Self Suspension Space

Mar
2
Fri
honey_bare Self Suspension Intensive (SOLD OUT)
Mar 2 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
honey_bare Self Suspension Intensive (SOLD OUT)

This Ropecraft, honey_bare will be holding an intimate, full-day intensive for ROPECRAFT attendees who are lovers of self-bondage and self-suspension. Intended for intermediate self-tyers and riggers, this series of classes will structure and strengthen your self-ties and harnesses, cover safety and special techniques for self-suspension, and have everyone in the air by the day’s end. honey will also discuss and demo the choices that can be made about the ties, rigging and body positioning that can make a self-suspension more or less sustainable, and make an experience more or less dynamic.

All students should come prepared with experience tying single- and double-column ties, as well as significant knowledge of rope handling and tension. Though we will start from early stages of self-tying and basics for suspension, this is not a class for beginners. Each student will need at least 8 pieces of rope, 26 ft or longer, as well as hardware for suspension (ring, carabiners, etc).

This full day of intensive learning will end with a discussion/skill share and time for Q&A. There will be a break to eat lunch.

This intensive has been sold out. Sorry, no more tickets are available.

Click here to purchase your registration for the intensive – prior registration for ROPECRAFT is required! Registered attendees have already been sent the password to unlock ticket sales.

  • Expected Schedule:
  • 9:30 – 10 am: Registration/Meet and Greet
  • 10 – 11:30 am: The Foundation: Hip Harnesses for Self-Suspension
  • 11:45 am – 1 pm: Arms-Free Chest Harnesses
  • 1 – 2:00 pm: Lunch
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Rigs and Uplines: Getting into the Air
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm: A Scene with Yourself: Techniques for Dynamic Self-Suspension
  • 4:30 – 5 pm: Discussion and Q&AAs an added bonus, honey will have some time over the course of the event to host a few private lessons related to self-suspension or tying/suspension of others. Please let [honey][ https://fetlife.com/users/2535176] know if you are interested in this opportunity!–honey_bare is a queer nonbinary femme and a sadomasochistic rope-switch with a propensity towards edgy and heavier play. They are actively involved in the DC/Baltimore scene and can often be seen at The Krakens’ Lair making lovely people scream in their ropes. honey learns from and is inspired by many teachers in rope, and hopes to tie always with intent and functionality as well as aesthetic. honey also enjoys erotic bondage (and non-bondage) photography, and is always looking for the perfect shot. honey has presented and performed for Krakens AKademy, Black Rose, Dark Odyssey, MBE, Baltimore and DC TNG, Thunder in the Mountains, Austin Rope Slingers, and other events in their local scene. honey loves spreading joy and experiences in kink to others any chance they get! With over 6 years’ experience as a professional educator, honey approaches teaching with a concern for the learners’ engagement, comfort, and active experience! honey caters all instruction to the skill level of each individual in order to make rope bondage accessible and fun for every student.
Event Registration – Friday Evening @ Lone Star East
Mar 2 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Event Registration - Friday Evening @ Lone Star East

ROPECRAFT Registration opens at 2 pm in the Lone Star East meeting room.  Head down towards our event area with your photo ID to get your badge, sign your paperwork and get your photo consent ribbon if desired!  The earlier you register, the more time you have to enjoy our Meet and Greet in the Texas Ballroom starting at 7 pm!

POC Pre-Meet & Greet Meet-Up @ 2nd Level - Austin
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
POC Pre-Meet & Greet Meet-Up @ 2nd Level - Austin

A chill and mellow initial meeting place before the weekend’s events get started. This is the chance to meet the people behind some of the profiles you may be following and put a name to the face of other participants of color you will be encountering all weekend.

The ROPECRAFT San Antonio 2018 Meet and Greet @ Texas Ballroom
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The ROPECRAFT San Antonio 2018 Meet and Greet @ Texas Ballroom

Come join us as we kick off ROPECRAFT San Antonio 2018! Join our host Ri Dickulous along with Graydancer, Grand Master David and the whole crew as we enjoy some live rope bondage performances and a decadent selection of hors d’oeuvres in excellent company!

 

 

Pre-Dungeon Yoga with Shakti Bliss Bunny @ Lone Star West
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Pre-Dungeon Yoga with Shakti Bliss Bunny @ Lone Star West

After a day full of learning and expansion, come process your thoughts, appreciate your community and prepare your body physically for an evening of kinky fun with predungeon yoga with Shakit Bliss Bunny!

B is a rope bottom, yoga teacher and educational facilitator from Austin, TX and enjoys reminding people how to breathe fully, stay present and come home to their bodies through movement. She will lead a vinyasa style flow appropriate for newbies or yogis with a regular practice. Both rope tops and bottoms will receive stretches to help prepare their muscles for healthy movement and strength building exercise to engage their body and free their mind.

Self-Suspension Jam @ Texas E
Mar 2 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Self-Suspension Jam @ Texas E

Come and explore the joys of tying alone together!

