Skip Chasey – 2012

Leather: Heart, Spirit & Mind


A Weekend with Master Skip Chasey & slave Rick
November 16-18, 2012 – Vancouver, BC
The 3rd Annual NubianImp D/s Intensive Weekend

A full three-day weekend of advanced education and exploration of consensual power dynamics and the non-technical aspects of Leather Life. A few extra events are available to the eager, such as a candlelit dinner with the presenters (and a cameo appearance by two special guests), and a field trip to a dungeon party.

All genders, orientations, identities, roles and relationship configurations welcome! Past or present experience with power relationships is strongly recommended for all registrants.

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Efforts have been made to help students have a comfortable experience aimed at maximizing their capacity to be fully present while learning and sharing.

Below is a list of considerations. If you have comments, questions, suggestions or concerns, please use the comment section below. We will do what we can for this event and keep it in mind for the future!

In no particular order:

  • Use of a venue that has been positively audited in 2011 by Vancouver’s Radical Accessibility Mapping Project (RAMP). We are confident that this venue meets minimum needs for physical accessibility. View detailed information. NOTE: The audit was kindly performed by a community member using the available template which is now outdated. It is in need of a major overhaul/update to the new template, which makes it easier to read, covers significantly more access points, and is accompanied by an overview for easier digestion of all the data. This requires performing a new audit, which is in future works! Those noticing anything in particular about the space that you think needs attention or which you did not see reflected in the audit,email rampvancouver(at)gmail(dot)com so that it can be sorted as soon as RAMP is able.
  • A dedicated Guest Services staff member will be available at all times to provide information about the event and the City. 
  • Arranging the room classroom style so that persons have tables to use when shifting weight, sitting/rising and a stable surface for writing
  • High top tables near the back (and possibly the sides near the front) for people to have an alternate position location that is also a stable writing surface
  • Plans for “play boxes” at each table for people who are kinesthetic learners. Including: coloured pencils, random tiny toys and fiddley things… and a bit of lego! Suggestions around executing this of particular interest.
  • A puzzle/lego table for folks who need a focussed personsal activity to help with social anxiety.
  • Considerations around specific food allergies (strawberries, shellfish), gluten intolerances and vegetarianism. Recently, lactose and nightshade have been added to this list. Attendees for the full weekend will be polled for a final list in order to accomodate their three-day food needs as much as possible. 
  • Large print handouts from the presenters
  • A wall schedule for those who may have difficulty with the one printed in the Intensive brochure.
  • Access to a hotel room (via the Guest Services volunteer) for those who need to remove themselves from the space or might need to rest.
  • Complimentary continental breakfast and breaktime snacks to ensure participants are well hydrated and blood sugars are as level as possible.
  • The addition of a low-cost evening event (Radical Relationships – An evening with Lee Harrington & Mollena Williamsthat will allow those with limited funds or time to connect with community and learn.

I regret that it is not possible for me to hire sign language interpreters, or to avoid the use of the Atrium which has hard surfaces that may pose difficulties with aural processing.


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JOIN US FOR A CANDLELIT DINNER AND PRESENTATION

NubianImp Projects and Metro Vancouver Kink (“MVK”) have joined forces to produce an elegant evening of food, and education by two of North America’s finest presenters.

Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams will be joining the participants of the 3rd Annual Vancouver D/s Intensive with Master Skip Chasey and slave Rick as part of their WhistleStop Tour for their “ground breaking” book Playing Well with Others.

Following a buffet dinner, with option for vegetarians and those with gluten considerations, Mollena and Lee will guide guests through a special panel discusson designed to complement the weekend’s events, their themes of community building. At the end of the evening guests may stay and mingle or go play at the Rascals-Club dungeon party.

  • Date: Saturday, November 17
  • Location: Holiday Inn Express Atrium
  • Dinner: 7:00pm
  • Presentation: 8:00pm
  • Cost: $30 for buffet dinner and the presentation. Presentation is FREE for attendees of the full weekend however the price of dinner is NOT included.

Attendees are encouraged to dress their best in leather. Attendance for the full weekend is encouraged but not necessary.

Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams, Playing Well with Others, NubianImp Projects

 

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION

Mollena and Lee invite you to join them in a dialogue around the experience and place of practitioners living Master/Slave and Power Exchange within a wider community context.

As individuals both passionate about dominance and submission, they have experienced challenges from a variety of sides – from the world at large, from within the broader kink community, and from others pursuing power exchange relationships as well. Let us explore the myths around our communities, and discuss some of the issues we face as we strive to build a better future for those of us engaging in radical relationship structures.

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Skip Chasey, a/k/a Master Skip, heads a family of spiritually grounded leatherfolk in the City of Angels, where he is a practicing spiritual director and certified Grief Recovery ™ counselor and also earns a living as a missionary among the savages of Hollywood. As an out and proud leatherman, Master Skip addressed a crowd of nearly one million people at the Millennium March on Washington, and since then he has given ten keynote addresses and presented over 200 programs on the spiritual dynamics of SM and D/s relationships at noteworthy leather events throughout the US and Canada.

From 2001-2007 Master Skip was a core instructor for the Butchmanns Experience, a periodic weekend retreat that offers opportunities for profound personal growth to leathermen and women of all sexual orientations and identities. He is a co-founder of People of Leather Among You (“PLAY”), a social and educational group for Southern California men and women interested in the integration of spirituality and leather/fetish sexuality, and for six years he was a co-producer of Southwest Leather Conference, “The Leather Family Gathering of Heart and Spirit.” Master Skip presently serves on the Theologies Team for Metropolitan Community Churches and on the board of directors for Butchmanns, Inc., a non-profit educational organization dedicated to self-actualization through the mindful use of physical practices and the conscious exchange of personal power for spiritual awareness.

Master Skip and his pup Tim are the subjects of the award-winning documentary film “Pup” and have been profiled in “Nerve.com” magazine and “Power Exchange” magazine; he and his slave Rick are two of the subjects of “Ask the Man Who Owns him”, a book about gay male Master/slave relationships that received the NLA’s 2010 non-fiction literary award. He is a past recipient of the Lee Montague Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service from Avatar Club Los Angeles, was named “Best Trainer” at the 2002 International Puppy Contest, received the 2005 Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Award and was honored with the Master Heart Award at the 2008 Master/slave Conference.

In his own words, “Blood may be thicker than water, but leather is thicker than blood.”

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slave Rick expanded his practice as a licensed psychotherapist within the BDSM community in 2009 (www.KinkTherapistLosAngeles.com) after retiring from a 30-year career with the Federal government. In addition to assisting his clients in achieving more satisfying lives, he seeks to raise consciousness within the therapeutic community by depathologizing BDSM in order that “vanilla” psychotherapists might more effectively work with their own kinky clients.

Aside from his work as a psychotherapist, slave Rick is a part-time college instructor, a massage therapist and a retired Science of Mind practitioner. During the past decade he has presented programs on the spiritual dynamics of M/s and D/s relationships at dozens of conferences and leather events throughout North America. In 2010 he gave the endnote address at Southwest Leather Conference, and he delivered the keynote address at Leather Reign in 2011.

In 2008 slave Rick was honored to receive both the Southwest Leather Conference “Leatherman’s Heart Award” and the “slave Heart Award” at the Master/slave Conference. More recently, he was proud to participate as one of the subjects of “Ask the Man Who Owns him”, a book on gay male M/s relationships by david stein that received the 2010 Geoff Mains Non-Fiction Literary Award from the National Leather Association. In 2011 slave Rick self-published “The Guppy and the Willow”, an adult fable in the guise of a children’s story that encourages each of us to remove the many masks that keep us from being real.

First and foremost, however, he is by Grace in service to his beloved Master.

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WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Fees from enrollment go to travel, accommodations, per diems and fees to the presenters, as well as venue rental, hospitality and volunteer appreciation. Remaining proceeds, if any, will support future D/s Discussion/salons, the next D/s Weekend Intensive and the 2013 season of educational workshops.

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Holiday Inn Express Vancouver
2889 East Hastings Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia V5K 2A1

Individual reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at 604-254-1000 or Toll-Free at 1-888-428-7486.
IHG Central Reservations office at 1-800-HOLIDAY (1-800-465-4329).

