Semenawa Series

09jul(jul 9)19:0023(jul 23)21:30Semenawa SeriesLGBTQIA+ & FriendsEvent has startedVirtual Event19:00 - 21:30 (23) Facilitatorhua hua (she/her)Categoryshibari


9 (Tuesday) 19:00 - 23 (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 three-part series, 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.

Part 1 (July 9th, 2024, 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 16th, 2024, 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.

Part 3: (July 23rd, 2024, 7 pm-9.30 pm)

In the final class of the series, we will be looking at how suspension can be approached with the intention of Semenawa. To some extent, all suspension can be considered ‘seme’ – when the model does not have any ability to support themselves, they lose their ability to fight back against the will of the rigger. We will explore how this can be played with and the difference without partial and full suspension. hua hua and her model will demonstrate a scene, It is advised to not tie along during the live. In the demonstration, we will discuss what elements can be included depending on your skill level, dynamic, and pacing. Following the demonstration we will share feedback and hold a final group discussion.


Event Details

Date & Time:  July 9th, 16th and 23rd, 2024, 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 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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