2017 Workshops

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2016 Workshops


An SM and Law Tasting

This will be a tasting presentation on various aspects of SM and the Law. We'll cover a little bit of everything, from SM and Dissolutions, SM and Children, SM and Protecting Yourself, and SM and Abuse.

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

 

 

Bare as You Dare: Radical Body Acceptance

Are you or is someone you love a closet nudist or reluctant exhibitionist who is plagued with body image issues? Bare as You Dare is an open, body positive, clothing optional forum to discuss those issues and how they apply to radical body acceptance, sex positivity and clothing optional socialization. Topics may include nudism, fat shaming, slut shaming, top-free equality, body image in the media, and more.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Bring something to cover your chair if disrobing.

 

 

Beautiful Intention, Gracious Focus: Bringing Service to Life

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Many people aspire to or consider themselves to be “Service Oriented” but if you ask them what being “In Service” means, you may be in for a rather unfocused response. Ask them precisely what services they bring to the table and often the intention becomes even foggier and more diffuse. On the other side, it is a rare dominant or top who knows what it means to graciously accept service, and exactly what in their life requires the dedication and focus that a submissive or slave can bring to the equation. One of the most basic aspects of service, being reactive to the physical and emotional cues that are an integral part of dominant and submissive relationships, is something often overlooked.

This class will involve exploring exercises in service, attentiveness and non-verbal communication. How clear a communicator are you? How gracefully can you provide service? How artfully can you accept service? You may well be surprised!

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

 

 

Beyond Medical Staples

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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. This 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. There is always a box of dangly pretties in many colors and patterns that you can wear for a while or keep for yourself and make a donation for.

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

 

 

Boot Play - Connecting Soul to Sole

From the over-the-knee, stiletto-heeled boots of a dominatrix to Tom of Finland's motorcycle cop boots, BDSM iconography stands proudly in black leather boots. Boots can be an object of ritual service, reinforce the power dynamic, be used as tools to deliver pain, or stimulate sexually. All these uses can deepen the connection between the players. All this from just a pair of shoes! In this workshop we will explore the possibilities of boot play through demo and discussion.

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

 

 

breath play 101: Take your Breath Away

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This class will leave you breathless! Join us for Breath Play 101 -- the art of taking someone's breath away safely. We will first discuss and review the safety mechanisms for breath play, and the basic anatomy of the throat, neck, nose, and mouth. We will cover how to properly restrict someone's breath versus the warning signs to look out for. We will demonstrate and teach several methods of breath-restriction, from triangle holds to nose pinching. You'll learn about re-breathing and how to calculate how much air is remaining. Loaded with information, this class comes with a handout covering anatomy and quick FAQ to take away.

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

 

 

Dark Roleplaying

We have been “playing pretend” since we were young, but the realm of kinky sexuality opens up all new directions roleplaying can take. Join us as we explore the shadowy realms of our fantasies and roles we can try on: abduction, abuse, torture, snuff, fantastical realms and anywhere else our twisted minds can dream up. We will discuss the joys and challenges of playing in our closet, why it turns us on, how to bring it up to our partners, negotiating our desires, and troubleshooting the challenges these types of fantasies can elicit.

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

 

 

Depredation Play: From Pursuit to Attack

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If you like to play on the edge of consent and wonder how a scene can blur that line and move into consensual non-consent, this might be the class for you. In this class we will outline rape play and the many forms it can take. What are the emotions you might experience from the top and bottom point of view? Can a rape play scene have a safe word and limits? As the saying goes . . . it's not rape if you yell "surprise!" From preparation and planning, to execution of the attack, and ultimately aftercare, this class will cover it all. Let’s discuss the concept of rape play and how to have a rape play scene that everyone can enjoy.

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

 

 

Different Strokes: Advanced & Creative Caning

There's more to caning than meets the ass. Danarama shares dozens of innovative techniques for using canes in dynamic scenes, from playful and artistic to excruciating:

1. Selecting canes and strokes for different folks
2. Caning as warm-up, sensation sustaining, and aftercare
3. Advanced tricks
4. Florentine caning
5. Malaysian Caning Protcol
6. Incorporation of other toys

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

 

 

Difficult Conversations

Difficult Conversations are just part of being an adult, whether it’s telling a partner that you want to open your relationship, having a conversation about how the type of play you’ve been doing is no longer satisfying, telling someone you love that you’re moving on, or letting a partner know that you really don’t like their new partner.

