1 April 2017 to 1 April 2017
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
$70 early bird, $80 standard AUD 70

Workshop Description

‘The Tantra of Rope Bondage’ demystifies the deeply personal art form of intuitive rope play, teaching the foundational skills and perspectives from which rich and genuine human intimacy and magical creative fluency flow.

We outline the valuable technicalities of basic knots and safety issues. Then we take participants step-by-step through the simple yet effective practical Tantric skills, showing how to maximise powerful presence, erotic polarity, and the archetypal dynamics of authentic (rather than performance-based) control and surrender.

Some people imagine it's possible to explore amazing connections in rope play, yet believe it's so complex and obscure that it's something ‘only other people can do’. Other folk have taken on board the cultural misbelief that any erotic play beyond the norm can only happen through Kink/BDSM stereotypes.

The aim of this workshop is to teach anyone drawn to this approach that Tantric Rope Play is an art that can be learned. (That practical aspects of 'Tantra' can be a natural and simple style of intimacy, not just a complex and esoteric discipline for hippies and yogis.)

Basic prior experience with bondage is useful but NOT REQUIRED to attend. This workshop contains elements that make it a valuable experience for those new to exploring these realms, as well as for those with previous knowledge.

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THE ESSENCE OF TANTRIC ROPE BONDAGE:
The experience of sharing Rope Bondage can be far deeper and more beautiful than most of us realise.

When you explore being completely real and close with somebody this way, a powerful magic occurs that can be an erotic art, a meditational experience, a journey of self-discovery.

Including being:
* Profoundly meditative
* Emotional and transformational
* Deeply heart-connected
* Massively (and effortlessly) erotically charged
* Heaps of fun
* Amazing shared experiences of creative expression
* Healing of old emotional challenges in the body

Above all, it is a way of being unusually and wonderfully human and genuine with each other.

In a nutshell, the main headings we cover are:
* The Slow Sex (‘Zen Intimacy’) approach to Rope Bondage
* Being Real and Present
* How to be Authentic rather than a Performer
* The Liberating Power of Boundaries & Informed Consent
* How to feel, build and play with ‘Tantric Energy’ (which is actually just a natural human capacity that can be developed and experienced)
* Foundational Creativity & Safety elements of using rope on a human body

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PARTNERING:
This event is open to couples as well as singles. Come along in a pair (friends, practice partners, partners, etc) or come along single. Those attending solo will be partnered up with other participants regardless of gender. As in any good Tantra workshop, nobody is required to get their sexy on with anyone else. Yes, erotic charge can happen and can be beautiful. The polarity of rope play can sometimes be effortlessly delicious, and this event covers other Tantric connection practices too.

Nonetheless this is a teaching event, not a play party. Boundaries are expressed and honored, and the event will start with some coaching on the practicalities and importance of this side of things. Sometimes rope play can bring up deep vulnerability or old emotional pain too, so we hold a very respectful space and offer specific coaching about being present to whatever arises.

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EVENT FACILITATORS:
Blue Velvet has 16+ years of experience in professional rope bondage and a background in anatomy, animal biology, and teaching. She incorporates basic elements of tantra and ritual into her bondage practices, and she loves sharing her passion and skills with other open, inquisitive minds. As an educator, she deploys a compassionate, playful approach to instruction. She believes in clear, concise guidance that cultivates safe practice and confident technique so that students gain the tools to flourish creatively whilst realising their own bondage fantasies.

Arven has a 20 year history in Contemporary- and Shamanic-Tantra, and accredited qualifications in Transformational Therapy, Transpersonal Psychology, & Expressive Arts Therapy. He is also an Urban Tantra graduate and a former co-ordinator for and assistant with the International School of Temple Arts. In 2016 he has been an assistant facilitator on the Authentic-Relating based actors’ Foundations training with Meisner Melbourne. He has been tying people on a regular basis as Tantric practice and as part of his social life for over five years, and coaching 'Shadow Tantra' as a path of archetypal self-development since 2009.

