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ABOUT CUDDLE PARTY:

It’s no secret. Touch is good for you! Good for your body, your mind, and your spirit. Nurturing consensual touch strengthens your body by lowering blood pressure, reducing cortisol, strengthening the immune system, and relieving pain. Touch bolsters you emotionally by reducing stress, lowering anxiety, and increasing your sense of trust and security. Yet, we live in a touch-deprived culture. Most of us need more human contact than we are getting. Fortunately, there are cuddle parties!

Cuddle Party is a fun, social event that provides a safe, non-sexual setting to explore communication, boundaries, and affection. A mini workshop helps set the stage for you to refine your communication skills, learn to ask for what you want, define your boundaries, and connect to others. Open cuddle time then gives you the opportunity to practice your new skills. You will have the opportunity to touch and be touched (holding hands, back rubs, spooning, and the like). You can also choose to sit and enjoy conversation over some snacks. You can even just sit and watch.

Cuddle Party may just be a short 3 1/2 hour break, but you will find yourself returning to your daily life feeling rejuvenated. You’ll even find the skills you learned at Cuddle Party benefiting your daily interactions. I look forward to creating this space for you to unwind, relax, and cuddle.

WHO COMES TO CUDDLE PARTIES?

WOMEN who are seeking a safe, nonsexual environment to give and receive touch. Women who are learning to express their desires, their preferences, and their boundaries. Cuddle Party is a perfect place to find your voice!

MEN who are seeking touch in a fun environment without the need to bring a partner. Men who are learning how to encourage a woman to ask for what she wants. Men who are also learning to ask for what they want in an atmosphere of consent.

COUPLES who are seeking to deepen their communication and to try something new!

Basically, cuddling is for EVERYONE! Come and meet new friends, enjoy the physical comfort of cuddling, and develop great communication skills.

YOUR CUDDLE PARTY FACILITATOR:

Susanne Woodward, PhD, LMT, CST brings her extensive background as a teacher and therapist to the wonderful world of cuddle parties. Susanne is a certified cuddle party facilitator offering gatherings in Tempe on a bimonthly basis. “Physical, mental, and emotional health are, in many ways, dependent on our ability to connect with others including our capacity to give and receive touch. Cuddle parties offer invaluable information on communication and physical affection. I love the community that we are building where people are empowered to ask for what they want and have their needs met in a safe, non-sexual environment. I consider it a great honor to provide the platform for people to connect in a loving, authentic way.”

Upcoming events (4)

Tuesday Cuddle Party!

Susanne's house

Let's get together on a Tuesday night for a cuddle party! Doors open at 6:30 for you to arrive, eat a little snack, and greet each other. Doors lock at 7:00 to start our welcome circle. Bring your favorite comfy pjs if you would like to change when you get here. The cuddle space will be full of blankets and pillows, so you don't need to bring any. Please reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or if you are a just little nervous! Cost: $20 Feel free to pay cash at the door, just rsvp or send me a message to let me know that you are coming. Tickets can also be purchased on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuesday-night-cuddle-party-tickets-60442795027 ABOUT CUDDLE PARTY It’s no secret. Touch is good for you! Good for your body, your mind, and your spirit. Nurturing consensual touch strengthens your body by lowering blood pressure, reducing cortisol, strengthening the immune system, and relieving pain. Touch bolsters you emotionally by reducing stress, lowering anxiety, and increasing your sense of trust and security. Yet, we live in a touch-deprived culture. Most of us need more human contact than we are getting. Fortunately, there are cuddle parties! Cuddle Party is a fun, social event that provides a safe, non-sexual setting to explore communication, boundaries, and affection. A mini workshop helps set the stage for you to refine your communication skills, learn to ask for what you want, define your boundaries, and connect to others. Open cuddle time then gives you the opportunity to practice your new skills. You will have the opportunity to touch and be touched (holding hands, back rubs, spooning, and the like). You can also choose to sit and enjoy conversation over some snacks. You can even just sit and watch. Cuddle Party may just be a short 3 1/2 hour break, but you will find yourself returning to your daily life feeling rejuvenated. You’ll even find the skills you learned at Cuddle Party benefiting your daily interactions. I look forward to creating this space for you to unwind, relax, and cuddle. YOUR CUDDLE PARTY FACILITATOR: Susanne Woodward, PhD, LMT, CST brings her extensive background as a teacher and therapist to the wonderful world of cuddle parties. Susanne is a certified cuddle party facilitator offering gatherings in Tempe on a monthly basis. “Physical, mental, and emotional health are, in many ways, dependent on our ability to connect with others including our capacity to give and receive touch. Cuddle parties offer invaluable information on communication and physical affection. I love the community that we are building where people are empowered to ask for what they want and have their needs met in a safe, non-sexual environment. I consider it a great honor to provide the platform for people to connect in a loving, authentic way.” • What to bring Wear comfy clothes or bring pjs. Please refrain from using any cologne or perfume as some people can be quite sensitive to scents. After all, a clean body is really the best scent. • Important to know The entrance fee to the cuddle party is $20 cash at the door. Should you need to use a credit card, I am happy to do so for you though there is a $2 service fee accessed. You may also buy your ticket online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thursday-night-official-cuddle-party-tickets-47424244191

