KinkyCon XI Presenter and Class Information

Presenters or classes may change

-Iya-:

Sadistic Massage: It's good for you!

Sat 9:00-10:30 - Crown Court

A practitioner of Japanese styles of shiatsu and acupressure for over 20 years, -Iya- will share her love of body work that spans from deeply pleasurable and relaxing to vigorous, rough and downright painful. You will learn techniques for a basic therapeutic massage with a sadistic twist -it will hurt, but it's good for you! Using thumbs, fingers, fists, elbows, knees and feet this will be a whole body experience bringing SM pleasure to the giver and receiver. Safety issues and basic anatomy will be included. Variations using rope for added leverage will be demonstrated. Being partnered for the class allows for practice of the techniques, if not, time will be allotted at the beginning for possible partnering. Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in and a mat or blanket for the floor.

The Whipping Post: Crack with Connection

Sat 3:15-4:45 - Crown Court

The sound of the whip can be both intense and intimidating. The popper is the culprit of that indistinguishable 'crack' elicited when it exceeds the speed of sound. Whips can evoke the strongest of sensations to the lightest whisper of a touch.

The whip wielder's energy, both physical and otherwise, travels through the whip to the receiver. Stepping up onto the whipping post can be one of the most terrifying moments in one's exploration of play.

Whips take time to learn and require much practice and patience. In this class, we'll approach the whipping post from both the wielder and receivers point of view. Come develop your skills ranging from the technical and precise to the emotional and spiritual.

Developing Compersion and Kindness in Multi-faceted Relationships

Sun 11:45-1:15 - Granite

Compersion is a positive emotional response to a loved one's other relationship(s). Often described as the opposite of jealousy, it is not often our first (or second or third) response when our partner(s) begin new relationships, but it can be developed and cultivated. In this workshop, a traditional Buddhist meditation called the Metta Bhavana will form the basis for our practice of developing kindness towards ourselves, our partner(s), and those for whom we interact in our multi-faceted lives. Participants need not be in a current relationship, everyone is welcome to attend. Buddhist principles will be discussed in relation to the meditation and concepts, but one does not need to be a Buddhist to practice this.

1) AardvarkFetish - Coner / 2) AardvarkFetish - knot_head:

Fundamentals of Fetish Fotography - PHONES AND CONSTANT LIGHT!!!

Fri 7:00 - 8:30 - Marquis

Fundamentals of Fetish Fotography - PHONES AND CONSTANT LIGHT!!!


Let's get back to basics. It's NOT about gear. It IS about composition, angle, light... and getting the image you envisioned. Whether that's a fun memento of a fun scene at home, or you want to McGuyver something more involved, you CAN get some pretty great images using... WHATEVER YOU HAVE!!

- No Camera Needed (PHONES WELCOME!!!)
- No Experience Needed (Less bad habits to unlearn)
- No Special lighting gear needed. Just show up ready to learn and experiment.

This workshop is a chance to work through your settings, and other fundamental features like white balance. We discuss basics like angles, composition, LOTS of hands on, with YOUR gear and seeing how you can start crafting some better images.

Including...

Flattery gets you everywhere - tips on posing, composition, angles, lighting, clothing, ties, and even lens length to flatter your subject and give her confidence (even on the off chance she is not perfect). Setting reasonable expectations: Anyone can put a mean tie on a girl, and take an unflattering shot. Fine, If that's what she wants. But do it on purpose in a good way, instead of accidentally from lack of skill.

Classic faces in fetish photography- we only really shoot about three classic face angles. Make YOUR kinky fetish pics more engaging by getting these angles and looks. Basics on how to light them and details to get each right.

Posing tips and working with models

Introduction to Predicament Play; demo & limited lab time / tie along

Sat 9:00-10:30 - Marquis

Introduction to Predicament Play; demo & limited lab time / tie along -
This is NOT the hug and swoon performance rope you are used to seeing, It's an introduction to a completely different kind of rope bondage play. We'll work through negotiations, safety, engineering, and an adjustable knot that makes this type of play more accessible.

