Workshops

MsC 2017 will have around 45 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 2017 Workshops

Master Skip Chasey

From penance, confession and absolution, to servitude, chastity and intense physical rituals for facilitating altered states of consciousness and a direct experience of the Divine, all religions, whether Judeo-Christian, Pagan or Eastern in origin, have spiritual practices that contain elements of BDSM. For many, the activities that comprise BDSM are nothing less than sacraments that foster spiritual awakening. What role does a Master play in that awakening? What are the qualifications for, and obligations of, such a role? Join Master Skip as he shares his very personal journey of integrating spirituality with radical sexuality and how that journey led to the development of his shamanic SM techniques, the revelation of his true vocation and an ever-growing assembly of leatherfolk dedicated to compassionate human service.

slave Rick

Inspired by slave Rick’s new book, “Jolted Awake: An Unconventional Memoir”, this presentation is designed to create sacred space for the sharing of experiential wisdom.

Together we will explore such topics as how to be obedient to one’s authentic self when feeling both doubt and fear, what does it mean to view the world through soul-centered eyes, how our M/s and D/s relationships can foster the healing of past wounds, and how our SM experiences can help us become more spiritually awake.

It is recommended that attendees read “Jolted Awake: An Unconventional Memoir” prior to the presentation, but it isn’t a requirement. The book is available at www.alfredpress.com and www.lulu.com.

slave Rick is a licensed kink-aware psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA. However first and foremost he is, by Grace, in service to his beloved Master

Master Skip Chasey and slave Rick

When it comes to relationships, each of us has specific physical, emotional and spiritual needs. It’s widely understood that someone in a more conventional relationship will likely be incapable of meeting the totality of their partner’s needs, and one can only guess as to how much more that applies to those who engage in esoteric relationships rooted in consensual dominance and submission. What do you do if your Master/slave relationship doesn’t satisfy all of your needs? How can adjustments and accommodations be made without damaging the relationship or threatening the individuals who comprise it? Who initiates the changes, and who does the adjusting and accommodating? In what promises to be a highly charged discussion, Master Skip and slave Rick will candidly share examples from their own 15-year relationship as they examine this sensitive subject. Come discover how acknowledging what’s missing in your life need not pose a threat to your M/s relationship, and why restructuring the relationship so that your needs or the needs of your Master or slave can be fully or better met has the potential to strengthen the D/s dynamic between you.

Laura Antoniou

Service is a way to demonstrate admiration, caring, respect, affection, and of course, love. It can also be a reward in and of itself, either as a pleasurable thing the bottom really enjoys doing, or an experience the bottom wishes to have for a personal reason. Some people enter service specifically to have the experience on their way toward becoming a more well rounded practitioner of SM. But again and again, we return to what they most basically want to do, and to be: useful. Attending “Service-oriented Submission” is not required, but highly recommended. Laura will discuss strategies in overcoming those temporary distractions that keep a service-oriented individual from performing their best. An open discussion with the participants is encouraged to discuss common challenges, as well as solutions and tactics that have been successful for others. 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.

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

Master Obsidian

We all have that voice inside, the one that can take anything about ourselves or something that we did or something we plan to do and transform it into something terribly wrong or bad. That inner dialogue that shows up just as we are about to embark on a new project or challenge. We all have an inner voice that speaks to us consciously and unconsciously all the time. When our inner voice becomes toxic, it can have a crippling effect on Dominance, ultimately impairing the strength and vitality of M/s or Dom/sub relationships. We will explore how to identify and unmask the inner critic and how to then use that energy in a positive way to transform, expand and re-energize our Dominance. (FOR DOMINANTS AND MASTERS ONLY)

Master Obsidian and slave Namaste

Avoiding Command and Companionship issues in P/E relationships – You’ve put a lot of time, energy and effort into building the P/e relationship of your dreams with the person(s) that you want. And then you fell in love. – Does companionship mean the dissolution of the M/s dynamic? How can love and control exist together in the P/e dynamic? How do we create a dynamic that sustains the P/e while also being companions? Why is it that when we think we are getting to the ‘good part’ everything seems to go to hell in a hand basket? Where does all this dissatisfaction come from? What can we do about it? Join Master Obsidian and slave Namaste as they discuss potential pitfalls in the blending of P/e and companionship and ways to avoid them as well as ideas to infuse longstanding P/e Companion dynamics with new life! This class is great for those seeking to build this type of relationship as well as those already in one!

slave Namaste

This class is an open frank discussion on the realities of life as a TPE slave. We will explore the different stages, types and motivators of TPE slavery and how it can develop over time. Handling family, poly, children, and career while being enslaved – and what empowerment looks like within the TPE model. (It’s not what you think) also slave Namaste shares her thoughts on MUST HAVE traits for slaves. Come prepared – bring your questions and take notes!

