Thunder in the Mountains is proud to present a fantastic lineup of presenters for 2018
Laura Antoniou has been writing erotica for over twenty years. Best known for her Marketplace series of erotic novels about a realistic slave training society. The 6th book, The Inheritor, was launched with an enormously successful Kickstarter featuring a limited leather-bound edition; the entire series is aviailable in paper, e-book and audio editions. She has also edited and appeared in many anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2015, and is the author of Rainbow Award winning comedy kinky mystery, The Killer Wore Leather. Winner of the NLA Lifetime Achievement Award and the Pantheon of Leather Lifestime Achievement Award (both in 2011), she has presented, taught and ranted at over 150 groups, businesses, schools and conferences since the 80s. Her website is LAntoniou.com; follow her on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Tank, healer, rogue, mage - they're not simply jobs, they're roles. When a party is missing a key element, a weakness develops and villainy finds a way in. But unless your poly family actually has at least five different specialists, you should identify which areas of expertise you can claim, and know how to call upon them in times of trouble. Use gamer strategy consciously to maintain the health and fun in your relationships and recognize your two individual talents and passions. Know when to go light and clear away trash issues versus when to pop your pots and mods and go all in with a mighty Leroy Jenkins! Bonus feature - when figuring out your weaknesses, you will know where you and your partners might need to do some work to help strengthen your relationship.
Look, there's a reason why you like to wear black leather with spikes and studs, or intimidating uniforms with gleaming jackboots. You're a goddamn villain, the Ultimate Evil, the Big Bad, the Wicked Fiend or Conniving Vizier, etc. But that doesn't mean you can't have a working empire of evil, allowing for enterprising partners and underlings to prosper in your company. You just need a rule book. Good thing there is one. So come join your fellow malevolent beings as we plot to take over the galaxy - er, work through some of the best advice from a relationship workbook designed just for us.
Skip Chasey, a/k/a Master Skip, addressed a crowd of nearly one million people at the Millennium March on Washington, and since then he has given more than a dozen keynote addresses and presented over 250 programs on the spiritual dynamics of BDSM at noteworthy leather events throughout North America. He has been profiled in Nerve.com magazine, Power Exchange magazine, the award-winning documentary film Pup, and Ask the Man Who Owns him, slave david stein’s book on gay male Master/slave relationships that received the National Leather Association’s 2010 non-fiction literary award. Master Skip is a co-founder of People of Leather Among You (a social and educational group for Southern California men and women interested in the integration of spirituality and leather/fetish sexuality), served as a core instructor for the Butchmanns Experience (a periodic weekend retreat offering opportunities for profound personal growth to leathermen and women of all sexual orientations and identities) and for seven years was a co-producer of Southwest Leather Conference (“The Leather Family Gathering of Heart and Spirit”). Honors include the Leadership Award and the Lee Montague Memorial Community Service Award from Avatar Club Los Angeles, the Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Award, both the Master Heart Award and the Master Jack McGeorge Excellence in Education Award from the Master/slave Conference, and the Leatherman’s Heart Award from SWLC. Most recently Master Skip and his slave Rick were honored to receive the 2017 Guy Baldwin Master/slave Heritage Award from the M/sC.
In his own words, “Blood may be thicker than water, but leather is thicker than blood.”
Webster’s defines catharsis as “an emotional purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal.” Catharsis provides release from tension, an increased feeling of aliveness, and can even serve as a catalyst for spiritual enlightenment. Through catharsis one can experience bliss. Provided that the proper intention, focus and egoic surrender are in place, the mindful use of a flogger provides an excellent opportunity for catharsis for both the Dom and the sub. Come discover the simple message of the flogger, and how that message can transform you…body, mind and spirit!
Note - This is not a workshop on flogging technique, but rather on how to use this powerful SM practice to facilitate catharsis.
Who hasn’t been both attracted to—and frightened by—the crack of a single tail whip as it meets its intended target? In recent years there has been a surge of interest in single tail scenes, but the tremendous exponential function of force to sensation, not to mention the potential for serious injury, requires a learned proficiency and a disciplined focus in order to safely use such a whip on another human being. Equally important is a conscious understanding of the psycho-spiritual dynamics inherent in this intense percussive practice. In this third in a series of “Shamanic SM” presentations, Master Skip will explore those dynamics and reveal the possibility for transcendence they offer. Come discover how the mindful use of a single tail can facilitate a profound spiritual awakening, no matter which end of the whip you’re on!
Note - This is not a workshop on single tail technique but rather on how to use this powerful SM practice as a tool for Self-realization.
Sir Rob discovered BDSM at ~7 while watching classic Star Trek. He began earnestly exploring Leather in Seattle at 21 under the guidance of Leather Daddy Dave Lewis. He now lives in Chicago, where he is the membership chair of the renowned gay men’s BDSM club, the Chicago Hellfire Club, which he has been a member of since 2003. He specializes in impact play (punching, spanking, caning, flogging, paddling), nipple torture, fisting, and play piercings. He also enjoys a little CBT and breath control added to the mix. Besides enjoying the naughty, forbidden, and sexual in SM play, he finds SM to be spiritual and artistic. The body is an amazing canvas for bruises and marks; and needles can be used to create intricate designs. He loves those moments in play where everything else fades except the person with whom he is playing and the connection they have established. He especially enjoys the connection that is created when he is given the gift of submission. As Great Lakes Leather Sir 2008, he was first runner-up at ILS/b 2008.
