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Join our Cuddle Network today and feel the benefit of touch and cuddling in a safe obligation-free environment!! Touch is an instinctive, natural language that we can all speak and understand.

Touch is essential for stimulating our nervous system and promoting healthy physical development. It is also critical for our mental and social development. Unfortunately for many people touch is an issue which can cause problems with self-development and the soul’s journey.

One of the most amazing and therapeutic ways to incorporate touch in our lives is through cuddling. Cuddling doesn’t have to be something just you and your romantic/sexual partner share; you can also hug friends and acquaintances or pets!

Did you know that it’s a proven fact that just twenty seconds of physical contact can lift your mood for the whole day? Did you also know that cuddling:

• Releases oxytocin, the hormone that helps you feel good and also connected to others

• Boosts your immune system

• Relieves pain

• Helps you move towards happier and more fulfilling relationships

• Strengthens the bonds with the people you love and who love you

• Reduces stress and anxiety

• Lowers your risk of heart disease

One of the advantages of the Cuddle Network is that it provides participants with the opportunity to experience touch within established and defined boundaries for therapeutic benefit, in other words you have the opportunity to experience all these benefits and the joy of cuddling in a safe obligation-free environment.

Enjoy sinking into the experience at whatever level that feels right for you. We provide you the opportunities to not only connect with others, but also, more importantly with yourself.

It’s run by experienced practitioners and facilitators within a safe and non-sexual environment where everyone’s boundaries are respected and honoured with positive intent. Our events provide a number of different nurturing touch and cuddle exercises set within firm boundary principles. Our aim is to leave you feeling relaxed, with your heart opened and soul nurtured.

We would love you to join us but we do require you to accept our Guidelines before joining: http://www.meetup.com/www-thecuddlenetwork-com/pages/Group_Guidelines/

Upcoming events (4)

Get In Touch With Yourself

The Pathways Studio,

£25.25

In this workshop we will connect with platonic touch in a safe and nurturing obligation free environment which supports you to connect with yourself and others from a heart opened space. Being able to connect with touch without sexualising it allows us to go back to a state of innocence and bliss of just being in our bodies. In addition this allows us to learn about what is there for us in our relationship dynamics. The environment that we create is one of open-heartedness, fun and healing. The workshop starts by working with boundaries (ours and yours) to promote confidence and allow you to authentically connect with what feels right for you and what touch you want or don’t want from others. You will also have the opportunity to experience touch which you might not otherwise be able to have in a safe, platonic, obligation free environment, and to connect with the art of receiving. There will be further opportunities to ask for other touch that you want. This can be anything from a hand or a foot massage, a back rub or a cuddle, as long as it is within the boundaries of the others and the rules of the workshop. Throughout the exercises you will be guided and supported to connect with yourself. This workshop will be useful for those who want to learn to: • Practice their boundaries • Say “No,” without guilt • Find their “Yes!” • Connect with what they want and ask for it • Obtain the benefits of platonic touch • Improve their communications and social skills • Build their confidence • Be able to receive • Connect with self-acceptance Touch is an instinctive, natural language that we can all speak and understand. It’s essential for stimulating our nervous system and promoting healthy physical development. It is also critical for our mental and social development. We will connect with the beneficial effects of conscious touch and the resultant natural release of the feel good hormone oxytocin to bring you to a place of peace, empowerment, growth and self-connection. Did you know that it's a proven fact that just twenty seconds of physical contact can lift your mood for the whole day as it releases oxytocin? Find out more about oxytocin and its potential healing power here: http://www.sacredlighttantra.com/useful-information/oxytocin/ Our aim is to leave you feeling relaxed, empowered, with your heart opened and soul nurtured. Read here:(www.sacredlighttantra.com/testimonials-conscious-touch) just some of the testimonials we have received from previous attendees. This workshop is open to all genders and we do not actively seek to promote attendance from any particular group. This is a pre-book event only. AFTERNOON EVENTS: Doors open at 13:00 - Workshop start proper 13:30 EVENING EVENTS: Doors open at 6:30pm - Workshop start proper 19:00 The doors will open half an hour before the workshop start to give you an opportunity to register and meet your fellow explorers over non-alcoholic drinks. The workshop proper will start half an hour later after which there will be no admittance. Contact Details: Elara -[masked] The investment is as follows : Earlybird: £24 plus PayPal fee. First 9 bookings only! Full Price: £28 plus PayPal fee. If you prefer or want to avoid the PayPal fee, then you can pay by bank transfer and then message us and we will RSVP you to "Yes." Payment should be made to: Sort Code:[masked], Account No:[masked] Please put your name in the reference field when paying. There are a limited number of concession tickets available. Please message us if you think this applies to your circumstances. See you soon! Hugs Elara and Jon