Cuddle Karaoke

Susanne's house

Calling all veteran cuddlers! What could be better than getting together with friends for a sweet cuddle? Singing karaoke and cuddling! I will have the cuddle space and snacks set up just as I always do for our cuddle parties. The difference with this cuddle is that we will have just a brief welcome circle just to introduce ourselves, but we will not go over the rules or workshop portion. This meetup is ONLY for those cuddlers who have attended the regular welcome circle/communication workshop a number of times. If you are familiar with the cuddle rules and can abide by them, please feel free to attend. If you have questions, please ask. Doors open at 6:30 for you to arrive, change into something comfy, grab a snack, and say hello. I will have a list for you to add your songs that you would like to sing. Please check ahead of time to see if a karaoke version of your song is on Youtube. $20 cash at the door for admission. PLEASE NOTE: This is still a sober event to maintain consensual platonic touch. Please no alcohol or other substances prior to coming to the cuddle karaoke party.

Thursday Cuddle Party!

Susanne's house

Let's get together on a Thursday night for a cuddle party! Doors open at 6:30 for you to arrive, eat a little snack, and greet each other. Doors lock at 7:00 to start our welcome circle. Bring your favorite comfy pjs if you would like to change when you get here. The cuddle space will be full of blankets and pillows, so you don't need to bring any. Please reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or if you are a just little nervous! Cost: $20 Feel free to pay cash at the door, just rsvp or send me a message to let me know that you are coming. Tickets can also be purchased on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thursday-night-cuddle-party-tickets-60443322605 ABOUT CUDDLE PARTY It’s no secret. Touch is good for you! Good for your body, your mind, and your spirit. Nurturing consensual touch strengthens your body by lowering blood pressure, reducing cortisol, strengthening the immune system, and relieving pain. Touch bolsters you emotionally by reducing stress, lowering anxiety, and increasing your sense of trust and security. Yet, we live in a touch-deprived culture. Most of us need more human contact than we are getting. Fortunately, there are cuddle parties! Cuddle Party is a fun, social event that provides a safe, non-sexual setting to explore communication, boundaries, and affection. A mini workshop helps set the stage for you to refine your communication skills, learn to ask for what you want, define your boundaries, and connect to others. Open cuddle time then gives you the opportunity to practice your new skills. You will have the opportunity to touch and be touched (holding hands, back rubs, spooning, and the like). You can also choose to sit and enjoy conversation over some snacks. You can even just sit and watch. Cuddle Party may just be a short 3 1/2 hour break, but you will find yourself returning to your daily life feeling rejuvenated. You’ll even find the skills you learned at Cuddle Party benefiting your daily interactions. I look forward to creating this space for you to unwind, relax, and cuddle. YOUR CUDDLE PARTY FACILITATOR: Susanne Woodward, PhD, LMT, CST brings her extensive background as a teacher and therapist to the wonderful world of cuddle parties. Susanne is a certified cuddle party facilitator offering gatherings in Tempe on a monthly basis. “Physical, mental, and emotional health are, in many ways, dependent on our ability to connect with others including our capacity to give and receive touch. Cuddle parties offer invaluable information on communication and physical affection. I love the community that we are building where people are empowered to ask for what they want and have their needs met in a safe, non-sexual environment. I consider it a great honor to provide the platform for people to connect in a loving, authentic way.” • What to bring Wear comfy clothes or bring pjs. Please refrain from using any cologne or perfume as some people can be quite sensitive to scents. After all, a clean body is really the best scent. • Important to know The entrance fee to the cuddle party is $20 cash at the door. Should you need to use a credit card, I am happy to do so for you though there is a $2 service fee accessed. You may also buy your ticket online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thursday-night-official-cuddle-party-tickets-47424244191

