Catherine Gross

I am an educator and a Master Certified Coach. I offer classes that focus on relationships, dominance and submission, physical skills, Master/slave, improving your sex life, personal development, house management, service, keeping relationships healthy and much more.  I’ve logged 4000+ education hours teaching Servant’s Retreat alone. I have served on local and national boards, judged contests, staffed conferences in a variety of positions, emceed and produced events/fundraisers for several charities and organizations. I am currently the producer of SouthEast LeatherFest and a board member of Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M).

I have presented classes at 600+ organizations. I was presented with Black Rose’s Vaughn Keith National Educator Award in 2002 and Pantheon of Leather Southeast Region Service Award 2006, Pantheon of Leather Business of the Year award in 2006, Jack Stice Memorial Award 2016. I am a founder of the Women’s Leather History Program.

I have written a safety manual in use by more than a dozen organizations scattered from coast to coast. You can download a copy on my website.  Visit my sites at and Follow me on Tweeter @SuccessCoachMCC and @BDSMClasses

I created Servant’s Retreat I & II, Nine Fold Path Seminar, and Foundations in Mastery. I am known for life changing weekend seminars. My new seminar is called Inviting the Muse: Longevity & Creativity in your M/s and D/s life. I love people and being able to go deep with them is one of the great privileges of my life.

“Teaching provides me with great joy. I love seeing emotional and intellectual connections made in class discussions. We’ve all contributed to educating each other in many ways. It’s my great fortune to participate in the creation of these moments.”


Protocol Evolution and Evaluation

I want to give a fresh take on protocol to make it useful, workable and completely accessible. We’ll delve into measurable criteria, functionality, and maintenance for seasoned protocol. We’ll explore a few models of known systemic protocol structures and evaluations. This class provides criteria and various systems to evaluate protocol to ensure you’re prepared to use protocols as a relationship builder, movement creator and a healthy maintenance tool.

Cornerstones: Beginnings, Middles and the End

We’ll focus on relationship patterns in the beginning, middle and the end of relationships. We’ll discuss the difference between care-taking and taking care, illusion vs reality, personal responsibility, boundaries, owning who you are, getting what you want, dealing with mistakes and being able to separate between yours, mine and ours. End your relationships as well as you begin them. Understanding the stages of relationships will help you stay in the middle, isn’t that the goal after all? Join this intimate discussion regards of what stage you are in– this is for coupled and single people alike.


Emotional Edge Play: Playing Safely with Trauma

Learn how to play with emotional trauma. Why would someone play with trauma? How does one use past events that caused trauma or induce a high emotional state/feeling and use it effectively and wisely with a scene? What are the goals of this type of play? Who is a good candidate for this type of play? How do you deal with mistakes? Learn how to use trauma for catharsis without becoming someone’s therapist. (lecture, discussion)