Classes and Workshops of 2019

BDSM 101 

 Friday 5pm 

An interactive discussion class about sensation play and BDSM for beginners. Presenter Brad Leather will be talking about consent and safety in BDSM, a variety of general BDSM practices, and offering demonstrations of some toys and mechanics. The class will include and extensive Q and A session.  
   
Brad Leather has spent several years teaching the local community about safe BDSM, severed as Dungeon Master, and leads a couple of small educational groups. He is willing to adjust his class to the interests of the attendees and make recommendations to attendees seeking further BDSM instruction or involvement.  

 

Feeling Yourself: The Sacred Art of Sensual Dance    

Friday 8pm  

An interactive Bellydance class. Participants will be taught by Yeshe-La Chodron to openly express themselves through dance, and, to find a renewed sense of body awareness, acceptance, and sensuality embodied in a safe and sacred way. 

  

Presenter Yeshe-La began Bellydancing in 2007 and fell in love with the beauty, grace, sensuality and sexuality of Bellydance. Not long afterward she became enchanted with the sensuality and arousing nature of pole dancing as well. Bringing her intimate connection with Mary Magdalen into her expression of the sensual art of dance was like placing the holy cherry on top! Yeshe-La Chrodron began teaching dance in 2008. In 2010 she opened her Bellydance studio in Topeka, KS. Yeshe-La continued to teach Bellydance there and then began incorporating yoga. She started to offer her Sacred Movement workshops in 2013. 

Beyond the Bedroom: A Journey into Polyamory 

Saturday 10am 

A lecture and discussion class about polyamorous relationships. In this Class presenters Laura Love and Donavon Love will be taking attendees into the world of "Many Loves". They will be teaching the different types of Polyamory, the basic etiquette of Polyamory, how to sit down and talk to one's family about Polyamory, and more.

  

Presenters Laura (Ayriann) and Donavon (Knox) have spent their entire adult lives as Polyamorous. Knox, Ayriann, and their Partner Shaun; Have been a committed triad for the last 4 years. Together they are raising Ayriann's 4 children. As a family, they have committed themselves to educating others on the many benefits of the Poly life style that extend far beyond the bedroom. 

 

Healthy Masculinity 

Saturday 11am 

A lecture class about embracing healthy masculinity. Why are men in such a lost, angry, and powerless place in our culture today? Why are men so frustrated with life and relationships? What can be done to help men reclaim happiness, peace, power, and strength in today's world? These are the topics that presenter Josh Sigafus has wrestled with in his own life, both as a man and as a writer/intellectual. Through a lot of research, soul-searching, and personal experience he has found answers to the questions. 

 

Josh Sigafus is a freelance writer who has written at great length about many topics related to male human health and wellness. Josh taught sex education for The Pregnancy Resource Center of Mountain Grove in the state of Missouri for 3 years, and even wrote/developed the curriculum the organization used. Josh Sigafus has published two books; one on the topic of reducing suffering and increasing happiness, and the other about achieving artistic mastery in one's life. He has recently been delving into the topic of what it means to be a true, powerful, healthy, masculine man in today's culture in his personal blog. He also has a book project about healthy masculinity in progress. 

How to Further Your Study of the Ecstatic Arts 

Saturday 2pm 

Everything you think is wrong: AKA how to further your study of the ecstatic arts. This is a workshop that will cover the elements essential to further the study of the Ecstatic Arts. This guide will stress the importance of having community guidelines and accepted practices in leadership and organization. What to look for in books and online media, for informational authenticity, will be discussed. We will also go over how to spot misleading or predatory practices in leadership or mentorship. This discussion will hopefully help you find the information you need to pursue the path of your choosing. 

Rev J.J. Sweetass is a third-degree Witch and High Priest. He is the High Priest of Coven of the Mystical Dawn, and received his degree from the English Trad Coven of the Crossroads.  Which is part of the Watersmeet Cadre of Covens. He is the Host of The Lushes of Leather Lane which a consent forward sex positive Bacchus group. He stresses the importance of community, letting go, and preaches radical acceptance. Several people throughout the years have mentored him, and helped him to contribute to the community over the last 15 min. 

  

Claim Your Space and Claim Your Power 

Saturday 3pm 

What does that mean? How do you claim your space and Power in a relationship? A poly relationship? Personally? This workshops and discussion will focus on ways to claim your space and claim your power, by doing suggested things to enrich your life, and cover how to let go of what does not serve you or your higher purpose. Claiming your space in the bedroom or the boardroom; come and discuss what to do. Learn new methods of setting boundaries and empowering yourself and your partner or partners! Presented by Celestina. 

 P.T.S.D. Coping and Recovery Discussion 

Saturday 4 pm – 6 pm 

Presenters Thia and Emily believe that healing occurs through sharing. In this interactive workshop they will provide a safe space to share stories, triggers, and healing tools around PTSD/CPTSD. Utilizing a talking stick, each person will have an opportunity to share their experience with trauma and where they are in their healing process. Anyone can pass the talking stick if they don’t want to share. To close there will be a guided meditation to calm any triggers and promote a feeling of peace. After the workshop the presenters will be available for anyone who feels unsettled in any way and would like further assistance.

