Rope and Restraint

Asymmetrical Bondage

The human eye is drawn to the triangle, the thing that is out of place, the imbalance in life. Asymmetrical bondage is not just aesthetically pleasing, but a sexually and sensually pleasing practice that puts us out of balance, reminding us where balance really is important. We will address key ways to bring asymmetry into our scenes and working with asymmetrical body forms. We will dance between lop-sided bindings to being forced to balance on one leg, punishment forms to scenes that have an asymmetrical flow to their structure. Bring at least one 25+ foot piece of rope for hands on opportunities during part of the class, though limited supplies will be available to borrow.

Breath and Bondage

Rope bondage effects how we breathe – from the constriction of rope corsets and chest harnesses to positional asphyxia. But how we breathe also has the power to affect how we do bondage; chest breathing vs. belly breathing, intentional breathing for connection, and more. We will look into how breath moves through the body, how bondage positions effect how we breathe, then work to see how ties effect breath before diving into styles of breathing, breath training for bondage bottoms (and riggers too), and connecting through breath in our ties.

Elemental Bondage: Rope Bondage for Connection, Energy and Passion

Rope can ground us into the earth, or have us breathe consciously into the air. Restraint can help us swim through the waves of our heart, or kindle passion from the fire within. Rope has the power to be used as a diverse energetic, spiritual and magical tool, and in this class we will do hands-on exploration of how this amazing tool can be modified to your needs no matter your path. Let’s explore how we connect to bondage, and how we connect to each other, through the notion of Intention + Attention = Magic. No experience with rope bondage or spiritual exploration necessary. Please bring a piece (or two) of rope for hands-on exploration (limited supplies available).

Encase, Rip, Wrap and Transform: Clothing Bondage Made Easy

Spontaneous ties created from a converted tee shirt. Full encasement fetish scenes for just a few dollars using three pairs of pantyhose. Turning your boots into bondage mitts for human puppies. Let’s examine the whys of using clothing as bondage, from take down scenes to object fetishism, then look at how to convert a variety of clothes into tools of bondage delight. Learn how to make blindfolds, hoods, gags, arm sleeves, mitts, strait jackets, wrist cuffs, sex-assisting devices, mummy bags, strap-on harnesses, water torture devices, and so much more out of what we likely already have in our closets! Please bring a pair of underwear (or take them off in class), socks, a destroyable tee shirt and pair of disposable pantyhose if you want to play along!

Erotic Macramé: Creative Decorative Bondage

Imagine the human body as your canvas, and rope as your paints… let’s create art! From body harnesses to creative chest restraint, rope corsets to beautifully applied crotch ropes and rump bindings, we’ll look into some ways to turn yourself or your partner into a sight to be seen. We will also look at ways to accent and add decorative details to other forms of rope bondage. Bring at least two pieces of rope, 25+ foot in length, for hands-on exploration, though limited supplies will be available to borrow from the instructor.

Examining Partial and Full Suspension Poses

Let’s look at how to get our play partners up into the air or forced onto one toe. This demonstration-based class is for individuals with a sound understanding of rope bondage, though those who are not at an advanced level are welcome to come and watch. We will examine how to create transitioning suspensions, partially suspend our partners, and suspend them in poses perfect for fucking, meditation, torture, and intense scenes with bondage as the point.

Flying Your Form: Suspension Techniques for a Variety of Body Types

So many images of people in restraint feature a specific aesthetic of model, especially in suspension bondage. In this class, we will look at the realities of the wide variety of physical forms that we want to get up into the air – including OURS! People of size, men, differently abled individuals… let’s look out how we can modify ties and think creatively to have suspension work for us. We will look at why we want to do suspension bondage, how we can use our partner’s forms in combination with rope, and explore together for excellence. If you are already familiar with suspension bondage, feel free to bring along your gear, as well as your experiences and ideas, to experiment together.

