Personal authenticity can only result from the integration of all aspects of our selves—including our sexuality and our spirituality—into one seamless and genuine whole. If we are to live authentically, including our fetishes and BDSM practices in this integration is as necessary and legitimate as including any other part of our lives. In this interactive workshop you will be a presenter as Master Skip facilitates a group discussion of how we as leatherfolk merge sex and spirit, why we do so, and the impact such integration makes on our individual and collective lives. Come and contribute your wisdom to the tribe!
SKIP CHASEY, a/k/a Master Skip, heads a family of spiritually grounded leatherfolk in the City of Angels, where he is a practicing spiritual director and certified Grief Recovery™ counselor and also earns a living as a missionary among the savages of Hollywood. As an out and proud leatherman, Master Skip addressed a crowd of nearly one million people at the Millennium March on Washington, and since then he has given ten keynote addresses and presented over 200 programs on the spiritual dynamics of SM and D/s relationships at noteworthy leather events throughout the US and Canada.
From 2001-2007 Master Skip was a core instructor for the Butchmanns Experience, a periodic weekend retreat that offers opportunities for profound personal growth to leathermen and women of all sexual orientations and identities. He is a co-founder of People of Leather Among You (“PLAY”), a social and educational group for Southern California men and women interested in the integration of spirituality and leather/fetish sexuality, and for six years he was a co-producer of Southwest Leather Conference, “The Leather Family Gathering of Heart and Spirit.” Master Skip presently serves on the Theologies Team for Metropolitan Community Churches and on the board of directors for Butchmanns, Inc., a non-profit educational organization dedicated to self-actualization through the mindful use of physical practices and the conscious exchange of personal power for spiritual awareness.
Master Skip and his pup Tim are the subjects of the award-winning documentary film PUP and have been profiled in NERVE.COM magazine and POWER EXCHANGE magazine; he and his slave Rick are two of the subjects of ASK THE MAN WHO OWNS HIM, a book about gay male Master/slave relationships that received the NLA’s 2010 non-fiction literary award. He is a past recipient of the Lee Montague Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service from Avatar Club Los Angeles, was named “Best Trainer” at the 2002 International Puppy Contest, received the 2005 Pantheon of Leather Community Choice Award and was honored with the Master Heart Award at the 2008 Master/slave Conference.
In his own words, “Blood may be thicker than water, but leather is thicker than blood.”