When/where are the classes and how long are they?

Class will be held Wednesdays in SOMA near Civic Center BART. Doors open at 7pm for settling and social time, class starts at 7:30 sharp. We end around 10:30.

When are the open practices/jams?

Jams are Sunday evenings, also in SOMA near Civic Center BART. Start around 630, end around 930ish. They are open to people who have completed or are enrolled in one of our programs, or the tying partners of our students.

What is the cost for the cohort course?

Tuition is $200 per tying pair for 4 weeks of classes (so $200 per month per tying pair for the 3 month module). We do not turn anyone away for financial reasons, so if that is inaccessible to you, please feel free to talk to us to work something out. Our advanced class is $100 per class (once a month) per tying pair.

Do I need to apply with a partner?

Students should apply as a top/bottom partnership for each module/class they are attending. If you are a top attending an intermediate/suspension class with a bottom who didn’t take our earlier classes with us, it is your responsibility to make sure they are caught up on bottoming skills, practice time in rope, risk awareness, communication, judgment, etc. If you need help having that conversation, let us know and we can help guide you.

What happens if I can’t make it to a class?

You might be able to make it up the next month if we are repeating the module you are taking, or you can just come to the open practices/jams and get caught up by a fellow student or one of the instructors, if they have time.

Are there any non-technical requirements to remain in the course?

Students will be expected to maintain exemplary ethical conduct in the community and abide by ORC’s written code of conduct and statement of values. Students may be asked to leave the program after serious and unresolved violations of our code of conduct and values.

Is sexual play allowed?

We all agree that rope can be a highly sexual and erotically charged play.  While we encourage all of our students to full express themselves in rope, we must limit the amount of sexual play during classes as to not distract other students.  The following will not be allowed: no play under bottom undergarments, no overtly sexual play, and no use of vibrating toys. If you are unsure if something you would like to do is allowed please ask.  This is not an exhaustive list and will be periodically updated.

Can I have one of the facilitators give my partner a rope experience (i.e. bondage ride)?

While we believe that having an experienced rope top can sometimes enhance a rope bottoms journey, that comes to close to our policy of not scening with students and therefore we cannot provide that type of experience.

Do you teach private lessons?

We sure do. This might be a fit for you if the module schedule doesn’t align with yours, or if you feel you learn best with a lot of 1:1 attention. Email us at oaklandropecollective@gmail.com for more info.