Presenters

Thunder in the Mountains is proud to present a fantastic lineup of presenters for 2017

Laura Antoniou

Laura Antoniou

Website: Laura Antoniou

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.


Ask Me If I Care; Tough Love for the Kinky

Created in response to the informal (and often impromptu) Q&A sessions after readings, this is an interactive opportunity to talk with the author of the Marketplace series and The Killer Wore Leather. Ask anything. Kinky queries, philosophy, books, writing & publishing, fantasies, Jewish holidays - anything. Relationship issues? Ask away. But don’t expect sugar-coated answers - this can be Tough Love for the Kinky. Dear Abby can take a hike; Laura may not care, but she respects the community enough to tell the truth formed of 30 freaking years of experience and far too many confessions. Questions may be taken in advance, asked in person or even submitted anonymously at this discussion.

Service with a Smile - Tactics for Overcoming Temporary Obstacles in Being Your Best

Service is a way to demonstrate admiration, caring, respect, affection, and of course, love. It can also be a reward in and of itself, but that only goes so far. Fantasies, intentions, promises and expectations are all tested by real-world human behavior - and sometimes, it's just going to be a bitch to handle. Bad moods, faulty communication, illness, unexpected consequences and stress of all kinds will poke even the best of servants and wreck havoc with any relationship. Laura will discuss strategies in overcoming temporary distractions that keep a service-oriented individual from performing their best. Also addressed are questions of basic needs in a relationship, and ways of determining, for yourself, if the relationship you are in is positive or negative, whether you have temporary difficulties, or consistent ones. Workshop participants are encouraged to share ways they have discovered to keep a proper service mentality, and to being up the challenges of being servile - without hurting themselves or allowing harm from another.

NOTE - To encourage honesty and open communication, this workshop is limited to those individuals providing service, rather than managing or receiving service.


Master Skip Chasey

Master Skip Chasey

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, a 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 most recently the Leatherman’s Heart Award from SWLC.

In his own words, “Blood may be thicker than water, but leather is thicker than blood.”


Transparent D/s - From Projection to Reflection

Because, as the Talmud teaches, “We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are,” relationships of all types are often rife with projection. If such projection goes unrecognized and unaddressed, then alienation, isolation and, ultimately, dissolution of the relationship is the result. In the case of an D/s relationship, the submissive projects his or her ideas, feelings and attitudes regarding authority figures onto the Dominant, and if that projection includes anger, fear, blame or guilt, the toll it takes on both the relationship and the Dominant’s self-esteem can be tremendous. In this enlightening presentation Master Skip will explore the underlying psycho-spiritual dynamics that make it possible for a Dominant to stand in the middle of a submissive’s projection without moving, neither accepting the projection nor rejecting it and, in doing so, facilitate the submissive’s awareness of the projection, the Dominant’s strengthened sense of competency and the realization of the true nature of the relationship for them both.

D/s Ethics and Expectations - The Value of a Personal Code

Because D/s relationships are arguably more intentional in their construct than their “vanilla” counterparts, having advance knowledge of where you and your Dominant/submissive stand on the fundamental, practical and ethical issues facing your relationship should be a given. Yet how many of us, when confronted with challenging situations and circumstances, have been shocked to discover that not only were we ignorant of our Dom’s or sub’s POV on a particular matter, we didn’t know how we ourselves felt until we were in the thick of it? Avoiding such potentially damaging surprises is just one of the many benefits of a personal code, and in this highly-interactive presentation Master Skip will explore the necessity and value of a personal code for both Dominants and submissives, offer some tips on how to craft such a code, and then provide both time and opportunity for you to begin the crafting process for yourself.


Daddy Don

Daddy Don

Don decided to explore the hot and sexy world of Leather with his partner boy chris in 2004, and he hasn’t slowed down. Their first kink event was Thunder! He co-founded the Denver boys of Leather in 2006, and served on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Leather Alliance for five years. Don started exploring puppy play in 2008, met Pup Luckey in 2009, and together they hold the International Puppy & Trainer titles for 2012. Don co-produced Puppies In The Mountains for the last six years, and now sits on the Board of Directors of Puppies In The Mountains, Inc. He is excited to present at Thunder in the Mountains.


