Here you will find the class descriptions for all the classes that will be available for the Friday blocks. Read through, find what catches your eye and start planning your classes to attend!
Block 3 – 9am to 10:30am
Beyond the Dungeon – Recovery & Reconnect w/Master Icedog & slave ravyn
There are times in our lives when things do not happen the way we would like or expect. Those often are the moments that can lead us to make rash decisions and take actions resulting in negative consequences. In this class, we will look at why this can happen, as well as share ways that have worked for us to avoid those negative consequences. There will be opportunities for those attending the class to practices with some of the strategies we share.
Panel Discussion – Edge Play w/Stacy, Master Brandon, Phoenix Rose, and Aemok
Edge play is not something that is often discussed and is commonly seen as taboo. This panel features several well-known edge players and it is their hope to break down some of the stigma around edge play.
Raise your Energy(Nonplay)- Darker Side w/ Pup otter
Lets’ talk about sex. Pup/Critter/Little are seen as playful scene dynamics but the discussion of sex or play is often frowned upon. But let’s face it, sex can be fun, exciting, and part of the entire experience. This interactive class will look at putting the sex back into sexy and how we can open discussions about play and sex within this subcultures of the lifestyle.
Relationship Track – Longevity in the Lifestyle w/Max & CJ
So, you found yourself surrounded by a large group of freaks and the only words you can think of is “Burn my bags baby, I’m home!!!” Now what?
Now comes the hard part, sustaining yourself and any relationships over the long haul, and let’s face it that is the hard part. This class will share a kind of road map from the early stages of our relationship to how you end it with while giving respect to what you have accomplished together, and all the pit stops along the way. This class will give insight into what it is like to spend over a quarter of a century in the lifestyle and community, with over 20 of those years spent with the same partner. The class will cover subjects from “the Beginning” all the way to even a discussion of an “End” if need be. We will cover what problems and situations we encountered along the way and how we dealt with them. Some subjects that will be addressed are managing your time, the importance of making time, addressing your dynamics in a day to day setting, health issues and even surviving with kids in the mix.
This will not be a how-to class where we tell you if you do this you’ll be kicking it in the old folk’s home with all the other the Kinksters, but about keeping what is important close to you while you explore this big kinky world together. What we are going to do is explain how we have gotten to the point we are at (the good and the bad) and how we have survived it all. We will give you some ideas that have helped us and we hope will help you out along the way.
Everyday Living Toolkit – Fighting Fair – The Lady
Do you fight fair? Do you want to learn how to resolve differences without starting World War III? This class will examine communication strategies that can be used to minimize strife and maximize resolution.
Block 4 – 11am to 12:30pm
Beyond the Dungeon – Hosting a Party w/Sir Luke & His victor
We all see those parties on The Upper Floor that make us salivate, but how can you make that a reality? In this class, we will cover everything from meal planning for a large party to techniques of service throughout the evening. From the everyday get together to high protocol events, learn how to add a little more elegance to your party and have the evening run smoothly.
Panel Discussion – Edge Play w/Stacy, Master Brandon, Phoenix Rose, and Aemok
NOTE: This is the second hour of this presentation!!** Edge play is not something that is often discussed and is commonly seen as taboo. This panel features several well-known edge players and it is their hope to break down some of the stigma around edge play. Second hour of panel.
Raise your Energy(Nonplay)- Slave Positions w/Master Oakman & slave diamond
This is a hands-on workshop where Masters and slaves come together to learn about positions and how to get into them gracefully and with guidance and/or verbal and non verbal signals from O/our Masters. This is a class for all skill levels.
slave diamond and I start with a disclaimer about “no wrong way” and proceed to demonstrate 24 positions, class participation. You will learn and then do the positions.
Relationship Track – The Kinky Introvert – Switch Jake
Not all of us are extroverts in the scene. SwitchJake certainly isn’t. However, he runs events and teaches classes? How can an introvert do such things? Witchcraft? Orders from a Top? Introverts unite! You can also do this as well. This class not only covers how to be a leader in BDSM situations, but in life as well.
