Introduction to Suspension, with chest harness lab

15jan(jan 15)10:0016(jan 16)15:00Introduction to Suspension, with chest harness labLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDSEvent OverMoved OnlineVirtual Event10:00 - 15:00 (16) FacilitatorGestalta (they/them)Categoryshibari

Health Guidelines for this Event

Masks Required
Physical Distance Maintained
Event Area Sanitized
Vaccination Required


15 (Saturday) 10:00 - 16 (Sunday) 15:00



Event Details


This workshop will explore options for upper body harnesses, understanding what elements are needed to make them safe for suspension, and thinking about different options for different bodies. We will learn how to attach suspension lines and experiment with how the harnesses feel to each person when loaded in different ways.

We will learn how to lock suspension lines, and the basics of suspension line management, eventually with the option of building all of these elements into a full suspension if both partners feel comfortable doing so.

The tying partner must understand single column ties, creating well-tensioned wraps, and some basic frictions (such as an x-friction, l-friction, half hitch etc.). It is also asked that they are familiar with good rope handling techniques.
Both partners should have a basic understanding of nerves and circulation issues in rope bondage, and if possible it is preferable that the partner being tied also has some familiarity with how their body feels when experiencing these issues. Both partners should be comfortable in their ability to communicate well with each other.


Event Details

Date & Time:  January 15th, 10am – 6pm (1 hour lunch break) & January 16th 10am-3pm

Format: workshop


Language: English

Minimum Knowledge Level: solid single/double column ties, wrapping/counter tension, and a solid understanding of basic frictions.

What to Bring:  8-10 ropes, towel, or blanket (we can provide workshop ropes if you have none, you can also buy ropes from us), carabiners, snacks

Solo or Partnered: partnered (ticket is per pair)


Safety Concept & Regulation

Please consult our safety concept and regulations for this event here.


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 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 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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