The two most important toys are the ones you bring with you everywhere – your hands. Toys are lots of fun, but play opportunities some times happen when we aren’t expecting them or when we can’t readily get to our toys. Yet, you need to make that play happen. So, what to do? Be creative with those hands. There are many different ways the hands can be used to hit the body and its various parts. The intensity can go from delicate to mild to extreme. We will explore a variety of ways to use the hands (and arms and other body parts) for impact play. We may also explore using the hands to inflict gentle sensations to intense pain beyond the realm of impact.
Most BDSM classes focus on equipment and technical skills – e.g., where to hit when flogging, how to prep for play piercing, different implements to use in impact play. They may include a description of how a technique might feel to the bottom – e.g. white pain, thuddy, stingy. However, even if you have experienced that scene as a bottom, your bottom may be having a very different experience than you did or than the last bottom you had the same scene with. How do you tune into your bottom, read all the messages they are giving you (verbal and non-verbal), so that you can both have an experience that leaves you satisfied and ready for another play date? We will look at how to read your bottom’s body and moans. We will examine communicating throughout a scene with various levels of directness and subtlety. We will also work on trying to develop a mind set of being able to have a foot in what our play partner is experiencing while maintaining our own top/dominant role.
Rain DeGrey is an international educator, writer, presenter and performer that has been teaching kink and sex education classes since 2009. After getting her start as a fetish model and Pro Domme, she was motivated to branch out into education, something she is extremely passionate about. Demystifying sexuality and presenting in a clear and humorous way are trademarks of her teaching style and she believes strongly in making sex education fun.
She has taught on a wide variety of topics at Harvard, Northwestern University, Kink.com, The Citadel, Pure Pleasures, Stormy Leather, Folsom Fringe, The Looking Glass, KinkAcadamy, PassionateU, Mission Control and Boundcon in Germany.
Her work has been featured in such places as Playboy TV’s “69 sexiest things to do before you die”, Seattle Erotic Arts Festival, The SF Fetish Ball, Exotic Erotic, Rope Burn, Kink-e-zine and Femina Potens. Additionally, she is a regular contributor to multiple online magazines.
The strength and beauty of a confident woman in control is an inspiring sight to behold. Throughout the ages strong women have always had an irresistible allure…
Are you curious about Topping but uncertain about how to get started? Or are you looking to brush up on your skills to create a memorable and sizzling scene for you and your partner(s)?
Rain DeGrey goes over the steps to unlock your inner Domme!
This class will cover
Don’t be shy; learn to own your strong female self!
This pansexual class is opens to all genders and orientations, everyone is welcome!
Sometimes one can crave their dominance play a little… rougher.
Not all BDSM play is elegant and carefully composed–it can also be raw and primal and full of abandon!
But how does one go about engaging in rough play without causing unintended damage to their partner? Wonder no more! Rain DeGrey, who has extensively explored dominance and rough play on both sides of the coin, will show you how to safely engage your more primal side. All concepts discussed will be broken down and demonstrated in easily understood detail.
What to expect
Come learn how to unleash your inner primal!
This pansexual class is opens to all genders and orientations, everyone is welcome!
Mark Frazier has been involved in the Leather and Kink Lifestyle for almost 30 years and is passionate about and sharing community history and experiences.
Mark has had the privilege of owning several leather and gay nightclubs, being a Leather Titleholder, sitting on numerous board of organizations and holding memberships on numerous prominent local, regional and international organizations.
Through the years Mark has been honored with many local, regional, international and lifetime achievement awards and accolades.
Mark currently resides in Palm Springs.
Breath Play is obviously one of the most potentially dangerous SM activities, requiring responsibility, trust and scrupulous safety practices.
Practitioners describe Breath Play as sensual, euphoric, and erotic.
The presentation will explore techniques, methods and safety, and will conclude with a question/answer session and hands-on play.
Needle play and temporary play piercings can be taboo to many because it is a form of blood sports.
Many practitioners use play piercings in conjunction with the expression of artistic, spiritual and sexual expressions. Fortunately, it can also be done for the purpose of painful pleasure.
The presentation will discuss, safety, needle placement, needle size, techniques, and aftercare.
Daddy Peter Fiske has been a Leatherman for over 50 years & still counting. Peter came out in March 1964 in New York but moved to San Francisco in March 1966. He was a member of the Koalas MC from 1966 to 1969. The Peter Fiske Collection has over 1000 whips & Peter likes to say he has more whips than the Smithsonian & his get used. He has been a Presenter at over 100 Leather events over the years & has been a mentor to 2 generations of Leather Men & Women.
Peter is Chairman Emeritus of the 15 Association & the longest member having joined in May 1980. He is also a member of Delta International, Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert & Avatar. Peter is Leather Daddy XXXI of San Francisco. He has served as Board member & President of the SF Aids Emergency Fund & is a Co-Founder of the SF Breast Cancer Emergency Fund & a SF Pride Board member.
His awards include two Pantheon of Leather for Northern California & Lifetime Achievement. He was awarded the Heritage of Pride Award in 2006 for longtime service to the SF LGBT community. He was inducted into the Leather Hall of Fame at CLAW in 2017.
Daddy Peter believes in hard safe play, being kind & that everyone has a place in our Leather Community. He supports reaching out to our young people & fully including them as equals.
