Thank you for your interest in studying rope bondage with us!
Application are currently closed. We will begin accepting application for the Fall 2020 round of classes in late summer. Follow us on social media or subscribe to the newsletter for updates!
We offer a progressive rope bondage curriculum for both tops and bottoms, meaning that the work in each class addresses concerns from both sides of the rope and builds upon the work from all previous classes. The ultimate goals of the course is to provide a solid foundation of understanding and skills for students to competently practice rope in a responsible, risk-aware manner and to prepare students to attend other workshops, intensives, and classes with other instructors and be able to understand what is being presented.
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 Fundamentals courses focus on Japanese-inspired approaches to rope bondage, so we may not be a good fit for those who are mainly or exclusively looking to learn more about decorative or Western-style rope bondage.
- 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.)
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.