June 1, 2009

MIDORI'S THRILL SEEKER NEWSLETTER June 11, 2009

1. NanoActivism
2. Forte Femme Weekend: Women's Dominance Intensive in SF
3. Registration opens 6/18 for Seattle Rope Dojo in August
4. June classes/events (Santa Cruz, SF, Palm Springs, San Rafael, Toronto, Ottawa)
5. Preview July classes/events ()
6. On Twitter now, and Other On-line Haunts: Twitter, FetLife, Yahoo, Tribe, FaceBook, MySpace etc.

1. NANOACTIVISM

"NanoActivism: What are the little tiny actions you consciously engage in, each and every day, to change the world for the better?

What effect is it having on you and the people around you?
How to you see your teeny but persistent actions affecting the world around you?

Are you a NanoActivist?"

I posted this question on my personal blog and the responses were simply delightful. Among the many different strategies and actions, and there were many, a great number of people are consciously choosing to smile to strangers and walk through the day-to-day world with grace and integrity.

I came to the notion of NanoActivsm during my recent tour. As I spent the last six weeks out of suitcases, I had the thrill of observing people in different cities - in particular on public transit. Me: a traveler, a witness, a watcher.

In some cities the citizens lock themselves into iPod sensory cocoons and cold avoidance of meeting others' gaze. While in another city people smile to the buskers and conversations bubble up among strangers standing in long queues.

As I watched, it became apparent that some people changed the atmosphere around them, ever so slightly, as if their thoughts and intentions created some indelible molecular shift that touched others in imperceptible yet relevant ways.
Some for the better - some for the worse.

It's amazing what a serene smile can do for another's day.

Are you a NanoActivist?

Wishing you peace, pleasure and yumminess.

Midori

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2. FORTE FEMME: WOMEN'S SENSUAL DOMINANCE INTENSIVE

Forte Femme returns to San Francisco!
This very special immersion weekend is limited to 10 women.

SAN FRANCISCO Forte Femme
When: Fri 8/14 through Sun 8/16 (Fri, 7pm - 10pm, Sat 9am - 6pm, Sun 9am - 6pm)
Where: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.
Cost: $650/per person.
Register: Registration opens on Friday, June 26th on-line at www.FHP-inc.com

Weekend Detail:

Join Midori for this special women's weekend intensive of instruction and fun! The class is limited to 10 women to ensure the highest quality tutelage. Experience a most unique, in-depth program on how to bring the joys of sensual power play to your relationship.

Expanding on Midori's ever-popular class "The Art of Feminine Dominance," you'll be fully tutored through a series of personalized instruction, practice, discussions and demonstrations. Midori believes in a compassionate approach of education focusing on "Head-Heart-&-Hands", to go beyond merely focusing on the technique or formulaic scripts.

Find your authentic inner femme power! Through exploration of safe and effective techniques with emphasis on connections with your partner, fortified with individual attention and guidance, you'll learn the full scope of creating an amazing experience for you and your partner.

During this immersion retreat, you'll learn creative negotiation, scene setting, special equipment, play techniques including flogging, various bondage types and more. You will also explore emotional and psychological issues of loving SM in a healthy relationship.

If you have a partner, they are encouraged to join in the Lab segment on Sunday afternoon.

Included: Workbook, morning coffee & nosh, lunch, afternoon snacks, fun goodies, plus optional guided field trip into San Francisco.

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3. ON LINE REGISTRATION OPENS FOR SEATTLE ROPE DOJO

The next Rope Bondage Dojo® weekend intensive registration is opening on-line. This does sell out early so mark your calendar! Once the class fills, there will be a Waiting List to sign up on. Any cancellations are filled from the Waiting List.

Registration opening date: Thr 18 June, 12pm Pacific Time Zone
Site: http://www.RopeDojo.com
Space Limited: 30 students
Dojo Dates: Aug 1 - 2 (10am - 6pm both days)
Cost: $350 /singles, $650/pair. (Bring an exercise buddy and save some $!)
Prerequisite: Willingness for serious rope learning. Ability to tie your shoe-laces. No experience necessary. However, those with experience will be appropriately challenged.

Includes: 16+ hours of intensive training from 2 teachers and 2 trained TAs. Emphasizing 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: Morning nosh, lunches, afternoon snacks and cool swag.

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

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4. UPCOMING: JUNE CLASSES / EVENTS (Santa Cruz, Palm Springs, San Rafael, Toronto, Ottawa)

SANTA CRUZ, CA
• Wed 6/10 "Hands-on Rope Bondage" at Pure Pleasure Boutique. 204 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone: 831.466.9870

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
• Thr 6/11 "Hands-on Rope Bondage" at Stormy Leather. 1158 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Tel 415.626.1672
• Tue 6/16 "Hands-on Rope Body Harnesses" at the Citadel 1277 Mission St (at 9th St.), San Francisco, CA 94103.

