Spanking 101: Hand vs Paddle (Brad Thornton)

We will discuss different types of paddles, positions, and the difference between the hand and the paddle

 

Dollar Store Kink (Brad Thornton)

We will discuss places to go to get inexpensive or low cost stuff for kink and BDSM play. I will discuss types of tools and other equipment that you see in your everyday lifestyle. We will all talk about fun stuff and things you can find in your house every day to be kinky with.

 

Lost-n-found live auction (hosted by Brad Thornton)

Come on out to show your support for a local charity lost-n-found.org. We help get homeless LGBT youth off the streets every day. We are completely funded by the community. so come show your support!

 

Queer & Poly (Anna Baxter)

The media portrays polyamory as a primarily heterosexual experience, with a few bisexual women. Anna will facilitate an open dialog about the marginalization of queer people in the polyamorous community, both in-group marginalization and between-group marginalization.

 

Doin’ It Solo (Anna Baxter)

Most discussions on polyamory focus on the couple, triad, quad, and more. But what about the singles out there? We’ll talk about what solo polyamory is, why it’s different from couple-dom, and what solo polyamorists can do to take care of themselves and their loves in a world dominated by couples, Vs, and triads.

 

Gender Diversity (CE) (Anna Baxter)

A review of the relationship between biological sex characteristics and socio-cultural construct of gender. Anna will recognize how mental health professionals’ cultural norms, personal biases, religious or spiritual beliefs, and personal experiences of gender may impact their ability to work ethically with gender diverse clients.

 

Poly/kink friendly therapists: Finding one or becoming one (Kate Kincaid)

At some point in their lives, many people will want to see a therapist and unfortunately, it’s not always as easy as one might hope to find a poly or kink aware therapist. This presentation will increase knowledge about resources and techniques to help you become an effective poly/kink friendly clinician/educator. It will be aimed at educating and connecting poly/kink aware therapists that want to become more aware of how to serve this growing community.

From this presentation you will learn the terminology, relationship structures and common issues that people come to therapy with and how to address them. We will also be discussing ethical considerations and examining our own mono-normative worldviews and how that might impact your clinical practice. You will have the opportunity to network, ask questions, and get advice and support from the group. We will also be discussing how to address some of the damage done to clients that present in your office after having bad experiences with their past counselors who might have been much less poly/kink aware. This workshop is mostly geared towards clinicians and educators but it is also useful for consumers/community members as we will focus on ways to find and thoroughly vet a therapist before you spend your time and money. All are welcome to come learn more about polyamorous and kink cultures as well as the specific trends, concerns and implications of polyamorous people trying to find quality relationship and family counselors.

 

Do as I say, not as I do: Learning from Misadventures in Polyamory (Kate Kincaid)

It seems that most of the poly literature and resources offering advice are very positive and almost even idealistic. Of course you WANT to feel and act like the perfect poly person, but what happens when you don’t? There’s not many models for how to deal with your “crazy” that will inevitably come up 10-fold in poly relationships. Taking off the rose-colored glasses of poly in theory to poly in practice can be jarring. Don’t worry, we can commiserate together and validate the shit out each other as we share our mishaps! They are all opportunities for growth. We welcome any level of experience or interest, though this will be geared towards educating and affirming people that are newer or just questioning their poly inclinations.

 

Negotiations: Successful Relationships Don’t Just Happen (Bob Ritchey)

A study in self awareness, advocacy, and communication for relationships. It is applicable for monogamous, non-monogamous, and even non-romantic relationships. Bring your life lessons and relationship challenges to share so we can learn from each other.

 

Aphrodite, Ishtar, and Isis: Embodying the Feminine Archetype of Desire (Baraka Elihu)

In this experiential workshop, explore empowered non-monogamy through the lens of archetype and the sacred feminine. Meet goddesses of the western world before the symbolic split between Madonna + Whore. What do these sexually potent and powerful goddesses have to teach us about the nature of desire? How might we integrate their wisdoms into our own specific and diverse sexuality. This workshop is appropriate for all genders and relationship statuses. Simple, creative arts based exercises will support a larger exploration of the sexual feminine, desire, and non-monogamy.

