Lee Harrington March/April Newsletter (AZ, NOLA, STL, SF, BC, WA, MD and Online)

Bright and warm blessings from beautiful Arizona, writing from my IKEA modular desk/table/thing!

The Power Exchange Series book that I edited, “Rope, Bondage, and Power” is off to the printer! I am so excited 🙂 17 authors (plus myself and Dr. Bob as the foreward) plus artwork on the cover by Lochai… wow. It was such an amazing gift to get to work on that project, see so many great voices- keep your eyes peeled for it hitting the market before the end of May.

Also in the last week, parts one and two of my podcast interview for the SadoMasocast came out- NCD had me talking for ages. We discuss everything from spirituality to making a living in kink, authenticity to breath play, bondage to passion, humor to somber tales… and everything inbetween. Check out the podcast here: http://sadomasocast.blogspot.com/

Coming up in April I’ll be debuting my first online course with PowerPlayAcademy.corg called “Sacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM” which will make for yet another option for students who want to study with me but have been unable to make it to classes (or the specific class they wanted. I alredy have my audio class series which is available for download from PassionAndSoul.com for those who want to listen to my classes on their mp3 players, and books are always an option- but I love this new-to-me interactive online option!

In my personal life, friends and loved ones of mine have been in and out of hospitals, undergoing new batteries of tests, or having other medical or personal challenges, so a piece of me and my thoughts are with themin this time of challenge in their life. I’ve also been trying to take it easy- all of my possessions from the East Coast arrived safely, and in April I’ll be up in the Seattle area to visit family who have been lovingly storing about 20+ boxes of mine from my nomad phase… Hooray for being able to borrow closets. But I admit it, I’m becoming more of a home body- though you might not guess it looking at my schedule. The reality is though, being home 1.5 weeks a month is up from never being home, and part of me is looking forward to when it is 3 weeks a month. I have zero intention of staying home all the time, but a week a month on the road sounds about right for me to start aiming for.

I have tons more below- lots of exciting classes, performances and more… read on and stay tuned!

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March/April Appearances:

As always you can find complete class descriptions on my educator page at (http://www.PassionAndSoul.com/educator),
and I am available in select cities below for private classes, erotic life coaching work, and more:

Phoenix, Arizona
March 18, 7-9pm, Fetish Alive, http://www.fetishalivestore.com/
Speed Bondage! ($5-30 sliding scale per student)

New Orleans, Louisiana
March 21, 7pm, Creole Gardens Bed & Breakfast, http://www.skinnywhitechick.com/neworleans.php
At the book and performance art weekend for Catherynne M. Valente’s novel of urban magic, Palimpsest, there will be far more than book readings. We will have begun in Chicago, rode a train through Memphis, and arrived in New Orleans while doing live music, art installations, performances and more on the train. Then, Friday night, the Trains of Heaven crew will be doing a scavengar hunt around the city! There *may* still be a ticket or four available for the train trip… but I know there is still space for the Creole Gardens Gala. It will be an exclusive, semi-formal, semi-costumed, masks-encouraged gala featuring theatrical and musical performances on Saturday night, the 21st of March. This story of a sexually transmitted city is breathtaking, fantastical, and presents a new approach to sexuality that is likely to have huge ripples in what sexuality can be, just as Heinlein did years ago.

Creve Couer, Missouri
March 24, doors open at 7pm, Creve Coeur Lakehouse (314) 576-7200
This event is free; please order food and drink! This Palimpsest book evening with author Catherynne M. Valente, musician SJ Tucker & myself Lee Harrington will be fabulous- join us for stories, music, food, performances and more.

St. Louis, Missouri
March 27-29, Beat Me in St. Louis (aka BMSL XII), http://events.stl3.com/stl3BMSL.htm
Speed Bondage!
Slish, Splash, Splosh and Messy Play
Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional: Techniques for Erotic Pain Processing
Beat Me in St.Louis, on top of being in the top 2 most clever event names *ever,* is an amazing event. I went last year as an attendee and had to come back. Great venue, great people, great food, very sexy play- love it! And I love the city too 🙂

Online Classes! All Locations!
April 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, http://www.powerplayacademy.org
Sacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM
Usually $149, but only $99 with promotional code “LETUSPLAY” This 4 week, 8 lesson, intensive learning online experience will include 4 web-seminars, online class forums, homework assignments, readings from my under development book on the topic, and much more! I am very excited to debut my first online class series. Join me! From anywhere!

