GD2’s Weekend Rope Intensive

GD2 LogoCHICAGO – GD2 is excited to host the internationally known rope artist Stefano_BirdofPrey from Italy for a weekend long Rope Intensive. This intensive is limited to 15 Rigger/Bottom pairs, and will sell out quickly. If you are interested in learning Japanese Rope Work, this event is not to be missed!


  • 2 full days of classes
  • A special Bound to Learn
  • 3 play parties at GD2
  • Continental Breakfast Each Day
  • Lunch Each Day

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Friday, August 2 – Sunday, August 4 Galleria Domain Two (GD2) Chicago, Illinois

18+ GD2 Members: $50 Non-Members: $65 (inc trial membership) Fetlife Event Page

Limited to 15 Rigger/Bottom pairs

GD2’s Rope Intensive is a fundraiser for GD2’s education program.




8PM – Play Party 10PM – Attendee Meet & Greet 10:30PM – Bound to Learn


10 AM – Registration, Continental Breakfast 10:30AM – Class: Dominating the Scene 12:30PM – Lunch Served On-Site 1:30PM – Class: Basic Floor Work 3:30PM – Class: Reverse Engineering 5:30PM – Dinner Break On Your Own 8PM – Play Party


10 AM – Registration, Continental Breakfast 10:30AM – Homework Test: Reverse Engineering 11:30AM – Class: Advanced Floor Work 1:30PM – Lunch Served On-Site 2:30PM – Class: Tension and Connection 4:00PM – Class: Bits and Pieces 8PM – Play Party



This is a hands-on intensive, and thus everyone attending must have a class partner in a rigger/bottom pair to get the most out of the weekend.

Every rigger should bring: 8 x 21-24ft lengths of 5-7mm natural fiber ropes, a rubber mat, a towel, safety shears, a blindfold, and caribiners or a suspension ring .



Dominating the Scene: Rope is not just for decoration. It digs deep into the flesh and the soul of the person being tied and brings out feelings and emotions that we must learn to convey and control. Taking the lead during a rope scene is something this workshop will focus on.

Basic Floor Work: Many people underestimate the fun you can have when playing on the floor with the body of another person and some rope. In this workshop we’ll start exploring the basics of tying someone up completely in elegant, fast and secure ways

Reverse Engineering: Whether people would admit it or not, most people nowadays started doing shibari copying pictures. But how do you recreate a tie without really seeing it being done? In this workshop I’ll share some tips and some secrets (sssshhhh!!) how to improve your chances to get things right.

Advanced Engineering: Following what we learned in the basic floor work workshop, we’ll now focus on more advanced tecniques and ties, introducing also s/m play and psychological and emotional aspects of playing on floor work.

Tension and Connection: Tying, among other things, is a way to communicate your feelings and emotions, thus the rope has to be able to transfer those feelings from one person to the other. This is possible only if the rope is in tension. We’ll learn tricks and do drills in order to acquire a new sensibility to keeping the tension alive.

Bits and Pieces: The cherry on top of the cake. Use what’s left of your rope to tie hands, feet, fingers, toes, hair and give a real full body experience to your bottom.



Stefano Laforgia is an Italian Rigger and BDSM educator. He started his journey in BDSM at early age, but lived it mainly in private until he moved in Rome in 2000, where he became an active member of the BDSM local community.

Stefano emphasizes the connection and interaction between the rigger and the bottom, rather than just the “circus” performance or the static pictures with the model in pose. This process clearly shows in the type of ties he uses and through his pictures where the rigger become more and more an active part of the image, a whole with the model, as it’s the best way for Stefano to show the connection, the erotic tension and the power exchange between him and the bottom.

In 2011 he founded the first School of Japanese Bondage in Italy, entitled to “Itoh Seiyu” and organized “LegARTI”, the first event in Italy, entirely dedicated to Japanese bondage. After all this time he is still having a great time teaching, performing, sharing knowledge and, most of all, tying and having fun with his play partners.



GD2 Members

  • Send an email titled ROPE INTENSIVE to with your GD2 member ID number.
  • Specify how you will be paying for the event.


Registration is complete only upon receipt of a completed application and payment.

Cancellation Policy

50% refund for cancellation by July 28, 2013. No refunds after that date.

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