Teaching & Selling Ropeat Karada House

Teaching Rope

We teach Japanese-inspired rope, also called shibari or kinbaku. We adhere to no specific style.

We love to teach fundamental principles that are based on grounded techniques, adaptive patterns, understanding of bodies, anatomy, and health & safety. Our main interest in teaching and researching lies in finding the intentions for tying, in finding flow, connection, and a common language for the people practicing rope together.

We are equally interested in floor work as well as suspension work.

Caritia (no pronouns)

My journey into Japanese-inspired rope (shibari/kinbaku) began over 10 years ago, over that time I have learned from a broad range of European and Japan-based teachers. My tying style is centered around the ritual of floorwork, movement, and playful present attention to the person I am tying. Minimalist ties for maximum effect with some partial suspension play sprinkled in is what I aspire to create. For me – moving and being moved in every sense (of the word) are my reasons to tie or be tied.

When teaching I aim to offer access to different learning styles, there is no one size fits all when it comes to rope (or anything else). I thrive on serious fun and intentional boundary-communicated space.

Ceci Ferox (they/them)

Ceci teaches Japanese rope bondage from top, bottom, and switch perspectives. Their tying is influenced by traditional Japanese styles as well as contemporary western organic and artistic tying. They like to focus on elements of technique and communication rather than patterns and sequences. Their tying is created in the moment, inspired by each situation and partner.

“Rope for me is a medium for meditation, empowerment, intimacy, and sexy times. It is also about continuous learning and wonder.”

When teaching and organizing events, they draw on their expertise as a community educator to bring people together.

“My goal is to create safer spaces for people to communicate through rope.”

Read more about Ceci in our interview.

Website: https://www.ceciferox.fi/

Gestalta (they/them)

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 which 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.

Website: http://gestalta.co.uk/

Our class system tries to offer you possibilities to choose your own way of learning all of these fundamental principles.

We start with our ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS class which we run every Thursday. If you wish to invest more and regular time, feel free to join our 5-week-beginner course that runs every Wednesday.

After you have learned the absolute basics, we offer beginner courses with lots of different topics every Thursday. We will cycle through lots of topics like tension, patterns, communication, health & safety, psychology, etc. every week.

We also offer a ROPE HANGOUT twice a month. The rope hangout is an open space to meet new people, practice and tie, and get some help from others and/or one of our teachers. This is your communal practice space, designed mostly for beginners but also open to other people wishing to practice. After the rope hangout, we extend the space into a rope jam which allows time to practice and tie without a dedicated teaching space.

Twice a month on weekends we will offer classes that build upon these topics and go more into depth. These classes are designed to move from a beginner level to intermediate and advanced levels.

You can also always take private lessons with our teachers if you wish to get an intensive study session tailored to you. We also offer rope jams as an open space to practice, tie and get to know other people every other week.

And: We invite international guest teachers on a regular basis for intensive weekend workshops so you can extend your knowledge and try out different styles of tying.

January

02jan(jan 2)19:0016(jan 16)22:00Event OverVirtual EventAddie & Barkas: Introduction into Yukimura styleLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS19:00 - 22:00 (16)(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Barkas & Addie Category:shibariFormat:workshop

06jan19:0020:30Event OverIn-House EventFeaturedRope Basics: Absolute Beginner LevelLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS19:00 - 20:30(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Karada House Category:shibariFormat:workshop

08jan11:0013:00Event OverVirtual EventThe Elements of "Seme" I: 痛み Itami (Pain)11:00 - 13:00(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Kanna & Kagura Category:shibari,Kanna Kagura BerlinFormat:research lab

08jan(jan 8)11:0019feb(feb 19)13:00Event has startedThe Elements of "Seme" Series11:00 - (February 19) 13:00(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Kanna & Kagura Category:shibari,KannaEveryBodySeriesFormat:research lab

15jan(jan 15)10:0016(jan 16)15:00Event OverIn-House EventFeaturedIntroduction to Suspension, with chest harness labLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS10:00 - 15:00 (16)(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Gestalta (they/them) Category:shibariFormat:workshop

15jan11:0013:00Event OverVirtual EventThe Elements of "Seme" II: 苦しみ Kurushimi (Suffering)11:00 - 13:00(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Kanna & Kagura Category:shibari,Kanna Kagura BerlinFormat:research lab

19jan(jan 19)19:0016feb(feb 16)22:00Event has startedIn-House EventFeaturedRope Basics: 5 Week Rope IntroductionLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS19:00 - (February 16) 22:00(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Caritia Category:shibariFormat:workshop

20jan19:0020:30Sold Out!In-House EventFeaturedRope Basics: Absolute Beginner LevelLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS19:00 - 20:30(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Karada House Category:shibariFormat:workshop

20jan20:4522:15In-House EventFeaturedRope Basics: How to Build a Rope SceneLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS20:45 - 22:15(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Ceci Ferox (they/them) Category:shibariFormat:workshop

21jan19:0023:00In-House EventFeaturedRope Jam19:00 - 23:00(GMT+01:00) View in my timeCategory:shibariFormat:open space

22jan11:0013:00Virtual EventThe Elements of "Seme" III: 辱め Hazukashime (Humiliation)11:00 - 13:00(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Kanna & Kagura Category:shibari,Kanna Kagura BerlinFormat:research lab

22jan(jan 22)11:0023(jan 23)17:00In-House EventFeaturedRope Beginner Weekend IntensiveLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS11:00 - 17:00 (23)(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Gestalta (they/them) Category:shibariFormat:workshop

