DB2020 Classes

Class information:

The format below is:
Presenter(s)
at the top.
Class title in orange:  VIP at the beginning means it is a VIP-only class, selected when you purchase your ticket. (PAID) indicates this class must be paid for ahead of time (either online before the convention begins or at Desert Bound during the event)
Class Description:  (category) followed by description  –  Prerequisites: Suggested skills you have before attending this class / Materials: rope, gear, equipment or other suggested items you bring to this class. 

Any classes not listed as either VIP or (PAID) are first-come first-served. Lines will form shortly before the class.

EbiBex and DWL (DomWithLens)

Doesn’t that hurt? - bottoming for challenging suspensions

(bottoming/self-tying)  Have you ever watched a rope scene and wished you could pick the bottom’s brain about it? Everyone processes challenging rope in different ways. In this demo, Bex will provide her take on bottoming for difficult suspensions and how she processes and enjoys a variety of rope. She’ll welcome questions as she’s put through some tough transitions, describing in real time what she does and thinks in rope. We’ll also discuss some of the physical challenges of rope and how each person can find what works for them to embrace these challenges. While the class will focus on suspension-based rope, both tops and bottoms of all experience levels are welcome!  –  Prerequisites: none / Materials: none

Bottoming in a box - understanding the takate kote as a bottom

(bottoming/self-tying) The gote. Box tie. Takate kote. TK. It’s one of the most common ties in Japanese-inspired rope bondage, but also one of the more risky. As bottoms, we may not always know if something is tied well or not, or know someone’s proficiency with rope, or even what the potential dangers of a specific tie like the TK are. What exactly is this infamous, controversial tie? What are the pros and cons of it? How does it work, and why is understanding this as a bottom important? What are the variations across all ties referred to as “TKs” and how can we as bottoms figure out which modifications work best for our body? This class will cover different ways to evaluate someone’s TK if you don’t tie, the real risks of the TK and how to decide if it’s within your risk profile, and how to find a TK that works for your body and rope practice.  – Prerequisites: none / Materials: none

It’s all on your head - face, hair, neck, and mouth rope variations (PAID)

(miscellaneous) Our heads and faces are integral parts of our identity, and applying rope to these places can drastically alter the intensity and emotional aspects of a scene, in addition to physical stress and challenges. And where the head goes, the body usually follows. DWL will break down some of his favorite ways to use rope on the face and in the mouth for control and suffering, and he and EbiBex will share some of the emotional and mental experiences this type of rope can create. From pressure points to breathplay to degradation and objectification and sensory deprivation, a lot can be accomplished with a single well-placed face rope.  – Prerequisites: basic rope handling skills / Materials: 6-8 hanks of rope

EM and Isean

3D suspension techniques (180 min) (PAID)

(intermediate/advanced rigging) When Japanese bondage began to spread in the US everyone was tying on a single fixed point, until suspension beneath a piece of bamboo added flexibility by expanding our ties in a linear plane. For most of 2019 Isean and EM have been tying in a space which offers the ability to tie lines off in all directions, learning how angled lines push and pull the body into broken shapes. We’ll focus on how the bottom is experiencing and processing these ties, and how the top can deliberately upset and adjust loads in this new system.
 Additional students are welcome to attend, and participate via question and observation  –  Prerequisites: Box ties will be evaluated for suitability in lengthy sequences and positions. Riggers must possess extremely fast line-handling when it comes to suspensions, and a top and bottom should have lots of experience tying together. / Materials: full suspension-worthy rope kit

Torture predicaments with bamboo (PAID)

(intermediate/advanced rigging) Bamboo can make for a wonderful hardpoint, and a versatile impact play toy. We’re going to focus on a third option; using it to bend and break the body using contortion, torsion, and leverage as EM and isean further expand upon a classroom series developed during their time spent teaching in London last summer. Bottoms should expect to be stretched and stressed, and tops should bring an open mind when it comes to bending and twisting and exploring their bottom, through a study in leverage and body mechanics.  –  Prerequisites: You must have a solid TK or chest harness, Futomomo, familiarity with multiple transition in the air with the partner you’re bringing to class. / Materials: full suspension-worthy rope kit