 

Reuniting Madonna and Whore: Recovering the Sexual Feminine after Monogamy (Baraka Elihu)

For many of us, the journey of polyamory requires reviewing the beliefs and behaviors that maintained monogamous relationships in our personal past. Through a series of experiential exercises balanced with discussion, we will explore how to transform the story of sexual shame, repression, and guilt into an integrated expression of our own specific sexual feminine. This workshop is appropriate for all genders and relationship statuses. Simple, creative arts based exercises will support a larger exploration of non-monogamy and self-acceptance.

 

Not a Zero-Sum Game (Billy Holder)

Being fair in a multi-partner relationship dynamic isn’t easy. Sometimes we get caught in the trap of trying to make everything equal. Fairs not equal. Equal isn’t fair. This class is a discussion on ways to approach multi-partner relationship structures from a Non-zero sum mindset. A discussion of how to balance needs and wants without using a score card.

 

Passive Activism (Billy Holder)

A discussion on the many ways to contribute to the activism community for polyamory/non-mono without being a face of the movement.

 

The Nuances of Polyamory and Estate Planning (Lady Steele)

What can you do to protect your poly lifestyle and family in the event of a worst case scenario? The answer to that, simply, is have an airtight estate plan. The proper estate plan that addresses everything, including health care and financial decisions, can mean the difference between making the end of life decisions easy for those you love and potentially leaving them out in the cold. How can you arm yourself and your loved ones for such an unpleasant time? Come find out when Sarah Avraham, an attorney licensed to practice in the state of Georgia presents The Nuisances of Polyamory and Estate Planning.

 

Family Law and Poly: What are the Pitfalls? (Lady Steele)

What family law dangers are inherent to being poly? The simple truth is, legal issues abound when it comes to participating in the poly lifestyle. It can affect several areas in a poly person’s life, including marriage, divorce, child custody, also adoptions. Family law issues also tie into other areas of the law such as criminal, employment, and even business and landlord/tenant law. How can you prepare yourself for when these issues rear their ugly heads? Come find out when Sarah Avraham, an attorney licensed to practice in the state of Georgia presents Family Law and Poly: What are the Pitfalls?

 

The Ethics of Ethical Non-Monogamy (Michael J. Haag)

In this presentation I would deal with both what it takes for non-monogamy to qualify as ethical, questions of enthusiastic consent as opposed to minimal consent and peer pressure, etc, as well as why arguments against ethical non-monogamy are fallacious and often rest on the same sorts of defunct arguments once used to argue against interracial marriage, gay marriage, and really every other marginalized community throughout time (the few arguments that don’t rest on such idea’s are usually committing the naturalistic fallacy or relying on religious authority which I will also debunk by showing that those are not effective methods of cross community ethical justification.)

 

Defending Non-Monogamy (Michael J. Haag)

When I first became non-monogamous I was astounded at the width, breadth, and vitriol of attacks that I received from almost everyone, and especially my close family. In this course I would like to talk through the underlying reasons that people have such reactions, methods of self care for the non-monogamous community, as well as methods of defending the deeply ethical nature of non-monogamy, and how to actually change other peoples minds. Granted not everyone will be able to have their minds changed but there is strong research indicating the most successful methods which we can employ to help others understand.

 

Therapeutic Comic Drawing (Tikva Wolf)

Creator of the popular webcomic Kimchi Cuddles, Tikva Wolf has always used comic drawing to process her emotions about relationships. It’s easy to make comics poking fun at a situation in a self-righteous way, and that can provide the short-term satisfaction of BEING RIGHT. But it is much more helpful to use comics to unravel your rightness, take a step back from the situation, and see the whole picture more objectively. In this hands-on workshop, Tikva will be guiding people through creating their own comics, to get in touch with their feelings about relationship issues past + present, and use them as fuel for awareness in the future. She will also be telling some stories about her beginnings as a comic artist. Get some perspective through this drawing adventure! NO ARTISTIC SKILL REQUIRED!

