Workshops Practical Info
Your health is important to us!
That is why we take some Covid safety measures during our workshops and recommend that you follow our guidelines:
We provide hand and floor disinfectant at the entrance, near the workspace and at the entrance to the toilet area.
All suspension points and workspaces are disinfected before the start of the workshop. You keep the same work space for the whole day. After finishing the workshop day please clean your own workspace with the disinfectant and cleaning agents provided.
Please keep a safe distance (1,5 m) from your fellow participants.
The use of face masks is no longer obliged on entering the venue or during the workshop. If you feel more comfortable wearing a face mask, feel free to do so.
How to get there
Shibari Lounge is located at Sergeyselsstraat 42, 2140 Borgerhout, Antwerp. See map
We highly recommend you use public transport to reach us but if you come by car please mind you that
Antwerp has a “Low Emission Zone”. Older, more polluting cars are barred from the city center area. You will be fined if your car is not permitted inside the LEZ perimeter. Check https://www.slimnaarantwerpen.be/en/what-will-change-as-of-1-january-2020 for details.
There is a free parking strip at Singel and in the area of Zomerfabriek, Minckelersstraat 2 2600 Berchem (free after 7pm, €5 for parking up to 10 hrs). From both parking spaces it’s a 10 minute walk to the venue. The cheapest paid underground parking at walking distance is under the Central Station: https://www.interparking.be/nl-BE/find-parking/Centraal. Consider getting a Pcard, which gives massive discounts on parking rates in Antwerp and other parkings exploited by Interparking. To subscribe, check https://www.pcard.be
By train: from Antwerp Central Station it’s a 10-15 minutes walk. By bus: bus 30 has a stop in Sergeyselsstraat, ‘Halte Langstraat’. For train times and itineraries check www.b-rail.be. For bus times check www.delijn.be
By Velo: the Antwerp Velo system consists of red-and-white bikes you can pick up and drop off at different bike stands in the city. A day pass costs €4. The stand closest to the venue is no. 107 – Moorkensplein, 5 minutes on foot. Check the Velo website for more info and rates: https://www.velo-antwerpen.be/en/how-do-i-subscribe
By Bird: electric kick scooters you can rent for in-the-city transportation. Download the Bird app in Google Play or App Store, enter your credit card and follow the instructions. When at Shibari Lounge you can just leave the scooter on the sidewalk. Rates: €1 to initiate your ride, €0,15 per minute.
By bike: should you come on your own bike, you can park it in the alley during the workshop. Don’t forget to lock it!
A specific dress code does not apply.
For those actively tying: the person getting tied will be most comfortable in easy fitting clothes such as sports gear. Jeans, bra’s with irons and fragile clothes are not recommended. You can use our dressing room with basic shower and leave your personal belongings there.
On the Shibari floor we will work barefoot or wearing socks, but if you’d like to go to the bar, to the bathroom or get some fresh air, we recommend you bring flip flops.
We provide each workspace with a secure bamboo suspension point to work at.
If you have ropes of your own it is best to bring them. If not you can borrow or buy ropes from us at the workshop.
We have always have a stock of ropes of different sizes and qualities.
If you like you can bring a blanket to keep your model warm and comfy after tying.
Sips & bites
At the bar we serve coffee, tea and alcohol free drinks as well as some snacks.
You can bring your own lunch and eat in the venue during the break if you wish, but feel free to have a lunch in the neighbourhood.
Smoking inside the venue is not permitted. You can smoke in the alley near the garage gate entrance. Throw your cigarette butts in the trash to keep the entrance clean. Please do not smoke in the area near the acoustic door, to keep cigarette smoke outside at all times.
Be our guest
The venue has free wardrobe spaces to put your coat and shoes away. These wardrobes are unguarded, so please take care to keep your precious belongings with you. There are two restrooms at the back of the kitchen area, both with hand wash facilities. In Shibari Lounge we sort our waste. Please follow the guidelines near the dustbins.
Safety goes first at all times, so we will make sure that all suspension points have sufficient load bearing capacity. It is however every participant’s own responsibility to respect all safety aspects of Shibari. We clearly state that you participate in the workshop fully at your own risk. The organization cannot be held liable for damage or injuries to people or personal belongings.
Respect & Privacy
We stress the importance of guaranteeing the privacy of everybody present. If you want to take a picture during the workshop, please ask our permission first.