Introductory: Inviting Surrender w/ Anton Fulmen
Are you excited to try power exchange, but not sure how to get from “Hi, nice to meet you,” to “Get down and lick my boots”? In this beginners ’ workshop, Anton will present a road map for inviting someone to join you in playing with dominance and submission, and establishing a foundation for power exchange that’s both scrupulously consensual and deeply felt. The class is appropriate whether you’re hoping to negotiate a power exchange scene with a new friend this weekend, or adding a new power dynamic into an established relationship.
Intermediate: Talking Dirty w/ Anton Fulmen
One of the most powerful and most often underestimated kink tools is right at the tip of your tongue. The right narrative can transform an ordinary makeout session or a routine flogging into a profound experience of worship or degradation, communion or conquest. Learn how dirty talk can be used to deepen connection and create a shared narrative with your partner–through hot and shameless communication before, during and after playtime.
This workshop will include advice for the shy and the tongue-tied, and for those who just want to polish their patter. We’ll also cover some fundamental rules for building connection, as well as a plethora of specific ideas for verbal cleverness. Proficiency at talking dirty is equally valuable for both tops and bottoms, and the class will be geared for both.
Advanced: D/s for the Long Haul w/ Anton Fulmen
Many of us dream of power exchange that never ends, but only grows deeper over years dominance and submission. Many of us also discover that realizing that dream is more complicated than it looks!
There are tricks and challenges to long-term power exchange that don’t come up in an evening of D/s play, or even in the first six months. We have to find sustainable ways to integrate our dynamics with the demands of our vanilla lives. Novelty fades, and we have to figure out how to keep things fresh. People change over time, and we have to either change together or grow apart. But there are also rewards unique to long-term power exchange that simply aren’t possible in shorter-term dynamics. We can do profound kinds of training, find powerful stability in established structure, and build a unique kind of trust.
Anton will share hard-earned lessons about how to keep D/s vibrant and harmonious across the years, as well as some ideas of what’s possible to do with a years’ long power dynamic. This will be an interactive class, with lots of opportunity for participants to share their own lessons and ideas.
Fit to be tied: the art of finding, vetting, and negotiating with your rope Top(s) w/ MxBliss
This is a class for people new to rope bottoming, looking to get tied for the first time, or have been enjoying rope for years but are looking for more consistent positive bottoming experiences. MxBliss will walk through the life cycle of 1) finding safer rope Tops, 2) vetting and rigger due diligence, 3) making the ask, 4) negotiating a rope scene, and 5) creating mutually satisfying rope relationships. We will also discuss what to do when things go wrong. Using Mx Bliss’s Rope Negotiation framework as the cornerstone, we will discuss how you can be a more empowered rope bottom and ask for what you want/need in rope. And as an added feature, we will go over basic rope bottoming safety tips and self-check practices so you can better protect yourself (and your rope Top).
Trauma-Informed Kink w/ MxBliss & Maeve McBride
Whether intervening in the dungeon, seeing your friend in shock after a scene gone bad, taking a call from your partner after they have been sexually assaulted, or supporting a friend in a messy D/s breakup, it is not uncommon to see kinksters harmed or hurt (nonconsensually) in kink. The purpose of this class is to provide attendees with tools to assist and support people who are in a state of trauma and is especially helpful for people who serve as kink “first responders” (like DMs).
We’ll start with a basic explanation of what ‘trauma-informed intervention’ is and why it’s especially important for kinksters. Then we will go over some basic ways to identify what trauma or dysregulation looks like in the context of BDSM including how to distinguish ‘subspace’ from states of shock. Then through scenarios/hypotheticals, we will share some examples of when such issues may arise and methods to support people who have been harmed in ways that minimize the likelihood of deepening wounds, ascertaining information so you can serve as an effective first responder, and how to show up as a supportive friend/partner. We will also cover how to recognize trauma/dysregulated states in oneself and provide self soothing tips so that you can more effectively seek/find safety and support. We will end the session in smaller group breakouts so that you can form hypothetical support squads and practice the skills.
The History of female dominance and male submission w/ Peter Tupper
For thousands of years, the figure of the dominant woman has been both feared and desired by men, from the Greek myth of Circe transforming men into beasts to television’s Xena: Warrior Princess. But the dominatrix has always walked a knife edge between empowerment and exploitation. Evolving ideas of masculinity have also changed the view of the submissive male, from chivalrous protector to perverse clown.
