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Classes

Weekly classes

Level 1 (Every Wednesday)

In Shibari Level 1, we take every student from knowing nothing about shibari, to a basic knowledge giving the ability to play and enjoy rope. After just one class, the students will know enough to tie basic patterns and explore shibari on their own. Students who continue coming to level 1 classes will deepen their understanding of the ties taught, and eventually learn all the steps to basic harnesses, after which they can continue to level 2, if they wish to learn how to suspend their partner.

Doors open at 6:00, and the class starts at 6:30 with a half hour of supervised practice to get warmed up. If it is your first time, you will be shown basic knots during that period; make sure you come to your first class on time! Formal instruction goes from 7:00 to 9:00 and the class is adapted so that everyone learns at their own pace. Students can then practice under supervision until 9:30.

The specific techniques students will come to learn in level 1 go from a complete suspension-friendly 3-rope boxtie (Takate-Kote) and other more simple ties, to ideas and exercises to practice communicating and playing with their partner as they tie. Even when teaching patterns and ties, a lot of emphasis is put on connection and emotions.

The price is $40 per couple for 1 class, or $90 per couple for three classes (don’t have to be consecutive). You don’t need to come with the same person for every class but you need someone to tie with. After coming to class, you get a rebate on the Thursday and Sunday practices that week.

One Saturday a month, we also give a double-format level 1 class especially convenient for those who can't make it on the Wednesday ones. Take a look at our calendar to see when the next one is!

… More questions? Read our F.A.Q. ...

Level 2 (Every Tuesday)

After mastering the techniques taught in level 1, students can start taking the level 2 classes to learn suspension techniques and new harnesses.

Level 2 class also starts at 6:30PM, but on Tuesday evenings.

The price is $50 per couple, or $120 for three classes.

Level 3 (Every other Monday)

Once very comfortable with suspensions, students can start the level 3 classes to push their techniques and understanding of kinbaku even further.

Level 2 class also starts at 6:30PM, but on every other Monday evenings.

The price is $60 per couple, or $150 for three classes.


Workshops

We sometimes offer special workshops on a specific topic at tension. During a Sunday afternoon or a weekday evening, you could come learn about Bondage for Sex, Rope Torture, or Creating Intimacy in Rope, for instance. Take a look at our calendar to see when the next one is!


Private Tuition

Our teachers are also available to give private tuition. Whether you are from out of town, want to learn something specific that is not in the group classes curriculum, or just want a more intimate and direct learning experience, contact us to inquire about our rates and availabilities.


Intensives

Every once in a while, we invite guest teachers from around the world to share their visions, techniques, and experience. Most of the time, this takes the form of an intensive workshop over the course of a weekend, with approximately 5 hours of class every day. For rope enthusiasts, this is a perfect opportunity to improve learn a lot in a very short amount of time.

Some workshops are open to students of all levels, whereas some others are reserved for more advanced learners.

The price and logistics depend on the presenter’s salary and schedule.

Look at our calendar to see if there is one coming up soon, and contact us for more details!

Our teacher Sammy showing a Takate-Kote harness tied on Pauline

Practices

Every Thursday and Sunday, from 6:00PM to 10:00PM, Tension is open to everyone for supervised practice. Drop in and leave whenever you like during the evening. People can come watch, practice, and socialise with our teachers, Tension regulars, and other rope enthusiasts in a chill environment. You can come alone, with a partner, or with friends and enjoy the rope, conversation, and some complementary tea.

Practices are $10 per person. If you came to a class in the same week, you get $5 off. Also, if you “check-in” on Facebook, you are also eligible for $5 off. Moreso, fidelity cards with special deals are available for those who want to come more regularly.

Performances

Approximately once a month, we host events called “Soirée Shibari”. These are performance nights where you can enjoy a series of three Shibari scenes by three pairs of experiences artists. Whether you are familiar with Shibari, or just curious to see it for the first time, you’re bound to see something you like. We often fly in our performers from all corners of the world, but we also like to showcase our hardworking level 2 students during these nights!

