TAKING THE SEXUAL PATH TO AWAKENING
Nov
17
to Nov 18

TAKING THE SEXUAL PATH TO AWAKENING

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YOU CAN TAKE THE SENSUALITY PRINCIPLES AND THE TECHNIQUES PRESENTED HER AND JUST ENJOY THEM, CREATE BETTER SEX WITH THEM AND LEAVE IT AT THAT.

The statement I just made above is false!  I wish I could say that you…to let you off the hook, to keep sex simple for you.  But the deeper truth is this:  The better you get at sex, the more skilled you get at generating and moving sexual energy in your partner, and the more receptive and surrendered you become at allowing your lover to move your sexual energy, you will not be able to avoid the spiritual component of sex.

This is due to laws and principles that are as simple and direct as the laws of plumbing!  Energy moves!  The more you move that energy, the more you clear your system and allow passage to that energy, the more that energy is going to travel throughout your system.  And energy traveling throughout our system and hitting all the centers is essentially what spiritual experience and advancement is.

So, there is no getting away from the bind that to have good sex is to have spiritual sex, and in order to use sex as a spiritual path you need to acquire skills to give and receive good sex.

Your only out is this:  If you don’t want sex to become a spiritual path, then just keep having bad sex.

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KINK IN THE LIGHT - D/S & ENERGETICS TRAINING
Sep
29
to Sep 30

KINK IN THE LIGHT - D/S & ENERGETICS TRAINING

ABOUT THIS COURSE

FROM OM

I believe that the path of our spiritual evolution is essentially a journey of INTEGRATION.

Integration is not about the adding of something new or superfluous.  It is about discovering that which is already here—inside of us.  It’s about looking at aspects of ourselves that, for one reason or another, we have pushed aside and not given our attention to.  In no other area of our life is this pushing aside of true aspects of our self more prevalent than in our Eros.

This course is for EVERYBODY!  Fifteen years ago I used to politely tell people that maybe exploring BDSM is not for everyone, that if it’s not your cup of tea, then just take a pass on it.  I actually don’t believe that anymore.  Unless you are some rare and evolved human being who is COMPLETELY integrated in your sex center, I believe that this exploration has something to offer you.

We all have sexual shadow.  We all have sexual shame.  And we have oodles of turn-on that we have not discovered yet.  And the education and journey presented here is an invitation towards venturing into this area and having that discovery, finding that fun, claiming that integration.

This is a Level I course.  You don’t need any prerequisite to take this workshop.

This is a hands-on course.  You will take turn embodying the archetype of the Dominant and the Submissive.  You will practice with classmates by creating mini-scenes together throughout the weekend—you will practice expressing your desire, asking for what your want, listening to your partner, designing and creating play together —while expressing your limits and boundaries in real time.

—Om Rupani

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TANTRA meets BDSM - Vienna
Jul
21
to Jul 22

TANTRA meets BDSM - Vienna

In this weekend journey, Laurie Handlers and Om Rupani will create a permission field in which the participants can discover a greater YES for their being, their desires, their Eros.  No aspect of our being has been more shunned by society, more relegated to second class status than our Eros—especially the so called darker aspects of our Eros.

The art of Dominance & Submission / BDSM expertly plays with the darker side of our Eros.  In this journey we will take the participants through solo practices of release and self-acceptance, as well as partnered exercise and SCENES in which they may give themselves permission for their desires around POWER, DOMINANCE & SUBMISSION, the giving and receiving of CONTROL and the deeper experience of SURRENDER.

We invite you to come explore and deepen your Spiritual and Erotic journey. Integrate the various aspects of your psyche, discover new levels of turn-on in your relating and sexing.  Say YES to life, to your desires, and to your BEING.

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TANTRA meets BDSM - LONDON
Jul
14
to Jul 15

TANTRA meets BDSM - LONDON

In this weekend journey, Laurie Handlers and Om Rupani will create a permission field in which the participants can discover a greater YES for their being, their desires, their Eros.  No aspect of our being has been more shunned by society, more relegated to second class status than our Eros—especially the so called darker aspects of our Eros.

The art of Dominance & Submission / BDSM expertly plays with the darker side of our Eros.  In this journey we will take the participants through solo practices of release and self-acceptance, as well as partnered exercise and SCENES in which they may give themselves permission for their desires around POWER, DOMINANCE & SUBMISSION, the giving and receiving of CONTROL and the deeper experience of SURRENDER.

