Shibari times.

2016 is officially full so we’re booking our Shibari travels into 2017 now.

We already have hardly any time left. Get in touch, available times are going fast.

It’s been another amazing year so far. Thanks to everyone who has and continues to invite us to teach and perform all over the world. We are sorry that we cannot accept more of your kind offers.

We trully look forward to meeting with you all in the future and sharing our passion for kinbaku with you.  Here’s to more shibari, more rope, more bondage, more love and more kinbaku to come.

Shibari 2016

  • Prague (Febuary) Blog
  • Tokyo (March) Blog coming soon
  • Brno (April) Blog
  • Memphis (April) Blog
  • Dallas (May) Blog coming soon
  • Virginia (July) Blog
  • Los Angeles (August) Blog
  • Tokyo (November)

Shibari 2017

  • Jamaica (April) 110 days remaining
  • Dallas (April) 135 days remaining
  • Japan (TBC)

What is this shibari stuff all about?

This site is about shibari bondage. It’s not the bondage of the tabloid press and sensationalist headlines that forget the human beings beneath the surface of the paper selling stories.

This is about the bondage called shibari or kinbaku that comes from the humanity of those that participate in this fascinating practice. This is shibari done with love and care. This is kinbaku that is done because it is beautiful, because it is an expression of love.

This is about the kind of shibari that I find beautiful and heartbreaking, the kind of kinbaku that I find most emotional

This is a world of intense emotion and sensation.

An expression I find particularly useful in describing this is ‘beautiful suffering’. It is where sensation is taken to the limits of what is possible, where emotion is experienced to its utmost. It is where we are alive as completely as we can be while being as together as we can.

It is also about the shibari art I love.

In the living experience of these moments in rope it is our utopia.

Dave Rickman
(WykD Dave)

I don’t do rope, I do people (but I do them with rope).

Shibari bondage, suspension in takatekote & futomomo. Model Xian.

Coming up

More shibari travels blogs coming up soon, the latest from out trip to LA is up now and I promise I’m working to bring you up to date with the remaining blogs I’m behind with.

Also we have some epic travels coming up. Looking forward to sharing those. I’m really going to have to start keeping a diary.

LA Shibari intensive 2016

It's always interesting starting a new shibari intensive, you never know what people are going to need to improve their rope bondage and it's a fascinating moment of discovery. Lots of hard work to follow and people were showing real improvement by the end of the first day.

Shibari intensive in Memphis Tennessee April 2016

This was our second visit to Memphis Tennessee USA and it was even hotter than the last time. That's saying something. Coming over from a wet and windy UK it was more than a little [...]

Prague February 2016 Shibari Performance and 2 day intensive.

At the venue for the Prague shibari intensive (left to right) WykD Dave, Clover and Fuoco. Our first overseas trip of 2016 was to Prague in the Czech republic. We had a great [...]

FKA Twigs ~ Pendulum

This video won the MOBO award for best video 2015!

Recently I had the great pleasure of working on this video for FKA Twigs song Pendulum. This was a great experience working with some wonderful creative people. Beautiful song and a beautiful video directed by Twigs herself.

A great feature of this video is the incredible hair extensions that were made a part of the bondage itself. For that part it was a great pleasure to work with Japanese stylist Soichi Inagaki a very creative artist and an absolutely lovely person to work with.

Again I just feel lucky to have had the chance to work with so many really amazing people.

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Recent posts and opinions about the world of shibari bondage

Top drop, melancholia and coming down.

I wanted to point out that the feelings and emotional reactions we have with shibari are normal human feelings, we all have these feelings and we all need to be able to recognise those feelings and be able to deal with them.

LA Shibari intensive 2016

It's always interesting starting a new shibari intensive, you never know what people are going to need to improve their rope bondage and it's a fascinating moment of discovery. Lots of hard work to follow and people were showing real improvement by the end of the first day.

Shibari intensive in Memphis Tennessee April 2016

This was our second visit to Memphis Tennessee USA and it was even hotter than the last time. That's saying something. Coming over from a wet and windy UK it was more than a little [...]

Shibari (not shibari again)

As I can't help but find these a bit weird and funny and after the delay spray post it got pointed out to me that there was more of this stuff... Shibari intimate lubricant! From [...]

Recent shibari bondage galleries

Shibari bondage videos

Shibari tutorials

We live only for the moment, in which we admire the splendour of the moonlight, the snow, the cherry blossom and the colours of the maple-leaves. We enjoy the day, warmed by wine, without allowing the poverty which stares us in the face to restore our sobriety. In this drifting – like a pumpkin carried along by the current of the river – we do not allow ourselves to be discouraged for a moment.

This is what is called the floating, fleeting world.

~Ukiyo Monogatari by Asai Ryoi

By the water lilies on the lake

Available as a fine art print up to 32″ x 24″

We are kinky, we are lascivious we are lustful we are experience junkies, we are sensualists.

From everything I know of myself and my friends, what we ultimately want is to experience life and our partners. The sensations of our experience, our interactions, the experience of our reaction to the reactions of others. Everything in kink is I think on some level about experience and sensation.

Why? Because it makes us alive. Life is about experience, the things that happen in it both good and bad.

As individuals in kink I think many are driven by the need to extend our experiences beyond the mundane, to not be limited in our experiences. To take an experience otherwise unpleasant and to pervert that into a sensual feast for the kinkster is I think the obvious expression of this.

Spanking, beating, flogging, caning, restraint, rope, chains, whips and all manner of roleplay scenario are pressed into the service of this goal. People roleplay and act out taboos. In fact this is one of the things that people misunderstand. Something that would in reality be very unpleasant is taken and turned into something fun, thrilling, erotic. To fail to understand the distinction between playing with the idea of something and the thing itself is to fail to understand how these kinds of play work entirely.

All of these things are about vivid, intense experiences. In extremis we are brought more presently into the moment we live and live that moment more completely.

Sometimes kinksters are reviled as sub human, freaks, lacking in feeling and empathy. This is I believe the opposite of the truth. It is very human to seek experience. I think those that limit their experiences are strange. I give my partner experiences and sensation because I have empathy, because in those moments we are so connected.

We yearn to experience… It’s only human.

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