Cuddle Workshops

Come enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the company of nice and respectful people. Bilingual event FR/EN. Inclusive.

Why a Cuddle Workshop ?

Cuddles are great for us because they help our bodies release Oxytocin, Dopamine, Serotonin and Endorphins, which have a very positive effect on a person’s mood and help to restore the sense of physical well-being. But they are also just deeply relaxing and enjoyable. It’s also a way to create a connection with people you might not have met before.

The next Cuddle Workshop will be held on the 12th of December, 9th of January 24, 14th of February 24, 5.30 PM.

Please note those 3 workshops will exceptionnaly not be bilingual, and will be held in French. Bilingual workshops will restart later in 2024. To be aware of the upcoming dates, remember to register to the newsletter. The newsletter is bilingual. You can register to it in the footer of this page.  

What is a Cuddle Workshop?

A Cuddle Workshop is a very specific concept, devided in several parts :

  • 30 mins for the arrivals. Changing into your cuddle clothes, getting to know each other while having some snacks.
  • Please note you should be precisely on time. Latecomers will not be accepted, in order to maintain the safe space. 
  • Opening circle followed by a workshop during which we will talk about consent, practice asking for what you want, practice asking for consent, learn how to accept a “no”, learn how to feel what our boundaries are, and how to express them, discover different ways to touch, and build a healthy confidence in the group.
  • A free cuddle session. This is the moment people like the most, the absolute bliss. You will be allowed to cuddle as you like (as long as you respect the container we have established together) and only if you feel like it. 

It’s very cool for beginners too, thanks to the definition of the concept. We first do exercises together in a very calm and quiet (almost silent) environment to break the ice and get to know each other/ be more confident.

During the entire workshop you will always be free to participate or not. I will always do my best to empower you to say “no”, if “no” is the best answer for you. Nothing is forced or mandatory, and nobody will judge you. Participate as much as you like. I’ll be facilitating the workshop, and will be taking care of every participant, and making sure you feel safe and at ease.

Important: LATECOMERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED after 1PM, and this to guarantee the safest space possible. Once we have started I’ll explain the rules and you will not be able to join anymore. Tickets will not be refunded, nor shitfed to another date.

A Cuddle Workshop is a very specific concept, devided in several parts :

  • 30 mins for the arrivals. Changing into your cuddle

    It’s very cool for beginners too, thanks to the definition of the concept. We first do exercises together in a very calm and quiet (almost silent) environment to break the ice and get to know each other/ be more confident.

    During the entire workshop you will always be free to participate or not. I will always do my best to empower you to say “no”, if “no” is the best answer for you. Nothing is forced or mandatory, and nobody will judge you. Participate as much as you like. I’ll be facilitating the workshop, and will be taking care of every participant, and making sure you feel safe and at ease.

    Important: LATECOMERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED after 1PM, and this to guarantee the safest space possible. Once we have started I’ll explain the rules and you will not be able to join anymore. Tickets will not be refunded, nor shitfed to another date.

Consent

Consent is a key in platonic touch practices, which means you will always have to ask for consent before touching anyone in any way. 

You never have to touch or to accept touch if you don’t want to! I’ll do my best to empower you in that direction!

Clothes stay on during the entire event and sexual touch/intent is NOT allowed. Hands stay outside of clothes all the time.

What to bring

Things you should bring:

  • Your nice, caring, cuddly and respectful body and soul.

  • Some clean clothes to put on when you arrive in the venue. Please try to wear a minimum of a pair of shorts and a t-shirt that doesn’t show too much cleavage. I hate writing that, but it -sadly- helps prevent problems…

  • Your favorite pillow, stuffed animal, yoga mat; Everything that makes you feel comfy and warm… <3

Things I provide:

  • A cool and unique venue

  • Mattresses

  • A “cuddle-free” room/corner

  • Tissues

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Tap water

Things you should bring:

  • Your nice, caring, cuddly and respectful body and soul.