Getting Started - Puppy 101

Did he just bark at me? This is an introduction to puppy play for beginners and experienced players alike. We will discuss what puppy play is NOT as well as what puppy play is. We cover the basics so you can let the inner puppy come out and play in a safe and fun environment. Talking points include safety, toys, physical protection, headspace, motivation, and snacks!

Getting Grounded - Handler 101

What does it mean to be a puppy handler or trainer? This introduction to puppy play is for those of us who remain upright when all the action is down on all fours. We will discuss puppy headspace and how you can contribute to make it a better and safer experience for everyone. Be prepared to get down on the floor and appreciate a pup’s-eye view of the world during this presentation.


Danarama

Danarama

Bringing 23 years of experience as a lifestyle Dom, performer, and BDSM educator, Danarama is the full-time Director of Kink.com, the educational wing of Kink.com. His background includes 13 years as one of the world renowned Two Knotty Boys rope bondage instruction duo (now retired), co-author of two best-selling rope bondage books, and creator of many free bondage tutorials on video. In his free time, he continues to teach his own lighthearted yet engaging workshops, bringing his intensely creative BDSM style to bear, backed by his degree in Communication and 40 years performing on stage. He also records and tours internationally with his goth/industrial band Harmjoy. A frequent rope bondage rigger for numerous fetish productions and photographers, Dan has also co-directed and performed as a Dominant for numerous websites including SexandSubmission.com, TheUpperFloor.com, and DungeonSex.com.


Dollification for New Dolls. Makers & Owners

Dollification is the process of evolving yourself--or someone else--into a "living doll" using consensual modification of mental/behavioral and physical/clothing traits. Learn the secrets of this dynamic fetish and how to become a living doll or a Doll Maker or Doll Owner. Discover the types of human dollies, including rag doll, posable doll, and even a sexual fuckbot. Learn great dolly makeup tips and how to acquire attire. Then see how a dolly and doll owner can play.

  1. What is dollification and why do people love it
  2. How to become a dolly (makeup and clothing)
  3. Finding your dolly/Owner style
  4. Playing as a dolly or Owner
  5. Resources for dollification

Threesome Sex - How to Set It Up, Sex It Up, and Survive It

Learn the best techniques for having a threesome. Danarama and his partners share detailed success tips for negotiating with your partner, finding a third playmate, and even ensuring the safety of your relationship. Then they demonstrate some of the most orgasmic and creative sexual positions, choreography, and practices that make sex with multiple partners fun, amazing, and drama free. Highlights include -

  1. Negotiation, boundaries, and preparation
  2. Same-sex interaction (or non-interaction) during sex
  3. Swapping partners mid-scene
  4. Multitasking
  5. Incorporating toys and strap-on sex
  6. What to do after the threesome


Cleo Dubois

Cleo Dubois

BDSM is my lifelong passion. A Dominant Woman who also enjoys bottoming, a community player and ritualist, I learned that consensual BDSM is a valid path to self-discovery, intimacy and sexual healing.

Out into SM in the early 80s, Leather Conferences and groups such as LIL, NLA, Outcasts, Janus, Exiles, and Thunder In The Mountains gave me a voice as an ethical kink presenter. In 1995 I founded the Academy of S/M Arts to pass on what I had experienced with such mentors as Cynthia Slater, Joseph Bean, Mark Thompson, and my life partner, Fakir.

My 2000 award-winning docufilm “The Pain Game,” noted for its authenticity in embodying the spirit of connected SM play has become a classic. Published in many non-fiction lifestyle books, I now blog at www.cleodubois.wordpress.com ... In 2008 I became part of the Living Leather Heritage of the SWLC. In 2014 was inducted into the Society of Janus’ Hall of Fame. I received along with Race bannon the key to the Folsom Street Fair along with Race Bannon in 2015. For the last 15 years I have offered Erotic Dominance Intensives weekends for Tops and those who switch in San Francisco at the SF Citadel.

