Addie has been practicing rope for several years now. She enjoys tying, being tied, and self-tying, as well as performing and educating. Her teaching is informed by her professional background as a nurse, mixed with a wicked sense of humour and the goal of providing impactful, practical, and adaptable techniques and information for the wide variety of individuals who enjoy rope. Addie has spent the last three years teaching around the globe with her partner Barkas, providing information from and for the person being tied. Together, they opened and co-run TheSpace2 in Vancouver, a venue dedicated to the exploration of rope bondage and its contexts and expressions.
Barkas is a bondage educator, performance artist, and writer. He is a licensed instructor of two of the most influential bondage schools, and his contributions to the bondage narrative include the development of Ranboo and the Interview Metaphor.
Originally from Vienna and now residing in Vancouver, he is the cofounder and caretaker of TheSpace2. In addition to ongoing teaching locally, he continues to travel, perform, and give workshops internationally; some highlights include Shibaricon in Chicago, Moscow Knot, Kannawa Kai in Tokyo, West Coast Bound in Vancouver, FIRE in Orlando, Bondage Expo Denver, Place des Cordes in Paris, and EURIX.
One of Barkas’ focuses is the implementation of philosophical, sociological, mathematical, and historical ideas to develop a deeper understanding of erotic rope bondage. This pursuit lead to the development of the Interview Metaphor – a mindset that prioritizes individuality, attention, and the interaction of the persons tying. As he often says, don’t tie people, tie with people. In 2016 Barkas collected these and other thoughts, and published them in “Archaeology of Personalities; A Linguistic Approach to Erotic Rope Bondage.”
Belle- doesn’t have a specific style of bondage but most of what she does is based on the Japanese style of bondage. Her goals are to create manageable pain for my bottoms and to create an experience that both enjoy, meaning that the type of rope she does at any given time is highly dependent on the person that she is tying. She really enjoys doing both structured ties and unstructured or informal ties, again, dependent on the goals of the scene. Her style of presentation is to have as much interactive time as possible and for the participants share their experience and bring their knowledge to the class. She tends to prefer leading workshop-style classes where the students learn the concept through a series of progressive activities designed to get them to think about their own tying. The goal is to teach them something that they can apply to their own scenes and their own styles.
Smiling Sadist DaddyCrone Leenie is a long-term body worker / energy runner and has been in the leather world since early 90’s. Leenie began Dancing with Whips in 1998 and has not stopped. Starting in Boston as a member of MOB (Massachusetts Orgasmic Bitches). S/he has taught/presented for MDG in Asheville, the Women’s Winter Bash in Atlanta, MBK in Myrtle Beach, SELF, DESIRE, Mayhem Vancouver BC, Wicked Women, The Conservatory in PDX, Sagacity in Victoria BC, Threshold in LA, Lupercallia Edmonton, Alberta, West Coast Bound Vancouver, B.C., Apex in Phoenix, Conception, Victoria, BC, Behind Closed Doors, Tucson AZ, Women’s International Leather Legacy (WILL) and the land of Woo SWLC.
Jodi has been a bedrock member of the Leather, BDSM, and Power Exchange community since 2000, and has always been a leader and teacher. Her brand of Leather is kink-inclusive, not exclusive. Jodi established the Wasatch Academy for the Refinement of Ladies and Gentlemen of Leather—a finishing school for kinky adults wishing to pursue excellence—and has been its Headmistress since its establishment (leather.academy). Jodi has presented nationally to great acclaim. She began and continues to lead the call against rape and intimate partner violence in her community. She is on the board of the Domestic Violence Project for NLA-I and the representative for the Western United States. Winner of the Jan Lyon award for service from NLA-I, a true Lady both in title and carriage — and above all an amazing ambassador for Leather and Power Exchange, having been involved in a successful and loving poly Power Exchange relationship. She has been a keynote speaker and is known as the Leather Emily Post.
!Kona identifies as a Black, Femme, Leatherdyke, Artist and highly engaged citizen currently existing on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She considers herself part of a stolen people on stolen land. Masquerading as a lower mainland cultural bureaucrat by day, she has a history of compulsively organizing and educating around lives of Queers, BDSM practitioners, and Black folks.
