July 1, 2010

1. A Midsummer's Apology, Lament & Crowd Sourcing Orgasms
2. July Classes/Events (San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Denver, Toronto
3. Passionate Bonds: D/s Protocol & Relationship Weekend Intensive, 7/30 to 8/1 Toronto (Bonus info included)
4. August Preview (Ottawa, NYC, San Francisco, LA)
5. Forte Femme: Women's Sensual Dominance Intensive, 9/17 to 9/19 San Francisco
6. On-line Haunts: Twitter, Yahoo, FaceBook, etc

1. A MIDSUMMER'S APOLOGY, LAMENT & CROWDSOURCING ORGASMS

Where has the time gone? Can half of 2010 already flown by? In pondering this month's newsletter and communiqué to you, nothing seemed more apt than a little apology and dash of lament.

My travel schedule this spring was completely insane, even by my frequent flyer standards. During May, I was back at my home and office for four separate nights. Then I plunged directly into 9 days of volunteer work for AIDS LifeCycle. While my intentions are good, during my teaching travels, even with all the connectivity in the world, it's challenging to stay on top of all the e-mails, letters and phone calls. Being free-lance, free-range and self employed, I don't have the corporate office to take care of details or a team of admin miracle workers to manage my workflow. I'm it.

So in the last two months I've fallen crazy behind on my communications. If you've reached out to me, personally or professionally, and you've not heard back from me, I apologize. I am excavating each piece of mail and slowing replying to them. Don't hesitate to nudge me. I'm entirely nudgable.

I've also been dreadfully absent from my friend's lives. I'm here! I still adore you! Yes, do call me!

I've kept my summer teaching calendar intentionally light. I wish I could say that I'll be relaxing and reading through correspondences and penning witty and well-written replies back to you. I wish I could say that the hammock is hung and the sangria flowing all summer for long days of leisurely entertaining without a care in the world. Sadly, neither of these will be true. If all goes well, I'll spend much of what remains of summer with my nose to the grindstone playing administrative catch up and attempting to put a dent in some books I should have written long ago.

Speaking of writing projects... I turn to you for some juicy material needed for one such project of mine. I am collecting women's accounts of their orgasms. I'm really hoping that some of you can help me out with this. Feel free to pass it on to any women who might be interested.

Details - I am seeking first person descriptions from women about their orgasms.

  • Who: You are a woman, 18 years or older, who have experienced one or more variety of orgasms. (Transwomen! I want your unique perspectives too!)
  • What: Essay of clear and detailed description of your orgasm, from start to finish, focusing on the physical experience, expressed in your own words. When does it start? What's the hint of it? Where does it start? How does it move through your body? What sort of sensations? Imagine trying to illustrate your orgasm to a person who's never had it.
  • If you have more than one type of orgasm, each variety would be written in a separate essay piece.
  • How Long? As long as it takes for you to describe it. It may be a couple of paragraphs or couple of pages.
  • Credit line: How would you like your essay to be credited? You'll have one or two lines.
  • Editing: At most I will edit for grammar, spelling and simple readability. I want to keep it as true to your original narrative and tone as possible.
  • When: No later than end of August
  • Send to midori@fhp-inc.com
  • Thank you!

    Midori

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    2. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS JULY: EVENTS (San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Denver, Toronto)

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA
    • 7/10 - 7/11 "Rope Bondage Dojo®"

    BERKELEY, CA
    • Mon 7/12 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Good Vibrations

    SANTA CRUZ, CA
    • Thr 7/15 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her" at Pure Pleasure boutique

    DENVER, CO
    • Sat 7/17 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Smitten Kitten's new Denver shop!
    • Sun 7/18 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her" at Smitten Kitten
    • 7/16 - 7/18 Presenting 2 classes at Thunder in the Mountains

    TORONTO, CANADA
    • Wed 7/28 "Hands-on Rope Bondage" at Come As You Aree
    • 7/30 - 8/1 "Passionate Bonds: D/s Intensive" See above.

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    3. PASSIONATE BONDS: D/S PROTOCOL & RELATIONSHIP WEEKEND INTENSIVE

    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: July 30 - August 1, Toronto, Canada

    COST: US$450 first person in the order. US$400 for each additional individual in the relationship. Event limited to 15 participants.

    Registration and information opens June 15th at FHP-Inc.com/classes

    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.

    Sponsored by North Bound Leather

    Pssst!!
    Newsletter Special: Because you read this far, there's a special discount code just for you. Enter "Midori's newsletter" and you'll get 20% off your entire registration.

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    4. PREVIEW: AUGUST CLASSES / EVENTS (Ottawa, NYC, San Francisco, LA

    OTTAWA, CANADA
    Series of classes for Venus Envy Boutique! • Tue 8/3 "Bedroom Body Moves: From Stripping to Seduction to Sex (and everything in between!) for women"
    • Wed 8/4 "Wrapped for Pleasure: Easy Bondage for Steamy Sex"
    Tue 8/3 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her"

    NEW YORK CITY

    • Sat 8/7 "Hands-on Rope Body Harness on Men" for ClubFem NYC. More info soon • Other NYC classes in the works! Stay tuned.

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA
    • Tue 8/10 "Art of Feminine Dominance, Level 1" open to all at Good Vibrations on Polk St.

    LOS ANGELES, CA
    Two classes being planned at The Pleasure Chest.
    Wed 8/11 Topic to be announced soon. Stay tuned!
    • Thr 8/12 Topic to be announced soon. Stay tuned!

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    5. FORTE FEMME: WOMEN'S DOMINANCE WEEKEND

    A little heads-up... I know many of you like to plan ahead.
    Forte Femme, Women's Weekend Intensive on Sensual Dominance returns to San Francisco! This immersion weekend is limited to 10 women.

    SAN FRANCISCO Forte Femme:
    When: Fri 9/17 through Sun 9/19/2010
    Where: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
    Cost: Early registration $650/per person. Regular registration $700/per person
    Register: Advanced registration required. Registration opens August 1

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    6. DIGITAL GHETTOS I LURK ABOUT IN

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

    Regular Articles:
    Mondo Midori column at Carnal Nation
    SexIs column

    Social Networking Sites:
    Twitter @PlanetMidori
    Personal Blog
    Sexuality Q&A
    Facebook as "Midori ReallyMidori"
    FetLife Midori_SF ("Midori's Lounge" is my group there)
    Kink Q&A
    Facebook"MySpace" (although I'm rarely there)

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    Midori