Sex-Positive Dungeons Open @ Texas Ballroom, Lone Star Ballroom
Mar 2 @ 9:00 pm – Mar 3 @ 2:00 am
Sex-Positive Dungeons Open @ Texas Ballroom, Lone Star Ballroom

Come enjoy the sex-positive ROPECRAFT play spaces, specialty dungeon areas and general playspaces with custom-built equipment!

Leather Play Space @ Lone Star East
Mar 2 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 3 @ 12:00 am
Leather Play Space @ Lone Star East

Leather space is difficult to explain to someone that hasn’t experienced it,
and requires no explanation to those that have.

If you belong, it will be home. A home to sexual outlaws and outliers. A home where pretenses melt away and identities are forged. Where possibilities are explored and probabilities are defied. Where rites of passage are celebrated and understood. And where the dance of trust and danger are a primal celebration of sex, lust and love. Though there are rules, the focus must be on responsibilities.

We will share the responsibility to make the play hot and the space welcoming for people of all sexualities, gender presentations. and fetishes (though sadly, not all fetish play will be welcome due to legal and practical concerns.) Full space guidelines will be posted at the event.

If you are here to connect and play or suck and fuck, AND if you are ready to place the outside world outside of this space, and share your inside space inside this space- if you have brought agony and ecstasy and intend to express it with love and power…

You belong here! Welcome to leather space and welcome home!

Mar
3
Sat
Midnight Master Class: Fundamentals of Fetish Fotography @ 2nd Level - Houston
Mar 3 @ 12:00 am – 1:00 am
Midnight Master Class: Fundamentals of Fetish Fotography @ 2nd Level - Houston

PHONES AND CONSTANT LIGHT!!!

Let’s get back to basics. It’s NOT about gear. It IS about composition, angle, light… and getting the image you envisioned. Whether that’s a fun memento of a fun scene at home, or you want to McGuyver something more involved, you CAN get some pretty great images using…WHATEVER YOU HAVE!!

  • No Camera Needed (PHONES WELCOME!!!)
  • No Experience Needed (Less bad habits to unlearn)
  • No Special lighting gear needed. Just show up ready to learn and experiment.

This workshop is a chance to work through your settings, and other fundamental features like white balance. We discuss basics like angles, composition, LOTS of hands on, with YOUR gear and seeing how you can start crafting some better images.

Including…

  • Flattery gets you everywhere: tips on posing, composition, angles, lighting, clothing, ties, and even lens length to flatter your subject and give them confidence.
  • Setting reasonable expectations: Anyone can put on a mean tie and take an unflattering shot. Fine, if that’s the goal – but do it on purpose, in a good way, instead of accidentally from lack of skill.
  • Classic faces in fetish photography: we only really shoot about three classic face angles. Make YOUR kinky fetish pics more engaging by getting these angles and looks. Basics on how to light them and details to get each right.
  • Posing tips and working with models of all kinds.
Event Registration – Saturday Morning @ Help Desk
Mar 3 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Event Registration - Saturday Morning @ Help Desk

ROPECRAFT Registration opens at 8:30am near the con space main entrance!  Head down towards the ballroom area with your photo ID to get your badge, sign your paperwork and get your photo consent ribbon if desired.  Registration will be open at this location until 10:30am, 30 minutes into our first class.  If you need to register after this time, please head to our security checkpoint outside our Vendor Bazaar.

Morning Yoga with Magnolia
Mar 3 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Morning Yoga with Magnolia

Whether you are a top, a bottom or a switch, yoga is a great way to wake up your mind and body and start the day! Come join Magnolia, a Ballerina turned yogi and experienced rope bottom, as she leads an hour-long yoga routine to help us prepare for a day of knotty education! She will be leading Vinyasa Flow, a style of yoga where poses are synchronized with breath and flow together to become like a dance. This class is suitable for interested people of all skill levels and will include variations of Ashtanga Sun Salutations A, B ,C , Yang poses to build strength and endurance, and Yin poses for flexibility.

Fat Bottoms in Rope: Chest Harness @ Texas E
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Fat Bottoms in Rope: Chest Harness @ Texas E

This class we will work through the Front Hands TK. This is a great modification for someone who is top heavy or has minimal shoulder flexibility. The tie is extremely sustainable for bigger bodies and prevents shoulder strain and possible exhaustion as seen in a traditional TK. We will test out different ways to load this harness, so you can find your perfect fit for you and your rope top.

This is an intermediate suspension class. For this class you will need at least 8 to 10 8 meter ropes, safety tools, and your choice of hardware

First Flight @ Texas C
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
First Flight @ Texas C

First suspensions can be daunting, but in this class, I will step you through everything you need to know in order to do it successfully. We’ll go over anchor line management, proper ways to lock off, troubleshooting in the air, as well as body and pain management for bottoms.

Pre-requisite(s): Tops must know a suspendable chest harness and hip harness. Bottoms must have experience with communicating and pain management while bound. 

