Conference 2012 Programme

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Saturday

 
Room 1
Room 2
Room 3/Main Room
11:00 - 12:30 Unbeatable introductory offer! Spin ideas and upgrade your play network (speedmating/games) Understanding the Power of Words and Using Language in BDSM A Step-by-Step Approach to Shoe Fetishism
Frl. Rottenmeier Paula toyboy & devfantasy
Lunchtime      
 
Latex Hoods (taster session)
 
 
Hannah Bee
 
       
1:30 - 3:00 Negotiation Kink and Feminism Beginning Japanese Rope Harness Basics
  Maia
Greta Phoenix (Main Room)
3:30 - 5:00      
Screw the Roses. We've Got Style, Babe! Doing D/s Long-Distance
Mark and Reneé Eva Eöri Hockney and Aon Silas

Please note the programme is subject to change.

Unbeatable introductory offer! Spin ideas and upgrade your play network
(speedmating/introductory games)

Do you want to try something new for a change? Looking for a party rendezvous? Need play mates for a group scene during the conference? Too shy-shy? This can be fixed: Frl. Rottenmeier, known for all sorts of S/M gaiety ;-) invites you to explore and interrogate. The exact way in which this is going to happen will be defined at short notice – curiousness is a virtue ;-). All in all, the event will last for about one hour, fun included. NB: As our playground is limited in size, it’s first come, first play (or serve, if you're into it :-)) The good news: There are two (different) sessions, so everyone’s ice hasa chance to break … or melt.

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Understanding the Power of Words and Using Language in BDSM
We all know that words have power, but do we understand why? The nuances contained within language, words, sounds, speech and silence come together to create moods and meanings. This workshop will look at speech acts, their resonance and how they can be used to enhance a scene or dynamic. I will explain the techniques using Psychology, Philosophy, NLP and instinct. Once we understand that, then the fun can start. We can play with words to baffle, boggle and bemuse. I will work with my partner to demonstrate how to walk around inside someone's head, simply by using the power of words. You will be invited to try the techniques yourself. It will be fun to come up with your own ideas and I will assist with guided role play. We will finish with a Q&A session and handouts for anyone who wants to explore this fascinating area further.

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Step-by-Step Approach to Shoe Fetishism
Licking, kicking, worshipping and much more...
In this workshop you will find out about various ways of playing with high heels, boots and other footwear. Whether you are a shoe fetishist or just curious, top, bottom or switch, everyone is welcome to try techniques and to share ideas.
Adequate footwear is to be worn for this workshop.
Max. 20 participants.

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Negotiation
Negotiation is the art of communicating to get the kind of play we want.  It's an essential tool for reducing risk and ensuring consent.  But often it can be seen as a chore to get out of the way before the fun can start.  This workshop presents the possibility that negotiation can be an enjoyable part of play and the tools to handle it with confidence.

In this interactive session, we will walk through a map of the process, covering topics including:
- Identifying and expressing desires
- Pain, power, sex and storylines
- Medical and practical information
- Limits and boundaries - positive ways to say and hear 'no'
- Communicating once play has started
- Considerations for higher-risk activities
- Aftercare and feedback.

The workshop is designed to meet the needs of newer players and no previous knowledge will be assumed.  It includes the complete package of information and skills participants will need to negotiate their weekend's play.  Older hands are also very welcome to come and refresh their awareness and share their experiences.

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Kink and Feminism
This workshop will consist of a short presentation (with images) discussing the history of sexuality in feminism, and how this has intersected with the kink community in various decades. There will then be a group discussion on how far the kink community and the feminist community share the same goals and what each movement has to take from the other. There will also be several guided activities/games, such as pass the parcel, with each layer containing discussion points. Although discussion of potential conflicts between the movements will be discussed, the focus will be on reconciliation rather than debate. Specific points of discussion will include positive sexuality, active consent, sex work, pornography and body image. Handouts covering main discussion areas will be given out.  

Many of the people who attend the conference will have some level of interest in feminist activism or the feminist movement and would like to learn more. Others may feel hostile towards the feminist movement and this will be a safe space to raise these concerns. The workshop intends to validate the grievances that many of us have with the feminist movement but to show that a way forward together is possible. I hope attendees will leave having learnt something and feeling empowered to take positive aspects of feminism forward into their own lives and communities.

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Beginning Japanese Rope Harness
This is a hands-on workshop designed to give everyone the basic information to create your own work of art in a rope harness that you can use immediately. You will learn to tie a body harness, or be tied in a harness. Please bring a 50-100' (1.25m - 2.5m) length of rope. It does not need to be specialist bondage rope it can be from your local DIY shop. It can be 1/4” to 3/8” (6.4mm to 9.5mm) thick, cotton twisted (not braided), hemp or bondage rope but most will work (except polypropylene). Come with a partner or come alone, everyone will be paired up to try his or her hand at making a rope body harness.

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Screw the Roses..
In this workshop we would like to suggest to play with all kind of botanic materials Mother Nature so generously provided. We will talk about vegetables the effect of ginger root and chilli peppers but also would like discuss the use of several stingy plants to inflict pain and other sensations. We ‘ll demonstrate some and eventually have them tried by participants (whoever is brave enough…). We will also talk about security measures and cures. We think this workshop might be interesting to any participant who has never played with botanic material or wants to know what else there could be. We also welcome suggestions! So: screw the roses, send us the thorns…

This workshop will be of interest to everybody who has an interest in strong sensations and is not too familiar with the use of plants/weeds and vegetables. It will give you new ideas, a chance too try things with an experienced ‘supervisor' and to learn about preventing accidents.

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We've Got Style, Babe!
When I started playing I thought everyone played like me. Nothing was and is further from the truth. There are as many styles as that there are players. Even two plays that look kind of the same from the outside can mean completely different things for the players involved. However, some basic styles can be recognised and than it's a matter of mix and match. What is your style? And how does it combine with the style of other players? Let's find out together in this workshop.

The better you know yourself, the more likely it is you will be able to find plays that nourish you as a player. This workshop could help participants to gain insight in the way they like to play and how the play that others like can (or can't) combine with their own. That will take communication with others, but I think the first step is to get to know yourself.

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Doing D/s Long Distance
A D/s relationship means you are connected to a person in a special way that is invisible to others whether you are together in the same physical space or not. Nevertheless, long-distance D/s relationships present particular challenges when you and your partner live in different cities or even different countries.

This workshop will take the form of a facilitated discussion led by Hockney and Aon Silas who manage a long-distance D/s relationship, as well as being partners, between Germany and the UK. The workshop will discuss how to establish and maintain long-distance D/s relationships and will address topics such as communication, how to deal with lack of physical intimacy, safety and emotional issues. It will also consider the role of rituals and fantasy in keeping the kink alive. The facilitators will share some of their experiences and participants will be encouraged to contribute their experiences too. The aim of the workshop is not to propose one true way of doing long-distance D/s relationships, rather it offers a template for best practice.

The workshop is aimed at participants who are already living in long-distance D/s relationships or thinking about getting into one.

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Latex Hoods (lunchtime taster session)
Curious about latex, hoods or hoods made of latex? Think they're out of your price range? Not sure if they're for you? Or maybe you know they are but just don't know where to start. Pop along to find out where to buy them, how to take care of them and more importantly, how to put one on! It will also give you a few ideas of how to use them in play. The taster sessions involves a 5-10 minute talk, a brief demo and the chance for you to try on plain latex hoods of different sizes and styles.

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