Earth: Establishing a Ground

With this series of evening classes we provide an opportunity to establish the ground for Seme-nawa on a regular basis. We will deepen already familiar principles and patterns and learn to apply them to create new ones forming the tied body into aesthetic and challenging positions. Playfully and gradually, we will progress from the ground into partials and first full suspensions. In doing so, we do not deal with the techniques as stand alone, but repeatedly ask for the intentions and give impulses to the rope-bottoms to bring their attention to their feelings and sensations and to develop their sense of Center as a basis for further exploration in our style of Kinbaku.

Discover Kinbaku in Berlin Moabit and learn Japanese Bondage Semenawa
Establish a ground for Seme-nawa

Who is it for?

This workshop is for couples (of all ages and gender constellations) who want to engage more intensively with our interpretation of Seme-nawa. In each unit we will apply the principles to a new form or position and enrich you with a new twist on using erotic bondage in your play.

The basis is the secure mastery of initial technical principles, as they are taught e.g. in the introductory workshop “Essentials: From Zero to Patterns and Play”. Advanced beginners and changers from other styles are welcome.

You will learn

…as a rigger:

  • quickly building up solid technical skills by repeating and learning the same principles from different perspectives
  • safely mastering the first „iconic“ semi- and full suspensions in our style
  • gaining confidence in your abilities and self-confidence for application in private or at a Jam

… as a rope-bottom:

  • bringing attention to your body, to your feelings and sensations
  • developing the sense of your Center as a basecamp for your exploration in ropes
  • gaining safety in (semi) suspensions by learning to give in to the force of gravity
  • developing a open mindset as a key to positive experiences in seme-nawa ties

Formalities

  • Closed Group of five couples
  • 6 units of 2.5 hrs practice each, twice a month for a period of 3-4 month
  • Tee, coffee and soft drinks are provided
  • Location: Studio 6×6, Berlin-Moabit (detailed address comes with confirmation)
  • Language: English / German

Contribution: 300 € per couple, to be paid in advance

Included: once a month, Sundays, access to the Open Practice Lab, where you can train under our supervision (from 5-30pm till 8pm): 01.09. // 06.10. // 03.11. // 08.12.

Dates

Current series (full): 27.02. // 13.03. // 27.03. // 10.04. // 15.05. // 22.05.

New Series starts in September 2019: 5 Wednesdays & one Thursday, 19:30 – 22:00ish: 11.09. // 25.09. // 17.10. // 06.11. // 20.11. // 04.12.

Bring along: comfortable, flexible clothing and at least 10 jute ropes, 5 or 6 mm, 7 – 7.6 m long

==> Notes for participants

Content

Safety and consent * Centering and Grounding * Placement of attention exercises * The role of technique: speed and safety * Kinbaku Luxuria Takate-kote * Variants of 3rd rope * Strappado * Ashi-shibari * Futo-momo * Agura * Manage Tsuri lines * Influencing feelings and moods through the position * Ebi * Kata-ashi * S-shape suspensions * Effective methods to control the partner * Communication through the rope * Leading and following * Mastering challenging positions * Introduction to the erotic play with shame or pain * Kinbaku & Seme-nawa: history and philosophy

FAQ

I am a total beginner in the rope. Is the workshop suitable for me?

The ongoing course is not designed for total beginners, there is the workshop “From Zero to Patterns and Play.” In order to be able to participate really intensively and also to achieve the maximum effect for you, you should master the technical principles for simple upper body and leg bondage and have first experiences with a Takate-kote.

I do not have a partner. Can I still participate?

The workshop is deliberately advertised for couples. Even if you do not have a bondage partner yet – this is Berlin! Put an Ad in the usual platforms and you will certainly find someone who wants to share the experience with you.

Is switching allowed?

Switching is not “forbidden”, but the program is designed so that there will not be time to duplicate the exercises. We do not want the non-switchers be bored… As the principles are repeated in different exercises, you can of course do the exercises alternately if both partners want to learn actively.

My body is not as flexible as the models on the internet, can I still attend the workshop?

Yes. Kinbaku is the play on the limits of the individual possibilities of the person in the ropes, not the execution of fixed techniques. Important is the willingness of the partner in the rope to be in the rope for the limited time and the willingness of the partner with rope to deal responsibly with this gift. We will practice the techniques and principles in the workshop.