Allena will give you steps to prepare for any difficult conversation then further steps to a successful outcome. She’ll also cover mistakes we all make when having such conversations as well as some great way to “diffuse” difficult people. Finally, there will be time to talk specifics and get ideas on how to deal with YOUR difficult conversation.

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

 

 

DOMESTIC STYLE DISCIPLINE

Spankings, forced bedtime, mouth soaping, lists, and contracts galore! Welcome to the world of Domestic Style Discipline! Whether it's a role play you want to explore, or a relationship paradigm you wish to create, this presentation will span the infinite possibilities. We'll chat about all the different ways to punish domestically (think spankings, enemas, line writing, early bedtimes and forced chores), but we'll also talk about DD based relationships, where the Dominant (Head of Household) and submissive (taken in hand) partners have rules and protocols to follow for self-growth, to create a harmonious home, and/or to move the relationship forward in a positive way. Different teachings and methods will be used for illustration (i.e. Learning Domestic Discipline, the Spencer Spanking Plan, A Domestic Discipline Society, 1950's Household, Christian based Domestic Discipline, or the Disciplinary Wives Club). Finally, a step by step process will be presented that anyone can follow.

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

 

 

Florentine Flogging-A Full Body Awakening

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This class discusses the more complex forms of Florentine flogging, and how to use it within a scene to take your bottom to new levels. This is a hands-on class, so please be sure to bring your floggers if you have them. We will have several extra pairs available for the class as well. This class will improve your dexterity and rhythm of flogging, and teach you some new movements you can use to create a variety of different sensations. This is a very dynamic class, which will conclude with a demonstration of Florentine flogging and the various techniques taught within the class.

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

 

 

Florentine Single Tails

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

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Participants should bring any single tails they have but not necessary.

 

 

GenderQueer Bondage

Ever had to struggle with how to put a crotch rope on a woman who has a little something extra? Wanted to tie up a transman who wanted chest bondage that didn’t make him look like a girl? Perhaps you just want to explore some hot ways to tie up your lovers to make them feel androgynous and exposed? Then this class is for you! We’ll be playing with crotch ropes and strap-on harnesses, alternative forms of chest and torso bondage (to emphasize and de-emphasize curves), and exploring a few other ties that can help us or our partner(s) feel seen as whatever gender or otherness as we experience ourselves to be. Bring two or more pieces of rope (25-30ft in length) for hands-on fun and exploration in this class for “the rest of us”.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Bring two or more pieces of rope, 25-30ft in length

 

 

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. We’ll talk about intent and focus and a variety of ways to apply pressure with hands, other body parts, and implements; but mostly we’ll explore spots all over the body from head to toe that cry out for naughty and wicked stimulation.

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

 

 

humiliation

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Awww, you thought your penis was special! This class is a discussion of arousal through humiliation, the psychology of humiliation and how to use humiliation as a D/s tool.

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

 

 

It’s a Trap! Playful scenes & non-bondage predicaments

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This isn’t always serious work we do! Predicaments are all about putting your bottom between the proverbial “rock and hard place” (and laughing as they are flummoxed by their situation); playful BDSM is about giggling together in scene and making your bottom participate in their own torment. This class will show you how to bring a new level of engagement to your BDSM play and go beyond giving and receiving sensations – create story lines and connect mentally with your partner. The bottom is a crucial participant in this type of play- this class also addresses the 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. (This class is mostly demo and lecture, with some discussion.)

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

 

 

Living on the Edge – Straight Razor Play

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Straight razor play can range from sexy to scary and all in between. There is an art to using and caring for your straight razor and we will show you some of the ways it can be done and the equipment you will need. From the service perspective, caring for and maintaining an edge on a partner’s razor can be very rewarding. Shaving a partner can also be a very intimate act of service or maintenance. In the hands of a sadist, it can be a very scary tool. We will demo how to shave with a straight razor and give you some ideas for play as well. Bring your questions and ideas; this will be an interactive class.

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

 

 

Macho Submission Workshop

Are you a bottom who is constantly mistaken for a top? Do you often get accused of not being a “true submissive,” when you don’t fall at the feet of every Dom? The Macho Submission Workshop is a space for anyone whose submissive orientation conflicts with their macho presentation, especially (but not limited to) the male-bodied, male-identified, or any sub or switch who self-identifies as butch. Topics may include how to best integrate the different sides of your persona for yourself and your partners, as well as dealing with the omnipresent “True Doms.”

