Over the past 10+ years, we've presented 100's of classes and workshops. We present at an average of 15 events each year and we've developed quite a list of presentations! We hope your group or event finds something of that will enhance the experience of all your attendees.
Dan also is highly respected for his fun and engaging MC, auctioneer skills and stand up BDSM comedy bit. And dawn provides a number of clergy services as well!
How about an opening presentation (Keynote) that is engaging, fun and gets people ready to really enjoy your event
"I wanted to tell you what a pleasure the presentation was last night! I had no idea how funny you two are! You both have a wonderful sense of humor! The presentation was hilarious, well-structured, fascinating and incredibly informative too! I will definitely be watching your pages for opportunities to see you both present again as I really look forward to it. Thank you for such a memorable presentation and all of the incredible work you both do in your many ventures that make the kink community a great place for new people like me to join. I look forward to talking with you in the future! :)"
“Submission is a gift and I should be cherished as the delicate flower I am" and other bullshit Master Hank does not tolerate
Join Dan and dawn, an M/s couple for the past 10+ years and authors of the book Living M/s - A book for Masters, slaves, and Their Relationships, as they summon the mysterious "Master Hank", a Master who rejects the trend of ‘soft and cuddle' power exchange and tells you why you should too. Master Hank doesn’t just want the best for his slaves, he demands it. He takes it. He smashes down walls and claims that inner slave that wants to be free. This class addresses decision making, self-confidence, ego, identifying strengths, and transforming you into someone completely living up to their full potential. Create in yourself that kind of person who belongs in the seat of power.
Dan and dawn, a lifestyle couple of many years, Great Lakes region Master & slave (2010) and authors of the book Living M/s - A book for Masters, slaves, and Their Relationships, will discuss what you can expect from a real time Master/slave relationship. They will rely on their decade of experience both as a full time M/s couple as well as leaders of the House Metta group. They will cover different types of M/s (from Loving Ms to objectification models) and share how they and others have dealt with the challenges of moving from fantasy to a working, real-time, long-term Master/slave household
A workshop intended for "capital letter types"
Build a slave is an interactive workshop where you will review what it is you actually want from an submissive or a slave…and steps to get it. We will work via exercises to identify what we want, what we need, and how to get there via a clear action plan. This workshop is appropriate for those that have new or existing relationships – or are seeking a relationship and want to be able to start off on a skilled footing. And along the way we will identify our strengths and areas where we have an opportunity to be a better leader in a power exchange relationship.
A workshop intended for "little letter types"
Build a Master an interactive workshop where you will review what it is you actually want from a Master/Dom…and steps to get it. We will work via exercises to identify what we want, what we need, and how to express it in a way your Master will appreciate the input and not feel like you are ‘topping from the bottom’. This workshop is appropriate for those that have new or existing relationships – or are seeking a relationship and want to be able to start off on a skilled footing. And along the way we will identify our strengths and areas where we have an opportunity to be a better s in a power exchange relationship. In case you are reading this and thinking “Wait, are you going to tell me how to tell my Master to change to suit me?” the answer is no. But unless you know what you want and need, how can you express it to Dominant?
M/s & Poly & a vanilla girl moves in
Join Dan and dawn, an M/s couple of over 10 years and co-producers of Beyond The Love, the fastest growing polyamory event in the mid-west, as they share about polyamory, power exchange, and long term success. They talk about navigating between two contradictory views - the hierarchal nature of power exchange and the polyamory communities dislike of couples privilege.
Also discussed are tools to keep each relationship (and each person) strong and vibrant, what happens when you add non-power exchange people to the mix, how to keep relationships healthy when they end, and more!
Dan and dawn are well suited to teach this class. They currently live in a split house with Dan's vanilla partner of 8 years and will include the experience of navigating those uncharted waters!
So, you are a Master, and they are your slave. Well whoop-de-do. Join Dan and dawn, a Masters & slave couple of 15 years and authors of the book Living M/s - A book for Masters, slaves, and Their Relationships, as they discuss one of the foundations of M/s, growth and development. This isn’t a vague ‘it is a good idea’ but a hard look at where you are, where you are going, and if you have the tools needed to get there. “Anyone can join (social media site) and say I’m a Master or I’m a slave. But saying it doesn’t give it meaning”
Living M/s your way
Join Dan & dawn, authors of the book Living M/s - A book for Masters, slaves, and Their Relationships, and a leading couple in the TPE landscape, as they take a page out of the Buddhist technique of “tree bowl teaching" and offer Living M/s your way, a class totally unlike any other - and that can never be repeated.
