We have an exciting announcement!
Dr. Bob Rubel will be returning to APEX, and as a bonus, will be bringing along an amazing resource-Indigo!
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View Saturday’s Intensive on Authority Transfer Dynamics with Robert Rubel
View Saturday’s Intensive on Female-Led Dynamics with Indigo
About Robert J (Dr. Bob) Rubel
Dr. Bob, an author, educator and photographer is an educational sociologist and researcher by training. He currently has a dozen books in print plus two DVDs (Books: three on Master/slave topics, two on BDSM mastery, one on communication strategies, two on advanced sex techniques, one on fire play, and three erotic art photo books. Additionally, he has produced two educational DVDs: one on fire play and one on beginning impact play).
Recipient of the 2008 Pantheon of Leather’s Community Choice Award (man), Dr. Bob has been involved in the BDSM and Total Power Exchange (TPE) scenes since the summer of 2001, throwing himself into the literature of the field as though it were an academic study. He presents, judges, and sells his books at weekend kink conferences throughout the year.
About Goddess Indigo
Goddess Indigo never thought of herself as “a dominant;” people simply did what she requested. For example, she converted her first boyfriend (an Alpha primal male) into a house slave — to his surprise. One day, she stumbled upon the word “dominant” online and realized that her natural way of being had a name! A voracious reader and researcher, she dove head-first into the worlds of BDSM, M/s, and power exchange. Indigo began presenting in 2002, and now shares her knowledge on topics such as: Grief and Loss within the BDSM Dynamic; BDSM and Hypnosis (she is a certified hypnotist); Fostering Addiction; Advanced Medical Play; Extreme Cock and Ball Torture; Cross-dressing and Feminization; Water Sports; Pony Play; The Sublime Art of Feminine Dominance; E.M.P.O.W.E.R.: The Feminine Archetypes; Temporary Branding; Internal Electrical Play; Care and Feeding of the Female Dominant; and Male/Female Fisting.
In the past, Indigo’s community contributions have included: many years as host of “The Leather Line” (an alternative radio program in Houston); spear-heading Camp Crucible’s Pony Camp (the largest gathering of human equines in the United States); emceeing various events (such as the “Pony Jamboree” (Austin, TX) and for the Annual Camp Crucible “Lucky Fucker Pony Show”); and performing at venues such as IMsL (International Ms Leather) and Art Erotica (Austin).
The weekend Activities will be something not to miss!
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6pm-8pm Meet and Greet
8:00PM When Sparks Fly: The versatile Violet Wand
Lunch is served 12:30-1:30
Break for snacks 3:00pm-3:30pm
5:00pm event ends
11am-1pm Class Bonding through Protocols and Rituals
Friday July 6th, 2018
6:00pm-8:00pm Meet and Greet with Robert Rubel and Indigo
8:00pm When Sparks Fly: The versatile Violet Wand
Ever thought of a Violet Wand as offering a cutting experience? How about making the bottom feel that they’ve been stung by a swarm of hornets? Ever seen a vaginal insert for a Violet Wand, no not the glass kind? How about an electrified leather flogger? A Violet Wand can be a versatile tool, useful both for the sensual and sadistic player. I’ll discuss spark-gap interrupters, ground-fault interrupters for older units, and a foot pedal switch for precise “hands-free” power control. Lots of safety issues
Saturday July 7th, 2018 Schedule
Two Intensives! They are both so good, it will be difficult to choose!
Classes with Robert Rubel on Authority Transfer Dynamics:
The Forever Fairytale: Stabilizing Power-Imbalanced Relationships for your “Happy Ever After.”
Long-term authority-imbalanced relationships are not accidental; they require thoughtful planning and ongoing work. Without the work, relationships get into trouble. Unfortunately, some of the areas that require thought and work are subtle – you may not even think of them on your own. This class of for people who are interested in considering options for structuring (or restructuring) their relationship. (NOTE: attendees may wish to take notes.)
Did you hear what I didn’t say? Exploring communication strategies
This class explores common communication upsets.
