My approach to shibari has evolved as the result of over a decade 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 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: Kazami Ranki, who I modeled for from 2011 to 2014 and whose style still provides fundamental building blocks for my own style, Miumi-U who studied with the Ichinawa-Kai, and Esinem. More recent stylistic influences include Pedro (whose own style was heavily influenced by Kanna and Naka Akira), and Yukimura Haruki, whom I was very fortunate to meet in 2015.
I travel frequently to teach workshops; 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.
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 model, helping both partners to develop together.
“Cannot recommend Gestalta enough for their private lessons - a wonderfully knowledgable and patient teacher able to tailer the classes to your needs!” - M
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.
I also have several video tutorials available on Shibari Study.