And I am honored and happy to return to Thunder for its 20th year! Learn more about me at www.cleodubois.com and on www.sm-arts.com Thank you!


Rituals of Authentic Power Play

It’s not what we do but how we do it that makes sparks fly! Feel your desire. Tune into your own intuition - who occupies your inner landscape? Who do you embody and how do you do that? Seductive, Predatorial, Sadistic? And who are you playing with? Slave, Pet, or Trickster?

Think it doesn’t matter? How we connect our heat heart and spirit in BDSM play fuels our erotic energies to make our scenes soar! In this class, we’ll venture down the hall of mirrors; in our reflections are the many ways to be! Come ready for a little participation, a fiery demo and a bit of ritual!

Step into a role your way and deepen your play relationships with presence and passion!

Sex magicians, seducers, queens, kings, princesses, knights, sadists, sexy sluts, pain sluts, pets and more…all welcome!

Panel Discussion - Pioneers, Settlers and Descendants

Join community Elders Skip Chasey, Cleo Dubois, Mark Frazier, Lolita Wolf and Ms Cynthia, as we share our thoughts and feelings about our journey, why we come out long ago in BDSM, and where the larger community is heading.

The times, they are a-changing. Again. We owe it to ourselves to look ahead with eyes wide open.


Mark Frazier

Mark Frazier

Mark Frazier has been involved in the Leather and Kink Lifestyle for almost 30 years and has a huge passion for teaching and sharing community history. Mark has had the privilege of owning several leather and gay nightclubs and had also served as a Leather Titleholder. He has held board positions and 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 is thrilled to return for his 20th year of presenting at Thunder.


Scrotal Infusion

Scrotal saline infusion is a type of medical play - which is also sometimes called inflation play. It results in a temporary form of body modification where usually saline (a sterile mixture of pure salt and water - not to be confused with contact lens saline) is injected into the scrotum.

The result is increased sensation and swelling of the scrotal sac with the results varying from orange, grapefruit and much (much) larger.

The workshop with discuss safety concerns. needle placement, desired size, aftercare and any concerns with ensuing play.

Single-Tails and Flogging

A "single-tail" is a single-lashed whip like a bull whip or a signal whip. Floggers, cats, querts and other whips have 2 or more lashes.

Flagellation or flogging, whipping, lashing and single tailing is the act of beating on the human body with the different types of whips, lashes, rods, switches, cats and tails. They can be imposed on an unwilling subject as a punishment; however, it can also be submitted to willingly for pleasure, performed in religious or sadomasochistic contexts.

The workshop will discuss strike zone, methods, and implements to use and handling of the whips. The class with also discuss safety concerns and aftercare.


January Frost

January Frost

Lady January Frost is a performer, educator, and professional dominatrix. She entered the kink scene in 2000 and now travels the US giving lectures and workshops. She can be seen on KinkUniversity.com demonstrating the arts of dominance and has presented at places such as the Citadel and Armory in San Fransisco and at DomCon in LA, as well as Thunder in the Mountains 2015 in her home state of Colorado.

Lady Frost founded The Ministry, which can be found in Boulder, Colorado. She currently owns a stable of devoted slaves with an assortment of service-oriented hopefuls in line to become members of the House of Frost.


Strap On and Get Off; The Joys of Strap-on Play

Professional Dominatrix January Frost will inform you on everything you need to know about choosing and using strap-on harnesses and dildos.

Learn about

  • Positions
  • Lubes
  • Anal prep
  • Equipment

    There will be a live sex demo to illustrate techniques of strap-on uses.

    Dildo Handout

    Extreme Anal Play

    January Frost plays to the extreme. In this class, Lady Frost will show you some of the ways you can play inside the rectum and colon. Fill yourself with whipped cream, or hang your partner upside down with a funnel in the ass. Also included in the class will be safety advisories and guidelines for what you shouldn't fill the colon with. Ice is a bad idea; learn why! Included will be a live fisting demo.