Fuck that Box! Non-TK Chest Ties for Suspension @ Texas A
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

While the takate kote/gote is the standard (and really a fundamental building block of rope technique), sometimes it isn’t right for who we’re tying with, or for what we want to do. This class will present some alternatives that still allow for dynamic suspensions, or create different moments with our partners. We’ll go through as many different ties as we can in 90 minutes, and discuss critical evaluation of these patterns to determine how well these non-standard ties meet what we need for our play.

Pairs should have ten to twelve 8-ish meter ropes, and safety equipment they’re comfortable using. All participants (both those tying and those being tied) should also have a working knowledge of suspension safety, to include basic injury avoidance/mitigation.

Manipulation of the Unbound & Bound on the Floor @ Lone Star West
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Manipulation of the Unbound & Bound on the Floor @ Lone Star West

The focus of this presentation will address approaches to moving people during floor work transitions (standing to floor, upright kneeling, broken position and lying position). This presentation will also cover erotic posing of individuals who are being tied. Three to Four ropes at approximately 8 meters (25-30 ft) with a diameter of 5-6 mm (1/4-3/8 inches) will be needed.

Rope 101 @ Texas D
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Rope 101 @ Texas D

A beginner’s workshop focusing with lecture on essential information including: history, western vs. eastern rope bondage, vocabulary, materials, basic anatomy and physiology, safety, negotiations, how to do your own research, and then a hands on workshop with some rudimentary knots including a lark’s head, half hitch, single and double columns, and occasionally other simpler ties if the time allows.

Self-Suspension Basics @ Texas B
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Self-Suspension Basics @ Texas B

We will demonstrate how to tie Secondfloor’s Dragonback Harness for self-suspension applications.  The Dragonback Harness is an excellent hip & thigh harness for beginner self-suspenders because it is stable enough to support the whole body, allows a great degree of freedom of movement, and is adaptable to many body types.  We will show how to secure uplines and how to lock them off from a standing position so you don’t need to be able to hoist your own body weight to participate in this class.

Suitable for beginner to intermediate experience levels. Should know how to tie a single-column tie and have a basic understanding of rope bondage concepts.

Active Bottoming @ Texas A
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Active Bottoming @ Texas A

In this class we discuss what “active bottoming” means and some techniques bottoms can utilize to contribute to the success of their scenes.

  • We will talk about the importance of lab and practice time for both rope tops and bottoms.
  • We will demonstrate some methods of assessing the structure, tension, and placement of ties as they are being tied and options for giving feedback to your top to ensure that the ties you wear are best suited to your needs.
  • We will show some methods of active bottoming for suspension bondage that can increase sustainability in a tie, make more pleasing shapes, and protect connective tissue from being strained.
  • We will discuss the bottom’s responsibility in monitoring their body for warning signs of injury and how bottoms can communicate that information to tops most effectively.

Suitable for all skill levels of bottoms/switches and tops who wish to learn more about bottoming education but some of the material will be geared more towards intermediate level bottoms and bottoms with suspension experience.

Dual Riggers @ Texas E
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Dual Riggers @ Texas E

(Demo/Discussion, All Skill Levels taught)

Hot threesomes & foursomes are the root of many sexual fantasies in the Nilla world and they grow in intensity tenfold when they hit the mind of kinky rope pervs! Join Lochai and XXXX as we discuss how to set up and enact hot dual (multi) rigger scenes. There are many factors to take into account when additional hands and bodies join in on the fun. Skill levels of both the tops and the bottoms need to be taken into account when ropes and ties are shared between multiple partners in a single scene. We’ll demonstrate various play situations, discuss the factors they introduce, and share a few stories along the way.

How to Fit That Hip @ Lone Star West
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
How to Fit That Hip @ Lone Star West

What’s your favorite hip harness? What’s your partner’s? Can you adjust your tying to their preferences? Their favorite tie to your goals? Your goals to their capabilities? This class will focus on deconstructing hip harnesses and then rebuilding them with a focus on safety, body mechanics, and ultimately intent. There’s a lot of ways to fit a hip, and we’ll give you the tools to discover and test them in as safe and deliberate a manner as possible.

Pairs should have ten to twelve 8-ish meter ropes, and safety equipment they’re comfortable using. All participants (both those tying and those being tied) should also have a working knowledge of suspension safety, to include basic injury avoidance/mitigation.

 

I Don’t Think That’s What I Thought I Said @ Texas B
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
I Don't Think That's What I Thought I Said @ Texas B
  • Negotiations and Expectations

Negotiating scenes seems like a fairly straightforward process. We rattle off our hard limits and ask about medications and check off the list of can-dos before heading off with our toys. So why is it that sometimes, despite being exactly what we negotiated, our scenes aren’t really what we were thinking? To address this, we will look at the difference between negotiations and expectations and work on developing the language and tools to discuss both.

