Life After IML - May 2010

The good news is I've picked up some freelance work, but the bad news is the hours are unpredicable so this may be the last column I write for a while.

I'll leave you with details of some SM educational weekends running from May to August 2010.

If you know of any others please email details to:
SMevents (at)

Thank you - hope you have a good summer.

John standing sideways on stage, holding a clipboard and microphone

Jan 2010 - hosting the Mr Chicago Leather 2010 contest
Photo credit: Chuck Goes

May 2010

Held in Chicago, IL, USA
from 28th to 31st May 2010

"Shibaricon is the world's premier international pansexual annual rope bondage educational conference. The event offers 4 days of education, fun and friendship, including more than 85 classes from over 50 presenters and 3 nights of play. This will be our 7th year - please come and join us."

June 2010

Held in Wichita, Kansas, USA
from 4th to 5th June 2010

"Kinky Karnival is now in its 5th year with 9 presenters teaching 12 classes over two days. Also a vendor market, entertainment acts, Kinky Kash auction and two evening play parties. There are new things every year, so please join us. Low price, great location."

Held in Decatur, Georgia, USA
From 10th to 13th June 2010

"Over 50 presenters teaching three full days of workshops and intensives."

July 2010

TES FEST '10: Find Your Freedom
Held in Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
from 2nd to 5th July 2010

"Taking place over the Fourth of July weekend, TES Fest is the premiere event in the NYC Metro region for everyone (from amateurs to seasoned veterans) to socialise, learn new skills and simply have a great time. With classes and special events covering the gamut of topics and special interests, TES Fest allows people to explore, educate and entertain themselves in a healthy, safe and sane environment."

Held in Denver, Colorado, USA
From 16th to 18th July 2010

Thunder in the Mountains attracts up to 1000 people for a weekend of workshops and play parties. "This year we will have 15 presenters and 30 workshops with the largest dungeon of any other event in the country (40,000 sq. ft.) which includes spaces for men only, women only and pansexual. Rooms are still available at the host hotel, but are going fast."

(I'll be teaching two classes there for my fourth consecutive year, as well as hosting the Saturday night talent show.)

Held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
from 30th July to 1st August 2010

"Weekend for people wishing to explore Dominant/ submissive relationships, run by Laura Antoniou and Midori. Participants will develop insights to help them get what they want in current and future relationships. The curriculum will provide the tools for each individual or relationship unit to create their own customised manual of effective protocol, rules, etiquettes and codes of conducts. The instructors work closely with each student through out each step. The weekend will include lectures, group discussions and exercises, with time for reflection and time for pure fun. Registration opens 15th June 2010."

August 2010

Held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
From 6th to 8th August 2010

"With special guest players, Tony Buff and Derek da Silva, The Utah Rebellion is Utah's only male leather event. The event hosts a Dark Spaces play party, day fair, top quality leather lifestyle education, bootblacking and kick ass bar party. All proceeds from this event go to keep the leather and sex education in Utah open and alive."

Held in Wichita, Kansas, USA
from August 19th to 22nd August 2010

"Presenters Whip Master Bob and bootpig will presenting a series of classes specifically designed for Leather Camp VI. There will other classes as well as the all popular cigar social, annual dinner and leather contest. We look forward to seeing you."
(I was one of their workshop presenters in 2006.)

Held in Maryland, USA
from 19th to 22nd August 2010

"Black BEAT provides a safe, discreet, and welcome environment for African American expressions of D/s, BDSM and alternative sexuality. Presenters will lead workshops on Friday, August 20th and Saturday, August 21st. Keynote address by Master Obsidian. Black BEAT welcomes and encourages all races, ethnicities, and sexual preferences to join us for this unique conference experience."

Held in Edison, New Jersey, USA
at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
from 20th to 22nd August 2010

In its fourth year of education, community-building, and play, The Floating World boasts more than 150 classes and events, and about 1200 attendees with a vibrant mix of interests and identities: leather, swing, equestrian, queer, kink, polyamory, spiritual sex, LGBTQ, gender and sex radicals, bondage, M/s, trans, sex-positive, AB, sissy, body modification, fetish, alt-sex and more! All are welcome."

Held in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
from 20th to 22nd August 2010

Now in its ninth year, they will be holding more than 30 workshops over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Between 400 and 500 people attend, whether they are "gay, straight, bi-sexual, cross-dressers, and many things in-between".

Held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
from 27th to 29th August 2010

"This year's Ottawa Leather Fest will celebrate the submissives in our lives and the Dominants who appreciate them. As well as SM seminars and workshops there will be a meet and greet, Kinky Kabaret, play parties and the Mr and Ms Central Canada Olympus Leather contest. Ottawa's Pride parade and picnic will be held on Sunday."

Have fun, look after yourselves and the people you play with.

Best wishes,

John Pendal
International Mr Leather 2003

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