Booking code: KLR

NubianImp’s rates:  Deluxe rooms $102.00 single/double occupancy

  • $ 15.00 Additional adult in room
  • All rates are subject to HST of 12% and Hotel Tax of 2% (subject to change).
  • Rates will be made available to attendees three nights prior and three nights after the meeting for those wishing to extend their stay. (Based upon availability)
  • Cots are charged at a rate of $15.00 per night
  • Rates include our Hot Express Start Breakfast
  • Complimentary parking, based on availability.
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Schedule

Friday evening, November 16th – The Heart

Focusing on the role of love in M/s-D/s relationships and how it transforms dominance & submission into mutual devotion & surrender.

6:30pm — Doors open for registration
7:00pm — Intention setting
8:15pm — “D/s Alchemy” (Master Skip & slave rick)
10:00pm — Close for the evening

Saturday, November 17th – The Spirit

Focusing on some of the psycho-spiritual dynamics that underlie healthy and successful D/s relationships.

9:30am — Continental breakfast and sign-in
10:00am — Begin the day
10:15 — “Refining Fire” (Master Skip)
11:45am — lunch break
12:45pm — “Shadow Tango” (slave Rick)
2:30pm — “The Servant Master” (Master Skip)
4pm — Related group ritual
5:oopm — Group check-in & closing comments:
5:30pm — Close of daytime events

Saturday Evening, November 17th

7:00pm — Candlelit dinner with Skip, Rick, Lee & Mollena
7:45pm — Reading/Presentation and Book Signing by Mollena & Lee
9:00pm — Off to the Rascals-club.com play party for those who want to go

Sunday, November 18th – Triage

Identifying and focusing on how best to work through three exceptionally challenging relationship issues that tend to cause far greater damage in D/s relationships than in vanilla relationships.

9:30am — Continental breakfast and sign-in
10:00am — Begin the day
10:15 — “Transparent D/s” (Master Skip)
11:45am — lunch break
12:45pm — “The Absentee Master” (slave Rick)
2:30pm — “Finishing Touches” (Master Skip)
4:15pm — Satsang – Reports and Q & A session (Master Skip & slave Rick)
5:oopm — Talk/Closing Comments (Master Skip)
5:30pm — Close of events

 


Session Descriptions

D/s ALCHEMY
Transforming Dominance & Submission Into Devotion & Surrender

For many years there has been an ongoing debate in our community as to whether or not it’s necessary—or even appropriate—for love to be a part of a Master/slave relationship. This debate continues because, even though our lives are spent continually searching for love, our understanding of what love is has been so culturally diminished that today mere romance and sentimentalism pass for love and that type of “love” undermines a D/s dynamic. Paradoxically, when the Master’s and slave’s inner journey results in the transmutation of the D/s dynamic, their search for love at long last ends and their relationship is strengthened. In this exceptionally personal presentation Master Skip and slave Rick will open an intimate window into the dynamics of their own relationship and reveal how, when a Master and slave are willing to venture beyond the illusory boundaries of identity and ego, love is discovered to be not a feeling but the very essence of one’s true nature.

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REFINING FIRE
The Role of SM in Master/slave Relationships

While engaging in SM is not a prerequisite for a Master/slave relationship, the judicious incorporation of SM into the relationship can be a powerful tool for the growth of both the slave and the Master alike. However, contrary to the stereotype SM need not—and in most cases should not—be used as a form of punishment. What, then, must be a Master’s primary intention for using SM in this context? Which SM practices have the greatest potential for deepening a slave’s submission and obedience? How does “safe, sane and consensual” factor into the equation? Join Master Skip as he examines the many opportunities and challenges that arise when, in consensual Mastery and slavery, SM shifts from being a radical sexual practice to a legitimate developmental practice.

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SHADOW TANGO:
The Soul Dance of Master and slave

A Master/slave relationship is a dance of souls, each drawing the other into a ferocious embrace that facilitates healing, growth and ultimately egoic surrender in both the Master and the slave.