 

Love Languages and LDRs (Tikva Wolf and Ian Gould)

Feeling loved and understood are important components of any relationship, but things become trickier when extra distance is added between you. If your main love language is touch, how can you express (or receive) love from 1000 miles away? Come join this hands-on exploration on how love languages can affect long distance relationships, and about how long distance relationships can even change your love language! Lead by Tikva Wolf, creator of the webcomic Kimchi Cuddles, and author of the books “Ask Me About Polyamory” and “Love, Retold”, and her long distance partner (and pretty decent scientist) Ian Gould.

 

Coming Out as Kinky: An Introduction to BDSM (Ariel, Girl Leira)

I’ve watched “50 Shades of Grey”, is that really what BDSM is about? What is BDSM exactly? What is considered kinky? This lecture based class is an introduction to what it means to be “kinky.” Having identified as kinky since she was 16, girl leira has immersed herself in the world of kink, BDSM, and Master/slave relationships. Born out of the popularity of the “50 Shades” series, girl leira adapted this class in her sophomore year at Stetson University and first taught to a student body of over 200 participants. This lecture allows participants to get a clear picture of what BDSM actually is and what is considered safe and practical behaviors. This is an introductory lecture that goes over the fundamental basics of T.H.I.R.D. (trust, honesty, integrity, respect, and dominance), along with R.A.C.K. (Risk, Aware, Consensual Kink) as well as S.S.C. (Safe, Sane, Consensual) and how best to identify what your own kinks might be.

 

Walking the Line: Being a slave in a Polyamorous World (Ariel, Girl Leira)

Girl Leira realized almost 10 years ago that she wasn’t vanilla. During the course of her journey she dove farther and farther into what it meant to be a submissive. What it meant to wear a collar, earn her leather, as well as establish and create a BDSM House. Seven years ago, she also realized that she wasn’t monogamous either, but how could this slave learn to serve her dominant and still be polyamorous? Still date and play with other people? The simple answer was, she couldn’t, not at first. This seminar take a look at one slave’s journey walking the fine line between being a slave and being in a psychologically abusive polyamorous relationship. During this time there will be an open forum for those that are living within both lifestyles to come together and talk about what works, what doesn’t and what to look out for.

 

The Intersection of Race and Poly (Kevin Patterson)

The people who make up polyamory are often loud and proud when it comes to feminism. They have lots to say when it comes to issues within the queer communities. Unfortunately, we’re woefully silent on issues of race…to the point where our local communities are all but devoid of people of color. This workshop is about the importance of diversifying polyamory in the mainstream, within our own communities, and especially within our hearts and minds. The goal of this workshop is to discover why diversity matters, construct ways to foster it, and brainstorm what to do when you encounter it.

 

Interpersonal Communication: How Not to Read Your Partner’s Mind (Ms. Noel)

This class focuses on producing long-lasting and healthy relationship dynamics, with insight and humor regarding the pitfalls of communication. Providing useful information for both D/s and vanilla partnerships, Ms Noel guides students through an array of common relationship pitfalls. Drawing on her experiences both in psychology and in D/s relationships, she discusses the most common communication breakdowns, and offers the suggestions for employing active communication in your relationship- WITHOUT the necessity of telepathy.

 

The Thin Line Between Consensual Power Exchange & Domestic Abuse (Ms. Noel)

Where is the line between, “He gets to choose how we have sex,” and “I am pretty sure I didn’t consent to that”? What about, “I realize that I wanted to be cuckolded, but I’m not sure my sexual health is being taken into account here”? The line between, “I want you to make my decisions,” and, “but not that one!” can be very thin. Dizzy is a Domestic Violence Advocate and student of psychology; join them as they explore just how thin that line can be, and how to stay on the appropriate side of it.

