2018 Classes

ALL CLASSES AND EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR CANCELLATION.

Times and rooms will be posted closer to the event.

TES Fest 2018 – Confirmed Classes thus far:

More to come so please stay tuned!

 

Andra Poloutropon Fuck Ichinawa, Just Connect

The class is based around the concept that rather than teaching people how to connect with rope, the real goal is to teach people how to unlearn habits we commonly have and stop not-connecting through rope. This is a hands on course that requires a partner people don’t mind getting very close to.

Andra Poloutropon Improving Your Rope Technique

This class will be taught using the “masterclass” format, but is open to students of all levels. For those unfamiliar with the format, a single student will get up and demonstrate something. The teacher provides feedback and ideas for improvement that not only that student, but the entire class can benefit from. This continues with successive students until the class ends. I emphasize that the class is for all levels since beginners can often learn a great deal from challenges that more advanced students grapple with and advanced students may be surprised by how much they can learn from watching those less experienced. The subject matter of the class will be “technique.” This is a broad subject that will include style, tension, and numerous other technical aspects, but will not include “patterns.” Accordingly, critique will not be given on whether a pattern was tied “correctly,” but advice will be given based on the other technical elements of the tie and the method of applying the rope, while taking into account the student’s intent. Please bring rope & a partner.

Andra Poloutropon Rope Handling 2 – Refining the Details and Skills for Performance

Rope handling is one of the most important skills for a rigger as it can directly affect speed, connection, tension, comfort, beauty, and precision.  This class picks up where Rope Handling 1 leaves off, rather than focusing on large movements and concepts, this class will focus on improving finger and hand technique to improve tying, refining the use of some skills learned in Rope Handling 1, and introduce rope handling techniques and ideas for performance, aesthetics, and suspension.  Students should have taken Rope Handling 1 or have equivalent knowledge of broader rope handling concepts.  Please bring rope and a partner (or find someone to tie in the class).

Andra Poloutropon Using the Spiderweb Rig in Suspension

Many conventions have a spiderweb rig located in the playspace, yet despite this, very rarely are riggers seen using the rig.  Often it is a rig of last resort for riggers, for when all other options are taken.  However, these rigs open up a great many possibilities to be explored.  The goal of this class is to present a number of ideas to students.  Students are expected to have some experience with suspension.  Most of this class will be Demo based, but hands on work will be encouraged time and space permitting.

Belle Beginning Suspension

You’ve decided that you’re ready to learn suspension? Great! This is the class for you. We are going to teach you to get your bottom in the air with a couple of basic suspension positions but also allowing you some creative license in where you put the rope and how you get them there. We will discuss the positions on a conceptual level and then give them a go.

Belle Nontraditional Suspensions

This workshop style class will focus on helping students build their own ties from scratch and adapt them for suspension. These could be freeform ties or ties that the students are working on developing. This class is heavily student driven meaning that the content will depend on what the participants want out of developing these new ties.

Belle Not TKs

People choose not to use TKs for a variety of reasons while tying but unfortunately many of the harnesses out there that aren’t TKs don’t function in the same way. In this class, we are going to look at the functional parts of a TK and recombine them into a variety of different chest harnesses stable enough to be suspended but without the same risks or problems associated with TKs.

Belle Suspension for Pain

Sometimes you really just want your bottom to suffer and that’s what this class is all about. We are going to explore techniques for causing extra pain on top of what is already experienced by the bottom when they’re in the air. We will mostly focus on techniques for creating positional pain or adding strain to an already stressful situation by applying torque, extra weight, and leverage. We’re going to explore these techniques for increasing pain in a controlled manner while focusing particularly on how the risks change and how to go about mitigating those risks.

Bosch Chicken Wings Aren’t Just for Eating

Chicken Wings, Frog Legs, Crab Legs… sounds like a feast! This class is all about bending an arm and/or leg together and tying it to itself and all of the wonderful possibilities, positions, and predicaments that present themselves. We will have fun incorporating our tied limbs into other ties and explore positioning possibilities for sex or stress (or both!) and a few ties especially designed for the sadists in all of us. Bring: 2-4 ropes 20+ feet in length

Bosch Rope Corset

We will work on 2 or 3 different ways of tying rope to completely cover and squeeze a body. We’ll work on ways of adding structure to the rope so that it does what corsets traditionally do, i.e. squeeze in the some places, support in others. We will explore the tools you need to design a number of different corsets to fit a number of different body types. Although corsets are traditionally worn around the torso, this technique can be modified for multiple parts of the body (or even two bodies if you get creative).

