Contexts of Kinbaku - a Tour through Styles, Meanings & Metaphors of Rope Bondage

10apr(apr 10)19:0024(apr 24)22:00Contexts of Kinbaku - a Tour through Styles, Meanings & Metaphors of Rope BondageLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDSEvent has startedVirtual Event19:00 - 22:00 (24) FacilitatorBarkas (they/them)Categoryshibari


10 (Wednesday) 19:00 - 24 (Wednesday) 22:00





Event Details


In this 3 part online series, Barkas will present important aspects of ropes that go beyond mere rope techniques or a specific style. We will discuss the differences between important styles and schools of rope and their compatibilities and incompatibilities. We will also learn about learning, teaching, and sharing rope skills. The goal of this workshop series is to give participants a better overview of the contexts of rope bondage as a tool to help them navigate more confidently through a thicket of opinions and myths.

Part I: Prologue
April 10th, 2024, 7-10 pm CET (Berlin time)

In the first part of this 3 part series, we will explore different styles of rope bondage and measures of distinguishing them. We will discuss compatibilities and incompatibilities. Simple exercises to help find your style

Part II: Community, Sharing, Teaching
April 17th, 2024, 7-10 pm CET (Berlin time)

In this part, we will work on ways of building and maintaining local communities that deserve the name. Differences between sharing and teaching, working with conflict, and navigating differences in rope bondage.

Part III: Epilogue
April 24th, 2024, 7-10 pm CET (Berlin time)

In this last part, we will explore the interaction between rope bondage and other fields. How can rope bondage be used to face the world? Intimacies, connections, and influences.


Event Details

Date & Time: April 10, 17, 24, 2024, 7 pm-10 pm CET (Berlin time)

Format: workshop (virtual)


Language: English

Minimum Knowledge Level: Single column tie. Basic frictions.

What to Bring:  if you want to tie along you need ropes, safety gear, space, a partner

Solo or Partnered:  both (each participant needs a ticket)

Class recording: Yes. The recording will be made available after the live class for 14 days


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 describe 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 acknowledgment 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 proactively work and strive to be good friends and allies to marginalized people.


Accessibility Note

The workshop and discussion are held in spoken English with automated captions in English which are provided by Zoom. Communication within the class can be had via chat but also people can come on mic and speak. If you participate in this workshop and need more assistance, i.e. someone reading out the chat, etc, please message us at beforehand.


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Photo: Roser


Barkas (they/them)

Barkas (they/them) is a bondage educator, performance artist, and writer. Their main focus is the development of various forms of language outside and on the border of verbal communication. With an academic background in physics, mathematics, history, and philosophy, their exploration of possibilities within and around rope bondage includes embedding the practice of tying into a larger context and the deconstruction of those contexts. Their contribution to the bondage narrative includes the development of Ranboo - a highly dynamic way of tying, “The City of Kinbaku”- a pedagogical concept for teaching Kinbaku, and the interview metaphor - as explicated in their book “Archaeology of Personalities”. Aside from bondage, their research and work include studies about identity and sexuality in a broader sense. In October they co-organized the international conference “Queer Practices/Queer Embodiment”. Barkas is based in Vancouver, Canada.

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