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

 

 

Majordomos and House Management

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A discussion on what is the role of a majordomo, and how it fits into a Master/slave relationship, single and poly households, and Leather Families (with or without multiple households). A majordomo is often a combination of management of different life areas, and we will look at what are the most common areas that are assigned to the majordomo role. The focus will be on the slave being in the majordomo role; however, not all majordomos are slaves, so we will also look at how things might vary when the role is filled by a Master, submissive, or servant rather than a slave. We will also discuss how the Master can set up the household to facilitate and assist the slave in their manager role and set them up for success. We will look at some possible pitfalls and danger in managing a leather or M/s household, and how to avoid them.

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

 

 

Mapping the Vulva: Anatomy, Communication, Touch, & Pleasure

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, or worse -- a source of shame -- our ability to receive pleasure from this area of the body can be extremely diminished.

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

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

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

 

 

Multi Person Suspension

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Suspending more than one person at once can be beautiful, but it also comes with its own unique challenges. We will explore and discuss the theory and technique for completing safe and successful multi-person suspension scenes. This class will include instructor-led hands-on drills, as well as demonstrations that will allow attendees to plan and execute their own multi-person suspensions.

The multi-person suspension has always been a specialty of the Pink Fork Mafia. From three level human walls to chandeliers and carousels, these presenters have done it all.

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

 

 

Mummification

Learn about mummification bondage and how to safely use it for BDSM and kinky sex. Danarama and Daisy Ducati demonstrate a variety of mummification techniques and positions, including partial and complete body wrapping using vet wrap, bondage tape, clingwrap, shrinkwrap, and duct tape. See how to achieve penetration with toys through openings in the wrappings, including remote control wireless vibrators and a hitachi wrapped within the mummification. You'll also learn a variety of sensation play techniques to try on your mummified partner, such as fingernails, external vibrators, and violet wand electrical play.

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

 

 

NCSF - Protecting Yourself Legally

Members of the SM/leather/fetish communities have always had some level of concern regarding the issues of privacy, discretion, and personal security. The Radical Right, employers, ex-partners, and others may pose threats to these concepts. Many times their motivation comes from ignorance, but new motivations like custody of children, and revenge are also becoming commonplace. This presentation provides tips for protecting yourself legally in various circumstances.

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

 

 

Orientation

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Kick off your KinkFest with an energetic, interactive, entertaining and informative orientation presented by Stefanos & Shay! This session is especially recommended for dungeon first-timers, covering everything from exhibitionist etiquette to flirting tips to common dungeon missteps. A generous sprinkling of psychological science and sexy & silly demos mean that even experienced kinksters will come away with new insights!

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

 

 

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

When a baby is born, we lift them up and declare “it’s a boy” or “it’s a girl.” With one fell swoop a child’s gender identity, orientation, life experience, sexual behaviors and social interactions have been painted upon them . . . but we are more complex than that. In this class we will examine homosocial behavior, transgender issues, heterosexuality, chromosomes beyond xx/xy, and the cultures that affect our assumptions. From gender roles to prison sex, linguistic colonization to slut shaming, let’s look at humanity through a broader lens! Buckle up for a wild ride through the diversity of the human experience.

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

 

 

Poly 101- Poly dynamics, relationships, and poly reality

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What the heck is Polyamourous anyway? This discussion-driven class opens up the floor for conversation around Polyamory, poly relationships, and the various complexities of being poly. During this class you will learn about a wide variety of poly dynamics, ranging from open poly to poly fidelity. This class is for everyone -- monagamous, unsure, single, poly families, etc! You will come away from this discussion with a good working knowledge of polyamory.

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

 

 

Ponies, Puppies & Kitties, Oh My!

As the spectrum of human pet play continues to grow, Miss Pixie Fyre of the House of Fyre is proud to present a fun, interactive workshop open to handles, trainers and pets of all kinds. Whether you are experienced or just beginning, come play, ask questions and learn all the skills you need to join the pet play world. This class welcomes those desiring to attend in pet space, so feel free to gear up and come play.

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

 

 

Power Exchange, Energy Exchange: Energy Flow and Feeding Through Conscious Inequality, Dominance and Submission

When power exchange is discussed in many circles of BDSM, the notion of power being literally exchanged is often glossed over or forgotten. Whether you are kinky or not, conscious constructions of interpersonal dynamics can be an intense tool for accessing life force and the dance of it between individuals or a group. We will look at types of power exchange dynamics, why people would want them (for an evening, a long-term connection, or between lifetimes), and how to apply the technology to your own magical work, feeding and life. This will also include safety and awareness of astral connections, unintentional bonding, and destructive behaviors. Power is power, and inequality is not inequity, so let us look at this together with eyes wide open.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
n/a

 

 

Practical Protocols - Everyday Power Exchange

After the thrill and rush of a Power Exchange relationship starts hot and heavy, the weight of real life steps in -- job responsibilities, family life, money or any of the countless factors that burden D/s relationships. This class is designed to help bring back the fire with everyday protocols and practices. Come prepared to share, come prepared to learn and come prepared to take our bond to the next level!

