Who can come to this class? Are there pre-requisites?
This class has pre-requisites for models and rigger – please make sure you meet them to avoid disappointment!
* Completion of Course 3 (or equivalent) is ideal.
* Tops/riggers: Experience with TK suspension on bamboo and that you learned how to do this from actual workshop or classes.
* Bottoms/models: Need to be comfortable with TK suspension and know how to recognise signs of nerve pinching. Good awareness of your own limits and health.
* Set of 10 ropes or more, safety scissors. Some cloth/fabric strips such as tenugui.
* It is recommended that couples have prior experience of doing kinbaku or S&M together before attending.
What should I bring and what do I wear? We have a communal kitchenette, fridge and microwave, so feel free to bring lunch/snacks. Tea and coffee are free. People usually wear comfortable clothing like yoga or dance attire. We advise against loose fitting clothing and also jeans can sometimes feel a bit restrictive to move around in and difficult to tie on. We have communal ropes if you don’t have your own.
When does it take place? This is workshop takes place Saturday and Sunday February 2 & 3 (1-7pm).
Who teaches this class? This workshop is taught by Tamandua and Freddie.
Tamandua is a full time rope artist and kinbaku instructor based in Berlin.
“I have a passionately sadistic streak and a deep love for the aesthetic realm of kinbaku. Having learned from a broad variety of teachers, partners and collaborators the strongest influence on my approach is a mix between more ‘classical’ erotic japanese semenawa and the wildly deconstructed styles of some European riggers. The first taught me about fantasy and desire, the latter about the joy of playfulness and the body. As for practicalities I nowadays work almost exclusively with suspensions on bamboo. I like to keep within a framework not too vast and mostly stick to a few basic building blocks, seldom use experimental or complicated patterns. Instead I let creativity happen around fetishistic details, levels, angels, narrative and intention.
“Often tying in a way which can be challenging both for the one tying and the one in the ropes, my shibari usually demands a lot of technical clarity. Despite this I believe that as a teacher it is important to also manage to leave room for personal adjustment and creativity.
“I view kinbaku as a thing of continuous exploration – where new doors open as your go deeper and further with a partner, over the course of a session or over the course of a long partnership. Sometimes though, the magic that defines kinbaku can be just that one alluring image that sticks with you, a moment suspended in time.
“For me, the core of kinbaku lies in the meeting between the aesthetic expression and the emotional or spiritual intention of the practice. And the more ones tying develop, the more seamlessly the parts can intermingle.”
Freddie is a travelling rope switch at the moment based in England:
“I met Tamandua in Berlin initially learning to tie, but ended up getting sucked into a few crazy weeks of unexpectedly learning completely submissive to him, endless, daily tying together, torturing and nurturing… it was pretty beautiful. I feel like we connected and understood each other immediately. I am excited to be a part of this workshop to show the extremities of rope play and everything that it kick started, this now obsession and need.”
How much does this cost? £200 per couple.
Where do I book tickets? Ticket link here. Pre-bookings now open.
Under the span of two days we will immerse ourselves in the complex and often fundamental topic in kinbaku which is TORMENT. It will be an opportunity to explore and deepen the character of your inner rope sadist and/or masochist. Not only in a bodily sense of how to give and receive sadistic rope but also in an emotional, psychological sense. Sadomasochism is not meaningful only to those of us who get a kick out of the pain in itself. To play with suffering and torment is more than to play with pain – it’s also to play with inner struggles and wishes, devotion and trust, to explore limitations and new emotional and sensational landscapes within our self and within the bond we develop with our partner.
Some areas we will touch on:
* As a bottom – getting to know your body and mind during intense ties.
* As a top – keeping control under an intense scene without being too distracted to enjoy it.
* Headspace – on passiveness and activeness.
* Smörgåsbord of suffering – For example shape stress vs. rope pain
* Deep but not too far – how to play with narrative and progression to guide your partner through challenging scenes without overstepping the limit.
* Beauty and appreciation – how aesthetics matter.
Some of the exercises will be of more explorative nature but most of them include specific ties for the participants to learn. This means to participate you need sufficient experience in kinbaku/shibari from other classes or workshops, otherwise it will be too difficult to follow.