Two-Day Bondage Intensive

Date: 
Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 9:15am - Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 5:30pm
Cost: 

$325 per person.  $300 - a 10% discount - for couples / groups registering together

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

Click HERE to register.

Two Day Bondage Intensive

Join Max for a special two-day Bondage Intensive on the weekend of April 13th-14th.

This event provides 16 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 with all of Max's workshops, the emphasis is on learning, having fun and building confidence.

The workshop will be held at the Center for Sex Positive Culture in Seattle Washington. A catered, hot lunch and an afternoon snack will be included each day, along with an extensive 70-page handout and a formal Certificate of Completion.

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 $325 per person. Couples / groups registering together pay only $300 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, this is your best opportunity.

Agenda 

Saturday April 13th, 2013

 9:15 - 10:00   Doors open / check-in.

  • Coffee and juice
  • 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 and snack

 3:15 -  5:30    Advanced techniques

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

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

Sunday April 14th, 2013

 9:15 -  9:30   Doors open / check-in

 9:30 -   9:45   Saturday's material - practice drill

 9:45 -  12:30   Partial Suspension Bondage

  • Physics and physiology
  • Rigging techniques
  • Partial suspension positions

12:30 -  1:15    Catered lunch

1:15 -  2:30   Suspension Bondage

  • Full suspension technique and positions

 2:30 -  2:45   Break and snack

 2:45 -  5:00   Suspension Bondage

  • Full suspension practice

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

What You'll Get With Your Registration

  • 16 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 70-page illustrated handout to help you remember the material
  • Extensive resource list with book, video and online references
  • Specific recommendations for rope and equipment
  • A Certificate of Completion

Registration and Fees 

Click HERE to register.

Registration fee is $325 per person. Couples / groups registering together pay only $300 per person - a 10% discount.

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

Registration will close on Wednesday April 10th, or when all seats are sold. Please note that Max's Bondage Intensives always sell out - don't wait too long to buy your tickets.

Click HERE to register.

What to Bring

Required rope and equipment

You'll need the following equipment for the workshop. Please note that if you are registering as a couple or have pre-arranged practice partner(s) for the Intensive you'll only need one kit per group.

A note regarding diameter: Max and his instructional team have updated the rope requirements to allow 6mm diameter kits. We believe that 8mm kits are more appropriate for beginners - they're stronger, easier on the bottom, easier to pull, and untie more easily. Still, if you prefer 6mm, we will allow 6mm kits.  If you bring a 6mm kit, please be sure that it is new or in very good condition.

8mm Kit 

  • (1) 15 foot piece of 4mm or 3/16" line
  • (1) 40 - 60 foot piece of 6mm or 1/4" line    NOTE - This piece is optional, as Max will have pieces available for you to borrow.
  • (1) 30 foot length 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
  • (4) triangular carabiners - like REI item 737863 (preferred) or 737864
  • (1) suspension ring (like these from TwistedMonk.com)

6mm Kit 

  • (1) 15 foot piece of 4mm or 3/16" line
  • (1) 40 - 60 foot piece of 6mm or 1/4" line    NOTE - This piece is optional, as Max will have pieces available for you to borrow.
  • (6) 30 foot pieces of 6mm, 3/8" or 5/16" line
  • (4) 10 foot pieces of 6mm, 3/8" or 5/16" line
  • (4) triangular carabiners - like REI item 737863 (preferred) or 737864
  • (1) suspension ring (like these 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 long 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.  NOTE - This piece is optional, as Max will have pieces available for you to borrow.
  • The 30 foot 6mm / 1/4" line will be used for some basic Hojojutsu work and does not need to be strong. Hemp is traditional and works well because it is grippy.
  • The 15 foot 4mm / 3/16" line will be used for head and hair bondage.
  • 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 and not too stiff.
  • If you choose to buy rope or hardware from www.TwistedMonk.com, be sure to contact them ahead of time so they can have your rope shipped in time for the Bondage Intensive.
  • Monk is offering a discount to Bondage Intensive attendees - go to www.TwistedMonk.com/max.htm and order "Max's 2 Day Bondage Intensive Kit".  This kit includes everything you'll need for the Bondage Intensive except for the carabiners and the 40-60' piece of 1/4" line.
  • Max will be selling carabiners Saturday before the workshop.  If you would like to buy carabiners, please contact Max by Friday April 5th.

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 from prior Bondage Intensives.

From the April 2012 Bondage Intensive in Seattle Washington

Favorite part: Suspension practice helped me address issues I couldn’t foresee or which aren’t addressed in books.

An excellent experience from every angle. Great experience-based lectures with lots of practice time with well-qualified coaches. Highly recommended.

This class was the best rope workshop I’ve been to so far. It was really important to the instructors that we all learned the material and the attention given to that was superb!

Great balance of lecture and hands-on. I’m an educator by profession and you’ve got a great class set out! Thank you so much for an amazing experience!