Brothers in Touch

The Pathways Studio,

£21.00

We invite you to come and sink into the world of platonic (without romance or sex) touch. This clothed workshop is open to all those that identify as male regardless of sexuality or body type (including genital configuration). The invitation is to you is to come on a journey of discovery so you can connect with what touch means to you and to identify any patterns you may be holding related to male touch. You will be encouraged to explore the affirming nature of such touch and the gifts it may bring. A space will be held where every man is accepted for exactly who he is. Being able to connect with touch without sexualising it allows us to go back to a state of innocence and bliss of just being in our bodies. In addition this allows us to learn about what is there for us in our relationship dynamics. The environment that we create is one of open-heartedness, fun and healing. The workshop starts by working with boundaries (ours and yours) to promote confidence and allow you to authentically connect with what feels right for you and what touch you want or don’t want from others. You will also have the opportunity to experience touch which you might not otherwise be able to have in a safe, platonic, obligation free environment, and to connect with the art of receiving. There will be further opportunities to ask for other touch that you want which can of course include a cuddle! This event will be useful for those who want to learn to: • Practice their boundaries • Say “No,” without guilt • Find their “Yes!” • Connect with what they want and ask for it • Obtain the benefits of platonic touch • Improve their communications and social skills • Build their confidence • Be able to receive • Connect with self-acceptance Touch is an instinctive, natural language that we can all speak and understand. It’s essential for stimulating our nervous system and promoting healthy physical development. It is also critical for our mental and social development. We will connect with the beneficial effects of conscious touch and the resultant natural release of the feel good hormone oxytocin to bring you to a place of peace, empowerment, growth and self-connection. Did you know that it's a proven fact that just twenty seconds of physical contact can lift your mood for the whole day as it releases oxytocin? Find out more about oxytocin and its potential healing power here: http://www.sacredlighttantra.com/useful-information/oxytocin/ This workshop is run by Jon and Steve who are experienced touch based practitioners and facilitators. The doors will open at 6.30 pm with an opportunity to meet your fellow explorers over non-alcoholic drinks. The workshop proper will start at 7.00 pm after which there will be no admittance. Contact Details: Jon[masked] The investment is as follows : Earlybird: £20 + PayPal fee. First 7 bookings only! Standard Advanced Price: £25 + PayPal fee. On the door price: £35 If you prefer or want to avoid the PayPal fee, then you can pay by bank transfer and then message us and we will RSVP you to "Yes." Payment should be made to: Sort Code:[masked], Account No:[masked] Please put your name in the reference field when paying. There are a limited number of concession tickets available. Please message us if you think this applies to your circumstances. See you soon! Hugs Steve & Jon PS This event is being promoted in different media so numbers shown here as going may not reflect actual numbers attending.. PPS The above picture is from this website: http://www.filmsforaction.org/news/bosom_buddies_a_photo_history_of_male_affection/ which gives an interesting view on the changing perspective on displays of male touch.

