Category Archives: Alternative Lifestyles

Completed the Play Monitor class! NOW WHAT??!!!

Great turn-out for the Play Monitor training, yay!!! This goes to show how many great people are out there that want to give back to the community by keeping public play parties safe! Thank you to everyone for your interest and participation.

BUT THAT’S JUST THE BEGINNING…

It’s impossible to cover all the necessary info and topics even in a three hour class. While theory is important as well as understanding the basics, Play Monitor training really happens in real time out at events, learning from skilled monitors who can help you. We ask that you attend at least six events in training as an “observer” before you decide to take on the role of monitor and always ask the advice of trained and skilled Veteran Play Monitors.

SO WHAT DO YOU DO NEXT?… Read the rest of this entry

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The ALCC

Welcome to the Alternative Lifestyles Community Centre!

The ALCC is a free and open space where like minded individuals can meet, share, learn, build and create meaningful relationships, discover, and seek information without fear, judgment, or discrimination.

Rope it!

On Wednesday December 14, Lord Saxnot gave his rope bondage workshop. Remember – before you take the Advanced Rope Bondage workshop you will need to have taken the Basic first!

There was a good attendance, and those taking it caught on pretty fast on the subject.  Besides how to tie, where to tie and not to tie was also taught (not everyong knows you shouldn’t in some areas!)

 

– Vanessa, Secretary

Gender Isn’t Binary

The Gender Diversity Group met on Sunday, Dec 11, and while sparsely attended (holiday season does that! lol!) the discussion was lively and interesting.

One thing that has become apparent is that those who are gender fluid need to be protected by law. It is hard enough being transsexual in a workplace, but those who are gender fluid can face some even harsher discrimination.

For some gender is binary, for example male or female, but for some it is more than that. And society does tend to ignore this, despite the fact that it is increasing.

– Vanessa, Secretary

One huhyuge showing!

What a record turnout for the Polyamory Group at the ALCC…. 20 wonderful people!

Amelia spearheaded today’s topic of Time Management. Very important for everybody, for relationships, and for polyamorous relationships in particular. A variety of strategies were shared, with many personal anecdotes thrown in for good measure.

I’m always struck by how the principles polyamorous people use can be very helpful in all relationships.

– Petal, Vice President

Droppin’ on in!

On sunday November 6th was our monthly drop-in day.  This was the busiest drop-in day we ever had.  We had quite a few new people showing up.  Some board games were played.  A lot of information was exchanged.  Some new friendships were made.  And excellent day overall.

 

– Gilles

Exhibitionists! WOO!

Exhibitionist Group, Sunday November 13, 2011

This pilot group was a hit… of course lacking diversity of genders as usual but extremely interesting and fun nonetheless. It’s amazing where conversation can go when it has the freedom to go there… what didn’t we talk about? Some fabulous ideas for activities we can host came up: bachelor/ette auction, nude art and drawing and more! I’m really impressed, so many interesting people with varying experiences and lifestyles… Spain seems to be the place for exhibitionists! Can you think of why?

– Contessa

Just Starting Out? Well We Have A Beginners Class!

Well, no matter how hard I try, there is just NO way to cover BDSM basics in an hour an a half. Usually this class is a seminar (3-4 hours) but that is just too long for a Wednesday night. However, we had a record turn-out so thank you all for coming. SAKA (Sexuality and Kink Advocacy) McGill group brought a few people with them and I was happily surprised to see so many long time experienced BDSM’ers attending. Thanks to my lovely demo model Glovedsub… X marks the spot haha (inside joke).

– Contessa Alura

Gender Can Be Diverse

Gender Diversity Group (Former Trans Unite Group) Sunday October 9, 2011

The ALCC’s Trans Unite Group has been renamed the Gender Diversity Group, to be more clear that it is and always open to all gender identity variations. As well, it has changed to a new location – the 2110 Center For Gender Diversity on Mackay. This location is a bit more accessible, and for those who may be put off by any security guards at the entrance, there are none. A huge thank you to the 2110 Center for allowing us to kindly use their space! Read the rest of this entry

What can be done with wax

What can be done with wax

This was another very interesting workshop.  Contessa Alura talked about the different type of candles.  What to use and what not to use.  Also how to prepare the play area and security items you should have when doing wax play.  She then started her demonstration on her lovely model.  After dripping some wax on him, she decided to blindfold him so Read the rest of this entry