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SF Cuddles - Cuddle Party! April 21st 2017
Fri, April 21, 2017, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM PDT
What is a Cuddle Party?
Cuddle Party is a 3-4 hours workshop experience where participants engage in communication exercises, explore touch in a non-sexual space, experience personal exploration and intimacy, and have fun with like minded people.
What do we do at a Cuddle Party?
We do two main things at Cuddle Parties:
1. Enjoy each other's touch. You can come and enjoy giving and receiving caring touch from other people who want to give and receive it.
2. Practice Consent. A major part of Cuddle Parties is learning how to ask for what you want and how to answer requests. Worried? Confused? Don't fret - we will teach, guide and help you practice how to do it.
Why is Cuddling important?
Nurturing and consensual loving touch is good for maintaining a healthy life, a strong nervous system and a balanced emotional state. One’s ability to connect with and develop greater trust in others is emphasized during the group exchanges during Cuddle Parties. Self-care is a cornerstone of the Cuddle Party experience.
Is this SEX?!
Great question! No. This is a non-sexual event. You have the option of experiencing touch and maybe intimacy if you'd like to - but we steer away from sexual behavior.
If you are looking for something sexy, we're all for it! :) just not in this event.
You can find more info about Cuddle Parties after the logistical information below.
SOME IMPORTANT NOTES:
LOCATION: The Richmond District, San Francisco. Exact location will be givent to ticket holders 3 days before the event. Unfortunately, the venue is not wheelchair accessible.
BRING: Comfortable PJs, Blankets, Pillows and any kind of soft fluffy things to enhance your experience.
PLEASE BE ON TIME: Make certain to account FOR TRAFFIC AND PARKING. More instructions about the venue will be given to ticket holders.
Doors lock half an hour after the event start time. The opening Welcome Circle is for introductions and to go over the rules of Cuddle Party. This is an important aspect of the Cuddle Party experience and creates a safe container for all participants. It is essential that everyone be on time. You will not be admitted after doors close.
TICKETS: $35 prepaid or $60 per pair
CANCELLATION: Please let me know if you're not coming. Tickets are non-refundable, but if you do let me know in advance, I can transfer your ticket to one of the following two Cuddle Parties.
Please do NOT wear heavy scents or perfumes. Many people are sensitive to them, and when we're in this space there is no way for people to avoid them. Please shower and lightly deodorize if desired, but skip the smelly stuff.
ABOUT YOUR FACILITATOR:
Yoni Alkan, DHS
Yoni is a sexual educator with a Doctorate in Human Sexuality, and a Masters in Conflict Resolution and Mediation. He is also a professional cuddler at Cuddlist. Dr. Yoni Alkan is a global speaker on various Human Sexuality issues, and he is the creator of www.elementsofsexuality.com - a playful, geeky, and educational site about the elements that contribute to our sexuality. He's been writing about sex, sexuality and relationships since 2011. His expertise is in alternative relationships and in improving our dating landscape.
When he isn't speaking about sex and relationships or cuddling with people, he teaches swing dance, works in IT and education, or plays music.
SOME MORE INFO ABOUT CUDDLE PARTIES:
Here's a DOCTOR'S piece on CBS about Cuddle Parties - http://thedoctorstv.com/videolib/init/6154
Cuddle Party is a formal, non-sexual event that offers participants an opportunity to explore intimacy with like-minded others, in a relaxed environment, that upholds personal boundaries and maintains a professional atmosphere, at all times. People are encouraged to engage in communication and touch, in a non-threatening, share-affirming environment. Cuddle Party is a holistic, social environment, that attracts fascinating people from all walks of life. It provides a special and unique opportunity for connection, learning and growth.
Cuddle Party experiences teach participants that they alone (with the staff's assistance) create their own safety container. How does it change people's lives? Many of us have a hard time saying NO to requests, and saying no might make us feel afraid that we will hurt the other person. Very rarely do we get a chance to practice saying NO, or practice getting a NO in a safe and nurturing environment.
But it's not all about the NO, it's also about the YES! We practice saying YES to one another, and asking for what we want, and changing our minds - all very important skills that we don't put an emphasis on in our everyday lives. It's transformative for people!
Come meet open and fun loving people and cuddle with us!