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Shibari.ph Saturdays

We host monthly events for adults of all ages, genders, & body types who want to explore bondage in a safer, supportive, & accepting environment.

Circuit Makati
Nearest Landmark
Ten (10)
Attendee Limit
Oct. 1st (Sat)
Date
Dee (Daki)
Instructor

Introduction

Shibari, the erotic art of Japanese rope bondage, is a visually striking, emotionally engaging, and creatively challenging practice enjoyed by people all over the world.

Whether you’re interested in bondage for sex, relaxation, sadomasochism, art (or simply bonding with your significant other/s), Japan’s unique style of rope play offers you exciting new perspectives on concepts like control, pleasure, and intimacy.

Join us on Saturdays when we host events for adults of all ages, genders, and body types who want to explore bondage in a safer, supportive, and accepting environment.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, our events are temporarily limited to a maximum of 10 attendees.

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What to Expect

8:00AM - 11:00AM (3 hours)

Introduction to Shibari

Learning the Ropes: Introduction to Shibari will teach you a simple framework for practically any style of rope play you enjoy.

From sultry and sensual tying to expressing one’s power exchange through ropes, this course will make sure you’ll never have to feel stuck with the same boring routine when you tie—nor feel pressured to keep learning new patterns just to spice things up!

We’ll cover topics like:

  • Traditional & Contemporary Practice
  • Safety & Consent
  • Tools & Maintenance
  • A Simple Session Framework
  • Basic Techniques & Applications

This event will be helpful if you ever found yourself asking:

  • Which types of ropes are okay to use for bondage play?
  • How many knots or techniques do I need to know?
  • Does bondage always have to be sadistic, naked, or complicated?
  • Can I still get tied if I’m not a thin/light/petite Japanese woman?
  • Are there parts of the body I shouldn’t be tying?
  • What’s the difference between nerve and circulation impingement?
  • How tight should my wraps/bondage ties actually be?
  • What are we supposed to be doing at the end of our sessions?

Complete beginners are welcome.

(Recommended: Take our FREE Introduction to BDSM online!)

1:00PM - 4:00PM (3 Hours)

[Foundation] Course of the Month

There are four (4) skill paths you can pursue to improve your rope bondage practice. Each month, we offer a workshop that focuses on just one to help you develop that set of skills:

How do you choose which body parts to tie and which positions to stay in? What do you do when you or your partners aren’t very flexible?

In this course, we’ll analyze how human bodies work and how we engage them during our sessions.

Who is this course for?
This course is for rope tops and bottoms who:

  1. Are still struggling to stay in ropes for extended periods without having to quickly untie due to numbness or pain
  2. Feel awkward whenever they have to move their partner or be moved by them
  3. Don’t know how to anticipate and address common rope bondage issues early on
  4. Still haven’t found the right balance for tightness such that the rope stays in place

Benefits
Rope tops will be able to:

  1. Identify and adjust to their partner’s unique body type, constraints, & advantages
  2. Move their partners into positions more easily, even if they’re not as big nor strong
  3. Anticipate, prevent, and mitigate issues from body-position related complications
  4. Prevent rope from slipping out of place through proper tensioning and placement

Rope bottoms will be able to:

  1. Better understand their natural range of motion and limits for body tension
  2. Unlock a dynamic new dimension of play involving motion and positions
  3. Monitor, mitigate, and master (3) areas of concern when rope bottoming
  4. Reframe the natural contours of their body as opportunities and advantages

How do you balance safety and aesthetics when tying? When’s the right time to use a certain tying technique versus another?

In this course, we’ll study how rope behaves, what makes them safer, and which building blocks we can mix and match to meet our needs.

Who is this course for?
This course is for rope tops and bottoms who:

  1. Want to minimize the risks of issues like circulation or nerve impingement
  2. Struggle with their ties that keep collapsing or tightening unintentionally 
  3. Have a hard time with symmetry, proportion, or achieving a stronger visual
  4. Are curious to explore other aesthetics possible with rope bondage

Benefits
Rope tops will be able to:

  1. Build good tying habits that reduce the chances of causing various injuries
  2. Tie more securely and simplify the task of preserving rope tension
  3. Create and preserve your shapes and designs using the appropriate frictions
  4. Choose from three (3) different tying aesthetics depending on your needs

Rope bottoms will be able to:

  1.  Recognize poorly tied harnesses and systems and request sensible adjustments
  2. Spot poorly secured tension and anticipate risks due to potential rope slipping
  3. Explore how the creation of shapes and designs affects their bodies
  4. Navigate the nuances among three (3) different tying aesthetics

What do you do to get in the zone when it comes to rope play? How do you address distractions and build mindfulness in the present?

In this course, we’ll explore different ways for you to hone your focus on the now and synchronize with your partner for more satisfying play.

Who is this course for?
This course is for rope tops and bottoms who:

  1. Want to help their partners improve their shared tying experience
  2. Struggle with overwhelm, distractions, and the inability to let go and relax
  3. Spend too long while tying, untying, or staying in ropes
  4. Need to improve their and their partners’ experience when mistakes happen

Benefits
Rope tops will be able to:

  1. Get rid of their fumbling and develop enough finesse to tie confidently
  2. Creatively engage their partner’s senses to help anchor them despite distractions
  3. Tie correctly more quickly through three (3) different approaches
  4. Turn fails into wins through different error handling techniques

Rope bottoms will be able to:

  1. Feel less passive or unhelpful in a scene through active and supportive bottoming
  2. Practice driving attention through (and despite) sensory deprivation 
  3. Calculate and inform their partner how much longer they can stay in ropes
  4. Recognize when mistakes occur for safety, support, or standards purposes

What do you do to communicate with your partner without words? How do you make sure you understand them and are being understood yourself?