Everyday Living Toolkit – I was an Addict in the lifestyle w/Sir Shadow**
It is not a secret… I was addicted to Meth. I came close to the end. But the structure of the BDSM Lifestyle and my Leather Family saved me. Be it alcohol, drugs, or another addiction our choices give us power. A structured path can give us purpose. What is your purpose? What is your path setting you up for? Failure in addiction or a solid road to recovery? Your choice, your options, and ultimately your life. Don’t walk it alone.
**Presenter note..Shadow does not follow the 12-step Recovery model. He believe loosely in harm-reduction. There is a 12 step meeting called “Recovery in the Lifestyle” which will be held Friday and Saturday night of FPE if you would like more information on that recovery model. ***
Block 5 – 1:45pm to 3pm
Beyond the Dungeon – Realities of TPE w/ Miss Rae & chris
We will honestly explain the good, the bad, and the not-so-pretty about a TPE and offer tips on how to navigate your relationship to keep it working. We will be very honest about the issues we have faced and how we have worked through them, including what we tried but didn’t always work.
Raise your Energy(Nonplay)- Crystal Healing in the lifestyle w/Katarina Ravenwolf & Morgana Moonraven
Exploring different crystals, shapes, meanings, uses during play, aftercare, and
Relationship Track Empowering Relationships with Tools for Success: Consent, Contracting, Self-love & Transactional Analysis w/Michael Holler
How to improve your relationships through self-love, establishing consent and clear contracts, and understanding jealousy through increasing understanding of intimacy based on a relationship with one’s self. This class is based on Transactional Analysis conceptual model for relationship repair and reconstruction.
Everyday Living Toolkit – Does Long Distance D/s really work? w/Master Tony & boy shane
D/s relationships are incredibly fulfilling. They are more intense, more volatile, more fragile, and require real intention to make them work. As a result, they are more rewarding. What do you do when the person you really click with is in another state, across the country, or on the other side of the world? Does this mean you can’t have a meaningful D/s relationship with them?….NO. Does it take work and creativity?….YES.
Whether short term or long term, long-distance D/s can be both challenging and immensely fulfilling. Master Tony and boy shane have been in a D/s dynamic for 6 years. T/they will share T/their experience living a 24/7 D/s lifestyle while living 1200 miles apart.
Block 6 – 3:30pm to 5pm
Beyond the Dungeon – Misconceptions about the scene – Switch Jake
We were all new to the scene once. Before that first munch or dungeon party, we all had ideas of what the scene would be like. Then, after being immersed in it, opinions change. This class examines what Switch Jake personally thought before coming into the scene as well as opinions shared with him in the past by others. It also encourages participants to deconstruct what they believe so that we can better educate new people who are just coming into the scene as well as share their own stories about coming into the scene.
Raise your Energy(Nonplay)- FPE Contest
So your curious how someone does their relationship? Maybe your new and want to hear how others have navigated it. Join us with our three contestants this year as they tackle the public portion of the Florida Power Exchange contest! They will each in turn do a educational presentation talking about their dynamic, how it works for them as well as a fantasy scene to share a snapshot of that dynamic in action with us. We will be taking questions from the audience so if you are curious we may call on you to pick their brain!
Relationship Track – LIFE IS FUCKED UP CRAZY… w/Yeldah Tova aka Susie Q
Being single (or in a LDR) and alone while going through major medical issues that change the way you live your life is fucked up crazy. And feeling all alone during it really sucks.
No matter what the diagnosis is, being alone compounds the depression, anxiety and fears. The tears keep falling. Not having someone to hold onto and going to bed alone night after night seems even more lonely than it did before.
This year’s FPE Theme of YOU ARE NOT ALONE really hit home for me personally recently because I am alone. And while my medical issues are not life threatening it is changing how I am able to live my life. It is taking away a big chunk of my freedom. And making me feel like I am a burden to family and friends.
This class is for everyone. Whether you are going through your own personal crisis or if you want to know how best to support others. In this class we will discuss and share ideas on how to be supportive so that others do not feel so alone. And for those of us that are alone and just need a hug and reassurance that our feelings are OK to feel I hope that you leave with some new ideas on how to cope.