Daddy Peter will present a discussion & then a practice on short single tail whips. Short single tails are those less than 5 ft in length. Peter will demonstrate how to use them safely for practice & scenes. He will show how to use your wrist not your whole arm to deliver lighter strokes. He will show where to hit & where not to hit. Bring your own whip for this class, but he will have some extra ones for those who need one. Short single tails can safely be played with or without marks except for welts that do not last so they are hot & useful at he same time.
Daddy Peter will teach how to use canes for play or punishment. He will demonstrate their scene use by performing a scene as part of the class. Peter is a Caning expert having used canes for over 50 years. He will talk about safety, limits, marks & how to take care of your canes. Canes can be very exciting & Peter will go thru how to make your scenes with them more exciting. How to vary your strokes & how to connect with each other in the scene will also be covered. Daddy Peter loves a great show & his caning skills are well known.
Lee Harrington is an internationally known spiritual and erotic authenticity educator, gender explorer, eclectic artist and award-winning author and editor on human erotic and sacred experience. He’s been traveling the globe teaching and talking about sexuality, psychology, faith and desire, and believes you deserve passion and connection in your life. His books include “Playing Well With Others - Your Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Negotiating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities” (with Mollena Williams), “Sacred Kink - The Eightfold Paths of BDSM and Beyond,” “Shibari You Can Use - Japanese Rope Bondage and Erotic Macramé,” and “Traversing Gender - Understanding Transgender Realities,” amongst many others. Lee has been a passion instigator, academic, adult film performer, world class sexual adventurer, outspoken philosopher, polytheist priest/ess, kink/bondage expert, and has been blogging about sex and spirit since 1998. Read more about Lee at PassionAndSoul.com.
Let’s skip to the meat of the matter - we want sex, we have sex, and we deserve sex. But how can we reclaim our pleasure rights when we won’t even talk about it with our friends and lovers? In this class we will dive into the fears we have around rejection and body dysphoria, then put that all on a shelf for a few minutes to dive into what actually WORKS! How does humor and joy play into our pursuit of pleasure? What issues face trans* folks or others who are outside the binary who have male partners, female partners, trans* partners, and hell, what do you call the stuff between your legs anyway? Does it matter? We’ll touch on the issues of safer sex as well, in a community where our desperation to be touched the way we need to be touched has led to a heartbreaking habit of doing anything to get our needs met. Breathe deep, and get ready to listen from your heart and share from your spirit.
Are you sick of being asked to scrub the toilet as if your partner expects you to cum each time you do it for them? Does having your Submissive shave their balls three times a day actually help you live a full and fulfilling life? Let’s get down and dirty – talking about and working through exercises on establishing what service we really want, what we are able to give, and what drives us in service from all sides. Is it about effort, quality of outcome, detailed delivery, results, our resources expended… or getting hard/wet? Service is not just provided by Slaves and Submissive or Surrendering individuals – Masters, Mistresses, Mommies, Daddies, Boys, Girls, Lovers, and Friends will also get a chance to look at their desires and see what actually gets them what they actually desire.
honey_bare is a queer nonbinary femme and a sadomasochistic rope-switch with a propensity towards edgy and heavier play. they are actively involved in the DC/Baltimore scene and can often be seen at The Krakens' Lair making lovely people scream in their ropes. honey learns from and is inspired by many teachers in rope, and hopes to tie always with intent and functionality as well as aesthetic. honey also enjoys erotic bondage (and non-bondage) photography, and is always looking for the perfect shot. honey has presented and performed for Krakens AKademy, Black Rose, Dark Odyssey, MBE, Baltimore and DC TNG, Thunder in the Mountains, Austin Rope Slingers, and other events in their local scene. honey loves spreading joy and experiences in kink to others any chance they get!
Contrary to what it may sometimes seem, bottoms are not just interchangeable bodies whose only responsibilities are listing limits, taking pain and safe wording. A great bottom can help a top get more out of a scene, elevate a scene from good to great, and even open the door to edgier types of play.
honey will begin by discussing what can make an experience a great one for both the top and the bottom, and what you can do to enhance the experience, even if you're not the one throwing rope or a whip. We'll move on to talk about types of effective negotiation and communication during scenes, as well as ways to protect yourself and what to do if things go awry. We will examine everything from light pickup play to safely exploring heavier and edgier play, and various types of consent models. Regardless of what you're interested in, honey will help you to be a more informed partner, as well as to develop the tools you need in order to foster an amazing scene--from the bottom!
Do you want to hurt your bottom with rope, contort the body, torture little-known places, and hear lovely squeals of pain (and pleasure)? All you need to know for this class is a single-column tie, and you can create beautiful (and painful) bondage and predicaments on the ground. No fancy knots or harnesses needed! Bring your enthusiasm and your creativity, and we will explore a number of different tricks and techniques to create an incredible rope experience for both top and bottom!
Levi "Otter" hails from Denver where he proudly represents his state as Mr Leather Colorado 2011. His adventure into the leather and kink community started as a young boy when he was given his first pair of boots and taught how to care for leather gear. That experience taught him not only invaluable skills as a bootblack but also the importance of education passed down to the next generation. While teaching at events he is regularly accompanied by his two pups Sprocket and Tai. Their poly family affectionately named Otter Nonsense has made it a mission of theirs to be a loud voice for diversity, supporting our various communities, and the safety that comes from not just education but the celebration of all people and critters as equals in beauty and voice.