In this course, we’ll explore verbal and non-verbal communication in the context of rope bondage so we can better understand and play with our partners.

Who is this course for?
This course is for rope tops and bottoms who:

  1. Want to upgrade their communication for faster, clearer, and better responses
  2. Calibrate to our partners’ unique non-verbal vocabulary for increased accuracy
  3. Improve our ability to articulate more complex messages without words
  4. Break free from the pattern trap and tie more freely by improvising during play

Benefits
Rope tops will be able to:

  1. Respond faster to safety issues thanks to their partners’ more precise feedback
  2. Choose positions tailored to their partner to accurately achieve the desired effects
  3. Expand their non-verbal vocabulary to increase the challenge and thrill of play
  4. Overcome the pressure to learn and memorize dozens of new patterns to break the monotony of purely construction-oriented tying

Rope bottoms will be able to:

  1. Verbally articulate concerns at three (3) levels of increasing difficulty/helpfulness
  2. Clarify and communicate their personal interpretations of certain tying positions
  3. Tap into a lifetime’s worth of non-verbal communication experience for play
  4. Develop their ability to enjoyably engage in non-verbal conversations

If you’d like to take all four courses during a single weekend of intensive workshops, kindly email Dee ([email protected]).

(Note: You must have attended our Introduction to Shibari or equivalent).

6:00PM - 9:00PM (3 Hours)

Rope Jam

Rope Jams are casual and academic practice sessions that you can attend regardless of skill level. 

There won’t be any sort of formal instruction or schedule—rather, attendees are free to practice together, run experiments, or simply watch other kinksters while they go about doing their rope play.

Rope jams are great opportunities for you to put your studies to the test and get honest feedback from the new people you’ll play with.

About the Instructor

Who will be teaching the workshop?

Dee Sapalo (Daki) is a rope artist who advocates for kink-, sex-, and body-positivity through Shibari.ph. He joined Manila’s rope community in 2013 and has pursued studies in Japanese style rope bondage locally and abroad. Dee’s approach to rope play focuses heavily on empathy in pursuit of satisfying, safer, and sustainable sessions as inspired by his background in Human-Centered Design.

Believing that our communities can become more respectful, empathic, and inclusive by practicing kink—Dee curates resources and hosts events to help promote a stronger culture of consent and communication using Japanese style rope bondage.

You can message him to ask questions or say hello!

Mail: [email protected]
Fetlife: @daki

Frequently Asked Questions

Partners are recommended but not required for this class. The lessons taught will be self-tying friendly. 

Please note that if you attend by yourself, we cannot guarantee that there will be another solo attendee who wants to tie with you. Kindly email Dee if you’d like to hire a professional rope partner to tie or be tied by you ([email protected]).

Sports, yoga, and exercise attire are common favorites since they’re not baggy and won’t get caught so often. Bras with underwires however are specifically discouraged since chest-related bondage might make it harder to breathe, deform the underwire, or accidentally poke/stab you.

Attendees will need to stay clothed and masked during this event to comply with the safety guidelines for preventing COVID-19 infection.

CLOTHES: If you reckon you’ll perspire a lot, bring small towels and a change of clothes.

ROPE: Bring at least four (4) bondage-safe ropes that are 8-meters long and have a diameter that’s anywhere between 5-8mm thick. Natural fiber jute ropes are encouraged but not required. Synthetic ropes are okay.

If you have none yet, you may buy rope from our online shop.

EMT/SAFETY SHEARS: We use a special kind of scissors for bondage—the kind used by paramedics for emergency situations which have a blunt tip. We’ll have several shears available during the event but you are encouraged to get your own pair.

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

YOGA MAT: Unless you’re fine with the uncovered floor, you may want to bring a yoga or exercise mat so that you (or your partner) will have something comfortable to sit or lie on the floor with!

You can browse our selection of natural fiber ropes (jute ropes/asanawa) and synthetic fiber ropes (polypropylene ropes) in our online store.

Attendees of Shibari.ph events tend to be comfortable enough to use their real names. However, we highly encourage the use of code names and aliases during the events so that you have a layer of defense against people who might have malicious intentions.

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.

Photographs are only allowed during our events if all attendees who will be part of the shot are consenting. We may dedicate a photo-safe zone where photo-taking is allowed.

No worries! Accidents, emergencies, and changed minds happen. Cancellations are free until seven (7) days before the scheduled event. After that period, we will need to bill you 75% of the scheduled appointment’s fee as a cancellation fee. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected]

Event Guidelines:

  1. Choose a kinky codename or alias if you need to protect your identity!
  2. Please wear comfortable, non-baggy clothes.
  3. Please refrain from imbibing alcohol or other intoxicating substances that affect your judgment and motor function before and during the appointment.
  4. This event is open to people of all skill levels and backgrounds but we reserve the right to interrupt or end the scene if you engage in what we personally deem as excessively risky behavior.
  5. Attendees are expected to observe physical distancing with people who aren’t their partner and to wear their masks at all times except for medical reasons.
  6. Those who refuse to comply with these guidelines will be added to our flagged list which is shared with the other local kink groups.