27jan19:0020:30In-House EventFeaturedRope Basics: Absolute Beginner LevelLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS19:00 - 20:30(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Karada House Category:shibariFormat:workshop

27jan20:4522:15In-House EventFeaturedRope Basics: Psychology of the Body in RopeLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS20:45 - 22:15(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Ceci Ferox (they/them) Category:shibariFormat:workshop

28jan19:0022:00In-House EventFeaturedRope Hangout19:00 - 22:00(GMT+01:00) View in my timeCategory:shibariFormat:open space

29jan11:0013:00Virtual EventThe Elements of "Seme" IV: 冷熱 Reinetsu (Cold&Heat)11:00 - 13:00(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Kanna & Kagura Category:shibari,Kanna Kagura BerlinFormat:research lab

February

08jan(jan 8)11:0019feb(feb 19)13:00Event has startedThe Elements of "Seme" Series11:00 - (February 19) 13:00(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Kanna & Kagura Category:shibari,KannaEveryBodySeriesFormat:research lab

19jan(jan 19)19:0016feb(feb 16)22:00Event has startedIn-House EventFeaturedRope Basics: 5 Week Rope IntroductionLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS19:00 - (February 16) 22:00(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Caritia Category:shibariFormat:workshop

03feb19:0020:30In-House EventFeaturedRope Basics: Absolute Beginner LevelLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS19:00 - 20:30(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Karada House Category:shibariFormat:workshop

03feb20:4522:15In-House EventFeaturedRope Basics: Tying Chairs & PeopleLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS20:45 - 22:15(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Caritia Category:shibariFormat:workshop

05feb19:0023:00In-House EventFeaturedRope Jam19:00 - 23:00(GMT+01:00) View in my timeCategory:shibariFormat:open space

10feb19:0020:30In-House EventFeaturedRope Basics: Absolute Beginner LevelLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS19:00 - 20:30(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Karada House Category:shibariFormat:workshop

10feb19:0021:00Virtual EventBelow the Belt: C*ck & Ball Bondage19:00 - 21:00(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Sophia Rose Category:shibari

10feb20:4522:15In-House EventFeaturedRope Basics: Face BondageLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS20:45 - 22:15(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Ceci Ferox (they/them) Category:shibariFormat:workshop

11feb19:0022:00In-House EventFeaturedRope Hangout19:00 - 22:00(GMT+01:00) View in my timeCategory:shibariFormat:open space

12feb13:0015:00Virtual EventThe Elements of "Seme" V: 快楽 Kairaku (Pleasure)13:00 - 15:00(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Kanna & Kagura Category:shibari,Kanna Kagura BerlinFormat:research lab

15feb19:0022:00In-House EventFeaturedThe FAT Lab & JamLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS19:00 - 22:00 CET(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Ceci Ferox (they/them) Category:shibariFormat:workshop,open space

17feb19:0020:30In-House EventFeaturedRope Basics: Absolute Beginner LevelLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS19:00 - 20:30(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Karada House Category:shibariFormat:workshop

17feb20:4522:15In-House EventFeaturedRope Basics: Frictions, Knots and WhyLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDS20:45 - 22:15(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Caritia Category:shibariFormat:workshop

19feb11:0013:00Virtual EventThe Elements of "Seme" VI: 恐れ Osore (Fear)11:00 - 13:00(GMT+01:00) View in my time Facilitator: Kanna & Kagura Category:shibari,Kanna Kagura BerlinFormat:research lab

Selling Rope

We sell hemp & jute rope from two different manufacturers. Our hemp rope comes from a manufacturer in Germany and our jute rope comes from Japan. Both of them are fully suitable for Japanese inspired rope bondage and treated for comfortable and immediate usage.

Both materials have different advantages. Jute is a natural fiber that is very light and allows fluid motions, but it needs some care for a long-lasting usage. Hemp in comparison is a bit more robust and heavier, it is very good for beginners.

Please use the contact form to order your ropes.

Organic Hemp Rope

These ropes are natural hemp purchased from a German rope manufacturer. The ropes are perfect for beginners as they are robust and require less maintenance. Broken, singed and processed with a citrus oil (lemon or orange), along with tea tree and lavender essential oils, finished with easy to handle overhand knots. These ropes are vegan with paid attention to eco-friendliness. 

8m | ø6mm

Prices:
Single Rope: 22€
Set of 8 Ropes: 165€
Set of 12 Ropes: 240€

Ogawa Jute Rope

Ogawa is a very soft single-ply rope. It is used and loved by Japanese riggers like Nawashi Kanna, Hajime Kinoko and Naka Akira. We import it directly from Japan. For the processing we remove the machine oil (JBO) first from the rope, then rub and burn them and treat them with a mixture of organic jojoba oil and sandalwood essential oil. The ends are finished with very compact “untwisted” overhand knots.

We have them in two different diameters. While 6mm is usually the standard for tying the slightly thinner 5mm rope allows for smaller knots and looks more delicate. (Keep in mind that 5mm ropes are not the best option for suspension lines.)

8m | ø6mm (Standard)
8m | ø5mm

Prices:
Single Rope: 22€
Set of 8 Ropes: 165€
Set of 12 Ropes: 240€

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Ogawa Jute Rope (Red & Pink)

Due to the dying process, these ropes are a little bit softer than the natural coloured jute ropes. We rub and burn them and treat them with a mixture of organic jojoba oil and sandalwood essential oil. The ends are finished with very compact “untwisted” overhand knots.

8m | ø6mm

Prices:
Single Rope: 25€
Set of 8 Ropes: 190€
Set of 12 Ropes: 275€

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