September 1, 2010

1. Olfactory Experiment to Enhance Your Pleasure
2. Project: Women's Words on Their Orgasms
3. September Classes/Events (San Francisco, Albuquerque, Milpitas, Santa Cruz)
4. October Preview (London, Copenhagen, Chicago, Milwaukee, Oakland, LA)
5. On-line Haunts: Twitter, Yahoo, FaceBook, etc

1. OLFACTORY EXPERIMENT TO ENHANCE YOUR PLEASURE

We live in a time of cultural attention deficit disorder. We want more and more, faster and faster, with pre-processed mental and manufactured emotional content. Scholars are legitimately concerned that our brains are becoming wired for rapid and shallow data filtering, disabling our capacity for deep reading (Nieman Reports), analytic capability and emotional development. Our need for sensory stimulation, and by extension our need in sexual gratification, is on the verge of devolving towards the coarse, cut-rate and immediate. Pleasure may soon be reduced to 140 characters or less.

Fortunately for us, a healthy resistance and rebellion mounts amidst potential destruction of our senses. An increasing segment of the general public is craving for substance and worth, and even for pleasures that take very long attention spans. In this world of insta-everything, there are growing movements towards simplicity, quality and slowly attained foundations to life's delights. The Slow Food movement, Yoga, environmental awareness, "100 things challenge", and even increased interest in food gardening and quality family time are all part of this interest in the foundation of what makes us human. While the realms of food, politics, family, ecology and even economics are benefitting from the movements to slow things down to quality fundamentals, sexuality/sensuality seems lagging behind. Media still focuses on the "best technique" questions. Attendees new to workshop still imagine that sexual expertise can be gained from one short class on some exotic practice. One cooking class does not a gourmet make, nor can a single sexuality class a pleasure master make.

So here's an exercise to begin your adventures in the slow pleasure principle. First, discover and cultivate the sensual life of your nose. Spend a couple of days living with focus on your olfactory experience, not just during sex or sensual activities, but also during every aspect of your every day life. Note the scents and scent environments that induce joy, melancholy, invigoration, stress, relaxation or arousal. You must pay attention to your heart rate, breathing and mood in each whiff of life. Our scent memory and olfactory functions are some of the human brain's most ancient components. Harness that capacity as your foundation block to fully sense-aware sensual living. If we're not aware of our senses, how can we be sensual? If we're not awake to our sensuality, how can we fully discover our erotic potential? Enter a garden or flower shop and note the mood each perfume invokes in you. Open your spice cabinets and catalog your affect with the scent in each bottle and jar. Walk through the abundance in a farmer's market and inhale the harvest, noting what parts of your body wakes to what aroma in the air. Many of us are vaguely familiar with commercial aromatherapy, but don't take the manufacturers marketing as gospel. One person's bouquet of relaxation is another's reek of annoyance. One person's olfactory anti-depressant is another's nose of nostalgia.

Use your inventory of olfactory experimentation and incorporate them into your life - your life taken a breath slower then before. Enjoy the emotional states and whole human experience created by the scent environment you bring forth. Take this knowledge into your daily life and pleasure life. It may take a while to put your research into a more fully lived life - but it will add richness, slowly and surely.

When they say to "stop and smell the roses" it's not just a metaphor, it is about the very real state of joy flowing through the whole you.

Thank you!

Midori

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2. PROJECT: WOMEN'S WORDS ON THEIR ORGASMS

Women, would you consider being a part of a very special book project? I am turning to all the wonderful women out there for some frank and down-to-earth contributions. I am collecting women's first-person accounts of the detailed physical experience of 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.
  • Send to midori at fhp-inc dot com
  • Perma link for this project: Midori's Live Journal
  • Thank you!

    Midori

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    3. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS SEPTEMBER: EVENTS (San Francisco, Albuquerque, Milpitas, Santa Cruz)

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA

    • Sun 9/5 "Rope Dance: Passionate Dynamic Movement" at the Citadel 1277 Mission St. (at 9th St.), San Francisco, CA 94103
    Doors open 1:30pm. Class 2pm - 5pm. $30 solo / $50 pair. Wear yoga clothes and bring one length of 15'-25' rope.