Several different predicaments will be deconstructed and demo'd. There should be some opportunity for tie along and practice depending on time and experience level of the group.

Escape Challenge- Discussion and tie along, fun event.

Sat 3:15-4:45 - Marquis

Escape Challenge- Discussion and tie along, fun event.

Discussion on safety and negotiation, and several increasingly difficult rigging challenges where your bottom actively tries to escape. Fun and instructive for any level rigger and bottom.

Intermediate Bedroom Bondage

Sun 10:00-11:30 - Marquis

Intermediate Bedroom Bondage - Play positions and even mild, sexy predicament ideas for intimate play.

Transitioning positions aren't just for performances, they're a lot of fun in the bedroom too. Bonus: Including a Hitachi in your bedroom bondage.

Bo:

BDSM Exploratorium with Bo Blaze, PCC

Fri 8:45 - 10:15 - Camelot Court

Bestselling author of the book "50 Shades of Curious," "BDSM for Beginners," and Alternative Life Coach, Bo Blaze, PCC will be your guide. Bo will show you some basic "101 techniques" on floggers, whips, canes, paddles and other implements of erotic torment. Basic safety tips including, "where and where not to hit" and all the Q & A you can think of will be addressed. For more info on Bo, please visit www.AlternativeLifeCoach.com

Jealousy - The Green Eyed Monster with Bo Blaze, PCC

Sun 11:45-1:15 - Rose Solarium

From the most experienced poly group to the monogamous couple, jealousy affects us all and don't let anyone tell you different. This class will help you create a healthier relationship and explore ways to deal with and understand your jealousy. Join "Alternative Life Coach" Bo Blaze, PCC and find out if you are a good fit for poly, how to unlearn core beliefs that generate jealousy and how fear is the root of all jealousy. For more info on Bo, please visit www.AlternativeLifeCoach.com

The DeTails of Flogging with Bo Blaze, PCC

Sun 2:30-4:00 - Granite

This is a great beginner to intermediate class taught by Bo Blaze, author of the book "50 Shades of Curious" and co-owner of the popular flogger company detailstoys.com. This class was the inspiration for their instructional DVD of the same name. Bo will show you why he feels specific throws are less important than getting comfortable with your flogger and yourself. You'll learn techniques to build confidence and accuracy and get a good overview on various hides and materials, which along with throws and angles, all come together to create both stingy & thuddy sensations. Live demonstrations and important basics like, "where and where not to hit" will round out this fun, laid back but very informative look at flogging For more info on Bo, please visit www.AlternativeLifeCoach.com

Flitter :

The Dance of Anticipatory Service

Sat 3:15-4:45 - Rose Solarium

This class will help explain the different kinds of services; with its main focus on Anticipatory Service. We will find what services speak to you as a sub and as a Dom, and how to implement them into your relationships. We will discover how to give service to any Dom to make them feel like they are number one and feel like you know them inside and out. We will talk about how to receive service from the submissive to make them melt with infatuation for the Dom. Come and learn what I like to call "The Dance of Anticipatory Service" and take your relationships to that next level that you always wanted but couldn't figure out how to do. We will have demonstrations on coffee/tea service, cigar service, cooking and table service as well as community/play party service. There will be time to have hands on experience with Anticipatory Service. At the end of the class you will have a better understanding of what services you want to explore, how to give and receive service, and have some practice with "The Dance of Anticipatory Service."

Gigi and Lilith :

Rope 101, The fundamentals and terminology.

Sat 9:00-10:30 - Camelot Court

This class is designed to set you up for success on your rope journey. You will leave with a basic understanding of rope fundamentals and terminology to get you started. We will go over the difference between "Safe" knots and "Risky" knots as well as how to check your knots, once tied for safety. Our focus will be on double and single column ties. We will be demonstrating their relevance and versatility in bondage to give a comprehensive understanding of fundamentals. You may be surprised how much you can actually do with just a double and single column tie. We will also be going over the most commonly used terms in rope bondage, their meanings and applications.