VIP: AGURA TRANSITIONS

(intermediate/advanced rigging) The agura shibari, or lotus leg tie, is something which is highly versatile and can be modified to be very supportive or very sadistic. In these three hours we’ll delve into construction of a solid agura pattern, how to load it, and explore sequences in the air. Agura allows for unconventional twists on traditional poses, and those are what we’ll be exploring. Students will leave well versed in both the tying of the harness and what they can do with it.  –  Prerequisites: You must have a solid TK/chest harness, the ability to do transitions, and you *need to arrive with an agura pattern that is suspension safe* since we aren’t teaching one during class. / Materials: full suspension-worthy rope kit

Jake Wing and Sleepless_Siren

Roleplaying rope disasters (180 min)

 (miscellaneous) What do you do when your rope partner faints? How does it feel to cut rope under tension? Does your cutting tool actually cut? What if the lights go out? What do you do when up-lines jam?
We’ll give some thought to how to handle disasters if you’re bound as well. What if your rigger faints? We’re going to try to answer all of these questions and more. We’ll have an indestructible “rope bottom”, so we can make mistakes and learn from them so we won’t make the same mistakes when it counts. This will be a hands-on interactive workshop where everyone that wants to will have a chance to test themselves in adversity. Come drill on the bad things that can happen, so when the real thing happens, we’ll know what to do.  –  Prerequisites: Understanding of suspensions and uplines. / Materials: a cutting tool.

How to start and run a local rope group

 (miscellaneous) Jake Wing is one of the leaders of Austin Rope Slingers. He was with the group through growing pains. He has helped shape it into a highly successful weekly, safe, inclusive space for riggers, switches, rope bottoms, and self-tiers of every skill level. In this class, we’ll discuss that journey and see if you can learn from his successes and his mistakes.  –  Prerequisites: None / Materials: None

Jake’s fairly fast armbinder for anyone with arms

(beginner rigging) This is something I came up with that’s faster than most armbinder ties and doesn’t require an advanced level of knowledge of tension. Anyone can do this. And it’s completely adjustable, so anyone (with arms) can be tied in it. I’ll show the basic tie then some interesting variations of it.  –  Prerequisites: None. / Materials: Two lengths of rope.

JD-66 and HanabelleLector

Kazami 3TK (180 min) (PAID)

(beginner rigging) The Kazami 3 rope TK is widely recognized for its comfort, safety and sustainability. In this class you will learn to tie it with skill and finesse, the principles behind it, how and why it works and also L Frictions and how and why they work. You will then learn about options on how to load it in suspension, culminating with an optional suspension or partial suspension.  –  Prerequisites: minimum requirement is knowing a non-collapsing single column tie * Optional suspension at the end for more advanced students / Materials: 3-4 standard lengths of jute/hemp (non suspending), full suspension kit if suspending

VIP: Kazami half mermaid suspension

(intermediate/advanced rigging) You will learn to tie the Kazami style half mermaid which is known for its fully suspendable front and back stem and numerous other suspension attachment points. We will then suspend it in a classic mermaid pose.  –  Prerequisites: suspension-worthy chest harness; experience with uplines required / Materials: full suspension kit with jute/hemp, and suspension hardware

Kazami-style hands-free chest harness

(beginner rigging) In this class you will learn the Kazami style hands free harness. Like the Kazami TK, it is a strong and durable harness with many attachment points including a solid front stem.   –  Prerequisites: minimum requirements is knowing a non-collapsing single column tie / Materials: 3-4 standard lengths of jute/hemp (non suspending), full suspension kit if suspending

knot_head

Photo Room: the Presidential Suite

Bring your top, bottom, photo concept, camera and lighting if you have it…. or just come learn with us. The photo room will be open to all skill levels of rigging and photography.  We’re happy to shoot, help you light, or just work with how to get better play pics with your phone. Hours to be posted. VISIT US TO SIGN UP. Check the schedule. There may be short collaborative workshops like Fetish Phone Photos, practical lighting or how to light and shoot someone else’s scene or performance, depending on interest.

