Come, attend and learn new skills in our workshops! 

Coming up:

Beginner workshop 27.8. at 13-16

Kristina Marlen: Rope makes sense 2.9. at 15-18 @ TAFF

Frictions 10.9. at 13-17

Beginner workshop 17.9. at 13-17

Single column tie self suspensions 1.10. at 13-17

Beginner workshop 8.10. at 13-16

FULL Hedwig (SWE): Going partial 14.10.

Kosketus ja kommunikaatio 22.10. klo 13-17

Shibari Croquis Sunday 29.10. 13-16

Tifereth (CAN) 11.-12.11.

The hishi pattern 19.11. 13-17

Gestalta & Kristina Marlen (Berlin) 24.-26.11.


 

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Beginner workshop - basics of shibari 27.8 at 13-16

Shibari can be an art form, it can be a way to communicate and deepen your relationship, it can be just a lot of fun and play or you can leave it as a play only played in your bedroom. What ever your motivation to learn rope is this is the place to start!

In this workshop you will learn basic communication skills, negotiation, some basics of rope handling and the larks head knot. Please note we're doing all the exercises in pairs.  

Participant requirements: No earlier experience needed and no need to have your own ropes. You can borrow and buy ropes from this workshop.

Teacher: Amy May
Price: 15 e/person
Venue: Eskus, Sali III
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Kristina Marlen (GER): Rope makes sense - Introduction 2.9. at 15-18 @ TAFF

Shibari is the art of Japanese rope bondage, an erotic and ritualized way of tying. A form of art is is for sure, since highly complex ties seem to be reserved for experts. With due respect to Japanese tradition this workshop aims to enable participants to develop a rather anarchic approach to rope leading to inspiring, effective and sensual results within a short period of time.

We use elements of Bodywork, Contact Improvisation and BDSM play to deepen and enrich our rope practice. We open the understanding of restraining and restricting. We explore body mechanics and -movement, understand our own kinaesthetic and sensual body. We sensitize for touch, rhytm and echo in our partners and ourselves while we tie.

The most important point here is to stay connected to one's own body as well as with the body of the rope partner since at the end the end of the day rope is just an extension of the rigger's energy.

Open for about 20 people, any gender and sexual orientation. Bring your own ropes if you have, a limited amount will be provided for borrowing. Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in.

 

Teacher: Kristina Marlen (GER)
Price: 40 e/person
Venue: VillaVintti 1, Kehräsaari, Tampere
Registration: HS Events OR This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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Frictions 10.9. at 13-17

Frictions are the building blocks of any tie, be it a pattern or just freestyle. They make the structure and safety of a tie. In this workshop you will learn the basic frictions and how they function: ladder, direction changer, munter hitch, x-friction and half moon. Learning frictions will make it easier to understand patterns and inventing your own ties.

Participant requirements: One column tie that you can make even with your eyes closed, and a basic knowledge of rope handling. No physeical requirements for bottoms. It is possible to switch or tie simultaneously in this workshop.

Teacher: Ceci Ferox
Price: 20 e/person, ask for possibility of discounted price
Venue: Eskus, Sali III
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Beginner workshop - basic knots; one column tie and double column tie 17.9. at 13-17

Interested in shibari and learning some techniques? In this workshop you will learn two basic knots; one column tie and double column tie. We’ll focus on the technique and learn few examples on how to improvise. You’ll also learn how to extend a rope with another rope. 

Note that you don’t need a partner for this workshop! 

Participant requirements: Basic knowledge of negotiation and communication, some knowledge of rope handling. Models know how to negotiate and communicate their limits and needs.

Teachers: Amy May
Price: 20 e/person
Venue: Eskus, Sali III
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Single column tie self suspensions 1.10. at 13-17

It's like masturbation, but with tying.

Self suspension is a very dynamic artform. Not only can you transition by moving the ropes, but you also transition by moving your body in the ropes. You can create interesting shapes and sensations, explore how moving affects your center of gravity, your weight in the ropes, and sense even small differences in your tying immediately. You can explore where ropes feel good or bad, and where they feel bad in a good way. You find which parts of your body are strong.

In this workshop, we will use single column ties in different ways to explore suspending ourself.

Participant requirements: Solid understanding of the single column tie learned at peer rope or in a workshop (we will not spend time on teaching it), basic rope handling skills, experience with suspension line management. You don't need a partner for this workshop, but we will work as pairs.

