We are bottoms with lots of experience. We’ve been there and done that. We know a lot about physical preparation for play. But as more experienced bondage bottoms, we need to stretch more than just our limbs and ligaments to have better scenes. The goal of this class is to give us a new way of thinking about our bottoming, to help us limber up our minds and hearts, so that we can bring more to a scene, and to help us deal with mental/emotional/ psychological challenges, injury and scene flops, and, yes getting older in the rope scene.
Materials: yoga mat or other floor covering if desired
Take your rope bondage to new heights with partial suspension. We will cover the safety and practical basics surrounding suspension including mechanics, hardpoint selection, hardware, and some ties and positions to get you started.
Materials: Participants are encouraged to bring at least four 30-foot lengths of 6mm or 8mm (1/2″ or 3/8″) rope and their imaginations.
Rope bondage is a dangerous activity. While we do everything we can to emphasize safety, the simple fact is that eventually we will all cause harm. Reacting badly to that harm, however, has the potential to cause far more damage than the initial harm ever could. In this discussion class, we will talk about ways to mitigate harm, both before and after the fact. We will discuss the different kinds of harm—physical, mental, emotional, and more—that we are likely to
encounter, how to solicit genuine feedback, and how to make true apologies to those we harm. We will also discuss some of the gaps and pitfalls in our negotiations that can precipitate that can precipitate these harms in the first place.
This is a discussion for everyone, whether you tie, are tied, or both—we all have to deal with harm, and we all have much to learn from one another.
Join as yoga teacher, conscious kink educator, and rope bunny
Shakti Bliss teaches you to use your body and your breath to create
a safe container for the deep emotional experience of a rope scene.
Both tops and bottoms will learn how to take care of their bodies
to arrive authentically in a scene, and specific techniques for
grounding the nervous system before, during, and after a
Format: discussion, participation
“Body awareness is a key component of all of our rope experiences. In this class, we’ll explore the body mechanics of bottoming, learn how to better understand our emotional responses to physical stimuli, and look at ways to more effectively communicate what we are experiencing to our partners. The hands-on portion of this class will include exercises designed to improve your overall awareness and communication. This is an all-levels, all-bodies class where an introspective learning mindset is encouraged. We also recommend bringing something to take notes with and a tying partner to practice with.
Format: Tie-along (partnered preferred)
Materials: An open mind, 1 piece of Natural Fiber Rope, notetaking materials if desired.
Patterns, schmatterns…let’s talk about the reasoning behind different transition choices, and build your ability to create unique sequences! This class is intended for folks who are just starting to work through transitions in suspension, and is self- or partnered-suspension friendly. To begin, Shay will bring the class along on the process to collaboratively create a demonstration transition sequence, discussing the “decision points” and pros and cons of different selections. Participants will then tie (or be tied in, or both) a suspension-worthy chest and leg ladder harness—Shay will quickly guide you through tying a leg harness, or you can tie your personal favorite. Within an outline, participants will choose their own adventures, utilizing these harnesses for partial and full suspension sequences.
Teaching Assistant: Miss DC
Format: suspension tie-along
Prerequisites: Intermediate, Intermediate suspension. Tying attendees should know basics of upline management, risk and body awareness for suspension, and experience with arms-free chest harnesses. Folks of all skill levels are also welcome to attend and “audit” the content.
Materials: Tying attendees need a basic suspension kit. At least 4 x ~30′ and 2 x ~15′ pieces of rope for harnesses, 2 x ~30′ pieces for uplines (rated rope recommended), climbing-rated carabiners x 3-6, safety cutting tool.
Whether you’re looking to tie (or be tied) for the first time, or you’re a veteran rope practitioner with hundreds of bondage scenes under your belt, this class is for you. In this lecture and discussion-based workshop, we will explore ways of using and interpreting language to better negotiate for what we’re really looking for in a rope bondage scene, as well as how to better meet our partners’ needs, wants and desires. We will explore ways to help experienced players feel less like service techs and rope mannequins, and help brand new players get their first taste of rope in a way that honors their consent, and keeps them coming back for more.
Format: lecture and discussion
Your scene doesn’t end when the up lines come down. Scene dynamic can and should be sustained until the last rope is removed from your bottom’s skin. It’s all in the details, and this class will walk you through strategies for keeping your scene strong until the last moments. We’ll explore how sustained rope tension is an articulation of sadistic intention, demonstrate how to maintain contact within the scene and create seamless transitions into aftercare, and discuss how these skills empower both top and bottom to maintain their respective headspaces. With this approach, the climax of the scene becomes the release from rope and not the re-engagement with gravity, which re-emphasizes rope as the implement of power exchange.
Format: partnered tie-along
Materials: at least three hanks of rope of the material of your choice
Rope bondage is a visual as well as visceral medium. Along with photography, artists have been sketching, painting, and even sculpting rope bondage for decades. This is a class on how to create your very own event, from the organizer and the model’s perspective, including recommended practices for using rope as a tool for modeling, inspiring a supportive, inclusive environment and establishing a sustainable event. The class will end with an actual figure drawing session, so bring your pencils (or whatever you want to sketch with!).
Materials: sketching materials – pencils, paper, etc.