Predicament workshop (180 min)

(miscellaneous) And now for something completely different! This is an advanced, kinky IRON CHEF, collaborative BLAST of bondage fun. We’ll start off working through some basic safety, negotiations and engineering. Then we’ll demo a few simple, classics, then move on to more advanced applications.  You and your partner are invited to tie along and create your own variations that suit YOUR rigging style and bottom. Then about the last half of the 3 hour block will be spent labbing the things you want to try and help engineer some life into YOUR evil ideas.  –  Prerequisites: All skill levels are welcome! IF you want to tie along the more advanced predicaments, you should have a “Free form suspension” level of rigging skill. Please note: knowledge of your particular bottom, their limits, etc, IS REQUIRED. / Materials: Bring a rope kit you’ve worked with, and your favorite evil toys (coconut rope, a Hitachi, clamps, a cane, etc)

Water predicaments (180 min, pool) (PAID)

(miscellaneous) This is  a different take on water bondage.  We’ll kick things off with a demo of a couple fun, advanced predicaments. Then we’ll work through how to do some simple predicament play…. in the pool.  We’ll touch on safety, negotiations, communication, and how to convert some predicament standards to work in the water. Then roughly the last half of our time slot will be an open lab and play time for you to enjoy yourselves and explore the tips and techniques shown.  –  Prerequisites: All skill levels are welcome, but as always, please tie and play at your own risk, and within your own skill levels and risk profiles.  / Materials: water safe rope – nylon, Hempex, etc; Hemp and Jute are not ideal, as they tend to tighten considerably when wet and are much harder to work with in the water.

LaughingDragon and Feinix

Water bondage 101 (180 min, pool) (PAID)

(miscellaneous)this class will be taught twice!
This will be a practical class on bondage in the water. We’ll talk about safety, psychological effects of water with bondage, rope choice, the differences of tying in water vs dry, modifying ties for the water and lots of ideas for wet ropey play. Prepare for a lot of wet slippery fun! 
Note: the rope requirements are specific for this course: Hempex, Nylon or MFP are recommended. Hemp and Jute are not as they tend to tighten considerably when wet and are much harder to work with in the water.  –  Prerequisites: none / Materials: cutting tool, rope to get wet, empty water bottle (we’ll some have extras), sun protection

LOOM and OliviaLyon

One rope: a beginners mini-intensive (180 mins) (PAID)

Exploring the Single Column Tie – With just a single hank of rope LOOM & Olivia Lyon will run you through a variety of essential concepts (emotional and technical), all building off a single column tie.
Ichinawa and a half – For science! With just a “single” hank of rope LOOM & Olivia Lyon will run you through a variety of structured and unstructured ties to help improve your scenes and blow some minds. This is the first of a two part series that will leave you thirsting for more!  –  Prerequisites: None / 
Materials: 2+ hanks of rope and a half length / short pieces

Pirouette - the knee stand pose

(intermediate/advanced rigging) A classic Liv & Loom shape – let’s explore this pretty predicament utilizing tengu shibari and some surprising microbondage twists. Get the balance just right, this partial will send your partner spinning… literally.  –  Prerequisites: Riggers should be able to tie a suspendable upper body harness. Those being tied should be able to monitor their bodies and know their placements in rope. / Materials: 8+ hanks of rope and suspension supplies

VIP: Piece by piece: working with bamboo on the body

(intermediate/advanced rigging) LOOM and Olivia Lyon will go over a variety of their preferred techniques for tying bamboo to the body. They will show ties on the ground as well as in the air; speaking to the unique challenges and benefits of working with bamboo.  –  Prerequisites: Riggers should be able to tie a solid gote and futomomo variation. Those being tied should be able to monitor their bodies and know their placements in rope. / Materials: 8+ hanks of rope and suspension supplies (optional) 

Lubegirl

Beating suspension stereotypes: suspension for larger individuals

(intermediate/advanced rigging)  Do you constantly find yourself tying folks taller than you? Is gravity getting you down when you’re trying to lift someone into the air? Are you a bottom whose been told that because you’re (insert excuse here) you can’t be suspended? Come learn some ways to adapt your suspension that makes it easier on you and your bottom while perpetuating the idea that suspension can be for everyone.  –  Prerequisites: Riggers should know both a suspension worthy chest(box tie/hands free) and lower body (waist/hip) harness; Bottoms should have an understanding of good vs bad pain. / Materials: full suspension kit (8-15 ropes, carabiners, straps, ring, etc), Cutting Tool; Natural and Synthetic ropes welcome in this class.