Sunday Cuddle (+bonus movie time)

Susanne's house

Let's get together for a long lazy Sunday afternoon. We will have an official cuddle party starting at 2:00 and ending at 5:30. For those who wish to stay and cuddle longer, we will be watching a movie. This month will be a western movie in the comedy genre, We will vote for our favorite of the following: Blazing Saddles with Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn Wild Wild West with Will Smith and Kevin Kline City Slickers with Billy Crystal and Daniel Stern The doors open at 2:00 for you to arrive, grab a little snack, and change into pjs if you like. Doors lock at 2:30. Please allow enough time to get here before then. Tickets are $20 cash at the door or can be purchased ahead of time via Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunday-cuddle-party-bonus-movie-time-tickets-60443563325 ABOUT CUDDLE PARTY: It’s no secret. Touch is good for you! Good for your body, your mind, and your spirit. Nurturing consensual touch strengthens your body by lowering blood pressure, reducing cortisol, strengthening the immune system, and relieving pain. Touch bolsters you emotionally by reducing stress, lowering anxiety, and increasing your sense of trust and security. Yet, we live in a touch-deprived culture. Most of us need more human contact than we are getting. Fortunately, there are cuddle parties! Cuddle Party is a fun, social event that provides a safe, non-sexual setting to explore communication, boundaries, and affection. A mini workshop helps set the stage for you to refine your communication skills, learn to ask for what you want, define your boundaries, and connect to others. Open cuddle time then gives you the opportunity to practice your new skills. You will have the opportunity to touch and be touched (holding hands, back rubs, spooning, and the like). You can also choose to sit and enjoy conversation over some snacks. You can even just sit and watch. Cuddle Party may just be a short 3.5 hour break, but you will find yourself returning to your daily life feeling rejuvenated. You’ll even find the skills you learned at Cuddle Party benefitting your daily interactions. I look forward to creating this space for you to unwind, relax, and cuddle. YOUR CUDDLE PARTY FACILITATOR: Susanne Woodward, PhD, LMT, CST brings her extensive background as a teacher and therapist to the wonderful world of cuddle parties. Susanne is a certified cuddle party facilitator offering gatherings in Tempe on a monthly basis. “Physical, mental, and emotional health are, in many ways, dependent on our ability to connect with others including our capacity to give and receive touch. Cuddle parties offer invaluable information on communication and physical affection. I love the community that we are building where people are empowered to ask for what they want and have their needs met in a safe, non-sexual environment. I consider it a great honor to provide the platform for people to connect in a loving, authentic way.” • What to bring Feel free to bring comfy pjs to change into before cuddling. • Important to know Please refrain from wearing any colognes or perfumes as many people are sensitive to them...especially when in a close cuddle!

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