We invite you to come explore and deepen your Spiritual and Erotic journey. Integrate the various aspects of your psyche, discover new levels of turn-on in your relating and sexing.  Say YES to life, to your desires, and to your BEING.

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KINK IN THE LIGHT - D/S TRAINING FOR SEXUAL SHAMANS
Jun
9
to Jun 10

KINK IN THE LIGHT - D/S TRAINING FOR SEXUAL SHAMANS

ABOUT THIS COURSE

FROM OM

Over the past 10 years, I have continuously heard from women who do tantric-relational work that they have clients who are interested in exploring Dominance & Submission, and would it be possible for me to give them some quick tips on the subject.

Practicing D/s from quick tips is a bad idea!  

This is not something you should learn on the fly and declare yourself an expert in.  I recommend extensive training and mentorship.  To that end, I have prompted my inquiring friends to go take some workshops in BDSM, whether my own or other teacher’s.  I recommend to them that they spend time and practice acquiring rope skills and impact play skills—learn to do them with control and mastery.

And, I’ve also thought for years that I should myself design and offer a course in BDSM specifically for women who are already in the business of handling bodies and spirits for a living.  This is that course!

That does not mean that others are excluded from it.  Everyone is welcome.  Every skill of the courtesan is a skill the wife can well use.

This is a hands-on course.  You will take turns embodying the archetype of the Dominant and the Submissive.  You will practice with classmates.  By ‘practice’ we mean express desire/receive desire, ask for what your want/listen to your partner, design and play out scenes together, expressing your limits and boundaries in real time.

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THE CEASEFIRE OF THE SEXES
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

THE CEASEFIRE OF THE SEXES

Pacific Standard Time

WOMEN ARE OUTPACING MEN IN THE SEXUAL EVOLUTION!

Women are hungry for arriving at the next level of man-woman relating. Women are MORE hungry for sexual adventure and sexual self-expression. The women of today are demolishing the myth that men want sex more than women, that men seek more sexual variety than women, that men think about sex more than women.

The woman of today is more interested in exploring Dominance and Submission play. She is more interested in expanding her voice and power in the political & social realm, while simultaneously designing her sensual and intimate life in a way that is genuinely fulfilling to her—including when that sensual expression looks like her allowing her submissive aspect to come out and seek expression and fulfillment in the bedroom. Or her Dominant aspect!

Compared to this, the men of today feel either lost in their trek, or they still feel like they are wearing their father’s and grandfather’s shoes. The modern man appears ill-equipped to handle the modern woman. He is not sexually trained or sexually confident, in spite of the persona he might present. He is in deep doubt about who or what he is supposed to be in this world, and in relation to his woman. And he is deeply ill-equipped to hold a field in which his woman’s deeper, more taboo sexual desires may have permission to express themselves.

The result of this combination is an atmosphere of failure and frustration between the sexes.

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DOMINANCE & SUBMISSION FUNDAMENTALS (WEEKEND COURSE FOR COUPLES. November 19, 20. BOSTON)
Nov
19
to Nov 20

DOMINANCE & SUBMISSION FUNDAMENTALS (WEEKEND COURSE FOR COUPLES. November 19, 20. BOSTON)

  • 50 Dudley Street Boston, MA, 02119 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Weekend Workshop for Couples.

POWER            SURRENDER            SELF-EXPRESSION            JOURNEY

Curious about BDSM? 

Maybe you’ve already had a taste of D/S magic in your sex. 

Maybe you’ve read about it and its transformative possibilities. 

Maybe a friend has shared with you their experience of the healing power of consciously exploring one’s taboo desires.

Come explore and move deeper!

In this 2-day immersive experience we will take a journey into Dominance and Submission with the intention of expressing internal archetypes, increasing sensation in sex, exploring darkness, healing repressed emotion, deepening connection in relationship, and integrating the psyche.

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POWER TRANSFER FOR COUPLES
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

POWER TRANSFER FOR COUPLES

  • 50 Dudley Street Cambridge, MA, 02140 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn to take Control of your partner.  Learn to give up Control to your partner.

 

Whole new spheres open up in our relating and our Eros when we learn the art of consensual power transfer.  

 

In this evening class we will discuss the fundamentals of consensual Dominance and Submission.  Then you will learn to communicate your desires in this realm with your partner and proceed to designing and creating a scene that will allow you to explore the taking and giving of Control.

