WORKSHOPS

When we all entered the lifestyle we had an idea of what role we wanted or thought we wanted to be in the lifestyle. Whether we are Dominant, submissive, Poly or not, we all found something. But eventually, one thing happens to us all …. and that’s conflict. 
We don’t mean a drop down, drag out, MMA-style situation. We mean when you come to a situation where there is a difference of opinion or seeing something differently than your partner. In these situations, you may not only be on a different page, you may be in an entirely different book. What do you do? How do you deal with something that could very well end the relationship if you don’t handle it properly?
This class will give you some ways to recognize the conflicts life can throw at us, how to set up a positive way to deal with those conflicts and how to successfully communicate while being a part of the bdsm lifestyle and preserving your dynamics...whatever they are.
 

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Spit, piss, cum, vomit, tears, blood, scat… We grew up learning that what our bodies produce is ‘yucky’ and ‘gross’. We were taught not to talk about it. We learned to be ashamed of it. Some of us go so far as to not go “Number 2” in a public bathroom and we sure as hell didn’t bring it into the bedroom.
But why? Why must we feel embarrassed or ‘squicked out’ by fluids? Our bodily fluids are part of us. We create them. They are ours. When we share them with those we care about we have the potential to experience something beyond what we could possibly imagine. That connection, that closeness...that is the beautifully profound intimacy that is felt by all when we bring what is inside of us out into the world. 
Bodily fluids goes beyond Top and bottom, Dominant and submissive, or even Master and slave. When we open ourselves up to each other in that sacred space there is a shared vulnerability that nurtures and strengthens the bonds between us. Through bodily fluids we can create a connection and intimacy that surpasses anything we thought imaginable.
 

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What is the Connect-ion between the quantum physics concept of dark energy and BDSM?
Well let's see, both involve energy, time, distance, travel, space, exploration. Come explore the journey that few implements can take you on. Ride the energy waves that can be created with a cane or bullwhip strike. Both can explode like lightening from the hand of a Master or Mistress.  They can be sensuous, precise, rhythmic, evil and savage. A bullwhip is as sexy and edgy as it is dangerous. Nothing leaves marks like a cane. Examine energy transfer on the somatic level, connect the energy systems of the body and the woo of energy flow to the physics of dark energy.
 

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Ever want to get into another person’s brain and rearrange their mental furniture? Take a peek under their emotional rocks? Shake up their snow globe of values and self-identity? Then this class is for you!
The body has limits. Grave limits. However, the limitations of the mind often extend far beyond what the eye can see. While there may be “land mines” in our field of feelings and fervor, navigating and stomping around them can be one of the most intimate styles of play between two - or more - people.
This class will dissect the art of causing mental/emotional discomfort and the beauty of stripping away a person’s humanity with humiliation, shame, and everything in between. We will discuss the differences between each method of madness and their appeal, tips for staying sane, and how to negotiate. The importance of self-awareness and communication will be emphasized.
**Please keep in mind that we will be discussing topics that may be triggering. It is important to be mindful of whatever mental or emotional triggers you may have before attending this presentation.**
 

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Come sit with slave Bren and listen to how being in a Master slave relationship carried her through the loss of her Master.

Learn how Master George prepared her to take back her authority and gave her prime directives that will carry her for life. How protocols & ritual nurtured her long after Master George’s physical being was gone. How her obedience to her Master, the relationship and herself kept her strong and resolute. How a healthy interdependent Master/ slave relationship can empower you and remind you daily of your worth and guide you along on days you never thought possible. 

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Inspired by her navigation device (Garmin at the time) on the drive to a leather event, Tomo will describe her thoughts during this discussion on obedience, compliance and alignment of will.   As the leader of an authority exchange relationship, do you seek obedience or do you prefer your desire is aligned to?  As the follower, do you obey or do you align with the will of your leader? Does the need for obedience or alignment change given the issue?  Does this shift, deepen, or change over time? Sharing her experience as well as telling personal stories, Tomo will examine obedience, compliance and alignment of will during this exploration and discussion.

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There are many classes on Protocols and Rituals, but this one covers the basics and then dives far deeper. In this class, we illustrate why protocols and rituals in the M/s dynamic is not just a way to micromanage, but a way in which to help the relationship blossom into something much greater and of deeper value than role playing. Protocols and rituals are the landmarks along the M/s journey, the pulse-checking that daily reinforces the relationship and serves to remind each member of their position, their obligations, and their integrity.

 This class will discuss the specifics of Protocols and Rituals; from developing a manual and devising key phrasing that is tailored to the dynamics of the varieties of M/s relationships, to putting these standards into place, to overcoming self-consciousness –and discovering the “flip” moment when the protocol becomes second nature, to contracts and reviewing of protocols, to enhancing them and ensuring they do not become either stale or routine. We will also cover how these protocols can be done while surrounded by the vanilla world. Protocols can put the “train back on the tracks” when the Pressures of the outside world become a distraction.

