Cuddle Party! (noontime edition!)
March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
What is a Cuddle Party you say?
Cuddle Party is … a Movement!
It’s about compassion, affection and touch.
We humans need touch and affection. It’s no longer a question. Nurturing, welcome consensual touch is good for you! Good for your body, heart and spirit! Good for your blood pressure, your nervous system, your emotional health, your ability to connect with and trust people, your ability to respect and care for yourself, your creativity, sense of safety and comfort and belonging. Infants who are deprived of touch fail to thrive; we never outgrow the need!
We humans need touch that is not about sex.
Wait – IS THERE such a thing?
Of course there is!
Cuddle Party is a movement to reclaim this option in our lives.
Cuddle Party is … a workshop!
Though touch is natural, the skills that make it welcome and enjoyable have to be learned. Skills of communication, boundaries, asking for what you want, and saying ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ with clarity and kindness.
Cuddle Party is led by trained and certified Cuddle Party Facilitators. The Facilitator’s job is to guide you into those skills gently and easily, in a fun, safe and light hearted way. We welcome you and create an atmosphere of respect, and remain available for questions and support.
At a Cuddle Party you gain:
* Clarity and confidence
* Boundary and communication skills
* Comfort, support and encouragement
* The secrets to welcome, relaxed, non-sexual touch
The skills you learn at Cuddle Party translate into everyday life, right from the start. When boundaries and consent are clear, every relationship is easier.
Where else can you attend a workshop in your pajamas?
Cuddle Party is … a social event!
We open with a Welcome Circle – about 45 minutes of introductions, rules and a few games to help everyone get comfortable. We teach communication and boundary skills in ways that are lighthearted and fun.
Then we open up for ‘free-style’ cuddling. You have plenty of time to relax, chat, share a back rub or other welcome touch, cuddle, have a snack or just hang out.
You can come to a Cuddle Party to meet new people, to enjoy amazing conversations, to touch, to be touched, to have fun, to practice asking for what you want, to practice saying “no” to what you don’t want — all in a setting structured to be a safe place for exploration and enjoyment. Shucks, you can even come to a Cuddle Party just to cuddle!
We hope you join us.
When/Where is the next one?
Sunday July 10th in Old Town San Diego
The Cuddle Party lasts for about 3.5 hours:
Doors will open at 12:00pm.
12:00-12:30 pm arrive, check in and put on pajamas. Please bring clean, comfy. cuddly clothes. Also, bringing a snack and cuddle accessories to share is welcomed
12:30 – 1:15 pm The Welcome Circle. Attendees MUST be present for the whole welcome circle to participate. If you are not here by 5:00pm and have not called, you may not be able to participate. Phone number and address will be given with the registration on Eventbrite
1:15 – 3:45 pm Freestyle practice time with affectionate nurturing touch – what we call “Cuddling”.
3:45 – 4:00 pm Closing circle, and goodbyes
“The Rules of Cuddling”
The rules are tried and true, and there’s a logic to them that goes deeper than you might think to create a safe, fun environment for people to connect. At a Cuddle Party event the first hour or so includes an explanation of the rules that you can put to use everyday. Intrigued? Come check it out!
ARRIVE ON TIME: Once we begin the Welcome Circle and orientation, sorry, we can let no one enter late. This creates comfort and safety by knowing that everyone is on the same page about rules and expectations.
WHAT TO WEAR: Pajamas or sweats– nothing too risqué. Think more comfy than sexy. (More drawstrings, less lace! No shorts or nighties please.) . No Perfumes or cologne.
WHAT TO BRING: Sorry, no liquor folks. Juice or sparkling cider is always welcome as are treats and snacks to share. A pillow or stuffed animal if you like. Otherwise, just bring your smiling self.
STICK TO THE RULES:
Pajamas stay on the whole time.
You don’t have to touch anyone at a cuddle party, ever.
You must ask permission and receive a verbal YES before you touch anyone. (Be as specific in your request as you can.)
If you’re a yes, say YES. If you’re a no, say NO.
If you’re a maybe, say NO.
You are encouraged to change your mind.
Respect your relationship agreements and communicate with your partner.
Get your Facilitator or the Assistant if you have a question or concern or need assistance with anything during the event.
Tears and laughter are both welcome.
Respect people’s privacy
Keep the Cuddle space tidy
PAYMENT AND REFUNDS Please pay online using Eventbrite for a guaranteed reservation. Tickets will NOT be offered at the door. If you reserve and then find you cannot make it I will give you a credit for the next cuddle party if you let us know. There is no refund or credit if you don’t show up. However, if you come and then leave after the welcome circle we will give you a complete refund.
Tickets for this event are offered on a sliding fee scale from just $15-$30 and may be purchased at the link below via eventbrite. Note – there are a limited number of lower priced tickets and since different persons have different financial abilities the request is that you purchase the ticket that fits best with your financial constraints and keep in mind there could be someone with less resources than you.