Rope Handling Intensive

07aug(aug 7)19:0021(aug 21)22:00Rope Handling IntensiveLGBTQIA+ & FriendsVirtual Event19:00 - 22:00 (21) FacilitatorBarkas (they/them)Categoryshibari,Addie & Barkas


7 (Wednesday) 19:00 - 21 (Wednesday) 22:00





Event Details


In this 2 part workshop, we will establish a solid foundation for handling rope efficiently, safely, and smoothly. Proficiency in rope handling is necessary to soften the focus of the tying part and instead concentrate on the person in ropes. This does not mean that one has to be perfect and free of mistakes to have a meaningful experience – the opposite is true. We will work on how to make the best of the little mistakes when they happen as well as minimizing their occurrence.


Part I: (August 7th, 2024, 7-10 pm)

– Ways of holding the ropes when tying.
– Ways of hooking the ropes when tying frictions.
– How the body position changes everything
– Using frictions to interact with each other
– Using little mistakes for interacting with each other


Part II: (August 21st, 2024, 7-10 pm)

– Moving the body or moving the ropes
– Or both
– When to keep tensions and when not. And why.
– Tips and tricks for making untying more interesting
– Suspension lines
– Other materials than ropes.

There will be time for practice throughout the workshops.


Event Details

Date & Time: August 7th & 21st,  2024, 7 pm-10 pm CET (Berlin time)

Format: workshop (virtual)


Language: English

Minimum Knowledge Level: none for part I, knowledge of basic suspension lines is recommended but not obligatory

What to Bring:  if you want to tie along you need ropes, safety gear, space, a partner, and skills for thorough negotiation

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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