San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Day One – 5:00pm-10:30pm
Cuddle Party! – The first night of training we experience an actual Cuddle Party event to see what it’s all about and get to know our fellow participants in a fun, relaxing environment.
Day Two – 9am-10:30pm
Creating the Context - In this section we will examine who we are to ourselves and to others, both in our day-to-day lives and in our roles as facilitators. We will discuss what it is that we are trying to create and what it means to set and maintain the intention for a group of people.
Building the Relational Skillset – In this section we will create a new understanding of what it means to listen to others and to be with them. We will learn how to experience others more fully without our own views, perspectives and opinions getting in the way. We will also experiment with different ways of connecting with people both physically and emotionally.
Addressing Concerns Powerfully – People often come to events such as Cuddle Party with a number of concerns. In this section we will learn how to hear what people are saying underneath the words they are using and address the underlying concern. We will examine various approaches to common concerns, and discover techniques for handling concerns that are out of our depth.
Day Three – 9am-6pm
Logistics of a Successful Event - In this section we will discuss ways to create a safe, playful environment, answer questions about the format, examine the role of the “Cuddle Caddy” or assistant, and discuss emergency / liability plans and concerns.
Taking Care of Yourself and Others – Many of us who work with groups have a tendency to downplay our own needs. In this section we will discuss how to set and enforce boundaries for ourselves, how to create communities for your participants to support one another, how to stay present when your limits are being pushed, how to send off your participants safely, and how to successfully decompress yourself after an event.