ROPE BONDAGE PEER WORKSHOP
Sunday 9th October 2011, 3.00pm - 9.00 pm
"now runs every even month on the 2nd Sunday" - IC
Venue is Exodus, Herbert Rd, Birmingham B10 0PL. Admission £5.00
Manchester Rope Jam
Sunday 16th October 2011, 12.00 noon - 5.00 pm
Venue is Taurus Bar, No1 Canal St, Manchester M1 3HE. Admission FREE
More information: Informed Consent
Sat 8th October. 12.30 - 5 pm, Greentop Community Circus Centre, Saint Thomas Building, 74 Holywell Road, Sheffield, S4 8AS.
Admission £5, Refreshments provided
" The Square Knot" will specialise in the art of rope, and will supply the arts followers with a venue in which to practice there skills and share their knowledge with like minded people. It is the meeting place for everybody interested in the beautiful Japanese art of Shibari (Japanese rope bondage). Come in and share your experience, techniques and tricks-of-the-trade.
What is a Rope Bondage Peer Workshop?
Rope, bondage and workshop should be fairly easily understood but the 'peer' bit means that everyone shares whatever skills and expertise they have, and all attenders are welcome to participate in what is on offer and available.
In practice, this means a blend of small group sessions and demonstrations - with a leader - covering varying skill levels and subjects, and one-to-one experience of tying and/or being tied.
There are lots of rope experts who are happy to help out when asked nicely, and you can usually find one whose style suits your needs and level. All that is asked in return is that when someone newer still asks you, you pass on the teaching.
This is the other aspect of the 'peer' element. The workshops are run collectively and co-operatively. There are various tasks identified as necessary to the running of the workshops and these are taken on by volunteers. Some need doing ahead of time and many are done on the day. People usually rotate which means that no-one has anything too onerous to do and everyone has an opportunity to help.
Co-ordination and communication is done via the Yahoo! Group UK_Rope
UK_Rope is a Mailing List. This means that when you subscribe (that's just jargon - there's no fee involved) every post to UK_Rope is sent to you, and everything you post is sent to all other members. Mailing Lists have evolved though, to suit group needs better and the Yahoo! one offers many other functions. Firstly, you can read all the posts online in digest form. There is also a database, which we use to itemise and coordinate operational tasks, and there are document sections with various help and information files and photographs.
You do not have to join UK_Rope to attend the workshops but some of the things you can find out are:
* Is this for me?
* Can someone offer me a lift (or vice versa)
* Where can I stay?
* Who else is going?
* What equipment will be there?
* What can I contribute?
Join Yahoo Group UK_Rope
Rope Bondage Peer Workshops started a few years ago in San Francisco. This is only the third one ever held outside the USA. And we do things a bit differently than they do. To a large extent, by how we behave at this event, we are deciding how such things will get done in the future. Please behave in a way that will make future workshops likely to be fun events full of helpful courteous people doing lots of great bondage. This is not a disco. This is not a commercial event with people paid to do stuff for you. It is more a class than a party. Floor space and time on equipment is a scarce resource. This is a rope bondage event, organised by rope bondage enthusiasts for rope bondage enthusiasts.
There is more information in the FAQ section.