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Cuddle Party Sonoma County -September 15th!!!

Santa Rosa – September 15, 2012
Time: 5-9pm
Party Type: Co-ed
Led by: Sujata D. Monti
Cost: Sliding scale 20-42

Click here for specifics about the content, hours of the evening and to register: www.cuddleparty.com/sebastopol

CONFIRMATIONS with complete details and directions will be sent usually within a week of your registration and no later than 3 days prior to the event - unless you registered less than 3 days prior. ASSUME you will get a confirmation if you have paid online. Since I have to do that part by hand I usually do it once a week.
What is a Cuddle Party?
Cuddle Party is a fun, playful workshop on connection and communication that includes an abundance of nurturing and affectionate touch. It is safe and structured, non-sexual and drug and alcohol-free event. Called a "Party" because it is so much fun (a wonderful alternative to a standard singles scene and night life)!
People may attend a Cuddle Party for a variety of reasons. Some come just to have fun and enjoy a wonderful evening of connecting with like-minded people. Some see a Cuddle Party as a great networking opportunity to look for new friends or a significant other. Some (both men and women alike) come to safely fulfill their need for affection and nurturing touch that may be missing in their everyday life. Some appreciate the learning and personal growth aspect, having the opportunity to improve their social and communication skills (expressing needs, setting boundaries, etc.), and explore ways of creating connection and closeness. Some may appreciate risking connecting with someone of the same sex (or the opposite if that's your edge). Some may even find an element of spirituality here, and play with "touch meditation", Tantra, or explore different states of consciousness ("the cuddling hormone" oxytocin can produce quite an altered state). It's a GREAT way to create community!!!
Cuddling can mean feet against feet, head or shoulder rubs, full-body hugs, spooning - it is entirely up to you. You can participate according to your desires and comfort level (it is perfectly ok if you just want to talk and not touch anyone for a while or not at all - YOU ARE ALWAYS AT CHOICE!!!). You will have a great opportunity to meet and connect with other cuddle-minded people in a safe and relaxing environment.
During the first hour we create the structure and safe space by introducing ourselves, learning about Cuddle Party philosophy and rules (like "Ask before touching anyone"), and by going through several communication and ice-breaker exercises. This is followed by a couple of hours of social cuddling time, and ends with a Closing Circle.
Please share with all of your friends and associates about these wonderful events by forwarding this info to like-hearted people.
And since a picture’s worth a thousand words, a video has got to be worth a million!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPsbJr6xw3k&feature=fvwrel&utm_source=Cuddle+Activism+List&utm_campaign=01c0f65405-1%2F19+Cuddle+Party+Workshops+this+week+and+next!&utm_medium=email
Enjoy and be well!!!
PS We recently created a meet up group and would be thrilled to have you as a member. We’ll be offering Cuddle Parties, Free Hugs, Clothing Exchanges, Conscious Relationship Circles, events, and more that won’t be advertised any other way!! It’s also a great way to create carpooling opportunities with other cuddlers!!! Here’s the link so you can join us: http://www.meetup.com/Cuddle-Party-Sonoma-County/
Cuddlemonials:
I really enjoyed my experience at the cuddle party. It moved me and lots came up for me. This was like a huge feat for me in many ways; allowing in the love and touch. I have a ways to go, however, now I see an avenue for direction I need to go. It looks as though the next one is full, and I bet there is a huge waiting list already. If not, I'd like to go. I am truly amazed that I can do this. Thank you for all your work and compassion in bringing this together. What I saw happening at this party was intense compassion in action. It was wonderful to see people receive what they need, and I was a part of this. Thank you for making it happen. BS Santa Rosa, CA

Dear Sujata, thanks so much for organizing the Cuddle Party. It was my first experience and it was wonderful. What a safe loving way to relax in someone's arms, have a great conversation and feel touched in a way that I long for. RF, Fairfax

