Educational Workshops Presented
Fantasies in Leather
Mind & Soul
Rites of Passage:
There is a growing hunger for traditions to
be passed on to another generation of leathermen and leatherwomen.
Whether one is renewing a tradition or continuing a custom, the
passing on and earning of leathers means more than just respecting
our elders. Learn how the leather culture is not unique in this
type of tradition, discuss the importance of continuing the custom
and share experiences of this rite of passage.
S/m Play: More Than What
Meets the Skin
Hidden behind the SM practices many of us enjoy
are reasons and lessons that sometimes get lost in the play. S/m
Practices can build trust, teach us to handle fear, show us perceived
limits are not actual limits and so much more. Join us as we explore,
discuss, and share life lessons hidden in our play. Take a fresh
look at S/m practices with an eye towards additional purposes of
just having fun.
Invoking the Power
of Others: Using Exemplars for Master & Slave Personal Development
Role models, mentors, counselors, teachers…so
many ways to look towards others for guidance but most of the traditional
methods rely on emulating behavior. Learn how identifying exemplars
can represent the essence of singular character traits you wish
to improve in your Mastery or slavery. We’ll explore various
definitions, differences, and techniques for pinpointing exemplars
for personal growth and then discuss how to utilize this knowledge
in your everyday life.
Beyond the Stereotypes
Stereotypes are overgeneralizations and oversimplifications
yet many people with an interest in D/s~S/m stick to certain stereotypes
in their appearance, attitude and actions. Often those that do not
know or understand D/s~S/m relationships and practices view this
overgeneralization negatively. Learn some of the background of these
behaviors and how one can value and respect traditions without falling
victim to generic labels.
It’s Not Always
a Family Affair
Children…it’s taboo to involve them
in BDSM situations but for many of us our children are a major part
of our lives. This is a focused group discussion and exchange on
being in a D/s~S/m relationship and raising children. Includes ideas
and examples for maintaining protocol and service styles, general
legal information and pitfall prevention.
One Size Fits No One:
Identities and Roles
People want to find where they fit into the overall
scheme of things when they come into the world of Leather and BDSM.
Finding where you fit shouldn’t be a short-term project. Self-identifying
should be a struggling study in who you are what you want and what
you need. Explore yourself a bit in this discussion session.
Are You Being Served?
Many people say that it is better to give than
to receive. It is equally as important to know how to receive, especially
when receiving service from a submissive or slave. Using role-play,
humor, discussion and historical references this workshop focuses
on the importance of service, on aspects of receiving service without
falling on your face in embarrassment….and how to show appreciation
for service received.
Note: This class subject is targeted for Tops and
is not a service technique workshop.
The Four Agreements:
A Template for Effective Communication in M/s Relationships
A large part of success in today’s D/s
relationships is based on effective communication. This is often
more difficult than we might initially think. Using Don Miguel Ruiz’s
The Four Agreements we will explore some effective communication
skills for our D/s relationships and also how to apply them to specific
tools such petitions and contracts. Lastly we will look at communication
and what tends to get in the way. Everyone will be able to participate
in interactive exercises to help make your communication become
Protocols: Making the
The word protocols has always sparked some controversial
discussion on its meaning and correct execution. This interactive
session is not a forum for debate but rather a chance to share a
variety of protocols experienced with those attendees who choose
to join. We will be exploring various definitions and why we find
protocols so important to our D/s dynamics. We will also examine
the role of rituals, routines, etiquette and traditions in relationship
to our daily protocols.
Tactile & Technique
Endorphin Soup for the Unconventional
Soul: Creating Body Rituals
Stressing the body is often done to indelibly
print the significance of a ritual. From Kavadi to the Sundance
to firewalking, these practices show sacrifice and can be used to
achieve transcendence. Discover a bit of the history of body stress
rituals and explore how various body modifications and stresses
can be used to recreate useful rituals in our lives. We’ll
even demonstrate a Kavadi style flesh hook ritual and a modern blood
ritual in this class.
