ABOUT DARK ODYSSEY
Dark Odyssey was created in 2003 as a wholly unique experience, built to bring together sexuality, spirituality, education, and play in a fun, supportive, non-judgmental environment where fantasy becomes reality. Since that time, Dark Odyssey has become the home of top-notch play spaces, creative amenities, and inspiring events where people can have truly immersive experiences.
As a community, Dark Odyssey is a melting pot of diverse identities and interests that welcomes people of all genders, sexual orientations, and erotic persuasions. We are sex-positive with interests as diverse as BDSM, swinging, Tantra, body modification, Master/slave relationships, erotic role-playing, sacred sexuality, polyamory, Paganism, cross-dressing, and sexual adventure. We appreciate that everyone has their own fetishes, kinks, and turn-ons, and we strive to make room for them all in an open, tolerant and inclusive atmosphere.
Whether diving into our four major events (Winter Fire, Fusion, SummerFest, and Surrender) or exploring Happy Hour, you can immerse yourself in an atmosphere of sexual energy and experimentation that will add excitement and passion to your world and create deeper levels of connection between you and your partners. Our mission is to build a magical place where you can live out your wildest fantasies and dreams, and find a home away from home as adventurers of sex, kink, connection and spirit.
Greg L— at birth, Greg held off breathing just long enough to get a few extra swats from the doctor. Later in life, he founded the Toy Bag where he perfected the art of building exotic wood and leather paddles for basically the same purpose. Eventually the Toy Bag merged with Heartwood Whips, makers of the proverbial “Cadillac of Floggers”in the BDSM scene and he completed his quest to build the perfect impact toys.
As a six-year Board Member (with three as Chairman), he became a master cat herder and helped lead Black Rose during its climb to international prominence. However, Greg’s true love lies in “throwing the big party.” First he Co-Chaired the Black Rose Annual event five times and founded Leather Retreat back in 1998. In 2003 he formed Dark Odyssey which currently holds 4 large events each year. Having moved to Berkeley in 2007, he’s been laying low for a few years while finishing an engineering degree at Cal.
Karri has been involved with DO since its inception in 2003. She plays registrar and volunteer wrangler for DO events. She entered “the scene,” over a decade ago, by starting the CATS special interest group for Black Rose and working on several of the annual conventions. She was active in the TNG group in DC. Karri lives in Northern California with her wonderful husband, Greg and 4 cute bunnies! Always on the look-out for distractions…activities include finding a lucky soul (or several) to take out her aggressions on, flirting with any number of worthy attendees, and crafting shenanigans with her friends. If you see her during an event, please say hello and introduce yourself. She loves meeting new people.
Without the tireless work of our volunteer staff, SummerFest would just be a good idea wishing it could happen! We’d like to thank the amazing group of people who come together each year to create this outstanding event. These are not just our friends, they’re a part of our family.