 

 

LT Fox's Begleithund

Leftenant Fox

A basic obedience and handling course for pets and handlers of all species, experiences, and dynamics. While this course is based off canine handling techniques it is absolutely not just for dogs. Regardless of what you're drawn to, come explore the menagerie. Only the first 30-45 minutes are lecture. This class is highly interactive and attendees should come ready to be in pet or handler space. Bring your gear, small treats, and wear something comfortable. Commands are taught in German.

Keywords

Pet Play, Role Play

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Bring knee pads, boxing wraps for wrist stability, comfortable clothing, unique socks for handlers, small treats for your pet, and please come paired.

 

 

Male Genitorture with Cock & Ball Bondage

Amanda Wildefyre, Diane Pink

Male genitorture begins with good cock and ball bondage. Learn how to apply all those wacky cock and ball harnesses you see online, learn some effective rope techniques, and bone up on tips and tricks using metal cock devices, chastities, princess wands, electric cock boards and more! Find out how torturing the outside and inside of a penis can be great fun for all involved.

Keywords

Cock, balls, torture, CBB, CBT, leather, metal, rope, chastity, electric, urethral, sounds

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Adherence to safe, sane & consensual play

 

 

Meet Me Halfway: Rope Bottoming 201

ShesANatural, Conroy

By knowing how the body moves naturally, it makes it easier to keep the rope flowing and grow connection during a scene. We will be sharing tricks, shortcuts and experiences on sustaining some ties through body awareness, positioning and breathing for partial suspensions. Conroy and ShesANatural will demo a partial suspension, with ShesANatural sharing how she is feeling throughout and answering questions from attendees. This class is designed to give information to the bottoms who are being tied for safety and sustainability.

Keywords

Rope, bondage, rope bottoming, partial suspension

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
This is an information lecture and demonstration. No pre requisite skills are required by participants.

 

 

Middling: Three-way Play & Proxy Topping

Danarama


Incorporating a third into your BDSM can add an exciting element of novelty to a scene, especially by delegating a Middle to execute your commands, techniques, and punishments. Demanding the best skills of trust, management, and communication, working with (or as) a Middle is great for training, role play, a natural transition for switches, and an awesome mindfuck. It's also a great way for Doms to bring a new Top into a BDSM relationship while maintaining supervision and without sacrificing the Dominant role. It's also an awesome prelude or addition to threesome sex.


Keywords

Switching, middling, D/s,

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

 

 

MonoPoly: Passing Go

d20domme, Luckypuppy

Much like the actual game of Monopoly, this style of dating can destroy friendships and promising relationships before they've even started. If you or your partner is wanting to leave the monormative culture they've been tied to, this class will highlight the challenges and offer tips for those in Mono/poly relationships to arm themselves for success.

Keywords

Polyamory, mono-poly, poly, monogamy

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

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 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.

Keywords

Negotiation, communication, consent, all-levels

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

 

 

New to the Scene, Drawn to the Edge

Najalaise

When you first enter the kink community, you may hear a lot of messages about what activities are appropriate to begin your explorations. People may steer you toward spanking, flogging, rope bondage, or sensation play and away from kinks which are perceived as more extreme, such as rape play, mindfucks, blood play, and more. What if edgeplay is precisely what draws you to kink, though? This discussion-focused workshop will address devising risk mitigation strategies, deciding on your individual acceptable risk profile, spotting red flags, and even research methods. Gain the tools to do what you desire!

Keywords

Discussion of CNC, rape play, blood, edge play, and other content as brought up by participants

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

 

 

Oral Sex 101: Learn to Lick

Rain DeGrey

Love downstairs action? Are you a fan of the oral but want to increase your skill set? Or are you afraid you suck at sucking? This is the workshop for you, no matter what your experience level is!

Keywords

Oral sex, safer sex

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

 

 

Painful Rope

Anoxia, Juniper

Rope can be a sadist’s best friend. From quick and easy painful ties, to slow and deliberate torture, this workshop will cover some basic ties for inflicting pain on your partner, and some of the safety risks associated with this style of tying. We'll discuss different kinds of pain, from skin to muscle to bone, and will also discuss pain processing, from a bottoming perspective, and how to stay safe while suffering. This class is lecture, demo, and hands-on tying.

