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Nature/Spiritual/Mental Health [clear filter]
Friday, December 1
 

1:00pm CST

Geocaching
Geocaching is a world wide treasure hunt game that a lot of people take part in, even furries. This will be a meet and greet between many furry geocachers from all parts of the country and/or world.

Speakers

Friday December 1, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Logan

2:00pm CST

Uni-fur-sity: Balancing the Furry Community with an Academic Career
College students make up a significant portion of the furry fandom (roughly one-fifth, by Furry Poll 2015 data). This panel is intended to host a discussion on and for this portion. How do you balance time spent with the furry community versus time spent working towards your academics? Other specific topics will include campus and community involvement, balancing social structures, personal experiences with furry in the academic setting, time management, community outreach, and the process of finding or establishing furry student groups.

Speakers

Friday December 1, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Midway

2:00pm CST

Comparative Anatomy
Curious about the anatomy and physiology of domestic and exotic species? Interested in learning how nature has evolved predators and prey to excel in their ecological niche? Learn about the animal kingdom’s perfection and hypothetical anthropomorphic adaptations from a veterinarian and one of the fandom’s brightest artists.

Speakers

Friday December 1, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Sky Harbor

2:00pm CST

Spirituality Roundtable
Come meet the Spirituality panelists. We'll answer your questions about our other panels and be open for general discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Cheesecake is always up for hugs and scritches. If you ever have an itch you just can't reach, just ask!
avatar for Farran

Farran

Greetings! I am Farran, also known as Anomalous Fox. I am a biologist who focuses on the study of fungi, but just about everything is interesting to me. I also have experience with art in various forms and meditation.This is my seventh year attending MFF. I will be participating primarily... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Phoenix

Crystal Phoenix

Hello everyone. Crystal Phoenix here. Im a Celestial Bird born in stars. Im made of light, have 8 wings, & emanate from a crystal. Im also a happily married gay liberal Wiccan from the St.Louis area. I look forward to meeting all of my fellow Avians & other furries this year at Midwest... Read More →


Friday December 1, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm CST
LAX

3:00pm CST

Biology Discussion
Meet with real life biologists (we do exist!) to greet one another or get geeky about biology. If you're thinking about a career in biology, come ask questions!

Speakers
avatar for Farran

Farran

Greetings! I am Farran, also known as Anomalous Fox. I am a biologist who focuses on the study of fungi, but just about everything is interesting to me. I also have experience with art in various forms and meditation.This is my seventh year attending MFF. I will be participating primarily... Read More →


Friday December 1, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Logan

4:00pm CST

Trans 101
What does trans mean? What are the right words to say, and how do you know? These questions are becoming more important as time passes. Help us answer these and other questions!

Speakers
avatar for Dozer

Dozer

Director, Accessibility Services, Midwest Furfest
Social worker by day, sexual health educator by night.
avatar for NekoArc

NekoArc

Writer, Broken Joysticks
Gay enby trans catfox thing that cams and does lewd stuff sometimes
avatar for Samii Tiger

Samii Tiger

Panelist, Convention Staffer, Purveyor of Awesome, Midwest FurFest
Definition: The Tiger who runs with Wolves and flies with Dragons.911 Dispatcher by Day, Freelance Photographer by Night. Also, something like a culinary mad scientist -- I make tasty things!There's more to me than meets the eye.


Friday December 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Midway

5:00pm CST

Pagan Furs: Who Are We?
The word "Pagan" has been thrown around a lot in the past, and it's come to mean different things. Come join us for a discussion about who Pagans are, what we do, and why it works for us.

Speakers
avatar for Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Cheesecake is always up for hugs and scritches. If you ever have an itch you just can't reach, just ask!
avatar for Crystal Phoenix

Crystal Phoenix

Hello everyone. Crystal Phoenix here. Im a Celestial Bird born in stars. Im made of light, have 8 wings, & emanate from a crystal. Im also a happily married gay liberal Wiccan from the St.Louis area. I look forward to meeting all of my fellow Avians & other furries this year at Midwest... Read More →


Friday December 1, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Sky Harbor

7:00pm CST

Therianthropy
How often do you feel your tail, wings, horns, or other parts, even if they aren't physical? Join us for discussion and camaraderie!

Speakers
avatar for Farran

Farran

Greetings! I am Farran, also known as Anomalous Fox. I am a biologist who focuses on the study of fungi, but just about everything is interesting to me. I also have experience with art in various forms and meditation.This is my seventh year attending MFF. I will be participating primarily... Read More →


Friday December 1, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm CST
Sky Harbor

7:00pm CST

Transfurs
Furry --- human, body --- soul, male --- female. Is life one, the other, or somewhere in between? Join us for a discussion about the shades of gray, how they affect our spirit, and our every day lives.

