My approach to shibari has evolved as the result of 15 years of practice on both sides of the ropes and a broad range of influences which I appropriate, mix and develop in my own practice. This has shaped my teaching style into one that seeks to reflect the experience of both tying partners on a deep level. I have a strong belief that shibari should not be prescriptive and encourage students to explore it as a flexible set of tools; adapting each tie to the body of the tied partner, and to their needs and desires within each individual situation. My teaching process aims to enable this by giving students a framework of the fundamental principles behind shibari; including safety efficiency and fluency, but also body awareness, communication, and conscious consideration of their own experiences and motivations.
I absorbed most of my technical rigging style as a natural process of observation and experience from inside the ropes of the people I was tied by as a model. In this respect I have been lucky to have had a broad range of influences. At present, my personal interest is researching movement with/in ropes.
PRIVATE SHIBARI TUITION
Private lessons are available to students of all experience levels and are individually tailored to your needs. You can book regular lessons for a structured overview, or one-off lessons to learn particular things of interest to you with more attention to detail than can be found in a group environment. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your interests.
Although I don’t teach ‘bottoming skills’ as a standalone subject, I am very happy to be booked for private sessions that are focussed on the tied partner. This could be to workshop ways through particular difficulties or concerns that a person may have within ropes, or through helping both partners to develop together.
My base rate for private lessons is 80€ per hour, however I offer reduced rates for those who book a block of regular lessons, and for classes taking place during ‘office hours’ (Monday to Friday, 11am – 6pm).
I primarily offer private lessons in Berlin, but I am also available in any of the cities I am traveling to. Please see my schedule for information on where I will be, or contact me to find out when I might be coming to your area.
At this time, I am limiting the amount of travel that I am willing to do until after September 2022, and the majority of my workshops will be taking place in Berlin. However I will still consider some occasional bookings. If you are an organiser / facilitator and you are interested in arranging something with me in your area please get in contact to discuss.
I am happy to tailor workshops to suit the level and interests of your group.
It is important to me that my workshops are held in an environment that promotes inclusivity and mutual respect between all participants; I do my best to reflect this personally where possible, and ask also that workshop facilitators/organisers and attendees have an open-minded and aware attitude.
My book “Shibari Suspensions: a step by step guide” is now available. You can order a copy direct from me using this link. This is the only place that you can pick up a signed copy, and is also currently the only place the profits from your purchase go to me as an individual rather than a larger business, so your support is hugely appreciated. You can read some reviews of the book here.
“Gestalta’s teaching style is very sympathetic to me personally. They impress with great professionalism and serenity. Getting knowledge from them is one thing, watching the tie is another; there was enough space, space and time for both.” ~ NS
“This weekend was really very special. Gestalta’s teaching is very well constructed; you can understand everything very well even with not so good English skills. Their calmness when tying was also transferred to me, which is very beneficial for the learning situation.
I found my joy in suspensions again. Thank you so much Gestalta.” ~ RW
”What can you say: Gestalta has a reputation for good reason and their teaching style and contents are second to none. Shibari is not always the ‘ryu X’ and the ‘fundamental system Y’. Years of modelling and years of rigging with the best in the world ensure an incomparable workshop and extraordinary benefits. In terms of Shibari, some of the male ‘greats’ of the scene could teach themselves to cut a slice.” ~ DE
“Cannot recommend Gestalta enough for their private lessons – a wonderfully knowledgable and patient teacher able to tailor the classes to your needs!” ~ MH