Max Presents Building D/S Relationships

Wed, Jan 17 from 7pm - 10pm (Pacific)

  • 18+
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Doing deep D/S takes trust, knowledge, and connection - qualities that are built over time.

Relationships which incorporate consensual power exchange provide an environment for experimentation, growth, and refinement of the power dynamic in ways that are not possible in a single scene. For many, an ongoing dynamic is the state they've always wanted.

Building ANY relationship is hard. It takes self-awareness, honesty, persistence, and a variety of skills. Building a D/S relationship is extra hard in some ways, but we also have additional tools at our disposal.

This class maps out strategies for starting and growing D/S relationships and provides tools you can use right away.  We'll cover

  • Finding partners
  • Defining the scope of your authority transfer
  • Managing multiple partners in a D/S relationship
  • Working through issues and disagreements
  • Making sure your dynamic is based on desire, not on structural power

Workshop format

This workshop will include lecture, demos and (optional) exercises. There will be plenty of time for Q&A as well.

The exercises are set up to be done alone - you don't need to attend with a partner to find value in this class.

As always with Max’s classes, there’ll be a handout to facilitate your learning and your ability to practice after the workshop.

This workshop is part of the D/S Series Max has taught several times since 2013. Each class in the series can be taken independently; there are no prerequisites for any of the classes. Follow-on classes will include:

  • Building Power Through Language and Suggestion
  • Manifesting D/S Through Role Play
  • Top Ten Skills for Successful D/S
  • The Many Faces of D/S
  • Constructing Successful D/S Scenes: Using What You Have to Get What You Want

Who should attend?

This workshop assumes no previous BDSM experience and is appropriate for all genders, all orientations, and for both tops and bottoms.

If you're interested in training or exploring power dynamics within a consensual relationship, this workshop is for you.

You may attend alone or with a partner. Please buy a ticket for each attendee.


Attendees will receive a handout full of technique and resources. Subsequent classes in the series will address complementary D/S skills.

Max also offers private coaching as you build your skill as a dominant or submissive. These sessions are completely customized to meet your needs and desires. Contact Max to discuss these offerings.

Cancellation / refund policy

If you cancel your registration up to 2 days before the event you will receive a full refund.

If we cancel the event you will receive a 100% refund, to include ticketing fees.


  • No smoking or vaping inside.
  • Refrain from wearing perfumes, oils, and scented products as our hosts are chemically sensitive.

Covid protocols

We are navigating the current guidelines and our own sense of safety and reasonableness. The protocol for this event is based on our own research and risk assessment; we encourage you to do the same before you purchase your ticket.

We will have HEPA air purifiers running in the dungeon. These air purifiers have been shown to reduce Covid-19 transmission.

There is no vaccination requirement for this event. Max is vaccinated and boosted and recommends that you be vaccinated to reduce the severity of your illness if you get sick. Unvaccinated people 12 and older are 17 times as likely to die from Covid as vaccinated and boosted people.


Masks will not be required. You may, of course, wear a mask if you wish.

Please do not attend if you are exhibiting Covid symptoms or you are exposed to someone who has tested positive in the 14 days before the event.

Testing before attending events is a good way to protect each other. Please test before you come to class.
Thank you for helping to keep us all safe.

About Max

Max has been active in Seattle's kink community since 1992 and has taught workshops and offered private coaching since 1999. He is nourished and guided by his strong roots in the kink, queer, leather and poly communities.

Max weaves his BDSM practice into his life because it's an especially effective way to build intimacy. The level of trust, communication, and active consent required for this practice creates beautiful, powerful experiences, and deep relationships.

Max has spent a lifetime building a range of skills, to include the intimacy of rope bondage, the intensity of the singletail, the connection of erotic hypnosis, and the power of authority-transfer (D/S) relationships.

Max is always the consummate professional - competent, attentive, passionate, respectful, and empathetic. He loves what he does and is grateful for opportunities to help others explore kink and find deeper connection.

Max's Seattle Dungeon

Address will be shared with registered attendees
Seattle, WA 98122