Religion is often a taboo subject, especially at the dinner table... In his class Otter approaches religion and race with pure irreverence. When diving into such taboo subjects profound experiences are guaranteed to happen so strap on your boots and leave the delicate sensitivities at the door. This class will explore how to choose the proper play space, involving others in tertiary roles, using sacred symbols and language to evoke emotions, ways to create a ritual or religious experience through kink, and the potential catharsis and aftercare. It cannot be stressed enough this class is not for the faint of heart...most belief systems will be discussed in reverent and irreverent ways that may be offensive to some people but entirely titillating to the rest of us.
Covering the basics in rope bondage is particularly important. This class not only tells you where to start, but we dive in and get our hands on each other. Rope is not just a tool or a kink, but it is a mindset that is only confined by your imagination and willingness to explore. You will leave this class with a few basic ties and insight into how to think rope not just tie it. Bring your own rope, 6-8 lengths of rope. Otter suggests 25-35 foot lengths of any of your bondage rope you like. Also bring someone to tie on because this isn’t just a lecture. It’s a hands-on lab setting!
Midori is a renowned educator and writer on sexuality. Dubbed “the super nova of kink” by Dan Savage, she emerged from the Sex Positive Movement in San Francisco in the early 1990’s, soon becoming a much sought after international presenter on sexuality, personal fulfillment and kinky adventures.
Her reputation as authority and leading expert on alternative pleasures stem not only from her unique and entertaining process of teaching concrete skills, but in her ability to deconstruct and distill complex matters of desire into surprisingly accessible lessons with eloquence and humanity. She’s known for tackling challenging topics with fresh and relevant insights. She calls this her “head-heart-hands” method to create a space where people are allowed individual self-exploration. Fundamentally she is motivated by helping people to create authentic and intimate relationships while emphasizing self actualization, shame reduction, acceptance and justice.
Her writing is extensive, ranging from numerous articles, columns, works of fiction, to instructional books. She is the author of The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage, Wild Side Sex, and Master Han's Daughter. She leads transformative small group intensives, including Rope Dojo ®, ForteFemme - Women’s Dominance Weekend Intensive and Passionate Bonds - Creating Effective D/s Protocol. When she's not traveling and teaching, she's creating provocative and haunting art and performances.
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So much of the art of desire and seduction - and experiencing that hot scene - happens without words!
Would you like to attract that dominant you find so sexy? Do you want to seduce surrender from a place of submission? Want to effectively project elegant submission or sleek dominance during the scene? What to shift the feel of the scene from ho-hum to Wow?
Learn nonverbal skills deepen the power exchange during play.
Tired of wasting time on unwanted attention or setting boundaries against thoughtless or casual disrespect of limits?
Gain communication techniques for flirting in social occasions, or effective mid-scene comportment. Come and practice with Midori!
This class is open to all - and especially geared towards anyone who inhabits any female, woman, or feminine identity or mindset on an ongoing or selected moments…
Do you crave D/s relationships? Do you want to improve your current M/s relationship and understand your partner better? How do we create successful and fulfilling D/s and M/s relationships? How do we find the best match and avoid disaster and broken hearts? What goes into creating effective protocols?
To answer these questions, first we must have a solid foundation and understanding of our own desires and D/s goals of our partners. Long before protocols, contracts, expectations, and collars come out, there's important work to be done. It's worth it!
This unique interactive class is designed to help D/s - M/s individuals, leather families as well as the curious to discover and discuss their own relationship archetypes. We'll begin to diagram the expectations, boundaries, goals, and priorities for your current and future relationships.
Through this class you'll gather information necessary in creating effective protocols and the details of daily interactions. Individuals, couples, and multi-member relationships are all welcome. Be prepared to do some creative and hard work at the start to help reduce heartaches down the road! Open to all experience level, genders, and orientation.
Okie has been involved in the public BDSM community for 19 years and the leather community for 17. He has held the following leather titles - Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2000, Mr. Great Plains Olympus 2005 and International Mr. Olympus International 2006 as well as being the 1st Openly Identified Heterosexual to compete at International Mr. Leather in 2000. He has written over 77 articles for The Leather Journal, The Leather Page, Fetbot, The Dominant's View, The Leather Web and Kinbaku Today. In 2002, David was awarded a Pantheon Award for Community Service in the South Central Region. Okie has held many posts throughout his years; board member, fundraiser and leather contest producer for local, regional and national organizations. He has presented well over 100 classes and day long intensives about alternative sexuality. He is an avid rope enthusiast with a passion for Kinbaku and has studied extensively in Tokyo, Japan and throughout the United States. David has worked with the following photographers - Dirk Hooper, Sugiura Norio, Barelight, Janet Ryan, Captivating Image, Anthelian and Aeolis Est.
This hands-on class will explore western style suspensions (partial and full) designed for intimate fun between you and your partner. Recommended skill level is intermediate with some experience with doing suspensions.
Participants will need 5-7 ropes, 25' in length (7-8 meters), 1/4-3/8 inches in diameter (5-6 mm), (nylon, MFP or jute preferred, but not mandatory), 3 carabiners, and safety cutters.
The focus of this presentation will address approaches to moving people during floor work transitions (standing to floor, upright kneeling, broken position and lying position). This presentation will also cover erotic posing of individuals who are being tied.