Speakers
avatar for Dozer

Dozer

Director, Accessibility Services, Midwest Furfest
Social worker by day, sexual health educator by night.
avatar for NekoArc

NekoArc

Writer, Broken Joysticks
Gay enby trans catfox thing that cams and does lewd stuff sometimes
avatar for Samii Tiger

Samii Tiger

Panelist, Convention Staffer, Purveyor of Awesome, Midwest FurFest
Definition: The Tiger who runs with Wolves and flies with Dragons.911 Dispatcher by Day, Freelance Photographer by Night. Also, something like a culinary mad scientist -- I make tasty things!There's more to me than meets the eye.


Friday December 1, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm CST
McCarran

9:00pm CST

Meditation Methods
Ever wanted to unlock latent mental abilities, connect to your spiritual self, or even have a simple and effective way to relax after a stressful day? Come join Farran to learn some basic meditation methods that can help you achieve all of these things!

Speakers
avatar for Farran

Farran

Greetings! I am Farran, also known as Anomalous Fox. I am a biologist who focuses on the study of fungi, but just about everything is interesting to me. I also have experience with art in various forms and meditation.This is my seventh year attending MFF. I will be participating primarily... Read More →


Friday December 1, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm CST
Midway

9:00pm CST

Furry Psychology
Join our panel of psychologists and psychologists-in-training to talk about all sorts of fun and furry topics from the lens of psychology. Come enjoy our professionally trained team's perspectives on topics such as what might motivate people to enjoy roleplaying or fursuiting, gender and sexuality, and more. And remember: Being furry is not a diagnosis!

Speakers
avatar for Theome

Theome

Programming Director, Also Raccoon, Midwest Furfest


Friday December 1, 2017 9:00pm - 10:30pm CST
Lindbergh

10:00pm CST

Boundfox Presents: Beginning Rope Work
Rope work is a versatile and inexpensive skill to learn when getting into bondage or kinky play. This will be a hands-on workshop with Martini, Aevin, and Yonoa to discuss safety along with basic knots and ties including the mental side of rope bondage. You and a partner will learn knots such as the overhand, square, and larks head while incorporating them into specialized ties for bondage. Any experience level from beginner to expert are invited to attend and learn. If you don't have a partner, you'll might be able to find one at the panel to learn with. Nudity is not allowed during this panel. You must be 18 or older. Please bring at least one 15 to 30 foot length of rope to the class, but if you don't have any there will be 30 foot lengths provided to use along with safety gear. 18+ ONLY

Speakers

Friday December 1, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm CST
DFW

10:00pm CST

Raise the Ruff, Pup 101
Come hang with VAC Pack as we scratch the surface of Puppy Play. We will cover the basics of human animal role-play, gear, headspace, safety, toys, treats, as well as answer any questions you have. It doesn’t matter how you identify, everyone is welcome. 18+ ONLY

Speakers

Friday December 1, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm CST
LAX

11:30pm CST

MFF Puppy Meet and Greet
Puppies, pets and trainers! Join the Chicago Puppy Patrol for a pup and pet meet and greet. 18+ ONLY


Friday December 1, 2017 11:30pm - Saturday December 2, 2017 12:30am CST
Ohare
 
Saturday, December 2
 

11:00am CST

Raising Pygmy Goats
Goats are often an incredibly under-appreciated species but can be amazingly unique companions to work with. Come learn about what it takes to raise pygmy goats, what you can expect from them as a pet, and some of the fun experiences we have had with them over the past three years in the land of Goatopia!

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
McCarran

11:00am CST

Creative Avian Anatomy
Aetus is an avian veterinarian and digital artist and will present avian anatomy tailored for creative expression. Photos and drawings will be used to explain real anatomy, how it compares to humans, and how the two might look when blended together.

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm CST
Sky Harbor

12:00pm CST

Reconnecting with Nature
In a fast paced, electric world we find ourselves stressed, unfocused and magnifying things that just don't matter! Ever find yourself gazing happily out a window at a tree or staring at a burning fire for hours? Sounds like your in need of some Vitamin N (Nature). We will discuss the dire importance of nature to the body and soul of a well rounded being.

Speakers
avatar for Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Cheesecake is always up for hugs and scritches. If you ever have an itch you just can't reach, just ask!
avatar for Farran

Farran

Greetings! I am Farran, also known as Anomalous Fox. I am a biologist who focuses on the study of fungi, but just about everything is interesting to me. I also have experience with art in various forms and meditation.This is my seventh year attending MFF. I will be participating primarily... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Logan

3:30pm CST

Creative Blocks & Problem-Solving — How To Get Unstuck
What's keeping you from working on or completing that Really Cool Thing you want to do? Having difficulty making progress or planning projects? Daunting technical issues have you stumped? Come hear some motivating and inspiring stories about the philosophies of constructive problem solving from a veteran of the professional special-effects industry. Presentation to be followed by Q&A session.

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 3:30pm - 5:30pm CST
McCarran

4:00pm CST

Introducing Tarot
You've always been curious to know about Tarot cards as a form of divination. Here's your chance to find out what it's all about and how to get started on your own.

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm CST
Logan

7:00pm CST

Fifty Shades of Purple: Asexuality in the Furry Fandom
FSoP is back for a second year at MFF! Here, we discuss the Black and Purple of asexuality and the many facets of this orientation. Meet fellow ACEs, get some answers, and learn more things!

