February 1, 2011

1. Year of The Rabbit: News from The Road
2. February Classes/Events (Santa Cruz, Tempe, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Rafael, Milwaukee)
3. March Preview (Chicago, San Rafael, Seattle, NYC)
4. NYC Rope Bondage Dojo: 3/19 - 3/20
5. Bang 4 The Buck Women's Party: Seattle 3/12
6. ForteFemme Women's Dominance Intensive NYC 4/15-4/17
7. D/s Protocol Weekend with Laura Antoniou SF 4/1-4/3
8. AIDS LifeCycle Fundraising - Need Your Support
9. My Weekly Columns, Twitter, Yahoo, FaceBook, etc.

1. HAPPY YEAR OF THE RABBIT

Happy New Year!

February 3rd is the first day of the lunar year of the rabbit, according to the ancient Chinese calendar. Like its namesake creature, the year is hopping right along.

I've spent the last two weeks in Tokyo, teaching, performing, continuing my ongoing exploration into the sexual subcultures, and eating my way across that teeming city. Each trip back to my hometown has been amazing and this was no exception. The experiences and photos will be appearing in various on-line venues. Currently you can read about my quest for the perfect bowl of ramen noodles and Japan Fetish Ball tales and photos

The rest of spring has me hopping along at a clip with classes and projects galore. Although this may seem like business as usual for me, there's one major difference - I'll be dedicating more energy to creating exceptional immersive intensive experiences. Along with the existing weekend programs, stay tuned for information on new ones. I'll also be working more on writing article and books, and private instructions for small groups who want to learn in greater depths. This will result in fewer general-public two-hour class formats, so catch them while you can!

Here's to a hopping great year for everyone!

Midori

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2. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS JANUARY: (San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Tokyo)

SANTA CRUZ, CA
• 2/9 "Rope Skills: Speed & Flow" at Pure Pleasure Boutique.


TEMPE, AZ
• 2/10 "How to Eat a Peach: Her Pleasure" at Fascinations.


PHOENIX, AZ
• 2/11 "Wrapped For Pleasure: Easy Bondage for Steamy Sex" at Fascinations.
• 2/12 Valentines Ball Performance http://www.azhornshalos.com


SAN FRANCISCO, CA
• 2/23 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" at Good Vibrations.


SAN RAFAEL, CA

• 2/24 class at Pleasures of the Heart boutique. Tel. 415-482-9899


MILWAUKEE, MI

• 2/27 "Hands-on Rope Bondage" at Tool Shed Boutique .
• 2/28 "Aural Sex with Midori: Seduction by Voice and Erotic Story-Telling" at Tool Shed Boutique .

3. PREVIEW: MARCH CLASSES / EVENTS (Chicago, San Rafael, Seattle, New York)

CHICAGO, IL
• 3/2 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Pleasure Chest Boutique .
• 3/3 Class at Pleasure Chest Boutique .
• 3/6 "Art of Feminine Dominance" at Early To Bed Boutique .

SAN RAFAEL, CA
• 3/9 "Art of Feminine Dominance" at Pleasures of the Heart boutique Tel. 415-482-9899 (Call them to get tickets - their site is under construction and has no information at this time.).

SEATTLE, WA
• 3/10 "Erotic Humiliation Play" at the Center for Sex Positive Culture.
• 3/11 Intimate Evening with Midori of Education, Dinner & Play Hosted by Max More details soon.
• 3/12 Bang 4 The Buck!
The big annual naughty party for women and AIDS LifeCycle fundraiser
• 3/13 "Bedroom Body Moves: From Stripping to Seduction to Sex" at Babeland.

NEW YORK CITY, NY
• 3/17 "Interrogation & Military Play" at Purple Passion.
• 3/18 class for Lesbian Sex Mafia. Topic to be announced soon.
• 3/19-3/20 Rope Bondage Dojo.
• 3/22 "Hands-on Japanese Rope Bondage" at Coco De Mer NYC. Stay tuned for more info!
• 3/21 Possibly teaching another class at Coco De Mer NYC. Stay tuned for more info!
• 3/23 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at The Pleasure Chest.

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4. NYC ROPE DOJO INFO

The next Rope Bondage Dojo® weekend intensive will be March 19 - 20, 2011 in New York City. Tickets are selling fast. As I write this, only 9 tickets of remain.

Registration, Information & Curriculum at www.RopeDojo.com

Space Limited: 30 students
Cost: $375 /singles, $650/pair

Prerequisite: Willingness for serious learning. Must be able to tie your shoelaces. No experience necessary. However, those with experience will be appropriately challenged.

Includes: 16+ hours of intensive training from four Dojo Cadres. Emphasis will be on balanced education focusing on "Heart-Mind-Hand" approach, covering rope skills, scene managements, psychology, history and more for both those who tie and those who are tied.