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TANTRA & BDSM - INTEGRATING LIGHT & DARK WITH LAURIE HANDLERS & OM RUPANI
Nov
5
to Nov 6

TANTRA & BDSM - INTEGRATING LIGHT & DARK WITH LAURIE HANDLERS & OM RUPANI

  • 417 - 4200 blvd St Laurent Montreal, QC H2W 2R2 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this weekend journey, Laurie Handlers and Om Rupani will create a permission field in which the participants can discover a greater YES for their being, their desires, their Eros.  No aspect of our being has been more shunned by society, more relegated to second class status than our Eros—especially the so called darker aspects of our Eros.

 

The art of Dominance & Submission / BDSM expertly plays with the darker side of our Eros.  In this journey we will take the participants through solo practices of release and self-acceptance, as well as partnered exercise and SCENES in which they may give themselves permission for their desires around POWER, DOMINANCE & SUBMISSION, the giving and receiving of CONTROL and the deeper experience of SURRENDER.

 

We invite you to come explore and deepen your Spiritual and Erotic journey. Integrate the various aspects of your psyche, discover new levels of turn-on in your relating and sexing.  Say YES to life, to your desires, and to your BEING.

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FREE TELE-CLASS : DOMINANCE & SUBMISSION EXPLORATION FOR THE EROTIC LIFE & BEYOND
Oct
26
9:00 PM21:00

FREE TELE-CLASS : DOMINANCE & SUBMISSION EXPLORATION FOR THE EROTIC LIFE & BEYOND

Power dynamics are everywhere—in personal relationships, in work environments, in friendships, in how we relate to our environment and the planet. 

 

D/S training can be pivotal in empowering us in all these areas.  It can bring clarity and decisiveness into our relationships in every sphere.

 

This free one-hour tele class is designed as an introduction to my upcoming weekend workshop in D/S Fundamentals.  Although the bulk of that workshop deals with intimate and sensual training for couples, in this tele-class we will touch upon how D/S training can have impact in your life inside and outside the bedroom.

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EROTIC INVENTORY & DESIGN, EVENING CLASS IN WASHINGTON DC
Oct
14
7:00 PM19:00

EROTIC INVENTORY & DESIGN, EVENING CLASS IN WASHINGTON DC

  • Mather Studios apt 303 916 G St NW Washington, DC 20001 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The shyness or cloudiness we might feel around making specific requests to our lover has its roots in us keeping OURSELVES clouded about what really turns us on.

If we are going to be ‘To Thine Own Self Be True’, first we are going to have to ‘Know Thyself’.  Otherwise, what are we going to be true to?

Through some exercises and inquiries we are going to investigate your hidden desires and clarify them.

Then you are going to enact some short scenes and give some expression to your newly-articulated desires.

You should leave this class clearer about what you want to cook in the bedroom, as well as where to find the ingredients and the recipes. 

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Introduction to BDSM, Evening Salon in Boston
Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Introduction to BDSM, Evening Salon in Boston

  • 50 Dudley Street Cambridge, MA, 02140 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Domination.

Submission.

These 2 words alone can raise the pulse. 

They evoke a multitude of feelings—about identity, about eros, about the giving and taking of control.

 

In this evening salon we will discuss the fundamentals of CONSENSUAL d/s play.

Bring your questions and inquiries.  This salon is for people with little or no experience with BDSM.  

We will dispel many of the misconception of what consensual d/s play actually is.  We will explore the basic characteristics of the two main archetypes of this realm:  The Dominant and The Submissive.  

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Dominance & Submission Fundamentals
Sep
24
to Sep 25

Dominance & Submission Fundamentals

Weekend Workshop for Couples.

Austin, TX

POWER            SURRENDER            SELF-EXPRESSION            JOURNEY

Curious about BDSM? 

Maybe you’ve already had a taste of D/S magic in your sex. 

Maybe you’ve read about it and its transformative possibilities. 

Maybe a friend has shared with you their experience of the healing power of consciously exploring one’s taboo desires.

Come explore and move deeper!

In this 2-day immersive experience we will take a journey into Dominance and Submission with the intention of expressing internal archetypes, increasing sensation in sex, exploring darkness, healing repressed emotion, deepening connection in relationship, and integrating the psyche.

This weekend-long class is designed to give you the fundamentals for your exploration into Dominance & Submission.

