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South Plains Leatherfest

South Plains 2017 M/s Workshops

A Generation Apart

Whether it’s what radio station to listen to, what shows to watch, manner of dress and certainly the way W/we communicate, an age difference can bring forth triggers and create havoc if you allow it. Join Sir DaddyDaun and slavegirl j as T/they talk about the effect a 23 year age gap has had on T/their relationship, and how it really is no big deal.

Presented by:
Sir DaddyDaun & slavegirl j

 

Blurred Lines: Consent in M/s and D/s Relationships

Consent--Enthusiastic affirmation, scene contracts, TPE and consensual non-consent. Join us in a discussion of the philosophies of consent in the dungeon, and in D/s or M/s relationships. When is it abuse and when is it a learning experience? When have consent violations occurred? How do we respond to these things as individuals and as a community?.

Presented by:
beth

 

Can the willing be raped?

Masters have authority over all parts of their slave. However, do Masters have authority over all parts of the slaves body, sexual preferences, sexual acts, including forced sex if the slave does not WANT sex. Is this Rape? Is this willing, consensual sex because of the Master/slave dynamic? This class will cover Master/slave dynamics, sex, sexual assault, and the law.

Presented by:
slave amendah

 

Conflict Resolution in Power Exchange Relationships

In the fantasy relationship conflict never occurs – since no conflict can occur when The Boss is always right. The reality is that, like all relationships, power exchange couples and families experience conflict. But the hierarchical power structure creates unique challenges. In this class we will explore the challenges of conflict resolution in power exchange relationships and share techniques, tips, and strategies for avoiding, managing and resolving conflicts..

Presented by:
Master Ben & slave naomi

 

Danger – Keep out !

Many embark upon this journey not aware of the ways the M/s relationship can alter the way you go through life, your desires, and how you see the world. Embarking upon this path is a life changing moment although most people don’t realize it. By exploring the nature of the transformative power of the M/s dynamic we can come to a better understanding of what tools are needed for the journey and be prepared for the challenges it presents. Join us as we discuss ways the Master slave dynamic can impact your perspectives, your relationships with others and your life as well as offering insights into embracing not only What it is that you do – but Who it is that you are.

Presented by:
Master Obsidian & slave namaste

 

Everything We know About Power Exchange We Learned Riding a Tandem Bike

Sometimes a simple experience can provide an enlightening metaphor. Our vanilla friends referred to our tandem bike as a “bicycle built for divorce.” Instead, we found an affirmation of our chosen dynamic. This presentation will use the function and operation of riding a tandem bike to explore the key elements, tools and techniques in a successful power exchange relationship. We will consider both the requirements for each participant in a hierarchical model, as well as what is needed for the two to work as a team. No prior bicycling experience required.

Presented by:
Master Ben & slave naomi

 

Helping A Slave Focus

We strive for the best connection possible in our Master/slave lives. That connection can be dulled by unintentional lack of focus. This workshop will offer suggestions and resources to assist a slave -- or leatherboy/boi – with focus. Masters may find the ideas useful for themselves as well.

This topic arose out of a real-life need where my late slave, boy tim, was finding himself mentally drifting, turned to me for help, and I in turn asked my Mastery/slavery and Dominance/submission peers for help.

We’ll look at preparations before in-person service, ceremony and rituals, the reciprocal nature of training, focusing exercises, and a wide variety of reading resources.

Presented by:
Officer Wes

 

Independence & Interdependence

How do we protect individuality within M/s without breaking down the Master/slave dynamic in long term relationships? We deliberately create relationships where we are dependent upon one another. We form relationships where permission (granted or received) and a clearly decided division of task or duties are an everyday occurrence. When we grow together as a tightly formed unit what are the future repercussions of living M/s? If we are a tightly formed unit, how have we insured that both Masters and slaves are able to function beautifully and not create co-dependence. Let’s have a lively discussion to foster healthy long-term M/s relationships which also render individual health.

Presented by:
Lady Catherine

 

Looking Under the Hood of Disobedience

Those in charge of relationships can get frustrated when their directives, orders, and assignments aren't followed. Often, the partner's action are labeled "disobedience" - and sometimes result in punishment. This class looks under the hood of a slave’s behavior to better understand why these seeming acts of disobedience occur. Through exploration of real-world examples, the workshop will look beyond "what" happened to consider "why" it might happen. Through an enhanced understanding of what is behind the action, the class will aid the relationship leader in responding to these circumstances and potentially preventing their reoccurrence.

