Why do Suspensions?

05jul19:0022:00Why do Suspensions?LGBTQIA+ & FRIENDSEvent OverVirtual Event19:00 - 22:00 FacilitatorBarkas & AddieCategoryshibari


(Wednesday) 19:00 - 22:00





Event Details


To suspend the other with ropes can offer a huge variety of different experiences at once. It can bring the person in ropes into a completely different state at best and be a stressful and harmful experience at worst. The attraction of suspension rope work presents itself in many ways and it is obvious that suspending your partner requires a good understanding of the rope techniques.

This workshop does not teach yet another pattern or position in the air but explores the whys of suspending as well as the meta aspects of being “in the air”. In a handful of exercises, we take a look at why we might want to suspend in the first place, how we can change the story arches prescribed into suspensions, as well as how we can use suspensions to communicate with each other more consciously.

This workshop is geared towards those who think about starting to suspend as well as those who already have suspension experience but want to look at the practice from another perspective.


Event Details

Date & Time:  July 5th, 2023,  7pm-10pm CET (Berlin time)

Format: workshop (virtual)


Language: English

Minimum Knowledge Level:

What to Bring:  –

Solo or Partnered:  both (each participant needs a ticket)

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


What we teach:

  • A cultural clue as to why we might want to suspend
  • Suspension and consent
  • Breaking the usual. How to suspend without doing always the same
  • Beginning and end of a suspension.


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.

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



Barkas & Addie

Barkas and Addie are Vancouver-based rope educators who teach and perform world-wide. Their style is characterized by a focus on the process, interaction, and emotion of a rope scene. Together they run TheSpace2, Vancouver’s first dedicated rope space. Barkas is a bondage artist and writer. They have developed the “Interview Metaphor” as a way of understanding rope bondage and placing focus on the person in ropes, “Ranboo” which is a highly dynamic and stormy way of doing and thinking Kinbaku, as well as the “City of Kinbaku”, a poetics of Kinbaku. Addie is a switch and self-suspension enthusiast. She organizes regular workshops on dynamic self-suspension and versatile education both, for beginners and technically advanced. When co- teaching she focuses on bottoming information and discourse.

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