ForteFemme: Dominance Intensive [SF Bay] March 2024

By Fire Horse Productions Inc. (other events)

Fri, Mar 15 2024 2:00 PM PST Sun, Mar 17 2024 7:00 PM PST

ForteFemme is a weekend-long, exclusive experience for eight women that will elevate your authentic inner femme power.

"ForteFemme wasn’t about cosplaying a domme that wasn’t inside of me, it was about getting to the core of my being…. This was crucial to my healing, self-esteem, and partnership."  - Zoe Ligon, owner of Spectrum Boutique, from How to Be More Dominant During Sex

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Learn the full scope of creating a fulfilling experience for you and your partner through exploring safe, effective techniques to cultivate pleasure and play. 

The emphasis will be on the discovery and expression of your desires, understanding the psychological and emotional structure of joyous BDSM, and providing practical tools and strategies for women with busy lives. 

Fortified with individual attention and guidance, Midori will guide you into a place of empowerment and confidence.



Deep Dive & Unique Education: 25+ hours of concentrated education that will train you to clearly identify your desires, understand your partner's pleasures, and effectively communicate and collaboratively create pleasure and erotic adventures. Specially curated by Midori for the individuals in attendance, this course will challenge you and stretch your ability to live in joy and ethical empowerment. Some have described this as 5 years of experience and wisdom packed into 3 intense and life-changing days. 

Custom Workbook: You will receive a workbook created by Midori with additional educational materials, exercises, and resources to support you through the course and as you integrate what you've learned. 

Sponsor Goodies: Our generous sponsors have sent us an array of goodies to enrich your experience and encourage your pleasure. Learn more about our fantastic sponsors below. 

A Night of Sensuous Dining: The Bay Area weekend includes the option of a special private erotic dinner experience created exclusively for us by Our Gourmet Life. This happens Saturday night after the class ends for the day, pre-registration is required and ticketing is separate, as it’s an optional social experience. You are welcome to bring a guest. You will meet ForteFemme alumni from previous years and enjoy a sensuous evening in your deepening power. 

1 Hour of Private Coaching:   As part of your graduation package, all attendees receive the option for an hour of private coaching and guidance towards your pleasure and confidence, available in the weeks after the course. 

Membership to The Society:  Upon graduation, you will be accepted into The Society. The Society is a ForteFemme alumnae organization created for the purpose of continuing education, support, friendship, and excellence in women's personal empowerment.



FRIDAY // Liberate Your Identity // 1:30pm to 7:00pm

SATURDAY // Listen Intuitively // 9:00am to 6:00pm
Optional Dining Experience // 7:00pm to 10:00pm // (Highly encouraged for you and your guest)

SUNDAY // Spotlight Your Pleasure  // 9:00am to 7:00pm 
Practical Lab (Required) // 4:00pm to 6:00pm (estimated time) // (Highly encouraged to have your partner or guest there with you)

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  • You seek the highest quality education from a renowned expert with decades of experience.
  • You want to dive into excellent immersive education without wasting time on searching for bits and pieces of information from disparate and questionable sources.
  • You are ready for honest self-reflection and the acquisition of skills through inquiry that may challenge your thinking. 
  • You seek to be in and co-create a supportive, kind, and understanding environment for growth and learning. 
  • You value confidentiality, respect, and consent. You appreciate and respect others' self-expression, journey, and vulnerability. 
  • You are a person who identifies as a woman (trans women are women!), gender-nonconforming, or nonbinary person whose life is regularly impacted by transmisogyny, misogyny, femmephobia, and/or sexism.
  • Your BDSM experience level is anywhere from entry to expert.
  • You value thoughtful and thought-provoking content.
  • You crave a unique educational experience and information not available online or in regular workshops.
  • You are able to attend and be present for a three-day in-person event. You are able to care for yourself to enable being present for these three days.

“Can BDSM really be good for me? Is it healthy for my relationships and partners?”

You will learn how to discern what healthy BDSM is. Through the program, you will understand what makes for loving, healthy, and fun kink, and what contributes to toxic or harmful experiences.  ForteFemme helps you to deepen compassion and intimacy with yourself. In turn, this leads to better relationships with those around you.

