It’s that time of year again – my friends A Petite Blonde and her ManToy Stryk46 are sponsoring a Minnesota GRUE.
What’s a GRUE? Well, you could ask the denizens of Madison, West Michigan, or St. Louis for starters- it stands for Graydancer’s Ropetastic Unconference Extravaganza. The keyword there is not “Graydancer”, it’s “Unconference.”
The Unconference model is a self-organizing conference – no agenda is decided at the beginning, it’s we simply have the people and the space and the time. With a few applied principles and one law, a schedule is created.
Don’t believe me? In St. Louis, at 9:45 we started the process of creating a schedule – there was just a blank wall. At 9:55 we had the following schedule:
- Tying people with disabilities
- Bamboo canes and rope
- Head harness
- one and two column ties
- Suspension and spanking
- Dying rope
- Multi-person suspension
- Fellatio Fitness & cunnilingual conditioning
- Full Contact Dom
- Fast Release
- Speedy Gonzales
- Predicament Bondage
And with the exception of Head Harnesses and Fast Release, we did all of those. Who presented? The people who were there. The people who wanted to do these subjects, who were passionate about the topics. Who participated? The people who wanted to; if someone didn’t, they went off and did something they did want to do…and at 5pm, we all gathered to talk about what we had done and share.
Then there was a great party, and the next day we gathered for a pancake breakfast and further discussion. That’s the way a GRUE works, and you can be part of the one in Minnesota:
First weekend in May
9am to Midnight on Saturday May 3
10 – Noon brunch on Sunday May 4th
50$35 Ticket price includes the unconference, lunch, dinner, a play party Saturday evening and brunch Sunday morning.
- Whoever comes are the right people.
- Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
- Whenever it starts is the right time.
- Whenever it is over it is over.
Law of Two Feet (“If you are not learning or contributing it is your responsibility to respectfully find someplace where you are.”) are often put forward as guide posts for participants.
An unconference is a conference where the content of the sessions is created and managed by the participants rather than by one or more organizers in advance of the event. Can’t tell you what we’ll be doing, because that’s going to be up to those that show up.
This is an 18+ event. You must be 18 or older at the time of the event.
image from EroticFalconry, thanks to BoyMeat for pointing the way…