At the beginning of the class, Dan & dawn will take 4 to 5 questions from the audience and from those, they will create a class that addresses those questions (as well as covers a range of M/s and TPE perspectives) to create a complete presentation that suits that exact audience.
Dan & dawn are especially well suited for this style of presentation. They will not only rely on over a decade of real time M/s in a healthy growing relationship and 10 years of presenting M/s topics to audiences around the nation, but will also draw on the skills of having been co-host of the very popular Erotic Awakening internet radio show.
Foundation: Creating a powerful Ms relationship
Dan and dawn, Great Lakes region Master & slave (2010), leaders of the House Metta power exchange tribe and authors of the book Living M/s - A book for Masters, slaves, and Their Relationships - lead a workshop on four key ingredients that can create a powerful long term M/s relationship. Via specific steps to follow, they will share a number of strategies that will keep your M/s relationship ready to grow through a variety of difficulties that M/s (and all) relationships encounter.
How Survivors can thrive in an M/s relationships
Dan and dawn, a lifestyle couple of many years and Great Lakes region Master & slave (2010), leaders of the House Metta power exchange tribe and authors of the book Living M/s - A book for Masters, slaves, and Their Relationships, will discuss their experience of recovering from a traumatic past within the dynamics of a power exchange relationship. They will share how power exchange or activities that require you to be vulnerable can create an environment that allows for triggers, and what you can do to lessen the effect of such occurrences. Dan and dawn will not only share their experiences with these challenging moments, but provide tips on how we can heal from them within an M/s dynamic
* For the creation of safe space, war stories (details of traumatic events) will not be shared during this workshop.
What’s love got to do with Ms?
Dan and dawn, Great Lakes region Master & slave (2010), leaders of the House Metta power exchange tribe, and authors of the book Living M/s - A book for Masters, slaves, and Their Relationships, as well as a happily married couple of a decade - lead a workshop on love and M/s. Loving Ms is a style of Master/slave relationship that can bring a number of powerful emotions to the table that can appear to conflict with the power exchange. They give examples on how to navigate through jealousy, a desire to please, fears of co-dependence, and other powerful emotions so that the primary foundation of the relationship continues to be a healthy M/s one – and that foundation in turn feeds emotional solidity.
Mindfulness of a slave
Dan and dawn, Great Lakes region Master & slave (2010), leaders of the House Metta power exchange tribe and authors of the book Living M/s - A book for Masters, slaves, and Their Relationships, lead a workshop on the most powerful and sought after aspect of a slaves service. It isn’t how good you can clean, or how hot you look or how well you suck cock. Instead, it is the mindfulness that needs to be developed that allow you to flow seamlessly as a slave in and around your Master's needs, while at the same time finding an authentic slave heart. And…it is worth noting that the methods taught in this workshop will assist you in becoming a better cleaner, be more attractive, and give better head.
Advanced M/s Relationships: Becoming a Master
Join Dan and dawn, an M/s couple for the past 10+ years and authors of the book Living M/s - A book for Masters, slaves, and Their Relationships, for an advanced class on the foundation and advanced aspects of what it takes to be a Master (or Mistress) in a full time 24/7 relationship. This class addresses decision making, self-confidence, ego, identifying strengths, becoming vulnerable to your weaknesses, and assisting a slave into transforming into someone completely living up to their full potential. Create in yourself that kind of person who belongs in the seat of power.
Advanced M/s Relationships: Breaking free of habitual patterns
Join Dan and dawn, an M/s couple for the past 10+ years and authors of the book Living M/s - A book for Masters, slaves, and Their Relationships for an advanced class on breaking free of the patterns and attitudes that prevent us from reaching our full potential in the M/s lifestyle. Through interactive presentation of various skills and techniques, they will provide workshop participants the tools to wipe the slate clean of patterns of the past and how to give yourself the freedom to create your own selves, based on the desires of what suits your M/s relationship.
Contracts To Collarings
Dan and dawn, a lifestyle couple of many years, lead a workshop on Ds contracts. They will discuss the pros and cons of having a formal contract for Ds or Ms relationships, key ingredients of a contract, when one is needed, adjustments for long distance vs. live in contracts, and how often they should be updated (and by who). They will also discuss how your contract can become a stabilizing force when "life happens" and the benefit they can be to people that have been raised to believe that 'vanilla relationships' are the only way to go.
Master, slave, Buddha
Join Dan & dawn, authors of the book Living M/s - A book for Masters, slaves, and Their Relationships, lay leaders of Buddhist Sangha, and a leading couple in the TPE landscape, as they discuss bringing Buddhist philosophy into your power exchange relationship. Learn how practicing Right Speech, Mindfulness, Compassion, and other staples of Buddhism can enhance and strengthen your power exchange relationship!
