The New 2017 & 2018 Cabin!

As you know we are going to be in a new cabin this year! Here’s some pictures of the cabin and a little preview of the amenities.



  • 8.5 bathrooms
  • 11 Bedrooms
  • A 20 seat stadium style home theater room
  • Three huge banquet tables
  • A double kitchen
  • There is an arcade style game room with 8 machines and 45 different games to play
  • Air Hockey Table, Foosball Table, Pinball Machine, Pool Table
  • There is even a swimming pool available to us in the resort

Announcing Submissive Journey Weekend 2017!

How many teachers / parents / caregivers told us we weren’t living up to our potential? GAH! No one wants to hear that!!

The reality is that all of us have some really great stuff inside us, just waiting for our time to flourish. For most of us, it’s not about whether or not we can do it – it’s whether or not we have the passion to carry through.

So, how can turn that inside potential into external possibility? Well, that’s what this weekend is all about – discovering that spark within you, and carrying it out into the world.

Meet some great people.

Have some lovely down time.

Share ideas with people you’d probably never get to sit next to if you weren’t on the mountain.

Find your passion, share it with others, and help others see your vision. Let’s find a way to carry our potential out to a place where we can make positive change happen in the world.



The Details

Dates: Thursday August 17 – Sunday, August 20, 2017

Location: The Gatlinburg, Tennessee area.

Cost: $250/person    until April 30, 2017

After April 30th, cost goes up to $275/person

For those who cannot pay a lump sum, payment plans can be setup.

We hope to have some partial scholarship dollars again this year so don’t let cost deter you from applying!

Catching Up & What’s The Scoop for SJW 2017?

January 29, 2017

After much agonizing, we have made the difficult decision to move SJW to the fall this year. We’ll be meeting August 17-20, 2017.

A couple months back we were all set to make an announcement about dates for May. Then the forest fires in TN ruined all our plans. Once the rental agencies got done moving everyone around, the dates they offered us just weren’t acceptable. So, in lieu of cancelling for this year, we’re just moving to the fall and a new cabin.

Don’t worry, it’s only for this year! 2018, we’ll be back in the spring again!

Tomorrow we’ll be getting the website sorted and getting registration finalized.

On a serious note…..

I’m incredibly sorry we have been so silent. Honestly, I just didn’t know what to say or how to say it. I didn’t know how to tell you that we couldn’t have SJW in May, and so I said nothing. Boy, was that a bad choice!

Thankfully, Mags finally kicked my ass enough to get me to finalize everything and get this ball rolling. She convinced me you folks would be fine with the weird arrangements for this year, and that we’d just make it work. Well, can I say how much I love having my ass kicked by Mags? smile

We are doing everything in our power to cut the costs of SJW to the bare bone. It is my goal to get SJW down to the lowest price we possibly can, to make it available to a wider scope of folks. For this year, i can promise you that the prices will not be raised – and are likely to go down.

Tomorrow the team will be finalizing the numbers and setting up the website registration. At that time, we’ll announce this year’s price.

Oh, and if you’re still reading…….you get in on a special secret. We already have dates for next year: May 17-20, 2018. Mark it on your calendars, because the cabin’s already reserved!!


2017 Presenters


Alli has been in the BDSM lifestyle since 2007. She served in leadership of The Red Chair from March 2009 until November 2016 as an Officer, on the Board of Directors, and as Secretary of Operations. Alli educates on numerous topics. Those dearest to her are Lifestyle Accident Recovery and Bootblacking. She believes in and follows Leather traditions which became a precursor to her love of Bootblacking and leather care. She began her Bootblacking journey in December 2007 and in 2012 set out on the public aspect of her journey. Her favorite things include getting her hands dirty while she teaches and shares knowledge with anyone desiring that knowledge, rekindling passions for the magic of Bootblacking, and helping others realize the power they have in their hands to not only heal and preserve leather, but to create amazing energy. Some of her leather care talents include taking care of exotic skins, dye or ink detail/repair, micro-repairs, and the always popular erotic boot worship. Her Master, Craig, seems to always request the erotic boot worship…



Over the past 6 years Anne has been grooming and cultivating her idea and self-expression within the concept of BDSM and power-exchange dynamics.  She believes that there should be a very deliberate Path of one’s own choosing, and then pursue that Path with faith and humility. An integrated life is paramount and all areas of her life inform her dynamic, and vice versa: Hours with a personal trainer and on the mountain bike trail (admittedly, she loves both)  prepare her for the physical demands of her dynamic; as do her Faith and continued pursuit of personal growth (she recently began studying Nonviolent Communication with the patient suggestion of her sister).
She has chosen to be a slave and has patiently journeyed to find a Master to help her on that path.  Starting in September of 2016, she entered a M/s Consideration with a sadist; Pursuing a Master/slave dynamic with a Sadist offers context for all aspects of M/s (traditional service and protocols), however it is especially the physicality of SM interactions – for her, only to be had at the hands of an experienced Sadist – that she finds most challenging and rewarding and which provides the framework for Suffering as a Service.


