CUDDLE IN THE PARK
Want to cuddle? Come Cuddle in the Park!
When: Saturday July 15th 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cheeseman Park in Capitol Hill, Denver
Why: Because consent and cuddling are wonderful, and that is what this is all about! What a silly question. 😉
Event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/116414525636813/
Please join us for this free cuddling event, hosted by Cuddlist.com certified professional cuddle providers Corwin Duncan and Kassandra Brown. We would love to have people of all backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, races, spiritual or religious beliefs, sizes, and ages, (18 and over please) come together to enjoy respectful, consent-based, non-sexual touch. This event will follow the rules of cuddleparty.com – see below.
We will be in the north-west corner of the park, near the large tree – where 12th avenue intersects with the west side of the park.
If you’d like to hear about future Cuddles and other touch and quality gatherings, join our group at: https://www.facebook.com/
Please arrive by 4:30 at the latest.
Community Cuddles Itinerary
4:00 PM – Cuddlers arrive, help set up blankets and pillows under the tree, get a feel for the space, and fight off anyone else who is trying to use the space. (Joking of course – we will invite them to join instead)
4:30 PM – Welcome Circle. This is the most important part of the event and we ask that all attendees be present for the whole Welcome Circle. This part of the event will include practice setting boundaries and communicating around consent. Because we are using a public, outdoor space, we cannot strictly limit people from entering after 5:30 when the Welcome Circle starts, however we ask that if you would like to cuddle you come for the entire welcome circle.*
5:00 – 7:15 PM – Open cuddling! Per cuddle party rules, you MUST ask and get a verbal ‘yes’ before touching or cuddling with anybody at this event. If you are not sure how to do this – great! We will talk about it during the welcome circle.**
ARRIVE ON TIME: It is important that all participants arrive before the Welcome Circle. The Welcome Circle serves the purpose of creating the safe space for consensual, non-sexual touch between participants and making sure that everyone is informed about the rules of cuddling.*
HOW TO PREPARE: Shower and brush your teeth but don’t use strong scents. Many of us get headaches or would rather not be close to someone who smells of cigarettes, perfume, or even essential oils. Your clean self is a good smell.
BE SOBER: Please do not drink or smoke before or at this event.
WHAT TO WEAR: Pants and a shirt. Sweatpants, yoga pants, onesies, t-shirts, sweatshirts are all welcome – anything that you feel comfortable in. Please stay clothed in a minimum of shorts and a tank top for the entire event. Please do not wear anything that you consider sexy or risque – think elementary school slumber party.
WHAT TO BRING: Non-alcoholic beverages and/or snacks to share, blankets, pillows, anything else cuddly, a friend, a date – whatever cuddle accessory you like! The only thing that you are required to bring is a clean and sober you.
THE RULES OF CUDDLING
1. Clothes stay on for the whole event.
2. You do not have to touch anyone at a Community Cuddles event, ever.
3. You must ask permission and receive a verbal YES before you touch anyone. Please be specific in your requests.
4. If you’re yes, say YES. If you’re a no, say NO.
5. If you’re a maybe, say NO. You can always change your mind, in the fact –
6. You are encouraged to change your mind.
7. Respect your relationship agreements and communicate with your partner.
8. Get your facilitator or assistant if you have a question or concern or if you need assistance with anything during the event.
9. Tears and laughter are both welcome.
10. Respect people’s privacy when sharing about Community Cuddles.
11. Keep the cuddle space tidy. No one likes to cuddle in a puddle!
Touch is a basic human need, and many of us do not get enough. In fact, most people don’t even know they are missing touch, or have a way to ask for touch without sexualizing it. As certified cuddlists, we provide individual cuddling sessions and help our clients learn how to ask for the touch they need. We believe deeply in the power of touch, and the importance of communication and consent in creating a safe space for touch. Events like Cuddle in the Park are a way for us to bring the value of cuddling to more people and share our passion with the community.
Community Cuddles brings together people from different walks of life to explore giving and receiving loving touch together. Not only that, but it promotes a culture that is built around consent! You do not have to do anything that you don’t want to at our Free Cuddle – you’re completely at choice.
CUDDLING WITH STRANGERS
Cuddling with strangers sounds weird to most people, and often scary. “Will I like it?” “What if someone wants to touch me and I don’t want to?” “What if I say yes and it’s not what I want?” “What if I really want to touch someone and they say no?” Are all normal questions. The answer is that this is a space created to ask for exactly what you want, and receive NOTHING you don’t want. You may not get everything you ask for, but more than anywhere else, here you are encouraged to ask for what you want, and say ‘no’ or ‘stop’ to anything that you do not want.
Many people start out nervous at a cuddle event. Most are really, really glad they came.
Our Free Cuddle is a group cuddling event and we love it – it is NOT a cuddleparty.com official Cuddle Party. We make this distinction out of respect for Cuddle Party. More on this at the event.