In this interactive presentation you are invited to dialogue with slave Rick as he shares some thought provoking realizations derived from his 12+ year relationship with his Master, and from his experiences as a practicing psychotherapist within the BDSM community (www.KinkTherapistLosAngeles.com) that will assist you in recognizing the enticing rhythms of your own particular D/s dance.

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THE SERVANT MASTER
From Control to Compassion

The archetype of the Servant Master is found in every major spiritual tradition, from the shamanic Native American medicine man who acts as the conduit between the tribe and the spirits of its ancestors, to Buddhist bodhisattvas who postpone their entrance into Nirvana in order to facilitate the enlightenment of others, to Jesus’ Last Supper revelation that, “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave to all.” This profound and paradoxical teaching provokes a challenging question to those who claim the dominant role in a D/s relationship: “How am I called to be of service to those who serve me?” Join Master Skip as he shares his insights into what it means to be a Servant Master and the alchemy that transforms dominance and submission into devotion and surrender.

(This presentation, which is appropriate for both Dominants and submissives, will conclude with the audience participating in a moving, sacred ritual. A short break will be taken prior to the ritual to allow those who do not wish to participate to take their leave. Once the door to the meeting room has been closed, no one will be permitted to enter until the ritual has concluded.)

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TRANSPARENT D/s
From Projection to Reflection

Because, as the Talmud teaches, “We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are,” relationships of all types are often rife with projection. If such projection goes unrecognized and unaddressed, then alienation, isolation and, ultimately, dissolution of the relationship is the result. In the case of an D/s relationship, the submissive projects his or her ideas, feelings and attitudes regarding authority figures onto the Dominant, and if that projection includes anger, fear, blame or guilt, the toll it takes on both the relationship and the Dominant’s self-esteem can be tremendous. In this enlightening presentation Master Skip will explore the underlying psycho-spiritual dynamics that make it possible for a Dominant to stand in the middle of a submissive’s projection without moving, neither accepting the projection nor rejecting it and, in doing so, facilitate the submissive’s awareness of the projection, the Dominant’s strengthened sense of competency and the realization of the true nature of the relationship for them both.

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THE ABSENTEE MASTER
What to Do When Life Gets in the Way of Your D/s Relationship

In fantasy, the Master is all-powerful, in control of every situation and always on top of things, particularly when it comes to the slave. But life happens, and the reality is that Masters are human and can find themselves distracted, despondent and even depressed when facing such major life challenges as serious illness, the death of a loved one or the loss of a job. During these times it may be all but impossible for the Master to provide the level of dominance and control to which the slave is accustomed and, as a result, the slave may find it equally difficult to refrain from complaining and to not feel resentful when they perceive that their needs are going unmet.

But it needn’t be such a dire state of affairs! Join slave Rick, a practicing psychotherapist within the BDSM community (www.KinkTherapistLosAngeles.com), as he shares, with his Master’s support and encouragement, the insights he has gleaned from a similar set of circumstances in their own M/s relationship. Allow the wisdom born of his experience to better prepare you for navigating these rough waters yourself. Most importantly, discover how such trials and tribulations can be an opportunity for the slave to step up and provide a level of service to the Master that goes far beyond doing the laundry.

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FINISHING TOUCHES
What To Do When Your M/s Relationship Is Not Enough

When it comes to relationships, each of us has specific physical, emotional and spiritual needs. It’s widely understood that someone in a more conventional relationship will likely be incapable of meeting the totality of their partner’s needs, and one can only guess as to how much more that applies to those who engage in esoteric relationships rooted in consensual dominance and submission. What do you do if your Master/slave relationship doesn’t satisfy all of your needs? How can adjustments and accommodations be made without damaging the relationship or threatening the individuals who comprise it? Who initiates the changes, and who does the adjusting and accommodating? In what promises to be a highly charged discussion, Master Skip and slave Rick will candidly share examples from their own 12-year relationship as they examine this sensitive subject. Come discover how acknowledging what’s missing in your life need not pose a threat to your M/s relationship, and why restructuring the relationship so that your needs or the needs of your Master or slave can be fully or better met has the potential to strengthen the D/s dynamic between you.

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