More Bondage for Bigger Bottoms @ Texas D
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
More Bondage for Bigger Bottoms @ Texas D

I’ll show you different ways to suspend someone bigger or taller than you and let you explore the different techniques to see which works for you. Must have suspension experience to take this class. Otherwise, you may observe if you’d like.

Pre-requisite(s): Tops must know a suspendable chest harness and have prior suspension experience. Bottoms must have experience communicating while bound.

Rigging in the Post-Patriarchy @ Texas C
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Rigging in the Post-Patriarchy @ Texas C

A round-table discussion moderated by WhiskyTangoFoxy about the experiences and challenges facing riggers who fall outside the cis male category. While the class is open to everyone, it is intended as a platform to share the experiences of non-dude riggers, and we ask that the intention of the space be respected.

Rope 201 @ Lone Star East
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Rope 201 @ Lone Star East

This class picks up where Rope 101 leaves off. In it, we will cover a cross limb tie, running / midline double as well as basic doubles and variations, Western elbow ties / armbinders. Frogged leg and Futo Variations.

Time permitting, we’ll also cover the classic gunslinger hip / thigh harness.

Prerequisites: to get the most out of this class, you should have a basic knowledge of safety and communication practices and know basic single and double-column ties.

 

Bend, Twist, Control: Contortions and Other Rope Torture @ Texas A
Mar 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Bend, Twist, Control: Contortions and Other Rope Torture @ Texas A

This is a class for the intermediate sadistic rigger looking to make shapes (and screams) with their bottom in rope. honey will go over some basic and commonly-seen rope positions, as well as some more advanced torture ties and techniques. She will discuss possible uses and variations on a number of stressful floor ties, and also demo a few partial and full suspension forms to purposefully bend and challenge a bottom.

Students should bring 3-4 pieces of rope, 26 ft in length or longer, and enough experience with rope handling and tensioning to safely tie a TK or other chest harness.

Feel Even Better in Bondage: Stretching, Breathing, Pain Processing @ Texas E
Mar 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Feel Even Better in Bondage: Stretching, Breathing, Pain Processing @ Texas E
  • Level: All Levels
  • Learn how to prepare your body for a bondage scene and how to get more out of it once you’re in it. We’ll cover 1. A simple pre-scene stretching sequence that you can do standing (no rolling around on dirty dungeon floors unless you want to!); 2. How to breathe into different parts of your body, and how to use the breath to calm and center yourself in a challenging tie; 3. Techniques to help you process pain so you can go deeper into the tie.

Participants will need:

  • Comfortable Clothing
Intermediate Suspension @ Texas C
Mar 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Intermediate Suspension @ Texas C
  • Advanced Beginner
  • Hands On
  • Needed: At least 8 long ropes, safety cutter, a partner if you want to participate (observers are allowed), suspension ring or 6 climbing rated carabiners
  • Prerequisite: Must be comfortable doing basic one position suspensions

You’ve gotten a suspension – or thirty – off the ground and nobody died; now you and your partner want to explore more floaty fun. Let’s take a step up from the basics and start building skills that will take you from simple up and down suspensions to rigging for play, art and sex.

Class will cover:

  • Considerations for suspending in various positions.
  • Many ways to lift into a suspension.
  • How to attach anchor lines on a takate kote and other harnesses for face up face down and side suspensions.
  • Adjusting positions in midair.
  • And the obligatory safety lecture.
Introduction to Predicament Play @ Lone Star West
Mar 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Predicament Play @ Lone Star West

This is NOT the hug and swoon performance rope you are used to seeing, It’s an introduction to a completely different kind of rope bondage play. We’ll work through negotiations, safety, engineering, and an adjustable knot that makes this type of play more accessible.

Several different predicaments will be deconstructed and demo’d. There should be some opportunity for tie along and practice depending on time and experience level of the group.

Let’s Do the Twist @ Lone Star East
Mar 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Let's Do the Twist @ Lone Star East

Twisting the body in interesting ways can be delightful, but are you getting the most out your ties in those torsions? In this class, we’ll study torsions and how different placements effect how bodies move.

Pre-requisite(s): This is an intermediate suspension class. Tops must know a suspendable TK3, a hip harness and have prior suspension experience. Bottoms must have experience communicating under pressure, and have enough body awareness to find a comfortable stopping point.

Sadism Sauce @ Texas B
Mar 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Sadism Sauce @ Texas B

Who doesn’t like to add a little flavor to their favorite masochistic rope bottom’s life? This is a class for sadists where we talk and lab over different ways to add a touch, or maybe even a  splash of pain to our rope scenes. We will be learning to use our whole bodies with little effort to add another level of sadism to our ties. We have hands, feet, nails, and teeth there are literally so many tools at our disposal, but don’t worry tops I promise this class won’t hurt you one bit!

The Art of Mindful Risk-Taking @ Texas E
Mar 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The Art of Mindful Risk-Taking @ Texas E
  • Level: All Levels

Drawing from her experiences in healthcare, Lizard introduces a new framework with which to examine risk in rope bondage. This approach is not only helpful in rope, but other kinks, as well as in life choices outside of the kink world.