‘The Tantra of Rope Bondage’ demystifies the deeply personal art form of intuitive rope play, teaching the foundational skills and perspectives from which rich and genuine human intimacy and magical creative fluency flow.

We outline the valuable technicalities of basic knots and safety issues. Then we take participants step-by-step through the simple yet effective practical Tantric skills, showing how to maximise powerful presence, erotic polarity, and the archetypal dynamics of authentic (rather than performance-based) control and surrender.

Some people imagine it's possible to explore amazing connections in rope play, yet believe it's so complex and obscure that it's something ‘only other people can do’. Other folk have taken on board the cultural misbelief that any erotic play beyond the norm can only happen through Kink/BDSM stereotypes.

The aim of this workshop is to teach anyone drawn to this approach that Tantric Rope Play is an art that can be learned. (That practical aspects of 'Tantra' can be a natural and simple style of intimacy, not just a complex and esoteric discipline for hippies and yogis.)

Basic prior experience with bondage is useful but NOT REQUIRED to attend. This workshop contains elements that make it a valuable experience for those new to exploring these realms, as well as for those with previous knowledge.

-------------------------------------

THE ESSENCE OF TANTRIC ROPE BONDAGE:
The experience of sharing Rope Bondage can be far deeper and more beautiful than most of us realise.

When you explore being completely real and close with somebody this way, a powerful magic occurs that can be an erotic art, a meditational experience, a journey of self-discovery.

Including being:
* Profoundly meditative
* Emotional and transformational
* Deeply heart-connected
* Massively (and effortlessly) erotically charged
* Heaps of fun
* Amazing shared experiences of creative expression
* Healing of old emotional challenges in the body

Above all, it is a way of being unusually and wonderfully human and genuine with each other.

In a nutshell, the main headings we cover are:
* The Slow Sex (‘Zen Intimacy’) approach to Rope Bondage
* Being Real and Present
* How to be Authentic rather than a Performer
* The Liberating Power of Boundaries & Informed Consent
* How to feel, build and play with ‘Tantric Energy’ (which is actually just a natural human capacity that can be developed and experienced)
* Foundational Creativity & Safety elements of using rope on a human body

-------------------------------------
PARTNERING:
This event is open to couples as well as singles. Come along in a pair (friends, practice partners, partners, etc) or come along single. Those attending solo will be partnered up with other participants regardless of gender. As in any good Tantra workshop, nobody is required to get their sexy on with anyone else. Yes, erotic charge can happen and can be beautiful. The polarity of rope play can sometimes be effortlessly delicious, and this event covers other Tantric connection practices too.

Nonetheless this is a teaching event, not a play party. Boundaries are expressed and honored, and the event will start with some coaching on the practicalities and importance of this side of things. Sometimes rope play can bring up deep vulnerability or old emotional pain too, so we hold a very respectful space and offer specific coaching about being present to whatever arises.

-------------------------------------

EVENT FACILITATORS:
Blue Velvet has 16+ years of experience in professional rope bondage and a background in anatomy, animal biology, and teaching. She incorporates basic elements of tantra and ritual into her bondage practices, and she loves sharing her passion and skills with other open, inquisitive minds. As an educator, she deploys a compassionate, playful approach to instruction. She believes in clear, concise guidance that cultivates safe practice and confident technique so that students gain the tools to flourish creatively whilst realising their own bondage fantasies.

Arven has a 20 year history in Contemporary- and Shamanic-Tantra, and accredited qualifications in Transformational Therapy, Transpersonal Psychology, & Expressive Arts Therapy. He is also an Urban Tantra graduate and a former co-ordinator for and assistant with the International School of Temple Arts. In 2016 he has been an assistant facilitator on the Authentic-Relating based actors’ Foundations training with Meisner Melbourne. He has been tying people on a regular basis as Tantric practice and as part of his social life for over five years, and coaching 'Shadow Tantra' as a path of archetypal self-development since 2009.

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