Marcia is an internationally-recognized speaker, writer, coach and expert on sexual communication, relationships and women’s empowerment. Her primary mission is to help women and the people who love them to overcome shame and get in touch with what they truly want — romantically, sexually and relationally — even if it’s off the beaten path.
As co-founder of Cuddle Party, Marcia has helped tens of thousands of people to speak up for the kind of touch they want, say No unapologetically, and foster more connected, affectionate relationships. Her popular virtual course, “The Good Girl Recovery Program,” helps women to break out of the roles that keep them small and unsatisfied, and move into being more of who they are in all areas of their lives. In her weekend intensives, she co-teaches with renowned educator Midori, helping people have more fun, lower stakes, hotter sex, more creativity and better connection in bed.
Marcia brings wisdom, humor, and creativity to all aspects of her work, and offers a fresh perspective on love, sex and relationships. Each year, she works with a select group of private clients. Since 2003, she has helped tens of thousands of people through her private coaching, workshops and group programs.
Marcia is a sought-after presenter and coach, and she has made over 100 magazines, newspapers, TV shows, books and radio appearances, including The Rolling Stone, The Montel Williams Show, Fox News, NPR, the Washington Post, the New York Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Marie Claire, People, Newsweek, The Daily Mail, and Penn & Teller’s Bullsh*t, to name just a few. She has been interviewed for, and cited in, a number of books as well.
When she’s not scheming ways to make the world a better place through improving intimate relationships, Marcia enjoys finding creative ways to use her frequent-flier miles, reading historical marker signs, dressing up, planning adventures, going sailing, hanging out at the beach, spending time with her family and being the best auntie she can to the kids in her life. She lives in the Bay Area.
Marla Renee Stewart
Marla Renee Stewart, MA is a Lecturer at Clayton State University and a Co-Founder of the Sex Down South Conference and the Sexual Liberation Collective. She is a sexologist, a professional sex, intimacy and relationship coach and sexuality educator. While in graduate school, she created Velvet Lips, a sexuality education company, to empower people of all ages to embrace, educate and enjoy their sexuality and their sexual lives. She has studied human sexuality for more than 18 years at San Francisco State University and Georgia State University, respectively, and has expert knowledge in a wide variety of subjects. She has published academic articles and continues to do sexuality research. She has conducted workshops at conferences, not-for-profit and private organizations, featured on many radio shows, TV shows, documentaries, books, magazines and has been invited to speak at Universities around the world. She also sits on the boards for SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!, and the Diverse Sexualities Research and Education Institute.
Queer. Kinkster. Nerd. Slut. Educator. Activist.
Redrobin is a Vancouver based international presenter of alternative sexuality and identifies as a queer, genderfluid (she/her), polyamorous, sex/body positive, top heavy switch. She’s been involved in her local sex and kink community since 2007. She began teaching lap dancing classes for The Bachelor Plan in 2010, then in 2014 taught her first BDSM class for MVK and was soon teaching regularly for the BDSM, polyamorous, sex, swinger, and queer communities. Formerly Vice President of Metro Vancouver Kink and organizer of the Queer and Trans event known as The Rainbow Connection.
Her medical background has fueled her passion for the human body and mind, and she enjoys exploring her own as well as others. She wants to give back by helping others discover and explore their sexuality without shame or judgement, and is a firm believer that you can never stop learning!
Stefanos & Shay
Stefanos & Shay (StefanosandShay.com) are a vivacious, unconventional D/s couple whose entertaining, information-packed classes have been called “better than a Vegas act.” Shay is a medical professional and self-suspension maven; Stefanos is the Steward of The Upper Floor on Kink.com, event manager for the SF Citadel, and CEO of Bondage-a-Go-Go. They identify as pansexual polyamorous playsluts, purveyors of perversion, and alliteration fetishists! In between traveling internationally to present and perform, they are based in San Francisco, where they host over 60 events a year (including BENT, Twisted Windows, Master’s Den, Self-Suspension Open Space, & Bondage-a-Go-Go) and were named King & Queen of Pervert’s Prom in 2006!
Tillie King and Ben
Tillie King has been practicing BDSM for 20 years. She is a fat, white, femme, feral leather queer who enjoys getting into the ‘why’ of kink. Tillie has lived her whole life on unceded Coast Salish territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations, in “Vancouver, BC, Canada.” She loves novel and authentic ways of connecting with other weirdos. Her passions for blood, leather, and sex is balanced with hand-embroidery, baking cookies, and consuming speculative fiction. She has presented along the West Coast, organized workshops, judged at IMsL and WCBB, been a dungeon monitor (and bootblack.)
