Hands-on Skills for Needle Players


This guest blog post is by Sophia Sky, who will be teaching Skin Anatomy for Needle Play on Saturday, October 10th from 11am-12:30pm. Tickets are available online in advance for $18 until midnight before the class, or $25 at the door. This class will be held in the CSPC Annex Space.

This Saturday at 11am I have the honor to co-present Skin Anatomy for Needles with Najalaise, a fantastic educator in their own right.

This class is fun of fun and useful facts about our skin that directly relate to how we do and can play with needles in a BDSM setting. And I use the word fun because that is how we hope you will apply this information!

After we share all the information our brains have about the skin, Naj and I will lead you through palpation exercises designed to increase your skill when doing  temporary piercings. Naj will even place needles within various layers of the skin in our lovely demo bottom and then allow you the hands-on experience of palpating!

SophiaSky-handsBring your questions and a willingness to participate in skill building exercises. Please feel free to email me at education@thefspc.org with any questions or concerns.

See you soon!


Private lessons with Parker aka Ropeboi

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 12.36.28 PM

This guest post is by Parker, an amazing rope bondage rigger and self-suspension performer, who will be visiting Seattle October 17th through 20th. In addition to the Self-Suspension Intensive and a class on Trampling, Parker is available for private lessons October 19th and 20th in rope bondage and rope suspension for either self-tying or partner tying, from beginner to advanced. We’ll let Parker tell you more:

Private lessons with me are tailored to the interests, goals, and skill level of the particular students.   Whatever the topic or level, private lessons are an opportunity to get fine-tuned, individual feedback on your tying.  Private lessons help to clarify the close-up and tactile details and the nuance of techniques that you might not quite get in a group class when you are focused on learning the general steps and scaffolding of a tie.

You can learn “pro tips” tailored to specific conditions relevant to you (e.g. a specific size/length/angle/positioning that is giving you trouble or seems different from how it was demonstrated in class.) If there’s some particular tie that you have always found uncomfortable, difficult, or unreliable, then I can give tips on modifications, adjustments, and work-arounds to make it work better for you.  I speak from my many years of experience tying people of many different shapes and sizes   Sometimes someone has seen me do a particular technique or tie in a performance or a play space that they have not seen anyone else do and they take private lessons with me  to learn that particular technique.

Quite often, people who have been doing self-suspensions for some time, upon taking private lessons with me have said that my lessons completely changed the what they understood to be possible in self-suspension. The private lessons can be a place to ask a question or learn a technique that is not included in this weekend’s group class curriculum.  Private lessons also can be a time to review, refine, and individualize techniques you have just learned in the weekend group workshops.

Because I want people to get their money’s and time’s worth, I have packed a lot of material into the group classes, and much of that material is quite technically precise and/or physically challenging.  The private lessons can be the time to check if you remember and can reproduce the techniques you learned in the workshops and to get instruction on how to make them work best for you.  For example, we could spent a private lesson just practicing a transition series of getting into and out of a single-ankle self-suspension in a consistent and controlled way.  Or, if you want to make sure that you have gotten all the steps and nuances of the body harness or the futomomo that you learn in the group class, or want to see more suspension applications of those, then we could have a lesson on that.  Or, if somehow you are interested in (and prepared for) learning even more advanced self-suspension techniques than what is taught in the “most advanced” workshop, we can fill many a private lessons with such techniques. A private lesson could also be an opportunity to get assistance with putting together a performance or with working through a performance that you have been developing.  Basically, it’s a chance to get me alone and ask me whatever you want about rope and get instruction that’s tailored to you.

To schedule, please email me: RopeBoi at gmail dot com

I look forward to working with you!


October Workshops and Special Events


October boasts two very special events at either end of the month. On the first weekend, Mark I. Chester shares their new book with us through a slideshow and Q&A. On the weekend, our sultry Halloween party, Seduction.