Participants will need:

  • Note-taking supplies
Bottoming in Stressful and Painful Ties @ Texas E
Mar 3 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Bottoming in Stressful and Painful Ties @ Texas E

Some Ties are just too painful, stressful, and hard to sustain for some bottoms. For bottoms in this class we will explore body placement, muscle engagement, and breathing techniques. For tops, we will talk about rope tension and how to communicate with the bottom. These respective techniques and tips will help create a safer, easier environment for these more difficult ties to be enjoyed in.

Prerequisites: Participants must know a suspendable TK and be heavily experienced in suspension.

 

 

Capable Bottoming @ Texas C
Mar 3 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Capable Bottoming @ Texas C

We all have a huge range of skills and abilities we bring to our scenes. But too often we hear amazing bottoms focus on what they can’t do. Whether your elbows touch or inversions make your lightheaded, you have things you bring to rope and recognizing those can help you and your top to build better scene. This class will be a facilitated discussion on how we find our own strengths in rope and approach our bottoming and negotiations from a place of “here’s what I can do” instead of “here’s what I can’t.”

Creating a Mechanical Advantage @ Texas D
Mar 3 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Creating a Mechanical Advantage @ Texas D

When it comes to topping in rope, are you at a disadvantage? Whether it be size, strength, or injury there is always a way to maintain the upper hand and keep on tying. In this class we will touch on the mechanics of your equipment and your bodies to create that advantage. You will walk away knowing better how to use your kit, the physics of the tie, and your body tip the scales in your favor.

Fat Bottoms in Rope: Hip Harnesses @ Texas B
Mar 3 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Fat Bottoms in Rope: Hip Harnesses @ Texas B
Needing some support in those hips? In this class we will go through two of my favorite hip harness from bottoming, self tying, and topping. We will go through different ways of loading the harnesses according to where you want your weight to load. This is a huge help for people who are looking for more support, different ways to load, or just finding new shapes. At the end of the day its all about finding your strength as a fat bottom in rope. 
This is an intermediate suspension class. For this class you will need at least 8 to 10 8 meter ropes, know a suspendible chest harness, have safety tools, and your choice of hardware.
Hojo Fusion Suspension @ Texas A
Mar 3 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Hojo Fusion Suspension @ Texas A

AKA “How to put neck rope on ALL THE THINGS!”

This advanced-level class will introduce strategies, patterns, and safety considerations for incorporating neck rope into harnesses commonly used for suspension. Suspension use will be demonstrated. Participants may chose to learn these patterns as floor work, only. If practicing suspension during this class, then prior suspension experience is required for both participants. Experience with carotid compression play is recommended for all participants.

Trigger Warning: demonstrations of carotid compression play and fear play

Participants will need:

• 8-12 lengths of natural fiber ropes (7-8 meters each)

• emergency rope cutting tool

• suspension hardware

• note taking supplies (optional)

Hojohishinawa: Your Fate is Sealed @ Lone Star West
Mar 3 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Hojohishinawa: Your Fate is Sealed @ Lone Star West

This elaborate diamond pattern is both decorative and unsettling sadistic. It is a fusion of hojojutsu and an intricate pattern geared towards the intermediate/advanced learner.

Participants will need 4-5 ropes 25-30 feet in length (8 meters) 1/4″ to 3/8″ in width and should be familiar with basic chest harnesses.

Sadistic Floor Ties @ Lone Star East
Mar 3 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Sadistic Floor Ties @ Lone Star East

Do you want to hurt your bottom with rope, contort the body, torture little-known places, and hear lovely squeals of pain (and pleasure)? All you need to know for this class is a single-column tie, and you can create beautiful (and painful) bondage and predicaments on the ground. No fancy knots or harnesses needed! Bring your enthusiasm and your creativity, and we will explore a number of different tricks and techniques to create an incredible rope experience for both top and bottom!

Safeword/Friends of Bill/RiTL meeting @ Upper Level - Seguin
Mar 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Safeword/Friends of Bill/RiTL meeting @ Upper Level - Seguin

This is a meeting for anyone in any form of recovery and any kink identification.

If you have any questions surrounding the way this meet up will work, please contact DaddyBitesHard via Fetlife PM.

Queer Mixer @ 2nd Level - Austin
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Queer Mixer @ 2nd Level - Austin

“Calling all queer-identified attendees! Please join us for a chance to meet and mingle in a space hosted by us – for us. It’s a great way to connect with your fellow queers and – if you’re lucky – maybe that cute queer person you’ve been flirting with will stop by, too. By the way, if you read this and immediately thought “I’m not sure I’m queer enough for that,” I have good news: You ARE and we can’t wait to see you!”

Pre-Dungeon Yoga with Shakti Bliss Bunny @ Lone Star West
Mar 3 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Pre-Dungeon Yoga with Shakti Bliss Bunny @ Lone Star West

After a day full of learning and expansion, come process your thoughts, appreciate your community and prepare your body physically for an evening of kinky fun with predungeon yoga with Shakit Bliss Bunny!

