13. July 2019 - 18:45 till 22:15
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POC Cuddle Up Event | Private Home in West Edgewater | Saturday, 13. July 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 6:45 pm 
Come be a part of a safer space for POC to experience consensual, platonic cuddling. This cuddle up event is exclusively for self-identified people of color. This event was created to offer a sober Saturday night experience for folks who want to connect with others who value genuine connection and cuddling.
This event is open to poc folx of all genders & sexual orientations. 
We will connect, hug, share our experiences of touch, and cuddle. Everyone present will be invited to participate in a mix of intentional cuddle exercises & unstructured cuddle time. This is your opportunity to enjoy cuddling/ simply connecting with other wonderful people in the poc community. 
Everyone needs to be here for the agreements. For this reason, everyone is required to arrive by 7:15 pm. If you have not arrived by 7:15 pm and have not called, you will not be able to enter. 

No one has to cuddle, snuggle, or share with anyone. 
In order to help promote a non-sexual environment, clothing stays on the whole time. Comfy clothing (pj's, sweats, etc) is encouraged, but not required. 
Everyone involved is asked 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. 
This is a substance-free event. Please do not arrive intoxicated or bring alcohol/ drugs to consume during the event. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are always appreciated. 

Feeling a bit nervous/ still unsure what to expect? Hopefully, this video can help. 

CUDDLE RUN DOWN (Rough Timeline) 
6:45 pm - 7:15 pm Doors open/ Change into cuddle clothes
7:15 pm - 7:30 pm Intros & Consent Discussion (agreements)
7:40 pm - 8:00 pm Multiple Hug Exercises
8:00 pm - 8:15 pm Agreements Discussion Cont 
8:15 pm - 8:45 pm Eye Gazing / Question Game/ Extended Hug Exc
8:45 pm - 8:55 pm Small Group Cuddle Negotiations
8:55 pm - 10:00 pm Open Cuddling  
10:00 pm - 10:15 pm Sharing highlights & discussing upcoming events                       
Cost: $35, Sliding scale & Discounted Early Bird/ Eager Beaver tickets also available
The exact address will be emailed to participants immediately after ticket purchase. It is near the bottom of the order confirmation email, which comes directly from Eventbrite.  
NOTE: Your registration isn't complete until you complete the Eventbrite registration.
Updated Accessibility Notes: There are 5 steps to enter the first-floor apartment where this event is held. There is a futon, a few chairs, and cushions available for sitting. All furniture and pads can be moved pretty easily if needed. The room is lit with lamps, so lighting can be adjusted if needed. No flashing lights. My new roommate occasionally dog-sits. The dog, Max, is not allowed on the furniture.
Cleanliness Notes: Please be mindful of personal hygiene when attending these events. Because we are all generally pretty close together, and some of us are cuddling; this is helpful to the overall experience of the group. If you have had a long day prior to the event, you may want to bring deodorant, a change of clothes, a washcloth, etc in order to freshen up. Please also try to avoid using lots of perfume/ strong smelling sprays/ lotions.

If you still have questions, feel free to text me or give me a call at 669-23-BE-YOU.
Check out the Life is Relationships Facebook Group. You can learn more about upcoming events, share insights, and connect with other cuddly people.