I'm curious to know if this is possible as well (or really the question should be, is there a non-hackish way to get a reference to the skin instance)?
When I've needed to do something like this, I've always just dispatched an event off a skin part from within my skin. IE.
Then I would just listen for the event on the skin part.
This is a bit hackish, so it would be nice if someone could share a better solution. I've been meaning to look into it, just never have been able to justify the time looking for a better solution.
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look into that and keep on the look out for a less hackish approach (to use your phrasing)...