This Halloween, we're bugging out about using beetles, bees, & beyond!
Creepy Crawlies! Using Insects & Bugs in Kink w/ Wintersong
Formicophilia is the erotic interest in being crawled upon and/or bitten by small insects, although in this workshop we’ll look at playing with worms too. Starting out by covering some of the “whys” and “hows” of this versatile and edgy form of play for everything from mindfucks to sensual play and pain play.
We’ll talk about some of the common kinds of critters people play with such as red wigglers, earthworms, BSF larva, mealworms/superworms, crickets, and slugs. Safety and techniques will be discussed, along with a variety of objectives, anatomy, and play scenarios.
Wintersong is a presenter, spirit worker, sex & kink educator, activist, and photographer, with over a decade of experience running rituals and teaching classes that range from private one-on-one instruction, to workshops at conferences and events across the United States.
Some of the topics he presents include kink/BDSM techniques, alternative spirituality, magic, queer/LGBTQ issues, and polyamory. Today his appearance credits include kink, pagan, and LGBTQ conferences; universities; hospitals; and online video programs; as well as television documentaries on topics such as polyamory, pagan spirituality and genital integrity.
He is the former assistant producer for Dark Odyssey Events, and used to be a blogger for the LGBTQ politics and culture blog The Bilerico Project. His writing also has been in HUGGIN Magazine, Pittsburgh's Out, New Witch Magazine, and books by leaders of the pagan & neo-classical shamanism communities.
His spirit & ritual work is centered around rites of personal transformation as well as the relationship between the living and the honored dead. He is a founder and council member of Clan Tashlin, a magical order built around a unique approach to magic and the relationship between people and the land.
Hearth & Soul is a queer-centric, pleasure-positive venue in North Portland; there is one stair to get into the house & a beautiful black cat on site. H&S overlooks the Willamette & has multiple zones within the home for different types of play, activities, & privacy levels for outdoor play! The venue has one stair to get into. We are a queer, gender non-conforming, & BIPOC & AAPI inclusive space. Click HERE to join the Hearth & Soul Facebook group!
Jamie (aka Gwynny)
Jamie is the executive director of Sex Positive Portland; she has been hosting speed dating since 2019. She is polyamorous, queer, and kinky, with a love of shibari/rope bondage. She leads discussion groups and classes on relationships of all sizes, orientations, and dynamics. Her background is in communications, video production, and marketing; check out her YouTube channel & or social media @ExploringJamie
Lady Vivus (she/her) is a spiritually & culturally driven bootblack, Switchinatrix, & a leather cow. She's an out, proud, & fierce-as-fire transwoman. At a young age, she became a believer the first time she saw Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tight ass in leather pants while watching Terminator 2. Since then, Vivus has found a spiritual outlet through leather that's driven her love of bootblacking & leather care to new heights. While hailing from Detroit, Michigan, she has settled in Salem, Oregon, where she serves as the majordomo for her leather family, the Atomic Army.
In her previous 9-5, Vivus assisted in running one of the few behavior services agencies in the world dedicated to supporting folx displaying sexually maladaptive behaviors. During that time working in the field of social sexuality, she was grateful to be able to author sex & gender positive curriculum, as well as curriculum around healthy relationship development.
She hopes to inspire others to enjoy sexuality & dynamics from an authentic place, as well as helping folx their spiritual place with leather & be able to find healing within it as well. Her love of community, education, & sharing ideas with other sex-positive folx is insatiable. Vivus also serves as the lead organizer for the Salem Munch, as well as the Willamette Valley Shine On chapter. Vivus currently serves as a resident bootblack for the Portland Eagle & formerly 50 Shades of STFU & Jiffy Kink. Click HERE to view her upcoming events & workshops HERE or follow her on Fetlife @LadyVivus!