This year popular presenter John Pendal returns from Britain for his seventh consecutive Thunder in the Mountains.
In 2003 John became the 25th person (and the first ever Brit) to win the annual "International Mr. Leather" contest in Chicago. He spent his IML year traveling full-time to leather events in 28 cities across America, Europe, and Canada.
After stepping down as IML, he become a trustee for the Spanner Trust from May 2004 to May 2008 and served as its chairman from September 2005 to December 2006. The Spanner Trust is an organization which is lobbying to change archaic laws in the UK to make consensual SM legal, even when an injury might occur. It also serves to provide assistance to those Brits whose BDSM activities have landed them in legal hot water.
John has traveled extensively for the last decade teaching SM workshops, giving speeches, serving as master of ceremony for various events, and doing stand up comedy. He has presented SM classes at Minnesota Leather Pride, Kinkfest in London, Palm Springs Leather Pride, Leather Camp in Wichita, Mr Leatherman Toronto, Spring in the South, Tribal Fire, SINSations in Leather and twice at Inferno (the annual SM run of the Chicago Hellfire Club).
He received two Pantheon of Leather awards in 2004: the International Award and the "Community Choice Award for Men." He delivered the closing keynote speech at the Leather Leadership Conference 11 in Minneapolis, April 2007.
John has been working as a comedian full-time since 2010, trying to make vanilla audiences laugh whilst always wearing his leather vest and wrist cuffs.
For more information about John, please visit his website at www.iml2003.com or find him on Facebook.
Rope Bondage for Absolute Beginners
This is the class for people who've always wanted to tie someone up but never had the confidence to give it a try. In this presentation John will discuss how to prepare a simple rope gag, quick handcuffs and long-term handcuffs, a basic hogtie and some simple techniques which you can develop into your own style. There won't be lots of different knots to learn, but there will be lots of laughs. All beginners are welcome ... and if you have a short to medium length piece of rope please bring it along! Suitability: entry-level. Everyone is encouraged to join in.
So You Want To Be A Presenter?
If you've ever considered giving a presentation or would like to know what's involved, then please come along for more fun and games from our favorite kinky Brit. Together you will discuss communication skills, body language, legal liability, handouts, coping with nerves and some of the pitfalls of talking in front of an audience. This seminar will also help you not only in presenting information at a kinky event but also in presenting a seminar to any audience whatsoever. If you are one of those people who needs help with public speaking, then this is one workshop you cannot afford to miss. Suitability: anyone who wants to present a workshop