    Lady January Frost has 17 years of kinky play experience and 4 years as a professional dominatrix. She started her own dungeon in 2012 and began teaching across the US, as well as in her home state of Colorado. See her later this year at Burning Man where she is teaching and performing with the rope bondage camp Suspended Animation out of Seattle WA. For more information about her appearances and teaching schedule, visit www.JanuaryFrost.com

    Lube Handout


  • Nina Hartley

    Nina Hartley

    Nina Hartley, RN, started her award-winning career in adult entertainment on stage in 1982 and on screen in 1984. Hers is the longest continual career of any woman in porn history and she remains active in front of the camera. A fierce advocate for the notion of sexual freedom as a fundamental human right, Nina sits on the board of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance (www.woodhullalliance.org). She regularly speaks around the country, using her nursing degree to educate people about the importance of sexual sanity, literacy, pleasure and health. Along with her husband and master, Ernest Greene (I.S. Levine), she wrote, “Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex,” Avery Press, 2006, as a companion book to her 40-volume DVD sex-ed series (the “Nina Hartley Guides”) from Adam&Eve. She and Ernest live in Los Angeles.


    Jealousy - Learning to Dance With the Green-Eyed Monster

    We spend a lot of time trying to avoid jealousy, or attempting to control the behavior of others so we don't have to face our fears. What if we could see jealousy as an emotion that shows us to ourselves? That it's something with which we can dance as we navigate the sea of self-care and self-awareness? For people who wish to live a healthy, ethical non-monogamous life this work is essential. For monogamous folk it's equally useful to get a handle on how each of us "does" jealousy, so we can take responsibility for our emotions and how they affect our behavior.

    Nina believes that our emotions are more about us than the are about the people in our lives, who simply operate as mirrors, showing us to ourselves for better or worse. Once we understand that jealousy doesn't come from the outside, but resides within each of us, we can do the work to make peace with ourselves and honor the hidden emotions and needs behind jealousy.

    Using her own journey from jealousy to its opposite, compersion, Nina will share with you what worked for her and answer all questions.

    Pussy Whispering

    To quote master Ernest Greene, “Her pleasure is the source of your power.” As a BDSM player whose style is always sexually-motivated, it’s behooved me to learn all I can about vulvas, how to talk to them, how to listen to them and how to make them so happy they’re eager to make a return date before leaving your dungeon.

    Join veteran porn performer and pussy-hound Nina Hartley as she shares what she knows about pussies and how to pet them, hold them, caress and penetrate them to maximum mutual benefit and delight. As she likes to say, “I can’t do all the ladies, myself. I need your help!”

    The more you know the greater your confidence, which in turn attracts quality partners into your orbit.

    You’ll learn basic internal and external anatomy, cover the basic sexual response cycle and learn to effectively translate, and transmit, your energy and intention into your partner, using her vulva and sexual arousal as the delivery system. As I like to day, A fun time to be had by all!

    If you’re the owner of a vulva you’ll learn how to use it to communicate directly with your partner, bypassing the need for words, when words are not available to you.

    Expect to laugh while you learn and then practice your new skills that very night . . . .


    Ms Cynthia and dimitri

    Ms Cynthia and dimitri

    Ms Cynthia has been presenting hands-on BDSM skills for over 25 years. She honed her skills in part as a successful Pro Domme with a delicious little Dungeon. She has written articles, short stories, and numerous papers as well as teaching. She spent many years serving the community as a volunteer and serving on the Boards of Threshold, The Leather Leadership Conference and others. She received many service awards within the community. She now passes her time at her studio, CM Hurt, where she practices magical and transformational body art and adornment including Tattoo, Piercing, Branding, Scarification and Permanent Make-up.

    Dimitri has followed Ms Cynthia around for almost 20 years, serving as her partner, assistant and as a teacher himself. He is a retired attorney that currently serves as a judge and is a masochistic slave to her. They are married.


    Scarification; the art of the flesh

    A professional body modification practitioner of over 25 years, Ms Cynthia will be bringing top level skills to you. Safety and sanitation will be covered then we will dive into the creation of art. You will be introduced to factors of best tools, skin types, appropriate designs, ideal body locations, simple and advanced techniques, and optimal healing options. So many factors are involved in producing worthy art and most of those factors can be controlled with proper knowledge and technique. You will see many examples of healed scarification artwork, an advanced level demonstration will be presented and you may have the opportunity to practice or receive a piece of art under professional supervision.

