CAN DO Attitude – Consent and Navigation
We’ve all heard about Consent and Negotiation, but this implies that we are bargaining for what we want.
BARGAIN NO MORE!
Learn how to Navigate yourself to the destination you are seeking, with different concept and understanding of how we approach the process in how to gain consent for ourselves and advocate for what we are seeking without compromising ourselves.
Taking something that we can all relate to in our everyday life, EternalAngel will use travel and methods of transport to give a clear picture of how we should envision our journeys into the wonderful world of kink and how this applies beyond this endless buffet of decadence and into our approach everywhere with a CAN DO Attitude.
Mental Health – Back to Basics
This is a workshop for those wanting to understand the basics of Mental Health and how they play a part within the BDSM realm. Everything we do, relates back to being processed by the brain and it’s important to recognise potential issues that might arise from not taking care of our mental health when engaging in kink. The truth of the matter is, mental illness is on the rise and it’s unlikely that we won’t ever come across someone who has a mental health moment – this doesn’t rule out dynamics, relationships or play, but it does require knowledge, knowing when to ask for help and how to get the right assistance and support.
Looking at signs and symptoms of some of the most common mental illnesses, how to understand the affects of playing and aftercare with someone who has a mental illness, how to consent and navigate a scene and making informed choices as a person with mental illness, and assessing if you are in a good headspace to engage in play as a Top or Bottom are some of the areas we will touch on.
We also look at brain chemicals, identifying safe mindsets and unsafe mindsets, self harm within BDSM and suicide – when to encourage reaching out for help and to whom.
Rope Education – Not just for the Bottom
This class was initially aimed at Rope Bottoms, however it has been opened up to both Riggers and Bottoms because the information is invaluable to anyone who does rope.
A class that is very focused on all the things that can be affected by the rope itself, body mechanics, nerves, understanding the risks in what we are doing when we decide to engage in rope and the value in floor to partial to suspension. Discussing ways to prevent injuries, what to look for and how to treat them as best as possible in the immediate – this class aims to saturate you in information to make you a more knowledgeable Rigger or Bottom with an insight into what each role needs to contemplate outside of just the technical skill of following a pattern.
As we discuss various topics, your input and experiences are a valued aspect of the workshop and it is encouraged for you to share tips that you’ve learned along the way from your journey in rope.
Rope ‘Speed Dating’
So we’re all heard of speed dating – a way to introduce yourself to a large number of people in a short space of time and if you like them, there is an opportunity to meet with them again outside of the introduction.
This concept is along the same lines, but allows Riggers and Bottoms to do a brief tie with a number of different people, exploring different styles of tying to different types of Bottoms and an opportunity to meet people along the way. It’s a great way to voice a potential ‘no thank you’ with no hard feelings, and in a monitored situation.
After an briefing on Consent and Navigation, every attendee is refreshed on awareness of rope based navigation and gaining informed consent – attendees have 15mins each, to do a 5 minute chat and 10 minutes to tie before a bell will signal to untie and move onto the next person. Every attendee has the right to withdraw consent or not tie with someone, without question and may wait for the next bell.
Tying with Emotional Intention
Requirement: Single Column Tie, Basic Friction Knots, Minimum Two Lengths of Rope
Learning how to tie with technical skill, is incredibly important and should be the first thing that we learn, however after we understand the foundation and build from there, how do we invigorate our rope, and develop our own style?
When we tie, we often want to invoke emotional responses from both yourself as a Rigger and from your rope Bottom, can create a powerful private or public scene. We can create emotion from music, breathing, space, closeness..right down to how we handle the rope. Even sometimes, the choice of what rope we use. This workshop is about learning how to create a space for yourself and your rope bottom, using emotional intention to tie and untie.
Building A Little Fear
When someone steps out and scares you, you jump and then feel that instant moment of relief. But in that moment, there was a split second fear – a spike of adrenaline that hits our bloodstreams and creates a racing heart and readies us for whatever terrible monster may come and eat us.
Some of us, live for that fear and seek it in our BDSM journey..maybe once, or sometimes as often as we are capable of, in a healthy context. Come and learn how to create fear within the human mind and how to use it within a scene (or perhaps a dynamic) in a consensual space. This element could be used to add a hint of spice to an already hot scene or be the framework for your entire scene – and is about the psychological feeling of fear with or without a prop. Learn how to gauge the level of fear vs reaction and adjusting yourself to ensure the smooth flow of what you’re wanting to create to the high point and coming back down into aftercare.
Let’s Play – Age Play and Pet Play
There are so many facets of BDSM and areas we might like to explore…but aren’t sure about. This workshop is about understanding some of the reasons that we might delve into AgePlay or PetPlay, what that could look like for you and understanding the psychological motivators in a realm where we expose our vulnerability in a different light. Whether it’s just a form of role play, or you seek to have a dynamic with either of these as a key factor, this class is for beginner to experienced.
As with all elements of kink, there needs to be boundaries and discussions around Consent and Navigation towards common interests and goals – and this becomes paramount where regression and non verbal aspects come into this play/dynamic. Learn how to advocate for yourself, as a Top or a bottom in either of these wonderful types of play.
Living on the Edge – Consent/Non Consent
When we explore the boundaries of what we think is possible and learn that we can jump off the edge into the unknown and survive, there is a rush that comes with it. A desire to see what is under the bed, so to speak, and play with things like fear, mind fuckery and things that we hate to love and love to hate.
Through this workshop, we will discuss the concept on ‘Consent, Non Consent’ play along with the how’s and why’s of why it excites us to do something that we normally wouldn’t indulge in – the approach of how to navigate a scene that is both delicate and intense with many different layers and possibilities, keeping safety in mind and minimising potential risks. In the aftermath of a scene that contains this sexy form of play, there are some different ideas of how best to support yourself and the others involved for aftercare.
There is a prerequisite for those attending this class to have been actively involved in BDSM/kink for at least 12 months.
Mono, Poly, Play Partners..Oh My! – Navigation Relationships
As we step into the world of BDSM, and you log into FetLife and see the long list of possible relationship titles, and then a longer list under the D/s relationships, it can seem a bit overwhelming, or exciting…depending at how you look at it.
It doesn’t matter if you have an existing relationship when you come into this lifestyle or not, there are options that you might not have considered before, and communication becomes the key of every workshop taught, and every writing you read about relationships. And this is very true, but as the door cracks open to other doors, its good to understand how these different relationships can shape your journey.
This workshop isn’t about judging anyone for how they choose to do relationships, but rather discuss and explore different people’s backgrounds and experiences with various types of relationships – what’s worked and hasn’t worked, understand how we each differ from one another and what we share in common regardless of how many people are involved in a relationship structure.
Play It Safe – Personal, Hygiene and Sexual Safety
A workshop to learn about different aspects of safety as we jump down the rabbit hole and get excited about ‘all the things’! We’ve got to remember that we need to protect ourselves first and foremost, and those we choose to interact with. This can be from meeting a new person, to cleaning down our implements and our very own sexual health.
Exploring ‘red flags’ with meeting someone for the first (second or third) time and how to protect yourself, what the best methods are for cleaning down our fun toys and gadgets (including steel, if you don’t have an autoclave)..and then diving into a nitty gritty look at sexual health.
Not everything about kink, is about sex, but it is about sexuality and can lead to some pretty raunchy hot times. Making sure we know what to look for and how to best lower the risks is important, what the risk is with transference or get tested for sexual health..and what to ask for when we go, are all questions that get frequently asked. It’s time to remove the stigma around doing things safely and getting some real information about our sexual health.