Studio Kokoro Conduct and Policies

Studio Kokoro is a partnership with a shared desire to create a unique space with its own personality capable of hosting a variety of events and activities. Our mission is to provide a space for learning, practice, networking and collaboration.

Here are some guidelines on how to get the most out of your time the studio, and our expectations of you as a guest in our space.

Outside the studio

We are in an industrial building but it is on a residential street. Please keep this in mind with regard to noise levels when you are arriving and especially when you are leaving late at night. Please do not park on front of any of the residents homes, we have studio parking available through the gates for you.

Please dress in vanilla style when outside of the Studio. We have neighbouring businesses and curious residents across the street. Let’s be nice to our neighbours. We expect all guests to keep any nudity, rope and play inside the studio at all times. This includes the emergency exit corridor.

On arrival

We like to keep a clean environment. Please remove your shoes when entering the space, there is a shoe rack and plenty of floor space in the reception area as you arrive for your shoes. Fabric boxes are provided for other personal belongings, they are not for shoes.

We have found a big part of our warm atmosphere is that our attendees have left their drama at the door when entering the space, our left it neatly with their shoes. You are welcome to collect it on your way out. 😉

Accessibility

Currently Studio Kokoro is not a completely accessible space, while the main tying area itself is accessible the toilets are not able to accomodate people who use wheelchairs. This is something we are aware of and are hoping to be able to address at when feasible.

Welcome others

Please be friendly and welcoming to newcomers whenever possible, you have the opportunity to be a positive part of their first time at Kokoro and make them feel included. We always aim to welcome everyone who attends the studio and show them around the space. This often naturally happens in the chill space but if we all actively aim to do this it can really make an impact. Things like introducing them to another attendee at the studio can really make all the difference in their first time.

Keep it clean

We ask our attendees to help us keep the space clean during your time with us, and to please clean up after yourself. We have free tea and coffee and also provide free washing up materials for you to clean your cup before you leave. Please only take water into the tying area. For any spillages please clean up thoroughly. Please do not leave a mess in the area you were playing to be courteous to those who may tie there after you.

Respect for others (Diversity & Inclusion)

We welcome everyone through both our physical and virtual studio doors, regardless of ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, body size, disability, physical appearance, age, kink, pronouns, personal space or any label/identity/presentation preference. We are both a sex-positive and body-positive space. We ask you to treat everyone with respect and courtesy while in our space. ALL are welcome.

Harassment or aggressive behaviour for any reason towards other attendees will not be tolerated. Please make a member of staff aware of any harrassment or aggressive bahaviour.

We particularly encourage those who may feel underrepresented in our community to join us at the studio.
We understand it can be daunting to attend an event for the first time and we want to make those first steps to our space as easy as we can, so if you are nervous please reach out and contact us. It can be helpful to know some friendly people before you come, you can meet our team here.

See our full Diversity and Inclusion Policy here…

18+

Studio Kokoro is a space for adults over the age of 18 only. 

Consent

Consent is the foundation of BDSM and is what separates what we do from abuse. You will find many different models of consent and the one we use at Studio Kokoro is based around a RACK Consent model, Risk Aware Consensual Kink. If you need guidance around this please ask a member of staff.

You can read in our ethos we are a consent focused space, want to cultivate a consent culture where attendees are at ease negotiating and feel confident to say no. When asking others to tie, and to avoid predatory behaviour, we attendees if you want to tie with someone that you inform them and leave it up to them what they do with that information, for example, “I would be interested in tying with you sometime, if that interests you please let me know.” Taking the pressure off for an instant response and leaving them to decide if they wish to uptake that invitation.

Consent is voluntarily given by someone with sufficient understanding & mental capacity to do so. No means no. No explanation is needed. Respect this and move on.

So always ask first

This relates to consent, hugs, physical contact or touching anyone’s rope or belongings. If you are unsure, please ask.

Particularly as we open our doors again and live in a world with COVID, if people want space or do not want hugs, respect that.

COVID-19 Policy

All events and workshops at Studio Kokoro are taking place with COVID measures and social distancing in place.

Please click here to read our full Policy.

Inappropriate behaviour

If you experience or see something happen in the studio that goes against our ethos, for example, bullying or predatory behaviour please notify a member of the Studio Kokoro Team immediately. Early intervention often has the best outcome, so please let us know as soon as you can.

Privacy

Please respect the privacy of those enjoying the space, do not disclose any personal or private information. We invite you to take photographs of your work in the studio but please ensure you do not have anyone in the background of these images. It is not acceptable to edit them out or blur the image later, they should not be there to begin with. To help with this we suggest choosing a space close to a wall if you do wish to take photographs.

Occasionally we may have an official photographer present at certain events. This will always be made clear to attendees for those events.

Wax play

Wax play is allowed in the studio as long as you use a ground sheet and clean up properly after yourselves.

Exception: No wax on the tatami!

Smoking / Vaping

Please keep smoking and vaping outside of the studio and keep your conversation and clothes vanilla while you’re outside as per the dress code policy.

Intoxication

Absolutely no recreational drugs will be tolerated in the studio.
Do not turn up drunk or high, you will be denied admission.

We allow alcohol consumption at the studio, we reserve the right to ask you not to tie if we feel you have had too much to drink.

 
Frequently Asked Questions

Any other Questions

If you have any questions that are not addressed here or on this website please contact us via the contact form. Anything else