Workshops at the 2009 Paradise Unbound event

Date: 
Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cost: 

You must register for Paradise to attend these workshops.

Please refer to Paradise's web site for information about registration and fees.

Max will be teaching three workshops at "Paradise 2009", the Center for Sex Positive Culture's annual outdoor, cross-community sex-positive event.

BDSM for Beginners - A Guide for Getting Started

Saturday September 5th, 2009
10:00 AM - noon
at Paradise 2009 in Redmond, Washington

This workshop is designed for folks who are discovering and exploring their kink. Whether you're drawn to erotic restraint, dominance and submission, or sensation play, this workshop is for you.

Topics to be covered include identifying and getting what you want, various play styles, finding appropriate partners, and developing your skills and style.

Other useful topics include BDSM terminology, play party etiquette and basic negotiation concepts. There'll be plenty of time for questions, too.

As with all of Max's workshops, a handout will be provided to facilitate your learning and retention.

This workshop assumes no previous BDSM experience and is appropriate for all genders, all orientations and for both "tops" and "bottoms".

Topping 101 - Getting Your Scene Started and Maintaining Momentum

Saturday September 5th, 2009
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
at Paradise 2009 in Redmond, Washington

Many of us - especially those new to topping - find the hardest part of making a scene work is getting it started. Like dancing, those first few steps are vitally important - and often the most awkward.

This workshop helps you get past those first few minutes. It's full of techniques you can use to start strongly and to keep the scene flowing when you run into bumps and hitches.

Topics include scene planning, using negotiation to jump-start a scene, maintaining momentum and dealing with problems, interruptions and unexpected twists. We'll also present a model you can use to examine your own topping style and objectives.

As with all of Max's workshops, a handout will be provided to facilitate your learning and retention.

This workshop assumes no previous BDSM experience, and is appropriate for all genders, all orientations, and for both "tops" and "bottoms".

Topping To The Next Level - Techniques for Thoughtful Tops

Saturday September 5th, 2009
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
at Paradise 2009 in Redmond, Washington

Most of us start our topping career focused on physical technique - swinging a flogger, tying knots, wielding a single tail and so on.

At some point we all look up and realize that that's the easy part - the hard parts are negotiating and planning the scene, building and maintaining connection and managing your bottom's physiological, psychological and emotional responses.

This workshop focuses on the "softer" parts of topping and covers topics like:

  • Scene structure and dynamics
  • Getting what you want - Matching techniques to objectives
  • Physiology and psychology
  • Seducing consent
  • Building and maintaining connection
  • Pushing yourself and your bottom
  • Helping your bottom receive stimulus and process play
  • Managing the intensity of a scene
  • Recognizing "hard limits" vs. "soft limits"
  • Using negotiation to jump-start a scene
  • Dealing with problems and learning from your mistakes

Because there's so much information to cover, this workshop will be all demos and lecture. There's no need to bring a practice partner, although we think this material is as valuable to bottoms as it is to tops. Bottoms - don't you want to know what your top is up to?

As with all of Max's workshops, a handout will be provided to facilitate your learning and retention.

This workshop assumes no previous BDSM experience and is appropriate for all genders, all orientations and for both "tops" and "bottoms".

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