Beginner self-suspension (180 min)

(bottoming/self-tying)  Looking to get into self suspension and needing some assistance getting off the ground? Come learn the basics and some new techniques for a static or dynamic suspension so that you too can fly without assistance, be it a face up or side suspension!  –  Prerequisites: Self Tiers should know both a stable chest hands free harness and lower body (waist/hip) harness. / Materials: full suspension kit (8-15 ropes, carabiners, straps, ring, etc), Cutting Tool; Natural and Synthetic ropes are also welcome in this class.

Am I into self-sadism?

(bottoming/self-tying)  Now that you’re off the ground, let’s add some building blocks to make yourself suspension more challenging…and not with 3 single columns! This class will include ways to create torsions, using your uplines to build into your tie for support, and some basic transitions that will leave you wondering why you did this to yourself.  –  Prerequisites: Self Tiers should know both a stable chest hands free harness and lower body (waist/hip/booty basket) harness. / Materials: full suspension kit (8-15 ropes, carabiners, straps, ring, etc), Cutting Tool; Natural and Synthetic ropes are also welcome in this class.

Miss_Acacia

Evaluating harnesses and hangers - a beginner suspension course for the intermediate rope top

(beginner rigging)  You know some harnesses; maybe a pretty chest harness, a functional futomomo or two, or maybe a hip harness with the potential for a lot of variation. But now what? This class is designed to help you get from the floor into the air. We will learn how to know if your harnesses are locked off and safe for suspension, what hangers to use and where to attach them, basic up-line management, and what to do when things don’t work out as planned.  –  Prerequisites: a suspension worthy basic hip and chest harnesses and futo. Bring enough rope for your harnesses and 4 or 5 more for up-lines, as well as suspension equipment.  / Materials: Bring enough rope for your harnesses and 4 or 5 more for up-lines, as well as suspension equipment. 

Non-TK suspension sequence

(intermediate/advanced rigging)  Manipulate, move, and control the body through a sequence of transitions using an arms free chest harness and various other ties. This sequence has been ideal for those bottoms new to suspension transitions, giving them some freedom to actively help their own bodies while still allowing the rigger to control and manipulate them. This sequence moves through face down positions, to inversions, and then to face up. It allows the bottom to experience differences in angles and body sensations while playing with thigh compression, futos and even a little bit of waist rope.  –  Prerequisites: Must have some suspension experience; building anchor points, locking off and up-line management. Must know suspendable futomomo. Must know a suspendable arms free chest harness, will teach thigh harness / Materials: suspension gear, safety shears, full rope kit (min 12 hanks)

Fundamentals - frictions and knots

 (beginner rigging)  Whether you’re ready to move beyond single column classes, looking for a better understanding of what you’re tying, or want a refresher course… this class is for you. Frictions and knots serve many purposes and some fit certain needs better than others. In this class we will explore the purpose and function of many of the frictions and knots we use in our ties, including half hitches, munters, full turns, L-frictions and half moons. There is no suspension of any kind in this class  –  Prerequisites: single column / Materials: at least 4 hanks

MarcelineVQ

Tie like a jerk

 (beginner rigging)  Some people do rope scenes for connection. Others do it to hear “Fuck you. That sucked. When can we do it again?” In this installment of Tie Like A Jerk, we will cover mean rope for the ground, as well as partial and full suspensions.  • Demonstrations of painful ties, followed by lab time to explore your inner jerk.  • How to figure out the level of assholery that’s appropriate for your scene.  • Safety and negotiation for intense sadistic rope play to keep your play consensual, safer, and fun.  –  Prerequisites: Non-collapsing single-column tie All students should be able to give clear, non-judgmental feedback to their partners. / Materials: 2-4 lengths of rope, cutting tool, note-taking device.

