Attendees may be of any identity and/or orientation, but there is a serious lack of safe spaces for QT (Queer Trans) people to experience non sexualized, non fetishized affection/touch, so QT people will be prioritized.
Do you like to snuggle?
Are you looking for a greater sense of community?
Are you interested in experiencing an environment that encourages enthusiastic consent and boundary setting?
If so, then Cuddle Party™ is the event for you!
Sunday, December 18th, 2016 @ 3PM (EST) - Doors close at 3:30
Kentwood, MI 49508 - Private Residence. Address sent to ticket holders only.
Doors open at 3:00
3:00-3:30 cuddlers arrive, check in, and get into comfy attire
3:30-4:15pm welcome circle(you must be present through the entire welcome circle to participate)
4:15-6:45 freestyle consent aware cuddling or socializing.
6:45-7:00 closing circle and goodbyes
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 possible.)
If you are a yes, say YES. If you are a no, say NO.
If you are a maybe, say NO,
You are encouraged to change your mind.
Respect your relationship agreements and communicate with your partner.
Get a facilitator if you have a question, concern, or need assistance.
Tears and laughter are both welcome.
Respect people's privacy when sharing about Cuddle Party.
Keep the cuddle space tidy.
Important Information for this Cuddle Party™
Please be considerate about scents. We are going to be really close to others. Consider that before eating garlic (as an example), smoking, and wearing perfume. Many people are very sensitive or have allergies to scents and chemicals. It's called MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, it is a medical condition.) and it is more common than ever before. We are in an enclosed space with a lot of people and scents can overpower the space quickly. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
This location does not have any pets.
Feel free to bring pillows, blankets, stuffed animals...whatever makes you more comfortable.
Rule #1 of Cuddle Party™ is clothes stay on the entire time so wear comfortable clothes, PJs or sweats are ideal, for cuddling. Think “more flannel, less lace”. You can change here if you need to. Also feel free to bring slippers, if you’d like.
Please bring a snack to share, and whatever you want to drink (no alcohol). We will have some finger foods and plenty of filtered water to drink.
We have limited space and ticket sales will end once we have reached the max number of people. Tickets are non-refundable (we are holding a space for you, if you don't show that keeps someone else from attending).
Please contact me if finances prevent you from attending. I believe everyone should have access to Cuddle Party™ and we always have a "Work Exchange" ticket available. (We always need help with setup, check in, cleanup, etc..)
Will be disclosed with paid ticket. The location is accessible by bus and parking is available just don't park in the car ports. There are stairs to this apartment if accessibility is an issue.
PLEASE BE ON TIME Absolutely no admittance after the Workshop has begun, in this case 3:30. If you find you are running late, please call or text Michelle at 269-998-4926 . Doors open at 3:00. Be sure and arrive early to allow yourself time to change into your pajamas if you need to.
You are, of course, free to leave at any time but everyone attending has to be there from the start so we all have the same agreements and understandings. This creates a safe place where everyone hears the same rules and understands what is expected.
So those are the basics! Here are some more details...
What is a Cuddle Party™?
A Cuddle Party™ includes a 45 minute workshop on consent, boundaries and communication followed by 2 - 2 1/2 hours of platonic cuddle time. You never have to cuddle with anyone you don't want to, ever. They are a wonderful way to experience platonic touch in a controlled environment.
Here is a short video on what Cuddle Parties are about:
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. *This party one of my review parties to finish my certification. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire at the end of the event.*
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
* Possibly an Oxytocin boost (depending on if you cuddle).
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.
Some people are already comfortable with touch and can’t wait to be in a place where that’s OK. Others are not even sure they want any touch at all, but come to explore some communication skills. Others are just curious about what it might be like. Whatever your reasons, a Cuddle Party™ is a great playground for discovering more about yourself, for exploring new ways of connecting with others, or simply enjoying a relaxing, cozy afternoon with other cuddly souls.
People of all genders, sexual orientations, and relationship styles are welcome. :)
Note that there is not public transportation available to this event. Parking is on premises.