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

 

 

Primal Knife Play: From Tender to Terror

Knives penetrate deep into our human history and psyche. They are primal in this sense, but this workshop introduces the use of knives in rough, primal play - inducing terror, cutting off clothing, creating intense sensation, and drawing blood. We will explore the many ways to use knives in a scene through demo, lecture, discussion and hands-on. We will also cover the practical aspects of knives -- how to choose the right blade for you, how to care for it, and how to transport it. This workshop is open to all experience levels. Bring your blades!

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Participants are encouraged to bring a knife.

 

 

Primal Play - Turn Off the Brain to Turn Up the Intensity

Primal play is an approach to rough body play which is about turning off the brain and acting at an instinctual level. It can range from energetic jostling to full-on combat. It's a powerful way to connect and incredibly enjoyable. The goal of this workshop is to give you practical tools for accessing primal play. We will approach primal play from both practical and theoretical perspectives (the latter based on the "flow" concept from cognitive psychology) through a combination of demo, lecture and hands-on practice. Special attention will be given to fitting this kind of play into D/s contexts.

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

 

 

Rising to the Challenge of Leading While Submissive

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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!

Join Herr Meister, new to the BDSM community but a veteran of a lifetime of longing – and Mollena, a lifelong freak and 20+ year veteran of Power Exchange relationship, to explore how you can navigate this minefield, what happens when you step on the inevitable ego grenade, and how truly beautiful trust and love can be, regardless of whether you wear your hanky on the left, right or middle!

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

 

 

Rope Bondage 101: Lets Start Tying

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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 in depth the safety involved in rope bondage. We will start with a look at anatomy and go over areas of concern. We will also look at basic ties including single column and double column ties. Finally, 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.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
3-5 pieces of 25-30ft rope

 

 

Rope Bondage 201: Fun on the Floor

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So you have covered the basics; now how do you build upon them to develop your rope play? How do you find new and interesting ways to restrain your bottom? What do you do with the rope? This class seeks to answer these questions and more! Rope is a very moldable form of play and we will cover ways to merge basic ties to form full body restraining ties for fun on the floor. We will also learn more knots and frictions to enhance your rope bondage play. We will cover versions of popular floor ties and show possible ways to tweak these ties. We will also seek to inspire ways to use these ties in our play. Rope is a tool and this class will help you forge this tool into a weapon!

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
3-5 pieces of 25-30ft rope

 

 

Rough play, Thug play, and Resistance play

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Join us for a talk and demo on selected topics in rough play (face slapping, kicking, CBT, punching, trampling). RACK will be discussed along with techniques and safety. We will explore how these types of scenes differ from other scenes, how rough play can be used as a mini part of more traditional scenes. We will discuss how to modify negotiations, set up, safe words, and aftercare. We will be demoing techniques and participants will have an opportunity for some hands-on (or feet-on) exercises.

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

 

 

Sexualty and BDSM over 50

We all grow older (damn it) and as we age our abilities, our interests and our health changes. This is a discussion and workshop about how to navigate aging in our community. How can you stay happily kinky as you age? What are some of the issues that concern us as we grow older?

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

 

 

Shit My Dom Says: How to Talk Like a Top

The voice and words Dom(me)s use in a scene can be as powerful as the physical tools they wield. But knowing what to say and how to say it within the context of a scene is often an overlooked and challenging aspect of Topping. 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. You'll learn:

1. Fruitful negotiation
2. Prattle preparation
3. Tone of voice and vocal tricks
4. Opportunistic improvisation
5. Talking hot and dirty
6. Interrogation techniques
7. Role playing that's ripe for words
8. Talking Domly without being demeaning

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

 

 

Skin Deep: Cutting for play

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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. 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, the 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 RACK and making cuttings as safe (with discussion by Shay, an ER nurse) 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 edge play and not advised for newbies.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Should have basic knowledge of medical play -- setting up a clean zone, sharps handling, gloving, etc.