“How do I get out of this stuck and stale feeling about our play?”

Through the deep work you’ll do in this course, you’ll learn how to use an innovative framework that’s elegantly simple for creating mutually fulfilling scenes to cultivate play and pleasure.

This program builds up your skill, knowledge, and confidence through a multi-layered approach. Along with studying the psychological and emotional foundations, you’ll learn and practice essential physical skills such as easy bondage, gorgeous flogging, confident movement, and commanding presence.

“How is this relevant to my everyday relationships, work, and  life?”

While this program teaches through the lens of BDSM, the skills and practices it teaches enhance success and balance in all facets of life. The ForteFemme curriculum focuses on the authenticity of self, examination of ethical power, communication skills, and collaborative creation of joy.  Think of BDSM play as a microcosm of interpersonal relationships and a playground for exploring exceptional communication skills, integration of shadows and desires, and collaboration in creating pleasure and connection. 

The confidence and deep communication skills you gain in ForteFemme translate beautifully to enrich your everyday life, community, and business leadership strength.


In this small group setting, discussions and exploration are rich and genuine. This time and space allow for individual attention, guidance, and discovery. There will be no formulaic scripts or conventional technique drills. Midori will guide you into a place of empowerment and confidence that is unique to you. 

Unsure if ForteFemme is the right choice for you? Send us a Message. Midori would be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you might have.

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What the graduates have to say...

  • "ForteFemme was a deeply transformative weekend. Using our 'hearts, heads, then hands', the activities of the   weekend were consistently engaging and exciting."
  • "Thank you one thousand times over for this weekend.  I signed up wanting to stretch myself as a dominant, but I had no idea just how far the weekend's activities would take me.  Through your intensive, I found my strong, powerful, and very feminine dominant voice.  I was hoping to learn skills to fake confidence, but instead, you taught me how to tap into my natural confidence.  I went from stressing about "what do I do next" to taking control and confidently moving the scene however *I* wanted it to go.  I am thrilled to be able to bring that energy to my relationship and excited to test it out!"
  • "I arrived as a newbie who was scared, undereducated, and unsure of whether I would see the weekend through. I left the weekend with a greater awareness and understanding of alternative sexual appetites, a lightening up of my perspective, and with more compassion, love, and understanding for myself and my sweetie's desires.

    I would say to any woman considering this weekend: You will get out of the experience what you put into it. GO FOR IT." - Tina, NYC

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We are delighted to share that the event will be held in a new location, a magnificent Spanish-style estate in the Oakland Hills. There will be outdoor spaces accessible with stunning views of the Bay Bridge and Mount Tamalpais to help you recharge between sessions. 

The venue is scent-free, including candles and incense. Please do not wear perfume or highly scented products of any type. The property does have a sweet feline cat that will be kept away from the instruction area. However, if you have allergies you may want to bring your medication of choice.


The Venue is a 20+ minutes walk from the local bus stop, we recommend taking a ride share or a taxi for the remaining leg.  The instruction area is on the main floor of the house and should be ADA-accessible. 

If you have specific accommodations such as a service animal, food allergies, or are hard of hearing, please Send us a Message and we would be happy to work with you to make this event accessible. 


Your safety, and that of our team, is important to us. We are requiring everyone to take a COVID-19 Rapid test within 24 hours of the start of the event. These should be readily available at your local pharmacy. 

If you test positive for COVID, are ill from other communicable illnesses (such as cold/flu), or are showing any symptoms of illness including cough, congestion, sore throat, loss of smell/taste, body aches, etc- please do not push yourself to attend or put others at risk. Contact us at the earliest opportunity and we will transfer your registration to future ForteFemme weekend.

We welcome anyone to wear a mask indoors but will not require all attendees to do so. There will be open windows, air circulation, high ceilings, and space outdoors to eat for those who wish to minimize risk. 

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FAQ //

  • I don't have any experience. Is this weekend for me?
    YES!   Start your exploration on the right step. 
  • Does my partner join me in class?

    Partners will not be participating nor are they to be present during the instructions. 