Keywords

Rope, Sadism, Masochism

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
1-3 hanks of rope, a cutting tool, other materials provided. ***Please bring a sheet or blanket to sit on if you're tying***

 

 

Partnering with Power: Kink and D/s Open Relationships

Tristan Taormino

People who practice BDSM, especially those who are in Dominant/submissive or dominant/service relationships, face unique challenges in both designing their open relationships and making them work. Relationship expert and bestselling author Tristan Taormino offers practical advice and strategies for dealing with specific issues related to being open and kinky. We’ll cover: common open relationship styles within BDSM communities and how they can work best; how to negotiate for what you need within a D/s dynamic; the role of power, control, and authority in negotiation; and practical conflict resolution skills. In the interactive facilitated portion of this workshop, participants will be encouraged to share their stories, issues, and solutions.

Keywords

Polyamory, non-monogamy, solo polyamory, dominance, submission, D/s, M/s, open relationships, mono/poly, relationships, power dynamics, roles

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

 

 

Pegging for Pleasure: The Ins and Outs of Strap-On Play

Rain DeGrey

Strap-on play can be either intense or pleasurable depending on how you want to play. Whether you are a pegging virgin or really love dishing it out and just want to pick up a few more pointers to improve your game, this is the workshop for you!

Keywords

Strap on play, pegging, sex, anal sex

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

 

 

Penis to Prostate: A Guide to Internal and External Pleasure

Stella Harris, Gretchen Leigh

No one in our society has it easy when it comes to sex. Harmful ideas about the way sex and bodies should work can build shame and embarrassment. For people socialized as male and/or masculine the emphasis on performance and “doing” can create stress and anxiety. In this class we aim to slow things down, and take some time to explore all of the pleasure potential of these often misconstrued areas of the body. You will learn anatomy along with techniques for touch and pleasure and ways of communicating that take the pressure off. We will discuss ways to create intimacy that don’t require an erection along with tools to relax, slow down, and enjoy a range of sensations without being goal oriented or rushing to a finish line.

Not everyone who has a penis or prostate is masculine identified. We’ll discuss ways to learn what language your partner likes to use around their body and we’ll touch on the experience of people who take hormones.

This class includes a live demonstration.

Keywords

Penis, prostate, anal, sex

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

 

 

Pitfalls of Partials

Anoxia, Juniper

We’ll talk about partial suspensions with rope, and some of the unexpected challenges that come with this territory. Expect to learn more about upline management, body manipulation, safety concerns, and bottoming skills for when things are “tied up”.

Keywords

Rope, partial suspension, uplines,

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Must have 4-6 hanks of rope, a cutting tool, hard point equipment (sling, ring, carabiners, etc), knowledge of any suspendable chest harness and futomomo, knowledge of rope risks.

 

 

Riding the Edge - Advanced Knifeplay

PantherProwLs, Embers

This class is designed for the knife player who has the basics well in hand and is looking to increase the level of difficulty and risk at which they choose to play. Safety and health issues will kept first and foremost. Various techniques will be discussed and demonstrated, including but not limited to the following: Blind play, Face/neck/throat play, Point play, and Insertion (both handle and blade). Other topics discussed will include uses of razors and cutting.

Due to the potentially extreme risk nature of this kind of knifeplay, attendees should be very familiar with knifeplay in general and their own blades and capabilities.

Keywords

Knife, Blood, Sex, Insertion/Penetration

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Understanding and basic skills of knifeplay

 

 

Rope Basics for First Timers

Akuaku

This workshop is a simplified and more play-oriented version of the Ichinawa beginners lessons (Hajime Kinoko lessons.) After discussing consent and basic security, Akuaku will demonstrate a simple flat knot and chain knot and how to use one or two ropes to make a chest harness and other play positions.

Keywords

Rope, beginner, rope 101

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Skills: none. Being willing to learn rope. Materials: at least 3-4 length of rope (hemp, jute, cotton…) ***Please bring a sheet or blanket to sit on if you're tying***

 

 

Rope Handling

Anoxia, Juniper

Often when people get started with rope, the first thing they focus on learning are knots and patterns. While these are good fundamentals to get you started, these skills often don’t translate into making good scenes or good performances. This workshop will cover some of the basics of great rope handling and will focus on two primary parts: the biomechanics of rope handling and the techniques that usually equate to better connection. This workshop is lecture, demo, and hands-on tying.

