Thanks for asking about the cost of Cuddle Parties. It’s a great question.
Can I host a Cuddle Party?
Why charge anything at all?
Cuddle Parties are hosted by local people who have gone through a training and certification process with the designers and developers of Cuddle Party.
Of course, anyone can invite their friends over to cuddle (in fact, we wish more people did), but our facilitators are trained to teach the participants easy and clear ways to make invitations and communicate clear boundaries.
Simply put, we help a room full of grown-ups in pajamas feel safe and comfortable while learning new skills and enjoying themselves!
Besides the cost of training and certification (somewhere around $1600), the responsibilities of facilitating Cuddle Parties includes the creation and maintaining of websites, hosting, music, domain registration and renewal, newsletters, list servers, advertising, marketing, and other forms of promotion, continued training, and answering questions via phone and email. Our Meet-up page, just one example, costs almost $200 per year.
The facilitator/host prepares the space, buys and prepares snacks, leads the guests through the mini-workshop, meets any concerns or problems that arise, and cleans up after the event. All in all, the work of hosting an average Cuddle Party takes about as long as the party itself, not including all of the time spent on websites, marketing, advertising, etc..
Because of all this, we believe it is fair for our certified facilitators to be able to be paid for their responsibilities and time.
Why should I have to pay to cuddle?
You don’t! No one could possibly charge for cuddling. You are welcome to invite friends and family to cuddle any time at all! You are also welcome to invite others from this site for a cuddle as well.
What is unique about a Cuddle Party is that because it is a facilitated experience, most people feel safe enough to attend with people they don’t know. And they are right. Our facilitators create safety by leading the Welcome Circle, which teaches communication and boundary skills and helps everyone get comfortable, and by remaining available for any concerns that may arise. Without an event they can trust, most people are not likely to go to a stranger’s house for a cuddle.
It can help to recall that when you visit a night club, you don’t pay to dance. You pay for the space, atmosphere, band and janitor. The dancing is up to you.
Why would anyone need to learn how to cuddle?
We have found, at the hundreds of parties we have facilitated, that it is not the cuddling that most people come to learn. It is the boundaries and communication skills that are most appreciated by our guests. Once boundaries, choice and communication become easier, the cuddling happens quite naturally.
It is always a joy to see a group of relative strangers, some of whom feel a little awkward at the beginning, relax and enjoy themselves together, and by the end of the evening feel quite cozy and satisfied.
So how much does it cost?
Each local Cuddle Party Facilitator sets the fee or donation for their events.
DFW Cuddle Party is made up of several Cuddle Party Facilitators and each Facilitator sets their own price according to their needs and goals but if the cost is prohibitive (for whatever reason), please ask. Most all of us are flexible and can usually always use a little help and can give a discount.
We sincerely offer our services as Certified Cuddle Party Facilitators, and take our responsibilities seriously. Which means we want everyone at our parties to relax and enjoy their time at our Cuddle Party!