Beyond Vanilla: Online

On Saturday, October 3, 2020, we are excited to announce the first ever Beyond Vanilla Online. Beyond Vanilla Online is a one-day online conference designed to fill our desire for kink in these days of social distancing. We are planning a day of in-depth looks into topics that interest the kink community.

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Presenters (More Coming Soon!)


Doc Bubbles & KitKat Ann

Doctor Bubbles and KitKat Ann met at Beyond Vanilla in 2018, and found a kindred spirit in each other. Since then, they have gone from playmates to close friends, and eventually established an M/s dynamic and romantic partnership together. Their dynamic is based on mutual respect and trust, self improvement, a dedication to increasing knowledge, and helping improve the world around them.

Doctor Bubbles has been active in the Central Texas community since 2015, exploring this thing we do and trying to find his place in it. He first came to the scene out of the Army, seeking the stability and structure as a submissive male. As he progressed in his journey, support from his friends, mentors, and professional therapists helped resolve some of the issues that led him to the scene, and he started exploring things from a top's perspective. In 2019, he graduated from the Austin Mentors Program, a year-long course that develops skills and techniques found in BDSM, and a deeper understanding of self and community. Currently, he is interested in not only the physical aspects of sadism, but also the mental factors as well. His passion lies in understanding the mental and emotional connection required for ethical psychological sadism. Doctor Bubbles continues to explore new facets of what it is we do (and why we do it), and hopes to share with others what he has learned.

KitKat Ann defines herself as a Kajira with a large primal streak and a masochistic little side. She became aware of kink at the tender age of 16 through the wondrous literary world of Anita Blake by Laurel K. Hamilton. This led to disappointment at the lack of non-fiction reference materials by which to learn more about this new world she had found. Through her travels, she has picked up a multitude of experiences and knowledge to better serve herself, those around her and her community. Her life’s journey has taken her through the dark, twisty paths of domestic violence, including mental, physical, and emotional trauma, as well as the lovely hills of multiamory & poly-fidelity, the hard deserts of self-discovery and self-reliance, and the peaceful meadows of good mental health. These experiences, combined with a unique mix of characteristics such as empathy, compassion, strength of will, intelligence and a more-than-a-bit of mischief, have created a person who can speak from experience about navigating the difficulties of playing in the deep end of kink and not drowning. Fear play, heavy impact play, primal play, as well as submission through service, are her areas of expertise. KitKat continues to learn, and then teach, those around her adding her personal perception in the hopes of creating more understanding, acceptance and SSC kink.

“The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place.” – Helen Keller

Scare Tactics: Diving Deep into Fear Play

Fear is one of the most basic, primal emotions in the human psyche. The fight or flight response is so deeply ingrained in our brain's reaction to things that some scientists say that it might be one of the very first instincts that humanity evolved. So what do we kinksters do with such an instinct?

Why, we poke at it, of course!

In this class, Doctor Bubbles and kitkatann will dive into the science of fear and explore the many ways to leverage it into your play. With jump scares, mind fucks, and even following through on the slow burn of dread, a Top can easily make their Bottom feel like they are in imminent danger while keeping the scene in relative safety. This is a class with audience participation, so be prepared to get some hands-on experience on how to crank up the adrenaline in your next scene!

Maverick

What is a Maverick? According to Urban dictionary: Someone who refuses to play by the rules. They aren’t scared to cross the line of conformity but their unorthodox tactics get results! Speaking of, Maverick is the inaugural Mx. Great Plains Olympus Leather 2019. They are honored to be the starting block for an inclusive title that honors those who live outside a gender binary. Maverick is a cigar slut, and well slut in general, bottom to ouchy devises, and loves getting roughed up by bootblacks. Their passion is educating on gender and encouraging those who are exploring their own gender.

Gender: Exploring the Spectrum

A brief look into gender and how to effectively navigate with those under the trans umbrella. We will have an open discussion and dialogue involving terms, negotiation, and relationship dynamics.

Ms. Cenna & Lee Harrington

Ms. Cenna is a queer Leatherwoman, dominant sadist, Head of Household for House Haven, and a community-covered Leather Master. She has been a member of the public kink and Leather communities since 2006, where she graduated from the Austin Mentors Program before serving herself as both a mentor and intensive instructor for that program. As a member of both Security and the Educational Council for SAADE (an education-focused group in Austin), she honed her voice, before beginning to teach and travel more actively in Texas and beyond in 2009. Ms. Cenna has taught at a variety of events including the GWNN Bash (Austin), Women in Leather Fest (Dallas), Beyond Vanilla (Dallas), Kinkfest (Oklahoma City), Leather Pride (Austin), Oklahoma City LeatherFest, MAsT Weekend (Kansas City), Dark Odyssey: Winter Fire (Baltimore), Colorado Leather Fest (Denver), as well as various smaller venues and events. You can learn more about her work at House-Haven.com.

Lee Harrington is an internationally known spiritual and erotic authenticity educator, gender explorer, eclectic artist and award-winning author and editor on erotic and sacred experience. He’s been traveling the globe teaching and talking about sexuality, psychology, faith and desire, and believes you deserve passion and connection in your life. 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,” and “Traversing Gender: Understanding Transgender Realities,” amongst many others. Lee has been a passion instigator, academic, adult film performer, world class sexual adventurer, outspoken philosopher, polytheist priest/ess, kink/bondage expert, and has been blogging about sex and spirit since 1998. Read more about Lee at PassionAndSoul.com.

Their differences in life experience provide an opportunity for you to have a truly unique experience. Together they bring a balance of pragmatic and romantic, helping others uncover their authentic paths in life, love, and Leather.

Intentional Relationship Design

Not all relationships begin with roses and chocolates – some begin with long dialogues and conscious construction. In this life-share, Ms. Cenna and her boy Lee will be discussing how they created their relationship, from its unexpected start to where it stands today – two powerful individuals sharing layers of complex D/s and a romantic partnership as well. How do they flow back and forth? How do they get their needs met? What tools might you find useful to borrow from? With 35+ years of experience between them, this pair will share lessons learned from some of their past relationships that led them to build something that embraces their partnership and their power dynamic alike. Love comes in many forms, and sometimes it comes wrapped in pages upon pages of Google Docs, long analytical discussions, and some kinky and sexy play as well.