Seattle Shibari Presents Shibari Suspension: Face-Up Forms
A Workshop with Jonathan & Sappho

Sun, Jul 21 at 2pm

  • 18+
Tying Pair (Admits 2 People)
$100.00
plus fees
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Face-up suspensions are well-suited to a wide variety of bodies, making them ideal for different kinds of rope play—come learn how with Jonathan & Sappho of Seattle Shibari

In this three-hour workshop, we will study and practice the Aomuke-zuri (face-up suspension) form. We'll cover:

  • Suspension & Informed Consent
  • The Kinoko-style hands-in-front suspension harness
  • Basic Top Line Techniques
  • Anatomy & Safety Issues 
  • The Face-Up Suspension Form

This workshop is appropriate for all genders, and sexual orientations. To ensure personal attention to each participant, class size will be limited to 8 duos. If you are uncertain if this workshop is physically feasible for you, please message us and we'll be happy to have a phone consult with you.

Due to the detailed technical nature of this workshop, one person per pair will tie. For safety, no late entry will be permitted; doors will be locked at 10 minutes after the start time.

Technical Prerequisites:

People tying should already be comfortable tying a structurally solid chest harness OR a structurally solid gote shibari (TK/box tie) in a timely and accurate fashion (9 minutes or less). They should also be comfortable with basic rope bondage techniques such as a reliable, non-collapsing single column tie, basic frictions and lock-offs, be competent in basic suspension line locking & management techniques, and have prior experience with partial suspension. They should have awareness of potential nerve compression issues associated with rope bondage, and be confident in communicating about them in an ongoing fashion with the rope bottom.

People being tied should be comfortable being tied, have prior experience with partial suspension, be competent in monitoring themselves for nerve/circulation issues & communicating same to the rope top.

Please bring:

(8-10) 26' - 30' ropes, 6mm in diameter

(2) 12-15' ropes, 6mm in diameter

Jute or hemp is recommended. 8mm jute or hemp for the main suspension line is also recommended (8mm is stronger/safer as a main suspension line). 

Please be aware the both jute & hemp are not load-rated, making suspension inherently hazardous. Students wishing to use load-rated synthetic suspension lines such as POSH or Hempex are most welcome to do so in this class.

We have some 8-meter lengths of 6mm Hempex available for purchase, which makes excellent toplines and has a tensile strength of 1,142 pounds. —please contact us for details

(4) Pear-shaped or oval climbing carabiners. Contact the instructor if you are seeking recommendations. Your carabiners MUST be load-rated for climbing.

A blanket

Optional Gear: Steel Suspension Ring

Need Rope? We have high-quality jute bondage rope available for sale that can be delivered to you at start of the workshop. Please contact us for details.

Questions about equipment or class prerequisites: contact the instructors at SeattleShibari@gmail.com

Please note that no refunds or credit will be issued within 7 days of the event.

About the Educators:

International rope artist Jonathan Ryan (Seattle Shibari) performs on stage, ties for photoshoots, and teaches the art of Shibari worldwide. He has taught & performed for sold-out audiences in 13 countries and 23 cities, including Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Barcelona, London, Shanghai, Los Angeles, & many more. 

He has been deeply involved in Japanese cultural arts for more than 40 years, and holds a high-level teaching license awarded to him by his own teacher Kinoko Hajime of Tokyo, Japan. Jonathan’s personal style of rope combines his knowledge of body movement principles, psychology, and rope art to create his distinctive style of tying. His website is SeattleShibari.com.

Sappho is an unabashed lover of rope who brings expertise in Latin dance forms and a spirit of sensual inquiry to her kinbaku. She and Jonathan have taught & performed together in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. 

Sappho combines a methodical analysis of physical movement with a deep knowledge of neuro-anatomy in her approach to rope bottoming, and loves to share this knowledge with others. Together with Jonathan, she directs activities at the Portland Shibari Salon

For Jonathan & Sappho, rope is more than a beautiful & sensual art form; it is the invisible connection between two people made visible.


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