[M/s 365] Travelogue – Denver MAsT trip

This weekend, we’ve been immersed in the Denver area MAsT (Masters And slaves Together) community. Both to come and share our experiences and journey as well as learn from the folks here and connect with the Master/slave community. Friday night was a wonderful meet and greet – wonderful hors d’oeuvres, very passionate and engaging conversation with friendly folks. It’s these moments that I wish I could somehow freeze-frame and share with others because these are the moments that really make all the work so worth it – to be around “people like us.” Exchanging ideas and experiences, sharing a laugh and story.

Yesterday, angie and I taught for almost three hours on the cycles of M/s – D/s relationships – “ebbs and flows.” It was held at a local restaurant that treated us extremely well – a BBQ joint called Bennett’s BBQ. The food was good! I’d give them four stars. The presentations went well – we are trying some new techniques based on TED talk approaches and it seemed to go well. Breaking things up into 20 minute segments. Last evening, we shared some personal time with folks at a private dinner event and it was wonderful!

Today is more MAsT and M/s relationship sharing and learning and then we’re on a plane back to Chicago – four day turnaround and we’re headed to Cincinnati and West Virginia. Whew!

We have loved our time here, and very grateful to the hospitality of everyone and the MAsT chapters here. I hope they feel like they got as much in exchange, because we really feel blessed with their kindness and welcome.

Some thoughts about Denver and our trip:

The view here is so moving and spiritual. I’m a woods/forest/hills/mountain man. Give me the earth and rock. Seeing the Rockies is so moving. We drove by Castle Rock yesterday and were so enthralled, we forgot to take pictures. It’s so deceiving to look at “how close” those mountains are and they aren’t that close, but they beckon to my soul. “Come to me. Come explore those valleys and streams and hills.” It’s probably why I dreamed of being a hermit last night.

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The Denver M/s community, I’ve seen at least 5 to 6 times that number, as of Sunday morning. It has almost felt like going back to Master/slave Conference, or to Power Exchange Summit, where we were in an M/s “bubble” – surrounded by people like us. The conversations and exchanges have been personal and impactful – passionate people who want to explore. It’s exciting to be around and it gives me hope and ideas. Things are in cycles, and I believe that my home community, Chicago, is just at a point where the community is small. Right now, the number of “out” Master/slave relationships that I’m aware of in Chicago, through MAsT attendance and/or anecdotal knowledge,  I could count on two hands and have some fingers left over. Those that I have seen define themselves by authority/surrender dynamics as versus sexual dominance or control mechanics. This isn’t a criticism, it’s just a fact. There might be more in the TNG groups or just in more private settings, but it is hard to know for sure.

Like anything else, communities are grown and nurtured, and if there is one thing we’re bringing back to the Great Lakes region and Chicago from the titleholding year, it’s a passion to increase the knowledge and experience of people interested in authority/surrender based relationships. We don’t want anyone to say “Where are people like us?” if we can help it.

7611_725191027574237_5134663846644436381_nMy slave has impressed me to no end this trip. She had to learn a new way of teach our “Ebbs and Flows” class, and adapt to it pretty much in a week, she had to learn and execute service at a formal dining event with people she really didn’t know all that well, or had just met. On top of getting ready and taking care of my desires. She’s done an outstanding job and I’m very proud of her. She always rises to the top and moves mountains.

Good slave.


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Master Michael S

International Master 2014. Member of: Chicago Leather Club, Chicago Leathermen Group, MAsT: Greater Chicago. Longtime leatherman. One of the Four Horsemen.

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