Preparing for Suspension

13jun(jun 13)19:0027(jun 27)21:00Preparing for SuspensionLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDSEvent OverIn-House Event19:00 - 21:00 (27) FacilitatorGestalta (they/them)Categoryshibari

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Physical Distance Maintained
Event Area Sanitized


13 (Tuesday) 19:00 - 27 (Tuesday) 21:00



Event Details

“Am I ready to begin suspension?”

Join Gestalta this June for an engaging and informative workshop series aimed at helping you to prepare for exploring the world of shibari suspension. Over three weeks, we’ll dive into the essentials, making the learning process fun and enjoyable. Whether you’re looking to push your boundaries or simply want to enhance your skills, this class will prepare you for the next level.

Harness construction and the principles behind a safe suspension harness may sound complex, but Gestalta will break it down for you, covering important safety elements along the way, and guiding you through the process of attaching suspension lines.

While we won’t be performing full suspensions during the course, you’ll come away feeling more confident in your understanding of how suspensions work: consider this workshop as a solid foundation for your future adventures. Gestalta’s teaching approach always emphasises the importance of both tops and bottoms gaining a better understanding of each other’s roles.

This class will be a great preparation and confidence builder for Gestalta’s next ‘Introduction to Suspension: Weekend Intensive Workshop’ on 29th and 30th July! Gestalta will also begin running a regular ‘Study Group’ on Wednesday evenings starting in July; a fantastic opportunity to continue your journey further.

Event Details

Date & Time:  June 13th, June 20th & June 27th, 2023, 7 pm-9 pm

Format: hands-on workshop


Language: English

Minimum Knowledge Level: This course is not open to absolute beginners. You must already be confident with a single-column tie, making evenly tensioned wraps, and a couple of basic frictions (e.g. an X friction, half moon friction, or L friction). You must already have a basic awareness of rope safety, including performing ‘hand checks’ for nerve issues.

What to Bring: You must come with a partner. A minimum of 4-5 ropes are needed.

Solo or Partnered:  partnered

Price: 150 Euros per pair for the entire series


Mandatory Covid-19 rules

If you would like to inform yourself about other safety measures we have in place, please consult our Covid-19 measurements here.


Accessibility Note

The workshop is held in spoken English. German can also be provided. The space, KARA, is on the ground floor but has three steps to enter the house. A ramp for wheelchairs is available at all times. There is also a parking space available right in front of the door if needed. KARA has an accessible bathroom available. There are no thresholds in the entire house. The garden is only partially accessible at the moment. During the workshop, we will sit on the floor. Sitting in a chair can also be provided. Adaptations for physical needs will be shown and can also be provided upon request. If you participate in this workshop and need more assistance please message us at 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,

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.


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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