Artistic Cutting Beginner w/ Aeon_
Adorning our bodies has been part of our human experience for millennia. This class will lead you through some of the types of scarification, the history of mutilation as a form of symbolism and art, and finally speak to this practice as part of our current culture. After a bit of history it is time to get hands on. An overview of materials needed for your practice as well as methods for artistic scalpel cutting will leave you with a deeper knowledge of the art, a basic knowledge of the skill, and the confidence to perform or receive cuttings.
Needles: An Introduction w/ Aeon_
Learn the basics of needle play! Needles are enticing and intriguing to most people in a playfully fearful way. They can evoke a vast array of feelings and reactions from both the piercer and the pierced. Their applications can range from the artistic to the sadistic, or any creative combination in between. Whatever your motivation may be for entering into this particular type of play this class will cover the basics by briefly touching on best safety practices and play piercing technique.
Whip Workshop: Experience Passion, Joy, Fear and Healing w/ DaddyCrone
Everyone knows a whip when they hear one, some people are terrified by them, others get excited. This class is designed for both extremes and everything in between. We will discuss and demonstrate techniques, style, safety and above all connecting with your partner. It is intended to be more of a guided exchange of energy, a journey through pleasure, pain and catharsis.
Come learn the dance and flow that is possible. Learn to create more depth/connection and tap into your passion. Whether a Top or bottom, this starts with a willingness to be present. Daddy Crone Leenie, will guide those who wish to throw the whip plus assisting bottom’s work through their resistance to receiving the whip, creating an opportunity to reshape negative experiences into an opening/positive experience and connection to your passion.
This workshop will leave you with solid skills, power exchange energy awareness, and an undying love for the whip. Although this class is participation based, the dance is mesmerizing to watch and an altering experience for everyone. It is so much more than technique.
Participation will be welcomed and encouraged. If you own whips, bring them. Let’s Dance!
Straight Razor! It’s sexy as hell folks! w/ DaddyCrone
Shaving, it is one of those mundane things we all have to do. For most, it is a matter of esthetics. For this class we will learn how to use the sexy as hell, straight razor! The intimacy, tapping into All the senses from, the sensations of the razor gliding across a throat, pussy or ass, hell anywhere on the body, the scents, the sounds of hair being severed and the trust between two people as they dance the razor’s edge!
Yes folks, shaving can be fun, sexy and just a little dangerous! Blood optional 😉
Some Assembly Required w/ Q Wilson
Fucking with a cock can be hard. It can be even harder when you’re trying to do it with a cock that’s not factory installed. Wouldn’t it be great to have some help figuring out how?! Which cock should I choose? What are my style and material choices when it comes to harnesses? Which positions might work best? There will be in class demos so bring your questions!
Interrogating Desire w/ Morgan
It is often that the deep dark root of our desires is what makes them so damn hot. But what happens when we haven’t interrogated what fuels these desires?
In this workshop, we discuss the importance of self-interrogation, why it’s best to do so before (and after) we play with others, and explore some of the deep dark roots of our own kinky curiosities.
Sometimes that root is darker or more fucked up than we expected. Sometimes this is okay and adds to the deliciousness, and sometimes, it’s something we aren’t yet comfortable with. Acquiring consent from ourselves is just as important as the consent of others you are playing with.
Pursuing Unicorns, Threesomes, and More w/ Marla Renee Stewart
Unicorns are becoming increasingly popular – not only because of their rarity, but because of their ability to feed off the love of a loving couple. Searching for a unicorn can be very exciting for some couples, but sometimes the search grows weary if you aren’t able to “seal the deal.” In this workshop, we will show you how to allure unicorns by using cautious flirting and sexual negotiations that aim to please both parties. Avoid being a unicorn hunter and become just the right glitter to attract your perfect unicorn.
Seducing Your sub: How to Create Erotic Tension & Keep Your sub Coming Back For More
w/ Marla Renee Stewart
If you’ve been in the D/s world, you know that some subs can be finnicky on their search for the right Dominant. Finding the sub that works for you takes patience, but most of all it takes the Dominant to pick up on the right cues that would draw the sub in. In this workshop, you’re going to understand how to use seduction to your advantage to get your subs to not only do what you want when you want it, but for them to beg you for more attention and more erotic play time. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, this will help you run the long (and successful) game when it comes to your kinky endeavors.
Sensual Pussy Torture w/ Marla Renee Stewart
Are you ready to explore the pleasure in tormenting the vulva and vagina? This workshop aims at helping you to identify the ways in which pleasure is reached with all persons involved. This includes identifying the tools that you can use to torment externally, internally, and as well as invoking your psychological sadism. And of course, we’ll go over anatomy, too!