Presented by:
Master Ben & slave naomi

 

Master bottom / slave top

Many think that being a Master automatically makes you a sadist or that being a slave makes you a masochist. Within the community near and far it is often assumed that Masters & slaves are bound to their physical roles of Top and bottom. Moreover, doing otherwise has been seen as relegating the power exchange dynamic to a peripheral role. Come join us as we break down the barriers and show you how as an M/s couple you can enjoy all of your desires and needs.

Presented by:
slave rooks

 

Mental Mine Fields (Navigating Mental Illness in M/s Dynamics)

Creating and maintaining M/s relationships can be challenging even in the ideal world, but very few of us are fortunate enough to live in a perfect world. When we pursue M/s in the face of obstacles and road blocks, we acknowledge and accommodate for these differences and recognize the humanity and imperfections in each other. Navigating an M/s dynamic when the Master or slave has mental illness can feel particularly overwhelming and, at times, impossible. However, when we fully understand and explore the difficulties of mental illness and how to work solutions into the dynamic instead of creating M/s in spite of the mental illness, the possibility to create lasting, sustainable, satisfying dynamics is completely attainable.

Presented by:
Rose

 

My Spirit Animal Guide is the Cockroach

The cockroach is over 200 million years old and can withstand more than ten times the radiation than a person, live without their head for a week, without oxygen for 40 minutes and month without food. Cockroaches are the epitome of survival which explains why I identify with it a spirit animal guide. This class is not about all the negative things that happened to us but about how we adapt and survive and live life to the fullest possible despite unfortunate event in our history. I will share my stories of survival and adaptations, in general, and in the lifestyle.

Presented by:
boy CJ

 

Poly Relationships, Families and Households

Come join us for a presentation and open discussion concerning everything to do with polyamorous relationships. This is a presentation that shares thoughts, experiences, insight and knowledge so all can learn with our peers. Poly vs Open relationships? Triads or multiple dynamic relationships? Compersion vs Frubbly. How to find what's best for you. The responsibilities and work associated with poly or open families or households is never-ending so we must have the tools to succeed. It is not all puppies, unicorns and fuzzy bunny slippers, as there is a lot of work and multiple personalities involved. Let’s discuss the tips, tools and pitfalls of household management. Come join us as a group to learn, share and grow in a safe, open minded environment.

Presented by:
Lord Brick & slave lara

 

Practical Protocols and Ritual

Master Obsidian and slave namaste will lead a discussion about protocol and ritual in the scene and how they can be used to center and ground both Master and slave. What exactly are protocols? How are they used? What do you need to do to create and establish your own protocols and rituals? We will discuss the vanishing art of protocol and explore the many ways in which protocols and rituals can be used to strengthen and elevate the bond between Master and slave.

Presented by:
Master Obsidian & slave namaste

 

Prejudice, Identity and our future

The Master/slave experience is significantly unique and distinctive. We will examine M/s social and intimate paradigms which support our growth as a community and individually. We will critically examine the potential of commonly used systems that may instigate prejudice. Understanding the grey zone is powerful and a necessity to ensure healthy individual/social identity and relational practices. Let’s deconstruct and reconstruct!.

Presented by:
Lady Catherine

 

Round Table Discussion

Join us for a discussion that is guided by topics and questions from participants and offers the opportunity to both share and learn from differing experiences and perspectives. The facilitators of the discussion will be made up of several experienced slaves and submissives with diverse philosophies and identifications. This discussion will focus on topics and issues relevant to all and is open to all, regardless of your identification. Possible topics include: our responsibility to ourselves, safety, empowerment, communication, education, service, protocols, conflict resolution, and honoring the path we are on. You may submit questions and topics anonymously by sending an email to subhavenmaven@gmail.com

Presented by:
SubHaven

 

Stealth Service: The Anticipatory Ninja

Anticipatory service is a hot topic and subject of much debate. The distinction between ‘topping from the bottom’ and being the dynamic deliverer of exceptional service of your dreams is often a blurred line. Slaves often don’t enjoy blurred lines but instead we crave black and white clarity. “Give me a rule so I can earn my star” and “Show me the ‘right’ path and I will tread it with obedience” are part of the slave’s lexicon. How do we express our creativity though? Where is novel delight to be generated from when we only color inside the lines? This workshop will offer a middle ground wherein the slave can provide delight, surprise, and pleasure to the Master without taking the authority from where it belongs in the the relationship.