Connection through Rope

Sat 5:00 - 6:30 - Granite

Rope is about so much more than knots! Connecting with your rope partner is so important. This class is less about the technical application of rope and more about building and creating good energy and connection with your partner before, during, and after play.We will go over the importance of touch, pace, atmosphere and energy. Good ways to warm up and start your scene, how to create the reactions you want in your bottom and how to bring your scene to an end to provide aftercare. This class will require a partner if you wish to participate since it includes partnered stretching and breathing exercises.

Giotto:

Being a good rope top

Sat 10:45-12:15 - Crown Court

Being a good rope top
There are lots of good classes on improving one's skills as a rope bottom. There are tons of classes on how to tie. This class puts forth the other things that a rigger can do to improve the tying experience for rigger and model, i.e. Establishing a connection before during and after a tie. Reading the non-verbal cues of a model. Body positioning while tying for the rigger and the model. Being a strong lead in this dance of rope.
*Hands on
*No prerequisite

Giotto's performance Takate Kote

Sat 1:30-3:00 - Camelot Court

Giotto's performance Takate Kote
Learn to tie Giotto's own fusion TK that he uses in his many performances. This three rope TK is well structured and easy to tension properly. It is quick(ish) to tie and has been tested under fire as one of the most sustainable suspension chest harnesses that many rope models have encountered.
*Intermediate Class
*Prereq: Good rope handling skills. Solid single column ties

How Knot to cut rope

Sun 11:45-1:15 - Camelot Court

How Knot to cut rope

How can you avoid cutting your precious rope and still keep the bottom safe? This class will cover quick releases to let your bottom down quickly, adding ties and physically manipulating your bottom and ropes to fix problems. Giotto will also cover what to do when you need to cut rope.
*Demo and lecture

HypnoStory:

Hypnokink 101

Sat 10:45-12:15 - Woodside

Join HypnoStory for an introduction to hypnosis and hypnokink. We'll talk about and demonstrate what hypnosis is and what you need to know to play with it safely and effectively. Everyone who wants to will have the opportunity to hypnotize and/or be hypnotized. The intention of the class is that you leave with enough knowledge and experience to experiment with hypnosis in your own play. Bring a practice partner, or be prepared to pair up with someone in class for the practice part of the class

Sledgehammer Hypnosis Workshop

Sun 2:30-4:00 - Woodside

Interested in playing with hypnosis, but not sure where to start? Been to an Erotic Hypnosis 101 class, but want direction about where to begin? Join HypnoStory for an interactive workshop focused on giving you a chance to practice a variety of techniques that give the subject/person being hypnotized a strong experience. Hypnostory will demonstrate, and then you'll have a chance to practice with a partner and experience it for yourself. Both partners in each pair will have time to try being both hypnotist and subject if they want to. (No actual sledgehammers will be used, though ACME Instant Hypnosis jokes are likely).

Lew Rubens:

Plastic Wrap Suspensions

Sat 10:45-12:15 - Camelot Court

When you think of suspension, you probably automatically think of rope. Rope is excellent, for sure. But there is more than one way to get your gravity-defying kink on! Pallet wrap bondage is a versatile option to rope suspension, with the potential for super-fluffy-floaty comfort to "are-you-effin'-kiddin'-me?" discomfort ...and everything in between! With these techniques anyone can learn to create plastic spider webs in the woods or hang someone from your favorite suspension frame in cool new ways. Several plastic wrap suspension styles will be demonstrated/taught and you'll have the opportunity to do one of them yourself. Bring at least 2 rolls of 6" wide, 1000' pallet wrap.

Beyond Basic Rope Bondage

Sat 3:15-4:45 - Camelot Court

Want to learn shortcuts that make tying easier? Could you benefit from learning some handling tips and tricks that will make your bondage more aesthetically pleasing with crisp clean lines? Then this class is for you. You'll learn some techniques that even many advanced riggers don't know! This class is especially valuable for folks who want to photograph their finished products. You'll learn Various elbow ties (including stretching exercises to increase your bottom's flexibility), A quick and easy hair tie that won't pull off, A highly versatile, classic bowline, Dual color ties, and more!

