Impact Play Rescheduled!

Good news!  The Impact Play workshop that fell off the calendar during midterm season is back on!  It will be held at our usual time, 5-7 PM Thursday, Nov. 1 (location TBA).  Check back here for updates!

Impact play includes spanking, flogging, paddles, whips, and a lot more – especially if one is creative. 😉

This workshop will also emphasize how to be safe when practicing impact.  It’s kind of really important.

Welcome back

Thanks to those who’ve been anxiously checking WashUAltLife for signs of life this semester – we’re finally showing some!  The important upcoming dates, which will also be posted in the calendar, are these:

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 4:30-6p: Activities Fair in the Brookings Quad

Thursday, Sept. 6, 5-7p: Rope Bondage Workshop, led by guest presenter T0ne in the DUC, room TBA

The first rope bondage workshop will be very introductory, and there may be a follow up workhshop to explore Shibari rope bondage in more depth if there is interest.

We hope to see you around!

New Calendar!

Hi all!  I’m pleased to report that we’ve now added the Shameless Grounds calendar to our Events! page, so you can check in what delightfully fun events they’re planning at the same time you’re checking to see what we’re up to!  We highly encourage you to attend any and all events that look interesting to you – Shameless Grounds is a fabulous and professional establishment with a strong passion for safe, sane, and consensual education about kink…and they have great food!  If you would like to attend any of their events but either need a ride or want someone to go with, just drop us a line, and we’ll be happy to show you around. 😀

New Workshops!

Good news!  This semester we have a lot of fun new discussions and workshops planned, so be sure to check our This Week! page for updated information about what we will be doing each week.  The page should be updated by the Friday before a Sunday meeting at the latest.  Due to some scheduling conflicts, we will send out a few WhenIsGood calendars to see if we should hold particular workshops at a different time or on a different day, so keep an eye out for those, too, and if there is a date change, we will be sure to update this site as early as possible!  As dates are confirmed, they will also be added to our events calendar, so keep an eye on that, too!

First up, don’t miss the alternative relationships discussion meeting this Sunday!

ALA presents MIDORI for Sex Week 2012

Get excited, Wash U!  Sex(ual Awareness) Week 2012 (Feb. 6-11) is here, and the Alternative Lifestyle Association is bringing you something steamy the likes of which you’ve never seen before!  Join us for any or all of Midori’s classes, the descriptions, times and locations of which are below.  For more information about Midori, check out her bio here.

Aural Sex: The Courtesan’s secrets of erotic voice and stories
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 5-7 PM, DUC 234
Collaboration with the Student Forum on Sexuality, Pride Alliance, SHAC

The Geishas and Courtesans were masters of the art of seduction. Their most potent skill was the use of the erotic voice and sensual story telling. Learn how to use the hypnotic magic of the voice to seduce and arouse your lover long before you enter the bedroom. Incorporating seductive voice techniques learned in this class to heat up the bedroom and add spice to your erotic life. Mesmerize your lover and transport both of you to an erotic landscape. Learn how to build and enrich a powerful fantasy, practice effective voice techniques and spellbinding. You’ll learn techniques of finding out yours and your lovers fantasy, practice story telling skills and improve them with Midori’s gentle guidance. Spicy demos, practical exercises, tips. Delightful class for couples and singles.

The Best Kink Advice Nobody Told You
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 8-10 PM, DUC 233
Collaboration with SHAC, Student Forum on Sexuality

Ever feel boxed in by the definition and expectations of kinky sex? Do you want more fulfilling play? Would you like a more effective way to find out what the other person really wants and minimize scene failure? Want to better answer the question of “what are you into?” and have better play times? Find yourself dissatisfied with scenes or frustrated at not having your desire accepted? Want to figure out how to create a multi person scene where everyone is happy? You’re not alone! Ever notice the expectation that sadist must be a dominant and a submissive must be a masochist? Or vice a versa… Is this right?

Wrong! Join Midori in this hugely popular and unique class where she explodes the standard definitions of kink roles and expands the idea of what kink is all about. In “Best Kink Advice,” she maps out a fine-tuned and flexible framework that anyone can use to help better describe their adventurous appetites. The first step to fulfilling your desire is to better understand them and effectively and appealingly sharing that with others. This is a class for those who want better play, or those don’t quite fit into the standard boxes… and for anyone who’s curious about their own possibly untapped potential!

Pink Japan: Contemporary Sex Culture
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5-7 PM, Mallinckrodt 302
Collaboration with SHAC, Pride Alliance, Student Forum on Sexuality

From cuisine, music, fashion, technology to anime, Japan’s cultural influences on the West is immense. In many ways the Japanese erotic cultures are also influencing today’s Western tastes. Yet the daily realities of Japan’s gender relations, sexual habits, sexual consumer culture and gay/lesbian/transgendered world remain hidden to us, creating an aura of mystique. In this funny and insightful talk, join Midori for a double-expatriate’s photo tour of Japan’s hidden sexual culture today. Midori is a Kyoto born, Japanese-American author and sex educator based in San Francisco. Raised by trail blazing feminist professors in Japan, she’s well versed with the contradiction that is 21st Century Japan. Graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in psychology and trained as a sex educator, she possesses a keen insight into culture and sexuality. http://www.PlanetMidori.com

Finding Our Fierce: Feminine Power for Everyday Success
Thursday, Feb. 9, 5-7 PM, DUC 234
Collaboration with SHAC, Pride Alliance, Student Forum on Sexuality

Do you want to stand tall, confident and self assured in the world? Would you like be at ease in life, with grace and authenticity? Do you hunger for confidence in the classroom, the office, with friends and family, or in your sex life? Each of us harbor the potential of infinite powers within to achieve joy and success in everyday life. But the conventional tools given to us often leave us frustrated and drained.

In this workshop we’ll tap into another power source, the unique feminine within each of us. We will find our authentic feminine power within through discussions and a unique archetype exercise developed by Midori. We will explore each of our power potential and vulnerabilities. We will seek out what truly thrills us. We will, quite literally, learn how to hold our head up high for who we truly are.

An exploration for people of any gender with the fierce feminine potential within…

Welcome back!

Hi everyone, and welcome back for a new semester (spring 2012)!

It’s been a while since we’ve updated, but don’t you worry – we’ll get right on that.  In fact, if you’d like to help us out, feel free to drop us a line!  Those on the mailing list should have gotten an email recently, and if you’d like to join the mailing list, please email altlife@su.wustl.edu saying so!

There will be more updates coming soon with regard to Sex Week and workshops for the rest of the semester, so stay posted!  Our first meeting of the semester will be next Sunday, Feb. 5, at our usual time (7-9 PM) in DUC 234 – note that this is a larger room from the one we used last year, because we’re planning meet-n-greet – so you can get to know and talk with other people interested in promoting healthy attitudes toward sex and sexuality and/or safely exploring the vast and fascinating world of kink.  We hope to see you there!

Take care, everyone!