Pinpoint for Pain, Push
for Pleasure: An Introduction to Pressure Point Play
Pressure points can be the ultimate lazy top
toy. While it can take years to learn the more than 200 pressure
points and their associated medical effects a few general rules
and techniques can allow you to use this technique relatively safely.
Points can be used to inflict mild to severe pain, but they can
also be used to inflict varying degrees of pleasure. this can be
a class where service oriented bottoms can learn useful things at
the same time that sadistic tops can learn ways to get maximum results
with minimal physical effort.
Fighting for Your Mind:
Primal Purge Ritual
The warrior spirit is part of us all. It’s
a fundamental, provoking force that can turn the meek into the formidable.
Being a warrior is an emotional and primal reality as much as it’s
a moral and spiritual one. Rage, fear, terror, anger, fury. A primal
purge ritual enables the warrior spirit to release these emotions
in a safe and yet primal way, something a bottom doesn’t often
get to do. A primal act sends a very strong message to the subconscious
mind to "let it all hang out!" Learn the difference between
Primal Purge Ritual and resistance play, how to achieve and recognize
the initial signs of bottom rage, how to stay in control of your
scene and positively harness the after effects. Limited, pre-negotiated
offering of this presentation workshop.
Hot Boots, Hot Scene
Caring for and caressing a pair of hot boots
or sexy shoes can create an erotic scene. This demonstrative workshop
combines a bit of boot care but concentrates more on boot worship,
erotic bootblacking, topping while bootblacking and how to top a
bootblack. Audience participation included.
Toy Spa: TLC for Leather
All play and no work makes dirty toys! Clean
toys last longer, so bring your whips, floggers, crops and other
leather play implements to find out how to clean and store them
properly. We’ll discuss various cleaning and conditioning
products, and you’ll have the opportunity to give some of
these toys a much needed spa treatment.
The simple laundry room S/m pevertable can be
used for simple skin bondage and erotic edge play. Hang up your
preconceptions about clothespins and learn about edgeplay techniques,
medical info, dangers and different types of clippy things. Observe
demos and experience hands-on activities.
It Only Takes a Spark:
Fireplay with Flash!
The primal nature of flames and the collective
unconscious fear of fire means that fireplay can tap into very strong
emotional and psychological reactions. This is a hot topic that
also includes demos of seldom seen sparkler play, devils fire and
fire cupping. Safety and hazard issues are covered. Hands-on experiences,
some free paraphernalia and explanatory handouts are offered. Permission
from facility required.
Hit Me with Your Best
Shot: Deep Impact Play
Put up your dukes and lets get down to it…punching,
hitting, kicking and other forms of deep impact play. We’ll
evaluate safety concerns, methods and materials, aftercare and psychological
effects on the Top and bottom while providing various demonstrations
and hands-on opportunities.
The Dance of Leather
Flogging is more than just hit and miss; it is
a threesome dance with top, bottom and leather. This hands-on experience
includes the basics of selecting a flogger that is right for you.
The focus of the class is on using flowing whole body movement to
adjust pace, intensity, point of impact and drawing top space in
a flogging scene. Bring a flogger and a partner for double the fun.
Two Hands are Better Than One
The name is based on an Italian sword and knife
fighting style but in this class we’ll use floggers to impart
a continuous swirl of painful pleasure for the bottom and a rythem-induced
headspace for the Top. Join in this hands-on (and bottoms on) workshop
to learn the techniques of double handed six-count flogging with
style and rhythm. Guests need to bring two floggers as closely matched
in length and weight as possible. Ample space needed.
How Can I Hurt You?…Let
Me Count the Ways
While discussion may be a key to a successful
and safe scene, it doesn’t always have to be clinical. This
interactive session will focus on creating comfortable pre-play
negotiation skills for Tops and the bottoms using more than just
verbal communication. We’ll practice looking into the eyes,
body and even the toy box of our potential play partner to garner
more information on desires and taboos.