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CleoDubois

CleoDubois

In 1980 my journey into SM play started. There I found the link that connects my sexuality and my spirituality. It taught me that negotiated sadomasochism is a valid path to self-discovery, healing and intimacy. I became a professional Domina and ritualist. Leather Conferences and community groups such as Outcasts, Janus, Exiles, QSM, SMOdyssey gave me a voice as an ethical and informed kink presenter. In 1995, I founded the Academy of SM arts and shifted my work towards couples offering consultations in my office as well as private guided play in the dungeon. Desiring to reach more individuals and couples attracted to BDSM, I created and produced my first docu-play video "The Pain Game" in 2000. The response was magical. The video screened in San Francisco, Paris, New York, Amsterdam and Minneapolis in alternate film festivals. It received an award from the Society of Scientific Study of Sexuality. Folks asked me to make another film focusing on bondage. "Tie Me Up!" was released in 2002. I have been published in Different Loving, Random House,1993; Bitch Goddess by Pat Califia, Greenery Press, 1997; as well as contribute to alternative publications like Skin Two and On Our Backs. I am a proud contributor to Sex Tips and Tales from Women Who Dare by Jo-Ann Baker, Hunterhouse 2001. I teach bondage and SM to couples, Dominants, and switches both privately and in community venues in San Francisco and elsewhere . I also work with Dominants seeking to refine their skills and with submissive masochists who wish to plumb their depths. My Academy of SM Arts, in collaboration with Sybil Holiday, is offering the second year of Erotic Dominance Intensives for Women. These four day courses, one for Professionals and one for private players are offered several times a year. Based on the awareness and refinement of erotic energy exchange, these Intensives focus on personal empowerment as well as play skills. I believe in the magic of SM and what I love most is the sacred reality of the dungeon experience.