    Terror Play; creating fear

    Fear is an aphrodisiac. The bottom is subjected to high levels of stress that create exceptional physical and psychological responses. The Top has heightened levels of adrenaline and anticipation, as well as extreme feelings of power aka The God Complex.. It certainly sounds like a great time! It can be as long as we have complete control of the situation and no and avoid errors. What does it take to scare someone? What does it take to scare you? What is considered safe? Where is the edge? What happens if you go over the edge? Do you have to be nice afterwards? What can go wrong? Let's explore this further.......


    Midori

    Midori

    Website: Rope Bondage Dojo

    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.

    Support her fight against HIV! She volunteers for AIDS LifeCycle.
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    www.ForteFemme.com
    www.passionatebonds.com

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    How to Create Amazing Scenes - Get in to Their Heads

    Want to create mind-blowing scenes that leave you and your partner in a state of bliss and pleasure?

    Do you want to feel confident in knowing what to do next in a scene?

    Feeling like you might be missing the mark on full satisfaction with your play?

    Come to this class to find out what's between the lines and under the skin, the anatomy of a truly hot experience. There's so much more to amazing scenes than just knowing how to use the tools. Whether you are a seasoned top, experienced bottom, novice to topping or new to bottoming, this class will share with you what you can do before the scene to maximize scene success and increase confidence.

    Learn about the 5 essential questions the top should ask the bottom. Find out the 5 questions the bottoms should ask the top to prepare for a great scene.

    For all levels of experience, orientation, gender and relationship status.

    Bring note taking material and your questions!

    Rope Bondage - Speed & Flow

    Increase your speed, flow & confidence in your rope bondage play!

    Whether you’re an expert or have only taken one rope bondage class, this experience will help to make your rope play more confident, smooth and intuitive.

    This class will cover essential skills for fluid, effective and graceful motion in tying. Great flow and speed skills add to dynamic scenes with power emotional and play potential, increases confidence, allows for greater creative thinking and connection with your partner.

    After the initial discussion, the students will break into pairs for series of unique timed drills and challenges. These are non-competitive exercises designed to increase your speed and confidence while identifying areas to improve. Along the way Midori will work with each attendee to help in their skills growth. Each exercise has purpose and philosophy behind it to deepen your play, whether you cast rope, receive rope or enjoy all sides of the rope in your private play. Everyone is expected to do the exercises, which in turn will enhance your personal play.

    This method is rooted in the Rope Dojo® philosophy - and thus will be presented in a rather uncommon way. Trust the method. It works! A bit of the “wax on, wax off" if you will...

    This Rope Dojo Elective is open to those who play at one or both ends of the rope.

    You do not have to be a Rope Bondage Dojo graduate to attend. If you've not attended, this class will provide excellent foundation for Dojo. If you are a graduate, it’s designed to enhance your effectiveness and build on the core curriculum.

    Pair attendance is strongly encouraged.

    If attending as a solo student, you’ll be paired with another solo student.


    John Pendal

    John Pendal

    Website: John Pendal Comedy

    International Mr Leather 2003

    Popular presenter John Pendal returns to Thunder in the Mountains from London, England for his eleventh consecutive year.

    In 2003 John became the 25th person (and only Brit) to win the annual "International Mr Leather" contest in Chicago. Since then he has traveled extensively teaching SM education, giving speeches, as a master of ceremonies or doing stand-up comedy.

    He has taught SM workshops at "Down an Dirty" in Melbourne (Australia), Kinkfest (London), Leather Camp (Wichita), Minnesota Leather Pride, Mr Leatherman Toronto, Palm Springs Leather, SINSations in Leather, Spring in the South (Atlanta), Tribal Fire (Oklahoma), and his favourite event, Thunder in the Mountains.