 

Practical Poly Toolbox (Bettie Bullet)

Tired of generic advice for open relationships? Yes, communication is key, but how exactly do you do that? Join Bettie Bullet and Draven as we discuss the tools we developed over the course of our relationship. We’ll talk about real techniques for handling tough feelings, negotiating boundaries, and reacting to the unforeseeable. Sharing your own tools is highly encouraged!

 

Sex Mythbusting (Bettie Bullet)

Think you know sex inside and out? Put your knowledge to the test in this talk that’s part sex ed class, part silly crafts. You’ll learn the truth about popular sex myths. Audience participation is encouraged as we play with hula hoop hymens and giant foreskins. Come out to the most fun sex ed class you’ll ever attend.

 

Sex Positive Language: Let’s Change How We Talk About Sex (Bettie Bullet)

If we want to promote a sex positive culture, we need to talk the talk. We need to eradicate the underlying sexist and oppressive ways we talk about sex, sometimes without even realizing it. In this talk, we’ll examine problematic language surrounding sex and suggest better methods.

 

Become a Relationship Communication Rock Star! (Alexandra Tyler)

In polyamorous relationships, we are often trying to figure out how to say “yes” to something our partner wants, but our own feelings of hurt, jealousy or abandonment can get in the way. Based primarily in Imago therapy and Non-violent communication techniques, this lecture introduces participants to the patterns that derail relationship communication into non-productive, sometimes painful patterns of arguments, withdrawal, and needs being left unmet. We’ll talk about how to interrupt those unhealthy, often entrenched patterns. And, we’ll cover new communication skills, the mindset and spirit with which to approach the new skills, and how to work toward the “yes” we typically seek in polyamorous relationships.

 

Emotion Regulation (Alexandra Tyler)

Emotion Regulation introduces and explains techniques for how to take personal responsibility for and manage your strong emotions that might otherwise derail positive relationship communication. This lecture is focused on the responsibility we each have as individuals to manage our own emotions so that we can engage productively in relationship communication. This will be an interactive lecture with considerable opportunity for asking questions and getting guidance.

 

Which Labels, When? (Rivanna)

Labels say as much to us as they do about us, and it is important to understand our own motivations for labeling our partners, and our desires to be labeled. We have all kinds of names and titles for the people we love, from pet names to official titles. Some of these we whisper only in the warmth of our beds, or laugh about as we tease each other. Others are used to introduce our loved ones to our family, friends, and colleagues, as well as to identify ourselves in times of distress to lawyers or medical professionals. Discussion will focus on two areas: labels that identify needs and boundaries within partnerships (both hierarchical and non-hierarchical), and how to choose labels that best communicate with the rest of the world (ranging from family and friends to emergency situations).

 

Parenting Kids Who are Outside the Box (Rivanna)

As a group, we will brainstorm ways to use our own privileges to protect our kids from things like homophobia, transphobia, racism, and sexism. Raising kids is a time full of patient lessons, endless questions, and curious conversations. For some kids, growing up can be more challenge than it is adventure, though. As parents, we are the first teachers our children get, and we are the first defense when they need help or protection. When our children are outside of the mono-hetero, white norm, our job as parents isn’t always as straight-forward as we may want it to be. Discussion will also include ways we can face our own oppressions while unpacking our privileges so that we are able to create families and communities that are not only diverse, but safe for that diversity.

 

What I meant to say was…(Rachel Kieran) KEYNOTE

In March 2015 I gave an 18 minute presentation for a TEDx event, called “How Fairy Tales Failed Me.” It was probably the most nerve wracking 18 minutes of my life, and now it is on the internet for the whole world to see. Go watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQd45LQKPJE

This keynote address will talk about that experience, but also what inspired it – my life and interactions with the poly and kink communities. I will address “idea worth spreading” that I wanted to take from this community and share with the world, and how that remains a central piece of my personal and professional life today and every day. I will talk about what I have learned from my community, what I want to teach my students, and how I am always a student myself. And I will happily answer every question, about everything from what TED is about, to those hot boots!

