### Using Ritual in Power Exchange Relationships w/ Cricket Grrl, Saturday, September 14
For September’s educational event, GD2 is excited to welcome back national presenter [Cricket Grrl][https://fetlife.com/users/5475]! Her last class at GD2, a lecture on assertiveness for bottoms, was a big success and we are looking forward to her return!
Often when we think of ritual, we imagine a priestess or shaman in a dusky, smoke filled room. In reality, a ritual is simply a set of behaviors intended to center, focus, heal or communicate. Some rituals are very simple (slave kneels and greets Master at the door with his slippers), others can be complex (slave builds a fire in a very exact way, arranges the furniture just as instructed, sits in meditation for 15 minutes, then recites a mantra or poem to indicate to Master that he has prepared himself for Master’s use).
Regardless of complexity, ritual is a powerful way to orient the members of a power exchange relationship to their roles, to one another, and to a common goal. This class will consist of an explanation of what a ritual is and how and why it works, followed by discussion of individual participants’ relationship needs or goals and assistance with brainstorming effective rituals.
### About Cricket Grrl
I am a 45 year old Leather girl living in Indianapolis. I serve the local community in varying capacities as a member of NLA – Indianapolis, Andromeda, IMAs and KISS, as well as on the board of Great Lakes Leather Alliance. My workshops, which I’ve presented at IMAs, KISS, Galleria Domain 2 and GLLA, are informed by 13 years working in mental health counseling and education, 5 of which were spent educating school and social service professionals about Gender and Sexuality; the generosity of my Odawa and Ojibwe teachers, and an avocation as a martial artist and self defense instructor. I have been in the lifestyle about 6 years, and am passionate about empowerment, healing, and helping folks understand and value our differences as well as our similarities. While I primarily present within a day’s drive of Indianapolis, I am willing to discuss travel to other areas.
** Using Ritual in Power Exchange Relationships**
**Presented by Cricket Grrl**
**Saturday, September 14, 2013**
**6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.**
**Galleria Domain Two ( GD2 )**
**RSVP preferred but not required**
**RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org**
**Open to All 18+ w/ID**
***Please come with an open mind and arrive early** for the best seats as GD2’s monthly educational events regularly draw between 60 and 90 attendees.*
***You do NOT need to be a member of GD2** to attend GD2’s free, monthly educational events, which are held the second Saturday of each month.*
***Please send RSVPs to email@example.com** and include your full name. Confirmation of your RSVP, along with GD2’s address, will be sent via email.*
***[Fetlife event page](https://fetlife.com/events/197154)** to let other Fetlifers know you are or may be going and to help get the word out.*
*For more information about GD2, including a calendar of upcoming activities, socials, and educational events, please visit [www.galleriadomain.org](http://www.galleriadomain.org).*