Helsinki Shibari Festival 15.-17.11.2019

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The fourth Helsinki Shibari Festival will take place November 15th-17th at Esitystaiteen keskus, Suvilahti.

General info


  • Yoroï Nicolas (Brussels)
  • Soptik Zet (Prague)
  • Sawa Sagit (Berlin)



  • Festival pass 100 e normal/60 e reduced price: all workshops and evening program
  • Workshop tickets 25 e normal/15 e reduced price
  • Performance night 10 e
  • Rope jam 10 e


Helsinki Shibari ticket shop will open again on Tuesday 29th of October 1pm! To the webshop:



Saturday 11-13.30 Yoroï Nicolas: Yoko-tsuri and I
Sawa Sagit: Body handling and body management
All levels
Soptik Zet: Predicament bondage
Saturday 15-17.30 Yoroï Nicolas: Organic aesthetics and play
Sawa Sagit: Rope-Bottoming
All levels
Soptik Zet: Tying in movement
All levels
Sunday 11-13.30

Yoroï Nicolas: Rope - a way to inspire motion
All levels

Sawa Sagit: Pain
All levels
Soptik Zet: Humiliation ties
All levels
Sunday 15-17.30 Yoroï Nicolas: Control
Sawa Sagit: Somatic bodywork
All levels
Soptik Zet: Neck rope

Please note that you will need to have some tying experience for all of the workshops. If you are a total beginner, there is a beginner workshop on the previous Sunday. You can also learn basics at Peer rope.


Yoroï Nicolas

Yoko-Tsuri and I

Suspension – Level Intermediate to Advance

My main study of Kinbaku was with Arisue Go about the Yoko Tsuri. Anytime I am lost inside my technique or research, anytime I think I have unveiled something new or even just when I am looking for inspiration, I do a Yoko Tsuri.

So in this workshop, I would like to present and make you try what I am doing right now with it. For example :

  • 3 ropes Plays
  • Yoko Tsuri from different chest harness (and sometimes improbable ones)
  • Compression and organic aesthetics
  • Dance and Yoko Tsuri suspension.

I like to keep this workshop very open. depending of the group, the model and my personal mood. Sometimes I even make people vote!


Organic aesthetics and play

Semi-suspension – Level Intermediate to Advance

One of the most interesting way to present a body inside rope is to twist it. A body organized this way is also more difficult to stand. It means the model will have less energy to spend on emotional control.

In this workshop we will aim to twist not only the model body but also the ropes and even our building methods. It will also integrate a slow but constant evolution inside the partner body. The aim is to push them to their limits and to make them discover new sensations.

It is a very creative workshop inspired by the arts of Ikebana and Bonsai.

NB : At least 10 ropes are needed for this workshop


Rope - a way to inspire motion (dance)

Floor or/and Semi-suspension – Level Beginner to Advance

The most basic techniques of Japanese rope are associated with the idea of the mental and physical management of the body in traditional Japanese arts. They open up infinite possibilities for putting bodies into motion.

This workshop is a research space for bodies in motion, one body motion moving another body motion.

Establishing physical connections is a building process for a specific language. Like a dance, it can sometimes be erotic, otherwise sensual, or even raw. It leads novices to new ways of reading their own bodies and other bodies, allowing sensations and emotions to deepen.



Floor – level Intermediate – Mostly Ippon nawa.

The Japanese art called kinbaku or shibari seems to descend from warrior or punitive techniques directly connected to medieval Japan. In this workshop, we are going to work around martial techniques and punitive ones.

Of course, the aim is to improve our way to tie up.

We will work on the most Basic of Bondage : to control somebody else, before immobilizing them.

To take advantage of somebody else is very complex. Martial artists spend years and years to master this knowledge. We will work on basic principles that are easy to adapt.

We will do this in the spirit and technique of one of the finest schools of Japanese martial arts – Aiki Daitō-jujutsu.


Sawa Sagit

Body-Handling and Body-Management

All levels

This workshop aims to help understand the rigger how to efficiently move and manipulate the partner in rope and helps the model to support themselves and the rigger during a session. Topics are: Anatomy, health, body-mechanics.



All levels

This workshop focuses on giving feedback, communication skill, body-awareness, breathing, body management, stretching, responsibilities and subspace. Even though the workshop is dedicated to bottoms, tops are very welcome too, as most exercises are valuable for them too. Tops/riggers can learn how to understand their respective bottoms signals and can work out their communication together.



All levels

This workshop focuses on impact play and pressure points in rope play. Punching, slapping and kicking - how to do it and how to adjust it to your play and partner. Proper impact play with a tied up partner: what to take into account and what to take care of? The workshop also introduces play with pressure points.


Somatic bodywork

All levels

We will work with the body memory: becoming aware of trauma and experiences and how to deal with them in play setting. We focus on restriction experiences and how rigger and model can support each other throughout the session.