Teachers: Ceci Ferox & Nana
Price: 20 e/person, ask for possibility of discounted price
Venue: Eskus, Sali III
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Beginner workshop - basics of shibari 8.10 at 13-16

Shibari can be an art form, it can be a way to communicate and deepen your relationship, it can be just a lot of fun and play or you can leave it as a play only played in your bedroom. What ever your motivation to learn rope is this is the place to start!

In this workshop you will learn basic communication skills, negotiation, some basics of rope handling and the larks head knot. We recommend coming with your own partner since all exercises are done in pairs. 

Participant requirements: No earlier experience needed and no need to have your own ropes. You can borrow ropes from this workshop.

Teacher: Amy May
Price: 15 e/person
Venue: Eskus, Sali III
Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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FULL Hedwig (SWE): Going partial 14.10.

​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​different​ ​partial​ ​suspension​ ​workshop​ ​that​ ​will​ ​ask​ ​one​ ​simple​ ​question;​ ​what​ ​are you​ ​seeing​ ​and​ ​how​ ​are​ ​you​ ​being​ ​seen?

We will approach this workshop through the sense of sight and touch and through approaching partials through movement and shapes connected to our mutual desires instead of set ties and shapes we can find new ways of connecting with rope. This workshop will push you towards expanding what is possible to see and feel.

This class will also include suspension line management drills. We will look at gear, what to use and how to use it as well as foundations of securing suspensionlines.

Participant requirements: Participants must be comfortable with one and two column ties, and have some experience securing suspension lines, as well as being able to recognise the difference between circulation & nerve impingement & communicate this.

Time: 14.10. 12-16
Teacher
: Hedwig
Price: 30 e/person, ask for possibility of discounted price
Venue: Eskus
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Hedwig is passionate about communication, rope bondage, safer sex and consent culture, about redressing notions of power, physical sensations, vulnerability, dominance and submission, gender and communities working together.

She hopes to bring rope bondage to a larger audience as a way to gain more body awareness, work on interpersonal communication and offer different routes to pleasure and surrender.

 

Kosketus ja kommunikaatio 22.10. klo 13-17

This workshop is in Finnish.

Tässä työpajassa emme keskity solmujen tekemiseen, vaan sitojan ja sidottavan väliseen keholliseen vuorovaikutukseen – siihen mitä tapahtuu ihmisten välillä. Käsittelemme mm. kontaktin luomista, kosketuksen kautta kommunikoimista, oman kehon käyttöä, toisen kehon lukemista ja kontrollointia. Teemme harjoituksia sekä köydellä että ilman köyttä.

Työpaja sopii sekä vasta-alkajille että edistyneille sitojille.

Opettaja: Julius Elo
Hinta: 20 eur/henkilö
Paikka: Eskus, sali 3
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Shibari Croquis Sunday 29.10. 13-16

Welcome to draw croquis with Eva and Nana! We will combine shibari and different kinds of croquis drawing exercises. Croquis drawing is quick and sketchy drawing of a live model. As opposed to traditional croquis the model will be tied up. There will also be more movement, weird and extraordinary body positions and lines formed by rope.

Bring your favourite drawing equipment and some paper with you. E.g. Pencil and charcoal work just fine. No prior drawing experience required!

We will have half an hour break in the middle. Bring some food or snacks with you. We will offer coffee and tea.

Price: 7€ (low income)/ 10€ (normal price)
Venue: Eskus

No need to registrate beforehand, but please be on time. If you have questions contact Nana: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Tifereth (CAN) 11.-12.11.

Tifereth's introduction to rope bondage (and the fetish community) came 5 years ago in the form of a surprisingly enjoyable futomomo tsuri. Since then she's drawn on her backgrounds of high-performance athletics and figurative painting to push herself physically and aesthetically on both ends of the rope.

As an educator Tifereth brings her passion for personal responsibility to empower and inspire those who attend her classes. Her teaching and performing credits include Shibaricon, Bondage Expo Dallas, Bound in Boston, Dark Odyssey, and many more.

Venue: Eskus
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Tifereth will bring us three workshops:

FULL Exploring, creating, and communicating mood and intent 11.11. 3 h

Price: 30 e/person

Part one: Handling, speed, and efficiency drills. This class will investigate ways of manipulating our rope and our partner for greater efficiency, control, and flow. We will be covering some body manipulation basics, tips and tricks for tying with a minimum of wasted effort, and a few showy performance moves as well.

Part two: Movement, music and mood. In this class we will be exploring using our rope to match both music and our intended mood through movement and pacing. We'll be exploring how to anticipate musical cues, how to maintain connection with our partner through command of tempo, and how to build anticipation in a scene.