Three to Four ropes at approximately 8 meters (25-30 ft.) with a diameter of 5-6 mm (1/4-3/8 inches) will be needed.
Master Olivier Pratt originally hails from Nancy France and moved to the US in the mid 70's. He was introduced to the Leather lifestyle 25 years ago and since then he has traveled that path learning and experiencing all that he can. He celebrates and lives his life with his partner of 17 years John and Puppy of 6 years, Sparky.
Olivier is a current & founding member of Oklahoma Leather Guard, past member of NLA-OKC and NLA International. He has produced and promoted numerous contests, benefits and events throughout the world. He's held the titles of - International LeatherSIR 2007, South Central LeatherSIR 2007, Oklahoma LeatherSIR 2006/2007, Tulsa Mr. Leather 2005 and Mr. Playmor Leather 2005. To date Master Olivier has raised over $250,000.00 for charities across the North America.
Master Olivier is a Dominate Pig Top and equal opportunity sadist. If there’s no screaming, its no fun. His interests lie in Pup Play & Handling, Duct Tape, Spanking, Bondage, Flogging, Biting, Pits, Smells, Wax Play, Electricity, WS, CBT, TT, Interrogation, Domination/Humiliation, Vampirism, Caning, Bondage, Abduction, Ritualism, Spirituality and the Lifestyle and more.
His education and accreditations include; BA’s in Philosopy/Comparative Religions & Psychology from the University of Hawai’i, Ordained Deacon for the Roman Catholic Church and is a practicing eclectic Wiccan. He’s also one of the previous owners and Executive Co-Producers of International LeatherSIR, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack.
He’s presented classes and workshops at; Thunder in the Mountains, Spring Iniquity, WOOLF, Southwest Leather, Leather Pride/BLUF – Amsterdam, Tribal Fire, Leather Camp, Beyond Vanilla, International LeatherSIR, Tulsa Mr. Leather, Oklahoma Mr. Leather, KCLU, Heart of America, Rio Grande Leather, Beyond Leather, Leather in the Woods, Gathering of the Clans, Twisted Tulsa, Southplains Leatherfest, Great Lakes Leather Alliance, Bearadise, HalloBearfest, Tulsa Dungeon Society, Paris Leather Pride, Mid Atlantic Leather, and most recently Rome BDSM Conference, plus many more. He is part of Mama’s family as Mama’s “Olivier Twisted” and Mama’s “Tulsa Bear.”
He’s been the recipient of the Leather Pantheons awards for the South Central region & Couple of the Year, Kansas Leather Pride Award, OGRA Appreciation Award, Don Johnson Memorial Service Award and the T.U.L.S.A Fort/Pruitt Service award.
Master Olivier believes that a Leatherman is someone who is rebellious by nature, embraces radical sexual expression, has a deeply ingrained passion for all things in life, willing to test their own limitations with respect, dignity and insatiable curiosity. His desire is to help lead other people into the Leather, to help others better understand their own innate Leather heart and guide them in a journey of kinky self discovery.
Pup Sparky came into the Leather lifestyle 12 years ago. With the love and support of his Leather family he has been able to learn and grow both as a Leather boy and human being. Pup play, biting and duct tape are but a few of his passions.
Sparky has held the titles of International Leather boy 2007, South Central Leather boy 2007 and Oklahoma Leather boy 2007. He has presented & hosted classes/seminars/talks at; Tribal Fire, Tulsa Mr. Leather, Leather Pride/BLUF – Amsterdam, Southwest Leather, Oklahoma Mr. Leather, KCLU, Heart of America, Rio Grande Leather, Beyond Leather, Leather in the Woods, Gathering of the Clans, Southplains Leatherfest, Great Lakes Leather Alliance, Bearadise, Beyond Vanilla, Leather Camp, HalloBearfest, Thunder in the Mountains, Spring Inequity, TDS, MAL, and Rome BDSM Conference. He is part of Mama’s family as Mama’s pup Sparky and member of the Oklahoma Leather Guard.
Whenever in doubt, Sparky lets his own innate pup guide him through the mosh pit of life. He believes that a boy’s mission is service both to his Sir and community. Both should always be done with the passion and playfulness that is innate to the spirit of a boy. Sparky works in the Health food industry and operates his own business called Sparky’s Cheesecake Doghouse. He’s proudly collared to Master Olivier Pratt and believes that being a good devoted caring boy is one of the greatest pleasures in his life. When all else fails.. just say WOOF!
Odaxelagnia – The fetish of biting or being bitten. A sometimes misunderstood but widely practiced fetish. We will explore the historical evolution of biting as it has appeared in religious text, folklore and literature.
The majority of the class will be spent in a rountable demonstration format, discussing technique, practice, application and safety. There will be plenty of opportunity to learn and share your ideas about this fetish, from its simplest forms to more complex and animistic/ritualistic concepts.
With today’s restrictions on travel, this is an “Unarmed” fetish play that can be applied with little or no extraneous tools or toys, making it very easy and fun to explore the more wild and animal needs of your partner(s) or playmates.
Wrap em up, then play! In this class you’ll learn basic to advanced mummification techniques, but more importantly, what you can do with the “Mummified” once they are bound up. Everything from Electric, Wax, Mental Torture, Insertables, etc… This is guaranteed to be fun for all involved – male, female, trans etc.. this is something that everyone can enjoy.
