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Learning the Ropes

Discover the Japanese art of rope bondage with friends in a friendly and accepting environment!

From a private group practice. Photo © Hazymirrors

A PUBLIC WORKSHOP

Introduction to Shibari & BDSM

Introduction to Shibari & BDSM is perfect for beginners and doesn't require any prior experience with rope or BDSM, with lessons for both the rope artist and the rope model!

We'll cover how Shibari started, how it's practiced now, basic techniques you could build upon, and how to give better feedback—so that you and your partner can get started with rope safely!

Note: No tentative schedule yet for the next workshop yet.

Stay tuned for updates via our Facebook Page!

NOTE: We will start and end on time, so make sure to arrive 15-30 minutes in advance!

FIRST BATCH

July  0 th
2017
1- 0 pm
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max attendees
Php  1 *
per ticket

SECOND BATCH

Aug  0 th
2017
1- 0 pm
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Php  1 *
per ticket

Each ticket includes one (1) piece of bondage safe rope!

*Early Bird Discount:
Get Php 500 off when you deposit before July 22nd (for the July 29th workshop) or before July 29th (for the Aug 12th workshop)!

Reserve your slot by contacting us at dee@shibari.ph or through the Shibari.ph Facebook Page!

Event Details

Who will be facilitating the workshop?

Dee Sapalo is an amateur rigger from Makati who advocates kink-, sex-, and body-positivity.

He started learning from Manila's rope scene in 2013 and uses it to help our communities develop a stronger culture of empathy, inclusiveness, and respect.

Dee believes in helping our communities accept and benefit from kink, so he runs the Shibari.ph resource blog and hosts peer-run rope events where enthusiasts of all ages, genders, and body types can explore bondage in a safer, supportive, and more accepting environment.

You can message Dee to ask questions or say hello at dee@shibari.ph

[Curriculum] What lessons are in store for me?

The class will be a combination of lectures and hands-on learning. We'll cover various topics:

a. What is Shibari?

We'll introduce you to Shibari and its martial origins, how it evolved into the modern form practiced today, so you'll know your responsibilities whenever you tie or get tied.

b. Our Why's and Why Knots

Our motivations have a major effect on our way of doing bondage. We'll go over the various reasons why people might play with rope to see how ours impacts how we practice and eventually play.

c. Playing Safer

Just like martial arts and parkour, bondage isn't safe—but we can try to make it safer. Find out the various risks involved, what you can do to mitigate them, and the safety guidelines from BDSM that keep your sessions fun for everyone.

d. How to negotiate a BDSM scene with your partner

Consent is key and having a good time is often the result of truly understanding what you and your partner/s want to do.

We'll go over suggestions on how to clearly manage your expectations together, demonstrate a negotiation, as well as refer you to more thorough material that discusses this essential aspect in detail.

e. What to do before, during, and after your rope session

We'll walk you through the phases of a session so that you can prepare your tools, manage expectations, and—most of all—have fun!

This part also teaches you how to address a certain phenomenon in kink sessions (not just rope) that most newbies are rarely prepared for.

f. People, not Patterns

Shibari is less about rope and more about people, so a common newbie mistake is to be too caught up in the techniques at the expense of their partner.

At this stage, we'll teach you basic techniques and ways of handling rope that lets you stay safe, connect with your partner, and create art in the process.

Note: Sorry! Suspension bondage, takate kote, strappado, etc. and similar advanced classes are not offered at this time.

[Reservation] How do I reserve my slot?

Reserve your slot by contacting us at dee@shibari.ph or through the Shibari.ph Facebook Page!

[Venue] Where will it be held?

The workshop venue is a private fitness studio in Bonifacio Global City, near Market! Market! (mall).

The exact venue details will be made available to attendees once you've paid and confirmed attendance!

Parking: For those driving to the venue, parking is available at the ground and basement floors.

[Partners] Do I need to go with a friend?

Partners aren't required since we can teach you how to perform the ties on yourself (and then your partner if available).

This way, you'll learn how it feels to be tied and develop a sensitivity to the situation of your partner, regardless of which role you ultimately choose.

[Attire] What should I wear?

We encourage sports, yoga, or any exercise attire as long as they aren't too baggy.

Bras with underwires are discouraged since any chest-related bondage might give you a harder time breathing (plus the risk of deforming it).

[To-Bring] What should I have in my bag?

MEDICATION: Please remember to bring medication if you need any— especially for emergencies (asthma inhalers, insulin, etc.).

CLOTHES: If you reckon you'll perspire a lot, bring small towels and a change of clothes. There's a water dispenser for you to stay hydrated and a comfort room nearby where you can get changed too.

NOTES: Bring a pen and paper so you can take notes! You can ask us questions anytime throughout the workshop. 🙂

ROPE: You don't need to bring your own!

Each ticket gets you one (1) piece of bondage-safe practice rope (made of synthetic polynylon) so you can practice what you learn at home!

[Privacy] Do I need a codename?

We're happy to notice that attendees of our Shibari.ph events tend to be comfortable enough to not use codenames anymore.

However, the Philippines still faces some stigma when it comes to the practice of activities under BDSM.

To protect your privacy, we highly encourage the use of code names and aliases during the workshops (especially if you plan to join the local kink community).

Note: Anyone caught harassing other attendees for personal details will be reprimanded or sent out. Repeat offenders will be blacklisted from future events and reported to the other local kink groups.

[Photography] No-Shoot Policy

As an added level of security, we won't be allowing photographs to be taken by anyone other than the group's official/authorized photographer.

They are specifically instructed to creatively crop personally identifiable features from view and, in cases where it's unavoidable, to blur them well before publishing.

Exception: We might dedicate a photo-safe zone and allow pictures if all the attendees agree to it.

[Post-Workshop] What if we get hungryyyy?

After the workshops, we tend to work up an appetite so feel free to hang out with us during dinner!

This is usually when we get to know the other kinksters better, ask questions about rope, kinks, and BDSM, while enjoying drinks and yummy food.

You're invited to join us!

[Private Lessons] Do you offer 1-on-1 classes?

We offer the same Introduction to Shibari & BDSM workshop as a private class for people who can't attend the regularly scheduled workshops and explorers who need to keep their interest in kinks discreet.

If you have questions, shoot us an email at dee@shibari.ph or message us through the Shibari.ph Facebook Page!

Note: Sorry! Suspension bondage, takate kote, strappado, etc. and similar advanced classes are not offered at this time.

Do you have more questions?

Send us an email at dee@shibari.ph or message us through the Shibari.ph Facebook Page.

Happy tying!