Dynamic Rope Play – Control and Dominance Moves w/ Midori
Learn effective rope moves to enhance and make hot play.
Whatever style of bondage or rope play you enjoy, these skills will boost the emotional and psychological intensity. In this hands-on class you’ll practice safe moves that are body-smart for the top side and bottom sides.
Whether you enjoy Kinbaku, Shibari, Westen, Predicament, Damsel in Distress, Take-downs or Confrontational play, these techniques will integrate well into your fun!
No experience necessary.
Bring: One or two lengths of rope that you usually play with. If you’re not sure, bring two or three lengths of 20 to 30 feet of ropes. If you don’t have rope, there will be some available to borrow
Wear: Comfortable clothing that’s easy to move in.
The Exquisite Whip: Hands-on Flogging Training w/ Midori
Improve your flogging skills! Whether you’re a total novice or already confident with the whip, there’s plenty for you in this unique and very active class.
Enjoy drills on techniques to deliver powerful, effective sensations without top-fatigue. Sharpen your finesse and precision to create the desired sensual, sexual and emotional effects.
You’ll learn how to select the best flogger for your style and body type.
Bring your floggers. More the merrier! If you don’t have any, there may be a few to try out. Midori shares with you a uniquely connected “California” style of whip use.
If you want to learn to flog in high heels, or other specialized footwear, bring them.
No need to bring a target person or a practice partner.
Best Kink Advice Nobody Told You
*Warning: This is a class for sexy, thoughtful nerds.
This is not a class about how to use a tool or skill, but rather about the why and how to play hotter.
This is for people who care about excellent communication and improving connections with self and partners. This talk is for those don’t quite fit into the standard kink boxes… and for anyone who’s curious about their own pleasure potential.
All experience levels welcome. New people very welcome.
Do you want more fulfilling BDSM play? Are you new to kinky fun? Need more effective ways to uncover the other’s real desires and minimize scene failure? Want to better communicate your hungers and get better play? Dissatisfied with scenes or frustrated at not having your desire accepted? How do you create a multi person scene where everyone’s happy? Are you frustrated with vague terms or limiting beliefs prevalent in kink circles? Let’s get smarter about how we express our desires around kink. Let’s reframe kinky desires and gain practical ways to effectively convey our pleasures. Join Midori in this popular and unique class where she explodes the standard definitions of kink and expands the idea of what it’s all about. She maps out a fine-tuned and flexible framework that anyone can use to better describe their appetites. The first step to fulfilling your desire is to better understand them, then effectively and appealingly conveying them.
Bootblacking 101 – Not just boots, not just leather w/ Q Wilson & Morgan
Are you looking to expand your service skill set? Have you seen a bootblack at work and wondered if you could do it? Ever look at someone in their leathers and know that properly taking care of their leathers would be even more of a privilege than touching their bare skin? Brought those stunning new boots that you had to save so long for and wanna know how to make them last a lifetime?
Did reading any of those questions make you hot? Then this workshop is for you!
This workshop will introduce you to the basics of boot and leather care. We’ll discuss what bootblacking is and basic technique. We’ll also discuss the care of leather items (i.e. vests, floggers) and how to care for latex, patent leather, and vinyl. From strictly service to slightly sensual, bootblacking’s got it all. Come see what it can add to your life.
Bondage for Connection and Flow w/ OkieNawa
Expectations are first communicated verbally, verbal communication becomes implicit, implicit communication becomes habits, habits become norms and norms become ways to communicate without talking. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss concrete approaches to build connection and experience flow. The class will apply flow motivation theory to explain the process. Although the class is based on an academic concept the lecture will last 10-15 minutes and the rest of the class will be hands-on learning. The activities can be completed with or without rope. If you bring rope you will need 1-2 hanks of role between 22-25 feet or 7 – 8 meters. The diameter should be 1/4 to 3/8 inches or 4-6 mm. Tying with a partner is idea, but it isn’t necessary.
The Worst Hip Harness Everyone Needs to Know w/ OkieNawa
The purpose of this class is to examine the concept of a functional hip harness and modify it to include ideas that may fit the needs of the individual being tied. Four ropes at approximately 8 meters (25-30 ft.) with a diameter of 5-6 mm (1/4-3/8 inches) will be needed.
Pup Training Basics w/ Wiley Wolfe
Get your leash and toys ready – it’s time to train!
Discover how training can benefit a Handler/human pup dynamic, different common training methods, and how to get the most out of your sessions. We’ll cover body postures and immersive puppy communication, as well as core commands to create a solid obedience foundation!