The price for Soirée Shibari is $30 at the door ($20 pre-sale) when we invite presenters from abroad, or $20 at the door ($15 pre-sale) when the artists are local.

Look at our calendar to see when the next one is scheduled!

Example of a Shibari performance

Misc. Events

Sometimes we hold events like rope parties, or life drawing sessions, that have their own schedule and prices. Take a look at our calendar and click on any event to see more details.

Rope Social

One Sunday per month, usually during the first weekend, we organize an event called Rope Social. This event is free and aims to provide a space for rope enthusiasts - from the complete beginner to the more advanced - a place to meet, talk and get to know others, as well as the studio space. Games are held to help everyone socialize. The event starts at 4:30PM and ends at 6PM, when Open Practice starts. People can then pay half the price ($5 instead of $10) to stay for open practice and start doing rope!

Bondage Life Drawing

We organize Bondage Life Drawing events. Your classic Life Drawing, with a kink. Come draw bodies in unusual shapes and positions, mixed with beautiful and intricate rope patterns! 10$ for a 3h event.

Rope Parties

Twice a year, to celebrate Tension’s anniversary in October and the end of the never-ending Montreal winter in April, we host rope parties. Snacks and silly rope games, pay what you can to come share a fun evening with the Tension regulars!

And more!

If you have an idea for an event that you would like to see at Tension, send us a message or come talk to us about it! We're always happy to organize new things to better serve the community!

Prices

Event Day Time Regular Price Special Price
Level 1 (Beginner) classes Wednesdays 6:30PM $40 per couple $90 per couple for 3 classes More Details...
Level 2 (Intermediate) classes Tuesdays 6:30PM $50 per couple $120 per couple for 3 classes More Details...
Level 3 (Advanced) classes Every two Mondays 6:30PM $60 per couple $150 per couple for 3 classes More Details...
Practices Thursdays and Sundays 6:00PM $10 per person $5 when coming to class More Details...
Performance See Calendar 8:00PM $30 per person $20 pre-sale More Details...

F.A.Q.

Do I need a Partner?

For the classes and most workshops, you do need someone to learn with. For Thyrsday and Sunday’s open practices, you can come alone and meet people.

What should I wear?

As long as your genitals are covered, you can wear pretty much anything you want. Some people wear yoga clothes, other stay in normal everyday clothes, and some are just in their underwear. Try to avoid studs and all other metal elements that could damage the tatami mats, but apart from that you can wear anything you feel comfortable in!

What language are the classes in?

The classes are given both in English and French, making sure that everyone taking the classes can follow along.

Do I have to be thin/flexible/young/etc. to be tied up?

No. Shibari is for everyone. You don’t need to be able to do anything special to be tied up, you just need to like it! No matter how your body is, there is always a way to tie enjoyable harnesses.

When can I start level 2/Can I skip to level 2?

Before people come to level 2, the teachers need to make sure that the student knows, understands and can efficiently tie a 3-rope chest harness (Takate Kote). The best way to learn this is to come to level 1 classes, but if you have learned elsewhere, you just need to come to any practice and let one of our teachers evaluate your tying.

Do I need my own rope?

No. We have a countless amount of practice rope that everyone can use at the studio. If you want to bring the fun back home, we also sell top quality jute rope.

Do guys get tied up too?

Yes. And it is very hot too!

Where can I buy rope?

We sell top quality jute rope at the studio, or you can also find some on the internet. Just make sure that you buy jute or hemp rope, because other material don’t work with the techniques we teach at Tension.

Do I need to reserve a spot for Practice/Class?

No. The classes and practices are drop in. For the classes, just make sure that you come on time (before 6:30PM). For practices, you can come and leave at any time between 6pm and 10pm.

Do I need to be in a relationship with my tying partner?

We encourage people to be comfortable with being close with their tying partner, but it is not a requirement to learn or practice.

Can I just come to watch?

Yes! The ideal events to come and watch are Thursday and Sunday’s open practices, and Soirée Shibari preformance events. You can’t come and watch during classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, though.