Cricket is a 48 year old, cisgender, slave to Ms. Franki, and girl of Daddy Kieran. Introduced to Leather and kink 10 years ago, which feels like 5 minutes ago and forever, cricket is reminded every day that there is plenty more to learn. Dedicated to education and empowerment, cricket is a lifestyle presenter on gender and sexuality, effective communication, and the use of ritual for spiritual or relationship enrichment. Having reached the lighter end of the education tunnel, cricket is looking forward to completing a masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and continuing her service to the community offering internet based counseling to folks in non-traditional relationship structures.



Herb has been out and active in the lifestyle since 2002 when he joined The Group on an outing to see “Secretary”. He had been on the fringes before that and has been in and out since. In that time he been a collared submissive and engaged in a variety of forms of physical play. He has taught and staffed Submissive Journey Weekend and been the service bitch to the SELF vendor room.


Kacie Haven

Kacie Haven is a slave with 18 years’ experience, much of which is detailed in her book “Conquer Me”. She has presented on a variety of topics at many events including GLLA, PXS, BMSL, and other more local events. She has even given a couple of keynotes, and was on Dan & dawn’s podcast! She is recently released from her Master of 10 years, and eager to see where the next steps will take her on her journey.




kel (adorkelble)

kel (aka adorkelble) is a pragmatic yet hopeful first mate creating a niche for her skill set and instinctive inclinations on the right side of the slash. While she’s only been actively involved within the community for five years, kel brings an engineers brain, long-form improv training, and service heart to the table, along with a bit of irreverence, a general willingness to ask questions and a more than her share of bricks. A member of the Atlanta community, kel currently serves as one of the coordinators for the Bottoms Up! Munch and as secretary of the MAsT: Atlanta Metro.



Mags is a gender fluid sadomasochist, owned amazon slave, pony owner and so much more: what you see is what you get! She is an Atlanta, GA native who still lives there with her Master and furry kids. With 30 years involved BDSM Mags truly believes there is still more to learn each day! Mags is a passionate educator, active member of the Bottoms Up Munch (B.U.M.) committee in Atlanta and an active member of Recovery in the Lifestyle (RitL), [12 step meetings for kinky folks]. Mags is hearing impaired and sometimes will miss things you say, so please do not be offended if you are asked to repeat something or Mags seems to not have heard you.

Mags has a large conglomeration of interests from spirituality, environmental studies, homesteading, Dr. Who, sci-fi, anthropology, psychology, music, reading odd scientific studies, death and grief in modern society, cars and so much more that have shaped much of who she is and how she serves. Mags likes to say that she brings a very odd set of skills to the table for her Master and her Daddy. Fortunately, they both like her weird! Mags is very keen about education and is an autodidact, a mentor, as well as a protégé and student herself. She believes that there are always opportunities to learn and grow, no matter how long we have been around!


Riches Jodi

Riches Jodi has been active in the alternative sexual expression lifestyle since 2004 and pledged to Sergeant Major since 2005.  With his guidance she has grown ever more knowledgeable about Leather, kink, D/s and M/s lifestyles and relationships and is now tasked with sharing her knowledge whenever and wherever possible, which she finds to be a labor of love. A regular attendee of Submissive Journey Weekend, she is now also the producer of the annual Submissive Enrichment Empowerment Knowledge-share (SEEK) Retreat in Minnesota.

With travel to events and participation in various clubs and organizations either as a leader or a member she is quite busy, but in her down time Riches also enjoys in no particular order:  gardening, biking, camping, kayaking, baking, rocking or chilling out to all sorts of music, being goofy, throwing puns around, watching movies, facing down fears of public speaking and being a warm lap for her cats.  Oh yeah, and being a target for impact and intense sensation whenever possible, consensually of course.


