Friday November 22, 2013    
7:30 pm - 10:15 pm


Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission St, San Francisco, California, 94544

Event Type

Presented by Dossie
Doors open at 7:30pm
Programs begins at 8pm

Shadowplay: Reclaiming Our Selves on the Dark Side

So what draws us to the great legends like Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf? Jails, Boot Camp, Vampires? When we explore our inner darkness in S/M we can reclaim forbidden feelings, live out all of our personae, explore archetypal roles, and use the boundaries of the S/M scene to safely experience aspects of ourselves that don’t fit in everyday reality. Learn how to set up a scene for journeying in tender places, how to discover and deal with emotional limits and safety, and how to get real juicy with all that dark stuff. We will discuss how S/M works for personal growth and discovery, how to create scenes for deep personal exploration, and then we will enter into a journey by visualization to meet one of our selves from the Dark Side.

Please wear loose clothing and bring a pillow or mat to sit on – there will be chairs for those who can’t work on the floor. This is a participatory workshop, and will always be set up so that choices for how to participate will respect your limits.

And please bring a pen and a journal or notebook – we will write about our journeys.

Presenter Bio(s)

Dossie emigrated to San Francisco during the Summer of Love in 1967, and has lived here ever since. She took a vow of permanent non-monogamy in 1969.

She was a member of the first Board of Directors of the Society of Janus in 1974, and has been a member of other well-known BDSM organizations such as SAMOIS; Outcasts; The Exiles; and Black Leather Wings. She co-authored The Ethical Slut, Radical Ecstasy, When Someone You Love is Kinky, The New Topping Book, and The New Bottoming Book, all with Janet Hardy.

Dossie has given talks at many conferences and gatherings including the University of Hamburg; Bryn Mawr; UC Berkeley; Mills College; Black Rose; Leather Leadership Conference; the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists; the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex; San Francisco State University; and many others.

She works as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Francisco, and creates and leads workshops in polyamory, S/M, and radical ecstasy in Europe and the United States.

She says “I am currently sixty-five years old and enjoying a rich and sexy life with my beloved in the mountains of West Marin.”

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