Keywords

Rope, hands-on, partner tying, flow, connection, technique.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
1-3 hank of rope, knowledge of a single column, a cutting tool. Please be ready for moderate exercise (both partners). ***Please bring a sheet or blanket to sit on if you're tying***

 

 

Rough Body Play: High and Low Energy

Redrobin

This demonstration based workshop is for those who love to use their body, get down to basics and connect with their partner directly through physical contact. You can expect to go over how and where to slap, punch, and kick someone, where and how to apply pressure points, how to use your knees and elbows, and more! We'll cover topics such as injuries, chronic pain, disability, pregnancy, etc. as well as how to possibly work with/around those issues. Bottoms are welcome, but I hold no responsibility if they use what they learn on you!

Keywords

Rough body play, grappling, human anatomy, disability, chronic pain, impact

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

 

 

Selfcare & Aftercare: Who Needs ‘Em?

Mollena Lee Williams-Haas

The intensity of SM play often results in emotional vulnerability for the top and the bottom. Often, the period of “Aftercare” post-scene is intended to provide closure for all parties involved. Though much discussion and lip service is often paid to the importance of aftercare, how many of us ensure our emotional needs will be met after the toys are safely packed away? Who among us makes sure that we negotiate aftercare when planning that hot scene? Who among us has walked away with a “less than fulfilled feeling” after a scene, and later realized out aftercare needs weren’t met? How often is the top or dominant’s need for aftercare overlooked? And for goodness sake, what do you do when there is no chocolate to be found??

In this discussion, we will explore the reasons, physiological, psychological and spiritual, that people often need to have a “cooling down” period post-scene. We will explore suggestions for ways to include aftercare in your negotiations, and what to do if you aren’t getting your needs met. We will also investigate the ramifications of scenes that deliberately eliminate the aftercare aspect, and how you might approach processing the energies released within your play when you are left to your own devices. The physical and emotional facets of post scene processing will be discussed, and participant participation will be actively solicited. Please come share your experiences, and open yourself to learn from the practices of other Leatherfolk.

Keywords

Aftercare, selfcare, drop, physiological, psychological and spiritual

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

 

 

Sensual Whipping in the Dungeon

Jonn Ireland

This workshop is for beginning to experienced Whipsters. It is a hands on workshop so bring your whips. There will be some whips to borrow, if needed. Learn to read the bottom and be able to adjust your scene accordingly. Learn several different ways to throw snake and signal whips that will become the basis of your scenes and also learn to use a bullwhip for wraps and hard strikes. Whip strikes can vary from brushing the skin to cracks off and then on the skin, each one producing different effects on the bottom and being used in different ways as the scene goes from beginning to middle to end. Learn normal and unusual areas to strike the body, different positions to use in a scene when you don't have a rack or cross, techniques for limited spaces, what's different when using bondage and whips and how to practice for accuracy. Whip strikes may vary from gentle stroking and progress into painful red welted stripes and cuts depending on the intent of the Top and limits of the bottom.

Keywords

Whips, impact

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

 

 

Shades Grayer

PantherProwLs, Embers

Panther & Embers lead a discussion on the changes, challenges and compensating for getting older in BDSM/Kink. Areas covered include physical changes/disabilities, mental/emotional changes, medical issues and safety concerns, and compensatory mechanisms for dealing with the above.

Keywords

Aging, BDSM

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

 

 

Sit Down, Shut Up, & Listen To Mistress: FemDom For Beginners

d20domme, Luckypuppy

Femdommery is an art. Like many artists you cannot paint the picture you are visualizing without the right tools or setting. In this workshop we will explore what I believe are the basic foundational “tools” needed to step into your place as a Femdom artist. Let me share the secrets, tricks, tips, and must-haves of my decade long craft.

Keywords

Femdom FLR Mistress/submissive

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

 

 

Skin Deep: Cutting for Play

Shay, Stefanos

There is nothing quite like the sensation of a cutting – the fear, as you see and feel a blade against your skin, the sharp, immediate pain as the cut is made, the slow tingle and wet feeling of blood dripping down your skin…  

In this class, Stefanos & Shay will discuss and demonstrate surface cuttings using sterile scalpels, including information on both freehand and patterned cuttings using transfer paper. While they teach – and preach! – that you should always go into a cutting assuming it will scar, their focus in this class is to partake in cuttings as play (as opposed to cuttings as body modification) while seeking to minimize scars. There will be a focus on risk awareness & mitigation, and making cuttings as safe and sexy as possible.