Speakers
avatar for Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Cheesecake is always up for hugs and scritches. If you ever have an itch you just can't reach, just ask!


Saturday December 2, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Midway

10:00pm CST

Japanese Rope Bondage 101: Playing With Just One Rope
Japanese Rope Bondage (aka Kinbaku/Shibari) can seem imposing. It's often extremely complex, intricate and beautiful; not something that you can learn in an hour and not something you'd necessarily want to *play* with outside of a photo shoot. In this class, I aim to show you a different side of Japanese bondage. With a single rope and just a couple of simple building blocks, I'll show you how to play with your partner, taking them through a wide range of sensations - from gentle and caressing all the way to rough and controlling. The class will cover safety and there will be time for some Q&A. This is a hands on class - rope will be available for the first 15 couples that need it and you're encouraged to bring your own (26-33 feet/8-10 meters, natural fiber rope [cotton, hemp, jute]) 18+ ONLY

Speakers
avatar for StabbyDerg

StabbyDerg

Telegram: Stabbyderg


Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm CST
DFW

10:00pm CST

No Bones About It, Pup 102
So, you have a handle on the basics of puppy play but are barking for more? Pawsome. Come join VAC Pack as we dig deeper into headspace, relationship dynamics, collars, training and other puppy play topics. Your barks will guide the discussion. It doesn’t matter how you identify, everyone is welcome. Come with your ears perked and ready to learn. 18+ ONLY

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm CST
Ohare

10:00pm CST

Comparative Anatomy 18+
Leave your taboos at the door! This panel is a tryst of fantasy and the unrestricted truth. Have a look at the mystery, wonder, and intimate details of reproduction in the animal kingdom as well as theoretical anthropomorphic creatures. 18+ ONLY

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00pm - Sunday December 3, 2017 12:00am CST
McCarran

10:00pm CST

Open and Polyamorous Furry Relationships 101
Are you in a relationship, but thinking of adding an additional mate? Have you considered an open relationship, but weren't sure what that would mean for your existing relationship? Are you single, and considering dating a couple, or joining up with an existing pack? Come to Non-monogamous Furry Relationships 101, where you will learn how to practice non-monogamy ethically, with the full enthusiastic consent of all parties involved. Topics covered will include non-violent communication strategies, conflict resolution, ethical compromise, radical honesty, informed consent, safer sex practices, relationship structures (traditional monogamy, "monogamish" relationships, open relationships, polyamory, and relationship anarchy), personal boundaries, relationship rules, handling rejection, and how and when to say no. Presentation to be followed by Q&A.

Speakers

Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00pm - Sunday December 3, 2017 12:00am CST
Midway

10:00pm CST

TransFurs AD
We all know there are things we just can't say at any point. This goes double when dealing with all those pesky body parts. Come join us for a discussion of the every day issues, with a more adult tone. 18+ ONLY

Speakers
avatar for Dozer

Dozer

Director, Accessibility Services, Midwest Furfest
Social worker by day, sexual health educator by night.
avatar for NekoArc

NekoArc

Writer, Broken Joysticks
Gay enby trans catfox thing that cams and does lewd stuff sometimes
avatar for Samii Tiger

Samii Tiger

Panelist, Convention Staffer, Purveyor of Awesome, Midwest FurFest
Definition: The Tiger who runs with Wolves and flies with Dragons.911 Dispatcher by Day, Freelance Photographer by Night. Also, something like a culinary mad scientist -- I make tasty things!There's more to me than meets the eye.


Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00pm - Sunday December 3, 2017 12:00am CST
Sky Harbor
 
Sunday, December 3
 

10:00am CST

Christian Furs Fellowship
Come meet other Christians in the fandom and learn about some ways to grow in your faith. Will include open discussion. All are welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Nacky

Nacky

Assistant Sheepdog, Multi-Species Herding
Professional Small-Towner, heading up Faith-based College Community, and midweek music supervision at local church. You can find him with an instrument, having fun with friends, or working hospitality at the local gym.


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am CST
Hartsfield

10:00am CST

Fox Hunt
Learn how to use radio direction finding techniques and put them to the test to find the "fox" transmitter roaming around the con! A stationary fox will be deployed to help demonstrate the idea to beginners, as well as a moving fox to provide a challenge to both new and the experienced. Those with their own VHF/UHF receivers or scanners are recommended to bring those to use themselves or as part of a team, although no equipment or experience is necessary to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Rechner Fox

Rechner Fox

[ˈʀɛçnɐ] Open source furry. Voider of warranties. Radio fox. News and updates about the MFF 2016 Ham Radio Exam is on Telegram: http://telegram.me/mff2016hams


Sunday December 3, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am CST
Logan

12:00pm CST

Autism in the Furry Fandom: An Overview
Many people with autism spectrum disorders attend furry conventions, and belong to the furry fandom. Listen to an individual with autism as he discusses the reasons why autistic people enjoy the furry fandom, the issues autistic people can face at furry conventions, and how the furry fandom can be more understanding of autistic people in the fandom.


Sunday December 3, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Midway