The Classics

Sun 10:00-11:30 - Camelot Court

Learn why these classic ties have stood the test of time as favorite rope bondage positions. Step up your skills in this intermediate "hands on" rope bondage class. You'll learn: The most basic spread-eagle positions, to the Hogtie, Frog tie, Ball tie and many more

Lord Percival:

Basic Suspension

Sat 5:00 - 6:30 - Camelot Court

This is your introduction to Suspension. We go over safety, the whys and wherefores, and an under- standing that suspensions are often unique to the individual being suspended. We will work out and execute a good beginning suspension for each of the folks in the room, and examine why those suspensions were chosen, and how to make them workable. Suspensions can be comfortable, sadistic, or life-changing. Please, have strong floor-rope skills before joining this class.

Hojojutsu: Evil, Nasty, Harsh Rope, Modified for the Bedroom

Sun 2:30-4:00 - Camelot Court

Hojojutsu is the opposite, in many ways, of the nice, happy rope arts that are taught and practiced by many rope artists. There are ways to make Hojo bedroom/play acceptable for those who don't want to potentially damage their partners. Some knowledge of Hojo is useful to have, for this class. This is not a take-down class.

MrKinkyBear and taylorella_KB:

Needle Play 101: It's Just a Little Prick!

Sat 1:30-3:00 - Marquis

This entry level needle play class will lead its audience through the basics of needle play and how to create a safer sharps scene. Topics will include safety, negotiations, required equipment, play space setup/breakdown, sharps disposal, and basic play piercing techniques.

Needle Play 102: Beautifully Brutal Belonephilia

Sun 2:30-4:00 - Marquis

This class will provide you with ideas and techniques to both perfect your poking skills and take things to the next level. Topics will include needle design strategies, staple play, adding other play modalities to needle play (chemical play, electrical play, etc) and other ways to enhance your needle play beyond just the pokes!

MzBugz:

What does a KNIFE do for you?

Sat 1:30-3:00 - Woodside

Knives elicit many different responses. Many of those reactions excite me as a kinkster; fear, arousal, anticipation, excitement, anxiety, rapid heartbeats, giggling, even relaxation. This class will cover the safety of and the risks of playing with knives, how to select a knife that works for you, caring for and proper cleaning of your knife(vies). Through demonstration there will be examples of techniques that can be used to elicit intended reactions and desired results.

All About Head

Sat 5:00 - 6:30 - Woodside

In the lifestyle, much of our play is about impacting the body, we tend to concentrate in large part on the thighs to the breast, sometimes the feet of course...but what about the neck and the head. This class will focus on the sensations from pleasant to painful and a host of others in between while focusing on just the neck and head as the canvas. Let's see just how much fun can be had from sensual touch to safe impact. This class will incorporate some of the typical implements from a toy bag as well as many items you may not ever think to place in there.

The Beauty of Feet

Sun 4:15-5:45 - Woodside

It is the goal of this class to shed some light on the taboos and myths of foot fetishism. As the presenter, my goal will be to evoke discussion regarding foot fetishism through a variety of formats, such as quick demos. raising discussion topics and sharing my personal experiences. Although foot fetishism varies from person to person there are commonalities and we will discuss many of the reasons why some individuals find feet so attractive. This class is for all levels of experience with foot fetishism, especially those unsure but curious.

Natalie Prioness:

Beyond Bottoming

Sat 9:00-10:30 - Granite

As timid new bottoms we learn to lay down and get hit. As we grow we learn skills that help us to identify the good tops, what we need to to do stay safe, and how to negotiate. Essentially, we learn how to get to the 'lie down' part faster and more efficiently. Those skills are crucial for getting past the frenzy that new bottoms experience but they are essentially a baseline that all bottoms need.