 

Presenter Thia Sleszynski has been studying the connections between psychology and spirituality for 9 years. Combining this with emotional processing and bodywork she treats tissue memory due to trauma. She helped birth the Goddesses of Light Temple which travels the Midwest holding divine feminine space for healing workshops. Thia co-created a sexual abuse healing workshop which she has held space for at multiple events. 

Presenter Emily George has been working through her own CPTSD applying different methods and therapies for the past 6 years. She has had articles on her healing processes and tools published in online publications. She co-created an online support group called Peace, Love, and PTSD with Thia, and she works one on one with women holding space and exchanging healing. 

  

Shibari: Japanese Knot Tying Workshop 

Saturday 7 pm 

A class about Shibari, the art of Japanese knot tying. Presenter Irish Mike Sager will teach why people practice Shibari and safe ways to start this daring pastime. He will discuss how to begin, cover important safety issues, and talk about where one might find Shibari opportunities in the local area. Mike will be presenting several examples of basic and advanced ties as he tells about the potential advantages and disadvantages of each. 

Baptized in the flame on more than one occasion, presenter Irish Mike Sager has spent many years perfecting his fire spell both metaphorically and metaphysically. An eager seeker of knowledge from all corners of the globe, he is known to occasionally bring his glimpses of the arcane to lauded workshops; and he uses multiple metaphors to relate the lessons to our modern world. 

BDSM 101 

 Saturday 8pm 

An interactive discussion class about sensation play and BDSM for beginners. Presenter Brad Leather will be talking about consent and safety in BDSM, a variety of general BDSM practices, and offering demonstrations of some toys and mechanics. The class will include and extensive Q and A session.  
   
Brad Leather has spent several years teaching the local community about safe BDSM, severed as Dungeon Master, and leads a couple of small educational groups. He is willing to adjust his class to the interests of the attendees and make recommendations to attendees seeking further BDSM instruction or involvement. 

Yoga 

Sunday 10am 

An interactive basic Yoga class. Have fun doing morning Yoga! There will be lots of stretching, twisting, and some core work. Please bring your own Yoga Mat! 

Presenter Keith Gallaway has been teaching Yoga since 2012 and is certified with 180 hours of Yoga teaching. Keith has prepared a beginner class, but will teach in line with the experience levels of those who attend. 

 

Sexual Orientation 

Sunday 11am 

An interactive workshop which utilizes the Klein Grid, a reflection tool developed by Fritz Klein in the late 1970s. Presenter Judith Galas will work with the Klein Grid enabling participants to consider their sexual orientations by focusing on their sexual attractions, sexual behaviors, sexual fantasies, and sexual identification in their past, present and future.

   

Judith Galas has been a sexuality educator for more than a decade, working as both a workshop leader and a sexuality trainer with the nationally acclaimed Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality program. As an OWL workshop leader Judith has taught classes across the age spectrum. As a trainer she has worked nationwide with adults who want to bring informative, accurate, holistic and comprehensive sexuality education to all, as a matter of social justice and personal health. In her years as a working teacher Judith has also taught language arts, journalism, and a variety of topics to adult learners in corporate and life-learning settings. 

 

Sexuality Education: It’s More Than Sex Ed 

Sunday 2pm 

 A class in which participants will learn about holistic sexuality education, and how it is but a distant relative to what schools and public health officials call “sex ed.” Presenter Judith Galas will also teach participants how they might become sexuality educators through the Our Whole Lives program and how this program has upended the conversation on what is means to have comprehensive sexuality education for all. An opportunity to better their communities by educating. 

Judith Galas has been a sexuality educator for more than a decade, working as both a workshop leader and a sexuality trainer with the nationally acclaimed Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality program. As an OWL workshop leader Judith has taught classes across the age spectrum. As a trainer she has worked nationwide with adults who want to bring informative, accurate, holistic and comprehensive sexuality education to all, as a matter of social justice and personal health. In her years as a working teacher Judith has also taught language arts, journalism, and a variety of topics to adult learners in corporate and life-learning settings. 

Healthy Masculinity: Part Two 

Sunday 3pm 

A lecture class about embracing healthy masculinity. Why are men in such a lost, angry, and powerless place in our culture today? Why are men so frustrated with life and relationships? What can be done to help men reclaim happiness, peace, power, and strength in today's world? Presenter Josh Sigafus will be elaborating on his Healthy Masculinity class; giving attendees further useful information and details. 

Ecstatic Ritual of Inanna 

By Rev J.J. Sweetass 

Temple Scarlet Main Ritual 

By Katarina Elaine M and Associates 

 

Community Fires  

Classes, workshops, and activities cover topics such as polyamory, sex magick, BDSM, tantra, body positivity, and intimacy in all it's forms. The retreat also includes relevant vendors, healers, public ritual and evening fires.