 This is not the typical “Protocols” class; this is how to make your M/s relationship into true 24/7 by finding the heart of the M/s relationship, and building its foundation in bedrock.

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There are many classes on Protocols and Rituals, but this one covers the basics and then dives far deeper. In this class, we illustrate why protocols and rituals in the M/s dynamic is not just a way to micromanage, but a way in which to help the relationship blossom into something much greater and of deeper value than role playing. Protocols and rituals are the landmarks along the M/s journey, the pulse-checking that daily reinforces the relationship and serves to remind each
member of their position, their obligations, and their integrity.

 This class will discuss the specifics of Protocols and Rituals; from developing a manual and devising key phrasing that is tailored to the dynamics of the varieties of M/s relationships, to putting these standards into place, to overcoming self-consciousness –and discovering the “flip” moment when the protocol becomes second nature, to contracts and reviewing of protocols, to
enhancing them and ensuring they do not become either stale or routine. We will also cover how these protocols can be done while surrounded by the vanilla world. Protocols can put the “train back on the tracks” when the Pressures of the outside world become a distraction.

 This is not the typical “Protocols” class; this is how to make your M/s relationship into true 24/7 by finding the heart of the M/s relationship, and building its foundation in bedrock.

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Few percussion implements mark as easily or strike fear into the hearts of bottoms as the cane. The cane is an elegant instrument: its flexibility, variations in diameter all produce a wide range of sensations from sensual to frankly painful. Demonstration and discussion of how to utilize the chakras to Canes create a sharp pain that permeates seconds that seem like minutes after the strike. A broad spectrum of caning techniques will be demonstrated.

The feet are the foundation of the body. They allow us to stand, walk and run. Bastinado involves striking a bottom on the soles of their feet with a stick. The foot a place where nerve endings are close to the surface and therefore especially susceptible to pain and pleasure. When bastinado is combined with precision striking and reflexology techniques it can combine a pain and pleasure balance that extends beyond the scene and has healing effects. Success! Find the foot's sweet spot, learn to transfer energy to the root chakra and shazam a footgasm is possible. The first 20 attendees at this workshop will receive a cane as a token. 

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Rituals are used for many reasons. In this class we will discuss the reasons that they are used in BDSM. We will give examples of different rituals and how they are used. Adding rituals to your relationship will help keep both participants aware of the D/s in the relationship. I will demonstrate some of the rituals that I use and ask others to share theirs. Rituals are especially useful in long distance and new D/s relationships. They help maintain the correct mindset for the submissive as well as the Dominant. This class will help you to evolve to a new level in your D/s relationship.

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In our sensual, sexual, kink, BDSM and fetish encounters, many of us enter into altered states of consciousness without being aware of it! Exploring the eight major routes of Sacred Kink, we will examine how we use the Path of Ritual for earning our leathers, Path of Rhythm for cathartic flogging, Path of Flesh for sensual bondage scenes and so much more. Come learn how to be conscious of your own sacred and magical connections, how these tools have been used for thousands of years, and begin incorporating new approaches to deepen your energetic connections.

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The art of seduction is at your fingertips. Learn how to fascinate, entrance, tempt, and ultimately enslave with time-proven techniques employed by powerful women throughout the ages. Delve into feminine archetypes and find what resonates within you. Gain insight into your own power and tap deeper into your magnetism. Explore the soft, sensual, and sexy Divinely Dominant Temptress inside of you!

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Flogging is a favorite kink for those who love impact play. It is definitely one of mine. There are several approaches to using floggers in a scene. Some of these I would call, sensual, sadistic and power flogging. Any three of these approaches to flogging are capable of creating spiritual experience for the bottom but may require slight differences in technique to achieve it. Power flogging is an approach that utilizes very heavy impact to create pleasurable headspace for the bottom by combining spiritual techniques that establish a strong connection between the top and the bottom. This class will teach you power flogging techniques, how to create a greater spiritual connection in your scene, as well as reviewing the importance of negotiation and safety.

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For this discussion, we will be examining submission and surrender, and taking a closer look at the obstacles s-types encounter in submitting and surrendering to a master/mistress/owner/dominant and the barriers the M types encounter in accepting and honoring submission and surrender. We will look at a few different paradigms for constructing and organizing M/s, O/p, and D/s relationships, and discuss what might best facilitate joyous submission, surrender and/or alignment of wills for each of us (because there is no one size fits all in this world).  We may also discuss speed bumps along the way in sustaining successful submission and/or surrender long term.

