Freedom through surrender
This workshop will investigate themes of power, control, surrender, and submission; and how they affect us, from the bedroom to our relationships and everyday life. To be bound is, in many ways, to unconditionally belong.
Practising rope bondage is a methodology for many different aspects of relating. It is an embodied and ritualistic practice in the juxtaposition between safety and bravery. Why rope and bondage? Because they together create a soft yet powerful experience that is accessible to many, without being kinky, or into BDSM, or sex geek, or guru. Of course, you are still most welcome if you are.
You will be fully clothed during the workshop.
Physically tied; sometimes it mirrors the emotional body; other times it contradicts; emotionally free? Or emotionally bound, what about the body then? Free from responsibility, but at the same time stripped of our freedom. Of course, one can always say stop or no, but what happens if we stay in this state of dependency. Take a breath and feel. That is quite rare in this age of the individual, which is so defined by wanting something and being someone.
Some Zen Buddhist masters several thousands of years ago claimed that satori, the state of bliss, is reached by letting go of our cravings and our rejections. Still, that feels far off these days. And what happens to consent in this place of unconditional belonging? Likely, there is no definite answer to any of the questions that might be awoken from the words above. Still, luckily, this workshop is an individual journey and a group choreography, so you get to experience your answer yourself.
We will dedicate three days to this process, and in the meantime, you will also learn some basic rope bondage techniques inspired by Janapense Shibari and Kinbaku.
More concretely, in this workshop, you will work with:
– Surrender and submission, as a meditation
– Ritualized play with power and control.
– Approaching consent as feeling together.
– Rope bondage muscle memory for improvisation.
– Relating to passivity and acceptance while being bound.
– Remembering your pleasure while holding space for another.
– Dancing in rope, by acting and reacting together.
– Physical safety (breathing, blood circulation, and nerve pressure).
– Emotional safety (triggers, traumas, and boundaries).
– Tying with many different people.
– Being tied by many different people.
– Being witnessed in vulnerability and many different emotions.
– Understanding the symbolic body and senses in bondage.
– Applying surrender in your everyday life
– Being playful and having fun.
SCHEDULE AND TICKETS
The workshop takes place:
– Friday 18-21
– Saturday 10-13, 15-18, 19-21 (integration)
– Sunday 10-13, 15-18
Practically, you should sign up with a person whom you trust, but during the workshop, you will work in varied constellations, all from entirely on your own, to with the entire group. There are ropes to borrow and no prerequisite knowledge is needed. However, if you spend 2-3 hours practising the knot and rope handling techniques from this free online course, your experience will probably be much smoother:
We have space for 7 pairs in the workshop.
We sell tickets in three tiers.
– Ticket 1-2: 1900 DKK
– Ticket 2-4: 2500 DKK
– Ticket 5-7: 2800 DKK
Your guide will be Andy Buru, who has dedicated the past ten years to researching rope bondage since he left his career as an organizational coach. He exists in the space between neo-tantra and conscious kink and the experimental Berlin bond-age and traditional Japanese kinbaku. When not teaching or tying, he dreams about building a Scandinavian teahouse with a belonging garden.
Together with Cherie Ellen, who will also assist the workshop, they run the school of tantric ropes. Cherie’s passion is polarity, patterns in relationships and edges that make us step into ourselves more fully. She slows down intimacy and creates a space for soft healing, focusing on embodiment and authentic connection.
Here you can read more about the themes we will touch upon.