Glenda Rider co-founded her first BDSM/leather group, Lesborados in 1991, was the first female Eagle Bar titleholder as Ms Baltimore Eagle 1992, and in 1993 co-founded FIST– Females Investigating Sexual Terrain. In 1996, she and Sarah Humble created Play House Studios and Gallery which was a community based playspace and art gallery decorated with her extensive fetish art collection. Glenda was also the Owner and one of the Producers of International Ms Leather from 2006 – 2013.
Retired from the Boards of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and the Leather Leadership Conference, Glenda has received numerous awards including Pantheon of Leather's Woman of the Year; Black Rose's Distinguished Elder; and Leather University's Tony DeBlase Educator. Recently she has been lured back to the work of community organizing and now serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Deaf Interpreters Fund.
Usually residing in Baltimore, Glenda’s passions over the last 30 years include - teaching; community organizing; collecting & preserving erotic art and leather/kink community history; all aspects of leather contests; and volunteering for many local, regional& national events and projects in the leather community….it’s all about Making Play Happen!!!
Come out and learn the fine art of skillful manipulation of the female genitalia. It's amazing how 4 cubic inches of human anatomy can so immediately focus the mind of both a top and a bottom. This class will explore the varied techniques that can be used to produce a myriad of exquisite sensations - both pleasurable and painful!
A ‘hands on/hands in’ workshop that teaches the basic techniques and safety concerns about vaginal fisting. We will explore how having your cunt filled up can lead to being completely connected to your body, your mind, your emotions, and your sense of trust. And did I mention the potential for super amazing orgasms?!?
Stefanos & Shay (StefanosandShay.com) are a vivacious, unconventional D/s couple whose entertaining, information-packed classes have been called "better than a Vegas act.” They identify as pansexual polyamorous playsluts, purveyors of perversion, and alliteration fetishists! They are based in San Francisco, where they host over 60 events a year (including BENT, Twisted Windows, Master’s Den, Self-Suspension Open Space, & Bondage-a-Go-Go) and were named King & Queen of Pervert's Prom in 2006!
Shay is a medical professional by day, education director for Dark Odyssey - Surrender and writer/creator of bondage safety repository www.RemedialRopes.com by night, as well as a prominent self-suspender known for unique, dynamic rigs and prodigious performances. Stefanos is all kink all the time as DM & CEO of Bondage-a-Go-Go, event manager at the SF Citadel, and Producer/Steward of The Upper Floor on Kink.com. Together they have performed, presented, and hosted around the country and internationally.
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. Stefanos & Shay will also address the bottom’s perspective, including communicating within the “mood” of your scene and detailed 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.
There is nothing quite like the sensation of a cutting – the fear, as you see and feel a blade against your skin, the sharp, immediate pain as the cut is made, the slow tingle and wet feeling of blood dripping down your skin.
In this class, Stefanos & Shay will discuss and demonstrate surface cuttings using sterile scalpels, including information on both freehand and patterned cuttings using transfer paper. While they teach – and preach! – that you should always go into a cutting assuming it will scar, their focus in this class is to partake in cuttings as play (as opposed to cuttings as body modification) while seeking to minimize scars. There will be a focus on RACK and making cuttings as safe (with discussion by Shay, a medical professional) and sexy as possible.
While the technical information is a crucial starting point, this class will go beyond the basics, discussing cutting as spiritual play and working within a D/s dynamic. This is an advanced edge play topic.
Born 24 September 1955. Ann grew up in the San Francisco area. She was a flutist and an art composer. Ann graduated with a Double Major in flute performance and music composition from both University of Redlands (B.M.) and Mill’s College (M. A.) Ann moved to Los Angeles in 1979 and was a member of the Independent Composer’s Association. She’s a mother of two (a boy and girl), a grandmother of four (2 boys and 2 girls). Ann owned a small business, Merrymaking Children’s parties from Possibility to Reality, doing upgrade custom children’s parties in Los Angeles while she raised her children. Since November 2005, she has a porn career under the name of “Robin Pachino”. She has an educational BDSM site, www.asksubmissann.com. She offers her submissive service professionally by appointment via web cam. She has and continues to do erotic art, BDSM and fetish modeling for some of the world’s best photographer’s. subMissAnn was trained by PonyMistress Rebecca, and was given her pony name, Beauty, by her. Beauty has participated in Folsom Fair since 2007. They share the North American Pony/Trainer 2009 leather title. subMissAnn is a published contributor to Equus Eroticus Magazine and the author of “Pony Play with subMissAnn”. subMissAnn has been a presenter at Beyond Leather, Brimstone, Black Rose, Camp Crucible, Desire – Leather Women Unleashed, DomConLA, GLLA, IMsL, Kinky Kollege, Leather & Leis, Mr & Ms International Olympus, Sin-In-The-City, Threshold, Lair de Sade, LADs, Club X, and Thunder in the Mountains. subMissAnn produces EQUUS International pony Play Event and the North American Pony/Trainer Leather title. She considers herself to be truly blessed to have excellent health; to be able to hike with her dog, Kelly, to take in the beauty of this earth; to have positive supportive friends/family she enjoys being with and is inspired by; to be free to create, to be pervy, sexy, kinky and deviant worthy of discipline every day.
subMissAnn will share techniques every Top can use to have fun, be intimate and enforce the D/s dynamic in your relationship using Pony Play. Pony gear and tack is for communication and control. Without buying a trunk full of expensive gear and tack, subMissAnn will demonstrate easy DIY substitutes and how to use them. Need to put "fun" back in your relationship (?) - we've got your back.