    John was the closing keynote speaker at the Leather Leadership Conference in Minneapolis (2007). He received two Pantheon of Leather awards in 2004, the International Award and the Community Choice Award for Men. He’s also been interviewed on-screen for two feature film documentaries, "Kink Crusaders" (2011) and "Age of Consent" (2014).

    He has been working as a comedian since 2010, making vanilla audiences laugh whilst always wearing his puppy chain and leather wrist cuffs. He took a solo comedy show "International Man of Leather" to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016. Critics said he was “like 50 Shades of Grey on steroids” (The Mirror) and “a deviant you could take home to mum” (Chortle).

    For more information please visit www.johnpendal.com


    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. We'll cover simple restraint positions, quick handcuffs and long-term handcuffs, a rope gag and some easy techniques which you can develop into your own style. There won't be lots of different knots to learn. There will be laughs. All beginners welcome ... and if you have a short to medium length piece of rope please bring it along!

    Punching and Bruising

    Why do people like punching and bruising? What's so fun about the dull thud of hands against flesh? What are the health risks and how can we reduce them? The kinky Brit is back to show you how you can create those greeny-brown giggle buttons that stay with you long after the scene has gone.... For a bruising good time, this is definitely a class you should see.


    Eric Pride

    Eric Pride

    Eric Pride, together with his wife Lady Christie, heads a structured authority-based household in New York. The household celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2012. The primary focus of the household is integrating healthy power-exchange dynamics into daily life and providing guidance, training, and support for its individuals. Eric enjoys consensual S&M, blogs on different aspects of the lifestyle, and gives presentations on alternative lifestyle relationships, structured authority-based living, S&M, ritual and spirituality.

    Eric has presented nationwide at numerous conferences, organizations and events. He is a founding member and an instructor at the Master/slave Development Center, an educational group for Masters and slaves. He is also the founder of NYC Kinky Living (NYCKL) and the producer of the hands-on immersive full-day events EdgePlay, KinkWorks, PlaySpace, ROPESCAPE, ROPESCAPE 2 and Unleashed. Contact Eric at Eric.Pride@gmail.com.

    Eric Pride’s website - www.EricPride.com

    Eric Pride’s Twitter - EricPride


    “5…, 4…, 3…, 2…, 1…, 0” – The Female Orgasm on Command

    Haven’t we all watched this scene in a kinky movie, read it in a titillating bedside novel? – The top, voice low and commanding, counts down slowly, their submissive gasps for breath, body quaking, hips thrusting into the air, as if stroked by imaginary fingers. “Five…, four…, three…, two…, one…, zero.” And she comes. Hard.

    Is it possible to have your female partner come on command? Imagine the possibilities – while restrained in play, over lattes in a coffee shop, in a crowded bar, quietly whispered in the movie theatre, over the phone or even via text, and much, much more…

    Can it be done? Yes it can, with enough training, time, and practice with your partner.

    In this class Eric describes the techniques he uses to train someone to come on command for him. Together with his demo bottom, they show a number of short scenarios where they apply this form of play.

    Topics Include

    • Consent and trust in orgasm on command
    • Orgasm control and denial
    • Training versus conditioning
    • A step-by-step process
    • Other approaches to orgasm on command
    • The female perspective - the mindset, the experience, and the orgasms

    This class blends live demonstrations, interactive discussion, and (time permitting) provides you with opportunities to practice some of these techniques.

    Crucial First Steps - Establishing & Creating Foundations for Healthy BDSM Lifestyle Relationships

    This class provides participants with practical information, skills and tools that contribute to establishing and creating BDSM lifestyle relationships with the greatest likelihood of long-term success.

    We will discuss topics such as

    • Dating and how to begin a relationship
    • How to build a relationship in ways that will provide the greatest likelihood of long-term success
    • Identifying those elements which make lifestyle relationships unique
    • Distinctive advantages – and responsibilities – that accrue to lifestyle relationships
    • Basic safety issues of the lifestyle


    Princess Kali

    Princess Kali

    Website: EnoughToMakeYouBlush.com

    Princess Kali is a famous former Dominatrix, the founder of KinkAcademy.com and the author of the popular new book “Enough To Make You Blush - Exploring Erotic Humiliation”. Kali uses playfulness, enthusiasm, and humor to help kinksters explore their most healthy & successful sexual adventures.


