January 06, 2017 at Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community in Chicago.
ABOUT CUDDLE UP DAY
I have scoured the internet without finding a single clue as to the origin of Cuddle Up Day. I do know that it is a national holiday! It has been around for at least a couple of years. It is always celebrated on Jan. 6th. Cuddles, snuggles, and warmth are encouraged.
Since this is a fairly new holiday, we get to define it for ourselves. I say we don our cuddle apparel and see what happens. I suspect we will be creating some new traditions in no time.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?/ CUDDLE ETIQUETTE
No worries if you can’t arrive by 4:30 pm. I will run through the agreements a couple of times. Once we have established a safe container, we will have a few optional connection exercises. These are a great way to get to know some of the other people in the room and explore boundaries before jumping straight into the cuddling.
Come for the cuddles. Come for the awesome conversation. Come to check out the cuddly space. Come to show off your pj’s. Any excuse will do. This is the second annual annual celebration! Let’s make it twice as good as last year!!
– In order to maintain a non-sexual environment, clothing stays on the whole time. Comfy clothing such as pj’s/ sweats are encouraged.
– Everyone involved is encourgaed to make specific requests if they would like to engage in some form of touch/ cuddling. Please respond with an honest yes or no. If you are unsure, please say no. You can re-visit this request later if you like.
-If you feel uncomfortable/ need to shift positions at any time, please let your cuddle buddy/ buddies know right away.
CUDDLE RUN DOWN (Rough Timeline)
Doors open at 4 pm, but you are not required to arrive at that time
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Doors open/ Change into cuddle clothes
4:30 pm – 4:50 pm Intros & Agreements
4:50 pm – 5:10 pm Optional Connection Exercises/ Open Cuddling
5:10 pm – 6:45 pm More Open Cuddling (Cuddling alone counts)
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm Agreements for new comers
7:00 pm – 7:20 pm Optional Connection Exercises (Possibly Hot Seat or another question game)
7:20 pm – 8:20 pm Open Cuddling (cuddling stuffed animals counts)
8:20 pm – 8:40 pm Optional Best PJ’s contest with prizes
8:40 pm – 9:40 pm Final Open Cuddling (This is a great time to check things off of your cuddle wish list if you have one)
9:40 pm – 10:00 pm Sharing Cuddle Day highlights and discussing upcoming events
Cost: Donation (It’s a holiday! Let’s give what feels good.)
You will receive the exact address upon registration.
NOTE: Your registration isn’t complete until you complete the Eventbrite registration. https://cuddleupday2.eventbrite.com
ADDITIONAL NOTE: People of all genders and sexual orientations are happily welcomed.