B is a rope bottom, yoga teacher and educational facilitator from Austin, TX and enjoys reminding people how to breathe fully, stay present and come home to their bodies through movement. She will lead a vinyasa style flow appropriate for newbies or yogis with a regular practice. Both rope tops and bottoms will receive stretches to help prepare their muscles for healthy movement and strength building exercise to engage their body and free their mind.

Sex-Positive Dungeons Open @ Texas Ballroom, Lone Star Ballroom
Mar 3 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 4 @ 2:00 am
Sex-Positive Dungeons Open @ Texas Ballroom, Lone Star Ballroom

Come enjoy the sex-positive ROPECRAFT play spaces, specialty dungeon areas and general playspaces with custom-built equipment! Some playspaces will open at 8 pm and the rest will open after resetting space from the Flow Erotic Cabaret around 10:30 pm.

The Flow Erotic Cabaret @ Texas Ballroom
Mar 3 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
The Flow Erotic Cabaret @ Texas Ballroom

Way back in the Shibaricon days, Graydancer started hosting “Cabarets” at events. It’s kind of a fantasy fulfillment thing for a former song-and-dance man.

For ROPECRAFT San Antonio, we’re trying a different theme: Flow Erotic!  (yes, exactly like that event he and Ozma and Naiia tried to get together for 2018 but didn’t quite make it).

Think Burlesque. Kink. And Flow Arts. All together.

This means hoops, and acro, and aerial, and low trapeze (yes, we will have a trapeze!) and song and dance and rope and kink. How kinky/sexy, you ask? If it’s allowed in the playspace, it’s allowed in the Cabaret. We want the funny, the decadent, the raunchy, the breathtaking.

In short, we want you.

We are actively recruiting acts from our registered attendees to share with each other on Saturday night. Acts for the Flow Erotic Cabaret should be between 5-15 minutes long – we’re featuring the extended rope acts at the Meet & Greet on Friday.

Just fill out this form and we’ll be in touch.

Queer Play Space @ Lone Star East
Mar 3 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Queer Play Space @ Lone Star East

After the Queer Mixer you can make your way to the Queer Play Space, opening just in time for you to do all those fun and sexy things you may have come up with during the Mixer. Whether you made the Mixer or not you can come check out the things your fellow queers are getting up to, and maybe get up to some mischief of your own! Again, if you’re wondering, you ARE queer enough for this space. We promise.

POC “Representation in Rope” photo discussion @ 2nd Level - Austin
Mar 3 @ 11:00 pm – Mar 4 @ 12:00 am
POC "Representation in Rope" photo discussion @ 2nd Level - Austin

Rope Bondage is an especially visual kink but the pictures we see don’t always reflect the diversity around us. Join WhiskyTangoFoxy for a short discussion on representation in rope. We will share some quick tips and tools to give a technical baseline and overcome some challenges like lighting different skin tones to compose powerful images.

Mar
4
Sun
Midnight Master Class: How to Light & Shoot Play or Performance @ 2nd Level - Houston
Mar 4 @ 12:00 am – 1:00 am
Midnight Master Class: How to Light & Shoot Play or Performance @ 2nd Level - Houston

…and now for something completely different.

We’ll walk a class through how we’d set up to shoot performances or someone else’s scene.

Then, we’ll pick one couple, light, and shoot their scene.

They’ll get the raw images to take home.

Morning Yoga with Magnolia
Mar 4 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Morning Yoga with Magnolia

Whether you are a top, a bottom or a switch, yoga is a great way to wake up your mind and body and start the day! Come join Magnolia, a Ballerina turned yogi and experienced rope bottom, as she leads an hour-long yoga routine to help us prepare for a day of knotty education! She will be leading Vinyasa Flow, a style of yoga where poses are synchronized with breath and flow together to become like a dance. This class is suitable for interested people of all skill levels and will include variations of Ashtanga Sun Salutations A, B ,C , Yang poses to build strength and endurance, and Yin poses for flexibility.

Agura Shibari @ Texas A
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Agura Shibari @ Texas A

This is a hands on class where we will demonstrate an Agura (cross-legged) tie developed by gapinglotus that is highly sustainable, and adaptable to many body types. This tie can be used for floor work, self-tying, partnered tying, partial suspension and full suspension.

Skill level: Intermediate

Riggers should be able to tie a single column tie, and should have good rope handling and tension management skills.

Bare Bones Bondage @ Lone Star East
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Bare Bones Bondage @ Lone Star East

Learn a series of simple and efficient ties to restrain, contort, and torture. These INTENSE ties are easy for the top and challenging for the bottom. They take very little rope and very little time. For beginners, that means less time reviewing the steps of a takate kote on youtube, and more time spent connecting with your partner. These ties make great scene starters, whether you’re doing rope for the sake of rope, or using restraint as a means to do sensation play, impact play, sex, etc. All participants should be familiar with basic rope safety.

