Let's get together and start this new year off with a group hug!
Come out and explore conscious connection, authentic consent, empowered boundaries, and nurturing platonic touch!
There’s no question about it ~ we all crave more touch. Nurturing, welcome, consensual touch is essential for the wellbeing of your body, your heart, and your spirit. Your nervous system, blood pressure, and emotional health all benefit from healthy, heart-full touch!
Safe touch also enhances your ability to connect with and trust people, your capacity to respect and care for yourself, your creativity, and your sense of safety, comfort, and belonging. Infants who are deprived of touch fail to thrive, and we never outgrow that need! In today’s high-tech low-touch society, we especially crave the authentic connection, deep listening, and nurturing touch that we were born to receive.
Though touch is natural, the skills that make it welcome and enjoyable sometimes need to be learned and practiced. Skills of communication, boundaries, asking for what you want, and saying ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ with clarity and kindness.
For many of us, this can be an uncomfortable edge to explore. That's why we have Snuggle Sanctuary! My job as a trained facilitator is to guide you into these skills gently and easily, in a fun, safe and light hearted way. I am here to welcome you, create an atmosphere of respect, and remain available for questions and support.
At Snuggle Sanctuary you gain:
* Clarity and confidence about your wants and needs
* Boundary and communication skills
* Comfort, support and encouragement
* The secrets to welcome, relaxed, platonic touch
The skills you learn at Snuggle Sanctuary translate into every day life, right from the start. When boundaries and consent are clear, every relationship is easier.
And… Where else can you attend a workshop in your pajamas?!
WHAT TO EXPECT
During the first hour we create the structure and estabish safe space with the Welcome Circle. We will introduce ourselves, learn about Snuggle Sanctuary philosophy, go over the Agreements (like "Ask permission and get a verbal Yes before touching anyone", and "It's okay to change your mind at any time, for any reason"), and by going through several communication and ice-breaker exercises. This is followed by a couple of hours of social snuggling time, where you will have the option to join in a group snuggle, connect with others for individual snuggles, or just sit back and watch, journal, and have a conversation. You can leave at anytime, or stay until we end with a Closing Circle.
You may want to attend Snuggle Sanctuary for a variety of reasons. Some come just to have fun and enjoy a wonderful evening of connecting with like-minded people and making new friends. Some come to safely fulfill their need for affection and nurturing touch that may be missing in their everyday life. Some appreciate the learning and personal growth aspect, having the opportunity to improve their social and communication skills, and explore ways of creating connection and closeness. Some may appreciate risking connecting with someone of the same sex (or the opposite sex, if that's your edge). Some find a beautiful element of spirituality here, and play with touch meditation, breath Tantra, eye gazing, and exploring the naturally altered state of consciousness that the "cuddling hormone" oxytocin can produce.
Snuggling can mean feet against feet, head or shoulder rubs, full-body hugs, spooning - it is entirely up to you. You can participate according to your desires and comfort level. It is perfectly ok if you just want to talk and not touch anyone for a while or not at all - YOU ARE ALWAYS AT CHOICE!!!. Regardless of your level of physical engagement, you will have a great opportunity to meet and connect with other people in a safe and relaxing environment.
Be sure to REGISTER in advance through EventBrite. There are a limited number of tickets available and we will sell out!
Early Bird tickets are available until December 1st.
Register here : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-eve-snuggle-sanctuary-tickets-29460261435
Confirmations with complete details and directions will be e-mailed out, usually within a week of your registration and no later than 3 days prior to the event.
PLEASE BE ON TIME. Doors lock at 6:15pm! The opening Welcome Circle is for introductions and to go over the Agreements of Snuggle Sanctuary. This is an important aspect of the Snuggle Sanctuary experience and creates a safe container for all participants. It is essential that everyone be on time. Once the Welcome Circle begins, no late arrivals can enter.
WEAR comfortable, non-binding, clothing (sweat pants, loose cotton, pajamas, onesies, etc. - have fun!). Think comfy, not sexy. You may change at the venue if necessary. This will be a shoe-free environment, so please bring and wear socks if your feet get cold. Out of consideration for other participants, please be fresh and hygenic and DON’T WEAR any strong fragrances, colognes, or perfumes.
BRING your open heart, and be prepared for the open hearts of others! Optionally, consider bringing a pillow and blanket or any other soft fluff to enhance your snuggling experience.
* There is no nudity or sexual activity at this event. This is not a dating group. If that is your reason for interest, please do not attend.
* This is a drug and alcohol free event. Please respect the sanctity of this intention.
* This is an official Cuddle Party®. Iona is certified Cuddle Party Facilitator #00122. For more info visit www.cuddleparty.com
Cancellations and refunds:
*If you cannot make it, let us know immediately!! We usually have a waiting list of people who really want to come! We can only fill extra spaces if you notify us in enough time. Out of kindness to other snugglers, please email us immediately if your plans change.
* Partial refund up to 72 hours in advance (Tuesday 6pm). $10.00 admin fee will be charged and you'll receive back the rest of what you originally paid.
* If you decide by the end of the Welcome Circle that it isn’t the right time/event for you, you may leave and receive a full refund.
* If you are a no show, or arrive late, no refund.
This gathering will be held at the beautiful Ouroboros Movement Studio, 606-D New Leicester Hwy Asheville, NC 28806, located across from the Leicester Ingles and behind Sonic and Wynn’s Diner. You will find us on the top floor of the Mountain Center, suite 606 – D. Plenty of free parking is available!
Check out the space! http://ouroborosmovementstudio.com/the-space/
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