In this class we will explore what it takes to step up your game beyond gleeful target or clear negotiator into the area of masterful bottom. So come and learn what it takes to bring your bottoming from competent to exemplary

Intersections of Gender and Kink

Sat 1:30-3:00 - Rose Solarium

There are a lot of uninformed and at times silly questions people want to ask about gender, a *whole* lot. What better way to clear things up than by asking you, the audience, some silly questions? This class will cover the basics of gender, sex, and expression while posing tough questions like "Should I bring my flogger to the office?" and "Are you a top or a bottom?". Hopefully by the end of the class you'll better understand what might be important to your partners, how gender can fit in your toy box with the floggers, and how get on to the fun parts without sticking your foot in your mouth.

Orion:

A Whirlwind Tour of Impact Play

Sat 10:45-12:15 - Granite

Orion's Whirlwind Tour of Impact Play, is your chance to explore, discuss, experiment, and practice technique (or receive impact) across a sample of devilish implements in a controlled, educational environment. If you are coming as a single, please speak to Orion to see if you can be paired.

Think of this workshop as a guided tour of things which go SPANK, SWAT, CRAAACK, WHAM, THUD, SWISH, and WHAP. The class will vote on implements of interest, and we will cover at least 4 of the following: spanking, other hand impact, paddles, crops, floggers, canes and rods, dragon's tails, and devilish rattan implements. Participants will learn construction and wielding techniques, impact vocabulary (sting versus thud, etc.) safety, aftercare, and can engage in supervised practice (giving and/or receiving) at least 50% of the time. Everyone will have the chance to work with something new, and there will be implements available for practice.

Safer Scene Negotiation

Sat 3:15-4:45 - Woodside

So, all the lights are green. You want to play. Everything seems perfect. You like this person. And you trust him/her/them. Ready to go?

NO! The most important part of your first kink interaction is to ensure you have negotiated your scene so as to make it the safest scene possible - given your interests and limits. And sometimes the safest decision is to decline until you have the chance to observe the individual in a scene or speak to someone who has played with this person.

This module includes distribution of a safer scene negotiation outline, discussion on negotiation, and role play practice so we can all feel much more comfortable - Top or bottom -in making scenes and play as enjoyable as possible. We will also cover safe words - why they are important - what they SHOULD mean - and what to expect should you use one.

Scott:

Violet Wands: from 101 to expert in 60 minutes

Fri 8:45 - 10:15 - Rose Solarium

This class covers the subject from A to Z. We will guide the class through the safety and history of violet wand play before moving on to more in depth topics. Tips and techniques will be covered ranging from a simple tickle to more advanced edge play like branding and fire play. This class will encourage participants to experience violet wand play, and will work to allay fears of this awesome tool while exploring new techniques. The class is a light-hearted exploration into how and why electricity can not only be a physical, but also a mental form of edge play.

Sir Vice:

Pressure Points and Joint Locks

Sat 1:30-3:00 - Crown Court

Whether you enjoy physical control, pain-play, take-downs, or primal, knowing where and how to place force can make all the difference. This workshop will be an interactive partnered session to review the use of pressure points and joint locks to create maximum effect with a minimum of effort. Use it for subtle purposes to "insist" on obedience, to intensify play experiences, or to create situational predicaments. Definitely for those that enjoy torturing (or being tortured by) their partners. This class consists of partnered exercises, attending with a partner you are comfortable working with is recommended.

Exploring Power Exchange (AKA: D/s and M/s 101)

Sun 2:30-4:00 - Rose Solarium

Power exchange dynamics covers a spectrum of options from everyday casual interactions to simple play and long-term relationships. This workshop will increase understanding of the presence and use of power exchange in casual and enduring relationships, in speech and body language, and how it plays in psycho-emotional experiences. Partners are welcome but not required.

Skyla:

Fem Dom Meet and Greet

Fri 7:00 - 8:30 - Rose Solarium

Join Skyla for sparkling beverages that are sure to warm you up for Kinky Con! This event is open to Fem Doms, their submissive partners and friends. Dress to impress. If you would like to help serve, please contact Skyla.

