Advanced Suspension Techniques Masterclass

10dec(dec 10)11:0011(dec 11)18:00Advanced Suspension Techniques MasterclassLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDSEvent OverIn-House Event11:00 - 18:00 (11) FacilitatorGestalta (they/them)Categoryshibari

Health Guidelines for this Event

Masks Required
Physical Distance Maintained
Event Area Sanitized
Vaccination Required


10 (Saturday) 11:00 - 11 (Sunday) 18:00



Event Details

This weekend-long masterclass is for anyone who already has experience with suspension techniques, and is looking for new challenges or inspiration to take their tying further within a safe(r) environment.

Gestalta will provide guidance as you explore with new techniques, including adaptations and workarounds for different bodies/needs in suspension, and feedback to help you improve your tying and build confidence in performing more complex suspensions and transitions.

This masterclass aims to empower both partners with a deeper understanding of shibari. Gestalta will give demonstrations and explanations, and also provide ample time to experiment with the ties, and understand how the body works/reacts in positions that can sometimes be quite challenging (e.g. back bends, torsions, inversions, etc.). We will hold space to share and discuss techniques for sustaining harder positions, and communicating when you’re in a difficult spot.
Gestalta will also discuss their personal philosophies on rope, communication, pacing a scene, and how to find a balance that keeps complex things connective.

Teaching will be adjusted according to the knowledge and needs of the participants.


This masterclass can include techniques like:

– agura
– teppou
– tengu
– strappado
– crab tie / m-shape
– transitions on basket tie
– mermaid tie


Event Details

Date & Time:  December 10th & 11th, 2022, 11am-6pm

Format: in-house workshop


Language: English

Minimum Knowledge Level: you must have a solid understanding of suspension safe harnesses e.g. futomomo, upper body harness (TK or similar), and experience with using suspension lines, including locking/unlocking lines, lifting/lowering, and line management techniques. Estimating your own level can be hard, if you are unsure, please feel free to email Gestalta to discuss:

What to Bring:  minimum of 8 ropes of 7,5 – 8 meters in length, plus some short pieces if you have, safety equipment, carabiners, food and snacks for your day, comfortable clothing (something you would do movement in), questions, and an open mind

Solo or Partnered:  Partnered, price is per pair


Safety Concept

This event falls under our Covid-19 guidelines.


Who is this event for?

LGBTQIA+ describes the full spectrum of non-mainstream sexual orientation and/or gender identity, meaning: lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, non-binary, genderqueer/fluid,

Friends describes people of any and all kinds of gender and sexual identities who are aware and respectful of the necessity, needs, and boundaries of a queer safe(r) space and its marginalized community.

When you consider yourself a friend you show acknowledgement to and are respectful of everyone’s self-expression and do not assume, presume or project non-consensual ideas onto others. You actively request and use people’s chosen pronouns. You remain mindful of the fact that Karada House is first and foremost a space for queer people that you are also invited to attend. You have a genuine concern for the well-being of LGBTQIA+ people and remain in awareness of heterosexual and gender straight privileges.

Friends don’t have to be perfect. None of us are. We request that we all pro-actively work and strive to be good friends and allies to marginalized people.



Gestalta (they/them)

Gestalta, Berlin: My approach to shibari has evolved as the result of over a decade of practice on both sides of the ropes and a broad range of influences that I appropriate, mix, and develop in my own practice. This has shaped my teaching style into one that seeks to reflect the experience of both tying partners on a deep level. I have a strong belief that shibari should not be prescriptive and encourage students to explore it as a flexible set of tools; adapting each tie to the body of the tied partner, and to their needs and desires within each individual situation. My teaching process aims to enable this by giving students a framework of the fundamental principles behind shibari; including safety efficiency and fluency, but also body awareness, communication, and conscious consideration of their own experiences and motivations.

I absorbed most of my technical rigging style a natural process of observation and experience from inside the ropes of the people I was tied by as a model. In this respect, I have been lucky to have had a broad range of influences to teach as Gestalta in Berlin

My technical style has naturally evolved through keen observation and firsthand experience. Previously, I had the privilege of working professionally as a Shibari model, offering me the opportunity to be tied by accomplished practitioners from Japan and Europe. These encounters have enriched my knowledge and repertoire with invaluable techniques and insights. Presently, my focus centers on the exploration of movement both with and within ropes. This ongoing research fuels my passion for pushing the boundaries of shibari and continuously expanding my understanding of its possibilities.

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