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Surrendering to Dark Desires - Evening Salon in Austin, TX
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Surrendering to Dark Desires - Evening Salon in Austin, TX

Which of your desires do you find problematic?

 

Which desires are you too afraid to look in the face?

 

What aspects of your Eros have you deemed unacceptable?

 

D/s play can offer us a great playground for our Dark and Troublesome Desires.

 

Within the solid container of CONSENT and clear communication, we can make room for these rich and true aspects of our psyche and play with each other at levels of intimacy previously untouched.

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Playing with Pain & Pleasure
Sep
17
2:30 PM14:30

Playing with Pain & Pleasure

@ The Steam Factory, Middletown, CT

 

Double your range; double your fun!

 

Playing with the pain spectrum has always been an integral part of BDSM exploration.  We will get into pain in a deliberate and conscious way in this class.  We will explore the emotional, erotic and even Spiritual benefits of exploring pain.

 

And we will device very fun ways of combining pain and pleasure to hit some sublime notes in our scenes and our sensations.

Partners:

Please bring your own partner to this class.  The class fee is for 2 people.  Come with someone you like and trust and are open to exploring intimate touch and sensations with.

 

All Genders Welcome!  All Gender Pairings Welcome!

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BDSM Evening Salon in Washington DC
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

BDSM Evening Salon in Washington DC

Domination.

Submission.

These 2 words alone can raise the pulse. 

They evoke a multitude of feelings—about identity, about eros, about the giving and taking of control.

 

In this evening salon we will discuss the fundamentals of CONSENSUAL d/s play.

Bring your questions and inquiries.  This salon is for people with little or no experience with BDSM.  

We will dispel many of the misconception of what consensual d/s play actually is.  We will explore the basic characteristics of the two main archetypes of this realm:  The Dominant and The Submissive.  

 

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Respect & Rough Play
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Respect & Rough Play

$40 per Couple

 

Please bring your own partner to this evening class.

The fee is for 2 people.

We will explore the tension between our desire for Respect and our turn-on with Rougher Play that can often look disrespectful.

The Rougher element can be verbal or physical.  It can bend towards pain or humiliation.

You will explore your edges in this area with your partner.  You will give each other permission to move from Respect to Roughness and see what comes up.

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DOMINANCE & SUBMISSION FUNDAMENTALS
Aug
13
to Aug 14

DOMINANCE & SUBMISSION FUNDAMENTALS

$730.00

Fee is for a couple.

August 13th & 14th 2016

Course will take place in NYC

Exact address TBA

POWER            SURRENDER            SELF-EXPRESSION            JOURNEY

Curious about BDSM? 

Maybe you’ve already had a taste of D/S magic in your sex. 

Maybe you’ve read about it and its transformative possibilities. 

Maybe a friend has shared with you their experience of the healing power of consciously exploring one’s taboo desires.

Come explore and move deeper!

In this 2-day immersive experience we will take a journey into Dominance and Submission with the intention of expressing internal archetypes, increasing sensation in sex, exploring darkness, healing repressed emotion, deepening connection in relationship, and integrating the psyche.

This weekend-long class is designed to give you the fundamentals for your exploration into Dominance & Submission.

 

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BDSM EVENING SALON : SPEED DATING IN BONDAGE!
Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

BDSM EVENING SALON : SPEED DATING IN BONDAGE!

Focus Topic:  Speed Dating in Bondage!

$20

Friday, August 5th.  7-9pm

115 Wooster St., #2F.  

NY

Tie up strangers and interrogate them!  Need I say more?

Let’s bring a few new twists and a few new knots to the old and tired dating routines, shall we?  You will be handed a piece of 10’ bondage rope at the beginning of the evening—always a good way to start a date!  I’ll teach you one or two very simple bondage ties.  You will tie up the stranger across from you and ask them questions about their desire and Eros.  Then they’ll do the same to you.  And then you’ll move on to the next guy/gal in line and repeat.

After all that mutual tying and sharing, you might even feel inclined to invite one or two of them out for coffee. 

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BDSM Evening Salon : Moving Deeper in your D/S play
Jul
30
8:00 PM20:00

BDSM Evening Salon : Moving Deeper in your D/S play

Focus Topic : Moving Deeper in your D/S Play

What does going DEEPER mean?  

 

Does it mean brining more VARIETY in your d/s play?  

 

Does going deeper entail adding greater INTENSITY to your scenes?