Constructing a successful rope harness 

(intermediate/advanced rigging)  When inventing your own rope harnesses, there are several elements that will make those harnesses more successful: stability, sustainability, restrictiveness, and aesthetics. Not every harness needs to have all of these to be successful, but omitting one or more should always be an intentional choice. This class takes a deep dive into each of these four elements. We will go over the benefits of having or discarding each one, talk about ways to effectively include them, and how you can intentionally and effectively choose not to utilize them.  –  Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable tying harnesses and be able to communicate clearly and effectively with their partners. / Materials: 5+ hanks of rope (standard length, 7-8m)

Improv(e) your rope (180 min)

(intermediate/advanced rigging)  Rope is often taught as a series of very specific steps to achieving a goal. Components to create a chest harness, stages of a transition sequence, and so on. What many people lose in this process is their ability to create without a set plan. In this class, we will focus on getting attendees out of their normal routines and tying in fun and exciting new ways. 

Some topics covered include:How to Negotiate without a set tie in mind while still establishing consent boundaries and understanding risk profiles.  Scene construction for Chaos Rope: How to improvise with rope effectively.  Drills and activities to help you create your own improvised scenes.  How to recover if something goes wrong: Mid-scene and Aftercare. There will be options presented that work for ground rope, partial, and full suspension. Students will be given time to experiment with things they have learned in class.  –  Prerequisites: Non-collapsing single column tie, knowledge of harnesses, knowledge of uplines and upline management if intending to suspend. / Materials: 8-15 lengths of rope, suspension gear, cutting tool, and a note-taking device.

Mynx and DarkEcho

VIP: Advanced Fundamentals

(beginner rigging)  With an abundance of power in subtlety, we will delve into the finer points of rope bondage and take your rope beyond functionality. Surpassing the basic form, we will explore nuances and concepts of skills sets such as knot choice, directional knotting, forward tension, reverse tension, frictions, conical body parts, and rope handling. Applying these subtle changes and techniques will contribute to cleaner and more effective ties. Participants will leave with a set of specific techniques that apply universally to advance the artistry and sustainability of their rope bondage.   –  Prerequisites: None. All levels will benefit, but geared toward the intermediate and advanced skill level conceptually / Materials: 3-4 lengths of 7 or 8m rope

Transitional Partial Suspensions 3.0

(intermediate/advanced rigging)  A NEW TRANSITION SERIES for 2019-2020. We will explore the beauty of suffering through partial suspensions. While maintaining a point of contact with the earth, we expose vulnerability and erotic helplessness, impart beautiful physical and mental challenges for the bottom, and allow for a close connection between partners.  –  Prerequisites: A solid 3 rope Gote and experience with static suspension; bottoms should also have experience with static suspensions or partial suspensions / Materials: 10-12 lengths of 7m, 8m, or 30ft rope

The Akira Naka Gote (180 min) (PAID)

(intermediate/advanced rigging)  There are many versions of the Takata Kote or Gote. Naka Sensei refers to his version as a Gote and has a very different approach and pattern than most. With his permission, in the class, we will learn how to tie his 3 rope Gote, which is “the beginning of all of his style”. Learners in this class MUST have an understanding of more than one version of a Gote/TK.  –  Prerequisites: A general understanding of technical points of different Gotes/TK / Materials: A minimum of 4 lengths of 7m, 8m, or 30ft rope

Ode2Joy and BDSLR

Choking Ties: Breathing Is Optional (PAID)

(intermediate/advanced rigging)  BDSLR’s favorite type of tie is the tie that doesn’t require a lot of breathing. After all, you’ve been doing it all day, so why not take a short break? In this class, BDSLR will begin by going over the risks and safety concerns of breathplay with rope (because safety definitely first) and then continue by showing attendees four different choking/breathplay-based ties. Note: ALL of these ties contain risk, please see rating system below (5 being the highest, 1 the lowest). • THE Choke Tie ☠ • The Birdcage ☠ ☠ • The Demon Bind ☠ ☠ ☠ • The Shrimp Trap ☠ ☠ ☠ ☠   –  PrerequisitesTops: Upline management, creative thinking — Bottoms: Able to communicate personal capabilities for/during experimental ties / Materials: At least 6-8 hanks of rope, 3-4 suitable for uplines, safety shears/cutting tool, carabineers if desired

