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Annanda DeSilva

Annanda DeSilva

Annanda has been happily working at Come As You Are since 2009, when she arrived in a flurry of colour and set her sights on decorating and bedazzling everything. Thus, in addition to spending tons of time on the store floor with co-workers and customers, she is now our Visual Merchandiser, Window Display Designer, Art Show Co-ordinator and the Organizer for the whimsical and sexy Erotic Arts and Craft Fair! For some balance and to put the other side of her brain to good use, Annanda has recently taken over our Accounts Payable department, where she gets to play with numbers like she used to do at Math Camp.

One of the many things she finds fulfilling about her work at Come As You Are is the opportunity to create an accessible and comfortable environment to talk about and explore aspects of sexuality that are often silenced in the larger world.

In the event that she is not here at the store, Annanda loves to cook, eat, sew, crochet, hang out with cats and occasionally perform really campy burlesque dance numbers around Toronto. She can be reached at annanda@comeasyouare.com.

Noah Kloeze

Noah is CAYA’s newest addition, arriving after happily working in the organic grocery industry. From fondling zucchinis to polishing cherries, Noah’s appreciation for a lush piece of produce is genuine, and considerable. Although certain of few things, there is one thing they know for sure: there is something remarkable about food that can really satisfy a craving.

The Dance of D/S Workshop
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The Dance of D/S Workshop
Cultivating Dominant and Submissive Body Language
With Andrea Zanin

A dominant / submissive dynamic can be a beautiful thing to experience and to watch. The flow of power between two or more people is a lot like a dance – in fact, specific physical motions and positions can lend D/s much of its flavour and beauty. This class will explore the use of body language and protocol to reinforce your dominant/submissive dynamic, focusing on grace, subtlety, confidence and attentiveness for both dominants and submissives. There will be lots of ideas to get you started on developing your own smooth dance of power. Areas we'll cover include opening doors / walking through, kneeling / receiving kneeling, handing something over to be taken / gracefully taking, assistance with dressing and undressing, walking, sitting, waiting, voice, touch, sex and play. Great for couples and groups; solo participants are welcome.

People of all genders and orientations welcome!

When: Sunday, September 21, 2014. 5:30PM-7:30PM
Where: Come As You Are
Cost:$25/person (Sliding Scale Available)

Learn more about The Dance of D/S Workshop.

$25.00

10 Rules for Happy Non-Monogamy Workshop
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10 Rules for Happy Non-Monogamy Workshop
With Andrea Zanin

So you’d like to be romantically involved with more than one person at once? Or maybe you’d just like to sleep with someone other than your one-and-only? Whether you’re considering your first steps into non-monogamy or you’re an old hand looking for a fresh perspective, you’ll find valuable tidbits in this common-sense approach to enjoying love and sex in the plural. This is an interactive workshop with lots of room for beginners and experienced poly folk alike to share their questions and experiences.

Monday September 22, 2014. 7:30PM-9:30PM
Where: Come As You Are
Cost:$25/person (Sliding Scale Available)

Learn more about 10 Rules for Happy Non-Monogamy Workshop.

Three People - $60.00
One Person - $25.00

The Art of Receiving Service Workshop
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The Art of Receiving Service Workshop
With Andrea Zanin

Some delightful creature wants to polish your boots, clean your house and make you a home-cooked meal every night… without charging a cent! Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Well, it is. But if you’re one of those lucky souls who has inspired the devoted attention of a service-oriented individual, you may have noticed that being on the receiving end requires its own kind of work, and comes with a very particular set of challenges. This workshop will help you get a handle on those challenges—from the inner work of vulnerability, trust and self-knowledge to the practical tasks of developing management skill, protocol and consensual entitlement. Come learn how to cultivate a profound, mutually rewarding relationship between server and served. BDSM experience not required.

When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014. 7:30PM-9:30PM
Where: Come As You Are
Cost:$25/person (Sliding Scale Available)

Learn more about The Art of Receiving Service Workshop.

