Smashing Stigma: Mental Health and Kink – Devyn Stone

Thursday, August 5th (rescheduled from June 16) – 7 pm

Despite growing awareness of mental health in kink and leather circles, stigma around various kinds of neurodivergence remains. Devyn Stone, founder and producer of THRIVE, reviews the history of consent and neurodivergence in kink, from RACK and SSC to the DSM. He invites participants to explore the diversity of the human mind in its myriad of forms, even those more feared and stigmatized than others.
Devyn Stone is a self-awareness and BDSM educator, author, and alternative lifestyles coach. He dreams of globe trotting and helping folx achieve the connections they desire, while they learn themselves more deeply. He has been actively practicing authority transfer dynamics since 2004

Devyn has a passion for giving and receiving education; his favorite topics are psychology, negotiation, consent, relationship construction, and organization. He is the Founder of Pragmatically Kinking, where members discuss the practical aspects of BDSM, and THRIVE, a virtual conference dedicated to the intersection of mental health and BDSM.

Interrogation Scenes and Military Play – Part 1 – Midori

Thursday, August 18th  – 7 pm

Discussion of Structure & Psychology of military vs. interrogation scenes

Crisp uniforms. Commanding women and dashing men. Relentless discipline. Cruel interrogators. Physically demanding training. Intimidating inquisitions and pointed questionings. If these images make your heart beat faster, then march, don’t lollygag to this class!

These scenes encompass a wide variety of play and scene structure. Fantasies, motivations, narrative dynamic vary widely. It can involve solo play, pair scenes, or a large cast of co-players. It may be incredibly simple, needing little preparation – or nuanced, complex, rehearsed, and prepared with complicated coordination. Some scenes are best when the resistance is pushed through and in others that may lead to damaging outcomes. How do we figure these out? How do we explain what we want and figure out what your partner is really asking for? Also… under what conditions might you choose not to play in with these scenes? How do we decide this?

Curiously… For some people such scenes and play may be a way to access deep emotions, hard feelings, to vent and even find some healing and balance with all the awful things that are happening in the world today.

In this presentation Midori will discuss the different types of military vs. interrogation scenes, motivations, and psychology, how to prepare, how to maintain your roles, and how to incorporate safety in the scene structure, Breakers vs Endurer scenes, and several ideas for scenarios.

You will take away several points for discussion and planning, for your internal dialogue as well as scene planning with others.

Please bring your open mind, curiosity, and note-taking materials.

Content warning:

The class is designed around an assumption of a basic understanding of consent in fantasy role play in BDSM, negotiation, and mutuality in aftercare. These topics will not be discussed in detail. If you are not familiar with these, we encourage you to seek out information on these before class.

The workshop discussion is highly likely to contain, cover, or touch on: military, law enforcement, power inequity in general society, stylized violence, foul language & loads of swearing, expressions of aggression, consensual non-consent, political/cultural/historical trauma, guns/knives/weapons, and other related topics and language.

The presenter is also likely to share from a place of deep personal vulnerability gussied up in humor and irreverence.

There may be a live mini-scene during this presentation – though this depends highly on the presenters play partners state of readiness in this medium. (In other words, we might have a very real scene but it depends on our authentic readiness.)


Want to discuss this topic future? Midori hosts Office Hours for open discussion in her Patreon every other week. We encourage you to join her at


Midori’s Bio

Trailblazing educator, sexologist, artist, and irritant to banality, Midori founded Rope Dojo and ForteFemme: Women’s Dominance Intensive. She penned the first English instruction book on Shibari titled, “Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage” in 2001, paving the way to the popularity of rope. Dan Savage calls her the “Super Nova of Kink,” while others affectionately call her Auntie Midori for her cool, tell-it-like-it-is, funny, reality-based teaching. She is also the author of “Wild Side Sex,” “Master Han’s Daughter,” and “Silk Threads.”

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Take a Peek at Past Workshops …..

Breaking into Erotic Writing – Auntie Vice

Pony Play
Negotiating What Matters – Heather Rose
The Pleasures of Pegging (Basic) and (Advanced) – Ruby Ryder