May 1, 2009

1. Enchanted, Surprised, Troubled and Humbled. You?
2. Forte Femme Weekend: Women's Dominance Intensive in Toronto & SF
3. May classes/events (Seattle, Toronto, London UK, NYC)
4. Preview June classes/events (Santa Cruz, SF, Palm Springs, San Rafael, Toronto, Ottawa)
5. I need your help with AIDS LifeCycle.
6. On Twitter now and Other On-line haunts: Twitter, FetLife, Yahoo, Tribe, FaceBook, MySpace etc.




1. ENCHANTED, SURPRISED, TROUBLED, HUMBLED - YOU?

At a recent news conference Jeff Zeleney, a reporter from the New York Times, asked President Obama what he found enchanting, surprising, troubling and humbling in his first 100 days in the office. This delightful question got me thinking - we could all ask ourselves this about our lives and careers.

When I reflect about my career as a sexuality educator, here's how I'd answer the question.

Enchanted: The feisty women all over who've opened up sex positive boutiques and events. I've met many of these gutsy gals. For the past few decades these women decided that sensuality is a good and right part of healthy humanity, and decided to open tiny pretty shops - against all odds and well-meaning advice to do otherwise. Their impact on general sexual health and positive attitude isn't fully appreciated. They're the ones that have encouraged me along the way to keep on track of what I'm doing, regardless of odd and voices of negativity. They rock!

Surprised: I'm surprised every day that I'm doing what I'm doing. When I was young, I didn't think I'd be the sort to run my own business - and about sexuality?
I'm surprised about how much good resource about healthy sexuality is available for young people today. It's such a different world from my high school and college days.

Troubled: I am troubled that despite all the great resources and information about healthy, loving sexuality, that there is still fear, shame and angst around one's sensual expression. I am troubled by the hatred and fear that still thrives against LGBT folks. I am troubled that AIDS still ravages but seems to be in the back burner of people's minds.
I'm troubled that some folks, especially in the kink subculture think that I'm just about rope or that they discount me because I also enjoy teaching fun mainstream love skills.

Humbled: I'm humbled by people like my mother-in-law, whom after decades of conservative thinking, can open their hearts to people who love differently then them. I am humbled by all those kick-ass young ones who start sexuality resources, events and clubs for their peers. I'm humbled by my friends, who support me and my mission each and every day. I'm humbled by my wife, who believes in me and my crazy work and art.

And you? Here's a question for you... And please feel free to ask others this question, as it's guaranteed to be a really interesting conversation.
When reflecting upon your personal sexual/sensual journey, what have you found to be enchanting, surprising, troubling and humbling?

Wishing you peace, pleasure and yumminess.

Midori

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2. FORTE FEMME: WOMEN'S SENSUAL DOMINANCE INTENSIVE


Forte Femme returns to Toronto and San Francisco!
This very special immersion weekend is limited to 12 women.

TORONTO Forte Femme, hosted by Come As You Are Boutique
When: Fri 6/19 through Sun 6/21 (Fri, 7pm - 10pm, Sat 9am - 6pm, Sun 9am - 6pm)
Where: A lovely, elegant hotel suite. Inquire with CAYA for specifics.
Cost: $475/per person. The last round of Forte Femme at this last-century tuition rate.
Register: http://tinyurl.com/ForteFemmeCAYA or call CAYA at 416.504.7934 or toll-free 1.877.858.3160

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 12 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. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS (Santa Cruz, San Rafael, LA, Milwaukee, Chicago, maybe Seattle) + NYC DOJO REGISTRATION)

SEATTLE, WA
· 4/30 - 5/3 Showing my sculpture and participating in the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. A fantastic event!


TORONTO, CANADA
· TUE 5/6 "Bedroom Burlesque and Seduction for Beginners: Wiggle, Jiggle, Take It Off with Confidence! (Women Only)" at Red Tent Sisters.

· 5/7 - 5/9 "Kinkalicious" day sexy fun-fest!


LONDON, UK
Classes through Coco De Mer

• TUE 5/12 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Coco De Mer, Covent Garden store. Coco De Mer, 23 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9DD. Tel. +44 (0)20 7836 8882

• Wed 5/13 "Bedroom Burlesque and Seduction for Beginners" at Coco De Mer, Covent Garden store. Coco De Mer, 23 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9DD. Tel. +44 (0)20 7836 8882

• Thurs 5/14 "Wrapped for Pleasure: Scarf Bondage for Hot Sex" at Coco De Mer, South Kensington store. 108 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 3AE. Tel. +44 (0)20 7584 7615

• Fri 5/15 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Coco De Mer, South Kensington store. 108 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 3AE. Tel. +44 (0)20 7584 7615

• Sun 5/17 "Hands-On Japanese Rope Bondage" at Coco De Mer, Location given to registered students. Tel. +44 (0)20 7836 8882

• Mon 5/18 "How To Eat A Peach: Pleasuring Her" at Coco De Mer, Covent Garden store. Coco De Mer, 23 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9DD. Tel. +44 (0)20 7836 8882

• Tue 5/19 Special Private Salon for the members of the Babington House.

• Wed 5/20 Special Private Salon for the members of the Soho Electric House


LONDON, UK

• 5/15 - 5/16 Performances at Torture Garden Birthday Bash weekend. A weekend of irreverent, creative, artistic and out of this world London club bash. Performing with Kumi

NEW YORK CITY
• 5/23 - 5/24 Rope Bondage Dojo® Sold out, waiting list only.


· Sun 5/24 "Wrapped for Pleasure: Sex Bondage" at Babeland, Soho Store, 43 Mercer Street New York, NY 10013. Tel. 212.966.2120

• Tue 5/26 "Aphrodisiacs!" at the Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue (@ 27th Street) New York, NY 10016. Tel. (212) 689-6337

Come to a delicious evening of sensual pleasures! Partake in aphrodisiacs from all around the world. Learn about the history for libidinous foods and potions from the ancient world to today. Learn how to make your own menus and elixirs to arouse your partner.

• Wed 5/27 Special class for NYC Pleasure Chest. Topic to be announced. 156 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014. Tel. 212.242.2158

• Thr 5/28 Special class for NYC Pleasure Chest. Topic to be announced. 156 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014. Tel. 212.242.2158


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4. PREVIEW: 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
• 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
• 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. AIDS LIFECYCLE: WOULD YOU LEND ME A HAND?

I'm at it again! I maybe foolish but I'm not hopeless!

In June I'm volunteering as one of the roadies for AIDS Life/Cycle. A week of my life will be devoted to being in service to the cyclists and ultimately to a greater cause - reduction of suffering caused by HIV/AIDS.
I am fundraising and I humbly request you support, both emotionally and fiscally.
Please join my team.

http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/midori

When June comes around, send me notes of cheer. It's a tough week and your notes really go a long way keep us going.

Please, sponsor my efforts. (Hey, it's tax deductable too!) Small or big, it's all part of the bucket brigade that stems the tide from overwhelming us.
Equivalent of a cup of coffee or a cocktail, maybe?

Through out the year I'll also be doing some creative fund raising. I hope you'll join me on this.

Please let others know of my efforts.
Thank you so much!

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6. TWITTER AND OTHER ONLINE ROOSTS

Twitter @PlanetMidori
Midori's AIDSLifecycle page
Personal Blog
Kink Q&A Sexuality Q&A
Facebook as "Midori ReallyMidori"
Fet Life Midori_SF
My Space
Tribe


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