Semenawa Weekend

14oct(oct 14)11:0015(oct 15)18:00Semenawa WeekendEvent OverIn-House Event11:00 - 18:00 (15) Facilitatorhua hua (she/her)Categoryshibari

Health Guidelines for this Event

Event Area Sanitized


14 (Saturday) 11:00 - 15 (Sunday) 18:00



Event Details

Semenawa is a concept in Shibari that is often misunderstood.

Semenawa is often translated as ‘torture’ rope, however, a more accurate term might be to describe it as ‘torment’. The intention is for both the rigger and model to be consciously exploring suffering through rope, however, what can make it difficult to grasp is whether or not the suffering should feel pleasurable. Semenawa is often seen as something that must feel painful, but suffering is not exclusive to pain.

In this two-part workshop, we will be exploring the subtle nuances of creating a tormenting experience without compromising on our limits and safety measures. The focus will be on stirring up the inner torment of the individual experience, rather than applying pain.


Event Details

Date & Time:  October 14th-15th, 2023, 11 am – 6 pm (1-hour lunch break)

Format: in-house workshop


Language: English

Minimum Knowledge Level: These classes are suitable for participants with more advanced experience with Shibari. Students must have experience with suspension, particularly suspension with a Gote and be fluent with locking off suspension lines. There will be options available to tie on the floor and semi-suspension only. We also ask that attendants come with a familiar partner so that you are prepared with understanding of how to make adjustments suitable for them as well as feel comfortable to discuss more sensitive topics with each other.  No switching allowed.

What to Bring:  minimum of 7 – 8 ropes of 7,5 – 8 meters in length, plus some short pieces if you have, safety equipment, comfortable clothing (something you would do movement in), questions, and an open mind

Solo or Partnered:  Partnered, price is per pair


DAY 1 (October 14) 11:00-18:00


On the first day we will focus on exploring what Semenawa means to you personally, and how can we express this within our own partners and dynamics. We will begin to understand the suffering that can enrich the experience, and what suffering can lead to a greater risk of harm both mentally and physically. In the afternoon session, we will go further into dissecting how to explore edge play with mindfulness, following a loose shibari sequence that can be adapted to your own skill set, body requirements, and dynamic.


Part 1: 11:00-13:30

Introduction: hua hua’s personal approach to Semenawa

Discussion: What is Suffering to you?

Physical Practice: observing discomfort in your own body

Rope Practice: Sustainable Suffering


Part 2: 14:30- 18:00

Discussion: Seme vs Torture

Exercise: Exploring limits

Demonstration and Practice: Building up intensity

Final Demonstration and feedback discussion


DAY 2 (October 15) 11:00-18:00


The second day is centered around the psychological play in Semenawa. This class is dedicated to space holding for authentic sharing and being vulnerable with each other. We will be doing exercises that focus on how to create an inviting and empathetic experience for bottoms to experience Semenawa. Participants are encouraged to come to class prepared for heavy discussion on their experience of suffering, as well as any self-care methods if these discussions are triggering. We will then play upon these discussed topics, giving space to let these buried emotions out in the ropes. The class will end with a final demonstration and feedback session.

Part 1: 11:00-13:30

Introduction: Focusing Inwards

Discussion: Exploring the suffering we carry within our bodies

Exercise: Setting up a ritualistic scene

Rope Practice: Putting weight into the tie


Part 2: 14:30- 18:00

Discussion: Psychological torment

Exercise: Predicament play

Discussion and Practice: Exercising restraint as the rigger

Final Demonstration and feedback discussion


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. 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.



For people coming to this workshop from out of Berlin, we can offer you accommodation in our space (mattress, bed linens, cushions, bathroom, shower, and kitchen) in the common area. If you are interested, please message us at


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 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.


hua hua (she/her)

hua hua (she/her) is a Shibari artist and founder of Borderline Shibari, a platform dedicated to creating a mindful and conscious Shibari community. She began the first public Shibari classes in Shanghai in 2017 and spent many years working to encourage a healthier approach to Kink in China. She is currently based in Amsterdam where she is continuing to teach and produce events, as well as expanding Borderline online to provide accessibility to Shibari education worldwide. She believes that rope bondage is a practice of mindfulness and authentic communication. To her, ropes are like a bridge: creating a connection between people and cultures. She is passionate about exploring how Shibari can be expressed through different mediums, particularly through film, performance, and installations. hua hua is currently on a journey of making Shibari and Kink content visible on public platforms without being demonetized or censored. Her teaching style is more holistic than systematic, focusing on intentionality and a slow mindful pacing. She does not teach in one particular style, but rather on adapting the tie to meet the needs of everyone involved.

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