Lee Harrington is an internationally known spiritual and erotic educator, gender explorer, eclectic artist and award-winning author and editor on human sexuality and sacred experience. He is a nice guy with a disarmingly down to earth approach to the fact that we are each beautifully complex ecosystems, and we deserve to examine the human experience from that lens. He’s been traveling the globe (from Seattle to Sydney, Berlin to Boston), teaching and talking about sexuality, psychology, faith, desire and more, and has no intention to stop any time soon. He has been an academic and an adult film performer, a world class sexual adventurer, an outspoken philosopher, is a kink/bondage expert, and has been blogging about sex and spirituality since 1998.
His books include “Playing Well With Others: Your Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Negotiating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities” (with Mollena Williams), “Sacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM and Beyond,” “Shibari You Can Use: Japanese Rope Bondage and Erotic Macramé,” the “Toybag Guide to Age Play,” and “Shed Skins: Journeying in Self-Portraits.” He has also worked as an anthology editor on such projects as “Rope, Bondage, and Power” and “Spirit of Desire: Personal Explorations of Sacred Kink,” while contributing actively to other anthologies, magazines, blogs and collaborations internationally. Check out the trouble Lee has been getting into, as well as his regular podcast, tour schedule, free essays, videos and more over at www.PassionAndSoul.com.
Be Yourself or Someone Else: Invocation, Evocation and Roleplaying Skills: So you’ve decided that it could be fun to do some role playing, but aren’t sure where to go with it? Let’s develop some skills together! Using classical evocation skills we will work to pull out our inner emotions and be able to pull upon our sensuality, anger, sadness, and other feelings on command. Evocation is also an amazing tool for pulling out our own inner Daddy, pony, goddess, or slave. We will then turn to the idea of invocation, to tap into personal, cultural and universal archetypes as well as other concepts that we are drawn to. Just because it’s not inside you, doesn’t mean you can’t learn through some simple exercises and brainstorming to learn how to “draw it down.” Bring your role playing fantasies or curiosity for this fun discussion and exercise driven workshop.
Ritual for Dominance and Submission: Beyond Bowed Heads: Rituals are a key part of any D/S relationship, whether we acknowledge them or not. From casual kisses as the door to formal slave poses, ritual objects such as collars to slave contracts, the BDSM world is rife with concepts of ritual- but what is a ritual? What are the levels of ritualistic interaction we have between one another? Let’s look at rituals for day to day life (including how to get out of work or parent space), sacred time, intense connection, erotic play, solidifying relationships, changes within our relationships, and the taboo subject of the devastating loss of a relationship or its natural end. From terminology to developing your own code of ethical interaction, this class covers a bevy of styles and types of interpersonal reactions.
Shapeshifter: A Journey in Astral Gender and Desire: Your personal gender and sex are far more complex than one physical form might infer. Join this circle and sensual guided meditation out of our mundane world and into the land of our spirit, where we will see out astral forms for what they are. Greeting and meeting our energetic self, we will learn to shift our shapes into a variety of forms that our astral flesh is called to, in ritual work inspired by the astral transformational journeys of Raven Kaldera. After exploring the basics of shifting our astral genders, we will ask these selves that are us what messages of desire, touch or connection they have for us as we move forward in our lives. Bring a towel, and perhaps a pillow, sex toys, blindfolds or other tools you are called to bring as well. Gloves, lube, and other safer solo-sex supplies will be available as well, though physical auto erotic stimulation and/or nudity are not required for participation. Please arrive on time as there will be no late entry allowed. Limited to 20, please sign up at HQ.
Rope Spells and Bondage Magic: Do you long to bind the hearts of two individuals to one another? Are you hoping to ground yourself to this plane of existence, having spent too much time “floating off” in your own life? Has part of you wanted to separate yourself from the lines that tie you to past traumas?
When we set an intention, and bring attention to it with the fullness of our being, magic is made. In this hands-on class/ritual space, we will be examining our own desires and creating an intentional direction for what our ropes will be “casting” for us. Rope is a powerful, conductive tool for creating spells (for when we *spell* something out, the details of our needs are shown more clearly). Once our concepts have been set, we will dive into doing our magical working in a safe space with others on their own journey, in a space set with rhythmic drumming and awareness to our breath.
This class is a no-voyeur space. Thus, if you come in partnerships/triads/groups, you will be working together, or if you come solo you will be doing auto-erotic spellwork. There will be no matchmaking in class. Though this class is open to all experience levels of bondage skills, no bondage techniques will be taught in this class, and participants will be expected to work with what they know how to do… which given that wrapping a line once around a wrist can pull someone towards us or set a tone… is not an issue.
Bringing rope is heavily encouraged, with an awareness that some magical working might consecrate that rope to a specific purpose, or affect it's effectiveness in general ""play."" Padded surfaces, ritual garments, and other artifacts and tools are optional, based on what calls you. Limited to 30. Please sign up at HQ.
Falling In Love with Ramblewood: A Mindfulness Hike: At big events, most of us only ever get to see perhaps 10 or 15 acres of this 200-acre beautiful piece of land. This hour and a half (or so) hike will take us from the Dining Hall to the Labyrinth, along the property line around the Lake, to the back path that leads off to the Raven’s Roost and the River, back past the Camp Fire and the Obstacle Course, and wrap up by the Amphitheatre.
Lee will guide you along its pulse, its ley lines, and let you listen to Ramblewood’s majesty for yourself. We will walk in mindfulness, awareness, and bring attention to our breath and the breath of this very land as we walk. Please bring a large bottle of water, a removable overshirt in case it gets cold in the shady areas (if cold/wet, a jacket/umbrella/hat too), bug and sun spray in advance, comfortable walking/hiking shoes and socks, and a sense of awe and wonder. This is a fantastic way for campers new and old to find hidden spots for scenes, or simply to breathe in the amazing space that is Ramblewood.