I Am Stealing Your Gor and Wearing Your Leather
description coming soon…
Purposeful Appropriation and Hardy's http://www.leatherati.com/2014/07/the-curious-case-of-the-covering/
Sensuality And Sacred Sex
Join Dan and dawn, an intimate lifestyle couple of many years, as they share the fine art of talking dirty. Through discussion, demonstrations, and exercises, they will explore using talk as part of your scene and assist participants in finding and releasing their inner erotic voice. They will discuss getting started; getting over shyness; general vocal items; making sure you say what your partner will enjoy hearing; and approaches that range from soft and sensual to hot & slutty talk.
Are you hesitant to flirt because you feel awkward, forgot how or never knew how? Dan and dawn’s flirting workshop will help teach basic flirting technique as a communication tool. They will not only teach you some basic flirting techniques but also discuss how to get beyond any lack of confidence that stops you from meeting the people you are interested in. They will also discuss how to be an honest flirt – be clear in what you are looking for when you flirt. “It is true – Dan is a big flirt. But when he flirts with me, it always feels like a compliment instead of being slimed on”
Slutty Sex for Real Relationships
Is it time to move from fantasy to real life? Dan and dawn will discuss how to make the transition from having a desire to be naughty to making it part of your real life. Whether you are interested in adding kink to an existing relationship or adding it via a new one, or if you want to give non-monogamy, swinging, BDSM, or other kinks a try, then this workshop will help you be prepared. With lots of stories, examples, and things you can try at home (or the grocery store), Dan and dawn will address facing jealousy, body image issues, self-confidence, health issues, and trust/fear issues as well as what you can do to keep things as safe as possible in your adventure. “The fantasy was hot and great, but after the lust has worn off, who did we see when we looked at each other?”
Sex and Power Exchange
Dan and dawn, authors of the book Sex, Stories, and Power Exchange lead a workshop and discussion on how to incorporate hot slutty sexuality into a healthy power exchange relationship. With lots of stories, examples, and things you can try at home (or the grocery store), Dan and dawn will address the positive force it can be to have your power exchange to assist you in moving forward with fantasies. From self-image issue to facing jealousy to health concerns, sex & power exchange can go together very well.
Sacred Sexuality – Sense O Rama
Dan and dawn, a lifestyle couple of many years and founders of the Path of the Qadishti Sacred Sexuality program, lead a fun and interactive workshop that will focus on stimulating our various senses. Ignite your inner passion with touch, sound, sight, smells, and taste. Explore tips and tricks to reach out to your partner in new ways and keep your body awake and in the moment.
Sex Magic (Magick) is a style of sacred sexuality that includes ritual, energy - and optionally BDSM - into sexuality for a higher purpose. dawn (licensed Pagan priestess and Reiki Master), and Dan (a Qadishti practitioner of many years) will discuss how to set intent, prepare your ritual, and manifest a magical time for you and your partner.
Eyes of a Qadishti
Join Dan and dawn, a lifestyle couple of many years and founders of the Path of the Qadishti Sacred Sexuality program, as they lead a workshop showing how sacred sexuality can assist us in exploring beyond standard perceptions of attractiveness and beauty. This workshop will provide discussion, exercises, and hands on opportunities gathered from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from sacred sexuality fields such as Tantra to the modern rebirth of the Qadishti movement. We will learn how to view ourselves and each other as sacred and sensual beings – “In our culture, it can take some effort to assist others (and sometimes ourselves) to remove stereotypical views regarding what a sensual and desirable person should look like. We seek to find in ourselves and others the beautiful sacred slut regardless of size, age, race, gender choice, or disabilities.”
Sacred Sexuality Rites for Two
Dan and dawn, a lifestyle couple of many years and founders of the Path of the Qadishti Sacred Sexuality program, will share with you tips and ideas on how to turn your sexual experiences into sacred spiritual events that you can fully share with your partner. They will discuss existing rituals, methodology, and Tantric and Taoist examples. They will explain how to; format a ritual, use different elements, figure out which techniques can be used and the importance of intent. Dan and dawn will finish the class by guiding everyone on creating their own personalized sacred sexuality ritual. With a combination of their eclectic background, knowledge and experience, Dan and dawn take the class on a very interesting, personal and fun journey.