Walk, trot, gallop, prance, Spanish walk, side step, cross over using two hooves or four hooves while only standing on two. What it means to collect or extend a gait. What half and full pass means. Canter. How to know your lead foot. Flying lead changes. A fun, practical, and interactive pony play workshop, in which everyone will be invited to participate doing unless physically unable.
This “Delicate, Trembling Flower of Submission” © is a NYC born and raised writer, actress, BDSM Educator, Storyteller, sobriety fiend since March 14th 2007, and an Award-Winning Executive Pervert. Owned and collared by renowned contemporary composer Georg Friedrich Haas since December 2013 and his wife since September 2015, she serves as his beloved slave, submissive, wife, servant and Muse. February 2016 saw a groundbreaking piece about their relationship featured in the New York Times.
Her opinion and viewpoints on issues of kink, Leather and BDSM are frequently sought after by news and information sources such as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, Essence,and Ebony, among other publications. She is a frequent guest expert on Dan Savage’s “Savage Lovecast,” has scored a triple header as the only threepeat feat. on Tristan Taormino’s “Sex Out Loud” radio show, and had been featured Margaret Cho’s “Monsters of Talk” podcast.
Exploring kink since 1993, active in BDSM and the Leather Community since 1996, and presenting classes since 1998, she speaks at Leather, BDSM and Kink events across the US, Europe and Canada on many Leather and BDSM focused topics. She also brings the knowledge on Kink, BDSM and Leather to such august institutions of higher learning as SF State and Cal State, Harvard, Princeton,Yale, Stamford, University of Chicago, and Brown for IvyQ 2012. She has been invited to present at MIT, was a featured presenter at Yale for IvyQ 2013, and has been a guest speaker for at Smith College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Brown. In addition to being a featured lecturer at many kink and Leather events, she presented a well-received SRO plenary session for the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) in June 2013. A calendar of her upcoming events is here at Mo’s Travel Plans!
She is extremely proud to have served as International Ms Leather 2010 and Ms. San Francisco Leather 2009. She is the author of the “Toybag Guide - Taboo Play.” Mollena co-created, with Lee Harrington, “Playing Well With Others - Your Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities” which is fast becoming the “go-to guide” for those curious about Alternative Lifestyles. Their book won the National Leather Association’s 2013 Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Book Award. Three of her essays were finalists for the NLA’s 2013 Cynthia Slater Non-Fiction Article award - “Stop, Drop and Role! Erotic Role Playing” and ”Digging in the Dirt – The Lure of Taboo Role Play” appeared in “The Ultimate Guide to Kink - BDSM, Role-Play & The Erotic Edge edited by Tristan Taormino. Her essay ”On Collars And Closure and Owning Myself” is the 2012 winner, and it originally appeared on her blog, The Perverted Negress. This makes her the winner of that award for two years in a row, as her essay “Tables Briefly Turned” won the NLA-I’s 2011 Cynthia Slater Award.
Mollena’s short film, IMPACT, won the “Best Experimental Film Award at the 10th Anniversary of CineKink. “IMPACT” made its debut at Madison Young’s groundbreaking exhibit on women and alternative sexuality as told though the medium of film as part of the ASKEW! Film festival, and since then has been screened in Vancouver, was screened at STIFF (Seattle True Independent Film Festival) in May 2013 and will be screened for the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival in August, 2013 . She is deeply honored and profoundly humbled to have been selected to receive the 2012 Jack McGeorge Award for Excellence in Education by Black Rose, and is thrilled to have won the National Leather Association’s 2012 Cynthia Slater Non-Fiction Article Award. She was a finalist for the 21st Annual Pantheon of Leather’s Woman of the Year & Northern California Regional Awards. You can watch her being interviewed for the Women’s Leather History Project, as curated by the Leather Archives and Museum. Furthering her explorations in Alternative Sexuality, Mollena is also a graduate of Barbara Carellas’ Urban Tantra® Training Program.
She is the author of the “Toybag Guide - Taboo Play.” Mollena co-authored with Lee Harrington, “Playing Well With Others - Your Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities” which is fast becoming the “go-to guide” for those curious about Alternative Lifestyles. Their book won the National Leather Association’s 2013 Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Book Award. Three of her essays were finalists for the NLA’s 2013 Cynthia Slater Non-Fiction Article award - “Stop, Drop and Role! Erotic Role Playing” and ”Digging in the Dirt – The Lure of Taboo Role Play” appeared in “The Ultimate Guide to Kink - BDSM, Role-Play & The Erotic Edge edited by Tristan Taormino. Her essay ”On Collars And Closure and Owning Myself” is the 2012 winner, and it originally appeared on her blog, The Perverted Negress. This makes her the winner of that award for two years in a row, as her essay “Tables Briefly Turned” won the NLA-I’s 2011 Cynthia Slater Award.