While the technical information is a crucial starting point, this class will go beyond the basics, discussing cutting as spiritual play and working within a D/s dynamic. This is an advanced edge play topic. 

Keywords

Blood, cutting, advanced medical play

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
This is an advanced medical play topic. Medical play 101 (such as creating a clean zone, beginning level negotiation, sharps handling, containment, etc) will not be covered.

 

 

Slipping Into Hypnosis: Easy Ways to Play with Trance

Najalaise

Whatever your kink, hypnosis is a versatile addition - you can make fantasies come true, reward obedience, do BDSM without toys, or simply connect more deeply with your partner. In this interactive workshop, taught from a switch’s perspective, we’ll discuss negotiation and risks, practice ways to improvise hypnotic inductions & suggestions that fit our scene plans, and learn to recognize the signs of trance in ourselves and others. Whether you’ve tried hypnosis before or not, you’ll leave with the tools for playful explorations.

Keywords

Hypnosis, psychological play

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

 

 

Squirting: Let's Get Wet!

Redrobin

Is it just a myth? Absolutely not! Is it fake when shown in porn? Well.. sometimes. Can I/my partner do it? Totally! With this class and live demo, we'll discuss and demonstrate anatomy, how ejaculation works, and how you can do it too - with some tips and tricks!

Keywords

Sex, squirting, ejaculation, human anatomy

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

 

 

Successful Scene Composition – Tips, tricks, and transitions

BusDriver, Pink

It’s your scene. You’re in charge. So, how do you handle those uncomfortable moments where you’re not certain what to do next, but don’t want your bottom to see you sweat? How does preflighting scene composition help you to find inspiration for fantastic play? What makes for effective scene progression and ramping? Which toys or playstyles flow best from one to another? This class is aimed at giving Tops solid play theory, and delivering practical tools for creating smooth and successful scenes that will both make you look good, and have your bottoms crawling back for more.

Keywords

Scene composition

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

 

 

Taboo Play and Working Through Extremes

Mollena Lee Williams-Haas

If you have ever had a scene that lured you with the promise of edgy intensity, but wondered if you could handle the situation before, during or afterward, this discussion is for you! We will explore the reasons some people enjoy play that is VERY edgy psychologically, emotionally and physically, and how you can go about making that fantasy a reality. Inherent in this discussion is the level of responsibility of both/all partners, how to manage risk, and how you can support your partner in the aftermath. Edgy play can be hot, and we will look at ways to avoid some common pitfalls, as well as how to recover with grace and honor when things go off of the planned path.

Keywords

Taboo, edge play, race, incest, etc.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Please be advised: Some highly controversial scenes (i.e. racial or incest play, weaponry, etc.) will be discussed. Please do not attend if these are outside of your comfort zone. Thank you.

 

 

Techniques for Sensual Rope

Akuaku

This is a floorwork-based workshop, which will include rope handling to facilitate communication and connection centered around sensuality, sexuality, and pleasure. We’ll learn how to speed up when tying so there's more time to play, and where and when to slow down to enjoy the reactions of your partner.
Because of the nature of this class, it is highly recommended that you work with someone you're intimately familiar with and comfortable getting turned-on around.

Keywords

Rope, communication, connection, rope handling, sex

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Skills: be comfortable with rope, know how to make a chest harnest, have sexual play experience with rope Materials: at least 5-6 length of rope (hemp, jute, cotton… anything, jute preferable though), 2-3 carabinners. ***Please bring a sheet or blanket to sit on if you're tying***

 

 

The Intrigue of Flesh Hook Pulls and Suspensions

Tom Hill/The Carnie

What are hook suspensions and pulls all about? The reasons extend from wanting a pure adrenaline or endorphin rush, to conquering ones fears, to trying to reach a new level of spiritual consciousness. Discover the personal expansion and energy exchange that can be obtained through suspensions and pulls. This workshop overviews how to prepare yourself and what to expect from flying by flesh hooks or pulling. Workshop with a hook pull demonstration.

***After class will be the last opportunity to sign up for the group hook pull. You may also sign up for a time to do a personal pull or suspension with Tom at special Kinkfest pricing***

Keywords

This class involves needles, blood, suspension

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
This is for those that want to experience it for themselves or see it first hand.