Scarlett is a 42 year old, cisgender hetero-flexible slave. Introduced to the lifestyle two decades ago. She spent the first 10 years wondering what all the fuss was with the “public lifestyle”. After 10 years in the hearty Atlanta scene she knows the answer. She started volunteering with Sadistic Engineering which led to leading the first Little’s program for Frolicon for 3 years and a seat on the Whippersnapper’s board which she proudly retired from at the ripe age of 40.  She co-founded SUBMIT (a yearly Atlanta based s-type only 2 – day event) in 2015. While teaching has always found it’s way into her life, clearly it is facilitating the learning of others that really yanks her chain. Her current self-improvement goals include growing her self-care skills, Acceptance Therapy, Belly Dancing, Paper-Mache taxidermy and hanging with her “Producer” posse. She has embraced being single and is very busy living the most important love story of her life, learning some pyramids are meant to be climbed alone.



I’ve been actively learning and participating in the BDSM community for 7 years.  I’m single and still looking for my Dom.
I’ve been using and teaching about essential oils as part of our everyday wellness for 16 years.



talina has been in the lifestyle for over 20 years, and has been owned by Master Zarius since 2004, in a 24/7 Master/slave home. Their household model is based upon Gorean principles, including strong integrity, leadership and disciplinary practices, while leaving the fantasy elements of Gor behind. It is their goal for all participants in the house to be free to express themselves in a positive manner, putting forth ideas respectfully, and for each to participate in his/her own personal growth. They push each member to achieve their highest potential, while respecting personal boundaries.

A trained facilitator, talina has traveled to many parts of the country teaching classes on emotional intelligence, accountability, and life fulfillment. She has attended the MTTA slave training program, and staffs several events each year designed for s-type folks.

Many years of experience as a Little Letter Person has taught talina a multitude of skills in how to lead by example, rather than by directive. Emotional Intelligence and Personal Quality Awareness are key principles by which talina lives her life, and encourages others to find within themselves. Always eager to help those who wish to find more fun and fulfillment in their lives, talina can be found teaching and attending many large and small BDSM lifestyle events each year.


Trinity (writergirl on FetLife) is a published author and kink educator living in Atlanta,GA. She has been involved with the lifestyle in some capacity since 1993, having been drawn primarily by the mental, d/s side of things. She identifies as polyamorous, is married, and is the s-type in a Master/slave relationship, separate from her husband. She’s taught multiple kink-related topics across the Southeast at major events, dungeons, and local groups in Atlanta, GA, Nashville, TN, Tampa, FL, Baton Rouge, LA, as well as Alabama and North and South Carolina.
 You can find her at and you can check out her books on Amazon at


zilah is a service oriented submissive, inter-spiritual minister, and meditation/yoga instructor. Her passions and experiences include a deep love for personal connective service and the ways in which service, transparency, and communication can be a cornerstone of spiritual practice. She also has experience in butler/valet functions and likes to share a variety of concrete skills in addition to communication based tools. In recent years she has become extremely interested in green living, cooking, homesteading, and natural body care as well as traditional botanical remedies.

zilah has been active in the public scene for 8 years. For four years she acted as a co-moderator for Off The Cuff and Newbie Night in Fort Lauderdale, as well as being in service to various Vanguard Leather Events there. She currently lives in Atlanta and is pursuing graduate school for counseling. She hopes to focus on bringing compassionate care to under served populations including those of minority sexual and affectional orientations.

in themselves. Always eager to help those who wish to find more fun and fulfillment in their lives, talina can be found teaching and attending many large and small BDSM lifestyle events each year.

slave lori

slave lori has been in a 24/7 Master/slave relationship for 15 years. She started her journey with Master Doug in Seattle in 2002, after communicating online for a very long time. The path has not always been easy but has been very rewarding.  With the help of Master Doug slave lori has been braving the path of finding herself. He has taught her to value the uniqueness within her.

She thrives in the Master/slave relationship and believes that this type of relationship has made her a happier and stronger person. slave lori believe that being in a Master/slave relationship pushes both side to grow. She strongly believes in the synergy of a power exchange relationship.

lori is Bluegrass Leather Pride slave 2016 and Great Lakes slave 2016.  She has been involved with the Seattle community, the Indianapolis community, the Terre Haute Community and is now settling into the Louisville community.  She is a member of the Indianapolis MAsT chapter and Derby City MAsT. Meeting and getting to know new people is a passion of slave lori’s.

2017 Classes

10 Ways to Overcome Mount Laundry ~~ Scarlett

Laundry can be a beast of burden. Let me share with you in’s and out’s of why I find laundry to be one of my favorite blessings of love. Over the years I’ve collected tips and techniques that will make your laundry easier to manage. I can’t promise you’ll come away with my passion but you’ll have more than just detergent and fabric softener on your mind. Please bring your most challenging laundry problem child we will brainstorm our way into a solution.