    Yoga meets assisted stretching, meets contact improvisational dance, meets Tango with a touch of Fight Club! A hands-on movement class using rope in an entirely new way... Learn to dance, stretch, seduce, power-exchange and connect at a deeper level using the rope. If you think rope play is just about tying knots, you're missing the core of the seduction. This is the foundation of truly sexy and evocative rope scenes.
    No rope experience necessary. Adjustable to all fitness and mobility levels.
    Wear yoga-type clothing and floor gripping shoes or go barefoot.
    What to Bring: One length of rope, about 15' to 25' per person, a yoga mat or a large beach towel

    • Thr 9/16 "Hands-on Rope Body Harness" at the Citadel for Stockroom / Stormy University $20.00 at door.
    Dress & Supplies: Wear comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement. Bring a large towel or yoga mat if you'd like to use the floor. And, of course, bring rope - the more, the merrier! (Suggested minimum: 3 or 4 pieces of 30' to 45', plus one rope of 75'+. If the rope is for a smaller person, bring the shorter lengths. For a larger person, bring the longer lengths.) Graciously hosted at The Citadel. 1277 Mission St. (at 9th St.), San Francisco, CA 94103

    • 9/17 - 9/19 "Forte Femme-Women's Sensual Dominance Weekend Intensive" Limited to 10 women.

    Where: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
    Cost: Early registration through 8/21 $650/per person. From 8/22 regular registration $700/per person
    Info: www.ForteFemme.com

    • Thr 9/23 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her"at the Citadel

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM
    Workshops at Self Serve Boutique
    • Thr 9/9 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"
    • Fri 9/10 "Hands-on Rope Bondage"

    MILPETAS CA
    For Bliss Connection and Bliss Radio.

    • Sun 9/12 3pm "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"
    • Sun 9/12 5:30pm "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring a Woman"

    SANA CRUZ, CA
    • Tue 9/28 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Pure Pleasure boutique on Polk St.

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    4. PREVIEW: OCTOBER CLASSES / EVENTS (London, Copenhagen, Chicago, Milwaukee, Oakland, LA)

    LONDON, UK
    Classes at Coco De Mer. Pre-registration highly encouraged!
    • Tue 10/5 "Tricks to Please a Man Part 1"
    • Wed 10/6 "Spanking!"
    • Thr 10/7 "Part 2 - Tricks to Please a Man. Male Erogenous Zones"
    • Fri 10/8 "Tricks to Please a Man Part 1"
    • Mon 10/11 "Tricks to Please a Man Part 1"
    • Tue 10/12 "Part 2 - Tricks to Please a Man. Male Erogenous Zones"
    • Mon 10/11 "Seductive Art of Japanese Rope Bondage"
    • Tue 10/12 "Tricks to Thrill a Woman"

    COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

    • A series of classes! Details to be announced soon!

    CHICAGO, IL
    3 Classes for Pleasure Chest. Sign up early. Call directly to 773.525.7151
    3436 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
    • Tue 10/19 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"
    • Wed 10/20 "Rosy Cheeks - Beginner's Guide to Spanking"
    • Thr 10/21 "Backdoor Antics: Bloopers and Practicals of Butt Sex"

    MILWAUKEE, WI
    Two classes at the Tool Shed. Topics to be announced soon.
    2427 N. Murray Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211. Tel. 414-906-5304
    • Fri 10/22
    • Sat 10/23

    OAKLAND, CA
    • Sun 1/10/10 "Art of Feminine Dominance, Level 1" 3pm - 6pm at the Looking Glass RSVP/Information.

    Los Angeles, CA
    3 classes at Coco De Mer.
    8618 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Tel: +1 310 652 0311
    • Mon 10/25 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"
    • Tue 10/26 "Part 2 - Tricks to Please a Man. Male Erogenous Zones"
    • Wed 10/27 "Seductive Art of Japanese Rope Bondage"

    One class at Stockroom / Syren.
    2809½ W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles. CA 90026 Tel: 213-989-0334
    • Thr 10/28 Topic to be announced

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    5. 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)