Two Day Bondage Intensive

Date: 
Saturday, October 6, 2007 - 9:15am - Sunday, October 7, 2007 - 5:30pm
Cost: 

Details on how to register are in the "Registration and Fees" section, below.

Join Max for a special two-day Bondage Intensive on the weekend of October 6th - 7th.

This event provides 13 hours of focused bondage instruction, from the basics through suspension bondage.

Most of the Intensive is hands-on, so you'll have plenty of time to apply what you learn in a safe, friendly environment. The limited class size and the presence of several skilled co-instructors ensure plenty of one-on-one instruction and foster an intimate, cooperative environment. As always, the emphasis is on learning, having fun and building confidence.

The workshop will be held at the Center for Sex Positive Culture in Seattle. A catered, hot lunch and an afternoon snack will be included each day, along with an extensive 60-page handout and a formal Certificate of Completion.

Attendees who aren't already CSPC members also receive a waiver of the normal membership requirement for the October 7th Bondage party and a $5-off coupon for the party.

If you have a practice partner, register them too. If you don't, that's OK - we'll form small groups and everyone will get a chance to practice.

The fee for all this is only $260 per person.  Couples and groups registering together pay only $235 per person - a 10% discount.

Class size is limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged. Details on how to register are in the "Registration and Fees" section, below.

Here are some comments from graduates of prior Bondage Intensives.

Note: Max does not teach stand-alone suspension workshops. If you want to learn suspension bondage, now's the time.

Agenda

Saturday October 6th, 2007

 9:15 - 10:00   Doors open / check-in

  • Coffee and juice
  • Rope sales - Twisted Monk
  • Carabiner sales

 10:00 -  1:00   Fundamentals of Rope Bondage

  • Motivation
  • Principles and technique
  • Safety considerations
  • About rope
  • Basic knots and positions

 1:00 -  1:45    Catered lunch

 1:45 -  3:00    Intermediate Rope Bondage

  • Bondage positions
  • Intermediate knots

 3:00 -  3:15    Break - pop, water, cookies and fruit

 3:15 -  5:30    Advanced techniques

  • Ad hoc bondage
  • Extreme bondage
  • Bondage for sex
  • Hair bondage
  • Head and face bondage

 5:30 -  6:00   Questions & Answers / Wrap-up

Sunday October 7th, 2007

10:15 -  10:30   Doors open / check-in

10:30 -  1:00   Partial Suspension Bondage

  • Physics and physiology
  • Equipment considerations
  • Rigging techniques
  • Partial suspension positions

1:00 -  1:45    Catered lunch

1:45 -  3:00   Suspension Bondage

  • Full suspension technique and positions

3:00 -  3:15   Break - pop, water, cookies and fruit

3:15 -  5:30   Suspension Bondage

  • Full suspension practice

What You'll Get With Your Registration

  • 13 hours of instruction in a small-group environment
  • Plenty of time to practice and work with the instructor
  • Hot catered lunch and an afternoon snack each day
  • A 60-page illustrated handout to help you remember the material and to assist with your at-home practice
  • Extensive resource list with book, video and online references
  • Specific recommendations for rope and equipment
  • A chance to attend the Wet Spot's "Bondage is the Point" party on Sunday October 7th, even if you're not a Wet Spot member.  The Wet Spot will also be supplying a $5 coupon for non-members
  • A Certificate of Completion

Registration and Fees

Workshop fees are $260 per person.  Couples or groups registering together pay only $235 per person - a 10% discount.

The easiest way to register is via Acteva, a well known online registration system.  If you have trouble registering, or can't use the Acteva system for some reason, please contact Max.

Registration will open on Saturday August 18th at 10:00 AM Pacific time.

Class size is limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged.

What to Bring

Required rope and equipment

You'll need the following equipment for the workshop.  If you are registering as a couple / threesome, you'll only need one kit per group.

  • (1) 40 - 60 foot piece of 6mm or 1/4" line
  • (6) 30 foot pieces of 8mm, 3/8" or 5/16" line
  • (4) 10 foot pieces of 8mm, 3/8" or 5/16" line
  • (2) "D" carabiners (like REI item 682630)
  • (2) triangular carabiners (like REI item 736529 or 737864 or 737863)
  • (1) suspension ring (like this one from TwistedMonk.com)

Suggested (but not required) rope and equipment

  • (1) pair of EMT shears or similar tool for emergency releases (like these from TwistedMonk.com)
  • (1) 10' length of military spec webbing  (like REI item 472006)

Rope and equipment notes

  • The 6mm / 1/4" line will be used for a body harness (karada) and does not need to be strong.  Any nice-feeling 1/4" nylon line from a hardware store will do.  6 mm hemp is fine too.
  • All other rope and equipment will be used for the suspension portions of the workshop, so strength is important.  Please bring 8 mm hemp in excellent condition or synthetic line with a breaking strength of at least 1,000 pounds.  If you buy synthetic, be sure that it is "grippy" enough to hold knots well.
  • Monk, of www.TwistedMonk.com, will be available Saturday before the workshop if you want to buy some of his fine hemp rope or other equipment.  Monk suggests that you contact him ahead of time so he can have your rope ready for delivery on Saturday morning.  
  • Monk is offering a discount to Bondage Intensive attendees - go towww.TwistedMonk.com/max.htm and order the Full Suspension Kit.  This kit includes everything you'll need for the Bondage Intensive except for the carabiners and the piece of 1/4" line.
  • Max will be selling carabiners Saturday before the workshop.  If you would like to buy carabiners, please contact Max before the workshop

Please note that you will not be allowed to participate in the suspension / partial suspension practice sessions without appropriate equipment.

Clothing

  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • The temperature may vary throughout the day, so layered clothing is suggested.

Other items

  • A small blanket for padding when we're doing floor work.

 

Comments from Prior Bondage Intensive Graduates

These comments were taken verbatim from the evaluation forms collected after the last three Bondage Intensives.

From the February 2007 Bondage Intensive

Every one of your workshops has been a blast, Max – I always learn something new, both technically and mentally.  Thank you for sharing your expertise and joy and love with the community!

This is the best weekend I’ve had in a very long time.

This was my second time through, and the class seemed to flow better and move forward more smoothly than I remembered.  Nice work.  Also - I don’t give ratings this high unless I mean it (straight 5s).  I’m not just being nice.

Both the demonstrations and hands-on practice sessions were highlights for me – being able to see and then work on many of the knots and techniques.

Well-managed practice with assistant instructors – a pretty good ratio.

From the April 2006 Bondage Intensive

I am amazed by the amount of information you were able to convey so thoroughly in a relatively short time.  I've learned so much.

It was awesome!  You are a great teacher.

Thank-you for being who you are in this community - you provide a space where everything is OK for those of us who are new - better than OK, really.  Thank-you.

I've already mentioned how good you are on the stump.  You worked well with both the class as a whole and individual participants.  Pacing was great.  Your 'show-them', guide-them', 'let-them' approach to lecture/practice was spot on, as was your enthusiasm for bondage and teaching.  Trust me when I say that you offer the best course I've seen in a very long time.

From the April 2005 Bondage Intensive

Fantastic!!  This was my first hands-on experience and it's definitely a lot to process.

Thank you for all the patience and help.  Also for letting us know that lots of mistakes happen.  I didn’t feel inadequate hearing about that.

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