WHERE & WHEN
“Awaken” is the RS brand for our multi-day event, and is a transformative ritual piercing weekend intended to provide a unique and educational experience, as well as a “first look” for many people into the world of body-stress rituals.This iteration of Ritual Steel’s Awaken is being held in conjunction with The Woodshed Orlando, and thanks to their generosity with space availability, we will include additional activities.
The Friday evening workshop is open to everyone ($25 charge for non-weekend-ticket holders), and will cover the basic history of hooks and other body stress activities in a modern context, including our intersectionality within the queer Leather community. We will additionally have a piercing demo to help demystify the physical aspects, and also share experiences and information that may help you choose your energetic adventure for the weekend. Additionally, we will discuss intention setting for Ritual and a participatory group ritual, and the "official" altar opening, allowing participants to begin establishing connections for the coming events and establish intent.
Social/Meet & Greet
This meet-and-greet social on Friday evening is for all participants, witnesses, and their friends to meet and mingle to establish connections. We will provide some light hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. Ritual Steel staff will be available to answer questions and make connections with other participants as well. Those who are interested in suspending on Saturday will also meet with the piercing team. Any remaining tickets for the weekend will also be available for purchase at this time.
The dungeon will once again be open and available for those who choose to stay and play. Please contact Woodshed for details on Dungeon access outside of the RS events.
On Saturday at noon doors will open for all participants and after a brief discussion and grounding ritual we will perform multiple suspensions. ALL weekend participants are welcome and encouraged to attend and provide energy to the space for those who choose to take flight.
Suspensions involve 2 or more larger gauge hooks in the body, with a guided experience to help the participant get off the ground and “fly”. This individualized focus requires significantly more time and piercing resources per person, and will require a $150 surcharge on top of the normal ticket price. Following the conclusion of our suspension day we will have a brief group closing before sending you off to the wilds of Orlando for the evening.
Following the conclusion of our suspension day, the dungeon will once again be open and available for those who choose to stay and play. Contact Woodshed for details on Dungeon access outside of the RS events.
The Hook Pull will start with an opening ceremony, after which participants may choose to get pierced. For the piercing options please read "What Is A Hook Pull". Overall, the Ritual typically lasts from 3-4 hours. At 5pm Sunday we will conclude with a formal altar closing, bringing an end to our weekend. We ask that all RS participants stay for this final closing if they are able.