Conscious Consent and Boundaries Day

The Pathways Studio,

£62.42

At some point in your life, for whatever reason, have you ever: * Felt you couldn’t ask for what you want? * Been in a situation where something was happening that you hadn’t agreed to? * Had someone assume that you would do something? * Thought yourself selfish for having some “me time?" It would be surprising if you have not experienced at least one of the above and it is certainly possible to have experienced all four. We know we have! Our boundaries and consent day explores these dynamics using Dr Betty Martin’s Wheel of Consent model (www.bettymartin.org). This is a fantastic tool for understanding our dynamics, improving communication and especially for setting boundaries as well as understanding what true consent looks like. We are delighted that we have been able to work with Betty herself in devising this workshop. This day workshop: • Allows you start right where you are, whether you are new to the idea or experienced. Wherever you start, you will find a new level of awareness. • Supports you to clarify your desires and identify your "programming." • Respects your boundaries – you never have to touch or be touched by anyone or anywhere you don’t want to. You will be shown how to be clear about that learning tools that help you to express your boundaries, helping you avoid #MeToo situations. • Is experiential – you will have the opportunity to use platonic touch to practice and explore in a safe environment. It is the practice of using touch that supports understanding. • Helps you to improve your confidence and communication skills, particularly in asking for what you truly want. • Provides you with a boundaried game to take home that allows you to play with consent in a way which is fun and that you can make sensual, playful or any other quality you wish to introduce. • Gives you a special bonus of a half the full price offer for our next conscious touch workshop where you can also practice your newly acquired skills in a safe and nurturing environment. (See our ticket link below). The doors open at 10.00 am for registration and the event starts at 10.30 am. We welcome people of all gender expressions, sexual orientations, body types, disabilities, creeds, ethnic and racial backgrounds, class/socio-economic backgrounds and ages (over 18). The cost is as follows (please see our refund policy): Early Bird: £60 + PayPal Fee. First 9 paid bookings only! Repeat Price: £40 + PayPal Fee. If you have attended this event previously you are welcome to attend for the repeat price (click the link below for more details). Full Price: £70 + PayPal fee. To pay for this day AND the conscious touch workshop OR THE REPEAT PRICE see here: www.sacredlighttantra.com/buy-tickets/tickets-consciousconsent/ There are a limited number of concession tickets available. Do message us if you think this applies to your circumstances. If you want to avoid the PayPal fees then you can pay by bank transfer as follows: Sort Code:[masked] Account No:[masked]. Please put your name in the reference field and message us. Warm wishes Elara & Jon PS Please note this workshop is being advertised in other media

Get In Touch With Yourself

The Pathways Studio,

£25.25

In this workshop we will connect with platonic touch in a safe and nurturing obligation free environment which supports you to connect with yourself and others from a heart opened space. Being able to connect with touch without sexualising it allows us to go back to a state of innocence and bliss of just being in our bodies. In addition this allows us to learn about what is there for us in our relationship dynamics. The environment that we create is one of open-heartedness, fun and healing. The workshop starts by working with boundaries (ours and yours) to promote confidence and allow you to authentically connect with what feels right for you and what touch you want or don’t want from others. You will also have the opportunity to experience touch which you might not otherwise be able to have in a safe, platonic, obligation free environment, and to connect with the art of receiving. There will be further opportunities to ask for other touch that you want. This can be anything from a hand or a foot massage, a back rub or a cuddle, as long as it is within the boundaries of the others and the rules of the workshop. Throughout the exercises you will be guided and supported to connect with yourself. This workshop will be useful for those who want to learn to: • Practice their boundaries • Say “No,” without guilt • Find their “Yes!” • Connect with what they want and ask for it • Obtain the benefits of platonic touch • Improve their communications and social skills • Build their confidence • Be able to receive • Connect with self-acceptance Touch is an instinctive, natural language that we can all speak and understand. It’s essential for stimulating our nervous system and promoting healthy physical development. It is also critical for our mental and social development. We will connect with the beneficial effects of conscious touch and the resultant natural release of the feel good hormone oxytocin to bring you to a place of peace, empowerment, growth and self-connection. Did you know that it's a proven fact that just twenty seconds of physical contact can lift your mood for the whole day as it releases oxytocin? Find out more about oxytocin and its potential healing power here: http://www.sacredlighttantra.com/useful-information/oxytocin/ Our aim is to leave you feeling relaxed, empowered, with your heart opened and soul nurtured. Read here:(www.sacredlighttantra.com/testimonials-conscious-touch) just some of the testimonials we have received from previous attendees. This workshop is open to all genders and we do not actively seek to promote attendance from any particular group. This is a pre-book event only. AFTERNOON EVENTS: Doors open at 13:00 - Workshop start proper 13:30 EVENING EVENTS: Doors open at 6:30pm - Workshop start proper 19:00 The doors will open half an hour before the workshop start to give you an opportunity to register and meet your fellow explorers over non-alcoholic drinks. The workshop proper will start half an hour later after which there will be no admittance. Contact Details: Elara -[masked] The investment is as follows : Earlybird: £24 plus PayPal fee. First 9 bookings only! Full Price: £28 plus PayPal fee. If you prefer or want to avoid the PayPal fee, then you can pay by bank transfer and then message us and we will RSVP you to "Yes." Payment should be made to: Sort Code:[masked], Account No:[masked] Please put your name in the reference field when paying. There are a limited number of concession tickets available. Please message us if you think this applies to your circumstances. See you soon! Hugs Elara and Jon

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