  • Some clean clothes to put on when you arrive in the venue. Please try to wear a minimum of a pair of shorts and a t-shirt that doesn’t show too much cleavage. I hate writing that, but it -sadly- helps prevent problems…

  • Your favorite pillow, stuffed animal, yoga mat; Everything that makes you feel comfy and warm… <3

Things I provide:

  • A cool and unique venue

  • Mattresses

  • A “cuddle-free” room/corner

  • Tissues

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Tap water

Please be careful, these events tend to fill up very quickly!

How much does a Cuddle Workshop cost?

50€ for a 3h workshop at Therapsy.

Who can participate to a Cuddle Workshop?

Everybody is welcome! As long as you are over 18y.o and you want to discover something with a kind and open mind, come and join us!

This being said, as the facilitator, its my duty to do my best to make it the safest space possible. I will therefore refuse access to anyone that I feel people might not feel safe with, or with whom I’ve already had problems, may they be professional or personal.
Any refusal will never be discriminatory of ethnicity, religion, age (as long as minimum 18y.o) or handicap*.

How much does a Cuddle Workshop cost?

  • The normal price is 30€.

  • The « solidarity price » is 45€. With paying a little bit more, you allow someone with a limited budget to participate. Thank you for them.

  • The « social price » is 15€. This allows someone with a limited budget to participate. To know : if you buy a « social price » you commit to come 1h before to help me install everything, and to stay 1h later to clean up. This way, this special pricing is accessible even if noone bies the « solidarity price ». 🙂 The social prices are limited, so please keep them for people who really cannot afford the full price.

  • The « duo price » is 50€. Come with anyone you think might be interested. 🙂

Who can participate to a Cuddle Workshop?

Everybody is welcome! As long as you are over 18y.o and you want to discover something with a kind and open mind, come and join us!

This being said, as the facilitator, its my duty to do my best to make it the safest space possible. I will therefore refuse access to anyone that I feel people might not feel safe with, or with whom I’ve already had problems, may they be professional or personal.
Any refusal will never be discriminatory of ethnicity, religion, age (as long as minimum 18y.o) or handicap*.

*: Regarding handicaps: the venue may change every time, and there might be a few steps to go up. Regarding mental disabilities, every participant has to be fully able to understand the concepts of consent, boundaries, to respect them to the letter, and to be able to express they verbally.

COVID Safety 

This event is open to all.

The only thing we ask you is to make sure you haven’t experienced any symptoms of Covid, Flu, or Cold during the 7 days prior to the event, and that you haven’t been in contact with anyone having those symptoms.

This may be modified if the situation deteriorates.

The venue

The venue is likely to change often untill i find the perfect one. It will always be: In Brussels, and accessible via public transport and car. 

Therapsy, 12.12, 09.01, 14.02

Therapsy is a great multidisciplinary center specialised in mental health and empowerment. It this center you can find many practitionners and a wide variety of workshops, so that you can move forward thoroughly guided.

 

Specific Needs

If you have specific needs (insecurities, accessibility,…) feel free to let me know by mail at bonjour@calinobxl.com and we’ll discuss what I can do to help you feel at ease.

Attendence/max. capacity

We have room for 15 participants + me, Madline, the facilitator.

Horaire

  • 17h30-18h00. Arrivals. Changing into your cuddle clothes and mingling.

  • 18h. Opening the circle of trust, explaining the rules and guidelines for the event, sharing our boundaries and wishes.

  • To create a true safe and secure place, the opening circle will start at 18h sharp, and latecomers will not be accepted. Sorry if this feels “harsh”, but I want everyone to feel at ease and be on the same page.

  • Then: Cuddle workshop. We will start with a few « exercises/games », then free cuddling.

  • Around 20h45: Closing circle. The Cuddle Workshop event will be finished. Unless if you really have a problem and have to go, please try to stay until the end of the closing circle.

If you have any question or request, feel free to email me at bonjour@calinobxl.com.

Im looking forward to meeting you, and sharing this amazing experience with you!