the 2023 Boundless RETREAT: Our Presenters
The Boundless Retreat OFFERS WORLD CLASS KINK & BDSM EDUCATION
“The education offered at the Boundless Retreat was amazing. In just a couple of days I had access to some of the best presenters and their classes—this alone was worth the cost.”
We are ecstatic to announce that after a year off we are bringing back our educational classes to the Boundless Retreat and will be welcoming four world-class presenters and educators who will be teaching during the Boundless Retreat in August.
During the weekend you will have the opportunity to attend up to 10 classes with our presenters, as well as visit during their “office hours” to be able to get advice, ask questions, pour your heart out, pick their brains, and have some good conversations.
2023 BOundless Instructor IN RESIDENCE
Midori (she/her) is a renowned educator and writer on sexuality. Dubbed “the supernova of kink” by Dan Savage, she emerged from the Sex Positive Movement in San Francisco in the early 1990s, soon becoming a much sought after international presenter on sexuality, personal fulfillment, and kinky adventures.
Her reputation as an authority and leading expert on alternative pleasures stems not only from her unique and entertaining process of teaching concrete skills but from her ability to deconstruct and distill complex matters of desire into surprisingly accessible lessons with eloquence and humanity. She’s known for tackling challenging topics with fresh and relevant insights. She calls this her “head-heart-hands” method to create a space where people are allowed individual self-exploration. Fundamentally she is motivated by helping people to create authentic and intimate relationships while emphasizing self-actualization, shame reduction, acceptance, and justice.
She teaches a Kink Informed Certification Program with the Sexual Health Alliance for accredited Therapists, Educators, and other professionals to better support their clients who engage in alternative relationship styles. In recent years she has taught for professional organizations such as Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment, Center for Cultural Innovation, and Modern Sex therapy Institute. Midori has also presented at San Francisco State University and Antioch University and was the recipient of the 2022 Humanitarian Award from American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).
Her writing is extensive, ranging from numerous articles, columns, works of fiction, to instructional books. She is the author of The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage, Wild Side of Sex, Master Han’s Daughter, and co-author of Silk Threads. Her next Shibari book is currently being written.
OF Two KNotty Boys
One half of the rope bondage instruction duo Two Knotty Boys, JD (he/him) has been teaching interactive rope bondage and restraint workshops for over two decades.
Along with Dan of Two Knotty Boys, he co-authored the bestselling books, Two Knotty Boys Showing You the Ropes (2006) and Two Knotty Boys Back on the Ropes (2009).
Since then, he and Dan have traveled around the world teaching their unique brand of fusion rope bondage and have created over 100 rope bondage instruction and restraint tutorials (available for FREE download on their website: www.twoknottyboys.com). His personal knowledge, extensive rigging innovations, and perspective of our lifestyle are simply invaluable, and we’re extremely excited to have him!
See the list of classes that will be taught by JD.
Sinclair Sexsmith (they/them) is a queer trans butch, a leather dominant, and a writer, focusing on individual, interpersonal, and institutional systems of power. They study dominance and submission, social & restorative justice, the energetic body, trauma, and transformation. They have been in the kink community since 1999, and orchestrate transformative kink scenes through written erotica and ritual practice. They actively explore the philosophies of power exchange and the practicalities of sustainable, long term D/s.
As a leather community member, titleholder, and organizer, Sinclair has presented and performed 200+ times at 75+ venues, including International Ms. Leather, Dark Odyssey, SXSW, Harvard, and Oz Kink Fest.
Their short story collection, Sweet & Rough: Queer Kink Erotica, was a 2016 finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and they have edited 7 queer erotica anthologies; their latest book is Daddy4Daddy: Queer Kink Erotica.
MICHAEL SIMS & LISA GRACE
Michael Sims has been a professional body modification artist for 21 years practicing piercing, branding, and scarification. Michael was first introduced to body modification in an official way when Modern Primitives came out in 1989, and as a freshman in college it opened his world. From there, he got his hands on all of Gauntlet’s PFIQ magazines and started piercing. His journey met its apex when he found his first Body Play magazine with an ad by Fakir for his piercing school. He studied with Fakir in 1992 and later taught at his school. These early years were the beginning of events that have shaped his life and introduced Michael to a community of amazing people.
Lisa Grace trained for 7 years in Advaita Tantra (non-duality) and has been a Senior Faculty member at The Shakti Shiva Academy since 2019. She combines the wisdom of sexual shadow integration into the modalities of Transformational Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hakomi Somatic Therapy. Lisa is currently passionate about integrating all of the above through The Yoga of Intimacy practice with respect to sacred sexuality and the development of exquisite consciousness in this full bodied journey of being human.