Hi all! Here is our first-draft lineup of WEEHU presenters. We haven’t yet assembled bios for everyone, and there is a good handful of folks who we hope to add to this list soon – so keep your eye out for more updates to come!
The unofficial dean of erotic hypnosis education, Mark Wiseman (Wiseguy) brings his brand of humor and fun into classes that teach anyone how to use erotic hypnosis in a way that is safe, ethical, responsible, and hot. He is also author of the books Mind Play: A Guide to Erotic Hypnosis and The Mind Play Study Guide, the first hypnosis books written expressly for the kink community. In mundane life Wiseguy is a professional hypnotist, a teacher of professional hypnotists, and an avid woodworker.
Dossie Easton, a long time player on the San Francisco S/M scene, is co-author with Janet Hardy of The Ethical Slut, The New Bottoming Book and The New Topping Book, When Someone You Love Is Kinky, a book designed to give to inform outsiders about our lifestyle, and Radical Ecstasy: SM Journeys to Transcendence.
Dossie is a licensed psychotherapist working with individuals, couples and more in her private practice in San Francisco, with a particular interest in how S/M journeys into Shadow can bring old wounds into the healing light of consciousness and and give them a shot of life force in the form of good hot sex.
An active sex radical since 1961, Dossie was a member of the first Board of Directors of the Society of Janus in San Francisco in 1974. In the eighties under the name of Hidebound Leatherware, she had a business crafting whips and restraints. Currently she makes her home in the mountains north of San Francisco, travels around to teach at conferences all over the world, and spends her nonexistent free time hiking the hills declaiming filthy poetry to the vultures and hosting outrageous pajama parties. You can check out her website at www.dossieeaston.com.
Todd is a certified hypnotist with hundreds of hours of professional instruction and experience. He’s been a hypnotist for 10 years and was introduced to the kinky world when he attended a class called “Hypnotic Conditioning for Consensual Slavery.” Since then he’s been practicing erotic hypnosis with members of both the kink and swinger communities. He has taught private classes on erotic hypnosis and given presentations at numerous events worldwide. Todd strives to teach people how to connect with others, creating intimacy and real experiences.
Felix Krull was one of the early contributors to the San Francisco hypnosis meet-ups, and has led and taught at a number of the meetings over the last several years. He has taught a variety of hypnosis classes at all the WEEHUs and the first two MEEHUs, at Dark Odyssey: Surrender in 2014 and 2015, and at other California meet-ups. Felix is a certified hypnotherapist, with an emphasis on conversational hypnosis. His interests include atypical trance states, anchoring and conditioning, and hypnotic storytelling.
Liz/LuckyAlbatross has been active in the public scene since 1998 and enjoys merging intellectual theory with real world practicality and a hefty dose of whimsy. She has presented in events all over the US, including Alaska and Hawaii. Liz was a member of Black Rose in DC and the Baltimore Educational and Social Society (BESS), where she was elected as Secretary for two years and Chair of the Board for one year. Currently living outside Philadelphia, she was previously in Austin, TX where she was the Arbiter of the local group GWNN and Service Leader of Element. Her favorite fetishes are formal wear and connections and she greatly enjoys hypnosis and objectification.
Captain Mike is a new face in the scene, but he’s an old hand at the art of language. With a BA in English and a MA in Writing, he’s a definite word nerd who’s always ready to discuss intricacies and inanities of language. His interests are more varied than mere vernacular, however, and he can often be engaged in discussion about history, piracy, polyamory, general kink, film, stories, and costuming. Captain Mike is readily identified by his naturally curly hair and propensity for outrageous claims.
Najalaise is maniacal but decent. Even before joining the organized BDSM community in 2005, Naj was exploring kink and introducing others to play piercing, figging, sounding, fisting, and more. In recent years, Najalaise has had the pleasure of presenting for Dark Odyssey: Surrender in San Francisco, Northern Exposure in Anchorage, the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture in Seattle, and erotic hypnosis conferences across the country. They co-founded Seattle’s Erotic Hypnosis Enthusiasts’ Group (now running as the Hypnokink Enthusiasts’ Group) in 2012, and they have been working to build community and offer in-depth hypnosis education ever since. Naj is gleeful about learning and trying new things, both as a top and as a bottom, and is invested in creating spaces that foster knowledge and creativity by making it okay to screw up in public.