GenderQueer Bondage: Rope for People “Between” and “Beyond”

Ever had to struggle with how to put a crotch rope on a woman who has a little something extra? Wanted to tie up a transman who wanted chest bondage that didn’t make him look like a girl? Perhaps you just want to explore some hot ways to tie up your lovers to make them feel androgynous and exposed? Then this class is for you. We’ll be playing with crotch ropes and strap-on harnesses, alternative forms of chest and torso bondage (to emphasize and de-emphasize curves), and exploring a few other ties that can help us or our partner(s) feel seen as whatever gender or otherness as we experience ourselves to be. Bring two or more pieces of rope, 25-30 foot in length, for hands-on fun and exploration in this class for “the rest of us.”

Getting Involved With (And Navigating) Rope Communities

Ever wanted to get involved in the rope community but don’t know where to start? Shy and overwhelmed? Curious about the types of events and get togethers out there in the land of restraint and desire?  Every event is different, and you deserve to find one that ties in best for you. We’ll look into why folks want to be part of the community (and how that affects your adventure), some of the myths you’ll encounter along the way (from outsiders, riggers, and rope bunnies alike), the pitfalls we may encounter, and have fun along the way.  So pull out your social graces, dust off those safety scissors and (gasp) nylon rope, and let’s dive into this foray into rope events and culture.

Hot Harnesses and Head Ties

When exploring rope bondage, there is often a belief that moving beyond the basics is hard. Getting a classic chest harness down is one thing but going further can look tough. Let’s shatter those illusions by modifying harnesses, creating new patterns… and then examine how two basic types of ties can be combined to make complex head cages with the aide of one little hitch. Bring two 25-30 foot pieces of rope, and a 25-30 foot piece of parachute cord, to play along and learn how to make hot harnesses and tie up heads!

Playing with the Head: Hair and Face Bondage

We look out into the world through our eyes, listen to it with our ears, breathe in every breath through our nose and mouth, and communicate our desires with smiles, sparkling looks and verbal conversation. It is understandable why for many people, facial bondage is an invasion of personal space, an intimate form of play, and a hot way to get someone’s attention. We will begin with making rope gags, tying hair bondage, and creating woven head harnesses, but by the end of the class you will even be able to construct a complex head cage!  Bring a 20-25 foot piece of 2-4mm line (nylon, parachute cord, hemp – whatever works for you) for the head cage, plus a single piece of 6mm line for gags.

Power Exchange with Rope

You have come to me to submit yourself to my will, and I will use my wicked mind and simple ties to bind your spirit to mind, my desires to yours.  Have you always longed to say those words, but aren’t sure how to use your rope bondage skills (or don’t have any) to create dynamic tension in your Dominant/Submissive relationship dynamics?  Whether you are looking to explore D/s in your ropework for the first time, or are passionate about power exchange but hoping to explore some beginning rope, this class will give you a chance to examine and sample rope and power from all sides of the play using conversation, demonstration and hands-on exercises.

Rope Bondage for the Female Form

From intricate or tight breast bondage to curled poses that emphasize the curve of the hip or exposure of their desires, women’s bodies provide a unique opportunity for practical and creative bondage. We will work on chest ties for petite, curvy and extra-luscious forms, rope-work that exposes or constricts the genitals and rump, body harnesses and rope corsets that emphasize feminine lines, and more. Bring at least two 25+ foot pieces of rope for hands-on play – though limited supplies with be available to borrow – and a willingness to have fun and learn!

Rope Bondage for the Male Form

Men’s bodies provide a unique opportunity for practical and creative bondage!  We will look at what desires men have concerning rope bondage, from restraint to objectification, sensuality to brutality, then find ways to make those desires come true.  Bondage for sex, bondage for exposure, bondage for emphasizing the masculine form – in this hands on class everyone will go home with at least three ties to apply to the male form, and ideas on how to modify the ties in books to suit the men we want to bind.  Please bring at least two 30+ foot pieces of rope for hands on play, though limited supplies with be available to borrow, and a willingness to have fun and learn!