Sacred Sexuality Rites for Groups
Dan and dawn lead a discussion on how to create a group sacred sexual event. They will review components such as format, elements, techniques, and the importance of intent. Further, they will share ideas on the general group dynamics needed as well as some of the pitfalls you might encounter in putting together such an event. Sharing some examples of group sexual rituals, methodology, and examples, they will discuss how (and when and if) to apply these to a group ritual. With a combination of their background, knowledge and experience, Dan and dawn will help lead the class to insights on how they can apply this to create their own group rituals. The discussion will conclude with an example of a small ritual – participation is completely optional.
Dan and dawn, a lifestyle couple of many years, will demonstrate the art of erotic spanking. If you are interested in using it as a style of foreplay or as an act within itself, join us as we discuss some of the ways to get started, how to approach your lover, being the center of attention, hand techniques, bringing focus to the relationship, safe words, the pleasure of pain, spanking toys, and after care.
The co-topping dance: one two three and one two three
Co-topping is a skill that can bring a new level of intensity to a scene – both the bottom and the tops – or bring it to a crashing halt when your timing and energy get out of sync and your bottom ends up more confused than titillated.
Join Dan & dawn as they show you how to combine your individual skills to create a greater whole. They will discuss working together to establish rhythm; acknowledging different skill sets and making them a positive; co-topping negotiation tips; topping communication that won’t impact the flow of the scene; recovering from missteps (and why your bottom never needs to know); and how to use two different styles effectivity to rock the bottom in a delightfully wicked way.
Introduction to BDSM
Dan and dawn, a lifestyle couple of many years, will share with you everything you need to get started on your BDSM journey! From basic “how to’s” with many of the most common BDSM toys (such as floggers, paddles, and simple bondage) to topics such as ”setting up your scene” and the difference between BDSM and Ds. They will discuss not only the play itself, but also the very important aspects to take place before a “scene” (such as negotiation and safety) as well as after a scene (aftercare, sub drop, and keeping your toys clean). They will demonstrate many toys as they share their experience and some ideas of what to expect – and what to avoid – as people get started in BDSM, either as a bedroom activity or as active participants in the lifestyle.
The Introverts Guide to BDSM
Join Dan and dawn, national presenters and closet introverts, as they explore how people who are introverts by nature can thrive in the BDSM community! They will explore tips and tricks related to interacting and dealing with the BDSM scene - like munches & events when the 'social scene' isn't your favorite place to be; plus, finding play partners and hits and tips for dealing with extroverts - and info for how they can help deal with us as well!
Want more from BDSM? Join Dan and dawn as they discuss bringing (or returning) a sense of connection, intimacy, and desire to your BDSM scene. They will discuss what we can do to take your BDSM experience deeper and to avoid getting stuck in BDSM being a purely physical or social experience. “We walked into the dungeon and heard people talking about politics and fishing; a top leaned down and whispered to his bottom about one brand of rope over another; another ‘top’ was holding court in the middle of the space, showing the newer players how awesome he was. We want much more from our scenes. We want a connection and intimacy that will be more than just a physical – swing, hit, swing, hit – scene”
Aftercare Makes Me Wet
Aftercare is more than just hugs and chocolate after a scene. It can be what makes a good scene great; it can be what makes your BDSM stand out; or it need not be about BDSM at all - it be used after slut play, poly dating, and even general relationship maintenance.
Dan & dawn, host of the Erotic Awakening podcast, will share with you an in-depth view of different aspects of aftercare. Why some people don’t want it, why some people need it, poly aftercare, appropriate levels of aftercare, how to negotiate it, simple how to tricks to provide it, and different skills to figure out what you need.
“Don’t be put off by a request to provide aftercare, instead make it the cherry that goes on top"
Qadishti BDSM is a style of play that incorporates sacred sexuality and energy work into your BDSM scene. dawn (a Reiki Master and Teacher), and Dan (a Qadishti practitioner of many years) will discuss how energy flows through our bodies and how to take your BDSM experience deeper. Focusing on basic energy concepts (such as chakras), they will discuss how to integrate this into your BDSM experience.
The Ritual BDSM Tool Kit
Join Dan & dawn as they discuss (and demo aspects of) Ritual BDSM. They'll give examples and ideas of various BDSM rituals and assist you in how to create your own. From focuses on transformation, self-exploration, or rites of passage, Dan & dawn will share with you about the many they have participated in, as well as the ones they've lead. They will talk about incorporating elements, focus, setting intention, and what to do when things don't go as planned.
Negotiations - Six Styles to get the scene you want - or need
Dan & dawn, creators of the popular negotiation cards Kink Starter lead an interactive workshop on a new way to think about - and do - negotiations. Designed for both tops and bottoms, they explore how to negotiate for specific play or how to start with a blank page letting the story write itself, and negotiate without negotiations.
