Workshops

Knowledge is sexy, and talking nerdy has never been more fun! Our workshops cover many different aspects of sex, sexuality, health, and relationships.  In an effort to create a safe and non-judgmental environment, we ask that all workshop participants respect the opinions, boundaries, and experiences expressed by others.  If you have a great topic for a workshop, feel free to contact us with your ideas.

Directly after workshops, we give participants 10% off in-store purchases! The discount does not apply to books, magazines and commission items.

*Our workshop fees operate on a sliding scale basis.  However, if you would like to attend a workshop for which you can’t afford the fee, a further reduction is often possible.  Just contact us directly by phone or email to make arrangements.

**A quick note on safeR space: it is all of our responsibilities to create a safer space in which we actively engage in consensual and non-discriminatory behaviour.

*** You can pre-register for all workshops with payment of the workshop fee, either in-store, through PayPal or via bank transfer. Email: workshop@other-nature.de. A full refund is possible if you cancel at least 48 hours in advance.

**** All workshops are subject to a minimum number of pre-registrations. If we have to cancel due to insufficient sign-ups, we will let all registered individuals know 24 hours ahead of the scheduled workshop start time. All fees will be refunded in full.

If you have not pre-registered, please arrive early (at least 15 minutes before the workshop starts).  Please note that spaces are limited.

Upcoming workshops …

Beginner Bondage and Tie-up Improvisation – sold out!

with Ann Antidote

This workshop is a basic introduction to rope bondage for absolute or near beginners, but with a greater emphasis on hands-on practice. We’ll talk about safety, and you’ll learn some basic knots and techniques, which – combined with your own imagination – will allow you to experiment and improvise.

This is also a great refresher course for people who’ve already learned the basic knots, but haven’t had much time to practice them.

Some rope provided, but you can also bring/buy your own. All genders welcome.

This workshop runs regularly but sells out fast!

Ann Antidote is an autodidact DIY artist, active in the fields of bondage, video, performance and landscape art. She has been active in anti-discrimination work and in the promotion of polyamorous, queer and sex-positive lifestyles as options worthy of respect. This permeates her work, which includes workshops and talks, in Berlin and beyond.

Where: Other Nature, Mehringdamm 79
When: Monday, August 1st 18:30 – 20:30
Language: English/Deutsch (as needed)
Cost: 15€ (13€ limited income) 
Registration: to reserve a place in advance, simply come into the shop with the workshop fee, or email us to arrange payment via PayPal or bank transfer: workshop@other-nature.de 
Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited. If you haven’t registered, please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop start time.

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Sensory Play: Your Home-Made Starter Kit

with Arielle

Sensory play is all about engaging your and your partner(s)’ senses for erotic fun, and finding new ways to experience sensuality. Getting started can be daunting, but for first timers there are an array of easy-to-grab objects already at your disposal – in your own home! You can start this fun journey without buying and equipment yet. Arielle’s show-and-tell of “pervertibles” will get your creativity flowing!

Arielle will explain how to safely convert various everyday objects into sensual toys, as well as talk you through first-time jitters, how to set the mood and how to deal with insecurities. You’ll learn easy-to-use techniques and skills, as well as how to communicate with your partner(s).

This workshop is for beginners of any inclination. Singles, couples and other constellations all welcome!

Arielle is a Lesbian Dominant who has been in the kinky scene for more than 10 years, in the UK and Berlin. She has been giving workshops for beginners as well as advanced players at LGBTTQI* BDSM conferences in Berlin and Manchester, Wish Power Exchange in Sweden, Wild Side and Pride in the Netherlands and others for the last 10 years.

Where: Other Nature, Mehringdamm 79
When: Monday, August 15th 18:30 – 21:00
Language: English
Cost: 25€ (20€ limited income) 
Registration: to reserve a place in advance, simply come into the shop with the workshop fee, or email us to arrange payment via PayPal or bank transfer: workshop@other-nature.de 
Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited. If you haven’t registered, please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop start time.

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A luhmen d’arc workshop weekend, presented by Other Nature:

On Flogging

with Matís d’Arc

This workshop provides an introduction to flogging. As well as technical skills and safety issues, we will draw attention to the physical and emotional processes that the giver and receiver may experience.

We will attend to the relationship that flogging establishes between mind and body and between play partners. Looking at various aspects of this kind of play – including body awareness and space perception, movement and rhythm, impulse and resonance, breath and presence – we will explore the possibilities of shaping the session into a dance-like and meditative ritual.

How do different floggers feel? What are – and how can I implement – my intentions? What do I feel when I beat someone or let myself be beaten? How can impulses, that may be perceived as pain, be transformed into pleasure? What supports communication? How can I read and integrate the reactions of my partner?

These and other questions will be approached through exercises, demonstrations and practical sessions that provide plenty of space for individual experiences, joint research, play, relaxation and pleasure.

This workshop is open to people of all genders. No previous experience is necessary.

Where: Berlinakupunktur, Bergmannstraße 5
When: Saturday, September 10th, 10:00 – 19:00
Language: Instruction in German, with some translation possible; participation in English welcome
Cost: 115€ for one day; 220€ for the whole weekend, or register before August 15th for the early bird price of 95€ for one day, or 180€ for both workshops
Registration: to reserve a place, simply come into the shop with the workshop fee, or email us to arrange payment via PayPal or bank transfer: workshop@other-nature.de 
Advance registration is highly recommended, as space is limited.

On Power Dynamics in Play

with Matís d’Arc

In this course we will approach power dynamics in a playful way, working with experimental encounters and role-play interactions. By carefully exploring the ever-shifting overlap between fiction and reality, we can learn to consciously perceive subtle experiences of dominance and submission. How we position ourselves, our intentions and our desires can all be made available for play if we become aware of them.

What is the relationship between dominance/submission and authenticity? Which emotions come up when we play with power dynamics? What happens if we consciously take the lead or decide to follow? How do we actually want to deal with all of this?



To address these questions, we will create a space in which we can leave aside our criticisms, expectations of ourselves, and the clichés of how a top or a bottom “should” be. In this way, we’ll gain more freedom and spontaneity to follow our impulses and to be more authentic and sensitive.

 Let imagination be the creative designer of the d/s play!

This workshop is open to people of all genders. No previous experience is necessary.

Where: Berlinakupunktur, Bergmannstraße 5
When: Sunday, September 11th, 10:00 – 19:00
Language: Instruction in German, with some translation possible; participation in English welcome
Cost: 115€ for one day; 220€ for the whole weekend, or register before August 15th for the early bird price of 95€ for one day, or 180€ for both workshops
Registration: to reserve a place, simply come into the shop with the workshop fee, or email us to arrange payment via PayPal or bank transfer: workshop@other-nature.de 
Advance registration is highly recommended, as space is limited.

Matís d’Arc is a cultural worker and a rope, BDSM and play enthusiast. He’s motivated by the conviction that a conscious and practical engagement with sexuality and BDSM is not only a lot of fun, but that it can also offer particular insights into one’s own personality and open new paths for personal development.