Master Z

The “Anatomy of a Master and slave” presentation attempts to look at the dynamics of an M/s relationship and identify what similarities and differences are evident in M/s versus other Total Power Exchange relationships. The discussion will include: • Makeup of a Master (emotional, spiritual and sexual) • Makeup of a slave (emotional, spiritual and sexual) • Are the roles of M/s predestined in the individuals

Ms Rhonda and tomo

Master slave relationships are a constant source of learning about one another, problem solving, and navigating a world where M/s is not the norm. Narrative Mediation is a skill that can help Master and slave increase the depth of their understanding of one another and deepen their relationship. It is a style of mediation which uses externalization of the issue and storytelling to understand how the issue changes through the filter of language and the subjective interpretation of “facts”. Once the problem has been externalized, both Master and slave can work together to create a new description of the issue and work together against their common problem. Please join Ms Rhonda and tomo as they explain the basics of this powerful tool and how it can be an aid to the growth of your Master slave relationship.

Ms Rhonda and tomo

Again is an inevitable part of life, no matter how we try to avoid it. In the leather community, both Master and slave must face this issue from physical, mental, and emotional perspectives. In this class we will examine the challenges that face us as we mature, such as cognitive struggle, physical limitations, and chronic pain. Ms Rhonda and tomo believe that with honest self-assessment and communication, adaptations can be found for continued joy and success in BDSM and authority exchange relationships throughout our entire life. Join us as we discuss common issues related to aging and propose solutions applicable to both sides of authority exchange relationships.

TammyJo Eckhart

Using my life as a jumping off point, I want to lead a discussion about how a person can be incredibly busy and yet be a loving dominant in a poly household. I wear many hats in my life and pursue many goals at any given time. Yet I believe our household is one of healthy, happy people who are supporting a M/s dynamic as well as a vanilla dynamic under the same roof. I’m sure there are others out there in a similar family. Let’s talk about how it works and how it can work better. Fox could co-lead this discussion. Target Audience would be anyone who must wear "many hats" within and without of their household.

Master Kevin and slave feyrie

The Ideal and versus Reality of M/s Relationships. The three pillars of a Master/slave dynamic are the foundation on which we build our relationship. They are also ideals we strive to achieve. What happens when one of those pillars cracks? When that happens, what is the real foundation of M/s that will get you through the storms life brings with your dynamic intact?

Master Kevin and slave feyrie

This class goes beyond a slave feyrie's technical skills class to include a discussion of receiving tea service led by Master Kevin, to help something which may seem "floofy and unapproachable" to become comfortable, fun, and a great way to bring ritual and a deliciously juicy head space into everyday life in a way that anyone can enjoy.

Sir Eric Pride

Even the strongest M/s relationships go through periods of distress and turmoil. Every person is different and we may disagree at times. It is human to commit an error or make a wrong decision. Disagreements, misunderstandings and mistakes in our relationships can lead to pressure, contention and conflict.

This presentation provides participants with tools and techniques to handle common lifestyle related issues, and successfully navigate their M/s relationship conflicts, including topics such as emotions, open and poly relationships, jealousy, and relationship contracts.

Raven Kaldera and slave boy joshua

It’s not easy to cope with disability under any circumstances, but when you have to deal with physical limitations, it may seem like there’s no energy to spare for “traditional” M/s. After all, isn’t the erotica full of masters who are always tall, strong, healthy, and able to wrestle their slaves to the ground – not to mention beautiful, physically perfect slaves? How can it work with a slave who can’t kneel or a master who can’t do basic things for themselves? This workshop will discuss how to make it work in the face of all the obstacles. Not only can M/s work in the face of physical problems, it can become a kind of “exoskeleton” for the disabled partner, keeping them going in the face of all odds.

slave raven

While it isn’t always the part of the lifestyle we want to look at these are actually important pieces that deserve a bit of reflection. How do each of these terms fit and what do they mean in our relationship. This class looks at how each term works in the relationship to keep us all on the tracks.

slave raven

Many classes and discussions are about how to provide excellent service. We don't see so much about the other side of the coin. How does one accept service with calm and ease? What is the appropriate response to service and how do we make space for service to happen? A discussion about the being served side of the silver salver.

Master Z

This discussion group is exactly what the title suggests. 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.

slave lara and Mama Vi

A huge favorite time for all 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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