 

 

Slavery and Chronic Pain

This class will introduce new concepts in pain management and mindset and give communication suggestions for clear Master/slave interaction regarding pain. We will also discuss possible ways to feel your slavery when you can't physically do the work, and address feelings of feeling "less than" as a slave/sub who is living with chronic pain.

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

 

 

Somebody’s Gonna Get Wet – Waterboarding for Fun and Torture

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Waterboarding is an effective interrogation technique that has been around for hundreds of years. We take this common form of torture and use it as a form of edge play.

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

 

 

Sometimes it’s just about being Cruel

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The sadist inside needs to be fed once in a while too! It can’t all be about only going one step and a tip toe past what the bottom wants. Once in a while it’s a leap, a bound, and a sly smile more than what they ‘want’. Keeping the bottom in the here and now with things you know they hate is a sadist’s delight or an owner’s thrill. Whether it’s the power or the pain, it’s all good fun. Come along with Miz Tee while she taunts cindi and does horrible things to her. Add to the fun with some ideas of your own! This is an interactive presentation. This is an advanced skill level presentation with the parties involved being risk aware. We do not encourage trying many of these activities without putting due time in your own kink-aware training.

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

 

 

Sounding with electroplay

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Explore urethral insertion and stimulation. Brief history of sounding followed by safety tips and a demonstration.
For those who enjoy being sounded, this class takes it to the next level!

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Those wishing to participate should bring their own sounds and lube.

 

 

SPANKING: Mild to Wild!

The most intimate of touches, the most searing of sensations, spanking can be fiery hot or icy cold, humiliating at the same time nurturing, inducing of guilt while forgiving it. Spanking is the most versatile, the most culturally ingrained, the most socially acceptable form of kink under the BDSM umbrella. Often thought of as a “gateway kink” or even as entry-level, nothing could be further from the truth. This class will blow the socks off of anyone who still thinks of spanking as just “a childhood punishment”. Professional spanker Miss Chris will introduce and demonstrate a whole range of possibilities all having to do with the multifaceted spank. From mild (a dreamy percussive whole body spanking), to WILD (a bloodletting vampire glove spanking), and all the delicious variations that fall in between.

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

 

 

Taboo Play, and Working Through Extremes

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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.

*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.

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

 

 

The Care and Feeding of the Top: Now that you’ve caught one, how do you keep it?

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We all want to think of our Tops/Dominants as invincible gods, but the fact is they are very human. It takes two to maintain the power and the confidence of a good Top. This workshop is aimed primarily at bottoms who do not switch. This is not a workshop on how to be a good submissive/bottom; instead we look at the psychological pressures of being a Top, and how to support and encourage our Tops, while still taking care of ourselves. We look at how to get our needs met without moving out of bottom space and without injuring our Tops.

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

 

 

The Day After The Ball: What Happens Once you’ve met The One(s) of Your Dreams?

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Fairytales do come true . . . and then you wake up to the reality of day-to-day life. Many of us seek for many long years for ourselves, for our community, for our place, for our match. And once we have found these magical people places and things, we realize 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?

Join Mollena and Herr Meister, newly wed and in a committed, 24/7 power exchange relationship, for a discussion on negotiating the opening movements of a master and slave dynamic. These are beautiful and challenging relationships. Power exchange is hot . . . and difficult. We’ll talk about negotiation, honesty, transparency, contracts, protocol, how it works and when it doesn’t quite work and how you know when you’re doing it right!

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

 

 

The Tender Bits - Male and Female Genital Bondage

This workshop covers some particularly intimate, effective and sexy bondage techniques. We'll start with the basics of immobilizing and tormenting boy-bits. There'll be a nice demo, information on cock and ball safety, and some thoughts on how to adapt the techniques to your own situation. Next Max will present a variety of techniques for binding, displaying and stimulating girl-bits -- the mons, inner and outer labia and clit. There'll be a demo for this portion too. Finally, we'll all practice what we've learned, so bring your genitals and your friends with genitals. Much of the class is hands-on exercises to help you get familiar with the material in a friendly, low-pressure environment. The emphasis is on learning, having fun, and building confidence.

If you can, come with a practice partner. If you don't have a partner, come anyway -- there'll be lots to watch, and we'll try to set you up with a practice partner.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Loaner rope will be available, but bring (2) 15-20 foot pieces of 4mm rope if you can. Hemp is OK, but smooth synthetic line is best.

