Q: I registered for an event or class and can’t find the address. Where is VoxBody Studio located?
A: You will receive an email, directly from email@example.com, with the address & details for your event in the week before the event (sometimes the day before). We promise. If you need to know the address earlier than that, please write to us and ask! P.S. It's in Oakland. You will receive event information at the email address you used for registration, so please keep track of which email you enter, and check your spam folder if you don’t see it! Refer to the info email from firstname.lastname@example.org for the actual location; the address that appears in eventbee listings is a generalized “it’s in Oakland” location and NOT accurate.
Q: I registered for an event but received no confirmation email. What’s up?
A: The two most probable answers are:
- The confirmation email is sitting in your spam folder. It will be from eventbee. (Please note: once registered, the email with event info and address will come from email@example.com, most often the day before the event. See above for details on that).
- Or, the transaction didn't actually complete. There is a point in the registration process where eventbee prompts you to page thru to paypal to complete payment; it will say “eventbee / payment summary” at the top of the page….don’t stop there! It seems that people are often confused that the transaction is complete there and stop, thus never actually completing the registration. Page thru to Paypal, and your transaction will be completed and confirmed.
Does the transaction show up on your bank statement? If so (and you have already checked your spam folder), please email us with the name or email used to register, and the event name, and we will look into it!
Q: Is the studio accessible?
A: Yes! There is a ramp at the building's front door, there is an elevator, and the doorways are to code. We are on the second floor, the elevator will get you there. There are no other stairs to climb for access.
Q: What should I wear to class?
A: Dress comfortably, be yourself. Most rope classes have students seated on the floor; come dressed comfortably to do so. We don’t recommend jeans as they can be hard to move in and troublesome to tie over. Underwire bras are not recommended for tying over. Loose flowy clothes can be tricky to tie over, and create troublesome wrinkles under rope. Soft, comfortable, form fitting clothes seem to work best for rope classes, similar to an exercise class. Bring layers--- climate in the bay area is finicky (like its people) and also body temperatures will vary in class between periods of tying activity and sitting in discussion. This is a body positive studio and students are welcome to undress to their level of comfort (full nudity may be at the discretion of the teacher). VoxBody Studio is a shoe free zone.
Q: What supplies does the studio have for class?
A: We have loaner cotton rope for classes & jams. We have filtered water on hand, a first aid kit and safety shears. We have mats for sitting on the floor, and some cushions, poufs and chairs for support. If you don’t see what you need to be comfortable, please ask, it may be tucked away! A lot of rope classes have students seated on the floor, but if that does not work for you, let's find an alternative; we want you to be comfortable so that you can enjoy the rope.
Q: I want to come to a class or event, but have a need to keep my attendance private and am worried.
A: We will do all we can to support your need for privacy in class! Legal names are only used to sign the liability waiver. These names are not shared with other attendees. Please see our Responsible Adult Photography Policy under the Studio Policies tab.
Q: Is the studio for women only?
A: No! We do what we can to cultivate a welcoming atmosphere here at the studio to human beings of all gender identities and sexual orientations. We ask you to treat fellow attendees with respect. We are committed to cultivating safer space in the studio. We ask you to do your part. Sometimes, an event or class is created as a container for a specific pocket of humanity. The event description will clearly state this.
Q: I am unfamiliar with the request at the beginning of classes for names AND pronouns. Help?
A: We at VoxBody Studio believe strongly in cultivating an environment that feels welcoming and inclusive for humans of all sexual orientations, gender, racial and ethnic identities. We understand this is a work in progress. This article here does a great job at explaining why pronoun rounds are important and how to participate in them.
Q: I left my favorite (water bottle, sparkly crop, underwear) at the studio! Is it gone forever?
A: Not necessarily. We do have a lost and found, and yes it does have underwear, sparkly crops, and plenty of water bottles in it.
Q: What is your refund policy on class tickets?
A: We are not able to offer refunds within 7 days of a class. If you can find someone who would like to purchase your ticket from you, just notify us of the name transfer. The refund window for weekend intensives is two weeks.
Q: What is a Rope Jam?
A: Rope Jams are an open practice time. There is no formal instruction; attendees come to do rope and socialize. There is music, tea and snacks. Some attendees come to 'lab' their ties and some come to have a slow and sensual scene with a partner. Some come to self-suspend or self-tie. It is a low cost, low pressure way to come check out the scene at the studio. It's totally okay to come on your own! People come solo and just enjoy sitting and drinking tea and watching, people come solo and meet a new person to tie with. If you tie or not completely depends on who is there, who you meet, how you get along and what you both decide to do. No guarantees, but all in the range of possibilities! It's a comfortable environment. We ask everyone to adhere to our code of conduct and photography policy, and to practice common-sense communication: ask first, honor someone's "no", negotiate clearly, only clear and enthusiastic consent is consent. Never interrupt someone else's scene. Watching others is fine, but please respect their personal space and observe without perving.
We have 2 to 3 rope jams a month. Almost always on first Sunday; sometimes on a Friday night, and sometimes on third Sunday. Check the calendar for the latest updates! Rope Jams are generally posted 4 weeks out.
We have special edition Rope Jams as well:
FLOORED is a floor-based //beginner level rope jam (no suspension points!) and begins with a demo & lesson.
"Let's Talk About" is a discussion hour before our regular Sunday rope jam, so we can roundtable about such good topics as consent, rope bottoming, rope care, etc. Topics vary by the month and will be described in the listing.
Q: Which class is right for me?
A: We currently have monthly classes or events at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as “all-levels” events. Calendar listings and event descriptions will note the appropriate experience level for each class. If you are not clear where you fall in place, read through the class levels page. If you still aren’t sure, please write to us and we will try and point you in the right direction.