Relationships in our BDSM community are often more complex than marriages. Couples are often new to one another and new to the new D/s “rules” and expectations. “Stuff” can disrupt clear communication. When communications get into trouble, the relationship gets into trouble.
This workshop covers some “out-of-the-box” communication issues. We’ll discuss many topics that are often hidden, such as how we communicate love, how time may be different for each partner, how upbringing may affect your current relationship, how we process information, and so forth.
Many tips and techniques are easy to explain and to learn and provide eye-opening insights about ways you and your partner(s) communicate love. Similarly, couples/triads/etc often collide over issues that are not at all obvious to either party. (NOTE: you might wish to bring pen and paper.)
Hidden Relationship Responsibilities
This class is about grappling with some of the Leader’s hidden responsibilities in a power-imbalanced relationship.
Certain words describe concepts that in turn describe key aspects of power-imbalanced relationships (Owner/property, Master/slave, Dominant/submissive, etc). When there is disagreement between the D-type and the s-type regarding these concepts or how to fulfill them, destabilizing stresses begin to surface. Topics include: management issues; decision-making; love in relation to obedience and punishment; fear; punishment and punishment systems; and service. This interactive session will explore some of these elements in an effort to discuss ways to ensure and sustain a stable relationship. (NOTE: attendees may wish to take notes.)
Classes with Indigo on Female-led dynamics:
E.M.P.O.W.E.R. The Feminine (Female Masters’ Class)
In our society, women are often seen as a weakness. That raises a question: can a dominant female be both feminine and powerful? Goddess Indigo proposes that femininity is power. Join us as we explore misconceptions of female power, strong female archetypes, and how to realize our potential to be the self-actualized, fully-faceted, and “supremely powerful feminine self” we are meant to be. We will discuss ways that integrating basic behaviors (i.e. living authentically and with integrity) enables us to take control and master our own lives so we can more successfully accept surrender from our partners. Find your direction, your path, and your potential. Renew your drive, your passion, and your spirit. E.M.P.O.W.E.R. The Feminine.
SEDUCTION—The Art and Allure of Female Dominance
The art of seduction is at your fingertips. Learn how to fascinate, entrance, tempt, and ultimately enslave with time-proven techniques employed by powerful women throughout the ages. Delve into feminine archetypes and find what resonates within you. Gain insight into your own power and tap deeper into your magnetism. Explore the soft, sensual, and sexy Divinely Dominant Temptress inside of you!
Relationship Judo: Reversing the Script for the Female-Led Dynamic
Few would argue that we are still in a male-dominated culture. A female-led dynamic can seem counterintuitive and contrary to societal norms. Can we take a female dominant seriously when potential partners are inundated with images of a stereotypical Fem-Dom that is a sex-kitten clad in latex-wearing thigh-high stiletto heels? How can we construct, sustain, and even thrive in female-led relationships when so much around us points in the opposite direction? Rather than following masculine archetypes and management styles that might not provide long-term sustainability, we must forge our own path. We will discuss leadership styles that can enhance and energize your dynamic, ways to utilize misconceptions and myths to your benefit and even how to incorporate “traditional values” in establishing and maintaining healthy, flourishing dynamics.
Sunday July 8th, 2018
11:00am-1:00pm Using Protocols to Make Your World Special
This class is suitable for those new to our culture.
Protocols are an outgrowth of your values. Some are tried-and-true, some you’ll have to create to suit your own relationship. You can create protocols that support your own version of a magical world and you can create protocols that solve challenges that come up within a relationship, such as getting back into Master or slave headspace after a long day at work. Protocols can also be used to help stabilize relationships that are being pulled back to the land of vanillas. We’ll discuss practical protocols, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask for help designing protocols to fit their particular needs. (NOTE: attendees may wish to take notes.)
Costs and Other Details:
Open to All APEX Members
All Access Members can get either of the weekend Intensives for $20.00. Pay Per Event Members are $30.00
Friday and Sunday Classes are FREE for Annual ALL Access Members, and $6.00 for Pay Per Event Members