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.
Thank you for your interest in studying rope bondage with us! Applications for the spring 2023 session of Rope 201 are not yet open. However, the information below may help you begin to consider whether or not it would be a good fit for you and your interests. The application process is subject to change, and this page will be updated before applications open. Please check back soon!
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.
Step 3: Send References
Once you’ve completed the application, 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.
Dates & Times
Meet & Greet: Friday, August 20th from 6 to 8 pm (OPTIONAL) – The Meet & Greet is a chance for course participants to get to know each other and the space they will be working in before classes begin in a casual, social setting. We’ve found this has really helped people to feel more comfortable and connected during and between classes. This also provides a chance for participants across class levels to get to know each other and share their perspectives and tips.
Dates for all courses are the same*
- Class 1: Saturday, August 21st
- Class 2: Saturday, September 18th
- Class 3: Saturday, October 23rd
- Class 4: Saturday, November 13th
- Class 5: Saturday, December 11th
Class times for each date are
- Rope 201 (Foundations Part 1): 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
- Rope 301 (Foundations Part 2): 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
- Rope 401 (Foundations Part 3): 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
*Please note: The classes in each course rely on and build upon the content from the previous class. Therefore, it’s vital that participants attend all classes. As there are only 5 class sessions, missing one class is a loss of 20% of the course, and missing two is nearly half the course. Given this, we will fill open spots with applicants who can attend all classes first and then admit others as space permits. If a class session is missed, the participant will be expected to make up that session at the instructors’ convenience. Missing more than two classes will result in the participant being asked to leave the course. While we understand that everyone has busy lives, we also have to consider other participants in the course (and therefore cannot spend class time teaching previous content) as well as the time of the instructors (who will be arranging time to re-teach missed class sessions).
Each course costs $100/person (includes all 5 class sessions).
However, we never want money to be the reason that someone dedicated to the study of rope bondage is not able to learn. If the cost is prohibitive for you, please let us know in the application process. Financial ability is NOT a determining factor for acceptance, and we offer both discounted rates and full scholarships.
We do ask class participants to agree to follow the Rope Study Expectations. Please review those expectations before applying.
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 at a private residence, 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.
- Rope 301 and 401 – At this level, we are looking at current rope ability and experience to ensure that participants are ready for the content we will address and will not be taking unnecessary risks when participating in class or between classes. However, we don’t intend this to be a “judgment about your rope ability.” Again, the primary concern is that what we plan to do in class is a good fit for your current experience and what you 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.