Workshop with Barkas & Addie (Canada)

Fly More! Soptik Noctuelle Augist 2017
We are so excited to bring you these giants of the shibari world, Barkas & Addie, all the way from Canada!. Reconnect with the heart and soul of ropes in this intensive weekend. The Friday workshop is open to all levels, so this is a truly unique opportunity to learn from them if you are not at a super advanced level! Beginners welcome.

Who can come to this class? Are there pre-requisites?

This class has pre-requisites for riggers and rope bottoms/models – please make sure you meet these before booking to avoid disappointment on the day:

Pre-requisites for Friday:

  • All levels, beginners and more advanced crowd welcome.
  • Minimum knowledge of a single-column tie

Pre-requisites for the weekend:

  • Completion of Course 3 gives both riggers and models the necessary pre-requisites for this course.
  • Riggers must be able to tie a structural 3 rope Takate Kote in under 10 minutes and be comfortable with suspensions & basic transitions.
  • Pairs must tie with 6mm jute ropes, preferably single ply.
  • Riggers must know how to check for nerve impingement. You must inform your model of the risks of rope suspension.
  • Riggers and models must have tied together prior to this class.
  • Rope bottoms should be able to be tied in a Takate Kote and be very familiar with the differences between nerve and circulation impingement. Models must be able to recognise and communicate signs of nerve impingement to riggers effectively and timely. Models should be able to process pain and take some enjoyment in intense sensations.

What should I bring and what do I wear? Bring your own ropes and suspension gear. 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.

When does it take place? This is workshop takes place Friday (3-9pm), Saturday & Sunday from 1pm to 7pm. You can book for Friday only, weekend only, or all 3 days.

Who teaches this class? This workshop is taught by guest presenters Barkas and Addie all the way from Canada!

About Barkas:

I am a bondage educator, performance artist, and writer.

I have developed Ranboo and the Interview metaphor, and am a licensed Osada Ryu instructor and Yukimura Ryu instructor.

I have given performances and Workshops all over the world, such as at Shibaricon (‘14 & ‘15 & ’16) in Chicago, at Moscow Knot, at Kannawa Kai in Tokyo, at West Coast Bound in Vancouver, FIRE in Orlando, Place des Cordes in Paris, and many other events.

One of my special focuses is the implementation of various philosophical, sociological, physical, mathematical, and historical ideas into my approach. These are found in the metaphor of tying as an interview – a certain mindset that prioritizes individuality, and leads to the development of a unique style. Intellectuality and emotionality don’t contradict each other, they allow the rigger to fill the techniques with life, to focus on the person not the pattern, and to make enjoyment the goal of every scene. I don’t tie people, I tie with them. These thoughts have been recently condensed in the book “Archaeology of personalities – a linguistic approach to erotic rope bondage.”

I work most of the time with my partner Addie.

About Addie:

I stumbled into rope several years ago and quickly got hooked. I love the range and creativity possible with such an adaptable medium. These days I wear many hats – bottom, rigger, self-suspender, educator, performer, advocate, and amateur in the old sense of the word. I have spent the past couple years adventuring, learning, and teaching with my partner Barkas at events around the globe, where my focus has been on supplementing his teachings with bottoming information and education. I have had the immense good fortune of spending time with some fantastic people on my tumble down the rabbit hole, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to pass on some of what I have learned along the way.

For further information about the life of Barkas & Addie, and about the possible workshops please visit

How much does this cost? £80 per couple for Friday. £200 per couple for the weekend. £250 for all 3 days. Or pay a £50 deposit (refundable).

Where do I book tickets? Ticket link here. Pre-bookings now open.

Facebook event listing: here

Workshop Description:

Friday (3-9pm) – In this workshop, we explore various possibilities to create a conscious communication and deep connection between the people tying with each other just with the help of ropes. We will have a look at the “interview metaphor” as well as some Ranboo – the more dynamic way of tying. For this purpose, all we need is a proper single column tie and some understanding of a couple hitches. Hence, this workshop is intended to be an all levels class, beneficial for beginners as well as super advanced.

Saturday & Sunday Intensive (1-7pm) – The weekend intensive leads us deeper into the world of communi cation through ropes. A closer look at the interview metaphor and its newest, unpublished developments requires the study of more elaborate techniques which we will discuss in this workshop. We will explore the different kinds of movement with and in ropes and study it on the floor and in the air.

This workshop contains suspensions and transitions between positions in the air and is thus considered to be an advanced workshop for those who have already experience with suspensions.

Both workshops include teachings from both, the tied as well as the tying person’s perspective.


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