An active member of several leather families, Aren is Pacific Coast and International Power Exchange 2015 as part of a triad, and is the current producer of Pacific Coast Power Exchange. Aren is a graduate of Leather Quest San Francisco’s class of 2011, and is the Junior Headmaster for Journey SF 2016. Aren brings a unique combination of queer leather sensibilities and trickster energy to their work and play as journeyman priestess, writer, leather educator, and slave. Residing in the SF Bay Area with several human and animal members of their intimate network, Aren balances introvert tendencies with an intricate polyamorous life.
Ms. WillowKat is Pacific Coast and International Power Exchange 2015 as part of a triad. She brings her creative passion for healing to her endeavors as shamanic priestess, Master, kinky caregiver and midwife to the dying. She has taught in the US and Canada with several members of her family, on topics including communication, healthy power exchange, and poly. Her passions include painting, teaching, ritual, D/s, sex magic, BDSM edge play and tree-hugging. She heads a complex and growing leather family, and holds membership in several other leather families. Nicknamed “the hurricane.” she is known for her dynamic teaching style and her passionate commitment to life.
Ranell is Pacific Coast and International Power Exchange 2015 as part of a triad with Ms WillowKat and Aren. She has been living and following her Leather path of M/s, D/s, erotic play, and service to the community since 2005. Ranell identifies as a dominant, slave, leather dyke, and mystic. She is a Board Member of the San Francisco Dykes On Bikes Women’s Motorcycle Contingent and an Associate Producer of the Ms. San Francisco Leather Contest. Her previous roles have included Logistics chair for Leather Levi Weekend, Venus’ Playground Committee Member, Board Member for the Alameda County Leather Corps, Team Lead for North West Leather Celebration, and Sound Engineer for International Ms Leather. Balancing monastic leanings with a polyamorous lifestyle, Ranell has found deep connections to those spirits who have touched hers.
Grizzly (also known as GrizzlyInSF on Fetlife) is a San Francisco-based sensualized impact play evangelist, with an interest in things now labeled as BDSM that goes back to, well, childhood.
He makes a nuisance of himself in promoting sensualizing and eroticizing brutal toys play through presenting and teaching subjects including fire play, caning, flogging, knife play, whips, shibari rope bondage, and other BDSM favorites at conferences, workshops, demos, and events, including his conducting the longest continually-held singletails workshop in the western United States, Grizzly’s Bullwhips by the Bay, held twice monthly in San Francisco.
Evelyn Evey is a happily kinky, switchy, sadomasochistic, polyamorous, queer experience junkie who lives in Seattle, Washington where she is actively involved with the Center for Sex Positive Culture and the local BDSM community. She is vice president of the board of directors for the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture and has had various roles with the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival. A voracious learner, she has studied Ayurveda, psychology, and acting, all of which have provided her insight and tools for helping others on their own journeys towards finding balance and having fun with their kink.
Chris (LeocantoKosta on Fetlife) self-identifies as a compassionate sadist and hopes to one day figure out what sort of D-type would make sense for him to identify as. Since 2014, he’s been involved in the Seattle BDSM community where he co-organizes the local Hypnokink Enthusiasts Group. Chris enjoys teaching, learning, finding new and exciting things to do with hypnosis, pushing the bounds of what’s possible, and meeting new people.
Kaye Buckley is a private and pro-player in the BDSM Community since its flowering during the late1970s. Together, she and her triad created the first San Francisco women’s SM group called “Cardea”, a precursor to the groups that followed, culminating with “The Exiles.” Her background encompassed the powerful spiritual and healing components that BDSM offers, transcending her own sex-negative healing process and the emergence of her personal sexual identity. She is beyond grateful to have learned from the best!
Kaye’s later explorations led her to Japan where she was immersed for three years as a BDSM Sex Worker and Performance Artist. Returning to San Francisco, she built a Pro-Domme and Mentoring career, creating her own Japanese-style play space, Shibari Magic7. She maintains a private practice as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and is developing a sado-erotic hypnosis practice via telephone. Her current passion is building a bridge between her formal hypnotherapy training and her experiences of the multidimensional trance states inherent in BDSM.
For more of Kaye’s story, read “Priestess Birth,” in the anthology Spirit of Desire, edited by Lee Harrington. Please visit Kaye’s website at www.shibarimagic7.com.
