Tying Slowly: On the Joy of the Un-Arrival

06jul13:0015:30Tying Slowly: On the Joy of the Un-ArrivalLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDSVirtual Event13:00 - 15:30 FacilitatorGandalf (they/them)Categoryshibari


(Saturday) 13:00 - 15:30





Event Details

“Tying slowly is a really great way for you to have enough space to observe each other really
well.” –Hua Hua, Shibari Study Series

“Slow the fuck down.” –Georg Barkas, numerous times at Karada House workshops

Like exercising, tying slowly (at the proper moment) is a piece of advice offered by many of our favorite rope instructors, and its various benefits to rope practitioners have been well documented. It may facilitate observation, communication, continuous consent, etc.

To explore tying slowly, some questions emerge: How do we tie slowly? How slowly can we tie? What are the senses of “slow”?

In this workshop, we will embark on a journey of slow tying. Through various exercises, with or without rope, we will practice different ways of tying slowly and explore different layers of touch. We will introduce practical means for participants to radically and confidently slow rope communication down, and through this process, expand the experience and uncover previously overlooked spaces of connection. Participants with any level of rope experience, including none at all, are invited to this joint exploration of the joy of the un-arrival.

The Content may be subject to change based on what emerges during the workshop. If possible, tying along is recommended.

Gandalf will be facilitating this workshop together with Naraku, with whom they have been slowly and joyfully tying for over a year.


Event Details

Date & Time:  July 6th, 2024, 1 pm-3.30 pm CET (Berlin time)

Format: journey


Language: English

Minimum Knowledge Level: none

What to Bring: a piece of rope

Solo or Partnered: all constellations welcome (everyone needs a ticket).

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

What we will explore:

– The journey of the hand
– The joy of the un-arrival
– The expected, the delayed, and the expansive rope
– Different senses of slow
– Very, very simple movement exercises
– Very, very simple rope exercises


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 info@karada-house.de beforehand. 


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, queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, agender.

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.


What else to know

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Photo: Aya


Gandalf (they/them)

Gandalf is a Shibari artist based in Shanghai, China. They were trained as a cognitive scientist before becoming full-time rope artist and the organizer of Embodied Flow, a local community for rope and its various intersecting art forms. Gandalf teaches rope to the general public as a means to facilitate embodied dialogues on care, gender, power, and everything to do with “being together”. Their curriculum (named “心意”) is heavily inspired by different styles of theatre and dance. It aims to explore the communication potential of rope and facilitate practitioners to devise their own approach to tying. They have also started the "Kinbaku Theatre" initiative to further push the boundaries of rope performance.

instagram: @land_of_incanus and @embodied.flow

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