$25.00

Hands-On Japanese Rope Bondage Workshop
Hands-On Japanese Rope Bondage Workshop
With Midori
Everyone's catching the rope fever! Bring the pleasures from Japan into your bedroom with easy, sexy rope play. Learn simple, elegant, effective and sensual rope skills and thrill your partner. Midori will also teach you how to avoid clumsiness, minimize risks, including boring or harming your partner. Learn essential foundation techniques including four two-column restraints, safety, rope selection, and creative, sexy positions.

Wear comfortable clothing and bring a minimum of 2 lengths of 15 feet and 2 of 25 feet of rope.

When: Saturday, October 4th, 2014. 7:30PM -10PM.
Where: Come As You Are
Cost: $70/per pair (Sliding Scale is Available)

Learn more about Hands-On Japanese Rope Bondage Workshop.

$70.00

The Art of Feminine Dominance Workshop
The Art of Feminine Dominance Workshop
With Midori

Elegance, power and confidence... Do you want to know how to be a dominant without being a bad cliche? How do you find a sexy style of erotic dominance that's authentic to you? Using a special technique she developed, Midori will help you to find your inner power femme archetype, allowing you to pursue erotic fulfillment of sensual power play. Not your typical how-to class, you'll discover the difference between constructive and destructive desires and point you towards ways of bringing satisfaction in bedroom play for both you and your partner.

Midori will share with you her secrets of the feminine art of dominance. She will discuss the psychology, practical exercises, techniques, fashion, how to discover what makes your partner weak-kneed, and more. This class is not limited to a gender, but for all who harbor the powerful woman within! Something for everyone from the novice to the experienced player.

This is an excellent foundation for the ForteFemme: Women's Dominance Weekend Intensive.

Sunday, October 5th, 2014. 5:30PM-8PM
Where: Come As You Are
Cost:$35/person

Learn more about The Art of Feminine Dominance Workshop.

$35.00

Rock Her World Workshop
Rock Her World Workshop
Exquisite Pleasures for Women
With Midori
A class for the woman and the lover, both.

Become an expert at navigating women's erotic landscape! —Don't be lost without a map! Come learn all the hidden ins and outs of a woman's pleasure zones with Midori.

Are you a dedicated lover of women? Learn many juicy tips and techniques.

Women! - Learn how to give great "driving directions" for all the thrills and sensations you crave... whether with a lover or playing solo. Emphasizing communication along with great technique and secret sex skills, Midori will be your guide to becoming an even more amazing lover! Learn the map and be lost no more, and enjoy the fruits of love to the fullest!

This class is packed with secrets, tips and tricks on how to give the most blissful sensations with your loving mouth and dexterous digits. You'll use delicious practice props (think fruit and candy!) and go home with skills to use that very night.

Couples and solos of all genders welcome!

When: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014. 7:30PM-9:30PM (All genders welcome.)
Where: Come As You Are
Cost:$35/person (Sliding Scale Available)

Learn more about Rock Her World Workshop.

$35.00

Control & Dominance Moves Workshop
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Kinesthetic Rope 2 (A Rope Dojo Elective)
With Midori
Learn effective rope moves to enhance control. What ever style of bondage or rope play you enjoy, these skills will boost the emotional and psychological intensity. In this hands-on class you’ll practice safe moves that are body-smart for the top side and bottom sides. Whether you enjoy Kinbaku, Shibari, Westen, Predicament, Damsel in Distress, Take-downs or Confrontational play, these techniques will integrate well into your fun!

No experience necessary - You do not need to have taken Kinesthetic Rope 1 or graduated from Rope Dojo - but if you have, this will enhance your continuing education. This Rope Dojo Elective is open to those who play at one or both ends of the rope. You do not have to be a Rope Bondage Dojo graduate to attend. If you’ve not attended, this class will provide excellent foundation for Dojo. More info: www.RopeDojo.com

Wear comfortable clothing and bring two or three length of rope that you usually play with. If you’re not sure, bring two or three lengths of 20 to 30 feet per rope. Some practice ropes will be available to borrow. Yoga mat or towels are suggested but optional.

If you come solo, you’ll be paired with other solos for practice.

Monday, October 6th, 2014. 7:30PM -10PM
Where: Come As You Are
Cost:$35/person

Learn more about Control & Dominance Moves Workshop.

$35.00

 

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