Male-Bodied Sounding

Sat 3:15-4:45 - Granite

Come watch a urethral sounding demo on a penis. I will be discussing the basics of selecting sounds, other items you will need for safety and added fun, where to purchase sounds, and how to properly clean and store your sounds.

Polyamory Panel: From curious about to into

Sun 10:00-11:30 - Crown Court

Are you curious about what polyamory looks like in different forms? Want to know how to avoid certain pitfalls or challenges? How about tips for being successful from a variety of practitioners? Please join us for a panel moderated by Skyla. Our panelist for this year are:

Bo Blaze is a PCC certified Alternative life coach, specializing in Kink and Polyamory. He is the author of the bestselling book, 50 Shades of Curious: BDSM for Beginners and has taught and lectured at hundreds of universities, conferences and various alternative events.

FN_Angel has been swinging, open and/or poly for 26 years and married 24 years. Currently in a D/s poly relationship with a beautiful and brilliant submissive, Nina. FN_Angel operates within an ethically non-monogamous structure.

Glitterous has been non-monogamous/poly and kinky for over 5 years and is one of the admins for the New England Polyamory group. She is a non-hierarchical solo poly gal who currently lives as one endpoint of a V household, as well as maintaining multiple relationships of diverse connections. She is a pansexual, biracial queer lady who in her spare time, loves gaming, anime and sword fighting.

Natalie is a four year old trans women with a passion for pain, poly, and all things kink. She is an involved community member and enjoys teaching about a variety of topics. She is currently in a relationship that involves metamours, and is dating and hoping to find an addition to her group.

Thista Minai is a queer and kinky priestess who has been polyamorous for over a decade. She is particularly interested in how issues of consent affect non-monogamous relationships.

Chasing Skyla: Realities of being Stalked and Outed

Sun 2:30-4:00 - Crown Court


It is a normal Monday afternoon. You are busy getting through your to-do list at work. Suddenly, the HR manager is at your cubicle. She wants you to come to her office, immediately. She informs you that everyone that you work with has been sent naked pictures of you from your Fetlife account. They have come via email. The CEO has seen them, your co-workers have seen them, everyone has. They have seen you doing kinky acts, read your fetish list, seen your writings. All of the blood rushes out of your face and you turn white as a ghost. You quickly pack your things and run from the office. You are living your worst nightmare. What now?

I experience that and more during my harrowing encounter with a stalker. My hope is to share what I have learned in order to effect change and understanding for stalking victims. This class will cover what to expect from the police, the process for filing restraining orders in NH, professional and reputation management, and a bit about cyber security. If you have ever told someone to, just get a restraining order, this class is for you. If you have ever wondered how the local police might respond to this in regard to the new Revenge Porn Law, this class is for you.

Note to Attendees: This class may be emotionally triggering for victims of stalking.

Switch Jake:

How to train your squirrel

Fri 7:00 - 8:30 - Woodside

In this class we delve into the non-traditional forms of pet play. Everyone knows puppies, ponies and kitties, however, there are a slew of other animals that are represented in the kinky kingdom. For example, Switch Jake sometimes attends events as a squirrel. It is difficult to make kinksters do a double take, but dressing as a squirrel achieves this! Come learn about the vast array of non-traditional animals and let your wild side be free!

Balancing Play Partners and Relationships

Sat 1:30-3:00 - Granite

BDSM offers us a very odd opportunity. We have our single partner. However, sometimes a single partner doesn't fulfill all of our kinks. Therefore play partners are needed to fill the gaps in what we need as kinksters. This is NOT a class on how to pick up an exclusive partner but more how to balance a romantic partner and a play partner. This is more how to manage different people to make everyone happy.

Electrical Play

Sat 6:45 - 8:15 - Granite

Actively playing with something your parents told you not to, electricity. Includes toys and safety. Additionally, includes a demo during the class. For those of us who stuck our fingers into electrical outlets and liked it, electricity can be used in a multitude of ways, both pain, and pleasure.