The pacing worked really well. It was intense but not overwhelming.

From the October 2011 Bondage Intensive in Seattle Washington

Favorite part: The very hands-on approach. There as rarely a moment when help, assistance, or input was not nearby.

Really liked the size of this group. It was fun being  in a mixed het-homo environment.  Max and the rest of the instructional team are a real joy. Awesome.

Such a good class. There was so much info packed into two days, and even though my partner and I are exhausted, we feel positive, accomplished, transformed, and have a special intimate bond. Thank you!

I really enjoyed the entire weekend. The class was highly recommended by my friends and it far exceeded expectations.

I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. It is super engaging, high quality, superbly cadenced time that introduced basic, intermediate, and advanced topics and techniques. Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity to learn and meet other people.

I have never been disappointed by Max’s classes.

From the April 2011 Bondage Intensive in Seattle Washington

Thank you for the opportunity to learn and experience this!

Great workshop, all my expectations were met. I hope there’s a second level!

You are all incredible, loving, caring and intelligent presenters of a beautiful art form! Thank you!

Thank you! This was an awesome experience. 

From the November 2009 Bondage Intensive in Seattle Washington

Fantastic presentation, great attitude, perfect environment to learn.  Would happily recommend to anyone looking to get into suspension.

Thanks for everything. You are a wonderful instructor and you have fabulous assistants!

Max’s sense of humor is priceless and made the workshop even more amazing. Plus it helped me pay attention – that’s a big accomplishment! Lorelei and Griffin are extremely helpful, warm, and friendly, too. Workshops are a lot better when nice people give them!

I liked the way Max balanced bondage positions (knots etc), principles, safety, humor, and lecture.

From the April 2009 Bondage Intensive in Seattle Washington

The best workshop that I’ve ever taken, more effective than dozens of other individual workshops.

This was such a great workshop, thank you so much!  You convinced my husband he wants to tie me up. The workshop book is very helpful.

I really appreciate your additional comments on dealing with bottoms that are heavier than their top’s strength. Thank you!

This was great! I feel much more ready to play with rope now.

I had a GREAT time, learned more than I expected, and would recommend Max to anyone interested in bondage. I’m impressed with how ACCESSIBLE he made all the information.

Phenomenal. Really learned a lot and enjoyed every minute of it.

Max, Lorelei, and Griffin made all the information so accessible. They were so helpful and friendly - I felt totally at ease. 

From the October 2008 Bondage Intensive in Portland Oregon

Awesome, best overall rope workshop. The intensive format drives home each skill.

Thank you for a fantastic weekend. My confidence and knowledge have improved drastically and I have a greater understanding of risk.

Responsive answers to questions was good. VERY MUCH appreciated the full 1:1 detail in personally checking and tutoring knots during practice sessions, not glossing over what each student has done. It made everything click.

Love Max’s sense of humor and watching Max and Lorelei flirt with each other. Cute. Very nice to get such great hands-on personal attention and instruction from several people. Wonderful space for workshop! Come back and teach more, thank you!

Max is the kind of teacher you don’t even notice how much you are learning from until all the pieces come together. Thanks to Max and his incredible co-teachers Griffin and Lorelei. They were always right there when I had a question.

From the March 2008 Bondage Intensive in San Jose California

Great Workshop! I’ve wanted to do this for a while. 

Great workshop. Totally built my confidence with knots and bondage in general (i.e. how bottom feels, how to make bottom more comfortable).

It was just plain old perfect. You’re a great teacher, info was right on, good attitude... I know I’m supposed to give more constructive criticism - sorry! 

I had an excellent time. You did very well at keeping the class fun while still providing lots of information.

And here's an online review:  http://whipartist.livejournal.com/480736.html

From the October 2007 Bondage Intensive in Seattle Washington

Wonderful workshop - even better than I hoped.

That was amazing! Thank you!

Thank you! Max, your teaching style is wonderful. The demonstrations were clear and you were very thoughtful about how to answer without saying “you need to do it this way”. It allows for creativity.

This was my first real “formal” bondage experience from a topping perspective, and I already feel confident. Thanks!

Max, you are a great teacher. I really liked how you emphasized what would be challenging for the bottom and why. I also liked how you gave tips on building a scene. In the past I’ve gotten someone in a basic tie and thought “Now what?”  After your class I feel much more creative and I have more building blocks to use when putting a scene together.

I think you’ve helped me tap a side of myself I’d only contemplated before. Thank you.

I was so nervous and excited coming in on Saturday, and you and Tess and Laura were so warm and welcoming. You teach without making people feel stupid, and the balance of information, humor, and warnings was perfect. Thanks so much for doing this class, and we’ll look forward to seeing you in the future.

From the February 2007 Bondage Intensive in Seattle Washington

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 in Seattle Washington

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 in Seattle Washington

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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