Presented by:
slave elizabeth

 

Survival skills for the single submissive/slave

Are you new and looking for a Top, Dom/me, Master or Mistress?

Or are you newly single?

Do you want to find a way to get your needs met while searching for the person that is a good match for you?

Do you want to learn some skills to share with your single friends?

How about understanding where the single submissive/slaves are coming from?

This class will help give you the tools to share and understand with others; we will discuss and share skills for "surviving" being single while on that search. The focus will NOT be on looking for someone but how to get your needs met while in "search mode". Doing so will assist in keeping those lustful decisions at bay. Be sure to bring your ideas and skills you have learned to the class to share. The class will be interactive and encouraging of sharing.)

Presented by:
angel

 

The Journey: Birth, Life, Death, and Resurrection

Using real-life experiences, problems, and responses, Master Jim and slave marsha will trace the winding, sometimes rocky, path of their 20-year Master/slave journey. Open the door with them as they describe the shiny new Master and slave who stepped onto the path in 1997 with no experience or resources. Travel with them as they discuss the foundation they built and then how they responded to M/s life challenges as the relationship matured into what they now describe as edgeliving. Walk with them as they experience the “death zone” and then experience the resurrection through an examination of “protect the property” vs “protect the relationship.”

Presented by:
Master Jim & slave marsha

 

The Powerful Servant – From Two Perspectives

Power is often defined by the ability or capacity to perform an act effectively. A powerful person may have traits such as being influential, independent, straightforward, and assertive. In this class, we will examine how power can be a useful tool for a slave to have. We will look at power, examine what it is, how a powerful slave can benefit a Master/slave relationship, and how a slave can surrender will and serve from a place of power. Managing a powerful slave can be rewarding yet also a challenge. We will discuss the benefits of making use of the powerful traits in your slave, how to manage the power slave, ways to get the most from your power tool, and challenges you may encounter along the way.

Presented by:
Ms Rhonda and tomo

 

Two Bears and a Cougar: Building A Better Boy

After ending a long M/s relationship, I found myself a bit lost. What? Me… lost? Going back to my roots of being “me’, a tomboy and leather boy, I was faced with what direction was I going to go with my life. Moving in the basement of the two bears and then signing a service contract to Sir Cougar has been instrumental in my going back to Grad school to finish up my master degree, getting back into travel and presenting, making my health and well-being a priority, and exploring new options for my life. This class is not just about my journey the last two year, but more about how these supportive and nurturing relationships have shaped, developed, and helped to build a better boy.

Presented by:
boy CJ

 

We Never Thought We Would Run for a Title but You Can Too

In T/their journey to learn from the best, Sir DaddyDaun and slavegirl j found T/themselves competing for and winning the International Master/slave 2017 contest. It all started with the intent to be Master and slave, then a conversation with International Master 2016 Ms Rhonda. From there, T/they gathered advice, questions to answer, wonderful memories, lifelong friendships, and the ability to express T/their passion for being Master and slave. Had you asked T/them 3 years ago where T/they thought T/they would be, it certainly would not be here! Come sit with T/them as T/they give back the advice T/they were getting, prepping tips, to do lists, and all the real life stuff. If these truckers can do it, you can too!

Presented by:
Sir DaddyDaun & slavegirl j

 

Who Does The Dishes?

In a Master/slave dynamic, it is often challenging for the Master to find the right balance between control and compassion. Even in a high-level authority based relationship there needs to be an understanding that “everything” can’t fall on the shoulders of the slave. We will look at the dynamics of a M/s relationship and discuss how to incorporate compassion without compromising control in our daily lives.

Presented by:
Master Trent

 

When the Sh*t Hits the Fan, Managing the Unmanageable

We all know, if we have been doing this any length of time, that M/s is not all high protocol dinners and naked kneeling slaves.  What do we do when things devolve into apparent utter chaos?  Join Liza and her slave, Jody for a gently guided discussion.