Rope is Scary, Let's Do Rope!: Ethical Negotiating from a Place of Privilege

(miscellaneous)  We’ve probably all gone to a basic consent and negotiation class or two in our time in the kink world…but this is NOT that class. Whether you’re someone who’s been in the rope community for awhile or someone who is just entering it, this is a totally different way of looking at consent and negotiation practices that you won’t have seen anywhere else. Join BDSLR as he talks about his own style of negotiating from a place of privilege as a white, cis, heterosexual passing male in the rope community, how his methods and concerns have changed over the past few years, and the ways he’s worked to mitigate his own power and privilege. Consent and negotiation are not just about whether you can touch there, or tie that, but also how your power and privilege affect those things.  Maybe you have a desired skill set, your own play space, you host small gatherings, or you’re a community leader or presenter. All of these are important concepts to consider not only in how (and where!) you negotiate, but also in how you ask and receive requests to tie with others. This is a must attend class for those who may be in positions of power in their local or national community, as it will challenge you to really look at your implicit use of power and how you can change your way of approaching consent and negotiation.  –  Prerequisites: none / Materials: none

How to Set Limits and (Not Let) People Influence Your Boundaries

(bottoming/self-tying)  One of the cornerstones of the kink world (and the wider one) is the ability to set limits and boundaries (don’t know the difference? Come and find out!). However, the words “no, can’t, or won’t” can often be the most difficult words to say, no matter the situation. Setting and sustaining limits and boundaries is a skill, and not one that most people practice or are even taught! Join Ode2Joy as she helps to break down and explore what limits and boundaries are, how to set them, and especially, how to voice them.  –  Prerequisites: none / Materials: none

OkieNawa and LithiumRayne

Objectification and rope

(miscellaneous)  Objectification is a complex and extreme power exchange activity where the people can find a deep connection with themselves or one another. This is a full contact sport and the playing field is your mind and emotions. The purpose of this class is to explore how objectification and bondage can be a dynamic form of play.   –  Prerequisites: none / Materials: restraints, rope, plastic wrap. This class is demo, discussion and some hands-on application.

There is no spoon, Neo, and there is no first rope

(beginner rigging)  The problem with a three rope TK is that there may be a perception of a specific function for each rope used. However when we tie individual bodies, this idea can be limiting and doesn’t support the idea of tying people. So let’s examine the idea of a 3 rope TK and see if this technique supports the needs of diverse bodies with different needs.  –  Prerequisites: none / Materials: One hank of rope needed, approximately 7-8 meters (25′) in length and 6 mm (1/4″) in width.

The worst hip harnesses everyone needs to know

(intermediate/advanced rigging)  The purpose of this class is to examine the concept of a functional hip harness and modify it to include ideas that may fit the needs of the individual being tied.  –  Prerequisites: must have moderate proficiency at tying one or more hip harnesses. Must have experience with tying partial suspensions. / Materials: 5-7 hanks of rope  approximately 7-8 meters (25′) in length and 6 mm (1/4″) in width

Panda and Paisley

Losing sight, making your vision clear - blindfolded tying

(miscellaneous)  The senses are a powerful thing. In this class, students will explore how losing the sense of sight can deeply enhance learning, growth and partner connection in tying. Those tying will use blindfolded tying to help build muscle memory and other senses within their tying skills to help them be more fluid and consistent when they tie. Those being tied will learn to build trust and connect with their tying partner on a new level. These exercises will help both pairs of the tying team enhance skill sets that translate into more bonded and whimsical scenes.  –  Prerequisites:   For those tying: Know how to tie a single and double column tie. For those being tied: Experience being tied in single and double column ties. Basic understanding of anatomy and safety. Ability to communicate about their bodies and how they are functioning in ties. / Materials: You will need 6-8 ropes for this class preferably 25-30ft. I always suggest natural fibers such as jute or hemp, but nylon may be used for this class. A safety cutter of some type.