 

You can’t drink from any empty cup: Learning to cope with stress (productively!) (Rachel Kieran)

How many relationships are you in? No matter how we answer that question, most of us need to add 1 to that number – we forget about our relationship WITH OURSELVES. At best we put this important relationship last, and at worst we ignore it altogether, forgetting that if we do not take care of ourselves we have nothing left to give to others. In this workshop, learn about the very real physical, cognitive, emotional and interpersonal consequences of failing to attend to the most basic self-care. Learn how human beings evolved into the balls of anxiety we are today, and what we can do about it. And make a plan to add a caring, loving, restorative relationship to your live – a nurturing relationship with yourself!

 

Kinky Science Makes the World Go Round! (Rachel Kieran)

Have you ever assumed that if you shared your kinky activities with a mental health professional that they would slap a diagnosis on your file faster than you could say “Freud?” Would you be surprised to know that if they did, they would most likely be acting unprofessionally and contradicting the guidelines for diagnosis set forth by their professional bodies? Want to know about some recent changes made to these guidelines that actually significantly de-pathologized many forms of kink? Let’s talk about it!

 

A (grown-up) Toy Story: Lubricants, Sex Toys, and More (Angel Kalafatis)

Get ready to talk about anatomy, desire, arousal, foreplay, and intimacy aids (such as lubricants and sex toys, yay!) and sexual conditions that make all of this important. This will be a non-threatening but explicit session that covers inclusive, sex-positive tips for improving intimacy and sexual satisfaction. (Free condoms and lubricant samples will be provided to all attendees.)

 

Zen and the Art of Relationships: A Buddhist approach to non-attachment, ethical sexuality, and managing your emotions. (Angel Kalafatis)

Let’s combat that common poly myth – the myth that we don’t get jealous. Let’s instead, embrace our jealousy – and all our other emotions – in a way that allows us to experience them without letting them rule our lives. Research shows the most important key to relationship satisfaction isn’t being free from conflict, but rather, is conflict management. Conflict management starts with us. This session will cover a Zen Buddhist approach to recognizing and owning our emotions, and tips for healthy ways to communicate openly and honestly to maximize relationship satisfaction.

 

Self care in Poly Breakups (Ginger)

As relationships change, end, or transition, it is important to nurture the one person who will be with you forever…yourself! Come to learn and discuss ten ways to care for yourself during relationship transitions. Sharing of personal experiences encouraged (not required) during this interactive class.

 

Long Distance Love Navigating the LDR (Ginger)

This facilitated discussion will offer the opportunity to brainstorm techniques for nurturing far away connections, as well as explore some of the unique challenges and benefits of the Long Distance Relationship.

 

Kama Sutra Kink (Master So’N’So)

Widely known in America as the Hindu Sex Manual, the Kama Sutra covers far more than weird sex positions. Learn pick up lines invented thousands of years ago, examine the ancient debate over the existence of the female orgasm, and discuss historic protocols of devotion and submission suitable for modern relationships.

 

Practicum: Vulnerability & Emotional Self Awareness (Master So’N’So and Riah Raiju)

Hands on exercises in groups and in pairs to develop vulnerable communication skills and emotional awareness.

 

Karada: Gender, Shape and Fashion (Master So’N’So)

Integrating fashion design principles, macrame, and decorative knots, we can build sexy rope body harnesses which look good at a party (or disappear under your evening-wear) and leave openings for all your important play needs later. Aimed at all genders and body types.

