MsC 2018 will have around 40 workshops starting on Saturday at 9 AM until Monday at 2 PM. Workshops are presented by a diverse group of national, international, regional and local presenters.
Below is a partial list of the approved workshops. More will be posted as we receive and approve them.
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MsC 2018 Workshops
Trying to navigate the minefield of developing a relationship is never easy. You have to deal with personalities, interests, goals and other markers for compatibility. When we add to the mix authority based relationships and all that entails, it can get even more complicated. Now, when we additionally factor in the polarizing climate of today’s world, the idea of trying to climb all of those hurdles and deal with racial, ethnic and cultural differences can truly make the task a daunting one. Yet, there are many who do it and have done so successfully. How do we tackle this? What do we look for? How can we navigate the issues that are bound to occur? Sir Guy and slave Harley lead his discussion.
There are many times when people who are good leaders find out that they may not be good managers. Can someone with good leadership skills but not so great management skills utilize those skills to structure a successful M/s relationship? What is the difference? What skills are needed and how do you develop them? How can you adjust to address the needs of a slave who thrives under more management than you are used to? Sir Guy shares his journey and discusses a topic that is not often discussed.
Lady Catherine Gross
Join me for a discussion regarding deliberately created sacrosanct, joyful service. Creating personally significant motivation and an available center of gravity for sustainable service is personal and not formulaic. We’re going to explore techniques of mind, body and spirit to foster self-fulfillment, power, and a grounded space that allows spectacular service. Exercises, handouts, and discussion.
Intended: For slaves, (Masters would also get something from this.)
Master Neko and koneko
It is said that in order to have a power exchange, one must have power to exchange it. Masters – does your slave have power? How do you handle that? slaves – Are you property with a high value or are you a doormat? Join us as we look at the levels of power being exchanged and how it’s handled.
Mr. Blue and BlueFrost
Most will agree that raising children can be a daunting challenge. They don’t come with an instruction manual and parents don’t need a license to create them. To complicate things even further, many of us are raising children while also living in an authority exchange relationship model. Join us in what will surely be a lively discussion on ways to live authentically without imposing your life choices on your children.
Mr. Blue and BlueFrost
Many people have varying views of what constitutes service. What service is, how stellar service should be accomplished, as well as who should be the person serving? We will discuss the many faces of service. All are encouraged to join in as we discuss the roles and how each one may serve.
Master Ben and slave naomi
A manifesto is a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer. Master Ben and naomi will invite you “behind the curtain” to explore their personal manifesto and how these guiding principles impact our individual responsibilities and relationship health. The discussion will touch on diverse topics including service, prioritizing the relationship, and conflict resolution.
We talk about taking responsibility of the relationship by the Master as well as the slave.
No matter what we do sometimes, the shit hits the fan, be it a scene or a relationship. In this class we talk about how we handle things in the aftermath.
Master Skip and slave Rick
For many years there has been an ongoing debate in our community as to whether or not it’s necessary—or even appropriate—for love to be a part of a Master/slave relationship. This debate continues because, even though our lives are spent continually searching for love, our understanding of what love is has been so culturally diminished that today mere romance and sentimentalism pass for love and that type of “love” undermines a D/s dynamic. Paradoxically, when the Master’s and slave’s inner journey results in the transmutation of the D/s dynamic, their search for love at long last ends and their relationship is strengthened. In this exceptionally personal presentation Master Skip and slave Rick will open an intimate window into the dynamics of their own relationship and reveal how, when a Master and slave are willing to venture beyond the illusory boundaries of identity and ego, love is discovered to be not a feeling but the very essence of one’s true nature.
When working through the challenges unique to M/s or D/s relationships, those who claim the Dominant role often find themselves feeling alone and adrift, blindly stumbling along in the relationship as best he or she can. For a whole host of reasons Masters are often reluctant to share what’s going on in their relationships with other Masters, whether to solicit feedback or simply to be heard. And yet studies have shown that those with similar life experiences who meet regularly in a non-professional context with a small circle of trusted peers are more able to find validation, authentic empathy, useful insights, practical advice, and valuable guidance than those who steadfastly attempt to go it alone. Participation in a small “Masters only” peer support group can make a positive difference in your life and in your relationship(s), but unless you’re lucky enough to discover and be welcomed into such a group, you must create one for yourself. In this follow-up to “Speed Bumps and Potholes on the Road Less Traveled” (SPLF 2008), Master Skip will explore the benefits of peer-based support groups for Dominants of every stripe, share some useful tips for establishing your own such group, and provide time-tested materials for insuring that your group remains healthy and functional throughout its (hopefully) long life.