The Chaste and the Keyholder

Sun 11:45-1:15 - Woodside

Chastity is a unique form of play and requires a very special type of relationship. This class covers various types of devices used and contains a personal account of how chastity feels from a male perspective. This class will feature various devices used in chastity and audience members are encouraged to come forward to demonstrate their devices, explain their relationships, examine and touch the devices or recount their experiences with chastity.

Thista Minai:

Suffering for Spirit: An Overview of Ordeal

Sat 9:00-10:30 - Woodside

What is the Ordeal Path, and what does it offer? In this workshop we'll take a panoramic view of Ordeal, touching on the theory behind Ordeal rituals, and exploring many different facets of the Ordeal Path.

Sacred Crisis: The Anatomy of Ordeal

Sat 6:45 - 8:15 - Rose Solarium

What makes an Ordeal? What is the difference between an intense or spiritual scene and an Ordeal? How do Ordeal rituals help us reach our deepest selves? In this workshop, we'll explore the essential components of Ordeal, and learn how to make the most of our suffering.

Cathartic Flogging

Sun 11:45-1:15 - Crown Court

Catharsis is a process of release, purification, and relief, whereby one is rid of repressed emotions and energies. Come learn how flogging can elicit mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual catharsis. This workshop does not focus on technical flogging skills, so please have some knowledge of the fundamentals.

Wintersong:

A Whirlwind Tour of the Gender Spectrum

Sat 10:45-12:15 - Rose Solarium

It sure isn't a binary world out there! The range of people's experiences, identities, and presentations of gender/sexuality are extraordinary, and yes, sometimes confusing. In this workshop, Wintersong will help illuminate the myriad of ways people experience and express their gender identity, with an eye towards deepening interpersonal understanding and relations. Intended primarily for people new to many of these concepts, there will be lots of time for questions and discussion.

Penile Anatomy For Play

Sun 10:00-11:30 - Granite

There's more to know than you think! Join kinkster and cock aficionado extraordinaire Wintersong for a fun and informative exploration of the ins and outs of cocks, balls and more. Learn about the eight zones of penile sensitivity, strategies and techniques for a variety of play, and more anatomy than you can shake a dick at. You'll laugh, you'll learn, and your (or someone else's) genitals will thank you.

Sex (and/or Kink) and Disability

Sun 4:15-5:45 - Rose Solarium

We can't all be perfect specimens of physical and mental health. In fact, many of us are in some way for lack of a better word, broken. This may pre-date our being sexually active, or it could be more a recent development. It can take many different forms and can affect our lives, and yes our sex lives in a wide variety of ways. Let's get together and discuss issues such as: how does one explore safe play within our limitations, how do we find satisfying substitutions for favored activities that may now have become off limits, how do we talk to an erotic partner about our boundaries without freaking them out, and how can we incorporate our disability into our play in positive and healthy ways?

brazenprofessor:

Intimacy through Pain: S&M in culture and the body

Sat 6:45 - 8:15 - Woodside

Technical skills classes are a frequent feature of BDSM education - and an important one, to keep partners physically and emotionally safe. However, it is also important to understand how pain functions to create or block intimacy. Instead of focusing on techniques or skills (impact play, torture rope), this class explores how pain functions as an intimate connection in an S/m scene, and how to use pain to enhance and deepen a connection with your partner. Techniques for processing pain, as well as cultural norms and values around pain will also be discussed.

Revenge of the Words: Communication in and for Connection

Sun 10:00-11:30 - Rose Solarium

Wording is hard. Finding the right language to express who you are and what you like and what you want is complicated. It gets even more complicated because people don't always interpret what we say in the way we intended it. Come and learn about how to write profiles that reflect your identity and communicate your personality, how to use words for impact in journal/blog entries, as well as how to use writing erotica as a negotiation tool / scene description. The class will be driven by participants' interests, and may also cover how to word introduction emails, dating profiles, and frameworks for negotiation, depending on what participants (and/or event organizers) are interested in. Bring examples with you of profiles/blogs/etc you find interesting or compelling. As time permits permits, we will explore a few hands-on writing exercises designed to develop participants' personal styles and voices.

