A few weeks ago I had the fortune of coming across a cuddle party in this area and went. I would like to tell everyone here that if you have never been.... GO! It was a truly uplifting experience that restored my faith in humanity. The "high" I felt from cuddling was the best feeling. Like most people I was very skeptical of going dealing with a lot of rejection issues and feeling like eww what if I have to cuddle a creepy/gross person. The welcome circle that goes over all the rules to cuddle party made it so that within a half an hour not only did I feel comfortable cuddling with complete strangers, but they had us do exercises that helped us feel comfortable saying no, and more importantly recieving a no to a request! I didn't realize how personal I take thing and how hard that rejection was on me. At the time I was going through a lot of issues in that area and the experience helped me understand rejection as being many things that could be completely unrelated to me and what I was asking or offering. I only had one person say no but I have to say it felt really good... strange right? They helped me understand that you shouldn't ask a question that you couldn't take a no to. The whole process was a truly spiritual, awakinging, and wonderful experience that I can only hope all of you get to experience at least one time in our short time here on earth. I have gone to their web site www.cuddleparty.com and gotten their rules for you all to read. It is absolutely amazing what can be accomplished when everyone is aware of the rules and knows that everyone will respect the rules. This is a great example of how communication clears confusion. Cuddle Party Rules Like the idea of Cuddle Party? Consider becoming a certified Cuddle Party Facilitator. The training and certification programs are consistently ranked among the best our participants have ever taken... and they know workshops! The Cuddle Party rules are tried and true, and there's a logic to them that goes deeper than you might think to create a safe, fun environment for people to connect. At a Cuddle Party event, the first 40 minutes or so includes an explanation of the rules that you can put to use everyday. Intrigued? Come to a Cuddle Party! And with no further ado... The Rules WHAT TO WEAR: Pajamas - nothing too risquÃ©. Think more comfy than sexy. (More drawstrings, less lace! No shorts.) WHAT TO BRING: A pillow or stuffed animal if you like. Juice or sparkling cider is always welcome. Sorry, no liquor folks. Otherwise, just bring your smiling self. STICK TO THE RULES: Pajamas stay on the whole time. You don't have to cuddle anyone at a Cuddle Party, ever. You must ask permission and receive a verbal YES before you touch anyone. (Be as specific in your request as you can.) If you're a yes, say YES. If you're a no, say NO. If you're a maybe, say NO. You are encouraged to change your mind anytime you want. Respect your relationship agreements and communicate with your partner. Get your Cuddle Lifeguard On Duty or Cuddle Caddy if you have a question or concern or need assistance with anything during the Cuddle Party. Tears and laughter are both welcome. Respect people's privacy when sharing about Cuddle Parties and do not gossip. Arrive on time. Be hygienically savvy.