Presented by:
Liza and her slave, Jody

 

You've read The Marketplace and Have Your Fetlife Profile, Now What??

So you think you might want to be in a D/s or M/s relationship?  In this class, International Master and slave 2011, Liza and her slave, Jody, will guide you in exploring how to find what and who you want in an M/s or D/s relationship.  Using real world examples from their 15 year relationship and those of their friends, this class will (hopefully) separate fantasy and theory from reality and provide clues for how to find your compliment and how to begin to frame the relationship as well as some tips for safety and sanity in your quest.  Open to self-defined "newbies" and experience practitioners alike.  Group participation welcomed and encouraged, but not required.

Presented by:
Liza and her slave, Jody

 

South Plains 2017 SM/Leather Workshops

Bitches Get Stiches

This class we designed just for this event based on peoples request!

Suture play can be so much fun but requires skill and tools that not everyone has. We will show you many alternative ways to sew with more common materials and less skills required. You can learn and practice same day with just a few supplies. We will show you how to sew for predicament play, how to sew things on to people and even sew people together. Fun with stretchy cord and other non traditional materials will also be covered. Come and be creative and have some fun! We can also cover real suturing for those who are interested.

Presented by:
Team Fluffy

 

Bondage: The Quick and the Painful

Leave the rope at home and join Ritz Kracker and girl kaos as they explore the simplicity of leather, chains, snaps,and buckles. Starting with simple bondage to get your bottom on a cross, we will also explore the pleasure of full body binds, limiting mobility, using bondage for torture, and the versatility of bondage by dynamically changing you scene with the simple pull of a strap.

Presented by:
Ritz Kracker & girl kaos

 

Bootblack Kit Turned Toy Bag

Bootblacks love to serve…so let’s serve up a good time! We get caught up in wanting the latest and greatest toy creation, but sometimes it’s good to take it back to basics and work with what we carry with us. Inside our bootblack kit lives a fantasy waiting to happen…maybe I can help you fulfill one of yours! Come discover some fun with trampling, stomping, kicking and uses for the products and tools in your kit aside from their advertised use in leather care.

Presented by:
Briar

 

Building the Bridge to The Next Generation

The conflict and descent between generations is a tale as old as time; “Those pesky kids” changing the way the world works has always been an upsetting occurrence to the “Old Guard” causing them to shout “Get off my lawn!” Join us for a diverse panel of kinksters, aged 18-35, as they discuss their generation’s disconnect with Leather culture, attending large conventions, and how they are changing the kink culture and bridging the divide from one generation to the next.

Presented by:
TNG PANEL

 

Chains and Choking

When rope isn't enough why not use chain? A unique look at use of chain for play. How does chain differ from rope? Does the weight matter? Less movement but greater risk with chain? Tips and types of chain will be discussed as well as safety aspects, physical and psychological effects. “Chains” will also feature the many uses from predicament bondage to complete agonizing torment to the feeling of safety.

The latter half of the class will go into breath play / air restriction / choking with your chain. Discover how and in what way you can apply your knowledge of chains to incorporate breath play.

Presented by:
Master J Rabbit

 

Fisting

Sometimes, there is nothing more enjoyable than watching the bottom do all the work, and that’s even the case for S/m play! Whether it’s keeping someone in place without the use of heavy cuffs or ropes, creating a mental situation where the desire to please is at war with the desire to reduce physical discomfort, or even tapping into the shadows of humiliation and taboo play to bring about a desired headspace, predicament play requires a sharp & creative mindset on the part of the top and yields results far beyond a simple physical effect. We’ll talk about why predicaments can work for many bottoms, negotiating these scenes effectively, and using our creativity to make these scenes intense for everyone.

Presented by:
Sarah Sloane

 

Genital Play Piercings

The presentation is involve the piercings of the male genitals with one or more needles.

The presentation will concentrate on the size of needles used, the placement and the safety concerns associated for play piercings

Presented by:
Mark Frazier

 

High End Electrical

Interested in taking your partner (or yourself!) beyond the violet wand and standard TENS-type electrical experiences? Integrated sound, sight and sensation play delivers a synchronized symphony of sensual input that can take an adventurer into another world. Officer Wes has been presenting electrical for 25 years and doing it even longer.  He'll bring an array of gear, explain what it is, cover safety, describe how to configure setup, and show it in action.

