Oct
27
Sat
BDSM Mythconceptions
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
BDSM Mythconceptions

We all know the dangers of kink and have heard a variety of BDSM horror stories, such as the dangers of flogging over the kidneys and or the risks of impact on bruises. But are they really true? Join me, a public health practitioner, to explore whether or not the risks we take as fact are really true and how we can address the things that really are risky. We’ll also go over some overlooked safety things – like how you really use those disinfectant wipes you find in the dungeon.

Class Type: Lecture/Discussion
Participation: Solo

Malice Aforethought: Anticipation as a Tool for Negotiation and Scene-Building @ Williamson 1
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Malice Aforethought: Anticipation as a Tool for Negotiation and Scene-Building @ Williamson 1

We love our spontaneous scenes that grow organically, but what if it were also true that you can construct a scene, down to the details, and still have it be fun and sexy? What if, even, the very fact that everyone knows what’s going to happen is what makes it fun and sexy? Consent is not the death of fun and options – it’s the basis for both.
In this workshop, AltBronte will introduce comprehensive opt-in negotiation and how to use it to build hot rope (and other) scenes. She’ll discuss ways of using anticipation and foreknowledge to make the scene hotter and more collaborative, both before play and during, and then demonstrate a scene built on these principles. After this, participants will be invited to negotiate and build a scene using the concepts demonstrated.

Class Type: Discussion with suspension demo
Participation: Solo

Diving Deeper: Mindful Rope Play
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Diving Deeper: Mindful Rope Play

Naiia and Shakti Bliss will combine their knowledge and personal practice of mindfulness to take you on a journey of enhancing your connection and energetic exchange during rope play and scenes. In this class we will discuss and experiment with how mindfulness practices, meditation and linking your breath to movement can affect your play.

Some of this class will involve partnered activities but it is not necessary to have a partner to attend this class.

Bloodborne Pathogens and Universal Precautions for Kink
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Bloodborne Pathogens and Universal Precautions for Kink

A lot of us would never consider having unprotected sex with a new partner, but woudn’t think twice about using a single tail that can draw blood on a first play date. If your play involves any sort of body fluids, or you play in public spaces where other’s play does, you should take this course. There is a lot outdated and flat out incorrect information when it comes to the proper protocols for dealing with bloodborne pathogens in our community. In this class I will teach the most up to date and thorough ways to not only protect ourselves and our partners, but those that will share space with us as well. Even the most experienced kinkster will likely learn some valuable information from this class. Included in this class will be downloadable notes and links to suggested equipment.

Class Type: Lecture
Participation: Solo

Capable Bottoming
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Capable Bottoming

We all have a huge range of skills and abilities we bring to our scenes. But too often we hear amazing bottoms focus on what they can’t do. Whether your elbows touch or inversions make your lightheaded, you have things you bring to rope and recognizing those can help you and your top to build better scene. This class will be a facilitated discussion on how we find our own strengths in rope and approach our bottoming and negotiations from a place of “here’s what I can do” instead of “here’s what I can’t.”

Class Type: Lecture
Participation: Solo

Ropesthetics – Applying Artistic Principles for Beauty in Rope
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Ropesthetics - Applying Artistic Principles for Beauty in Rope

Discussion Based Class and hands-on learning; all levels welcome. One of the most unique aspects of rope bondage is the visual element it offers. From art installations to performances, photography projects to tattoo inspiration, there is something about the aesthetic of rope that draws people. In this class, we’ll discuss and demonstrate a variety of artistic principles from photography and how they can be applied to your tying. What kind of mood do different body shapes or poses evoke? How do your up-lines complete the “picture?” What do we mean when we talk about “clean” rope or “chaotic” rope? We’ll talk about things like lines and angles in both rope and bodies, directing the eye, different aesthetic styles, rules and how to break them, and the subjective nature of “beauty”. Bring your rope and your creativity for this one!

Class Type: Tie-along suspension
Participation: Solo

Oct
28
Sun
Above the Ring: Innovative Temporary Hard Point Construction @ Williamson 1
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Above the Ring: Innovative Temporary Hard Point Construction @ Williamson 1

We all know a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link, but do we all know how to spot the weakest link? In this class we will focus on the links that are often taken for granted, the links above the ring. We will discuss various methods of creating a functional and safe hard point from natural objects (such as tree limbs) and man made objects (such as ceiling joist). We will go over proper use of sling straps, carabiners and other commonly (mis)used climbing gear. We will discuss how to use block and tackle pulley systems in way that we can safely and quickly raise our lower our bottom(s) and more using tried and true techniques developed by mountain climbers, rescue teams and professional stage riggers. Included in this class will be downloadable notes and links to suggested equipment.

Class Type: Lecture
Participation: Solo