We recommend reviewing the information on this page before beginning the application process. If you have additional questions or experience any difficulties while completing the application process, please let us know.
We are currently accepting applications for a few open spots in our Rope 301 course to be held Fall 2023 in Richmond, VA. The application deadline is August 13, 2023.
Before applying, please review the Rope 301 course overview to ensure it will be a good fit for your interests and experience level. Pay careful attention to the prerequisites and be confident that you meet them before applying.
Class sessions will be held from 10am to 1pm on the following dates: 9/10, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 11/5, and 11/19. Participants will be expected to attend all class sessions.
Classes are held in a small private studio just north of Richmond, VA.
If you have any questions about the application process or encounter any difficulties with the application or the site, please send us an email: email@example.com
How to Apply
To apply for any of the Foundations series courses, please follow these steps:
Step 1: Make Sure We Fit Your Goals
Make sure you understand what we do in the Foundations courses and that they are the right fit for your goals. You can learn more about the courses here.
Step 2: Complete the Application
If you’re convinced that we are a good fit for your goals, complete the application. The application deadline is August 13, 2023.
Step 3: Send References (Some Exceptions)
Once you’ve completed the application, we may ask for at least two people to send in references on your behalf. Details about our reference request and what do do are listed here.
Step 4: Monitor Your Email
Continue to monitor the email you used in the application for any follow-up questions from us and for announcements about the courses.
Why an application?
In a perfect world, we would accept everyone who has an interest in studying with us. However, we do have a few concerns and limitations that we have to work within:
- First: Our primary concern is to ensure that we are the right fit for those who are interested.
- Our Foundations series of courses are designed for those who want an in-depth study of rope bondage, typically ranging from advanced floor work through suspension, and the techniques focus on natural-fiber rope (though most are adaptable to synthetic rope). Therefore, we may not be a good fit for those who are mainly or exclusively looking to learn more about decorative rope or Western-style rope bondage or who are only interested in rope for casual or sexual play.
- In addition, these courses are like college-level seminars: we focus on many aspects of rope bondage in the hope of providing a well-rounded understanding of the major concepts and skills necessary at each level. In order to do so, we ask that students complete a good amount of reading, reflection, and practice between classes. This level of intense study and commitment may not be appropriate or worthwhile for everyone and may not be a good match for those who are just finding out about rope bondage or who are interested in it only as a small component of their play.
- Second: We do want to screen for any “red flags” for everyone’s safety. We meet in a location that can revoke our ability to book, and many of the people who take classes with us take their own privacy very seriously. Therefore, we must take steps to try to ensure that privacy and ethical consent practices will be respected.
- Third: We are limited by space, and accepting more people than the space can reasonably accommodate will result in a poorer experience for everyone. Therefore, we want to make sure that spots are filled by students who are ready to dedicate the time and attention required to get the most out of the courses.
- Fourth: We do have some prerequisites in place to ensure that certain minimums are met so that everyone in the course can progress at a relatively similar pace. It would be unfair to other participants to admit students who significantly lack prior knowledge and skills.
- Rope 201 – The prerequisites aren’t really about your current ability with rope. We’re mainly looking for people who have been doing rope long enough to know they really want to do this thing, are ready for focused study and practice, and are sure that the style of rope we teach is compatible with what they want to learn.
We also want to be clear that the following factors have no influence on acceptance: race, gender, age, body type or ability, creed, sexual orientation, or financial situation. (Those who feel the cost of the course is prohibitive will be admitted free of charge.)
Other Frequently-Asked Questions
The information below should answer many of the common questions about the application process and studying with us. However, if you have additional questions, please contact us.