This class does NOT require a rope bottom nor does not require experience. We will be doing most of our work tying rope around our own thighs. Your own thighs are just easier and they don’t wiggle when you tickle them (usually).

Bosch Secret Wearable Rope

Do you like the feel of rope on your skin? Do you like the excitement of wearing rope to work, school, family gatherings or other vanilla settings? Do want to require your rope bottom to wear a rope reminder of their submission or to improve/modify their posture or the way they walk? This class is for you! We will talk about what’s possible to conceal and how to conceal it. Most ties we discuss can be modified for self-tying. We will also talk about rope diameter and texture and how that can add to the experience. We will also incorporate some simple microbondage ties and techniques. Bring: 1-2 ropes 20-30+ feet in length, and some smaller diameter rope or paracord you can cut up 10+ feet.

BoundToFly Heavy Duty: Suspending Bigger People

Nearly any body can be suspended, though as our bottoms get heavier, it tests us to get all the details right to get them up and down safely. As our bottoms get heavier, we have to adjust our ties to better spread the load, worry about the physics of lifting them, and to deal with the very real possibility that the rope may jam and our bottoms are too big to manhandle and get them down safely. The presenter regularly suspends men in the 200+ range, and his largest play partner is 6’7”, 325 lbs. Gleaning from his experience, we’ll be exploring tips and techniques for suspending people at the outer edges of our physical capabilities.

BoundToFly Rope 102: Harnesses and Hog Ties

After we’ve learned our basics, its time to have some more fun. Lets start exploring some more with sexy chest harnesses, and then take it down to the ground with some hog ties.

BoundToFly Playing with Gravity: Partial Suspensions for Fun & Torture 

In this workshop (or demo), we’ll be looking at all the fun that we can have with partial suspensions, from just starting out with a little extra “zip”, to predicament, connective slow playing, or truly tough positions that may be too difficult with full suspension. We’ll also look at some of the different ways to have fun, while always being aware of the level of risk we are playing at, as well as using gravity to heighten the sense of play.

BoundToFly Zero to Fun on Day One

Want to explore rope, but confused by all the apparent complexity? Scared by the possible risks of this style of play? In this fast paced workshop, learn the basics of safe rope bondage. and go home and have safe erotic play – today! This class, designed for newcomers to rope as well as kink, goes into the basics of safety, levels of risk, negotiation, consent, single column ties and connection. Participants leave feeling empowered and excited, with the knowledge to continue exploring rope bondage.

Cold Comfort  Cautionary Poly: Teachable Moments in Polyamorous Relationships w/ Allie Phelan

Too often, polyamory is presented in the community with its best face forward. While this positive spin is a good way to convey the viability of polyamory to the monogamous public, for the polyamorous it creates an unobtainable goal of perfection. As a result, mistakes and flaws are inaccurately seen as indicators of broken relationships.

In this workshop, Kevin Patterson of Poly Role Models will lead a discussion about common—and uncommon—mistakes and what greater lessons can be learned from them. While sharing some of his relationships misfires and inviting others to do the same, Kevin hopes to turn these negative situations into positive gains for the community’s concept of what makes successful polyamorous relationships.

Cold Comfort Love’s Not Colorblind:The Intersection of Race and Polyamory

While polyamory and polyamorists are often viewed as a very welcome bunch, far too often, our communities and representation appear very limited. While we can be loud and proud when it comes to feminism and LGBT issues, sometimes we are suspiciously silent in regards to race. Beyond that, we sometimes, and often unknowingly, foster a standoffish, stressful or downright unwelcoming atmosphere around people of color. This presentation is a discussion about why diverse representation is important to our movement. We will tackle ways that we can proactively create and promote inclusive environments in our lives, in our communities, and at our events. Most importantly, we will go over what we can do to maintain that diversity.

Giotto Advanced Suspension 

Needed: At least 8 long ropes, safety cutter, a partner if you want to participate (observers are allowed), suspension ring or 6 climbing rated carabiners Prerequisite: Must be comfortable doing basic suspension transitions. Must be able to quickly tie a solid suspendable TK, futomomo and single-column ties. The heart of a multiple transition scene or performance is levels. The positioning of different parts of the body at varying places in the space between the floor and the hardpoint. The class will be shown anchor line attachments and line management. Then they will be lead through a seemingly simple drill that will hone skills necessary to accomplish almost any transition.