“Ever heard someone say ‘Well, just add more rope!’ when speaking of tying larger people? That’s all well and good, but it matters greatly *where and how* that extra rope is added. Size does not determine what makes a good rope bottom, or what one is able to do in rope! We’ll talk about ways to address differences both on the floor and in the air, as well as extensive discussion on bottoming skills regardless of size.
Materials: Rope (3-10 ~30ft lengths recommended)
Skills needed: Single column tie proficiency (any), active communication, general body awareness
Often, the rope marketed for use in bondage is soft and silky smooth. While it’s great for sensual play, this rope isn’t very intimidating! In this class, we’ll take a walk on the other side of the tracks – using the raw, rough, scratchy, and harsh rope that your mother warned you about. We’ll compare the pros and cons of different rope types and show how they can transform once-innocent ties into something a little more torturous. Whether you hate the soft stuff, are looking for a way to add some punishment to your bondage, or are just scratching the itch to try something new, you’ll find plenty of new ideas!
People who tie often need to practice their tying more often than a willing partner is available. People who enjoy being in rope, can find it useful a foundational knowledge of how rope is tied and may want to be in rope more often than someone who ties is available. In this class A Stitch of Trouble will teach and break down ties that can be done on oneself that will help improve rope handling, and tie endurance.
Format: unpartnered tie-along
Materials: At least 2 pieces of rope, solid braid or twist, any natural or synthetic fiber, 25 to 30ft in length
This intermediate class covers some of the forms that aren’t chest or hip harnesses. This includes the “surf” portion: ebi (shrimp) and kani (crab) shibari as well as the “turf”: a hogtied based off of a basic agura (cross-legged) shibari tie. Time permitting, we cover the basic momo (peach) shibari as dessert! Participants should be competent with knots, frictions, and rope handling skills and should be able to complete basic ties such as single and double column ties and a basic chest harness.
Format: Interactive tying.
Prerequisites: Knowing how to tie a single column, reverse tension, frictions, and cinches is required.
Materials: Participants will need 5 – 6 pieces of rope.
Diamonds Are Forever: Introduction to hishi-pattern concepts.
So you know a couple knots, frictions and hitches. You’ve already got your basic Gote and Futomomo structure down. Now what!? We can begin playing with the structures that make up some of our favorite ties and create a whole new look, yet maintain their structural integrity. Through learning and applying these new patterns attendees will learn a finer control of tension, rope handling, and aesthetics. We’ll also cover some interesting tips of how placement of frictions can be used for pressure point play. This will be an intermediate to advanced class.
Prerequisites: Single-column tie, understanding of basic frictions (reverse tension, half-hitch, munter-hitch),
Materials: 3 to 5 8-meter lengths of rope (natural fiber preferred).
Lower body harnesses are foundational for many suspensions…or make great handles for bedroom bondage! After a discussion of basics like wrap placement and risk awareness, Shay will survey the class and attendees will vote for the ties they most want to learn. Based on popular demand (and perhaps a bit of cajoling to choose her favorites), ties covered may include a swiss seat, drum harness, woven hip harness, three-column-tie hip harness, gunslinger, mermaid tie, leg ladder harness, futomomo, and the elegantly named Butt Rainbow Thigh Tie of Doom.
All the ties shown in this class are suspension-worthy; Shay will demonstrate attaching hangers and using them for suspension, and participants with adequate experience can get airborne as well. Attendees are also welcome to come and stick with floorwork, as the majority of the class will focus on the harnesses themselves. Self-tyers welcome. Teaching Assistant: Miss DC
Prerequisites: Intermediate skill level – This class is appropriate for folks from an intermediate floor work level to experienced suspension. To tie along with the harnesses, experience with non-collapsing single-column ties and basic risk and body awareness for bondage is required. To suspend in class, upline management skills and experience is required.
Format: tie-along (auditors of all skill levels welcome)
Materials: For harnesses, 2 x ~30′ and 2 x ~15′ lengths, nylon/jute/hemp/cotton are all OK. 6mm diameter preferred, 5mm or 8mm also acceptable. For suspension (optional), your basic suspension kit (including at least one ~30′ upline). Safety cutting tool.
Too often, queer and trans bodies don’t fit within the aesthetic expectations laid out by the glossy pages of popular rope manuals. Further, common Shibari and Western ties aren’t always physiologically suitable for queer bodies. This workshop offers queer alternatives for some common ties that work more efficiently on bodies that don’t reside within the gender binary. Discussion surrounding increasing queer advocacy and shattering gender stereotypes in rope will be interwoven throughout.
Format: this class is a tie-along for queer-identified individuals
Materials: 3 or more Hanks of rope of choice
Sex isn’t just in the hips. This creative class is not bound by conventional dildo strap-on
placement. Want to tie a dildo to your boot? Chest? Anywhere you want?! What may start out
as quirky shenanigans can lead to pleasurable explorations of some dildo-tastic possibilities for
queer sex and sex for bodies with different abilities. BYOD (Bring Your Own Dildos!)
Materials: rope of your preference, dildo(s)
This year ROPECRAFT invited six artists to be “in residence” at the event with the intent of finding out what inspired them. In this panel they will talk about both their experiences at the event and also answer questions about their particular processes of creating art. What will come out of ROPECRAFT?