Rope for Me: Rope Self-Bondage and Auto-Erotic Play

Some of us don’t have partners. Some of us are in relationships with folks who can’t tie their shoes, or are bottoms themselves. Some of us like tying ourselves up, or masturbating while bound. Whatever your reason, you are NOT alone. Let’s explore our desires, safety techniques for self-riggers, discuss tools of the trade, then plunge into how to do a wide variety of self-bondage using rope (but we’ll mention the other options too). From putting a crotch rope on yourself to building coil and cinch hogties, we’ll explore what the human body really can do to itself with rope (and depending on time we may even peek at self-suspension and tying formal a takate kote on ourselves which both take a bit of magic). Please bring three pieces of 25-30 foot rope (6mm is my preferred width) and one piece of 10-15 foot rope as well (material is of your choice). If you have any of your own favorite equipment for self-bondage, please bring it as well for show-and-tell. This is a hands on class (though non-interactive learners or supporters are welcome), so wear comfortable clothes and bring an attitude of fun and learning.

Rope for Sex: Erotic Restraint for the Bedroom and Beyond

Rope bondage is a wonderful tool for spicing up your sex life – from binding legs open for access to the loins to turning a bed into somewhere a lover relax and give into their desires. We will learn how to make simple restraints for spread-eagle poses or binding lovers to chairs, as well as exploring ways to bind limb to limb, body to body, crotch ropes (and how to convert them into pieces that can be fucked through), and more. Let’s explore and think creatively about techniques for adding bondage to your style of sensuality and sex. Bring at least one 25-30 foot piece of rope, and a dildo if you have one, for rated R hands-on play, though limited supplies will be available to borrow from the instructor.

Rope Connection, Bondage Magic

Do you long to bind the hearts of two individuals to one another? Are you hoping to ground yourself to this plane of existence, having spent too much time “floating off” in your own life? Has part of you wanted to separate yourself from the lines that tie you to past traumas?

When we set an intention, and bring attention to it with the fullness of our being, magic is made. In this hands-on class/ritual space, we will be examining our own desires and creating an intentional direction for what our ropes will be “casting” for us. Rope is a powerful, conductive tool for creating spells (for when we *spell* something out, the details of our needs are shown more clearly). Once our concepts have been set, we will dive into doing our magical working in a safe space with others on their own journey, in a space set with rhythmic drumming and awareness to our breath.

This class is a no-voyeur space. Thus, if you come in partnerships/triads/groups, you will be working together, or if you come solo you will be doing auto-erotic spellwork. There will be no matchmaking in class. Though this class is open to all experience levels of bondage skills, no bondage techniques will be taught in this class, and participants will be expected to work with what they know how to do… which given that wrapping a line once around a wrist can pull someone towards us or set a tone… is not an issue.

Bringing rope is heavily encouraged, with an awareness that some magical working might consecrate that rope to a specific purpose, or affect its effectiveness in general “play.” Padded surfaces, ritual garments, and other artifacts and tools are optional, based on what calls you.

Roping Up Your Pony

Some of us don’t want to invest hundreds of dollars on tack, or don’t like leather. Maybe you are traveling and don’t have room for all of your gear in your carry-on. Using just a few pieces of rope we will make body harnesses, leg wraps, tails and even complex head cages together. Bring two 25-30 foot pieces of rope and one 25-30 foot piece of parachute cord to play along!

Sacred Rope: Rope Bondage for Energetic, Spiritual and Magical Connection

Ordeal path workings using torture tie techniques. Hand-made rope collars for intentional acts of submission. Transformational rites using rope for rites of passage or deity invocation. Bondage positions for yoga, trance workings, and divination. Rope has the power to be used as a diverse energetic, spiritual and magical tool, and in this class we will dive into historical applications of rope magic and turn to the present in a discussion full of storytelling exploring how this amazing tool can be modified to your needs no matter your path.

Shibari 101: An Introduction to Japanese Aesthetic Bondage

Japanese aesthetic bondage (sometimes known as Shibari, NawaShibari or Kinbaku) is a tradition with a history combining art, martial arts, meditation, torture, and erotic passion. However, this class is about getting to the meat of the matter – learning the few basic ties that will get you started and actually USING Shibari today. We will cover single and double column ties, chest harnesses, crotch ropes, and learning to think creatively about combining these key elements in your play. Bring at least one 25-30 foot piece of rope, more if possible, for hands-on play and practice, though limited supplies will be available to borrow from the instructor.