Ben is a white settler descendant born on unceded Stӧlo territory; he has lived in the unceded territories of the Tsimshian, Skohomesh, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples (so-called North Coast and Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada). He is a disabled, fat, non-binary, femme leatherqueer. He has been doing d/s, kink, and leather for 13 years.
His interests include:
Queer and leather history
Creative power dynamics
Ben was part of the founding and several subsequent board(s) of Metro Vancouver Kink, has facilitated discussions for new kinksters, and presented workshops on everything from cunt play to dealing with loss in the kink community. In non-leather life, Ben is a union labour educator and public servant.
Torsionist is an Indigenous Two-Spirit Daddy sadist that lives, works and plays on the unceded Coast Salish Territories (aka Vancouver, BC).
They have been part of queer, kinky community for the last decade, and in 2015 co-created Swallow Your Pride, Vancouver’s annual Queer Pride BDSM & Kink party.
Torsionist likes to explore edges, intensity and power, while holding an anti-oppressive framework in their BDSM. Through teaching, conversation and by example, they strive to create inclusive, accessible and sexy spaces for connected and engaged play.
Intersectional mixed-race feminist. Queer relationship anarchist. Educator. Volunteer. MVK director-at-large. Vancouver Consent Crew Facilitator. Podcast host for Intimate Interactions. MVK Accountability Subcommittee member and accountability blogger.
Yoseñio V. Lewis
Yoseñio V. Lewis is a Latino of African Descent female to male transsexual who has been a social justice activist since he was 13 years old. A health educator, speaker, writer, performer, trainer, facilitator, out poly and kinky person and a spiritual hugger, Yoseñio is a Board Member of TASHRA—The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance. Yoseñio is on the faculty for the Sex Justice Track of the National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Conference. He is also on the Community Advisory Board of the Transgender Resilience Study (sponsored by San Francisco State University/Emory University/Columbia University).
Yoseñio is a Trans Patient Educator at Stanford University. He is also a frequent speaker at the medical schools of the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University. He is also a member of the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians. Yoseñio is also a Certified Restorative Justice Practitioner and has completed the Introduction to the Principles of Kingian Nonviolence.
For several years he served on the National Advisory Board for the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. Yoseñio was an organizer of and Keynote Speaker for the OPEN-SF Conference (Open, Polyamorous, Ethically Non-Monogamous), as well as a panellist at the Transcending Boundaries Conference, the Good Vibrations Sex Summit and the Catalyst Conferences East and West. Yoseñio was featured as one of the inaugural honorees of The Trans 100 list.
Keeping to his mantra that “There can be no art without activism and no activism without art” Yoseñio is the founder of Written In The Flesh Erotic Readings (an on-stage opportunity for the lifting up of People of Color voices in Erotica and Sexual Liberation), co-founder of the TransAms Barbershop Quartet and co-founder of Big Boys’ Ink™ Productions, a theatrical writing and performing company. Yoseñio was an organizer of and Key Volunteer for the TrannyFest TransGenre Film Festival, the first Trans film festival in the U.S. All of these artistic entities are devoted to increasing the visibility of the Trans and People of Color communities as well as to address the significant concerns of those communities.
Yoseñio has been featured in several documentaries, including “Diagnosing Difference,” a full-length documentary about the impact and implications of the Gender Identity Disorder (GID) on the lives and communities of those on the gender spectrum. Other documentaries include Christopher Lee’s “Trappings of Transhood;” the television channel A&E’s “Transgender Revolution;” “The Believers,” a documentary about the Transcendence Gospel Choir and “Transforming Healthcare,” a short highlighting the issues that Trans people face when accessing healthcare. In early 2016 he was featured in a Stop AIDS Project/Outshine NW Public Service Announcement regarding safer sex practices/self-esteem practices for FTMs who have sex with other men.
Xanthine identifies as a queer, sadomasochistic science nerd with a fondness for rope, ridiculousness, agony, and release. They focus their community efforts on education and promotion of responsible edge play with a goal of safer, more accessible spaces and a more diverse and welcoming crowd of weirdoes. They have taught at Kinkfest, Conception, Fapcon, Westcoast Bound, Dark Odyssey and other conferences.
As a massage therapist and energy worker, they focus their play style towards channeling pain into healing, transformation, and empowerment for both bottom and top. As a clown and activist, they seek to smash the patriarchy by dismantling ego and promoting laughter, connection, and sincerity in the dungeon.