What is a Cuddle Party?

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What’s a Cuddle Party?


Cuddle Party is … a Movement!

It’s about compassion, affection and touch.

It’s about touch that is not about sex.

Wait – IS THERE such a thing?

Of course there is! Though not everyone knows it or how to find it.

One problem with finding comforting touch is that if you believe that touch is about sex, then either you are afraid it might lead to sex, or you are afraid it might not lead to sex.

Not so helpful.

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.

Why is it so hard to find? Because for the most part, we think it has to do with sexual relationship, or at least romance, hooking up or ‘attraction’.

What if it just has do with being a human being who cares about other human beings? Kindness, compassion, comfort and nourishment.

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 every day 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.


Gary Morris

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Gary MorrisGary Morris is a certified Cuddle Party® Facilitator and a professional one on one Cuddlist.

“The first Cuddle Party® I attended made such an impact on me that I continued to come as often as I could. At first I did not come to Cuddle but came for the workshop because no one had ever taught me about boundaries and that it was OK to take care of yourself and tell people no if you were actually a no. I came to remind myself that I need to say no when I am a no. It seemed that through the course of three weeks or so I would forget that I need to take care of myself and say no when I was a no. So I looked forward to coming back to Cuddle Party so that I could hear it again and have it be reinforced in my mind”

When I was presented with the opportunity to become a Cuddle Party® Facilitator I knew I wanted to share these principals with as many people as I could so I said yes.

He is loving, warm and personable. He considers it a privilege and a pleasure to share this beautiful practice of self empowerment and positive touch with you. He hopes that with this small contribution, he can help empower you to change the world you live in by showing you that you are allowed to have boundaries and that there are many aspects of touch and they can be positive when coupled with strong boundaries.

Gary wants to create a world where everyone is more boundary and touch positive. A world with more genuine, sincere love. He believes this is a world worth striving for and would be a more peaceful place to be for everybody.

 

pajamas-OptimizedGary Morris shares his love for Cuddle Party® through Cuddle Party® events and on his website Morris Menage.

He can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and his Personal Blog.

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Kathleen Carter

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Kathleen has lived in Dallas all of her life. And animals hold a very special place in her heart. She walks the walk: she works in a vet’s office and pet-sits for clients all over town. Chances are, if Kathleen pet-sits for you that she is in love with your critter almost as much as you are. In her spare time, with what little there is, she is quite simply…a giver. Of her heart and of her time. To friends and family – and anyone who needs a shoulder to lean on – Kathleen is an invaluable asset. That need to give and share emotionally with others is what brought her to her first cuddle party.

“Being a facilitator in training, I have seen cuddle parties change people’s lives – and I’m looking forward to helping people learn the disciplined skills that can help improve the quality of their lives – by leading workshops that create a safe space to help people feel open, valued and nurtured.”

Cuddling is an educational experience that is first and foremost about the need to connect with others in a safe and light-hearted way. Each cuddle party begins with a welcome circle discussion of rules, boundaries – and even a few games. For more information, contact Kathleen.

Kent Possible

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Kent’s introduction to Cuddle Parties coincided with a number of other major life changes, and the realization that touch was a very strong need, and that there are many others out there who share this need, both as a desire and as a challenge to past trauma. He believes very strongly in kindness, compassion, and living authentically.

He holds degrees in Computer Science and eCommerce, and has over 20 years of experience in software engineering, and has some serious geek cred. But the fun doesn’t stop there! He’s also an amateur yogi, meditator, chef, painter, drummer, laugher, armchair psychologist, standup philosopher, and parent of two awesome teenagers.

As a Cuddle Party facilitator, he is very approachable and accepting, and is committed to encouraging personal growth in an environment that is safe, nurturing, and FUN!