Simplest Toybag: Creative Uses for Rope

Ever tire of hauling around tons of toys? Ever consider just grabbing a piece or two of rope, and calling that your toybag? Now you can. From leashes to improvised whips, nooses and garrotes to gags to blindfolds, instant vibrator to genital torture device, rope has so many more possibilities to be used in a scene. Bring one 15-30 foot piece of rope for playing along. It’s time to learn some new tricks for an old friend, your favorite piece of rope!

Speed Bondage!

Who says rope bondage takes ages to tie?  In this intermediate level class, we plunge into a variety of techniques, from quick hair bondage to Texas handcuff harnesses, speed wrist cuffs to hojojutsu ties.  We will also look at how to make our movements more efficient for speed and beauty of movement. Students need to come with a working knowledge of how to tie a square knot (reef knot) and have an understanding of how rope feels in their hands, plus show up in comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. Two lengths of rope, 15 foot and 30 foot in length is sufficient to do all of the work in this class, though some rope will be available on hand for folks without any of their own.

Turning Ties Inward: Finding your Path and Desires in/with Rope Bondage

When it comes to bondage, when was the last time you listened to your masturbations, desires and inner erotic voice? Does suspension get you all riled up, or are you just doing it because everyone else is? We will look at our fantasies and see how we have applied these fantasies and evolving desires to what we are doing nowadays. This frank discussion/guided experience will bring up taboos, fantasies and passions FIRST, then discuss what paths and styles of bondage people may want to explore to get the most out of what they actually want to make happen in the flesh.

50 Shades of Rope

Think that kinky play is too complicated, or costs way too much?  With a single piece of rope, you can have a whole bundle of fun, sensual and kinky things. From leashes to improvised whips, erotic restraint to playing dress up, gags to blindfolds, rope has so many more possibilities to be used in an erotic scenario. Come learn some new tricks from Lee Harrington, the author of “Shibari You Can Use: Japanese Rope Bondage and Erotic Macramé.” Whether this is your first tie, or you’ve ridden this rodeo before, add some spice while exploring in a playful and sensual way.

 

Intensives

Bonds of Power: Power Exchange with Rope

You have come to me to submit yourself to my will, and I will use my wicked mind and simple ties to bind your spirit to mind, my desires to yours.  Have you always longed to say those words, but aren’t sure how to use your rope bondage skills (or don’t have any) to create dynamic tension in your Dominant/Submissive relationship dynamics?  Whether you are looking to explore D/s in your ropework for the first time, or are passionate about power exchange but hoping to explore some beginning rope, this intensive will give you a chance to explore and sample rope and power through body positions, movement, hands-on exercises, conversation, and demonstration.

On Wings of Desire: Aerial Ropes for Magic, From the Ground on Up

How many of us have felt the longing to fly? To take off from the ground, and return again? Whether we are shapeshifters or sensualists, rope enthusiasts or magi who want to use aerial rope skills as a tool for ceremonies, suspension bondage is an incredibly powerful tool. In this 8-hour intensive, we will learn basic physiology of suspension, examine why there is a primal need for some of us to get off the ground or create the opportunity for flight for others, and then learn how to make this magic happen ourselves. Chest harnesses, hip harnesses, one column ties, drop lines, mechanical advantage and attachment techniques will be taught (and yes, feel free to think on that from a Buddhist standpoint if you want a fascinating meditation). By the end of this intensive you will learn at least two different poses of suspension, with the basic skills in hand for applying the concepts to hundreds of other ideas. If time allows, we will also look into moving the individual in the air between poses, and alternative harness forms.

Students will need a minimum of five 25-30 foot and two 15 foot load-worthy pieces of rope and either a suspension ring, four climbing carabineers, or some other metal load-bearing gear. By the end of this course every rope artist will have had an opportunity to get their partner, or themselves, up in the air. Though focusing on the technical aspects of how to move bodies in partial and full suspension, this class will also heavily look into the bio-mechanics of suspension, the whys of doing suspension (from magic or meditation to torment or trust) to best be able to use this camp of advanced ropework for what you really want it for.