It's going to be a fun workshop!

Presented by:
Officer Wes

 

Humiliation and Mindfuckery

Humiliation play can be a powerful way to connect with a partner or playmate. Opening up to your most vulnerable state and allowing another to play with that can be powerful, fun and scary. How it occurs depends very much on the bottom and where there vulnerabilities lie. This class will help you identify these things in your bottom, how to play with them and how to care for them after. Play like this can often require a bigger time investment with your partner as it can affect them profoundly. There will some great demo to show how Renegade approaches humiliation play. Come enjoy the show.

Presented by:
Team Fluffy

 

Nawa-aikido - Harmonious Energy with Rope

Nawa-aikido: The Way of Harmonious Energy with Rope is a class the Tatu will share some of the historic and cultural ways the Japanese have worked with rope; and then be guided on an experiential path of harmonious energy with rope.

The ropes dominate, control and cast a rhythm between those doing a rope scene together.

These journeys can be artful or they can be a ground grappling challenge.

Presented by:
Tatu

 

Objectification

People are useful for many things. They can cook, sing, and fix your broken computer. People think. They feel. So why on earth would we want a person to become nothing more than a thing to be used or ignored?

Turning another human being into a thing can be both practical and pleasurable for the Top. Much like a potter molds his clay, you can shape a person into something useful. Or maybe not so useful! It is a play technique that not strictly limited to the dungeon or bedroom.

Having a singular purpose can certainly be surprisingly liberating for the bottom. There’s something about becoming the object of another person’s desire that is calming, relaxing, and even refreshing. The headspace achieved with objectification is undoubtedly unique.

There is more to objectification that simply being a footstool or table. Come to this interactive class and put your imagination to work!

Presented by:
SweetSalt

 

Over the knee spankings

OTK is the classical position for hand-spankings and spankings with a short implements. It can be used for erotics sensations or as a method of punishment.

The presentation will focus on method and implements that could be used. We will also discuss safety concerns that may arise.

Presented by:
Mark Frazier

 

Plastic Surgery on a Budget

Is there something you would like to change about yourself but don’t have money for a plastic surgeon? Do you have saggy balls, or out of control meat curtains? Are you running from the cops or a former lover and you want to change your identity? We can help. We are now offering training for at home plastic surgery methods that work. Face lifts, tummy tucks, boob jobs, and much much more will be covered in this class. Please come with your problems and we will help you find a solution, all for 14.99 or less.

Presented by:
Team Fluffy

 

Sex Shibari Style

In this class Tatu will demonstrate artistic Japanese bondage forms that are useful in more intimate rope encounters. These forms place your slave/submissive in positions of total surrender for fun and mutual pleasure.

Note: These forms are from a Japanese cultural perspective. Shame is a core value in the Art of Shibari/Kinbaku.

Attendees should bring 4 - 5 hanks of rope about 25' each.

Presented by:
Tatu

 

South Plains 101

New to South Plains Leatherfest and leather events? Don’t know the difference between Master/slave, Dominant/submissive and Top/bottom? Wonder what a cruise is and why all of these people have bandanas in their pockets? Can’t understand why some people want “separate space?” Join South Plains owner and veteran leather community member Sir Cougar as he explains the who, what, where, when, why, and how of South Plains Leatherfest-International Master/slave Weekend!

Presented by:
Sir Cougar

 

Sticky Situations: Predicament Play

Sometimes, there is nothing more enjoyable than watching the bottom do all the work, and that’s even the case for S/m play! Whether it’s keeping someone in place without the use of heavy cuffs or ropes, creating a mental situation where the desire to please is at war with the desire to reduce physical discomfort, or even tapping into the shadows of humiliation and taboo play to bring about a desired headspace, predicament play requires a sharp & creative mindset on the part of the top and yields results far beyond a simple physical effect. We’ll talk about why predicaments can work for many bottoms, negotiating these scenes effectively, and using our creativity to make these scenes intense for everyone.