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How can we make stronger connections in our scenes? This presentation focuses on the psycho-spiritual connection between the top and the bottom in a scene and will help you learn how to use spiritual energy in your scene to create greater connection and headspace whenever you play. The class will cover:
•    Connecting to bottoms
•    Transcending ego and dualism
•    Enhancing power exchange and more

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The Flawed Master and the Imperfect slave: Elevating Your Dynamic Through Vulnerability — (Open Attendance)
We speak about wanting and needing transparency in order to succeed in our dynamic.  As Masters, we feel driven to be omnipotent, omniscient, and all-powerful.  As slaves, we want to epitomize perfection in all things.  The idea of making mistakes, being flawed, imperfect in any way is anathema.  We don’t wish to show our “ugly parts.” How can we truly have an authority-transfer environment when we don’t entrust all of ourselves to our partner (or show them who we truly are)? How long can we pretend to be “perfect?” How does one serve an “imperfect” and “flawed” Master? How do you serve from a place of disappointment? How does a Master lead from a place of disappointment?

Becoming a fully-faceted self-actualized individual requires having integrity.  Integrity is defined as “knowing and accepting one’s self.” To the extent we hide who we are, we cripple our own capacity to become wholly immersed in our dynamic. “Acceptance” is a two-way street. And, it begins by having the courage to be seen.
 

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We all bring diversity to the M/s dynamic but the common goals are obedience, expectations and communication. In this class, we will uncover the meaning of building a driven protocol dynamic that distinguishes fantasy vs reality. How living 24/7 as M/s is not impracticable but doable with diligence and vision that can bring practical protocols and rituals to the table that will fulfill us and build our relationship up and not watered down. 

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There are many ways to move around that elusive yet powerful quality that most of us just call "energy", although it's been known as mana, prana, chi, ki, orgone, and many other names. Pagans, witches, and magicians move it around in ways that we call Magic; masters of Reiki and Ch'i Gong manipulate it in different ways. In this class, we'll learn about the ways in which energy work and magic can be incorporated into BDSM, for play and for intimacy. (This class is primarily for people who understand the concept of energy work; if you don't, you may be a bit confused.)

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From the Lakota Sun Dance to the Hindu Kavandi ceremony, the elements of BDSM have been part of people's spiritual lives for millennia. We'll explore the different ways one can incorporate these varied practices into your spiritual life, from sacred pain ordeals to cathartic ritual theater, seen through the lens of the four elements.

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Personal power is often defined by the ability or capacity to perform an act effectively. A powerful person may have traits such as being influential, independent, straightforward, and assertive. In this class, we will examine how power can be a useful tool for a servant to have. We will look at power, examine what it is, how a powerful servant can benefit in an authority exchange relationship, and how a servant can surrender will and serve from a place of power.  Managing a powerful servant can be rewarding yet also a challenge.  We will discuss the benefits of making use of the powerful traits in your servant, how to manage the power servant, ways to get the most from your power tool, and challenges you may encounter along the way.

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Science behind Primal play & dynamics
In this moderator lead class we will discuss the biochemistry, hormones and altered mental states behind primal play for both the predator and the prey. Tips on how to indulge in this edgy form of play. This class is for those who like to indulge or have interest in this cathartic form of play. Arguably the most dangerous type of edge play there is.

 

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Who hasn’t gotten all hot and bothered reading the books of Gor? Have you ever wanted to be able to turn on your Master or Mistress by one undulation of your hips or by one shimmy of your bosom, then this class is for you. Slave dances are the highest form of displaying submission in the bdsm community.  How sexy would it be to be able to move your body erotically to the beat of your Master or Mistress’ floggers or whips?  This class will teach you how to raise the eroticism and sensuality of your bdsm play to a whole new level through dance. Demonstrations will be given throughout this class.

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In this dual moderated class Lady D & Sir Phoenix Black will discuss the how a Therapeutic scene may provide relief for or may reveal to deep physical or psychological trauma. Sir Phoenix will discuss how the biochemistry and neurology behind an intense scene can unearth memories and trauma. Lady D will discuss how these epiphanies and memories can, and should be used as a springboard to true mental healing. Be prepared to fully geek out on hard science and embrace mental healing. 

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Based loosely on The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra, we will look at and discuss practices and intentions that can help us realize our most fulfilling relationships.  While not required, it might be helpful if you have read his book.

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Sexual liberation, activism, being unapologetic for who you are, Leather allows us the opportunity to grow and expand what we already have in our hearts. It’s the camaraderie of strength and unity within the community. It’s about keeping Leather alive for future generations in interacting, finding connections and finding meaning.

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The world of BDSM often speaks of Leather as an identity, or as shorthand for our passions, but what about leather itself? The hides of animals, our second skins, this material that once lived and breathed has inspired erotic explorers for generations… why? From tools of pain and pleasure to the wide varieties of clothing that wrap around our form and conform to our shape with time – we will examine our tough exteriors to find how leather fetish has inspired leather sex, and in turn, leather soul, identity, and spirit… and the term “Leather Community” itself. Bring at least one piece of leather with you – be it a piece of your earned leathers if you come from that tradition, your favorite flogger, a tight pair of gloves, your favorite boots, your old friend of a belt, or something else to inspire yourself or others as part of this conversation towards understanding leather as more than a raw material.

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