    A Deeper Shade of Red – Advanced Erotic Humiliation & Degradation

    Humiliation isn’t just about smeared mascara and groveling under boots, it’s also about exploring vulnerability, trust, control, and sacrifice through absurdity, amusement, and consensual cruelty. If you’ve played with psychological torment before & are interested in learning more about your desires & potential new ways to play, then this class is definitely for you. We’ll dive deeper into more “hardcore” aspects of psychological sadism in ways that minimize risk and maximize creativity when playing on the edge.

    Becoming a Sexually Dominant Woman

    There are a lot of myths about powerful women and they can get in the way when you want to tap into your femme power. Fortunately, Princess Kali can make it much easier to be both strong and feminine. She’ll help you discover your dominant persona and style, offer tips on becoming comfortable in that role, show you a few basic kinky toys, get you started on using sexy verbal play, and more. She’ll even give you some ideas for bringing service submission into your play so your partner can pamper you the way you deserve! Let your powerful side out and see how much fun she can be! This workshop focuses on women with male partners.


    Stefanos & Shay

    Stefanos & Shay

    Website: Stefanos and Shay

    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 80 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 an ER nurse by day, education director for Dark Odyssey - Surrender and the SF Citadel by night, while Stefanos is all kink all the time as the Producer/Steward of The Upper Floor on Kink.com and DM & CEO of Bondage-a-Go-Go. Together they hold the title of International Power Exchange 2014 and have performed, presented, and hosted around the country and internationally.


    If You Like It, You Should Put a Ring On It! Cock and Ball Accessorizing

    This highly interactive class will look at sexy, intense, and entertaining ways to “decorate” the cocks in your life. Stefanos & Shay will start with a basic discussion of anatomy, safety considerations, negotiation, and circumcised vs. intact vs. strap-on cocks, then move into formal accessories like cock rings and chastity devices — you’re encouraged to bring your favorites for “show-and-tell”!

    They will then demonstrate multiple cock and ball bondage techniques, including using bondage to create a cock ring, wrapping everything up in a neat (and easy!) package, making a cock “helicopter,” creating a kynodesme (google it!), and cock bondage for chastity. Class participants are encouraged to practice along and get creative!

    The instructors will provide cord for in-class use. They may be able to pair people up (or you can practice on yourself), but you’re encouraged to come to this session with a willing “stunt cock” of your own.

    This class is demo, lecture, some discussion, and hands-on. Participation appreciated!

    Precipice - Extreme Edge Play

    Violent assault, humiliation, terror, interrogation, forced sex… playing on the brink can be vastly rewarding, but also psychologically and physically dangerous (which is of course part of the appeal). Stefanos & Shay will demonstrate & discuss types of edge play scenes, negotiation & aftercare for this type of play, and the how & why of taking yourself (and your partner/s) to the limit… and then pulling them (and yourself) back.

    This class includes numerous demos, including emotional edge play, sexual consensual non-consent, gun play, use of “trigger words,” realistic and personal portrayal of domestic abuse, and rough body play, as well as participatory discussion about “soft limits” and risk awareness in the context of edge play. Throughout, Stefanos & Shay emphasize using edge play for catharsis and empowerment.

    This class is not for beginners and contains content that many participants find triggering (often in unexpected ways). NO LATE ENTRY allowed for this session.


    Scott Smith

    Scott Smith

    Scott Smith grew up in the Northwest and began exploring the facets of S&M at an early age. With his creative and rather deviant mind, he enthusiastically developed his techniques of bondage and suspension from his experience with nautical and high angle rope work. The powerful physical interactions that became the hallmark of his S&M activities were initially necessities for various activities including white water rafting, scuba, climbing, and paramedical rescue.

    Scott brings a distinct intensity and passion to the ebb and flow of learning, teaching and actualizing S&M. A believer that the magic of BDSM comes through the connection of the participants, his workshops develop and nurture that connection; while maintaining a decidedly sadistic edginess.