Level: All skill levels

Trigger Warnings: demonstrations of violence, sensory deprivation, fear play, abandonment, carotid compression, and breath play.

Supplies:

• Participants will need: 2 lengths of natural fiber ropes (7-8 meters each)

•  emergency rope cutting tool

•  suspension hardware (optional)

•  note taking supplies (optional)

 

Intermediate Self-Suspension @ Lone Star West
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Intermediate Self-Suspension @ Lone Star West

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Ipponawa: Connect and Flow @ Texas B
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Ipponawa: Connect and Flow @ Texas B

The purpose of this class is to introduce the concepts of connection and flow through “muganawa” or tying without desire and an empty mind with one rope. The process will cover 3-5 kinbaku poses without rope and then with rope. Rhythm, fluidity and rope tensioning will also be used ways to build connection between the tying couples.

One rope at approximately 8 meters (25-30 ft) with a diameter of 5-6 mm (1/4-3/8 inches) will be needed.

Roleplaying Rope Disasters @ Texas E
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Roleplaying Rope Disasters @ Texas E

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.

Shaping Ties to Our Partners @ Texas D
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Shaping Ties to Our Partners @ Texas D

Shaping ties to fit our partner’s body and preferences, without compromising the structures we’ve learned, is an essential part of safer and more satisfying play. We will focus on identifying and communicating preferences on both sides of the rope, and finding practical solutions to common challenges with some of the most popular ties. We’ll deconstruct some of our favorite harnesses, and then rebuild and lab to find what works best for each of us.

Pairs should have ten to twelve 8-ish meter ropes, and safety equipment they’re comfortable using. All participants (both those tying and those being tied) should also have a working knowledge of suspension safety, to include basic injury avoidance/mitigation.

 

Level: Intermediate

 

Prerequisites: Must be able to reliable tie a single column tie, and have a working knowledge of tension. Should be comfortable tying at least one upper body or lower body harness.

 

Wax Play & Rope @ Texas C
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Wax Play & Rope @ Texas C

Doesn’t get much better than this. A class that is near and dear to our hearts. Rope and wax goes together about a good as peanut butter and Jelly. In this class we show you how to get the most out of the combination.

This class includes

  • types of wax that are safe to use.
  • The do’s and don’ts of wax play.
  • Negotiating the scene and questions tops and bottoms need to ask.

Then we dive into rope and wax. We show you how to incorporate wax into several ties and how to manage your uplines if you have lite candles in them. Even though we won’t light candles in the hotel, we will still be showing how you can safely use rigger sticks and the 2.0s, as well as standard pillars and some other fun goodies.

POC Snack Break hosted by lochnessia @ Upper Level - Seguin
Mar 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
POC Snack Break hosted by lochnessia @ Upper Level - Seguin

Join us in fellowship to celebrate some joy, offer support and reaffirm connections before the Ropenspace. Tell us about your experience at Ropecraft, what went well and where we can do better to create a welcoming place for POC. Light snacks will be available and feel free to bring your own lunch.* Come get fed in body and spirit!

A Hogtie, a Hitachi, and Jake’s Fairly Fast Armbinder @ Lone Star East
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A Hogtie, a Hitachi, and Jake's Fairly Fast Armbinder @ Lone Star East

A Hogtie, a Hitachi, and Jake’s Fairly Fast Armbinder

Title says it all. Three fairly simple ties that can be combined for a neat squirmy package.

Active Rope Service @ Texas C
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Active Rope Service @ Texas C

This class takes rope service to a whole other level!

Do you love to care for your Top’s equipment even when you’re not the bottom in their ropes? This class will show you ways to make your rope service truly shine, creating a whole new level to any scene. Learn to actively care for you top’s ropes while they tie in a way that is not invasive but adds ease and flow, giving everyone tying more time to focus on energy exchange and aftercare!

Bottoming Round Table @ Texas D
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Bottoming Round Table @ Texas D

This round table discussion is an inclusive conversation about all things rope bottoming led by Magnolia and Evie Vane.

Bring Creative Back to Your Kink @ Texas B
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Bring Creative Back to Your Kink @ Texas B

We have all see the same few scenes played out time and time again.

You want to be different and get those creative juices flowing? In this class, we will dive into the art of constructing memorable scenes from the build up over time to preparations, negotiating, and execution.

This is an open discussion class where active participation is encouraged.

Giotto’s Performance Takate Kote @ Texas A
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Giotto's Performance Takate Kote @ Texas A

 

Learn to tie Giotto’s own fusion TK that he uses in his many performances. This three rope TK is well structured and easy to tension properly. It is quick(ish) to tie and has been tested under fire as one of the most sustainable suspension chest harnesses that many rope models have encountered.

