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Class Descriptions

Private Classes & Workshops

I'm available for private classes and bookings for group workshops. Please contact me for more information:  mail(at)anna-noctuelle.com

A day with Anna Noctuelle and Haag  -  03.08.24, Ellipsis,  Rotterdam

This is the pre-announcement for an upcoming workshop/study by the very skilled and talented @Noctuelle from London in collaboration with @Haag. This workshop will be at an intermediate+ level and will focus on a more interactive approach to rope, exploring various modeling styles and, since both Noctuelle and Haag both have a background in dance, a healthy dose of movement ;).

We are currently discussing the content and format, but in the meantime... save the date ;) 

Level: All levels

Location: Ellipsis, Rotterdam

Tickets: tba

Emotional landscape building with and in rope-  10.08.24, Happy Yoga,  Essen

Magic happens just beyond the familiar. This workshop uniquely combines interdisciplinary practices with Shibari, offering a profound exploration of emotional and physical connections through rope bondage via one acting and one somatic practice.

Morning Session: Meisner for Shibari

Sanford Meisner's philosophy that "acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances" mirrors the deep, truthful connections sought in Shibari. Through his renowned exercise, we will explore verbal non-verbal communication and emotional responsiveness, learning to read and react to your partner's subtle cues with instinct and spontaneity. This session focuses on building emotional freedom and versatility, deepening the connection between the rigger and the model, and enriching the emotional texture of your rope scenes.

Afternoon Session: Authentic Movement and Shibari

The afternoon delves into Authentic Movement, encouraging you to listen intently to your body and respond to its narratives and needs. This practice provides a safe space for bodily storytelling, accessing deeper creative and unconscious layers of experience. The combination of Authentic Movement and Shibari allows partners to craft a nuanced and emotionally charged story through their rope work.

Level: All levels

Location: Happy Yoga Essen

Tickets: https://en.mieneko.com/shop/An-essential-guide-to-Rope-Bottoming-Anna-Noctuelle-p634498818

An essential guide to Rope Bottoming -  09.08.24, Happy Yoga,  Essen

Shibari education often focuses heavily on the tying, especially in the initial stages, to the extent that we often forget how important the role of the model/bottom is. Being 50% of the dynamic, the person inside the ropes plays a significant role in influencing the scene and its progression. Similar to an experienced rigger, an experienced model can elevate the shared experience by keeping themselves (and their rigger) safe, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries, and allowing for better flow and communication, ultimately resulting in better play.

This evening will cover some of the skills and knowledge required for bottoming in rope, such as negotiation and consent, physical considerations, injuries and risks as well as tipps and trick for rope modelling.

 

The workshop will be a mix of discussions, Q&A, and practical exercises. However, there will be no tying in this workshop.

Level: All levels

Location: Happy Yoga Essen

Tickets: https://en.mieneko.com/shop/Emotional-landscape-bulding-with-and-in-rope-Anna-Noctuelle-p656462490

Being tied - Ropebottoming on a higher level -  11.08.24, Happy Yoga,  Essen

In this workshop we will explore a spectrum of styles, from passive to active engagement, and common mistakes of being "unhelpfully helpful." We will look at the nuances of micro movements and non-verbal communication to convey emotions and intentions.

We will uncover the intricate interplay between harnesses, body positions, movement, and the rich tapestry of emotions going with it. Through exercises and discussions, we'll illuminate the connection between physicality and psychological states, deepening our understanding of the expressive potential inherent in every rope scene.

As the day unfolds, we'll venture into the realm of Semenawa and other challenging scenarios. We'll cultivate rituals that ground and center us, craft emotional landscapes that captivate the senses, and harness psychological strategies to navigate complex dynamics. While we show different ties - which are challenging in different ways, we address a common challenge faced by both - models and riggers: the breakdown of communication when faced with challenging moments but also riding the wave and exploring the edge in a safe and informed way by developing awareness of internal signals and emotional responses, accurately describing sensations and experiences and learning how to regulate our nervous system.

Throughout the day we will be training body awareness and communication skills to elevate our rope scenes and give more confidence in riding the edge.

Level: Riggers should be able to tie the most common harnesses and safely handle uplines (partials and/or suspensions), models should have some experience in TKs or similar upper body harnesses and know the difference between signs of loss of circulation and nerve impingement.

Location: Happy Yoga Essen

Tickets: https://en.mieneko.com/shop/Being-tied-Ropebottoming-on-a-higher-level-Anna-Noctuelle-p656473453

TIED - Intro to Rope Bottoming  -  10.09.24, Studio Yukari, London

Tied is an event that centres and deepens the experience of being in rope.

 

Shibari education often focuses heavily on the tying, especially in the initial stages, to the extent that we often forget how important the role of the model/bottom is. Being 50% of the dynamic, the person inside the ropes plays a significant role in influencing the scene and its progression. Similar to an experienced rigger, an experienced model can elevate the shared experience by keeping themselves (and their rigger) safe, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries, and allowing for better flow and communication, ultimately resulting in better play. Join us for an evening dedicated to exploring the essential skills and knowledge required for bottoming in rope. Topics include: Negotiation and Consent, Physical Considerations, Injuries, and Risks, Tips and Tricks for Rope Modeling. Our goal is to provide an overview of the most important aspects. The workshop will be a mix of discussions, Q&A, and practical exercises. However, there will be no tying in this workshop, and no previous experience is needed.

