Human beings need loving, consensual touch. It reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and promotes a sense of belonging and emotional well-being. Consensual touch positively affects the way that we relate to other people and ourselves. Without touch, we suffer from skin hunger which can cause us to feel lonely, isolated, stressed and unhappy with our lives. Just like life - there are no guarantees you're going to get everything you want, but everyone who comes to the Cuddle Party will get to explore connection and consent in a safe accepting environment. In the Welcome Circle we'll have games and exercises to practice assertively asking for what you want and clearly stating "yes" or "no". This group will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender identity, or religion, but there are some rules: 1) CLOTHES STAY ON. 2) Consent only - NO COERCION. 3) Use your voice to ask and answer all requests. 4) SAY WHAT YOU MEAN. 5) "Maybe" is "NO." 6) Changing your mind is ENCOURAGED. 7) If partnered, respect your relationship. 8) Your host is here to help :) 9) Emotions are welcome here. 10) Respect each other's anonymity. 11) Don't be a slob. We'll go over these rules in detail for the first 45 minutes or so, then have an opportunity to practice them. Please message the host if you have specific questions about any of the rules.