For over a decade, Andrea Zanin has been teaching about queer sexuality, polyamory and BDSM/leather for universities, colleges, sex shops, community groups and conferences in Canada, the States and internationally, and she brings an awareness of privilege and oppression to all her work. Andrea is pursuing a PhD in women’s studies at York University with a focus on Canadian leatherdyke history. She writes a sex column called "Ask the Sex Geek" for In Toronto magazine, blogs at sexgeek.wordpress.com, and pens erotic fiction when she can spare the brain juice. Andrea also co-organizes the annual Canadian leatherdyke weekend An Unholy Harvest, runs a pervy book club called The Leather Bindings Society and judges the occasional leather contest (most recently, International Mr. Leather 2012). She lives in Toronto and enjoys watching documentaries, doing yoga, paddling... kayaks, cultivating poly M/s relationships with exceptionally high-quality individuals, eating fine dark chocolate and wearing really hot shoes.
Hedwig identifies as a queer, poly, femme switch. A resident of London, she has traveled nationally and internationally to learn and teach about a wide array of BDSM and fetish play, with a primary focus on rope bondage. She draws particular inspiration from the traditions of shibari and kinbaku, and has written a dissertation (“Senses and Shibari,” 2011) on the subject. Hedwig brings with her a deep commitment to exploring gender identity, active consent, and the ways they can shape communities.
Lee Harrington is an internationally known spiritual and erotic educator, gender explorer, artist, and award-winning author and editor. He focuses on a practical, down to earth approach to the fact that we are each beautifully complex ecosystems, and we deserve to examine the human experience from that lens. He’s traveled the globe (from Seattle to Sydney, Berlin to Boston), teaching and talking about sexuality, psychology, faith, desire and more, both alone and with Mollena Williams, the co-author of Playing Well With Others. Drawing from his careers as an academic, an adult film performer, writer, philosopher, and kink/bondage expert, Lee teaches with great commitment and passion about human sexuality and sacred experiences.
Scott Thomson began his career as a Sexuality Educator at the University of California at Davis in 1991, shortly after attending the Folsom Street Fair for the first time. He worked for Planned Parenthood for nearly a decade as a Reproductive Health Specialist and Sex Educator in Northern California with a focus on HIV and STI prevention. As a BDSM Presenter, Scott has appeared at regional and national events including Winter Wickedness and Shibaricon. As a trainer, he has developed curricula and provided training for health care providers and educators to help better address their clients’ needs focusing on sexuality and HIV/STI treatment and prevention. Based now in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Scott is a Leatherman, craftsperson and outspoken activist, continuing to do outreach work wherever and whenever possible. Always an innovator, Scott’s workshops are dynamic, interactive and entertaining. With a focus on nuts and bolts skills, communication and self-discovery, Scott’s approach is geared toward both new and experienced community members and offers something for everyone.