Thista Minai is an educator, author, priestess, ordeal facilitator, and gleeful sadist. She uses her professional background in education to create high quality classes on a wide variety of topics, including sacred sexuality, the ordeal path, catharsis, impact, and needle play. With more than fifteen years of experience in designing and conducting rituals, Thista travels the world championing the value of spirituality and empowerment in kink and BDSM

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Cypress Room

Sacred Crisis: The Anatomy of Ordeal

What makes an Ordeal? What is the difference between an intense or spiritual scene and an Ordeal? How do Ordeal rituals help us reach our deepest selves? In this workshop, we’ll explore the essential components of Ordeal, and learn how to make the most of our suffering.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Birch Room

Sacred Blood

Blood is a substance deeply rooted in spirituality and magic, and widely regarded as a material component of our life essence. This workshop examines different ways to use blood in sacred kink, starting with a brief discussion touching on the cultural history of blood, then diving into practical techniques and demonstrated methods for exploring this vital part of ourselves. Topics will include mundane and spiritual safety protocol, negotiating sacred blood play, different methods for drawing blood, and how to use spilled blood for sacred work.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Ballroom C

Queer Sex Magic

Sexual energy is a potent source of magical power, but generating that power is too often discussed purely in terms of polarity. Let’s journey outside the binary and explore other ways of generating sexual energy. We’ll briefly examine a Queer take on polarity, then dive into resonance, balance, and synergy as intentional tools that are sometimes even better choices to power our magical intentions.