What we're about

Touch Positive seeks to create a spaces to practice Consent Communication, Embodied Boundaries, and Platonic Touch. If you're interested in learning about the benefits of platonic (non-sexual) touch and are committed to improving your own skills around consent communication and embodied boundaries, this may be the community for you!

My intention is that this group feels safe and welcoming to those who are touch deprived and / or identify as touch-averse.

While this group is no shaming of humans as creatures with sexual needs and desires, this group and our work is explicitly platonic / non-sexual. Therefore we have a zero-tolerance policy for using our events or the access this group provides to other members for: sexual innuendo, intimacy-escalating, boundary-pushing, searching for dating partners, etc.

About your Organizer:

I am a communication and consent facilitator with experience working with inter-cultural groups, people with disabilities, youth, and individuals with trauma histories. My degrees are in Sociology and Anthropology and I am well-versed in non-violent communication and empathetic listening. I am an HSP, a trained Cuddlist Touch Practitioner, a Facilitator-in-Training with CuddleParty(tm), and am certified in: Mental Health First Aid, First Aid, CPR and AED.

Upcoming events (4)

May Consent Workshop & CuddleParty(tm) - East Side

RSVP does NOT ensure your seat. Please purchase your ticket to hold your seat: www.touchpositiveLLC.com/workshop Though touch is natural, the skills that make it welcome and enjoyable have to be learned: Skills of communication, boundaries, asking for what you want, and saying ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ with clarity and kindness. Consent Workshop & Cuddle Party(tm) is a 3.5-hour communication workshop that focuses on personal boundaries and touch, in which participants have an opportunity to practice these skills through platonic touch and cuddling (or not). It’s a great opportunity to practice asking for what you want, saying no to what you don’t want and meeting new people. The skills you learn at Cuddle Party translate into every day life, right from the start. When boundaries and consent are clear, every relationship is easier. Cuddle Party is a strictly non-sexual event. Cuddle Parties - as distinct from non-affiliated group cuddles - are led by trained and certified Facilitators. (Maryam is a facilitator-in-training.) The Facilitator’s job is to guide you into those skills gently and easily, in a fun, safe and light hearted way. We welcome you and create an atmosphere of respect, and remain available for questions and support. At a Cuddle Party you can gain: * Clarity and confidence * Boundary and communication skills * Comfort, support and encouragement * The secrets to welcome, relaxed, non-sexual touch Here's what you can expect at our Consent Workshop &Cuddle Party: -Doors open at 2:30pm and close at 3:00pm. There is NO ENTRY after 3:00pm. - At 3:00pm there will be a welcome circle which orients guests to the rules of cuddle party and has exercises to help practice the rules. - Following the welcome circle are a few hours for free-style cuddling, eating snacks, or just hanging out. -The event ends with a short closing circle. WHAT TO BRING: -Please wear comfy clothes (PJs are just fine!) - You are invited to bring snacks or non-alcoholic beverages to share with the group (optional). TRANSPORTATION: There is plenty of street parking in within 2 blocks of SomaSpace. We only 2 blocks from the Hollywood MAX station and next to the Hollywood Trader Joe's. Parking is as Portland parking is; public transit or rideshare suggested! ACCESSIBILITY: This facility is fragrance free and fully ADA accessible. I look forward to seeing you at the Cuddle Party! Please contact me at [masked] if you have any questions. *It is very important to me that finances not be an obstacle to those wanting to attend this event! If the ticket price is prohibitive for you, please email me and we will make an arrangement. Maryam

Free Hugs for All (Who Want!)

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Let's celebrate the healing effects of wanted, safe hugs! We'll be hanging out around downtown Portland (exact location TBD) at lunch time sharing hugs with anyone and everyone who wants. And of course, sharing information on ways to lead a more touch positive life! Pop by to see us, support us, or join us in the Hug Squad.

Ain't no Shame in Surviving

Touch Positive Studio

In this "authenticity obsessed" climate, it can be difficult not to shame ourselves for the things we did or said when we were surviving. As survivors of trauma, we all came up with coping strategies. Rather than rag on ourselves for "not being authentic" in the face of danger, let's take a moment to say thank you to our survival instincts. TICKET REQUIRED (www.touchpositivellc.com/discussions) To help me cover the cost of space rental, I charge $8 to attend. **Accessibility is very important to me; please contact me if ticket price is prohibitive.**

Ain't no Shame in Surviving

Touch Positive Studio

In this "authenticity obsessed" climate, it can be difficult not to shame ourselves for the things we did or said when we were surviving. As survivors of trauma, we all came up with coping strategies. Rather than rag on ourselves for "not being authentic" in the face of danger, let's take a moment to say thank you to our survival instincts. To help me cover the cost of space rental and to keep an accurate count of who will be attending, I charge a ticket price of $8 which you can purchase at: www.touchpositiveLLC.com/discussions **Accessibility is very important to me; please contact me if ticket price is prohibitive.**

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