Q: Tell me about the Beginner Series?
A: Through 2019, VoxBody Studio offers a monthly beginner class called FUNDAMENTALS, every third Thursday. The class will alternate between FUNDAMENTALS 1 & 2, and students can attend both in either order (it is not imperative to take 1 before 2). If you would like to attend the advanced beginner series, PROGRESSIONS, you should complete FUNDAMENTALS 1 and 2 first, or have solid knowledge in rope bondage basics (please review the Class Levels page).
Signing up solo is totally fine! Please come open-minded to work with anyone who may also have signed up solo, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Attendees also have the option to tie themselves for these classes if they so choose; no one is obliged or should feel pressured to tie with another person.
The advanced beginner class series is PROGRESSIONS, and will take place every first Thursday. There are 4 classes in this series, and students can attend them in any order. Students should attend these classes in pairs, as they focus on ‘scening’, the intimate energy that can be explored in rope, and often times a pattern that needs to be learned on another body.
All FUNDAMENTALS and PROGRESSIONS classes for 2019 can be found on the calendar here. FUNDAMENTALS tend to sell out about 6 weeks in advance of each class, so if you want to dive in, reserve your spot soon!
Q: I am new to VoxBody Studio and want to come to an event, and also wonder if I will meet someone to tie with?
A: It is hard for us to answer specifically or confidently, as it depends on your comfort level, what sort of social events you thrive in, or don’t, the day of the week, and the positions of the planets.
Read about our rope jams above and consider if this might be a good entry point for you. It is one of our lower cost events, so can be a good place to give it a first/low-pressure try. We have 1-3 rope jams per month and you can find them on the calendar here.
Meeting someone to tie with can be a bit like dating. You have to put yourself out there and seek a good fit. We don’t know if you will meet someone at a rope jam to tie with, but we can guarantee that if you don’t attend a jam, you definitely won’t meet someone at that jam to tie with! :)
There are more, and less, structured events at the studio. Consider what is your best comfort zone. Rope Jams, Rope Coven and OpenSpace events being on the more unstructured side, classes and intensives being on the structured side. Read event listings thoroughly, and write to us if you need clarification, so your expectations for an event are as accurate as possible.
Manage your expectations, be patient with yourself, be as courageous as you possibly can, and know it may take a few tries (or more) to get it right! We are here to support you, answer questions, provide resources, and perhaps point you in some directions that we think may serve you best, but are not a match-maker.
Perhaps you prefer to make a post on a Fetlife group to first seek a potential partner, tying partner or a friend to attend classes and events with? In which case, we recommend posting on the VoxBody Studio Fet group (please note: this is not a group to find dates nor a meat market, it is definitely rope-centric).
Do you want to attend the beginner classes and start at the beginning, whether with someone or solo? Awesome! There are monthly classes in 2019, and you can attend the FUNDAMENTALS classes solo or duo! You can read more about how they work on this FAQ page.
Some people like to attend a performance event first, to soak in the ambiance of the studio first as an audience member before deciding their next step. Keep an eye out for 2019’s performance events!
If you are female identified, or gender non-binary, maybe RopeCoven would be a nice, smaller, femme-centered event to sink deeper into meeting people? These happen monthly, fourth Wednesday, and are listed on the calendar as well.
Blue offers private lessons if you would like to receive instruction, or experience a tying session, one-on-one. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
We can’t wait to meet you when you are ready, and in the context which feels best, to dip your toes in!
Q: I just discovered rope and love it and want to know all things! Tell me all the things!
A: Welcome to the wonderful world of rope. Your life may never be the same. We are excited for you; we also find it impossible to tell you everything, at once, because there is so much to know, and most of it will unfold with time and participation. And also, everyone’s journey is their own and will look like no other. And, getting there is MOST the fun.
Start at the beginning, and know that technique, knowledge of anatomy and safety in rope, and communication and consent practices should all go hand in hand, from the get-go. Rope bondage has its risks, both physically and emotionally. There is no way around that. Take your time, enjoy the ride, be risk aware and informed, look after yourself.
Go down the rope bondage rabbit hole on the interwebs and take note of what draws you in, what styles you like, what turns you on and off, begin to see how many different ways people do rope bondage. There are rope lovers all over the world, and therefore lots of styles, theories, opinions, and opportunities.
You’ll hear this from time to time, probably because it’s true: “there is no one true way”.
Are you on Fetlife? Find lots of gorgeous and sexy rope photos there and also read about safety and consent. Fetlife can be a good resource for finding events local to you. Join rope groups, search for them in your locale, become familiar with what events, classes, groups are near you. Decide which feel like a good place to join for you.
Consider what your intentions are, begin to articulate what you hope to get out of the venture, and what amount of time, effort and financial investment you are looking to put in. Rope costs money, classes can cost money (some of them don’t!), conferences cost money (but there are volunteer opportunities, too!). If you find you love rope, you’ll probably find it worth the investment; you can’t put a price tag on a good teacher, an awesome conference experience, or the impact of being hurt by / hurting a partner in rope due to lack of information. If you are a self-starter and learning through on-line tutorials, we strongly encourage complimenting that with in-person studies or a group. There are plenty of free to low-cost classes, meetups, skill shares and events, as well.
Seek out your allies, and your community. This can be a vulnerable journey, find the people and places that help you feel safer in it all. If you are thinking about trying a new thing or tying with a new person, chances are someone else has done the same. There are large networks of support groups that can provide references and vetting. Ask first, as they say. There are so many of us that want to help in pointing people new to the community to the resources or information they need.
If you are in the Bay Area, and interested in checking out VoxBody Studio, read through the Studio Policies, Class Levels and Calendar pages to become familiar with the studio. And then, come to us with whatever specific questions you have!