Presented by:
Sarah Sloane

 

Takin' It

Whether you take pain for yourself or for your Top, pain can be erotic and ecstatic. At times, it can also be miserable! If you are a masochist, this class will help you take care of your body and increase what you can endure over the long haul. For submissive masochists who don't necessarily take pain just for pain's sake, we will discuss ways to prepare and increase your endurance level. We will also address ways in which the Top can inspire more pain than the bottom thinks s/he can take. This class will include discussion on preparation before a scene, techniques to increase your endurance during the scene, getting through that point of struggle we all know about, and after care that you as the bottom can do for yourself to prepare your body for the next scene and long term. These steps can lead to an increase in the amount of pain you take and the pleasure you experience in doing so.

Presented by:
tomo

 

The Power of Touch: Playing with Your Hands

Having a full toybag can be fun, but what happens when you leave the toybag at home? So much is communicated through touch and one of the most versatile toys we possess are our hands. From sensual to sadistic, in the class we will explore the power of touch from the top and bottom perspective. Join us as we connect through caresses, grips, slaps, pressure, and punches. This is a “hands-on” class.

Presented by:
Ritz Kracker & girl kaos

 

Two Tops and a bottom

Real life situations in a triad with two tops and a bottom. Who takes the lead? Who plays who and when? What happens when everyday life rears its ugly head? A class / discussion of who, when, where, and how to deal with the everyday and some not so ordinary circumstance which happen in a triad.

Presented by:
Master J Rabbit

 

What goes down must come up!

Bodily fluids are generally seen as gross and often mistreated as contaminated biohazards. They are considered “hard limits” for many. Yes, it is true that most of the fluids our body produces are technically waste products, but why should we waste them when we can use them?

The versatility of bodily fluids is unparalleled. They can be the perfect weapon in your humiliation arsenal and they can bring two people together in a beautiful, albeit unusual, fashion. They are the waste your body rejects and they are the gifts your body creates.

In this class we will cover fluids such as blood, piss, vomit, and scat as well as less frequently-used excretions like earwax and snot. We will cover safety and health risks, discuss their amazing rewards, and how to clean up when you’re done.

Presented by:
SweetSalt

 

Stick 'Em with the Pointy End: The Fine Art of Piercing

Curious about the art of play piercing? Want to feel cold, sharp metal under your skin? This course is a beginner's guide to play piercing. We'll discuss safety and technique, of course. More importantly, the class covers the fine art of connecting during a piercing and finding the perfect place to poke. There will be a demo.

Presented by:
Stitch

 

Things Unsaid: Playing with Your Intuition

Although negotiation is critical for any good scene or relationship, this class focuses on the unspoken communication that turns good scenes into hot scenes. From intuitively reading your bottom in a scene to pivoting when scenes don’t turn out as planned, we will discuss how to better tap into your own intuition during play.

Presented by:
Stitch

 

Beyond Villains and Victims: Perfecting Consent

Why are consent violations STILL happening in the scene? We’ve been discussing consent for over 30 years (“safe, sane and consensual” was 1983!). Negotiation classes and checklists abound. And colleges have been teaching “yes means yes” for sex more than a decade. Yet we’re still hearing about violations. There can’t be that many villains in the scene. Obviously something is wrong!

In this class, Hoss and alice will present a four-step process to perfect consent, which is simple enough to be practical yet takes into account the nature and complexities of WIITWD. They will also include perspective and tips from top and bottom of the slash.

Presented by:
Hoss & Alice Toye

 

Sadomasochistic Rough Body Play/"Play" Fighting

Rough body play doesn't have to be one way only. In this class we will be going over play that is more akin to fighting than traditional rough body play (where both the top and the bottom are involved). Subtopics include a heavy amount of negotiation, consensual non-consent, rough body play fundamentals and a demonstration!

Presented by:
Stranglefucker (AKA Purg)

 

Shades of Gray: Gender is No Longer Black and White

Many people never have to ask themselves if they are in the right body, for others this is a lifelong battle. The Transgender community has a unique perspective in dealing with physical image and mental image and melding the two. But transition is not simply "wanting to be" the other sex...it is much more...it is defining ourselves. Come explore the thoughts, concepts, concerns and personal issues that people who travel the gender spectrum face. Bring your questions and an open mind.

Presented by:
Master Ian