Through her production company, NubianImpProjects she: hosted the only queer bathhouse night in western Canada for almost a decade; created and held space for the D/s Discussion Salon series later replicated in Seattle; and produced the weekend long D/s Intensive series which featured an internationally recognized community educator at each of the full weekends (appreciation to Mollena, Lee Harrington, Skip Chasey & Rick) For many years she also co-disorganized the Bride of Pride Queer play parties and the 2009 Canadian Mayhem conference. She is also the co-creator of the interactive QueeriodicTable art project & experiential installation experienced in both the Canada and the States.
!Kona is known for community development; consulting on organizational culture shift, agitating & advocating in online social spaces; and sometimes acting professionally for film & TV. She also writes words mostly experienced from the stages of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, The Vancouver International Writers’ Festival, Word Vancouver, Verses Festival of Words, The Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Pecha Kucha: Vol 25, Heels on Wheels – Vancouver, The Litany Queer Reading Series, and been featured at the VanSlam Spoken Word Series.
Lady Pandora is affectionately known in her home community of Edmonton as the “Wax Lady”. She has been kinky since she was a teenager and lives a 24/7 relationship with her slave and husband, WilliamLF.
She has been actively involved in the Edmonton community for nearly four years following a move from Ontario. Western Canada Power Exchange, Lupercalia, and EOS are all groups that she has worked with in one capacity or another.
She takes great pleasure in sharing her love of wax with wit and humour in workshops across the country. Lady Pandora resides with her slave William, Abbot and Wilbur the cats, and a dog named Mr. Moe. She welcomes all friendships and questions concerning wax on Fetlife at Lady-Pandora.
Lady Umbra and prairie locked
Lady Umbra is Master to her slave, prairie locked, and they share a 24/7, long-distance relationship dynamic built on elements of consensual non-consent, Owner/property, Leather, and spirituality. The best way to describe their relationship is not as a Queen and her knight, but rather as a Queen and her court jester! Lady Umbra rules with a strict yet compassionate demeanor, and he devotes his life to her service with a humorous flair. They espouse an equitable relationship, yet maintain the inequality in their roles through structured protocols and rituals. Lady Umbra and her slave also enjoy a wide variety of edgier play that combines whips, needles, knives, boots, cigars, and humiliation.
Lady Umbra is a pansexual, polyamorous, sadistic Leatherwoman. She is a devoted advocate for cultivating women’s empowerment, and serves the BDSM, Kink and Leather communities as an organizer and educator. Lady Umbra previously served on the board of directors of Xibalba Studio and co-founded AWAKENS (A Women’s Association for Kinky Education & Networking Saskatoon) in late 2015. Lady Umbra is also the founder of the Prairie Women’s Network which provides opportunities for women from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to connect with each other. She regularly moderates the AWAKENS discussions and also hosts Women’s Circles at a variety of events.
As for her slave, prairie locked is a heteroflexible masochist and has been on the board of directors of Kink Regina since July 2016, previously serving as house slave.
They are the group leaders of Saskatchewan Power Exchange (SKPE). One of their ongoing ambitions has been to help strengthen the bond between the BDSM communities in their respective cities, and it was through this endeavour that Lady Umbra and prairie locked first encountered each other and discovered their shared love of bootblacking.
Lady Umbra and her slave are privileged to be the 2018 International Power Exchange and the 2017 Western Canada Power Exchange titleholders. Together they have travelled Canada and the US connecting communities, inspired people to explore their own power exchange relationships, and presented workshops on bootblacking, humiliation play, artistic needles, mindfulness and more.
Lizard and Orannis
These queer femmes are lovers of all things kink, including cigars, power exchange, leather, impact, mental/emotional sadomasochism, and of course… ROPE!
Native to the Eastern shore, Lizard and Orannis have taught together nationally, at event such as Ropecraft and Bound in Boston, for the past two years. They are most well known for their innovative, “outside of the box” style of rope, which favors intention and adaptability over traditional aesthetics. This means making rope accessible not only to rope bondage enthusiasts, but to ALL kinksters.
When teaching, Lizard and Orannis draw from their experiences in rope, as well as their formal education as healthcare professionals. Their passion and sense of humor make for an engaging class, while their adaptive approach to rope inspires creativity and encourages problem solving.
Lizard and Orannis believe in making rope education a collaborative effort between partners. They encourage active participation and feedback from the people who are tied in class, so that everyone may learn from varying experiences.