About Me: I cultivate self-expression through a variety of modalities including hosting Cuddle Party events. I play the ukulele and guitar, and I have manufactured jewelry, watercolors, acrylic paint and video artworks. I created a video series which allowed me to study a variety of energetic healing modalities including the exciting work of consent education. People often are too afraid to ask for what they really want, and often we avoid saying no to the things we don’t really want to do. It’s empowering to be listened to fully and receive the full attention of another and/or to just sit in silence together. At a Cuddle Party, I offer you the space to safely express your desires for the platonic touching that you want, or just practice giving your honest “no”s.
Favorite Cuddle Party Rule: My favorite rule is #6. I love that you not only get to, but are wholeheartedly encouraged to Change Your Mind. A common thread in yoga, meditation, reiki, and other practices is present moment focus. It is very important for me to practice being completely present in the here and now because otherwise I have a tendency to get caught up in my own regrets and worry. What I love most about Cuddle Party is that for a few hours we are all together NOW responding to our desires and others’ requests as we are in the moment, and if something we thought we’d like, and maybe even something that we asked for, isn’t working out, anyone can just say so!
What I got out of Cuddle Party personally: Personally it has been extremely nourishing to understand unconditional love and kindness with “strangers.” The structure of the Cuddle Party Welcome Circle allows us to leave ego at the door and experiment with interactions as though each moment is new, giving continuous opportunities to be in choice with what is happening. I love the special moments that I have shared with people who I might never have met outside of Cuddle Party.
Who I am as a Cuddle Party Facilitator / What you'll find at my Cuddle Parties: As a Cuddle Party Facilitator, I serve as hostess, guide, and participant too. When you come to my home, you will find my cat, Skittles, and Dog, Bandit. I curate a collection of playthings like runestones, crystals, a feather wand, and literature on topics like yoga and the healing powers of touch. We’ll gather in my living room for the Welcome Circle, then you’ll have a variety of lounging and conversation options to explore. A common misconception is that “cuddling” is specific to laying down next to each other – while that’s a great way to exchange platonic touch, other options include sitting front to back to exchange a shoulder massage, or face to face for eye gazing, one seated with the other laying down with feet up for a tickle, and group exchanges that break the dyad mold all together… It’s amazing how many things groups will think of when the only thing off the table is hooking up.
Facilitator Name: Alison Rawlins
Country: United States
State: New York
City: New York
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