01/08/2020 Once the pandemic passes, I shall continue running regular cuddle workshops again. Though I cannot imagine that will be this year.
The thought of social distancing is very much the opposite of what Cuddle Workshops stand for. The right kind of touch can offer unconditional love, emotional support, the feeling of connection and being valued. But I cannot risk an attendee contracting the virus at one of my workshops, taking it home and then passing it on to others too.
Cuddle Workshop Yorkshire is about exploring nurturing touch within safe and agreed boundaries. We explore platonic touch with a series of exercises, and you are encouraged to work out your own boundaries and you will get chance to ask for what touch you would like to receive. We welcome those who are nervous or confident about touch.
All our workshops have a safe and nurturing feel about them, all are LGBT friendly and of course clothing stays on! You are always at choice to step out of anything you find too challenging. I am affiliated with Anna Fortes Mayer's Cuddle Workshop in London which has been around since 2011. I started attending as a 'novice cuddler' several years ago and now co-facilitate some events with Anna. Now I bring to Yorkshire all that I have learned.
On 25/04/16, I was grilled on BBC Radio Leeds Liz Green Breakfast Show about this workshop. Click to Listen:-
One of the best videos to watch is one filmed at the London Cuddle Workshop, you'll notice me in the video but its worth bearing in mind my venue size allows for a maximum of 15 people. Which is great as you get lots of chances to work with different people, and I find that people are often willing to share their experiences when we have short discussion circles when there are not dozens of people in the room.
If you are a little nervous about attending a group workshop, or possibly recovering from a bad past experience with touch and you think that you might benefit most by a one to one appointment, please message me for details.
"A beautiful, gradual journey, very gently held"
"Thanks Andrew - beautifully held safe space"
"Great workshop. I left very relaxed and feeling nurtured"
"A really good workshop which left me feeling at peace"
"Lovely venue and as newbies we felt comfortable straight away"
"Wonderful, sublime, life enhancing, life changing...and so well facilitated"
"Andrews facilitation took us through this 4 hour experience, sweetly and gently"
You can email me via Meetup, but if you need to email me directly such as if you are not a Meetup member but would still like to book, my contact details are firstname.lastname@example.org