Mephki is the co-founder of the New England Hypnosis Group, founder of the *EHU movement, founder and organizer of NEEHU, and supporter of the EH community in any way possible. Her passion is bringing together people who love hypnosis, and helping everyone find the knowledge and skills they need to get their hypnokink on. Hypnation.org is one of Mephki’s current projects that aims to make hypnosis events easier to find. In addition to hypnosis, Mephki enjoys board games, baking, and rope.
Dr. Headcrash is a poly pansexual Top, and has been practicing and teaching erotic hypnosis in a BDSM context for 25 years. A very psychological player (think “Don’t Shoot the Dog” meets “The Story of O” with a healthy dose of old-school ASFR thrown in) and a bodybuilding sadist, he finds that the most interesting things happen at the intersection of the psychological, the physical, and the social. Dr. Headcrash teaches hypnosis as a collaborative process based on building trust and rapport between subject and hypnotist and encouraging effective communication on both sides. He is co-founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Erotic Hypnosis Group. You can find him at DrHeadcrash.com, or on Fetlife as @headcrash.
Ms. Kitty Love
Ms Kitty Love is a poly bi switch, an experienced hypnotic subject, and a recently certified hypnotist. A sadomasochistic sapiosexual bimbo and bibliophile, she is a fan of continuously expanding her knowledge and skillsets. As of yet, she is experienced in a variety of fetish topics including bimbofication, brainwashing, and ASMR. Her primary hypnotic technique involves touch and motion as focal points to induce trance. She is co-founder and the primary force behind the Orange County Erotic Hypnotic Munch.
RukakoMaiden is a switchy poly queer woman of color currently studying towards a Psychology degree at Stanford University. She is currently president of Kardinal Kink, Stanford’s official student organization for kink and alternative intimacy, and columnist behind Inter-sex-tionality, a weekly column in the Stanford Daily dedicated to consent culture, sex ed, queer and trans issues, and radical activism. She can be appropriately enticed to conversation with a tribute of black clothing, leather, or and/or queer paraphernalia.
panavatar has been experimenting with trance states since she as a child, mostly as a solo explorer and student, and has been a weirdo pervert for as long as she can remember. Since early 2013, she has especially been involved in the erotic hypnosis community, playing primarily as a subject, and is now one of the organizers of WEEHU. Her interests as a presenter include teaching communication and consciousness-expanding skills to players of all experience levels. She identifies as: queer, genderqueer, femme, a bottom-leaning switch, polyamorous, sadomasochistic, an edge player, and a vampire fetishist.
Would You Like to Present for Us?
We are still accepting presenter submissions for 2017.
If you would like to present for us, please contact us with some info about what you might like to do (teach a class, moderate a discussion group, facilitate a special event, etc), a brief bio, and any other relevant information.
We actively encourage new presenters and folks who are just starting out teaching/facilitating.
Our presenters’ list is curated: not everyone who applies to the event is accepted, and not all presentations they would like to offer end up on the schedule. Some considerations we take into account are:
- What are their skills as a presenter?
- Does their offered material fill a unique and/or needed niche in the con’s program?
- Does their offered material complement or fit closely enough to our focus on erotic hypnosis?
Please note: As a policy, we do not host hypnosis stage shows at WEEHU. We feel that the stage performance experience does not fit with the collaborative, educational & experiential environment we foster here. We also feel that there are many venues for hypnotic stage performances, while the other programming we offer is relatively unique. This is not a negative judgement of stage hypnosis–it just isn’t what we’re about. If you feel that you have programming to offer that falls into the “stage hypnosis” category, but should be an exception to this rule, please do reach out and let us know what you have in mind!
Presenters are selected through a variety of ways:
- We invite great presenters from prior years to return.
- We approach people who gave great presentations at other events we attended.
- We invite presenters who were highly recommended by others in the kink community.
- We issue an informal call for presentations in our Fetlife group.
- Potential presenters who hear about our event contact us privately.
If someone approaches us to present, and we aren’t familiar with them and/or have never seen them teach, we may ask them to send us a sample video of one of their classes, give a demo presentation with us in person or via video chat, and/or provide references from someone else in the erotic hypnosis or overall kink community. And we reserve the right at any time, for any reason (stated or unstated) to refuse to allow someone to present.