Giotto Bandanna Play and Bondage The Back Pocket Play Bag

Giotto will show a variety of uses for bandanas: decoration, restraint, and impact toy including blindfold, gag, cuffs, bra, panties, collar and lead, flogger, and single tail. This class is not for the faint of heart. Bandanas are one of the most vicious toys in Giotto’s bag. This is a hands on class. Giotto has a large collection of bandannas to loan or students can bring their own. There will be screaming. There will be blood.

Giotto  Intermediate Suspension

Needed: At least 8 long ropes, safety cutter, a partner if you want to participate (observers are allowed), suspension ring or 6 climbing rated carabiners Prerequisite: Must be comfortable doing basic one position suspensions You’ve gotten a suspension – or thirty – off the ground and nobody died; now you and your partner want to explore more floaty fun. Let’s take a step up from the basics and start building skills that will take you from simple up and down suspensions to rigging for play, art and sex. Class will cover: Considerations for suspending in various positions. Many ways to lift into a suspension. How to attach anchor lines on a takate kote and other harnesses for face up face down and side suspensions. Adjusting positions in midair. And the obligatory safety lecture.

Giotto Lifts

A variety of ideas to get your bottom in the air including: step into, pull-aways, deadlifts, handstands, block and tackle, using a hoist, you pull yourself up and I’ll tie the rope, lift into and just jump. There will be something for every body size and physical condition.
Whether you’re a bodybuilder or a 70 pound delicate flower there are techniques that you can use to get someone airborn no matter their size or condition.

MissLolaSmiles Caning 101 – Feel the Sting

The class will cover the different types of canes, caring and storing canes, and of course caning techniques. Ms. Lola Smiles will demonstrate on our willing demo bottom basic caning techniques. Her ass turns the loveliest shades of red 😉

MissLolaSmiles CBT 101

Torturing the Family Jewels – CBT 101 Class & Demo ☆ Ms. Lola Smiles will be presenting on one of her favorite kinks CBT – Cock & Ball Torture.  The class will cover basic CBT including techniques, implements, safety, and aftercare

MissLolaSmiles CBT 201

Calm Down I’m Just Busting Your Balls – CBT 201 Class & Demo ☆ Ms. Lola Smiles will present on one of her favorite activities Ballbusting, crushing, stomping and other assorted impact play for the family jewels.  The class will cover safety, techniques, and implements.  You will learn how to optimally kick, stomp, crush, step, punch, pull, I can go on lol.

Lord Ramirez Bullwhips I

This a part 1 class is for using the bullwhip in play and introducing vocabulary and techniques. The class will cover range, stance, as well as underhand, sidearm, overhand and circus cracks as they are used in play. We will also cover alternate non-throw uses of the whip in play. The exercises taught will build upon one another to optimize your progression. As this is a technique and practice class, is recommended that you bring a bullwhip to this class. This class will continue in Part 2 so it is highly recommended to attend this first.

Lord Ramirez Bullwhips II

This second part class is for using the bullwhip in play. Student interested in this class should already know the underhand, overhand, sidearm and circus cracks, or have attended Bullwhips 1 before taking, this class will build upon those throws.  Techniques learned in this class will include repeating cracks, and whip wraps.
Lord Ramirez Hojujitsu for BDSM

In this workshop, we will apply some of the rope principles from Hojojutsu (the traditional martial art shibari is based on) for erotic fun in BDSM play. Using simple ties in resistance play as well as immobilization, and psychological play. Students should come prepared with a partner, as well as rope (at least four 25 or 30ft lengths) and an emergency rope cutting tool i.e. EMT shears.

Lord Ramirez Florentine Flogging I

This is a part 1 class to Florentine flogging. We will be going over drills to learn basic movements and techniques when with one flogger in each hand. We will cover synchronized and split time, forward and reverse spins, as well as throwing on vertical, horizontal and diagonal planes. This class is geared for the newcomer to Florentine style. As this is a technique and practice class, it is recommended that you bring a pair of matched floggers with you, or two different floggers that are close to the same size and weight. The class will continue in Florentine Flogging II, so it is highly recommended to attend this first.

Lord Ramirez Florentine Flogging II

In Part 2 for Florentine flogging. Students interested in this class should already know be familiar with forward and reverse throws, and well as split and synchronized timing, or have attended Florentine Flogging I. This class will teach 6 count weaves and right and left spinning both in split and synchronized time. As this is a technique and practice class, it is recommended that you bring a pair of matched floggers with you, or two different floggers that are close to the same size and weight.