Included: Saturday night play party, lunches, afternoon snacks & other goodies

For more information see the curriculum and FAQ at www.RopeDojo.com

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5. BANG 4 THE BUCK WOMEN'S PARTY! SEATTLE 3/12

What: A night of debauchery and glorious fun for a good cause! All profit goes to AIDS LifeCycle and Center for Sex Positive Culture
URL: www.Bang4TheBuck.org/parties.php
When: Saturday, March 12. 6 pm - 2 am
Where: CSPC/The Wet Spot, 1602 - 15th Ave W., Seattle WA Tickets: $35 VIP Advance Ticket / $25 Big Bang Ticket at the door

VIP Advanced Tickets & Bank of Bang Bucks

BANG BUCKS:
Turn your dancer tipping and raffle tickets into tax deductions! You've got 2 ways.
1. Before the party, donate directly to AIDS LifeCycle fundraising page by Midori and include the words "BANG BUCKS" in the message. Your Bang Bucks will be waiting for you at the party with the Bank of Bang. Your wholesome and entirely non-suggestively titled tax deduction receipt will be mailed to you from AIDS LifeCycle.

2. Buy Bang Bucks at the party. Buy $50 bundles of Bang Bucks at the Bank of Bang, donated directly into AIDS LifeCycle and score your tax deduction, good karma and tipping money.

VIP ADVANCED TICKETS available January 15th.
Skip the line, get the best seats and win more stuff!
Limited VIP access tickets will be available on-line only.
- Big Bang all night ticket
- Preferred entrance. Skip the line
- Special reserve Strip-o-Rama seating in the best area
- 10 free raffle tickets

Major Sponsors: The Pleasure Chest, Stockroom, Center for Sex Positive Culture, Babeland, TwistedMonk, Rope Bondage Dojo

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6. FORTEFEMME WOMENS DOMINANCE INTENSIVE IN NYC

Forte Femme, Women's Weekend Intensive on Sensual Dominance heads to NYC in April! This immersion weekend is limited to 10 women.
Registration open February 17th.

NEW YORK Forte Femme:
When: Fri 4/15 through Sun 4/17/2010

Where: Elegant private residence in the Murry Hill/ Midtown South area

Cost: Early registration $700/per woman. Regular registration $750/per.

Register: Advanced registration required. Registration opens February 17th at www.ForteFemme.com

More information will be available at www.ForteFemme.com.
Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions about the weekend.
* Partners are encouraged to join for Sunday afternoon lab time but this is not required.

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7. D/S PROTOCOL WEEKEND W LAURA ANTONIOU & MIDORI

WHAT: "Passionate Bonds: Weekend Intensive for Conscious D/s & Protocol"
This is the last time we'll teach this in 2010. Stay tuned for its return in 2011

WHERE / WHEN:
April 1 - 3, 2011. San Francisco Bay Area

COST:
$350 for the first registrant; $300 for each additional person registered in the same order - It's a great weekend to come with your D/s partners!
Event limited to 16 participants.

Registration opens February 20th at www.FHP-inc.com

Join Marketplace author Laura Antoniou and educator Midori for a special weekend intensive designed for people who enjoy authentic power dynamics and D/s, who want to consciously create quality relationships that suit their personal hungers and needs in the context of the real world. Far beyond what you can learn from a book or a standard seminar, participants will be guided through a special curriculum designed to clearly identify their value system, behavior preferences and relationship goals.

Through the unique curriculum and its innovative tools, each individual or relationship unit will create their own customized manual of effective protocol, rules, etiquettes and codes of conducts.

Class size will be strictly limited to allow for a unique quality experience emphasizing individualized attention.

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8. AIDS LIFECYCLE FUNDRAISING - NEED YOUR SUPPORT

I'm at it again. I'll be volunteering as a Roadie at this year's AIDS LifeCycle, helping 2,000 cyclists ride down from San Francisco to LA in 7 days, raising awareness & funds while having a challenge of their life... Some for their own lives.

I lost a beloved friend this year. Monte - he left us too young, too soon with so many stories untold and so many seas not sailed. Hand I'm dedicating this ride to him.

The economy sucks so the fundraising this year's been really bad. I'm also terribly shy about asking people directly, especially in tough times. Would you consider supporting me? Perhaps for the amount of a cup of coffee?
Thanks. (Yes, it's tax deductible!)

www.ToFightHIV.org/goto/Midori

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9. WEEKLY COLUMNS & THE DIGITAL BACK ALLEYS

Here are the various places I waste time at when I'm on-line... Drop on by!

Regular Articles:
SexIs column

CarnalNation Mondo Midori column. While the site is no longer updating, you can still see my recent columns here Social Networking Sites:
Twitter @PlanetMidori
Personal Blog
Sexuality Q&A
Facebook
FetLife Midori_SF ("Midori's Lounge" is my group there)
Kink Q&A
Facebook"MySpace" (although I'm never there)

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