    Starting in the early 90's, Scott has presented countless workshops and seminars throughout North America and abroad for organizations large and small. Scott is internationally known for his rope work, connection, and edge play workshops.

    Having received a number of awards, Scott is incredibly honored to be a recipient of the Chicago Hellfire Club’s Caligula award.

    Scott may be contacted through his email - Connect@OneWithKnots.com or his web site - www.OneWithKnots.com


    Suspension From On High

    Suspensions bring a whole new level to Shibairi / ropework. Even more than standing or floor work, the top controls the aesthetic, decides what the bottom can or cannot leverage against, and controls the 'wobble factor' - that wonderful balance between "I feel like I'm falling over" and "I'm safe in a hammock".

    This hands on workshop is a confidence builder and skill expander. Whether you have done a myriad of suspensions or none, you will take something away from this workshop. Everyone is welcome!

    The primary focus of the workshop will be having fun, enjoying the company of people who use rope 'now and then' or sleep next to their rope - just 'cause. Along the way, we'll explore suspension logistics and rigging which is safe, predictable, repeatable, and usable on a wide range of body types.

    Bring a friend, 5+ lengths of 30' or longer rope 6mm or larger (jute, hemp, and nylon all welcome) and comfortable clothing (or none at all).

    Negotiations

    With more than 3 decades of edge playing endeavors and creative craziness comes a deep appreciation for productive communication and balancing - thoroughness of negotiations, levels of consent, and practicality. This is not a typical negotiation workshop. This fun, yet Get Real approach, is geared to the edge player, with lots of information for anyone – new, experienced, or anywhere in between.

    Come with your favorite short stories, a spirit of adventure, perplexing situations, and curiosity. Leave with some new ideas and a number of indispensable tools. Take what you want and leave the rest.

    A few of the topics of conversation

    1. Negotiating without words
    2. Surface supplied underwater bondage – Phobias don’t just happen, they’re made.
    3. When the bottom says they want to be suspended and, upon removal of their blindfold, they find themselves face down over the side of a cliff, emotive responses may emerge.


    Lolita Wolf

    Lolita Wolf

    Website: Lolita Wolf

    Lolita Wolf discovered the BDSM scene back in the late 80's when "online" meant being on the phone sex lines. She is an activist who defends the sexual freedom for all consenting adults, spreads the word about BDSM, sex and poly, and helps the community grow and flourish. Yet, her goal remains "to have fun." Lolita has taught hundreds of classes for organizations and events across the country, including South Plains Leatherfest, Thunder in the Mountains, Dark Odyssey, Kinkfest, Shibaricon and many others. She is well-known for a fun and entertaining style that packs a lot of information into a short class. Lolita is an Emeritus Board Member of of both TES and Leather Leadership Conference. She is a former Chair of Lesbian Sex Mafia and was an honorary member of GMSMA. She is active with National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Leather Pride Night and Open Love NY. This year she is honored to be giving the keynote at IMsL and judging IML Her writing has appeared in On Our Backs, Prometheus and Rachel Kramer Bussel's Lust Chronicles. She has authored two books, Spanking and CBT in a Nutshell and is featured in the Details of Flogging DVD. She also has a chapter in Tristan Taormino's The Ultimate Guide To kink. She has also appeared in the New York Times One in 8 Million series http://is.gd/RIbuhN.


    Two Great Tastes That Go Together - Piercing & Impact

    Like peanut butter and chocolate, these activities are great by themselves. But, put them together and … WOW! We are all used to combining various elements to create a good scene, but some things do not seem to go together. This class will show needles and staples being impacted with canes and singletails. A whole new “slap and trickle.”

    How To Play With Needles

    When thinking of needles, most people remember of going to the doctor and getting shots. Ick! The last thing that they want to do is play with needles. But once one gets over that fear, playing with needles can be a lot of fun. Play piercing can give you a big endorphin rush. Endorphins are those sensations that your body makes to give you a natural high. Long distance runners experience a runner’s high that is very similar. Needles can leave you a different sort of breathless.