Developing your Risk Profile

Sun 4:15-5:45 - Granite

Rope involves risk. Both the fibers we use and the people we tie with are imperfect. We can't control everything that happens in a scene. But we can make informed choices about which types of risk we may be more willing, or entirely unwilling, to assume. Risk profiles are highly individual creatures: what seems reasonable to one person may not make sense for another. Class participants will actively work through a framework identifying the various levels of risk involved with different types of ties and suspensions. The purpose of the class is to encourage participants to develop their individual risk profile, and to consider how that profile can function as a foundation for play and communication. This class is taught from a bottom's perspective, but will also be useful for tops interested in thinking through and developing a framework for what types of risk they are comfortable in engaging. Though focused on rope-related risk, those interested in impact or edge play may also find the framework to be valuable in their kink activities.

soumise:

Asking - and Why it's so Scary

Sat 9:00-10:30 - Rose Solarium

Many submissives have a problem asking for what they need or want. It took me a long time to be able to do this in my personal life, even though I've never had a problem with expressing my needs in my career. When first entering the D/s lifestyle, i found it even harder to ask for what i needed or wanted because i thought it meant i wasn't submissive enough. The goal of this workshop is to help you learn more about yourself and your needs and wants and be able to effectively communicate these with your partner. Why we need to be able to ask for what we need and want. When to express these needs to our Dominant or Master for the best outcome. What it is we are really looking for. How to ask. What happens if the answer is No? How to avoid feeling taken advantage of in; or resentful of; the power exchange dynamic.

Power Exchange and Communication Through Ballroom Dance - The Wicked Waltz

Sat 5:00 - 6:30 - Crown Court

Learn new communication skills and experience a power exchange at a totally different level while you pick up new moves to show off on the dance floor. The roles of leader and follower are both of equal importance in a successful partnership, but the responsibilities of each are very different. Whether you think you have 2 left feet or are ready to appear on "Dancing With the Stars", you will have fun exploring relationship dynamics and communication through this non-traditional approach. Partners helpful, but not required if you are willing to dance with someone you just met in the class.

Working Out the Kinks - Flexibility for the Mobility Impaired

Sun 10:00-11:30 - Woodside

Learn an effective and restorative workout for the body with a focus on mindful movement. Moving from the deepest muscles of the body outward will help you restore range of movement, improve alignment and joint stability while improving strength and neuromuscular connections. This workout is suitable for participants of a variety of fitness and mobility levels and variations will be suggested to adapt exercises to your personal needs. Please bring a bath towel and wear something you will be comfortable moving in and bring or wear a pair of socks.

thedomlygent and harper cox:

Loving Degradation: The pleasure of objectification and use

Sun 4:15-5:45 - Crown Court

We aim to define, explain, raise questions about, and discuss personal experiences and contemporary theories relating to the ideas we believe articulate "hardcore" kinky play these days: degradation, objectification, and humiliation. We focus personally on what it means to desire it and what it means to want to give it, within the context of a loving relationship and an open set of possibilities such as play parties too. More generally, we also wish to discuss the inherent risks of this type of play given that it takes place within the current context of a pornographic market that celebrates these themes in dangerous ways at times. In the last portion of the class, we hope to entertain questions and comments about others' experiences with, and reflections on, these concepts.

xxmindy:

Embody Sexy

Sat 5:00 - 6:30 - Rose Solarium

This transformational workshop incorporates dynamic group work and conscious interactive conversation to help us dismantle external myths of what it truly means to embody sexy. We will connect through universal experiences and confront invisible barriers as a group to engage and address the inner critic. This is naked, vulnerable work (metaphorically speaking), but our goal is a real time shift towards more kindness and compassion towards ourselves and one another, and more agency within our own lives and in our own bodies. If you are willing, I can take you there.