BoundToFly is an out Gay Leatherman and HIV Activist who has found his passion in Shibari aka Japanese rope bondage. His roots are in the gay Leather world and considering his passion for rock climbing, it seems inevitable that rope bondage would be a natural fit.
But it took the passion, energy and connection of Shibari and Kinbaku for it to click. He’s privileged to share his life with NJWaterDog and to dance between the gay Leather and pansexual BDSM worlds, as well as between the NY/NJ and Philadelphia scenes.
BoundToFly is a co-organizer of NJ Rope Bite and is the founder of G-rope (a male only rope space). He may be found out and about at play parties, performing, or teaching for TES.org where he flags red Jute left.
Daniel (BusDriver) and Pink are a married Leather M/s couple and the 2011 Northwest Master/slave titleholders with over 25 years combined experience in kink as public players in the BDSM community and performing arts.
Together they present workshops from both Top and bottom perspectives with a pro-consent, sustainable, and healthy BDSM agenda. In addition to teaching and performing at many public BDSM engagements and community events, they have presented popular workshops and panels at several venues including Shibaricon, NWLC, Folsom Fringe, SELF, Dark Odyssey, Westcoast Bound, and Winter Wickedness.
I’m Cat Maverick and I’m a Sadist.
Cat Maverick is an active and enthusiastic member of her local kink community and sits on the board for the CCSPC. She loves sharing her experience, passions and perversions, and is thrilled be able to travel to events to present and participate, learn new things and meet tribe everywhere she goes! Cat has been lucky enough to present locally in Calgary for my home community events, as well as in Edmonton (Lupercalia, AWOL, Alt Space, W3), Victoria BC (Indigeo Conception), Nanaimo BC (Island Mayhem), Winnipeg MB (WSPC Fantasy) and Seattle Washington (Renegades Rendezvous).
Cat loves power exchange as the basis for deep connections in kink relationships. Shes’s known for intense, creative, edgy play but also for humour, and a dash of the unexpected. She fetishizes sharp, shiny, dangerous things, like needles, scalpels, straight razors, knives and swords and is known for being gleefully sadistic and rather “bitey/screamy”.
Cat is a PRICK when she plays and strives for ongoing informed consent, risk awareness and education, and personal responsibility. Once that is covered she can get down to truly fucking people up! No matter what the topic, Cat offers presentations with vibrant energy, sadistic humour, and shameless sexual innuendo.
In his 23 years as a lifestyle Dom, performer, and BDSM educator, Danarama’s experience includes more than two years as Director of Kink University.com, 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 rigger/director/performer in hundreds of BDSM instructional videos, including many free online bondage tutorials.
Since 2012 he continues to teach his own live workshops, sharing his immediately empowering skills and intensely fun and creative BDSM style at international conferences, local classes, and even universities. He also records and tours internationally with his goth/industrial band Harmjoy. In addition to rigging for hundreds of fetish photographers, Dan has also co-directed and performed as a Dominant for other websites including SexandSubmission.com, TheUpperFloor.com, and DungeonSex.com.
Firm-Hand-Buddha identifies first and foremost as an ethical sadist. He is Daddy to his life-partner and babygurl Aropedeevil. Other than hurting consenting, reactive playmates, Firm-Hand-Buddha is passionate about fostering sex-positive values, and believes in shame free, comprehensive sexual information for persons of all ages.
Aropedeevil is a pansexual, sado-masochistic swtich with a love for spankings and rope. Although she is a dedicated submissive and babygurl to FHB, she is also a strong minded feminist and activist.
Firm-Hand-Buddha and Aropedeevil have been actively advocating for ethical, consensual BDSM for several years. While living up north they founded a group and organized learning events, presentations and demonstrations for the Kinky and Curious, and in more recent years they have presented at DADE, TNG (EDMONTON), Hallowed Screams, Lupercalia, ASPECC, various universities and at Taboo Shows.
They are guest lecturers at the University of Alberta, where they provide content for a post graduate Sexual Health Certification and are two of the original founders of ASPECC, a sex positive organization that offers and facilitates sex positive workshops and gatherings. In their spare time they craft erotic candles and bondage rope.
Hedwig is a queer feminist, poly, switchy femme, born, raised and currently residing in Sweden. She picked up rope after having moved to London and exploring the rope scene there. Rope bondage has since become a huge part of her life that she explore both as a personal passion, as well as being active learning and sharing from those around her.
Hedwig is passionate about communication, rope bondage, safer sex and consent culture, about redressing notions of power, physical sensations, vulnerability, dominance and submission, gender and communities working together. She has taught & performed at various venues across Europe & North America since 2011, while also running the Rope Attic in Malmo (Sweden) a space for learning & sharing rope.
She hopes to bring rope bondage to a larger audience as she believe it has the capacity to create ways to communicate & interact, offering diverse routes to pleasure & a playful exploration of desire, surrender & movement. As an educator, Hedwig focus on the mutual experience, embracing an inclusive and open atmosphere where the topics at hand are approached both with respect as well as a sense of humor. She strives towards creating integrated learning spaces, where she hopes that her experience as a switch can bring multiple perspectives to everyone attending.
Hedwig is a former member of the crew of Peer Rope London, current member of the crew of Peer Rope Malmö and Hitchin’ Bitches Oresund, as well as founding member and grand poobah of Hitchin’ Bitches. Hitchin’ Bitches is an international network for female identified riggers and rope tops with over 40 chapters over the world. She is also a founding member of the event Ropework.Org, a meta event for rope educators, performers and organisers. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on Shibari, and is currently active as a sex educator, activist and generally being a pain in the butt of patriarchy.
Mel Cassidy is a group facilitator, mentor, and relationship coach with two decades of experience teaching and facilitating in groups small and large. The grandchild of refugees- with a cultural heritage that includes Greek, Roma, Irish, and Anglo- Mel has lived on three continents and brings a multi-cultural, diverse perspective to her work.
University educated in London, England, Mel has professional experience in theatre, education, special needs, management, holistic wellness, psychology, counselling, and yoga, all of which she applies in her coaching and mentoring. Taking a trauma-informed approach, she helps individuals discover new dimensions of their relationships to themselves, and the people in their lives.
Mel is queer, loves cats, and lives on unceded Coast Salish lands in British Columbia, Canada.
Miss Amy Red is, or sometimes identifies as: instigator, service-oriented, polyamorous, cat herder, active bottom, treasured property, rope partner, submissive and occasional top. Most of all, she is passionate about powerful education and empowered relationships. S
he served her local community as the Maitre’d of Seattle’s Libertine Social Club, a high-protocol service event, where she trained and provided leadership for house staff. She’s had the good fortune to share her passions at conferences across North America over the years. Her class topics include service, training, objectification, and power exchange relationships taught largely from an s-type’s perspective.
You know the ‘old adage, opinions are like ass holes everyone has one, fact not fiction.
So take my opinions with a grain of salt unless they ring a bell. If they ring a bell my opinions have already been your own, today you hear them spoken by another. Validation and inspiration is the heart of my M/s D/s passions when I give workshops or classes…yours not mine. You are my validation.
My feet are becoming restless as my eyes scan the faces in every room I enter. My ears tuned to all the corners they can reach. Eyes not belying anything I wish to keep hidden while they rest here and there. I am driven by the calm raging normalcy of Mistress/slave relationships, the sharing of experiences with those finding where they hope to land. This is my world and I welcome you in if it resonates with you.
Guiding thoughts and validating what really is ok while looking bluntly at deal breakers and deal makers.