FULL Humiliation, degradation, objectification and shame 11.11. 3 h

Price: 30 e/person

This workshop will explore Tifereth's unique approach to humiliation both in and out of rope. We'll examine ways of incorporating ties that expose, degrade and objectify into more intense psychological play, explore playing with failure and shame, as well as covering basic safety and negotiation for this challenging, erotic and rewarding style of play.

Exploring lashing and double columns for suspension 12.11. 6 h

Price: 60 e/person

Part one: Methods of exploration. In this class we will be discussing and exploring ways of approaching experimental rope. We will cover safety considerations, breaking down harnesses into usable components, and using our building blocks to create something new

Part two: Double column ties for suspension. In this class we will be taking the humble double column tie, and pushing it to it's structural limit to create exciting new shapes on the ground and in the air.

Part three: Integrating bamboo 1, lashing. In this class we will explore using simple lashing techniques to integrate bamboo into our ties, enhancing and intensifying otherwise simple ties. We will also cover simple methods of suspension from bamboo.

Part four: Integrating bamboo 2, freeform. In this class we will explore using our bamboo and our partners bodies to create unusual and compelling shapes on the floor and in the air.

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The hishi pattern 19.11. 13-17

The hishi or hoshi (diamond) pattern is quite pretty, but also functional. It doesn't divide the body with vertical lines, but diagonally which can make the tie feel more fexible and divides the pressure of the ropes more evenly on the whole tie.

In this workshop we will learn two hishi variations by tying upper body harnesses. If we have time, we will look at how to apply what we have learned on other parts of the body.

Participant requirements: This is a good continualtion workshop for people who have attended the frictions workshop as we will work with the direction changer, munter hitch, and half moon friction. Also others who know these frictions can attend the workshop. One of the ties is a box tie, so it would be good if the people getting tied would be able to get their hands into the box tie position.

Teacher: Ceci Ferox
Price: 20 e/person, ask for possibility of discounted price
Venue: Eskus, Sali III
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Gestalta & Kristina Marlen (Berlin) 24.-26.11.

Time: Fri 18-21, Sat 12-20, Sun 12-20
Price
: 150 e/person
Venue: Eskus
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In this workshop, you will have the privilege to profit from the complementary approaches of two rope bondage teachers. Gestalta and Kristina Marlen are two female riggers with very different backgrounds, intention, practise and teaching style.

Gestalta's experiences with rope were purely from the bottom's perspective for many years, and her style is very much influenced by this.  She often ties in a way that is precise and to an extent "rehearsed" in order to create a space of security in which to push and challenge the tied partner. She has a "minimally invasive" style of physical interaction, using other means to create energy, atmosphere and connection within the scene.

Kristina Marlen has a background as bodyworker, dancer and performer. She loves rope work because of the potential to communicate. Rhythm, pace, movement and intuition are parameters that carry her through a rope session. The rope experience is satisfying for her if it's met by a sense of improvisation and instant composition.

In this workshop we will enroll different topics that are interesting for us right now, such as movement of the body (your own and that of your partner) shapes and figures as well as their effect on expression and emotion, building a rope session, establishing contact and flow; floorwork and suspension; pain and sensation play.

You will discover different viewpoints on these topics that might add to each other, synergise, contradict or supplement. You will have the choice to fuse them into your own rope practise or keep them apart.

Inspiration is guaranteed. 

Participant requirements: Solid non-collapsible single column tie, a chest harness (box tie or hands free) you're comfortable using for suspension, basic experience in suspension lines. This is a multi level workshop.

Teachers

Gestalta is a shibari teacher and performer based in Berlin. Her approach to shibari has evolved as the result of over a decade of practice on both sides of the ropes and a broad range of influences which she appropriates, mixes and develops in her own practice. This has shaped her teaching style into one that seeks to reflect the experience of both tying partners on a deep level. She has a strong belief that shibari should not be prescriptive and encourages students to explore it as a flexible set of tools; adapting each tie to the body of the tied partner, and to their needs and desires within each individual situation. Her teaching process aims to enable this by giving students a framework of the fundamental principles behind shibari; including safety, efficiency and fluency, but also body awareness, communication, and conscious consideration of their own experiences and motivations.

Kristina Marlen is a body- and sexworker based in berlin. She developed her own method to combine tantric rituals of touch with the elements of BDSM. Her passion is japansese inspried ropebondage. Her background as a physiotherapist, dancer  and yoga teacher, as well as performer  deeply influence her work and her thinking about it. She´s traveling in Europe and beyond to teach , lecture or perform as rope and sex educator, pro sexwork activist and sexpositive feminist. Her ropework  is built upon the multi-angled knowledge she accumulated from her different professions.

 

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