Orpheus Black Fireplay 

Fire Play is the erotic use of fire for the sole purpose of sexual arousal. Fire play is one of the most extreme of sexual encounters two people can experience. The look and the feel of fire play is unmistakable. Because this form of fire play has the potential to be dangerous you should not try this with out receiving training from a professional. Basic Fire Safety: Preparing private or public fire play scenes, checking tools, fuel storage and transportation, safety equipment and measures, treating burns. Preparing your partner: Easing fears, outlining safety protocols, negotiating safe words, phrases and gestures, cultivating the head space. Technique: Types of torches brushes and their differences, review of basic torching methods and basic cupping, tips and tricks. Advanced Techniques: Fire Painting Techniques: How to perform half body trails and full torso transfers, Advanced Fire Cupping: Demonstration of horning, using cups as tie points and leads, Torching Techniques: Safely combining rope bondage and fire play, safely increasing the heat and intensity of the flame.

Orpheus Black  KnifePlay 
Unlike the other classes I have taught, this Blade Play class will highlight different types of bladed instruments such as knives, swords, hatchets, axes, etc… for those that already have knife play experience. We will also cover:

• Different types of knives, their specific use, and how to use them: In this portion we examine different types of knives, their properties, and how they should be applied.

• Choosing what blade is best for you and your sub: We will examine the relationship between the unholy trilogy (the Dom, the blade, and the sub) and how each fits into a scene. Also, we will show other items that can be used in place of knives that will give you the same effect (pervertables).

• Blade technique and control: This portion covers finding a knife’s dynamic focal or balance point, points on the body that cause the best sensation, different styles of blade play, and explaining the differences between cutting and blood letting. This portion will also provide different tips and tricks to improve control over your blade and your sub during a knife scene.

Demo: We will do a number of blade play scenes in order to demonstrate these techniques first hand.

Sir Vice  From the Ground Up – Flogging

Improve your flogging technique by learning how to use ground force and the kinetic chain.  This class will teach you single and double (Florentine) flogging techniques to significantly improve endurance and force.  Be prepared with practical exercises and bring your floggers with you.  Partners are not required, but would be helpful.

Sir Vice Negotiation and Consent 101

We often think about consent as giving our Yes or No to someone, but how do you get there? This workshop focuses on the nature and art of Negotiation as a collaborative effort between parties with a focus on creating the best experiences and relationship for happiness and satisfaction.

Sir Vice Seizing Control with Joint Locks and Balance

Whether you enjoy taking physical control, pain-play, take-downs, or primal, knowing exactly where and how to place force can make all the difference.  This workshop will be an interactive partnered session to review the use of pressure points and joint locks to create maximum effect with a minimum of effort. Use it for subtle purposes to “insist” on obedience, to intensify play experiences, or to create situational predicaments.  Definitely for those that enjoy torturing (or being tortured by) their partners.   Interactive: class requires space for attendees to practice with a partner.

Soumise IdeoKINKesis – How Your Brain Can Top Your Body

Learn how you can use imagery and specific self talk to release physical restrictions, improve posture and gain ease in movement or holding specific positions. Whether you are looking to increase your range of motion for more variety of play positions and activities, move more easily through positions or service rituals, or improve your resiliency in recovering from challenging play, this class may interest you. For those into Erotic Hypnosis, this class may integrate well with techniques you are already using. This class is designed for participation throughout. A bath towel or mat is suggested for the portions laying on the floor.

Soumise SITuational Play

What to do when one partner needs to be seated due to health or physical limitations. Sometimes this means a partner is in a wheelchair, other times having a person playing seated can be helpful to those with joint problems, balance issues, or for people who need to use assistive mobility devices. This class will look at options primarily for impact and sensation play. Variations for both the top and the bottom will be discussed and demonstrated. Attendees are encouraged to share their challenges if we don’t cover that situation and we look forward to hearing solutions that have worked for you as well.

Soumise Slave Posture for Health and Happiness

Slave postures are often part of a power exchange relationship, be it a 24/7 TPE relationship or a way to deepen your connection when things aren’t to that point yet. For those not currently in a relationship, the postures can be a way to maintain a connection to this side of their personality and provide a kinesthetic sense of structure. This class will focus on the postures from the point of view of the right side of the slash. Looking at why the postures foster a submissive mindset and (how they can make you feel downright sexy). What some of the commonly used postures are and what they represent. A series of postures will be taught with transitions between each posture. Practiced in a slow and controlled fashion, this series is a nice workout for your whole body (not to mention mind and soul). If you would like to participate, wear clothes you are comfortable moving in and if you have movement restrictions a beach or bath towel is suggested for some modifications.