Semenawa - suffering in rope (180 min) (PAID)

(intermediate/advanced rigging)  Semenawa is about the slow suffering those can experience and witness when doing rope. In this class students will explore how to build semenawa ties and work through the progression of suffering. We will explore the emotion and connection of suffering in rope and how to play in those spaces as a team. Those tying will learn how to slowly build suffering into ties with adding ropes, changing shapes and adding strain to the body. Those being tied will explore the process of suffering in rope.  –  Prerequisites:   For those tying: Know how to tie a suspendable upper body harness. Know how to tie low body ties for suspensions and transitions in suspensions. Functional understanding and experience managing up lines. Knowledge and experience suspending bodies and managing up lines in transitional suspension sequences. I do not allow students in my classes to practice suspensions unless they have shown they already have a basic knowledge and understanding of suspensions including safety. For those being tied: Experience being tied in transitional suspensions. Experience being tied in a suspendable upper body and lower body ties. Basic understanding of anatomy and safety. Ability to communicate about their bodies and how they are functioning in ties. / Materials: You will need 6-8 ropes for this class preferably 25-30ft. I always suggest natural fibers such as jute or hemp, but nylon may be used for this class. Safety shears or a cutter is required.

Tune in and turn on

(bottoming/self-tying)  In this class, we will explore ways to develop the skills of tuning inward, listening to your body, and growing strong communication skills. We will take a mindfulness approach to all aspects of body awareness: physical, mental, and emotional. Students will be encouraged to participate in discussion. There will be several exercises where those being tied can practice concrete skills designed to encourage active body listening and those doing the tying will be reciprocating. Exercises have the option of going into full suspension but can also be done on the floor or as a partial.  –  Prerequisites:  For those tying: Know how to tie a single column, up to experience tying suspendable harnesses and managing up lines. For those being tied: Experience being in rope, up to being in a suspension. Willingness to explore potentially vulnerable spaces. / Materials: You will need 6-8 ropes for this class, preferably 25-30ft. Natural fibers such as jute or hemp are recommended but nylon may be used if you have experience tying with that. Safety shears or a cutter are required.

Rodeo Kitten (RK) and The Patient One (TPO)

Mind, body, spirit series - Hit me harder!

(bottoming/self-tying)  Hit Me Harder is a class which focuses on pain processing techniques and a new take on how to get the most out of safewords. The class then moves into giving bottoms the tools to play a larger role in the negotiation process. We will offer time for a group discussion as well as a short demo with practical application of the material presented.  While this class’s focal point is bottoms we will be touching base on how tops can take utilize their self aware bottoms to walk, run and push the edge of their pain threshold.  –  Prerequisites: none / Materials: none

Modeling for every body: every body is beautiful!

(bottoming/self-tying)  With her 7+ years modeling experience including working with co-models of varying sizes and genders, Rodeo Kitten brings you a workshop designed to make every body feel like a model. The course covers a variety of tips and tricks ranging from setting the environment up for success to posture and positioning of different body parts. This class is formulated with all body shapes, sizes, and genders in mind. The first half of this class is lecture, while the second half will act as a coaching session and group discussion. Participation in solo photos not required.  –  Prerequisites: none / Materials: camera if interested in taking photographs – please note the DB photo policy!

Fluid dynamics: time in all the roles

(miscellaneous)  Do you have multiple dynamics or roles you like to play with your partner(s)? This workshop is built to help partners successfully negotiate and navigate relationships of 2+ with various power exchange structures. Using communication styles such as key words and body language, learn where to draw clear lines and where to leave things open ended. Along with a live demo and class activities, we will assist you in streamlining your ability to flow from one roll to another.  –  Prerequisites: none / Materials: none

Shakti Bliss Bunny

Morning Yoga

(miscellaneous)  Start your day the right way by tuning in to your body and breath with Shakti Bliss with morning yoga. Each morning Bliss will lead you in a safe flow to channel and ground your energy as well as prepare you physically and mentally for a day full of amazing information and experience. Stay present, stay open, and take care of yourself with healthy movement! Shakti Bliss will lead an alignment based flow focused on preparing your body for rope (top or bottom) as well as circus arts. Come connect to your breath, wake up your body and tune in to your mind. This will be an all levels flow with modifications to help those who may have limited mobility as well as those who have a more regular or advanced practice. We will use our breath to link our asana into a lovely dance with ourselves and our space.  –  Prerequisites: none / Materials: yoga mat, if available (not required)

Bhakti Bondage: noticing (180 min)

