Maeve McBride (she/they), is a clinical herbalist, green witch, published writer (Sexy Tea Service), and educator who has been exploring the intersections of kink, sacred sex, plants, and magick for nearly 20 years.

A fun, sensual, compassionate, switch-witch, Maeve enjoys empowering folx of all persuasions to find their own sacred selves using mind/body techniques, plant preparations, manifestation tools, goal setting, and anatomy geekery; to explore their bodies, heal trauma and shame, and dive into to the depths of their desires. She enjoys teaching classes, working with clients in private consultation, and formulating plant potions for health, vitality, healing, and pleasure.

Maeve loves working with newbies, people with trauma histories that inhibit their sexual joy, exhausted parents, enthusiastic consenters, folx who experience chronic pain, disability, and illness that effects their pleasure, and anyone who wants to improve their erotic lives.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, her personal pleasures include gardening naked, dancing around a fire all night, rescuing animals of all sorts, camping, singing, telling naughty jokes, and reading tarot cards, listing things in sentence form with lots of commas...and of course... KINK!

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Ballroom B

Light Me Up: Energetic Impact, Sensation & ElectroPlay

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 and the intensity and frequency of impacts to set the scene. This class will introduce you to the more subtle arts of sensing, reading, and consciously working with energy for hotter and more intensely pleasurable play. 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 kinky play. In this class you will learn several energy work techniques and be introduced to non-traditional ways of using common kink toys, and non-traditional implements. Topics covered can quickly increase satisfaction with your impact and sensation play and create heightened sensations and states of consciousness in the physical, emotional, and energetic body. Class will conclude with a demo of some basic electro toys and other fun zappy things to get the adrenaline pumping and combine with energy points.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Birch Room

Sacred Scenes & Ritual Kink: Your Own Unique Play Rituals

Add deeper levels of meaning (and structure) to your scenes by creating your own unique rituals that feed your kinky needs. Ritual is a great way to more quickly and authentically plan and engage in satisfying scenes, whether they be solo sessions, with a partner, or more. In this class, we will cover a variety of techniques and sequences for building meaningful and magickal scenes from foreplay to aftercare, and you will leave with a broad toolkit of skills and techniques that you can immediately put to use. This class is geared for all levels, dominants, submissives, or switches, couples, or single folks. All are welcome.

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Ballroom B

Reading the Body: Intuitive Topping

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.