Whether you’re currently in a Handler/pup partnership or solo and looking to learn, this class will get you off to a tail-wagging good start.
Exploring Gender and Sexuality Through Animal Role Play w/ Wiley Wolfe
Animal Role Play can be a vehicle for stress relief, structure, joy, and more – but it can also be a powerful form of exploration and validation! Join us to discover how to harness your inner creature through the lens of gender and sexuality. We’ll discuss connecting your inner animal/s to your identity/ies, solo play ideas, centering validation in scenes and dynamics, approaching negotiation, psychological awareness, Handler participation, and more! Bring your experiences, thoughts, and ideas. My hope is that you’ll leave this class inspired to create play that makes everyone feel empowered and seen.
Not Your Average Intro Class w/ Cegregia, Kasia & Sloane
So you’re ready to try this “rope” thing, and you want a place to start. We’ll give you the tools you need!
In this class, you will learn the building blocks you need to start tying. But more importantly, you’ll leave knowing that you can have FUN while you’re learning.
No experience required. Partnered pairs and self tyers welcome.
So You Wanna Try That… w/ Cegregia, Kasia & Sloane
So you *really* wanna try that super cool thing you saw on the internet, but you (or your partner) can’t physically be in that super cool thing. We’ve got you covered.
This class is all about creative collaboration. We’ll walk you through the process of adapting ties that you already know, then you’ll try the process for yourself. You’ll work through examples, then get a chance to test your ideas in the air.
Suspension experience required. Partnered pairs and self suspenders welcome.
Light Me Up: Exploring Energy and Sensation w/ Maeve
Learn techniques to create heightened sensations and states of consciousness in the physical, emotional, and energetic body. Energetic exchange is a powerful element in any erotic encounter. In many kinky play sessions quite often, much emphasis is given to D/s dynamics, intensity and frequency of impacts, or the tension and pull of bondage and rope to set the scene. This class will introduce you to the more subtle arts of sensing, reading, and consciously working with energy, which can be done alone or in combination with other forms of play for hotter and more intensely pleasurable experiences. Learn how to direct your attention, intention, and the intensity of sensations to (often ignored) areas of the body, dive deeper into erotic embodiment, increase the energy of a scene and your overall satisfaction with scenes.
In this class you will learn several energy work techniques and be introduced to non-traditional ways of using common kink toys (such as sensation toys and electroplay) to engage the nervous system and affect the production of the hormones that send us into subspace, topspace, and euphoria . Topics covered can quickly increase satisfaction with your impact and sensation play and create heightened states of consciousness in the physical, emotional, and energetic body. Maeve will be joined by a very special guest to assist her with this class, Mistress Viola Parker!
Reading the Body w/ Maeve
What do all the moans, groans, body movements and changes in breathing patterns in your partner mean? We can’t be mind readers, but we can read bodies! In this class you learn a systematic approach to “reading” the subtle (and not so subtle) vocalizations and body language of your play partners to help you determine how to proceed and engage more mindfully in your scenes and play. We will also explore different techniques and adjustments to make in-scene to shift energy into higher or lower gear, adjust circumstance quickly to soothe an overstimulated partner, and techniques to manipulate and meter out the pulses, pace, and pivots of a scene to send you and your partner(s) deeper into ecstasy.
Older & Wiser: The Inevitability of Age Play w/ The Fishes
Just like Ancient Mariner, kinksters get old too. Their paddles get creaky, their whips get frayed, and their bobbers stop bobbing.
Now that there are more and more BDSMers staring at the Harpoon of Age, it’s time to take a look at some of the changes that we have to make in order to weather the storm with humility and grace…or at least with a minimum of embarrassment.
Ladyfish and Fisherman are sexagenarians and proud of it. They happily invite you to join them as they troll the waters of getting older in a lifestyle that is a veritable school of challenges including nudity and gravity, arthritis, thinning hair, hearing aids, and narcolepsy. They’ll share a few tips (and a few laughs) based on their 25+ year D/s commitment to each other and to the lifestyle.
Oh…and you young kinksters that think this workshop is just for old-timers? Ummm…think again! Before you can say “deviant diapers and dentures” your minnow days will be over and you’ll be dropping scales and floating downstream just like the rest of us!
Orientation to Westcoast Bound
Is this your first time attending this event? Are you new to play parties or kink conferences? Get the skinny on what you can expect to see, how to engage with others, and navigate this exciting environment. We’ll illuminate dungeon etiquette and provide tips to maximize a good time as you explore this sexy space and join this amazing community. C’mon by for a warm welcome to Westcoast Bound!