Passion Bound I: Erotic Macramé and Japanese Style Rope Intensive

Let’s get our hands on some rope, and develop our own voice as artists and sensual pleasure enthusiasts! We’ll start our day learning the concepts of erotic exploration with rope and desire as our tools, from simple restraints to beautiful combined Japanese style poses that combine chest harnesses and visually pleasing two-column restraints. Then we’ll have an opportunity to imagine the human body as our canvas, and rope as our paints. We will learn how to create decorative body harnesses, rope corsets, crotch ropes and rump bindings, and finally learn how to make our own strap-ons out of rope that fit perfect every time. With just four pieces of 25-30 foot pieces of rope (and a dildo if you want to make your own strap-on, but more rope is always nice), we will be able to create a wide variety of ties, from Gyaku Ebi (chest-based hogtie) to Kikkou Karada (tortoise shell body harness)… and everything in-between. We will get to the core of rope bondage in just one day – talking about our desires, the WHY of why we tie, physical and emotional safety, types of materials to play with, and of course, the basic three and a half knots you need to know to do hundreds of different rope ties. We will also explore partial suspension concepts and talk about the way to find your own style as a rope artist.

Passion Bound II: Harnessing Partial and Full Suspensions

Using a series of Japanese style techniques, we’ll look at how to get your play partner up into the air or forced onto one toe. In this one-day intermediate to advanced level intensive for students who understand the basics of one and two column ties, basic knots and some understanding of body mechanics, we will look first into the whys of partial and full suspension bondage, then start throwing rope around ourselves.

Students will need a minimum of five 25-30 foot and two 15 foot load-worthy pieces of rope and either a suspension ring, four climbing carabineers, or some other metal load-bearing gear. From creating drop points and creating mechanical advantage in lifting to creating under and over-arm chest harnesses, swiss seat climbing harnesses, drum ties for inversions, concepts for flipping our partners between poses, and using a multitude of other tie styles, by the end of this course every rigger will have had an opportunity to get their partner, or themselves, up in the air. Though focusing on the technical aspects of how to move bodies in partial and full suspension, this class will also heavily look into the bio-mechanics of suspension, the whys of doing suspension (from fucking or meditation to torture or trust) to best be able to use this camp of advanced ropework for what you really want it for.

Ropes Entwined: A Journey Into Connection, Energy and Power

With ropes in hand and dancing across our flesh, we can each feel it if we close our eyes. Our partner’s breath flows out, and we breathe it in. They struggle, we hold the line. In this full-day intensive, let us experiment with ways to build our mindfulness and passion alike within our rope bondage. With touch and sensuality, rhythm and objectification, let’s feel our way into different ties from both sides of the line. Dominance and submission are one form of power exchange we will tap into in our floor work, as well as giving and receiving, topping and bottoming, and artist to canvas. Beyond the binaries we will find the ways that we each let our juice flow, all while learning a variety of ties and practicing those we already know.

This intimate one-day course is limited to 10 couples/triads. Bring your toy bag, your spirit, your curiosity and your power, expanding your own ropes entwined.

Shibari Introductory Intensive

Let’s get our hands on some rope, and develop our own voices as artists and sensual pleasure enthusiasts by pulling upon the classics of Japanese aesthetic ropework (also known as shibari or kinbaku). Exploring simple restraints, chest harnesses (shinju and takate kote), crotch ropes (matanawa) and combined poses of all sorts, we will have an opportunity to imagine the human body as our canvas, and rope as our paints. With just one day and a handful of rope, we will be able to create a wide variety of ties, from Gyaku Ebi (chest-based hogtie) to Kikkou Karada (tortoise shell body harness)… and concepts in-between. Let’s talk about our desires, the WHY of why we tie, physical and emotional safety, and the types of materials to play with. Japanese style rope bondage begins with a few basic steps, and we will walk down this introductory path together.

Attendees will need to bring:

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Four pieces of 25-30 foot of rope (hemp, jute and cotton are classic, but mfp, nylon, polyester, silk, bamboo and other materials are valid choices. If you do not have rope, feel free to contact the event organizers to borrow some)
  • Extra rope (shorter or longer) (optional)
  • Padding to sit on or tie on (yoga matts, pillows, blankets, etc.) (optional)
  • Refillable water bottle (optional)

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