Worksheet will include recipes for homemade products, emergency laundry solutions, schedules to keep you from becoming overwhelmed and tips and techniques for the whole process.


Balancing Energy with Essential Oils ~~ subcumlately

Feeling emotionally drained, lost your zip, stressed out?

I will present oils that can help with these things and send you home with a small sample to get you started.

Beating The Imposter ~~ riches

You get excited about an opportunity only to talk yourself out of taking it.  You have trouble accepting praise.  A form asks you to list your accomplishments but everything you begin to list seems fake so you procrastinate.  Does this sound familiar?  It’s not you, it’s The Impostor! That creep is holding you back from living life to its fullest.  Together in this workshop we’ll discuss how to beat The Impostor which will empower you to improve yourself and your Dominant/submissive relationship.


Boots, Leather, Sexuality ~~ alli

Oh, yes! That’s my kind of FOREPLAY!!! Have you ever sat and watched someone having their boots polished or their leathers worked and wondered what exactly was going on between those two people? Have you ever felt the energy radiating from the sensuality of an amazingly sexual bootblacking experience? Does the eroticism and the energy exchange make your cock hard or your panties wet? If so… come play with me. Let’s get dirty, learn some basic leather care, and let’s experience how amazing and sensual the art and science of bootblacking can be. When you leave you won’t want to go home alone!


D/s 101 ~~ Trinity

So now you’ve done it! You’ve gone and created a d/s dynamic with someone. Now what do you do? For the s-type, that might seem easy. You obey. But what if you don’t like what you’re being told to do? What if you think there’s a better way of doing something than what your d-type wants you to do? Aren’t s-types supposed to follow blindly? And what about all the rituals and protocols? How do you do that? If you’re just starting out, once the initial excitement of beginning a d/s dynamic wears off, d/s can seem really daunting. In this class, we’ll talk about how to figure out what sort of d/s dynamic fits well for all parties involved. We’ll discuss creating meaningful rituals and protocols that will be more than just rules. And we’ll talk about how to keep d/s going when the vanilla world encroaches, as it inevitably will. Come prepared to learn and to share your own ideas and thoughts on d/s!

Dancing with Grace ~~ Herb

Never stepping on your feet is not the true grace in life but in continuing dancing when you have.  We discuss public and private failings, how to react in the moment, how the longer to take address them compounds the issue, how to continue on when you must and repair later, how to apologize.


Don’t Fear the Sewing Machine! ~~ kacie

So you’re afraid of seeing, or just intimidated by the machine? No more! This class will, in 30 minutes, teach you how to thread and use a sewing machine with several stitches and for several purposes. Never fear it again!


Green Cleaning (Service Class) ~~ zilah

This class outlines recipes and methods for eco-friendly natural cleaning. Included in the handout and discussion: cleaning products for the home and the natural medicine cabinet. A short summary of common aromatherapy uses and the power of essential oils will easily add additional joy to any of the base recipes provided. Several samples will be provided to feel, smell, and try.

Honoring the Prime Directive: A Self-Care Wake-Up Call ~~ kel

We’ve all been tasked with “taking care of ourselves” either by contract or default. Many of us – buy our own admission – are bad at it. This class is intended to help you find your personal motivation to take care of yourself and to give you a few practical ways to move forward.


If at First You Don’t Succeed: Rebuilding Trust & Renegotiating Your Dynamic ~~ Mags

We have all made mistakes, missteps and outright screw-ups in relationships at some point. How do you come back from those? Can you? It is possible to rebuild trust in your power exchange dynamic? Can you get back to where you were or even better? Does rebuilding trust mean you must renegotiate your power exchange dynamic? You absolutely can rebuild the lost trust if both parties are willing to do the work. We will have a dynamic and interactive discussion about trust and renegotiation in this class.

We will cover the following points:

  • Fantasy vs. reality in dynamics and how it can affect trust lost
  • Apology vs Amends
  • Rebuilding Your Inner Trust
  • Rebuilding Trust in the Relationship
  • Assessing the Need for Renegotiation
  • Techniques and Tips for Renegotiation

Knife Care / Skills (in the Kitchen) ~~ talina

All of us want to produce the fancy dishes we see on TV, yet there doesn’t seem to be anywhere to learn the skills. This is your chance to learn how to select good knives and how to care for them. Select a good cutting board and add in a little practice, and you’ll be making fancy radish roses in no time!! This is a hands-on class where you can learn some very practical skills, learn how to judge knives, and get a chance to show off a little also.


