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Name ONLINE: Autism and Kink
Producer Wicked Grounds
Time Sunday 5th of March 2023, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm (PST)
Platform Zoom
Category Education
This event is 18+ only.

ONLINE: Autism and Kink

with John Pendal

Come and join John Pendal for this workshop that isn't just for autistic folk, it can help anyone who feels like an outsider or would like to create a more inclusive environment.


In this workshop we look at the overlap of autism and kink.

  • What is autism and what's the right language to use?
  • Why might an autistic person be attracted to a kinky environment?
  • Can BDSM be used as a form of sensory regulation?
  • What’s the difference between neurotypical and autistic communication?
  • What would be useful to know if you’re playing with a neurodivergent person?
  • And how can you negotiate a scene with someone who doesn’t know where masking ends and they begin?

This workshop isn't just for autistic folk, it can help anyone who feels like an outsider or would like to create a more inclusive environment.


Experienced BDSM educator John Pendal joins us all the way from England, UK. In 2003 John became the 25th person to win the annual International Mr Leather contest in Chicago. Since then he has travelled around the world leading workshops, giving speeches, hosting events and performing kinky stand-up comedy.

Amongst others, John has taught BDSM workshops at Beyond Leather in Fort
Lauderdale; Darklands in Antwerp; Down an Dirty in Melbourne, Australia;
HunCon in Budapest; Kinkferansen in Oslo; Kinkfest in London; Leather Camp in Wichita; Lupercalia in Canada; Minnesota Leather Pride; Mr Leatherman Toronto; Palm Springs Leather Pride; Rome BDSM Conference; SINSations in
Leather; SM Bergen, Norway; Spring in the South in Atlanta; Tribal Fire in
Oklahoma; and for twelve consecutive years at Thunder in the Mountains in

He spent lockdown completing a diploma in life coaching and two qualifications in First Aid for Mental Health. He now works online with English-speaking clients anywhere in the world, both directly and as an Associate Coach with “Thriving Autistic”.

John’s leather website is and his coaching website


$15 - $35 in advance. Please pay at the level you can comfortably afford.

We offer a sliding scale, so that cost is not a barrier to attendance.

The regular ticket is $25. This is what most people should pay.

The $15 ticket is offered for those for whom the $25 ticket would be a barrier to participation. If $25 is too much, we take your word for it! Just pay $15.

Have a great salary? Feeling generous? Paying at the $35 level allows us to make the discounted ticketing available to others who need it.

So - that's it! Choose the level you can comfortably afford.

If cost is a barrier at any point on the sliding scale, please use the Volunteer List at the bottom of the listing to request a scholarship seat.

Wicked Grounds VIP members get discounted/free tickets! Find out more at!


This will be a live, online class offered through Zoom. To participate, you will need to download the free, basic version of the Zoom app before the class! This class will not be recorded and is not available for later viewing.

Zoom now provides closed captioning which will be available for this event.

Volunteer List
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This event is hosted/produced by:
Wicked Grounds
San Francisco, CA
Kink Community, Everywhere! An educational resource for in-person and online classes! (18+)
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