 

One Column, Two Bodies, Three Munters (Riah Raiju)

Rope floor work is a crucial part of emotional bonding when using rope, which often can be simplified to “top” ties “bottom”, as if it’s a chess move. In this class, both the engineer and the poet can find ways to connect to their partners by tying themselves to their partner using basic rope skills like a single column tie and munter hitches. Whether it’s mischievously eeling, co tying, or connecting on a spiritual level, this class will teach you how to see limbs as more than just potential columns, but ways to literally connect yourself to your partner using simple ties and intent.

 

Identifying & Healing From Abuse In Poly QTPOC Relationships (Tracey Brown and Daniela Capistrano)

Addressing the lack of resources for QTPOC in Poly communities, co-presenters Tracey Brown and Daniela Capistrano will support attendees in identifying examples of abuse in Poly QTPOC and interracial relationships and developing the skills to address and heal from abuse. From the lens of the victim, Brown will share strategies for healing and self-care, while from the lens of the abuser, Capistrano will cover what accountability looks like and how abusers can both atone and heal themselves from their own trauma. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an activity that is intended to help them create their own self-care plan.

This workshop is a safe space that centers Queer and Trans People of Color. While anyone is welcome to attend, we ask that White attendees support this safe space by being respectful and considerate. Because there is the potential for being triggered in this session, attendees will be provided with soothing options for moving through the emotions that come up. Triggering topics will be prefaced with a warning so that attendees have the option to leave the room as needed and to return when they are comfortable.

 

Polyamory Through A QTPOC Lens: Combatting Eurocentrism (Tracey Brown and Amanda Emily Smith)

Challenge your understanding of what informs how Polyamory is defined in this interactive discussion led by Tracey Brown and Amanda Emily Smith. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about examples of Polyamory in Black and Indigenous cultures around the world, and how White Supremacy and Eurocentrism continues to inform the public’s understanding of Polyamory today.

Brown and Smith will also discuss the consequences and negative impact on marginalized communities as a result of Eurocentric Poly rhetoric and the normalizing of White Supremacy in Poly communities. Attendees will be provided with strategies for combatting Eurocentrism in their own polycules and communities.

 

Accountability & Communication in POC Poly Relationships (Tracey Brown and Daniela Capistrano)

Expanding on their 2015 APW presentation, “Accountability & Healing In Communities of Color,” co-presenters Tracey Brown and Daniela Capistrano will share strategies for POC and interracial poly relationships to effectively communicate needs, desires, fears, and concerns in healthy and transformative ways. This lecture will center POC/POC and Interracial Poly relationships, but all are welcome to attend.

A Q&A session at the close of the lecture will allow for attendees to ask for advice on how to address their own specific challenges–if they choose to. This is a safe space for QTPOC, and white attendees are asked to support this safe space by being respectful and considerate.

 

Poly Leader Workshop: Incorporating Inclusivity, Diversity and Accessibility at Poly Events (Chrissy Raymond Holman, Mischa Lin, Kevin Patterson and Rebecca Hiles)

As organizers in our local polyamory communities, it is our responsibility to make spaces more inclusive and accessible for the events we hold on behalf of the community. This workshop introduces the relationship between polyamory/non-monogamy and intersectionality and focuses on how local organizers and leaders can promote safety, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in our communities while being aware of how identities of gender, race, orientation, class, disability, neurodivergence and occupation intersect and interact with the practice of ethical non- monogamy. Learn how to plan events with an intersectional eye towards community, learn how to make your events as accessible as possible and learn how to promote diversity without silencing and tokenizing members of particular marginalized identities. Open to leaders, organizers and local members alike.

 

Communicating with Your Metamour (Nicki Robbins)

It is not healthy or fair to have the hub of the relationship coordinate all activities. This why open communication between metamours is so important. This is an open discussion about communication in a polycule with partners not romantically involved with one another.

 

When and How to Tell Children About Polyamory? (Nicki Robbins)

This lecture discusses when and how to discuss sex and orientation with children and family to allow for a sex positive household and culture.