Positively Powerful ~~ Mags

Have you met those people who just always seem to see the glass full? Do you simultaneously want to smack them & secretly wonder how they do it? Studies show that positive thought can have a powerful impact in your day to day & overall life. A few ways that it can help are:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Better psychological health
  • Better physical well-being
  • Greater resistance to common ailments
  • Healthy coping skills
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease

You will learn methods to practice every day to improve your positive outlook & how it can improve all areas of your life and your service!


Self-Awareness ~~ kacie

A skill that is sorely lacking in many people (and little letter people in particular), attendees can benefit from self awareness to enhance their Power Exchange relationships.


Sexuality Roundtable ~~ Your SJW Hosts

No, having sex on a round table is not what this class is about. Or maybe it is – who knows! We’re going to take about all the various types of sexuality that exist, and what that means for those of us who choose to interact with folks who don’t identify as the standard binary. This is your chance to ask questions of those with various sexual identities, and to share your sexual identities tips and tricks with others. We’re all going to be learning / sharing / growing together.


Soup Without Spoons ~~ Herb

We often discuss how to submit when you have a chronic illness that limits you physically but how do we submit to someone with those limitations.  We discuss how not to react when your Dominant is struck by a chronic illness that makes their energy level lower but still variable day today while helping them continue to meet your needs.  Spoon theory, right and wrong ways to approach lack of physical expressions of Dominance and inability to receive service, proxies and other partners, more I haven’t thought up yet.


Suffering as a Service ~~ anne

Ask any S type…or D type…what service is and you will hear a lot of traditional responses:  bootblack, dinner service, food service, tea service, community service, cigar service, etc., You have probably attended a lot of events that have talked about “service” within those traditional concepts; discussions and presentations around how to prepare for them, how to execute them, even on how to RECEIVE these traditional services.  There are classes and presentations on how to throw a whip, or a cane, or how to tie a strappado,  as a form of Service (from the Top).  Again, not a lot about RECEIVING a whip, or a cane in the context of suffering, especially as a service.
Suffering within the context of SM is a service that one must work and prepare for; just as a bootblack has their preparations, so too does the slave who offers suffering as service.   Why offer it?  What are those preparations?  What is suffering?  How do you hone this service skill?    This presentation will take you down a darker, less trodden path of service:  Suffering as Service.


Tea Time ~~ zilah

A discussion of different types of tea (white, black, green, oolong and herbal) how to choose and store tea and brewing requirements of each type. This class focuses upon the benefits of brewing tea from tea leaves rather than bags. Basic components of a typical tea service will be presented, as well as some ideas for fleshing out a simple tea service into a more formal party or an involved intimate ritual for a partner. Also includes a brief discussion of English vs Japanese tea. This class can include a taste test of two to three types of tea depending upon length and location.


To Newbie, With Love ~~ Trinity

Stepping out into the real life BDSM community can be scary and intimidating. A lot of new folks are nervous about what might be expected of them, of what they can expect. We’ve all been newbies at some point so everyone knows that feeling! When we’re new to a community—any community, really—we sometimes come in with assumptions of others or fears about how we’ll be received. Unlike most BDSM 101 type classes, this isn’t about how to explore kink. This is specifically about stepping out into the kink community and surviving! In this session, we’ll talk about some of the realities of the real life community versus stereotypes or perceived expectations and what the possibilities are in getting more involved. We’ll discuss how to keep safe, how to figure out who’s trustworthy and who’s not. If you’re new to the community or just considering stepping out, you’ll likely find this dialog helpful. Those who are not new to the community are very welcome to come, listen, learn, and add to the discussion!

Braving the Path to Submission ~~ slave lori

Have you ever heard, if you are a slave you must be a doormat? Have you ever worried you were going to lose yourself if you became a slave? I had these fears; however, my biggest fear was after finding someone to serve he would think I was just a crazy and messed up as the rest of the world thought I was. I needed badly to know that I was not crazy just different and could be loved for who I was. Master did just that and so much more. He taught me to love myself. He could see potential in me that no one else including myself could not see. I learned to burn like a wild fire and fly like a phoenix. I saw the only limits I had was the ones I placed on myself. I then started to see the same in other people. Every day people settle for less than they deserve. They only live life not experience it. I would love to share ways to tap into your potential. To show you that being in a power differential relationship does not have to hold you back, instead can give you the power to fly.