ONLINE: Autism & Kink with John Pendal

  • Hosted by Wicked Grounds
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In this workshop we look at the overlap of autism and kink. 

- What is autism and what's the right language to use? 

- Why might an autistic person be attracted to a kinky environment? 

- Can BDSM be used as a form of sensory regulation? 

- What’s the difference between neurotypical and autistic communication? 

- What would be useful to know if you’re playing with a neurodivergent person? 

- And how can you negotiate a scene with someone who doesn’t know where masking ends and they begin? 

This workshop isn't just for autistic folk, it can help anyone who feels like an outsider or would like to create a more inclusive environment.


Experienced BDSM educator and comedian John Pendal joins us all the way from

London, England.

In 2003 John became the 25th person (and only Brit) to win the annual

International Mr Leather contest in Chicago. Since then, he has travelled

worldwide teaching SM education, giving speeches, as a master of ceremonies or

doing stand-up comedy.

He has taught workshops at Down and Dirty (Melbourne), Inferno, Lupercalia (Edmonton), Minnesota Leather Pride, Mr Leatherman Toronto, Palm Springs

Leather Pride, Rome BDSM Conference (Italy), SINSations in Leather, Spring in

the South (Atlanta), Tribal Fire (Oklahoma), and Thunder in the Mountains



$15 - $35 in advance. Please pay at the level you can comfortably afford.

We offer a sliding scale, so that cost is not a barrier to attendance.

The regular ticket is $25. This is what most people should pay.

The $15 ticket is offered for those for whom the $25 ticket would be a barrier to participation. If $25 is too much, we take your word for it! Just pay $15.

Have a great salary? Feeling generous? Paying at the $35 level allows us to make the discounted ticketing available to others who need it.

So - that's it! Choose the level you can comfortably afford.

Patreon members at the VIP+ level may get discounted tickets for $10. Just see your Patreon membership emails for this month's discount code. Find out more at!

If cost is a barrier at any level, please use the "Volunteer List" to request a free scholarship ticket. We will award as many scholarship tickets as we an on a space-available basis. 


This will be a live, online class offered through Zoom. To participate, you may need to download the free, basic version of the Zoom app before the class! This class will not be recorded and is not available for later viewing.

Zoom now provides closed captioning which will be available for this event.