Her essays appear in 3 anthologies curated by Rachel Kramer Bussel - “BDSM and Race Play” appears in “Best Sex Writing 2010,” “Kiss my Boots” is featured in “The Lust Chronicles” and “Breath” is in the latest, in “Serving Him - Sexy Stories of Submission.” Her challenging essay on “race play” is featured in“Spirit of Desire - Personal Journeys in Sacred Kink” edited by Lee Harrington. Not one but two essays commissioned by Tristan Taormino appear in the groundbreaking anthology “The Ultimate Guide to Kinky Sex.” She also has a sly and sinister retelling of a beloved Uncle Remus folktale in “Leather Ever After - An Anthology of Kink Fairy Tales” edited by Sassafras Lowrey. Mollena is pleased and delighted to be a featured educator with The Kink Academy, where you can see clips of her speaking on various and sundry topics! She was also a featured columnist for SexIs Magazine, where she lets loose on just about anything.
Mollena’s been sober since 3-14-2007 and in December that same year, she founded “Safeword,” a 12-step based recovery group in San Francisco, welcoming all kinksters seeking recovery from addiction.
Her background includes a lifetime of training and involvement in the performing arts, which include spoken word, classical theater, dance, performance art, and all manner of stagecraft. professionally since the age of 5, her credits include singing on the soundtrack for the movie The Wiz and co-starring with Danny Bonaduce in the underground cult-classic America’s Deadliest Home Video. Her first solo show,69Stories - One Pervert’s Tale was a hit in Vancouver in November 2010 and Madison Wisconsin, July 2012. You can see an excerpt from it here “Kiss My Boots” part One, and Part Two) as performed at Rachel Kramer Bussel’s In the Flesh storytelling series. She is a favorite at Dixie De La Tour’s Bawdy Storytelling, has performed for many storytelling venues including Bare! Stories, Tiny, Dangerous Fun Audacia Ray’s Red Umbrella Diaries, Carol Queen’s Perverts Put Out, and has been a guest on Kevin Allison’s Risk! Podcast. She has also thrown down onstage for Porchlight Storytelling, and was invited back to be featured on their 10th Anniversary show! Mollena wove a tale of wild animals and wild alcoholism for NPR’s Snap Judgement and was invited back again to share a most unusual story from her childhood, “Project Boat.” Check out that media page for more tell-tale tidbits!
As a model, Mollena has been featured on the Folsom Street Fair 2010 Poster, as well as modeling for Stormy Leather. She has worked with many well-known and renowned kink, Leather and fetish photographers, including Stacie Joy, Laren Leland, Aeric Meredith-Goujon, Melvin Moten, Don Sir and Michele Serchuk - who’s photograph of Mollena posing with fellow educator Graydancer was featured in the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival 2010.
She is chuffed to have been interviewed for the Leather Archives & Museum’s Women’s Leather History Project. Recent interviews with Mo can be found on Newsweek, Jezebel and on Princeton University’s Equal Writes website. She was also photographed for a story on BDSM appearing in The New York Times.You can also read her 2010 interview with SexisIs Magazine. She was featured in a groundbreaking interview at TheGrio.com on BDSM and race, and also interviewed by Sharon Glassman for the Huffington Post and featured on Sex Out Loud Radio with Tristan Taormino. Her work’s also been published by the Society Of Janus Newsletter, The Eulenspiegel Society’s magazine, Prometheus, as well as the online magazine at ALT.COM and Bondage.com. She has been interviewed for The Bottoming Book, ColorLines Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Abiola Abrams - Love, Sex & Dasting, The Playboy Advisor, Sexploration with Monika and The Reverend Mel Show, SexIs Magazine, Jezebel and Racialicious to name a few! She is featured in the award winning documentary “Vice & Consent”. You can also see her all tied up in the instructional video, “Jay Wiseman Teaches Rope Bondage”
International Ms Leather 2010 was truly an international title year with visits to the Pride Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, where she made history as the first Leatherwoman ever invited to march with the venerable Scandinavian Leathermen’s Association! She’s also done her thing in Dublin, Ireland, Berlin, Germany, the UK - toured Amsterdam, Netherlands for Leather Pride, as well as teaching and performing in Vancouver, Canada. A roll-up of her epic IMsL 2010 title year can be found here!
A founding member of Crowded Fire Theater Company, and former co-host of San Francisco’s Queer Open Mic, Mo blogs on mollena.com. Her blog, The Perverted Negress, has been a featured blog on Fleshbot (not Once but TWICE!) as well as the pick of the week for The Sugasm. And boy howdy, the venerated Jane’s Guide thinks The Perverted Negress’ Blog is pretty rad! Mollena is also a member of Mama’s Leather Family (#1231) , formally dubbed “Mama’s Perverted Negress” and pinned in at the SF Eagle by Mama Sandy Reinhardt herself. She Twitters incessantly over on twitter.com/mollena, so follow her there!
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.
Self-identification is difficult for anyone in the alternative lifestyle. It can be even more challenging for people who see themselves as strong in their lives but desirous of submission. There is a great deal of pressure in the BDSM community to “seem submissive,” so what do you do when you see yourself as strong and fierce and yet crave mastery and domination?
Believe me, you are not alone. There are many submissives and bottoms and slaves who are strong and independent and finding their way through the maze of the Kink Community! This class is an intense discussion of self-assessment personal identification, passion and power. From those who struggle with their desire to submit, to those who strive for greater strength of purpose, this class will be a wonderful opportunity to bond with the like-minded and suss out your strength in an open setting. And for tops dominants and masters, this is an excellent opportunity to get into the mind of those who are strong and embrace the dichotomy of strength in submission and freedom in slavery!