 

 

The Top and the Art of Topping: The Devil is in the details

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What is a bottom looking for in a Top? Why do bottoms complain that there is a shortage of good Tops? It is a rare bottom who will bemoan the fact that they can’t find a Top who will flog them like so, use needles like so, or tie them up like so. Instead they talk about the characteristics of the Tops themselves. It is the flavor of the Top, not the specific skills, that is the main drawing power - and the glue that holds all the Top’s talents together. Drawing on a theater background and her experience in D/s the instructor looks at the many verbal and non-verbal ways that a Top can present/create/re-create her/himself. Archetypes, voice, body language, basic NLP patterning, pacing, and scene construction are some of the things that will be explored.

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

 

 

The Twelve Traditions of Master’s House

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While profound contentment can be gleaned from the everyday activities of being a Master or slave, it is a fact that we were attracted to this lifestyle for a reason. As a Master, it is of utmost importance that the philosophies and goals that matter most be communicated clearly to his or her slaves, in a manner that empowers the slave by clearly defining the framework in which they are to serve. It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day functions of a Master/slave relationship while losing sight of the bigger picture -– the very reason that these functions were developed in the first place. As a Master, Stormmy has authored “The Twelve Traditions of Master’s House”: these traditions communicate his expectations and philosophy to his slaves. Stormmy will share his process for developing these traditions along with why these traditions were chosen. However, every family is different! Nothing sets up a relationship for success like a strong foundation.

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

 

 

Topping to the Next Level - How To Push

In 2007 Max and Russell were discussing topping models and what it takes to produce a good scene. They collected their notes and built the widely acclaimed "Topping to the Next Level" series. This workshop (part 3 of that series) gets you thinking about when it's OK to push your bottom, and how to push them safely, ethically, and effectively.

Topics we'll cover include:
- Helping your bottom receive stimulus and process play
- Working with a bottom who asks you to push them harder or says "I'm afraid of this but I want to try it"
- Encouraging your bottom to try something they're unsure of
- Helping bottoms push through barriers
- Renegotiating during a scene
- Recognizing "hard limits" vs. "soft limits"

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

 

 

Tying with aggression.

Rope is often portrayed as a sensual scene with Classical Japanese music in the back ground, which it can be. However, it can also be owning your partner and letting them know who is controlling the moment. Or it can be waking them up playing with fear and the idea of being taken even if willingly. I want to teach using rope, your body, their body, momentum gravity and intention to control a rope scene. Rope does not have to be meditation -- it can be a gladiatorial event.

Class Type
Hands-On Lecture Discussion Demonstration
Beginner Intermediate Advanced All Levels
Participant Requirements
Bring three lengths of 28 to 30 ft rope. A basic understanding of a single column tie and rope handling is a plus but not required.

 

 

VICTORIAN BDSM: Proper in Public, Perverted in Private

Most everyone has heard of the repressed, highly moralistic, prim and proper ways they did things back in Victorian England. But do you think they were all that way? Hell no! Come join Miss Chris as she discusses how kinky and perverted those Victorians really were! This class will go through a brief history and accounting of the prevailing attitudes of the day. Historic roles and expectations, attire, implements and punishments will be discussed next. And finally we’ll get to laugh at the language and wording those pervy Vics used to talk about the things they weren’t supposed to talk about. Wear your Victorian, Edwardian or Steampunk best, if you have it, and expect to feel a new kinky kinship with your forefathers after this workshop!

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

 

 

When it’s Not Just Fun and Games: Playing on the Dark Side

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What about when it’s not “fun”? What about when it does not feel “good”? Is it OK for a Top to inflict pain purely for their own sadistic pleasure without considering the needs or wants of their bottom? If a bottom accepts this, are they abused and in need of an intervention? Is training just about teaching or can it be about remaking and forging the person into what you want them to be? Can "this is for your own good" be an acceptable reason? In this workshop we explore the darker side of S/M and D/s that does not fit the rhetoric generated for the vanilla world. Where safe, sane and consensual are not a creed but instead one way of looking at things. Where punishment is not funishment, where tears shed are not always from happiness or release, and where there are not always safewords.

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

 

 

When rope goes wrong

Rope bondage can be one of the more risky forms of play that kinksters engage in. And because of its increasing popularity, more and more people are enjoying playing with rope who are often unaware of some of the dangers that can creep up unexpectedly. In this workshop we’ll go over many of the common problems that can occur during rope bondage, how to spot the difficulties before they lead to calamity, and how to mitigate the risks when action is necessary.

This lecture/demonstration is geared towards riggers and DMs, but the information we’ll cover is also valuable for rope bottoms who want to increase their awareness of the hazards of being tied and how they can help reduce the dangers through communication and actions when things inevitably go wrong.

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