When Things Go Wrong - What To Do and What To Learn

Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Workshop fee: $35.  Workshop + party (CSPC members only): $45

Membership is NOT required for the workshop.  Bring ID to verify that you're at least 18 years old.

Pre-registration is NOT required.

Things can go wrong in a BDSM scene. Sometimes it's a small thing. Sometimes it's more substantial. Either way, your level of preparedness makes all the difference between a little bump and a scene-ender - or worse.

Max taught this class at the CSPC in April of 2007, and at Shibaricon 2008. In May 2010 he joined forces with Russell to update the curriculum with additional insights and material.

Max and Russell have plenty of practice with things going wrong. Russell has been fortunate enough to capture some of his experiences on video from his time producing TwoBigMeanies.com. The result is a powerful collection of stories and video covering problems from "you got my nose!" to an unconscious, bleeding bottom.

Ideally, these events can be opportunities for learning and growth. We'll talk specifically about three key elements of your response:

  • Dealing with the situation
  • Learning for next time
  • Retaining and rebuilding trust

Since prevention is even better than reaction, we'll also discuss how to make your scenes more resilient and less likely to go wrong.

We'll touch on a broad range of events related to equipment, technique, negotiation, planning, environmental problems, emotional responses, and injuries. There's a slight emphasis on bondage-related events, but most of the discussion is applicable to any type of BDSM play, and non-bondage folks are encouraged to attend.

This workshop is structured as a presentation, with lots of video and a handout to help you remember the salient points and to provide additional references. There's no need to have a practice partner, or to bring rope or equipment.

This workshop assumes no previous bondage experience, and is appropriate for all genders and orientations.

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