Snuggle Sundays

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Cuddle Party! We humans need touch and affection that is not about sex. Wait – IS THERE such a thing? Of course there is!

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Touch and affection. Humans need it, 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!

Snuggle Sunday is a playful, sober friendly, social event designed for adults over 18 to explore communication, boundaries and platonic touch. You can come to a Snuggle Sunday 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. Everything is fully clothed; touch exercises are based on Betty Martin’s Wheel of Consent.

Accessibility  Its a very friendly and inclusive group . We do the best we can to be trauma informed and we love diverstity. We strive to be disability, neurodiversity, race, gender and sexuality aware and if we can do anything to make this group more accesible to you then please email us at urbanyurt@gmail.com.  Currently the access to the Yurt is not suitable for wheelchairs.

What happens at Snuggle Sunday

Mini-Workshop. The time starts with a Welcome Circle. This is where we create the structure and safe space for the socializing to follow. It is also where we break the ice and get a group of strangers to feel not so strange to one another. This is where you and other participants can…

Introduce yourselves

Learn about what will happen

Get oriented to the ground rules

Practice the Cuddle Party communication skills

As the workshop time concludes, most participants find themselves feeling surprised by how comfortable they feel.

Facilitated Connection

Now it is time for you to ask for what you want, say yes and no to requests and invitations, practice platonic touch according to your desires and comfort (or just talk if you prefer), connect with fascinating people and ultimately relax into the flow of an unusually playful and respectful social environment.

Throughout the event, the facilitators participate and move the group around with timeboxed practices so that you can feel relaxed and supported and have a great time with your experiences. Our cozy environment is enhanced by an eclectic mix of music played at a volume that allows easily for conversation. There are fruits, juice, tea and no intoxicants (other than the oxytocin, that is).

Closing Circle

At the end of the event, there is a brief closing circle to share with you some final thoughts for the road, encourage you to bring your learnings with you as you travel forward, and give everyone a chance to share any parting thoughts with the group.

Participants are often in a state of cuddle intoxication at this point, and feeling a sense of connection with the group that they never would have anticipated at the beginning of the event.

Many participants exchange hugs, some exchange phone numbers, and all receive special thank you's for making this particular cuddle party the special event that it was. Then its time to head home — often to a night of blissfully relaxing sleep.

FAQ's

What are the rules at Snuggle Sunday

Once we start no one else enters the space. You are free to leave time. You don't have to cuddle anyone you don't want to, or anyone at all, ever. Clothes stay on. No alcohol or intoxicants. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone intoxicated.

Who comes to Snuggle Sundays?

Singles- appreciate the opportunity to enjoy some simple connection without "drama". Couples- come to learn new skills in connection. All genders- enjoy connecting, learning, and experimenting with any other gender. Young & Old – people appreciate each others wisdom. Beginners & Comfortable Cuddlers

What should I wear?

Soft clothes, think lounge wear, no buckles or large buttons, think more comfy than sexy.

Why would anyone need to learn how to cuddle?

Often it's not the cuddling that most people come to learn. It's the boundaries and communication skills that are most appreciated by our guests. Once boundaries, choice and communication become easier, the cuddling happens quite naturally and people who felt awkward soon relax and enjoy themselves

How can I be assured that everyone will respect my choices.

The facilitators enable practicing the skills of asking, communicating and respecting other’s choices. In practicing, someone may not get it right all the time, we are humans! This is where you get to use the communications tools you have just learned, and facilitators are always there to help.

Are the events gender balanced

We invite everyone and don't control the balance. Cuddle Parties are not about sex and not about coupling up, and therefore gender is of very little consequence. Many people who think they need a balance, are quite surprised at how little difference it makes!
 

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