San Francisco, California
April 5, 2pm, Twisted Hearts Series at Center for Sex and Culture, http://sexandculture.org/
Take My Breath Away: Breath and Air Flow Play ($5-10 sliding scale)

April 5, 5pm, Center for Sex and Culture, http://sexandculture.org/
Harnessing Courage: Exploring our Path of Erotic Authenticity ($20, $15 if you came to the 2pm class)

April 8, 8pm, SF Citadel, http://www.sfcitadel.org/
What’s Leather Got To Do With It? Leather Fetishism, Identity and Spirituality

Phoenix, Arizona
April 11, 10am-4pm, Arizona Power Exchange (APEX), http://www.arizonapowerexchange.org/
I hope to be having some of my books available and signing at times during their spring Vendor’s Faire.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
April 17, 9pm, Libido Lounge, http://www.libidoevents.com/event/228
Meet & Greet, Book Signing, and Social Evening ($20 for members)

April 18, 1:30-4pm, Libido Lounge, http://www.libidoevents.com/event/224
Sir! Yes Sir! Designing and Implementing Protocol Systems ($25 for members)
5:30-8pm, Libido Lounge, http://www.libidoevents.com/event/225
Rope Sex- Bondage for Lovemaking and More ($25 for members)
9pm-1am, Libido Lounge, http://www.libidoevents.com/event/235
Bondage Party ($30 for members)

April 19, 1:30-4pm, Libido Lounge, http://www.libidoevents.com/event/226
The Power of Gender and Sexuality Identity Labels ($25 for members)
6:30-9pm, The Love Nest, http://www.lovenest.ca/ and http://www.libidoevents.com/event/227
Speed Bondage! ($25 members/$30 non-members)
This is my only “open” class in BC this that does not require a membership to Libido Lounge… but the membership is also worth it- they are a wild and fun bunch.

Ellensburg, Washington
April 22, Evening, Private Rope Bondage Class for CWU Kinksters.
If interested, please drop me a note at Lee@PassionAndSoul.com and I can get you in touch with them.

April 23, Central Washington University, http://www.cwu.edu/
I will be presenting BDSM 101 to the Human Sexuality and Gender Studies programs, as well as lecturing in the evening on Sacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM for their combined sexuality and religious studies programs.

Seattle, Washington
April 24, 8-10pm Seattle Center for Sex Positive Culture, http://www.sexpositiveculture.org/
Rope Sex- Bondage for Lovemaking and More ($25, RSVP required)

Northern Maryland
April 29-May 4, Sacred Sexuality Beltane, http://www.freespiritgathering.org/beltane
On *top* of offering a 2 day pre-event intensive with Klawdya Rothschild called “Opening Up: Finding and Exploring Your Path of Temple Whoredom and Sacred Sexual Service & Spiritual”, I am also teaching 4 classes during the main event. These are: Safer Magical Sex and Erotic Energy Exchanges; Binding Intentions: The Art of Rope Magic: Rope Sex: Bondage for Lovemaking and more; Desired Object, Forgotten Object: Erotic Objectification for Animists.

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Looking beyond April!

In the next 6 months I have all kinds of other adventures, classes and intensives planned… am I coming to a city near you soon?
If not, feel free to contact me at Lee@PassionAndSoul.com to see if we can help make it happen.
For more up to date information, and for schedule details further into the future, please visit my calendar at:
http://www.PassionAndSoul.com/calendar

May
Phoenix, AZ (AASECT), Chiago, IL (CARAS-SIOG, ShibariCon, IMrL)

June
Northern Maryland (Free Spirit Gathering, Leather Retreat)

July
West Virgina (La garou Campout), Bellingham, WA (In The Woods)

August
Mexico City, New Jersey (Floating World), Wisconsin (Spank Festival, The ToolShed)

I also have upcoming plans for 2009 to teach in Washington D.C., Washington, Maryland, Vancouver BC, Oregon, Texas, Massachusettes … and more!

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Want more of me? Well, you can keep up with my life, adventures and art at:

Live Journal – http://passionandsoul.livejournal.com/
This is my personal journal- full of naughty images, personal exploits, emotional ups and downs, and a variety of announcements mixed in with a way to peek into my being.

FetLife – http://fetlife.com/users/24336
This amazing erotic adventurer’s networking site is an invaluable tool for me, and I have the “PassionAndSoul Student Lounge” there for people with questions or things they would like sharing from classes they have been to.

MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/ropelover
Built when I still openly ran RopeLover.com (it still exists in archive mode), this is a great way to keep up with my adventures when you can’t access 18+ sites

…and of course my website – http://www.PassionAndSoul.com
My pride and joy- keep up on my calendar, read essays by me, find my artwork, download audio classes, enjoy my books, and so much more!

I look forward to seeing you all in person or online!

With Passion and Soul,
Lee Harrington
http://www.PassionAndSoul.com
Artist, Educator and Shaman

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Lee Harrington

Lee Harrington is an internationally known sexuality, relationships, and personal authenticity educator. Having taught in all 50 states and in 6 countries, he brings a combination of playful engagement and thoughtful academic dialogue to a broad audience. An award-winning author and editor on gender, sexual, and sacred experience, his books include “Traversing Gender: Understanding Transgender Journeys,” and "Sacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM and Beyond," among many other titles. He has been blogging online since 1998, and been teaching worldwide since 2001. Welcome to his world, and your chance to expand your mind and heart alike.

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