Cyril [FR]

Sometimes, it is said that one needs to know how to draw a line or a circle before drawing, same goes for shibari. Learning a complex form such as a TK is a good thing, but it is also pertinent, if not vital, to learn how to handle the ropes, the model’s body, our own body and apprehend all the tools provided by the ropes so we can master the consequences of each of our movements.
Cyril is one of Place des Cordes’ funder where he’s teaching on a weekly basis. He has a deep curiosity about connective ropes and practice mostly Ipponnawa (one rope) when the opportunity arise.

Gestalta [UK]

I’ve been practicing shibari since 2007. Initially exploring ropes only as a bottom, I eventually started to tie as a natural extension to that and have absorbed much of my rigging style through a process of observation and experience from inside the ropes. I try to reflect this when teaching, taking both sides of the rope into account and encouraging the bottom as an active participant much as possible. My interests when tying often tend towards sadism with a soft energy to quietly build a connection with the person I’m tying - but I also like to fuse that with a focus on building creative ties using solid technical structure.

Sansblague and Bergborg [SE]

Sansblague and Bergborg have been tying together since 2011. As workshop co-teachers, they offer strictly structured frameworks and innovative didactic tools to work with creativity, movement, and dynamic interaction as central elements of Kinbaku. Their style of teaching has been called "explosively inspirational". In addition to regular teaching at their rope-studio Kokoro in Stockholm, they have taught for example at EURIX in Berlin, LFRA in London, Kinbaku Weekend in Helsinki and IRW in Utrecht. During a stay in Tokyo in 2016, they carried out a large interview-project with thirteen key persons in the japanese Kinbaku-scene (yet unpublished).
Sansblague is a rope switch with a strong interest in the tasks and skills of the ones being tied. She has written a number of texts on this subject, some available online here: Apart from teaching with Bergborg, sansblague has organised rope events specifically for women and trans persons since 2013. Her way of thinking and doing shibari is inspired by different types of bodywork and dance. This also entails an exploration of kinbaku for stage performances.
Bergborg's approach to rope is colored by his background in contact-improvisation as well as his work as an academic researcher of practical knowledge. In addition to teaching with sansblague, Bergborg runs two regular rope-study- groups each week, as well as occasional thematic workshops. On his blog Kinbaku Books, he shares parts of his collection of historical Kinbaku-material with the larger rope-community. During Spring 2017, Bergborg held a series of seven historically oriented "Salons" with presentations of some of the pioneers of Kinbaku, from Itoh Seiu to Nureki Chimou.
"I always feel seen and welcomed at Sansblague’s and Bergborg’s workshops, partly because they are very openly queer-friendly and partly because of their genuine love for what and how they teach, which makes it easer for me to relax and learn." – SkymningsKiwi
"Their workshops are well structured yet mind-blowing, innovative yet grounded in tradition, playful yet demanding. They would never claim it themselves, but they are among the most original and highly skilled kinbaku artists you will ever meet. Bring an open and humble mind." – PrinceS
"Prepare to think with your limbs." – MarikaRope "Exploring ropes together in a small advanced group led by Bergborg was an experience both liberating, joyful and challenging. The repertoire of exercises and the monitored time- slots for self-reflection and intimate conversations provided a space in which my own expression was allowed to evolve in multiple directions. Having access to an overwhelmingly rich kinbaku-library in the process was a real treat. Rope-studies with Bergborg is an open and challenging experience. He undogmatically offers lots of material for anyone, irrespective of which sides of the rope you are on." – Hedwig
"Bergborg is not only technically proficient with an immense body of knowledge about Kinbaku, its history and various styles, but perhaps more importantly a good teacher, good coach and an inspirational practitioner. His workshops are varied and dynamic, well adapted to participants’ skill levels and generally very welcoming and rewarding. In addition, Bergborg is also super friendly, humble and helpful which makes me never hesitate to recommend his workshops to anyone who wants to develop their rope skills." - KawayamaTen

Soptik [CZ]

I am a bondage teacher and event organizer. I created my first educational website with information on rope bondage in 2000. After ten years of self-education, I met Kinoko Hajime who became my first teacher of Japanese bondage. Afterwards, my tying was shaped by Osada Steve and Kanna; however, Kinoko Ryu is still my first choice for most of my rope partners. A year later, I started teaching regular bondage workshops and have kept this hobby till today. In the meantime, I met two other teachers who influenced me greatly. The first was Yoroi Nicolas who taught me movement, intimacy, and simplicity in ropes. The second and the most influential was Riccardo Wildties. He introduced me to Naka Ryu.

The more I study with Riccardo and Naka Akira, the more I fall in love with this style. In recent years teaching ropes and organizing foreign teachers’ visits has become almost my part-time job. I love to teach topics I am passionate about, such as predicaments and sadistic, overpowering, and dynamic ways of tying, breath play, and many others.

Yoganoir [SWE/US]

I will teach yoga every morning, with a ropie twist. When I'm not doing that I will be the camp Matron.