(miscellaneous)  This class is taught in an intensive format. Connecting with your partner authentically in rope is sometimes easier said than done. The monkey mind has a way of distracting us from being centered, constantly chatting with our logic and thinking we need to problem solve our way through any activity. In this class we will spend time noticing: Noticing how our minds operate, how we can come back to mindfulness, noticing our partners and elongating small moments that we usually rush past in rope and exploring endless creative possibilities for sharing space with another person. Moving with the breath and navigating different communication techniques, this will be equal parts discussion, personal activity and tying.  –  Prerequisites: none / Materials: none

ShesANatural and Conroy

You dip, I dip, we dip: protocols and rituals

(miscellaneous)  Every dynamic has different protocols for different reasons. ShesANatural speaks about how her dynamic has effectively used protocols and rituals for over 5 years and she gives examples of how you might be able to create, try and track protocols. Protocols and rituals are reminders, if done consistently, to strengthen our dynamics and relationships. They help us to grow, they keep us focused and they allow us to be on our chosen paths, not to mention that protocols can be very HOT.  –  Prerequisites: none / Materials: none

Hot legs: futomomo variants to fit any body

(beginner rigging)  Tying them on the ground or in the air, futomomo variations are diverse and numerous. These leg ties are known for being unsustainable for some. This class will go over several different patterns that can be used for floor work and in suspensions. There isn’t just one way to tie a futomomo so let’s try some variations to find one that might work best for you.  –  Prerequisites: Working knowledge of a non collapsing single column tie, frictions and knots / Materials: 4+ lengths of rope

Caught in the balance: agura variants to fit any body

(beginner rigging)  In this class, you will have the opportunity to thoroughly understand the singular elements that make up ShesANatural’s version of the Agura tie, from the logistics and reasons behind each step as well as how it all balances on the body. Time permitting, several variations of the tie will be demonstrated and explained.  –  Prerequisites: Working knowledge of a non collapsing single column tie, frictions and knots. / Materials: 5+ lengths of rope

StrangerFriend

Explorations in self-tying

(bottoming/self-tying)  Why self-tie? This class will explore that question and more. We will discuss a variety of intentions behind self-tying, then create a space for sharing self-tying tips and for practicing tying up your own body (no matter your flexibility level, gender, or body type). The specific ties we explore in class will primarily be based on the participants’ interests.  –  Prerequisites: None / Materials to bring: Rope you want to self-tie with.

“Hammock” self-suspensions

(bottoming/self-tying)  Already familiar with tying basic harnesses and uplines? Interested in self-suspension, but not sure where to start? Curious about an efficient, straightforward way to get yourself into the air? This class is for you! This face-up, Hammock-style self-suspension is a comfortable-(ish) starting point for a variety of transitions. This class will include very brief refreshers of a basic chest harness, hip harness, hangers, and uplines, and then a walk-through guide of a Hammock self-suspension.  –  Prerequisites: Familiarity with basic harnesses and uplines – must know a single column tie. / Materials to bring: Rope you want to self-suspend with and your own suspension hardware.

Rope + dildo = dildosaurus sex

(miscellaneous)  Sex isn’t just in the hips. This creative class is not bound by conventional dildo strap-on placement. Want to tie a dildo to your boot? Chest? Anywhere you want?! What may start out as quirky shenanigans can lead to pleasurable explorations of some dildo-tastic possibilities for queer sex and sex for bodies with different abilities. BYOD (Bring Your Own Dildos!)  –  Prerequisites: None. / Materials to bring: Rope and a dildo with a flared base (there will be a few extras)

Sving and Kaija (Chuck)

So we heard you love toe torture

(miscellaneous)  Rope might be your new partner in crime when it comes to torturing tootsies. Toes are surprisingly durable, are incredibly sensitive to pain, and feel quite private when it comes to torment. Think minimal effort for maximum suffering. Come learn a thing or two about inventive extremity affliction in a pinch… (Or a prod)  –  Prerequisites: none / Materials: 3 hanks of natural fiber rope

Joint locking and loading

(intermediate/advanced rigging)  Add accessible joint and body manipulation techniques to your practice and explore these new possibilities in sustainable and restraining suspensions. Loading fully extended limbs will expand the possibilities that you and your partner can create with rope, and provide new challenges to discover together.  –  Prerequisites: dependable single columns, a reliable upper body tie, load line management skills / Materials: suspension-worthy rope kit