Sat, Nov 4 from 1pm - 5pm

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Learn & refine two classic, beautiful shibari suspension forms in a safe, supportive environment! In this 4- hour workshop, we'll do a deep dive into two beautiful, fundamental suspensions: Yoko (‘Side’) and M-ji(‘Letter M’) We’ll cover:

Suspension mechanics
Troubleshooting body placement
Aesthetics
Top Line Management
Safety Issues

Prerequisite: Top should be comfortable tying a basic 2-rope gote shibari (‘box tie’), and be competent in basic suspension line locking techniques. If they do not wish to use a box tie for the course, it's fine to tie a hands-free chest harness, instead. Bottoms should be comfortable being tied in a gote shibari/TK, and be competent in monitoring themselves for nerve/circulation issues & communicating same to the rope top.

Suspension bondage is an advanced technique, and hazardous. In order to ensure the safety of participants, the instructor will assess student skill level. If a student’s tying is deemed unsafe by the instructor, the student may be invited to observe instead of doing full suspension. Want to be ready for this workshop? Practice! A chest harness may be used for students who do not wish to use the gote shibari tie.
Due to the detailed & time-intensive nature of this workshop, choosing one person in the duo to tie will be optimal.  This workshop is appropriate for all genders, sexual orientations, and body types.

Please bring:
(8-10)  8 meter to 30’ ropes, 6mm in diameter. Hemp or Jute is recommended. Feel free to use 8mm hemp or jute for the main suspension line (8mm is stronger/safer as a main suspension line). It’s also helpful to have some shorter lengths of rope in your kit. Short on rope? We’ll have a bit extra on hand to loan out to students.
(1) 45” Dyneema climbing sling (available at REI) and/or gear for hanging your top rig from the ceiling hard points.
(4) Pear-shaped or oval climbing carabiners. We recommend the Petzl Hera Attache, available at REI.  Catalog Item #109589. Your carabiners must be rated for climbing.
Optional Gear: Steel Suspension Ring
Questions about equipment or class prerequisites: contact the instructor at jonathan@seattleshibari.com

To ensure personal attention to each participant, class size will be limited to 8 duos. Due to the small class size, early registration is highly recommended.
Cost at the door: $110  (Duo)
No late entry will be allowed due to the nature of this workshop. Doors will be locked at 10 minutes after the start time.
Questions may be directed to: education@thefspc.org

About the Instructor:
Jonathan (Seattle Shibari) is a Seattle-based rope artist who ties for photoshoots, performs onstage, and teaches Japanese-style rope bondage. He works to spread appreciation for this beautiful art in the Pacific Northwest via his website SeattleShibari.com, and travels regularly to Japan to train with top-level teachers. Jonathan has taught numerous sold-out workshops, and teaches & performs internationally.


This event is presented by the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture. Please go to TheFSPC.org for more information.

Ballard Location

1404 NW 49th St
Seattle, WA 98107