Semenawa Series

11jul(jul 11)19:0018(jul 18)21:30Semenawa SeriesLGBTQIA+ & FriendsVirtual Event19:00 - 21:30 (18) Facilitatorhua hua (she/her)Categoryshibari


11 (Tuesday) 19:00 - 18 (Tuesday) 21:30 CET





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 series, we will be exploring the subtle nuances in 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.

Part 1 (July 11th, 2023, 7 pm-9.30 pm)

In this class, hua hua will introduce her own personal approach to Semenawa, which she’s developed through her studies with Naka Akira and integrated with my other practices. Semenawa is a state of mind rather than a style. hua hua will share how we can identify this state of mind through positions, timing, rope handling, and communication. The workshop will end with a demonstration of Semenawa play with space for feedback and questions afterward.

Part 2: (July 18th, 2023, 7 pm-9.30 pm)

In the second class of this series, we will be focusing on the practice of patience and endurance in creating a Semenawa experience. The class will include exercises that can be tied on the floor without a suspension point. Students may choose to tie along with the class, however, this is only optional.


Event Details

Date & Time:  July 11th and 18th, 2023, 7 pm- 9.30 pm CET (Berlin time)

Format: workshop/demo


Language: English

Minimum Knowledge level: Basic Knowledge of Shibari e.g some context of the culture and consent practices, experience with simple knots and frictions if they wish to tie along

What to bring:  Rope if you would like to tie along, and participate with a partner.

Solo or Partnered:  All constellations. The ticket price is per person.

Class recording: Yes. The session will be recorded and available for 14 days after the workshop. The participants will not be recorded.


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. 


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.

If you cannot afford the ticket price (even the solidarity price), please send us a message. We will find a way.


hua hua (she/her)

hua hua (she/her) is an artist and Shibari teacher. She is the founder of Borderline Shibari, a platform dedicated to creating a mindful and conscious Shibari community. She began the first public rope art classes in Shanghai, and has held numerous workshops, performances and Shibari events across China. She is now based in Europe and continues to develop Borderline online and offline. She believes that rope bondage is a practice of authenticity. To her, ropes build the bridge between two beings; between interior and exterior and between the elevated and the underground. In addition to her Shibari work, her art work also includes experimental nude photography, physical theatre, installations and she frequently collaborates with other artists to encourage cross-cultural integration. Her artwork is influenced by BDSM, just as her Shibari teaching derives techniques from other disciplines. hua hua's Shibari teaching style is centred around intention, expression and the emotional process of rope. Her work has been featured on various Shibari platforms such as Shibari Study and Queer Rope festival. More about her work can be found on her Patreon:

Learn More

Buy your ticket

Price 50,00 €

ticket amount -1 +

Total Price 50,00 €

Got questions before you buy?

Privacy Preference Center