Thursday, October 1 – 7:00pm
Safer Sex In a Sex Positive World ~ Educators: Mickey & Leah
CSPC Raw Space: $15. Advance: $10

2008-03-08-Laura-Coiling-0717-Small_0Sunday, October 4 – 2:30pm   
Fundamentals of Rope Bondage ~ Educator: Max
CSPC Main: $40 Advance: $35

Sunday, October 4 – 6:00pm    
Slide show-Q&A-book signing with gay radical sex photographer Mark I. Chester
CSPC Annex: Suggested donation: $20
(Donate online for a tax receipt.)

2009_6979_by_JimDuvallSaturday, October 10 – 11:00am 
Skin Anatomy for Needle Play ~ Educator: Sophia Sky and Najalaise
CSPC Annex: $25. Advance: $18 (Solo) $34 (Duo) and $50 (Trio)

Saturday, October 10 – 7:00pm  
Relationship Agreements: Tools for Growing ~ Educator: Eri Kardos
CSPC Annex: $25. Advance: $20 (Solo) $36 (Duo) and $54 (Trio)

Sunday, October 11, 12:00pm   
Sex, Intimacy, Relationship In Depth ~ Educators: Nekole Shapiro & Allena Gabosch
Sex-Int-Rel-Nekole-AllenaCSPC Main Space: $40.  Advance: $35 (Solo) $55 (Duos)

Monday, October 12 – 7:00pm 
Successfully Navigating Threeways ~ Educators: Monique Darling and Peter Petersen
FSPC Studio: $40 (Solo) $60 (Duo) $80 (Trio) Advance: $30 (Solo) $50 (Duo) $70 (Trio)
(Limited to 20 participants.)

Tuesday, October 13 – 7:00pm  
Official Cuddle Party & Qigong ~ Educators: Monique Darling and Peter Petersen
CSPC Annex: $40 (Solo) $70 (Duo) Advance: $30 (Solo) $50 (Duo)

Wednesday, October 14 – 7:00pm  
Who’s on Top – Negotiating the Sex you Want ~ Educator: Sar Surmick
FSPC Studio:  $25 (each segment) $95 (whole series) Advance: $18 (each segment) $75 (whole series)

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 12.36.28 PMSaturday, October 17 – 10:00am – 10:00am  
Self-Suspension Introduction ~ Educator: Parker Ropeboi
CSPC Main Space: $35. Advance: $25 (Solo)

Saturday, October 17 – 1:00pm   
Dynamic Self-Suspension ~ Educator: Parker Ropeboi
CSPC Main Space: $40. Advance: $35 (Solo)

Saturday, October 17 – 4:00pm  
Dynamic Body Harness for Self or Partner Suspension ~ Educator: Parker Ropeboi
CSPC Annex: $30. Advance: $25 (Solo)

Sar - Purple - SittingSunday, October 18 – 10:30am  
Self-Suspension Workshop Series ~ Educator: Parker Ropeboi
CSPC Main Space: $50. Advance: $45 (Solo)

Monday, October 19 – 7:00pm 
Trampling ~ Educator: Parker
CSPC Annex: $25. Advance: $18 (Solo) $34 (Duo) and $50 (Trio)

Wednesday, October 21 – 7:00pm 
The Play is the Thing: Turning your Fantasy into Reality ~ Educator: Sar Surmick
FSPC Studio:  $25 Advance: $18

Thursday, October 22 – 7:00pm  
The Missing Kink: Encyclopedic ‘Classifications of Kink’ ~ Educator: Saint St. James
FSPC Studio: $$20. Advance: $15

SeattleWeeklyPrintSaturday, October 24 – 7:00pm
8 Things I Wish I’d Known About Polyamory ~ Educator: Cunning Minx
FSPC Studio: $25. Advance: $20 (solo) $35 (duo) $50 (trio).

Wednesday, October 28 – 7:00pm
When you Can’t Have Just One – Negotiating an Open Relationship ~ Educator: Sar Surmick
FSPC Studio:  $25. Advance: $18 (Solo)

Saturday, October 31 – 8:00pm
Seduction Halloween Party and Fundraiser for SEAF2016
Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall: $50. Advance: $30 – $100