 

While intensity and variety are reliable ways of bringing richness to our d/s exploration, I propose that the key element that makes us feel we are hitting a new level in our d/s journey is when we experience deeper EMOTION in our play with our partner.

 

Variety is easier to create.  You can start by simply getting some new toys or changing up your routine.

Intensity is also not very complex to generate.  Just turn up the heat in whatever play you are already doing.

 

But creating an experience between yourself and your partner that hits new emotional peaks is more elusive.


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BDSM Evening SALON :  Hitting where it Hurts!
Jul
22
7:00 PM19:00

BDSM Evening SALON : Hitting where it Hurts!

Focus Topic:  Hitting where it Hurts!

 

Stop torturing yourself dear!  Let somebody else do it!

 

This exploration is not going to be about impact play.  Leave your floggers at home.  We are going to explore the negative narrative running through your head, day in and day out.  Those sentences that are stuck on repeat.  Those declaration of your unconscious mind that are the real (negative) affirmations that you are constantly putting out into the universe.

 

D/S play can embody a great TRICKSTER energy that can examine this negative inner voice, externalize it, and then release it.  

 


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Domination & Submission for Feminists
Jul
1
6:00 PM18:00

Domination & Submission for Feminists

  • 115 Wooster Street, 2F New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)
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Dominance & Submission for Feminists

 

(and other powerful people)

with  Zahava Griss & Om Rupani

Fri, July 1, 6 – 9 pm

 photo by Om Rupani

115 Wooster St, 2F, NYC 10012
$45

Is respect one of your biggest turn ons? Are you also curious about surrendering control? Or dominating your lover? Do you want to explore Dominance and Submission but don’t know how to express your darker desires or set healthy limits yet?

Maybe you have already ventured and explored in this realm but want support to find more conscious playmates? Do you feel conflicted about liking what you like? Do you sometimes feel lost or unclear about boundaries after a scene and desire to understand better how to integrate and care for yourself?

Dominance and Submission are ancient archetypes that provide wisdom around trust, adventure, love, resilience, mischief, permission, freedom, and our primal truth. For many of us activating our primal desires through Dominance and Submission is a powerful way to align with our truth in the face of social norms. This can give us access to living our truth and expressing our desires in many areas of our lives beyond the erotic.

 

Benefits:

  1. Deconstruct social messages about dominance and submission so you can listen more honestly to your body and desire.
  2. Explore what it feels like to enter the archetypes of dominance and submission in a safe space.
  3. Discover where you are not giving yourself permission and what it feels like to say YES to what you really want.
  4. Meet other conscious people who share an interest in dominance and submission.
  5. Learn a meditation to help you integrate and transition to life after an intense scene.

The workshop will include lecture, discussion, Q & A, as well as partnered exercises so you may gain some visceral experience. We will be fully clothed and partnered exercises will include touch but will avoid the breasts and genitals.  Come with your partner or pair up with someone in class. Bring a bottle of water and wear clothes you can move freely in. All genders welcome. 

 

About the Facilitators: Zahava and Om

Between the two of them they bring over a decade of knowledge and experience in Dominance and submisison.  You will hear firsthand from both the Dom and the sub perspective, as well as from their rich trove of experiences with each other and with others.

 

Om Rupani has more than 10 years experience guiding students in the sensual and sexual arts. He has taught and written extensively in the arenas of D/S play, sexuality, and masculine/feminine complementarity. He has developed and facilitated curriculum for organizations including OneTaste, Dark Odyssey, and most recently Masculine Underground. He is currently at work on his first book-length work on internal archetypes, healing, and deepening connection in relationship. Om lives and works in Harlem, NYC. Learn more about him HERE.

 

Zahava Griss is a “gender transcendant” dancer, bodyworker, and sexual empowerment coach.  They have been dancing for 30 years and entered a kinky lifestyle 7 years ago.  They have certifications in Urban Tantra, Yoga for Birth, Pilates, and Health Coaching.  They studied the sexual and spiritual arts of Sufi whirling, Sexual Shamanism, BDSM, bioenergetics, and transformational group dynamics.  They perform and teach at national conferences on healing racism, Dark Odyssey, Black Entertainment Television, New York University, Hunter College, the International Inspiring Women’s Summit, the Kennedy Center, the NY Midwifery conference, prenatal yoga teacher training, and the Deepak Chopra Center.

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