Posts Tagged ‘ecourses’
I’ve been hinting and then shouting about this for a while, on Facebook and Twitter, and building some pre-course games like the “Which s-type are you?” quiz, and if you are on my mailing list you already got the pre-registration link. But now it’s officially here: announcing my new project, Submissive Playground!
It was rife’s idea, really. I’ve been wanting to run some ecourses for a while (I’ve spent a lot of 2013 taking ecourses and looking them up to see what kind of things are offered and how they are structured), and I’ve been stepping up my coaching practice, seeing people for “gender puzzles and sexual experiments” (and other things) over Skype and in person, and Submissive Playground grew out of the intersection of these things. I wrote the course, with a lot of help from rife, and wrote the copy for the website, and he built the beautiful design. (I think it looks amazing!)
I realized as I was putting up that What’s in our sex den? post earlier today that you might not know what the video of me was referring to! So I figured it’s about time to announce it here officially. Plus, registration is officially open!
So: the course. It’s a four week exploration, all online and via weekly sessions on the phone with everyone and one-on-one sessions on Skype with me. The using the BDSM acronym to break down the weeks: Week 1, Bondage, where we’ll discuss kinky sex and explore our own limits and desires; Week 2, Discipline, where we’ll focus on obedience, protocol, and punishment; Week 3, Service, where we’ll delve deep into what it’s like to be of service, what the realms of service are, and how to get better at service; and Week 4, Masochism, where we’ll also discuss submissive myths and motivation as we close the course.
I’ve got half a dozen guest speakers who are making videos EXCLUSIVELY for this course, including:
- Tina Horn, a macho slut ladyfaggot, a switch, and an expert at spanking. She produces and hosts the (brand new!) sexy podcast “Why Are People Into That?!” and co-created QueerPorn.Tv.
- Felice Shays, an expert on rough sex and has been teaching about the many shades of Brutal Affection for more than a decade. She plays hard, loves big, and teaches dynamically.
- kd diamond, International Ms Bootblack 2011 and creator of Salacious magazine. When she isn’t switching in bed or nerding out about cephalopods, she draws dirty queer comics.
- Liza & her slave, Jody, International Master and slave 2011, and have been in a committed M/s relationship for more than a decade. They teach about empowerment in power dynamics.
- Andrea Zanin, sex geek, and the Master and head of household to a leather family in Toronto. She is one of the best known queer theorists of power dynamics and polyamorous relationships.
- rife, who is an owned and collared genderqueer leatherboy from Texas. He is an artist, the illustrator of the GENDER book, and a really good kisser.
- Raven Kaldera, author, shaman, educator, activist, priest, and many other things. He has published multiple books on structured relationships through Alfred Press.
There are three different packages, the Broke Ass Package, Star Package, and Fancy Package. As you can imagine, the Fancy Package has more perks and the Broke Ass Package has less. The Fancy Package is the only one that includes custom made dog tags with your name on them, a certificate of completion, and a letter to your future dominant about your skills and talents of submission.
We’ve decided to add a perk to those of you who refer the course to your friends: We’ll make you custom Submissive Playground dog tags. Refer someone who signs up (and pays!), and at the end of the course, we’ll send you your very own set of tags, regardless of whether you did the course or not. Just have the person who you tell about it email me and tell me that you were referred by a friend.
Got any other questions about the course? Leave ‘em in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer them, or email me if it’s more personal.
I have so many amazing readings and videos and tasks and homeworks and things for you to try out. So excited to do this. I can’t WAIT to play with all of you.
All this and more over at submissiveplayground.com!
So, I put this big call for support out there, and you responded—you responded! Thank you! My paypal account is still pinging me occasionally! I am working on a dirty dirty story to send some of you as additional thanks—and then I have barely written this week. That’s because I’ve been eyeball deep in another job of mine, which is coordinating workshops for the Body Electric School.
I’ve been working hard to get the Celebrating the Body Erotic for women workshop in New York City off the ground. It starts tonight and runs through the weekend. The coordinator of these workshops, in addition to being the contact point and the marketer and the one who does all the recruiting to get the workshop to fill up, is also the person who makes sure the space is all set up with the right supplies and objects for the staff and the facilitator to come in and do their jobs of holding the circle strong and bringing the participants through the healing journey.
I’ve done a lot of these workshops by now. I can recite the order of events and what supplies are needed for each ritual off the top of my head, can give alternatives if things are missing, I know the storage locker combination by heart. Also, I like this job. It doesn’t pay much—it barely covers expenses, really. But a big part of the “payment” of this job is attending the workshop as a staff person, being one of the people who holds the container for participants to come into and have a transformational experience.
I love guiding people through transformational experiences. This is probably one of the biggest reasons I’m a top, and feels like a deep calling in me. To encourage releasing trauma, releasing pain, healing wounds, letting things go, and moving forward with more clarity is perhaps what I am most interested in, for myself and for others.
So I won’t be at the CBE this coming weekend. I’m really torn and sad about that. It was my choice to hightail it out to the west coast in April, and I am so glad that I did; I couldn’t stay just to make sure to be there for this workshop, I needed to leave. But I feel guilty that I didn’t finish my commitment, that I am relying on other people to do the work I was supposed to do. My job with Body Electric is changing, in part because I left New York, and in part because I’m getting burnt out. Coordinating is a somewhat endless job done out of love of the work, not out of motivation for compensation. If it was my only volunteer job, that’d be one thing, but my other two main jobs (Sugarbutch and BUTCH Voices) are mostly volunteer as well. I’m trying to figure out how to do these jobs that I love, this work that I love and that I think is so valuable to contribute to this world, and still be able to afford to live.
In some ways, though, I’m relieved to not be visiting New York. From my own personal emotional standpoint, I don’t know if I’m ready to go back there. There are some friends I miss and adore and want very much to catch up with, but for now I’m going to have to do that via Skype and phone calls. It’s hard not to see that city as just full of heartbreak right now, as accosting me at every corner with memories of happier times and being with someone I still love deeply and have so much pain around.
And I’m glad to be focusing on the future, focusing on the west coast, focusing on making friends here, focusing on how to get my work fluid and, well, working.
But I’m still sad to miss the transformational experience that is CBE. It’s such a beautiful process, and I coordinate because I love to be inside of that process, not because I actually get paid. And I coordinate because I get to have those blissful minutes at the center of an energetic vortex, where I can really relax into it and ask the universe or the earth or god or whatever it is to take away a chunk of the pain that I’m still holding on to in my body, to dislodge it and carry it away, back out to sea or out to the stars or out to wherever it goes. I have pursued healing in a lot of different ways, but still, there’s nothing else like this experience.
So I’ll be breathing deep for the circle and the CBE all weekend.
To go back to the thank you at the beginning for a moment, I want to tell you that from the donations that you’ve given, I have:
- Paid my hosting bill for the next two years
- Paid an editor to look over an ebook compilation of 16 short smut stories that I’m working on getting together
- Paid one of the staff folks to take over for the Body Electric workshop this weekend
- Bought an e-course package I’ve had my eye on about utilizing your online business (except way more fun than that sounds) and taking your work to the next level
Thank you for making that possible. I’m really excited to keep writing for you, to keep elevating the work I’m doing. Donations = more smut for you to read, I promise. Thank you.