Rapture

Rapture, or Thom as he is known by most, has made the metro Detroit area his home for more than 20 years and has spent nearly that long in the BDSM realm. A father of three, a leather craftsman, and an avid sports fan, Rapture is a member of the board of directors for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), the event coordinator of L.I.F.E.(Leather Institute For Education) Detroit, a long time co-host of monthly BDSM parties Wicked and Dark Nirvana, and long time educator.

Rapture has presented classes all across the midwest and east coast including caning, single tails, impact play, BDSM 101 and safety at events such as Twisted Tryst, TESFest, COPE, Ohio SMART, Beat Me in St. Louis, Madtown Kinkfest, NELA Fetish Flea, Sinergy, GRALE (Grand Rapids, MI), and many more.

Within the lifestyle, Rapture started his journey years ago as a horribly smart-assed bottom and submissive. Realizing that his smart mouth was not conducive to submission, he began switching, and eventually a nearly full time Top/Dominant. While having a wide range of interests in play, his mostly positive experiences as a bottom with canes, and many other things, led to his determination to become proficient with as many of them as possible as a top.

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Seven ways to get the most of your poly relationship(s)

This discussion and participatory class will focus directly on poly relationships from a different perspective. While not everyone practices polyamory the same way, we feel that some concepts are universally accepted and/or beneficial. This discussion will dive into some ideas that delve a bit deeper than the obvious necessities of trust, communication, and honesty. The class will benefit greatly from sharing experiences, both positive and negative, in the hopes that all will gain some insights that will help them with existing poly relationships or as you dip your toes into the seemingly murky waters of polyamory.

Caning: From Sensual to Sadistic

Canes generally have a nasty connotation to them. Brutal. Painful. Punishing. While they can be all these things, they don’t have to be. In this class we will cover a wide range of topics, mostly focused on making caning an enjoyable experience for both top and bottom. We will cover topics including, types of canes, safety concerns unique to canes, psychological and physiological effects on the bottom, types of cane strokes, rhythmic caning, tailoring your play to music, and more. The class will also feature a 15-20 minute demonstration of a caning “scene” as a standalone scene.