PLEASE NOTE that in order to foster an optimal level of trust and candor within the group, only those who identify as a Master or other type of Dominant may attend this presentation.
Whether it’s Master and slave, Daddy and boy, Dom and sub or any other D/s relationship, many of the expectations and desires of the participants often go unmet. Why is it that most of our kinky couplings come to an end after a relatively short amount of time? Is it only our sexual appetites that drive us to enter into these relationships, or is there a deeper longing at play? Join Master Skip as he explores the archetypal nature of D/s relationships and facilitates a discussion of ways to sustain and deepen these relationships when the honeymoon is over.
Although everyone wants to feel loved and accepted, a lack of healthy communication skills often undermines one’s chances for a happy and successful relationship. And that’s especially true for those of U/us whose sexual identity is rooted in BDSM. Because the consensual imbalance of authority in D/s affords ample opportunity for projection and power struggles, we sometimes have difficulty achieving and sustaining healthy, long- term D/s relationships. But this same dynamic can also provide us with a tremendous opportunity to identify and heal a myriad of unresolved issues from our past, thereby paving the way for an enduring, mutually satisfying relationship. And sound, functional communication between all of the parties in the relationship holds the key.
Join slave Rick, a licensed psychotherapist (www.KinkTherapistLosAngeles.com), as he draws upon experiences from both his counseling practice and his 19 year relationship with his Master to assist Y/you in navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of these most unconventional relationships.
Ms Rhonda and tomo
There is much celebration in our community when a collar is placed on a slave. At that joyous time, it is difficult to think about a day when it might be removed. Applying their experience in M/s and D/s relationships, Ms Rhonda and tomo will guide the class through an exploration of the collar coming off and the challenges that go along with it from the perspective of both Master and slave. We will look at why the end of an authority exchange dynamic may be more difficult than the end of a peer relationship, what we can do to take care of ourselves, how to move on in a healthy way, and what steps can be taken during the planning stages of a relationship to decrease the pain of a possible ending.
There is an unspoken, and often unrecognized, perception in our community that Master equates to autonomous, independent, self-supporting, and all knowing. Add these implied expectations to the actual authority and responsibility of mastery, and it becomes a high bar to meet. The reluctance to admit vulnerability, not having all the answers, fear of asking for advice or information, and a lack of space to seek support are all too common among Masters and may result in feelings of isolation. These issues can be further complicated when life struggles arise. Masters may not feel comfortable talking about challenges they are experiencing or don’t have a safe place to do so. In this class, we will discuss the myth that Masters are all knowing and not in need of support, acknowledge that Masters, like all humans, face challenges, and consider how each of us as Masters can develop our own safe support system and place to share our struggles. To create a safe space to share the vulnerable side of mastery, this class will be open to Masters only.
Thay (Master) Z
This workshop looks at the dynamics of one Leather Family (Master Z’s Texas Leather Tribe), its’ history and the diverse components that have comprised the F/family from its’ inception to how it looks today. Discussions will include issues surrounding poly dynamics and the special challenges and joy that can be experienced with multiple personalities and energies. Come and share some of your dynamics in the discussion about this unconventional but functioning Leather F/family.
What is a ritual made of? How do we create a ritual that will work for us? Why do we need or use a ritual? Please come join us for a discussion on the reasons we may want a ritual put in place. We will look at how we can use them to improve, deepen and fulfill space in our relationships and lives. We will look at who can create them and some of the ideas for some that have helped us on our paths.
When we chose this lifestyle there are several words that change how they impact us emotionally. How we use them helps define the boundaries and edges of our paths. Let’s talk about some of the C words we all have in our lives. Compassion, commitment, compliance and even communication.
Thay (Master) Z
This discussion group is exactly what the title suggests. Thay (Master) Z gives an opportunity for Masters, Mistresses, Daddies, Sirs, Ladies and Tops of all flavors to gather and share their thoughts with each other. slaves, boys, and girls. This is an opportunity for slaves to share what is in their hearts with each other. The presenters kick out the Owners to give the slaves an opportunity to laugh, cry, yell, and sigh.
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