Level: All levels

Location: Studio Yukari

Tickets: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/studioyukari/1288482?

TIED - Embracing the Gote - A Rope Bottom's Perspective -  01.10.24, Studio Yukari, London

The Gote, or Takate Kote, is one of the most iconic and foundational ties in Shibari. While much attention is often given to the technical aspects of tying, the experience of the person in the ropes —the rope model—is equally important. This workshop focuses on exploring the Gote from the perspective of the model, its beauty and its effect but also technical and physiological considerations. We will explore the emotional aspects of being in the Gote and how to communicate with your rigger for a more enjoyable and collaborative and connective scene. And we will also learn about the structure and purpose of this tie, and how it affects your body, identify potential risks and learn how to manage and mitigate them. This workshop is designed for both riggers and models who wish to deepen their understanding of this simple yet complex tie and want enhance their experience in ropes. The workshop will be a mix of discussions, Q&A, and practical exercises. It would be beneficial if the people tying/riggers would be able to tie a 2TK or at least the upper wrap.

Level: All levels

Location: Studio Yukari

Tickets: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/studioyukari/1288489?

A Weekend with Michael Ropeknight & Anna Noctuelle - Yukimura Ryū I - 16.11.24 - 17.11.24, Studio Yukari, London

Day 1

We learn basic philosophical approaches from Yukimura Haruki's bondage style. To do this, we analyze terms such as Semenawa and Aibunawa, learn the first basics of Yukimura Ryū and experience their application.

We will give space to the introduction of a special mindset as well as possible approaches and behaviors in dealing with the partners.

 

Day 2

We use i.a. the patterns and procedures developed on the first day in order to use more complex "techniques". The main focus is on the generation of emotions in "how" we implement the bondage.

 

Requirements:

  • This workshop is aimed at bondage couples who want to explore the world of Yukimura Ryū together. Since this is ultimately a world of eroticism, there should be no fear of intimacy between the bondage partners.

  • The workshop can be visited by beginners to advanced participants.

  • It makes sense for the model to wear clothing with "potential for exposure" (e.g. dress, no leggings, no tights).

  • Max. 7 ropes are required - recommended rope: 6mm or less

  • Bring your own sheets.
     

Level: All levels

Location: Studio Yukari

Tickets: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/studioyukari/1239968?

Notation for Shibari - 23.11.24, Anatomie Studio, London

Have you ever found yourself snapping dozens of photos during a workshop, only to struggle piecing together the precise suspension sequence later? Or felt disheartened by your inability to sketch meaningful stick figures that aid in comprehending a sequence? Perhaps you've been struck with ideas for experimenting in a rope jam during your morning shower, only to forget them entirely by the time you step onto the mat. Have you ever needed to come up with a performance but lacked sufficient time with your tying partner to go through every step, yet also lacked the language to convey it over the phone? Maybe we can help you!

In this class, Anna Noctuelle will present and teach how to use a graphical notation system for Shibari which is akin to choreography notation for dance or musical notation. It was invented to cater to the needs of exploration, documentation, and composition of Shibari sequences, offering both novices and seasoned practitioners an easy and straightforward yet precise method of notation. It serves as a means to document, recall, and construct sequence progressions with ease. Whether swiftly capturing ideas or memorising sequences from workshops or performances, this notation can be of great help. For advanced students, it facilitates the drafting and comprehension of new concepts before trying it out. By establishing a universal language for Shibari notation, it fosters the exchange, preservation, and creation of learning materials, performances, exercises, and ideas for scenes.

This Workshop is divided into two days:

Day 1 sets the stage as we dip our feet into reading and notating sequences. Armed with only your pen, paper, and eraser, you'll learn to notate what you see. It serves as the foundation and you can then use the system for workshop notes and other sources.

On Day 2, we transition from theory to practice. This day invites you get creative, using the system to craft your own sequences and read from the sheet. It will be a hands-on day where you'll be actively composing, tying, and collaborating with others. Bring pen, paper, eraser and a tying partner.

 

The level for this workshop is intermediate to advanced and especially beneficial for those who teach themselves, perform or regularly attend workshops or are aspiring to do so. 

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Location: Anatomie Studio

Tickets: tba

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Rope: Wykd Dave, Pic: Clover Brooks

About Anna

Anna Noctuelle is a highly experienced and versatile Shibari practitioner with over 18 years of experience. Her journey with Shibari began as a personal discovery and has since evolved into a multifaceted practice encompassing teaching, modelling and performing. Her dedication to sharing her passion for Shibari has taken her to various rope communities across Europe teaching workshops and captivating audiences with performances since 2016.

Anna’s artistic journey has been deeply influenced by her diverse background. With a foundation in classical dance and breath work practice, she brings grace, elegance, and a keen sense of body awareness to her Shibari practice. Her exploration of Buddhism, tantra and meditation, as well as her commitment to yoga, have shaped her aesthetic and philosophical approach to Shibari, lending it a spiritual depth and tranquility. Being a linguist in her other life she’s constantly exploring the communicative aspects of Shibari. Anna Noctuelle’s blend of skills, knowledge, and experience make her an exceptional practitioner and educator of Shibari who understands what it means create safe and inclusive learning environments which reward inquiry, curiosity, courage, experimentation and playfulness. 

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