    If you have a partner, they are welcome to join you for the optional Saturday night dinner. They are also strongly encouraged to join you for the last section, Lab Time, late Sunday afternoon. (We encourage you to ask them for aftercare from the weekend too!)

  • I don't have a partner. Is that ok?
    Yes! This weekend will help you to better identify your desire and give you great tools for meeting people. We are happy to match you with a skilled Trainer Bottom for the Lab Time. 
  • Do you provide lodging?
    No, but here's a link to some hotels previous attendees enjoyed. 
  • Friday's instruction starts at 1:30pm. Do I need to attend this or is it just a meet-&-greet?   
    Friday we will be covering important content that you'll need for the rest of the weekend. Full Friday attendance is required for the completion of the weekend. 

See the full ForteFemme FAQ on our website

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Our Grand Sponsor // Pleasure Chest - Founded in 1971 and known for their high-quality toys and world-class education, you can find their stores in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and everywhere on the internet!

Silver Sponsor // The Stockroom - The original internet source for quality sex toys, bondage gear, and restraints - on the internet since 1988

Silver Sponsor //  Le Wand Massager - The Best rechargeable vibrating massager // B-Vibe - Incredible remote-controlled anal play toys   // The CowGirl - Premium Ride-on Sex Machine with a killer remote play app! 

Our Silver Sponsor // Spectrum Boutique - Detroit-based online educational pleasure shop run by ForteFemme Alumni. 

Local Sponsor - New York // Purple Passion - New York City’s premier BDSM, fetish clothing, and adult toy store for men and women.

Local Sponsor - San Francisco //  Mr. S Leather - Handcrafted Gear Made in San Francisco since 1979 for Bondage, Leather, Rubber & Neoprene.

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Trailblazing educator, artist, and irritant to banality, Midori teaches, coaches, and consults on alternative sexuality, BDSM, Shibari cultural competency, and joyful empowerment through D/s and thoughtful kink.

She began teaching in the mid-’90s in San Francisco and shortly after established her company Fire Horse Productions. Midori is known for having penned the first English instruction book on Shibari, “Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage” in 2001, paving the way for the popularity of rope today. 

Midori founded Rope Dojo ® in 2002 and ForteFemme: Women’s Dominance Intensive in 2004. in 2020 she launched the monthly deep dive discussion youtube program Consent Dojo. Currently, she is working on a follow-up book about Shibari and strategies for engaged play, the draft chapters are available to read on the Twisted Monk Blog.

Midori is the Co-Director of the Curriculum for Kink Informed Certification, part of the Sexual Health Alliance, training therapists and helping professionals to provide safe, compassionate, and inclusive service to their clients. She is the recipient of the 2022 Humanitarian Award from the American Association of Sex Educators Therapists & Counselors (AASECT) and the 2022 Effing Foundation Grant, along with having been honored with a Sainthood by The Sisters of Perpetual indulgence. She also authored “Wild Side Sex,” “Master Han’s Daughter,” “Toybag Guide to Foot and Shoe Worship,” and “Silk Threads.

Learn, laugh, and enjoy her special online classes, events, & art at


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Immerse yourself in a world where your pleasure matters, your power is celebrated, and your dominance is thoughtfully cultivated. 


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This event is for women (trans and non-binary included), Aged 18+, of all orientations & experience levels. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

  • Full refund if canceled 30+ days prior to the start of the event 
  • 25% refund if canceled between 14-29 days prior to the start of the event
  • No refund if canceled within 14 days of the start of the event

COVID Policy: 

  • Masks are not required but are recommended for your comfort and safety. The space will be sanitized and windows will be open. 
  • All attendees are required to show proof of a negative COVID test taken on the first day of the event
  • If you test positive for COVID, are ill from other communicable illnesses (such as cold/flu), or are showing any symptoms of illness including cough, congestion, sore throat, loss of smell/taste, body aches, etc- please do not push yourself to attend or put others at risk. Contact us at the earliest opportunity and we will transfer your registration to future ForteFemme weekend.

Fire Horse Productions reserves the right to cancel a registration with a full refund if deemed necessary or appropriate. 

Fire Horse Productions Inc.

Mailing Address

584 Castro St. #843 San Francisco Ca 94114 USA