PALM SPRINGS, CA
• 6/12 - 6/14Desire - a leather women event. Presenting several classes. 1277 Mission St (at 9th St.), San Francisco, CA 94103.

SAN RAFAEL, CA
• Mon 6/15 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Pleasures of the Heart 1310 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA 94901 Phone: 415-482-9899
• Mon 6/29 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her" at Pleasures of the Heart 1310 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA 94901 Phone: 415-482-9899

TORONTO, CANADA
• 6/19 - 6/21 "Forte Femme: Sensual Dominance Weekend Intensive" hosted by Come As You Are Boutique
• Mon 6/22 "Hands-on Rope Bondage" at Come As You Are 701 Queen St W, Toronto M6J 1E6 Tel. 416.504.7934
• Tue 6/23 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Come As You Are 701 Queen St W, Toronto M6J 1E6 Tel. 416.504.7934
• Wed 6/24 "Improve Your Flogging Skills" for novices and experienced. Bring your flogger or test drive one of Midori's personal collection! At Come As You Are 701 Queen St W, Toronto M6J 1E6 Tel. 416.504.7934
• Thr 6/25 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her" at Red Tent Sisters.
• Fri 6/26 Special class North Bound Leather. Topic to be announced. 586 Yonge St. Toronto. Tel (416) 975-1337

OTTAWA, CANADA
• Sat 6/27 "Hands-on Rope Bondage" at Venus Envy 320 Lisgar St. Ottawa, ON, Canada. Tel. (613) 789-4646
• Sun 6/28 "BEGINNNG TO TOP: Scene Scenarios & Scripts for Novices" at Venus Envy 320 Lisgar St. Ottawa, ON, Canada. Tel. (613) 789-4646

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5. PREVIEW: JULY CLASSES / EVENTS (Santa Cruz, LA, Berkeley, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Rafael, Victoria Canada, Seattle)

SANTA CRUZ, CA
• Wed 7/9 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her" at Pure Pleasure Boutique. 204 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone: 831.466.9870

LOS ANGELES, CA
• Thr 7/11 Free class! "Love Bondage for Beginners" at the Pleasure Chest.. 7733 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046 Tel. 323.650.1022
• Tue 7/12 "Fun with the Family Jewels" at Syren, 2809 1/2 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles. CA 90026 Tel: 213-989-0334 Tickets available by phone or at the door. $25 advance / $30 at door. 7pm - 9pm.
• Tue 7/21 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Coco De Mer, 8618 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069 Tel: 310 652 0311
• Tue 7/22 "Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice" at Coco De Mer, 8618 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069 Tel: 310 652 0311

BERKELEY, CA
• Tue 7/13 "Hands-on Flogging" at Good Vibrations Berkeley, 2504 San Pablo Avenue (at Dwight Way), Berkeley, CA 94702 $25 if pre-registered, $30 for drop-ins. Call 510-841-8987 to reserve a seat.

SANTA CLARA, CA
• Tue 7/18 "Rope Dance: Dynamic Passionate Movements" at The Edges, 6pm - 8pm.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
• Tue 7/18 Performing at the Marquis Fetish Ball.
• Tue 7/19 Workshop at Mr. S Leather. Topic and details soon! 385 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. tel: (415) 863-7764, 6pm - 8pm.

SAN RAFAEL, CA
• Mon 7/20 "Art of Feminine Dominance" at Pleasures of the Heart 1310 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA 94901 Phone: 415-482-9899

VICTORIA, CANADA
• 7/24 - 7/25 Special series of classes for Sagacity "Hands-on Rope Bondage", "Beyond Twisted: Kink Outside the Box", "Mapping Your D/s Archetype", "Improve Your Flogging Skills! Hands-on Workshop".

SEATTLE
• Sat 7/28 Classes at The Center for Sex Positive Culture. Topics and Details soon! 1602 15th Ave W Seattle, WA 98119 Tel: (206) 270-9746

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6. TWITTER AND OTHER ONLINE ROOSTS

Ok, I've jointed the flock as well and I'm on Twitter as @PlanetMidori. Connect up with me there! Here are the various places I waste time at when I'm on-line... Drop on by!
Twitter @PlanetMidori
Personal Blog
Kink Q&A
Sexuality Q&A
Facebook as "Midori ReallyMidori"
Fet Life Midori_SF
My Space
Tribe


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