 

 

Side Effects May Vary (Rebecca Hiles)

Whether you’re just diagnosed, currently in treatment, or in remission, living with chronic illness is hard. The disease can often become a part of your life and a part of your identity whether you’re a patient or a loved one. The side effects of illness can be harder to cope with, especially the ones that affect sex and intimacy. Adding dating and one partner to the mix can be overwhelming and stressful, more than that can offer a specific set of challenges for all parties involved. Join The Frisky Fairy as she breaks the taboo of talking about sex and illness, discussing the effects of illness on sexuality and the effects of illness on dating and relationships.

 

When Someone You Love is In the Poly Closet (Rebecca Hiles)

While some of us are free and safe to share our stories about the ones we love, our loved ones may not be the same. While we are all encouraging of our partners’ safety, we also know how easy it is for deception to exist within a closeted community. The feelings of illegitimacy can be enough to dissolve new relationships, and fracture existing ones. Join us for a discussion on how to manage discomfort of living in a relationship that is half in the closet, finding a compromise on being “out”, while also keeping your partner safe.

 

Nasty, Naughty Negotiation (Liz Powell)

Are you looking for a way to have better sex? Do you feel like it’s hard to come to a good agreement about what you want to do without killing the mood? Do you ever feel awkward when talking about what you do in the bedroom?

Have your hottest sex and best “scene” by opening your mouth! No, not like that 😉 Good communication skills are at the heart of success in relationships and this goes doubly when it comes to sex and kink. Dr. Liz Powell will teach you how to have the hottest scenes you’ve ever had by using better communication skills.

In this class we will:

  • Learn how to make the conversation about what you want into a steamy session of foreplay!
  • Learn how to talk about sex and scenes before, after, and during in a way that won’t kill the mood or break your D/s dynamic.
  • Cover how and when to give your partner feedback to improve your experience and how to ask for feedback so you can make your partner’s experience unforgettable!

 

Loving “No” (Liz Powell)

Do you have trouble telling people “no”? Do you find yourself struggling to not take someone else’s “no” personally? Are you uncertain how to roll with a rejection? Come on out and learn how to love giving and receiving “no.” Join Dr. Liz Powell as we look at how to be empowered in our use of “no” and how to find our space of gratitude for the times others say “no” to us. While some may feel like “no” is a setback, we’ll talk about understanding how “no” instead gives us a chance to feel better about saying “yes”. Every “no” is a gift, so let’s practice giving and receiving this gift based in our own love and power!

 

Building Traditions (Sarah D. Olivia)

Blended families, non-monogamous family groups, and individuals use traditions a a way of finding meaning, comfort, of sharing ourselves and connecting with each other. Join me as we discover how your traditions express you and bring a unique blessing to any polycule. From how you acknowledge going under a yellow light to the “biggies” – cultural holidays. Learning how to weave together without appropriation.

 

What Makes Your Dick Hard? (Big Red)

No matter if you were born with a dick, or are lucky to choose your size, color, and length, come join us as we go beyond other gender workshops.

Whether your dick stays hard all the time, or for you is like a flip switch, or a slow burn of a dimmer, arousal and “making your dick hard” for women, men, and gender-queer/fluid folks is physical, psychological, and emotional.

We will utilize interactive and hands on activities and a mini panel for Q &A and discussion as we address how gender expression in play/sex/sexuality/lifestyle vs genital sex and orientation can be a part of making and keeping one’s dick hard, hot play, and power exchange dynamics.

 

Biting and Other Animalistic Energy Exchange Play (Big Red)

Come sink your teeth into the juicy, sensational, and tasty morsels of Biting and Other AnimalisticEnergy Exchanges and Play.  Biting is as much a Sadist’s delight, as a sweet gift of succulent service. It is an energy exchange and manipulation that can be deeply sensual, physical, sadistic, playful, erotic, spiritual, emotional, and mental.

Via experiential learning we’ll discover how things such as biting, scratching, clawing, licking, and sucking can be beneficial tools of control and intimacy in the BDSM relationship, setting a scene, full body explorations, techniques, and safety.