Plus, they will break out the Kink Starter cards and show how they can be used either as a tool to define a scene or allow for inspired creativity!
A Foundation For Poly
Relationships in general are tricky, but polyamorous relationships can include some specific additional difficulties. Dan and dawn, a non-monogamous couple of many years, lead a facilitated discussion on how to create a strong shared foundation within your polyamorous relationships. They’ll not only suggest great resources to create your foundation, but offer direct feedback from their experience (both good and bad!) to assist you in building a foundation that can weather the storms – and that remind you to dance on in times of joy!
Advanced Poly Relationships: A path to freedom from jealousy
Join Dan and dawn, a polyamorous couple for the past 12+ years, for an advanced class that gives participants tools to break free of the patterns and attitudes that keep us trapped in the fear and jealousy. This presentation focuses on actual steps to wipe the slate clean of patterns of the past and how to give yourself the freedom to create your own set of ethics and beliefs, unrelated to those that have been handed down to you.
EIGHT POLY TOOLS
Join Dan and dawn, a polyamorous couple for the past 12+ years, for an advanced class that gives participants tools to break free of the patterns and attitudes that keep us trapped in discomfort, fear, unhappiness and jealousy. No theorizing or quoting from scholarly viewpoints - get into the weeds and put the tools to work!
EIGHT MORE POLY TOOLS!
A follow up class to 'Eight Poly Tools', Dan and dawn share eight more poly tools that focus on addressing challenges in polyamory head on. They will present actionable ideas and things you can keep in your 'polyamory tool box' when things need fixing! Feeling jealous, fear, slighted, unimportant, unsure, or just grumpy at times in your polyamory? We will provide you the tools to let that shit go.
The Introverts Guide to Polyamory
Join Dan and dawn, a polyamorous couple for the past 12+ years and, along with partner Karen, co-produce the polyamory conference Beyond The Love, as they explore how people who are introverts by nature can thrive in polyamory! They will explore tips and tricks related to interacting and dealing with the additional people - not just partners, but metamores and more - that is inherent in polyamory. Plus, getting out and meeting new partners when the 'social scene' isn't your favorite place to be; and more.
Parrot Paperwork (Poly Contracts)
Dan and dawn, a non-monogamous couple of many years, lead a workshop on written poly agreements (Poly Contracts). “The poly contract is not intended to be a parallel of a marriage contract – it is intended to be more”. They will discuss the pros and cons of having a formal contract for poly relationships, key ingredients of a contract, when one is needed, adjustments for long distance vs. live in contracts, and how often they should be updated. They will also discuss how your contract can become a stabilizing force when “life happens” and the benefit they can be to people that have been raised to believe that ‘vanilla relationships’ are the only way to go.
What Do Buddhist Know About Poly?
The historical Buddha was not polyamorous, but he certainly had a lot of great teaching for it! Join Dan (a novice monk) and dawn (Buddhist flavored) as they share tools found in Buddhism that anyone can apply to healthy loving polyamory relationships. From understanding that clinging isn’t love to changing reactive patterns, they will provide a variety of ideas and actionable views from ways to avoid unnecessary jealousy to how to cultivate mudita (delighting in your partner's well being). These tools work regardless of religion or spiritual path – and you don’t even have to shave your head!
Introverts Guide To Leather
Join Dan & dawn, national presenters and closet introverts, as they discuss tools, tips, and tricks for introverts to thrive in our community - and some hints for extroverts as well. From getting to your first munch or event, finding play partners, interacting in various social situations like cruises and runs, to (if you want) being on stage running for title, this class strives to help you engage and be a part of the Leather community.
As a Presenter: How To Be Educational AND Entertaining
Dan and dawn, a lifestyle couple of many years, Great Lakes region Master & slave (2010) and longtime presenters believe that it is not enough to be educational, but you must be able to truly capture your audience's attention as well. Drawing on not only their experience in presenting for the kink, leather and spiritual communities for over a decade as well as training and facilitating meetings in Corporate America, they combine this with both Dan’s experience with community theater and dawn’s experience with creating and facilitating rituals. They share how they bring it all together to create an experience that keeps the audience's attention so that the message the presenter is sharing can be heard.
Poly Pagan Bondage Slut
Labels and descriptions and just who the heck are you? Join Dan & dawn as they walk through the ways we in the alternative communities label ourselves, and how those labels are both empowering and limiting. Together, the class will talk about self doubt, committing to yourself, self actualization, own your own shit, and create your personal owner's manual!