 

 

The Introvert’s Guide To Kink

Rain DeGrey

Introvert and kinkster Rain DeGrey takes you through the steps to conquer your fears and face social settings so you can have the experiences you crave. Whether you are a nervous newbie or a more experienced kinkster still facing anxiety, there will be something for every level of introvert.

Keywords

Introversion, BDSM,

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

 

 

The World of Latex - Clothing, Crafting and Vacbeds.

Nikki2Love, Latex Jay

Latex is a unique material allowing kinksters to create a wide variety of items which enrich our daily sensations and experiences.

This class has 2 major components:

First is a demo of vac beds, vac cubes, vac sacks and vac tower being used for 30 min. Safety and general use will be reviewed with volunteers in a demo style presentation.

Second will be a 60 minute didactic with instructor lead information on the background of latex, basic skills needed, handling latex, buying latex and most importantly, making your own latex items. We will show how to make basic toys to fashion clothing with lots of examples of what can be made.

If time allows - we will have a box of latex sample scraps for participants to test glue and try a hand at how latex responds to simple assembly, which will help anyone who wants to repair or alter latex items which they own.



Keywords

Latex, fashion design, vacbed, rubber, kinky crafting

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
None Ideally, this workshop would be off the vender area, and later in the day. This would allow participants who want to get more hands on experience ample time. But we are very flexible on this suggestion. Note - anyone with a latex allergy should NOT attend this workshop.

 

 

These Boots are Made for Walkin’

Leftenant Fox

To be under a heel is a wonderful form of submission. To stand over another feeling their fragile body under your feet is sublime. Come learn the Anatomy of Trampling, where we discover the mechanics, traditions, science and joy of stepping (or being stepped on) all over your friends and partners.
Be prepared to share your experiences, feet, favorite shoes, and techniques. Please come with paired with a trampling partner.

Keywords

Trampling, Impact, Boot-play

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Trampling partner, shoes, comfortable clothes that you can move in. We will be stretching in a yoga style before we start the demo and skills portion.

 

 

Thwack - The Science and Mechanics of Impact Play

PantherProwLs, Embers

This workshop is designed to teach the participant to understand the basic science and mechanics behind various types of impact play. This includes safety zones, preferred impact zones, kinetic energy, energy transfer, rate of transfer, flex, and some of the mathematical and physical equations that apply to impact play. Various methods and tools/toys of impact play will be demonstrated. Upon completion of this class, participants should be able to create and understand why they choose and/or prefer various toys when they do S&M impact play. This will allow the bottom to make more informed choices when negotiating and allow the Top to create a better, more satisfying scene both for themselves and for their partners.

Keywords

Impact, Science

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

 

 

What to do when you are accused of a Consent Violation

Sar Surmick, Mia Fine, Ash McGregor

Consent is complicated and tricky. Sometimes things go wrong. When you're the person accused of violating someone's consent it can be a scary, emotional, and extremely difficult place to be in. It's not something we're taught how to deal with.
This workshop will talk about what you can do when this happens, some ways to get support, some things you can do to help yourself, and how to move towards an accountability model.

Please note, there is a different workshop for what to do if your consent is violated. This workshop is only talking about how to work with being accused.

Keywords

Consent, Difficult Conversations

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

 

 

What to do when your Consent is Violated

Sar Surmick, Mia Fine, Ash McGregor

Having your Consent violated hurts. When it happens, it can be hard to know what to do. It can be hard to even think clearly.
This workshop will talk about what you can do when your consent is violated, some ways to get support, and how to move towards an accountability model.

Please note, there is a different workshop for what to do if you are accused. This workshop is only talking about how to work with your consent being violated.

Keywords

Consent, Difficult Conversations

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

 

 

Who We Are, Beyond What We Do

Thrice, TheCaptain

Sometimes the things we crave leave tops feeling like monsters, or bottoms worrying they’re allowing themselves to be victims. Other times we lose faith that others might understand and actively desire the things that speak to us. The reality is there’s nothing wrong with our needs, depraved or otherwise, and there are other people just as twisted, searching for the same things. Join us for a guided discussion delving into the issues we face accepting our kink as a part our sexual identity, not just a hobby, while avoiding self-judgement and burnout.

Keywords

Self acceptance, identity, sexual identity, personal journey, lifestyle, discussion

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