Soptik Zet

Predicament bondage


Predicament bondage is the art of restraining a person so they are only able to set themselves in limited positions. Each of these positions may be so uncomfortable that the restrained may be forced to shift their weight or position (Wikipedia).

The rest is your fantasy. This hands-on class explores your fantasy and possibilities of predicaments.


Tying in movement

All levels

We are used to tying our partners while on the floor, as our rope bottom's stability becomes an easy task and we can usually stay connected just by being close. However, when we stand up, we get stiff and easily disconnected.

Let's start to move, both of us. Our tying can be like a dance – playful, sadistic, or dominant. The choice is yours.

We will work on tying and moving at the same time. You will learn to tie in dynamic ways, move your partner and move together, and how to control his stability, the rope, and the whole tie.


Humiliation ties

All levels

This workshop explores exposure, shame, embarrassment, and erotic humiliation in helplessness. You will receive hands on experience on exposure, degradation, and objectification ties. We also discuss techniques for creating stronger psychological impacts.


Neck rope


Placing a rope around someone’s neck is a dangerous yet arousing activity. This workshop is mostly about neck rope safety. We explore the human anatomy, risks of using neck rope, and explain the differences between blood and air chokes. You will learn accident prevention techniques by practicing wise neck rope management and watching for body signals. We will also work on some patterns and tips for neck rope play.


Performance night

 Come join us for a spectacular evening of performances by the international presenters of the festival! We will see three performances and have a short Q&A afterwards with the performers.


Rope jam

The rope jam is a space for us all to get together, play, share what we have learned so far and get to know each other better. This year we will pay extra special attention to getting all of you warmed up and ready for getting social and having a good time. Our collaborator Querq cafe will offer yummy drinks and snacks during the evening.

  • 19-20 Doors open (no late arrivals) and introductions to the space
  • 19.30 Speed dating with Ceci Ferox
  • 20.15 Opening ceremony with Amy May and Ceci Ferox

The festival rope jam will feature four spaces:

  • Jam space for playing
  • Open space for sharing knowledge and practicing
  • Intimate space for more sexual play
  • Social space for hanging out, chatting and enjoying the goods from Querq cafe



Yoroï Nicolas

I aim to develop an harmonious Kinbaku practice which emphasize human and evidence.
Movement, putting into motion, posture, unveiling our emotions, organic aesthetics and construction, searching for and exploiting paradoxes…these are my main tools and lines of research.

This pratice takes roots in my knowledge of the classical Japanese culture, Aïkido, massage and Arisue Go’s Kinbaku. It had since fed on the influences of other artists such as Kazami Ranki, Felix Ruckert, Otonawa Sensei, Shadow and Kasumi Hourai…

Everything began in 1997 by studying Aïkido. It will then become the foundation for my Kinbaku (but also a life guide) : work about harmony, centre and posture. Therefore my Aïkido prism enabled me to comprehend the Japanese culture and philosophy, and became my first line of work and evolution.

At that time, I also improved my touch and my body knowledge through massage. I afterwards broadened this practice by travelling to Thailand (Chang Mai) in 2011. There I studied thai massage as well as biomechanics and trigger points in several schools leading to official qualifications.

As for my passion for tying plays, it started in an ingenuous way while I was a child. But the first images of Japanese bondage I saw on the net back in 1998 were like evidence clashing. My discovery path then was slow and tasty : first tie in 1999, followed by the preparation of ropes, the purchase of books in Japan. In 2008 I meet Arisue Go and start a classical study of Kinbaku.


Soptik Zet

I am a bondage teacher and event organizer. I created my first educational website with information on rope bondage in 2000. After ten years of self-education, I met Kinoko Hajime who became my first teacher of Japanese bondage. Afterwards, my tying was shaped by Osada Steve and Kanna; however, Kinoko Ryu is still my first choice for most of my rope partners.

A year later, I started teaching regular bondage workshops and have kept this hobby till today. In the meantime, I met two other teachers who influenced me greatly. The first was Yoroi Nicolas who taught me movement, intimacy, and simplicity in ropes. The second and the most influential was Riccardo Wildties. He introduced me to Naka Ryu. The more I study with Riccardo and Naka Akira, the more I fall in love with this style.

In recent years teaching ropes and organizing foreign teachers’ visits has become almost my part-time job. I love to teach topics I am passionate about, such as predicaments and sadistic, overpowering, and dynamic ways of tying, breath play, and many others. I love my job. :-)


Sawa Sagit

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Sawa is a Berlin-based rope artist, who hosts weekly jams and teaches and organizes workshops and classes about Shibari, Kinbaku and somatic coaching.

Sawa started teaching ropes recently in 2019, following the support and empowerment of her peers. She intensely studied Shibari and Kinbaku in the past three years from both sides: in ropes and tying. Combined with her four years experience as a systemic coach and 12 years as a martial arts instructor, her teaching is very conceptional, driven and enthusiastic. She deliberately crosses styles, clashes body work and martial arts with ropes and reinforces improvisation and creativity.

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