Level: Intermediate

Class Type: Hands On

Prerequisites: Must be able to quickly tie a rock solid single column tie. Good rope handling skills, at least 3 long ropes, safety cutter, a partner if you want to participate (observers are allowed)

How to Teach Rope @ Lone Star West
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
How to Teach Rope @ Lone Star West

The ways people learn rope – and the people who learn rope – are changing all the time. What used to be rigger-focused has become more bottom-focused and even non-binary focused, and other elements of consent, accessibility, and even social justice have begun to change the way our kink is taught. This panel discussion, moderated by Lochai and featuring a diverse group of rope teachers, will discuss some of the ways that we can share knowledge more effectively and more inclusively.

Where is that Nerve in my Arm Again? @ Texas E
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where is that Nerve in my Arm Again? @ Texas E

Nerve impingement. Numbness. Wrist drop. Etc. In tying we know we take risks, as tops and bottoms, but do we really understand what’s happening if we encounter these injuries?

Understanding how an injury occurs and what is happening inside our bodies can both help riggers and bottoms respond appropriately in the case of an injury and work together to modify ties to the bottom in ways that may help prevent that injury in the first place. This class will go over the causes and processes of common injuries, such as wrist drop and numbness, the signs that an injury may be occurring, and why certain parts of the anatomy are more vulnerable to damage than others.

Ropenspace @ Texas Ballroom
Mar 4 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Ropenspace @ Texas Ballroom

Imagine a room full of people sharing one passion: rope bondage. Students, teachers, enthusiasts, tops, bottoms, newbies, “Old Knotty” types. All together in the same place.

Imagine the freedom to ask all of them – the entire room – any question you had about rope. Imagine being able to tell them about your particular passion – suspension, predicament, cbt, performance, left-handed traditional Celtic weaves.

Whatever it is, they want to hear you share it.

And they’re going to share their passions, too. Japanese bondage. Arms-free chest harnesses. Orgasmic hip weaves. Agonizing torture ties. Leather and rope and service and sex and consent and nasal passage predicament play.

Yeah. That actually happened.

Imagine a space where instead of the staff telling you what to learn, they ask ”What do you want to do?” And then help you figure out how to do it.

Imagine a space where all this happens for hours, classes changing into discussions flowing into skillshares with rope, rope, and more rope.

That’s what a ROPENSPACE is. Naiia and her staff will facilitate it at ROPECRAFT, and it will be the same as the last three times: a completely unique experience custom-made to fit your interests, your skills, your passion. Of course, there is one thing that you have to do to make sure that happens:

You have to be there.

So…what passion will you bring to the Ropenspace in San Antonio?

Ropenspace @ Texas and Lone Star
Mar 4 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Ropenspace @ Texas and Lone Star

Imagine a room full of people sharing one passion: rope bondage. Students, teachers, enthusiasts, tops, bottoms, newbies, “Old Knotty” types. All together in the same place.

Imagine the freedom to ask all of them – the entire room – any question you had about rope. Imagine being able to tell them about your particular passion – suspension, predicament, cbt, performance, left-handed traditional Celtic weaves.

Whatever it is, they want to hear you share it.

And they’re going to share their passions, too. Japanese bondage. Arms-free chest harnesses. Orgasmic hip weaves. Agonizing torture ties. Leather and rope and service and sex and consent and nasal passage predicament play.

Yeah. That actually happened.

Imagine a space where instead of the staff telling you what to learn, they ask ”What do you want to do?” And then help you figure out how to do it.

Imagine a space where all this happens for hours, classes changing into discussions flowing into skillshares with rope, rope, and more rope.

That’s what a ROPENSPACE is. Naiia and her staff will facilitate it at ROPECRAFT, and it will be the same as the last three times: a completely unique experience custom-made to fit your interests, your skills, your passion. Of course, there is one thing that you have to do to make sure that happens:

You have to be there.

So…what passion will you bring to the Ropenspace in San Antonio?

Pre-Dungeon Yoga with Shakti Bliss Bunny @ Texas Ballroom
Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Pre-Dungeon Yoga with Shakti Bliss Bunny @ Texas Ballroom

After a day full of learning and expansion, come process your thoughts, appreciate your community and prepare your body physically for an evening of kinky fun with predungeon yoga with Shakit Bliss Bunny!

B is a rope bottom, yoga teacher and educational facilitator from Austin, TX and enjoys reminding people how to breathe fully, stay present and come home to their bodies through movement. She will lead a vinyasa style flow appropriate for newbies or yogis with a regular practice. Both rope tops and bottoms will receive stretches to help prepare their muscles for healthy movement and strength building exercise to engage their body and free their mind.

Sex-Positive Dungeons Open @ Texas Ballroom, Lone Star Ballroom
Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 5 @ 12:00 am
Sex-Positive Dungeons Open @ Texas Ballroom, Lone Star Ballroom

Come enjoy the sex-positive ROPECRAFT play spaces, specialty dungeon areas and general playspaces with custom-built equipment! Some playspaces will open at 8 pm and the rest will open at the conclusion of the evening’s special events!

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