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Contessa Alura gave her workshop for BDSM For Beginners, which was very well attended (we had to fetch extra seating Read the rest of this entry
The BDSM Play for beginners workshop is probably the one with the most material to cover. It deals with all aspects of BDSM play from finding people to play, negociating a scene, play safety with demos and a play scene scenario. Contessa Alura also suggested play kits for both beginners and more advanced players. These kits should be part of anyone looking for play. Just a warning for future volunteers in this workshop, bring some lipstick. Why? Well Contessa Alura likes to mark the the areas where the person shoulnd’t be hit . She had to use a permanent marker on me…lol. A very informative and detailed workshop. All beginners and even more advanced players will find this workshop interesting. Also this workshop was being filmed for a documentary that will be shown in France.
Paddling Workshop – July 12
Wow, what a turn-out! Seems more people are into this that it seems!!!
Even though I was the instructor I have to say I had a GREAT time. I really enjoyed this group of people, they were really easy going and fun and that’s not always the case. Sometimes I rely on my audience to guide me based on their responses or reactions to my questions. If I hear crickets, I get worried lol. None of that with this group.
Also, EVERYONE participated for the hands-on part. EVERYONE! That almost never happens because generally there aren’t partners and people are awkward with being that open with strangers. Imagine, PADDLING and everyone participated getting and giving. LOVED IT!
Just a small note, someone made a comment on my evaluation about something I said that hit a nerve as being an inappropriate us of language giving the kind of space we are at the ALCC… I just want to say to you, THANK YOU! You are totally right, no sooner had the word left my mouth then I realized what I had said lol. It does happen sometimes but I try to be VERY careful about those things so I wanted to say how much I appreciate that you pointed that out. You were RIGHT!
Thanks all for coming!
- Contessa Alura
BDSM for Beginners Workshop – July 3
We had a very diverse group of attendees for this workshop. Most actually knew the basics about BDSM but some did not know anything. It is truly inspiring to have so many new faces taking the decision to actually learn about BDSM BEFORE jumping into it or playing with others.
I’m feeling more confident about the direction people are beginning to take as beginners so I hope this spreads lol. In all of the BDSM for Beginners workshops I ask people to pass on the knowledge they learn in the class to others who are knew. To use the theory they have learned in practice to show others how they should behave.
Very few people are really taking the time to educate themselves so the people who attend have an advantage, more knowledge, and a new responsibility to share that with others!
Great questions folks and great answers!!!
- Contessa Alura
Another excellent workshop by Contessa Alura. The D/s relation workshop is an excellent workshop for both beginners and more experienced people in the BDSM community. Contessa went to great length to explain different types of both dominants and submissive. Explaining the differences between the different types of relations. She explained how to keep it going, rules and contracts and many other things. She brought tears to my eyes. An excellent workshop. But it was too short since she stil had a lot of stuff to talk about.