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Intro to Shibari Rope Bondage PRIVATE Class

PRIVATE IN-ROOM CLASSES $675/couple

SHAG's private in-room Shibari experience is for The William Vale guests only. The private in-room classes are usually offered on Saturdays from 4-6pm or 7-9pm. You can also email us at WeLoveShag@gmail.com to request a different date for a private class if desired & we will try to accommodate you.

For the Private Class, you MUST book a room at The William Vale & then go to SHAG’s website to purchase the PRIVATE Shibari Class.  After you buy your ticket(s) on the SHAG website, we will attach the class to your reservation at The William Vale.

Private classes allow 2 - 20 people per lesson depending on which room is booked - if you are interested in adding more people to your lesson, please let us know when you send us The William Vale booking email. There will be an additional charge of $675/pair. Please note that each attendee must have a partner.

**NOTE: There are capacity restrictions for multi-person Private Classes. Book your room according to how many people you wish to attend your Private Class:

Standard Room - 2 people max
Double Room - up to 6 people max
Suite - up to 6 people max
Vale Garden Residence - up to 20 people max

Private Class
Ticket prices are $675/pair 


ROPE REQUIREMENT:

All pairs must have an approved rope kit - you can either bring your own (as long as the rope meets our guidelines of 2x15ft pieces and 2x30ft pieces) or you can purchase online at SHAG. We strongly suggest adding a pair of safety shears, which can help get you out of sticky situations. Another nice addition to this class is Midori’s Art of Japanese Bondage book or Chanta Rose’s Bondage for Sex

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Payment is requested in advance, and is non-refundable. There is one reschedule allowed, but must be made within a week's notice of the date of the class and will incur a 20% Rescheduling Fee. Please note that our classes are intentionally kept small and intimate, so we count on our attendees to arrive on time. No-shows will not be refunded or rescheduled. 

ABOUT SHIBARI:
Shibari is a Japanese term that means “to tie.” It was originally known as Hojo-jutsu, the Japanese martial art of restraining that was used by Samurai in Japan during the 1400s-1700s. Techniques & form evolved and by the late 1800s and early 1900s, the erotic Kinbaku practice emerged, taking on more artistic and spiritual dimensions to become what is now known as Shibari. 

ABOUT the CLASS:
“Intro to Shibari” is an intensive workshop, approximately two hours long, designed for people who are interested in exploring the concept of power exchange with rope and how this plays out physically in the bedroom. The lessons are designed for couples to learn how to tie one another, in order that both participants receive a well-rounded understanding and experience of this ancient art form.

The class will consist of a tutorial of three basic ties and how they can be used singularly or in conjunction with each other to create an erotically charged rope scene. You’ll learn how to tie elegantly, with a controlled and measured technique. Prior Shibari experience is not required. We also offer an Intermediate Shibari Workshop, customized on an individual basis, as well as Group Shibari Lessons.


ABOUT VALENTINE AMARTEY:
Valentine has been teaching SHAG's Shibari classes for over 10 years. With a background in costume and knitwear design, he began making costumes for various downtown performance artists back in the late '90's. During one of these assignments, he was asked to make costumes for a performance that called for rope looks for an underground ballet/burlesque troupe. He discovered the art of Shibari and immediately incorporated the art form into his design work.

After this initial dive into the art form, Valentine took the time to study Shibari with Tyutumi, who received his basic training from Mistress Midori. After years of practice, he was ready to share this knowledge with people of all levels.

“Shibari is a discipline that involves the control of rope, your partner, and ultimately yourself — this I find to be greatly appealing. I’m drawn to the fine balance between something that was designed for punishment and something that is visually stunning. The combination of brutality and beauty is endlessly fascinating to me."

Valentine’s credits to date include providing looks for pop stars such as Shakira, Lady Gaga and Brooke Candy, designing for the Calvin Klein Collection and teaching a BFA knitwear course at The New School.  

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