Thank you and your team again for providing this in our lives. Each party is different and last night I really experienced the "real meaning" which is Real Touch and the power and healing of touch. We live in such an unconnected world with all this technology and most of our culture perceives touch as sexual. What a relief that I can come there and feel safe (esp as a single woman) and cared about at a deep level---not seen as a some man or woman's "sexual hit potential" which is just everywhere. LK Sebastopol

Sujata and her team did a wonderful job to create a comfortable and safe space at their lovely home. The gentle introduction and “safety” exercises set the tone for respectful, non-competitive and relaxed verbal and, if desired, physical connection between the guests. I found it especially heartwarming that I could connect with men and women alike and that everyone felt so at ease. This is a great opportunity to explore edges, regardless if such an event sounds weird to you, or if you are a seasoned workshopper in the sensual realm. Highly recommended for singles and couples. MU Santa Rosa, CA

Safety, love, acceptance, laughter, play, touch. This is my cuddle party experience. From this place of innocence and intimacy profound connections happen. Sujata’s party is simply the best of the best. W.S. Marin
I not only enjoyed great cuddling, but I met the woman I've always dreamed about at Sujata's Cuddle Party. It shows, you CAN "have your cake and eat it too"! Paul R.
Santa Rosa, CA
From the moment I walked into the Cuddle Party I felt safe and welcomed. In particular, I appreciated the tone of playful friendliness that Sujata sets. The experience was extremely well orchestrated from start to finish. The time spent on ground rules was perfect. The ground rules and the discussion of boundaries created the perfect balance of permission and safety, enabling me to feel at ease in both reaching out for touch and receiving touch. I enjoyed the people I there and felt that my needs were met, which I must confess is not how I normally feel. What I have taken with me from the event is a very strong sense of the OKness of my own needs--particularly my need for touch. I continue to be able to ask for what I want in my current relationship without feeling embarrassed or ashamed. I recommend this experience to anyone seeking a deeper connection with humanity--both their own and that of others. D.R., MFT, Santa Rosa, CA

"Sujata's Cuddle Parties are the best, characterized by her passion for bringing strangers together and making them comfortable and engaged. Her warm, welcoming personality fills the room and surrounds folks like warm embrace." D.D Hopland, CA
"Cuddle parties are a safe place to interact physically with others in a nurturing and fun environment! Cuddle Parties are a wonderful, safe place for a single women to get touch needs met!" R. R., Female Business Owner, Santa Rosa, CA
'I felt more relaxed than I can remember in a very long time. I felt safe, comfortable and held in a way that allowed my body to just let go. Thank you! AVC Petaluma, CA
I attended my first cuddle party in February of 2010. I was at a low point in life and that night marked a new and positive direction for me. I was so uplifted by reintroducing cuddling to my life in such a safe, warm, and comfortable atmosphere that allowed me to set aside my fears and savor the incredible healing power of human touch. Thank you so much for creating a healthy environment to learn and experience a new level of “intimacy”. With Gratitude, SGS Windsor, CA
To experience cuddling in a professional led setting enabled me to observe the dynamic of my somatic boundaries (felt sense of self) in relation to strangers. A Sujata Cuddle Party is a great setting to develop communication skills and sense of self that are directly applicable to friends and lovers. Just talking about my experience has transformed friendships (and friends.) JG, Sebastopol, CA
Sujata's cuddle party was worth the trip. I had been having a high stress week but as soon as I sat down in the welcome circle, I felt a sort of calm come over me. I really like the new transition into cuddling too because it eases up the process of asking for what you want.
JC, Sunnyvale CA
In some of us, we have an insatiable need, a desire to be touched… in such a safe environment one’s touch needs can be met. At Sujata’s cuddle party, a person can feel a strong sense of safety that a loving, non-sexual touch can happen for a few hours, with different people giving you different experiences of being seen, touched, held. When you join us for one of these cuddle parties, only then will you fully understand the sense of bliss and connection that many people experience. DH, Fairfax, CA
"I have been to many Cuddle Parties hosted by Sujata, and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I really love the "safe space" that is created there, where people can relax, and open themselves up to others, and experiment moving out of their comfort zones and trying out new behaviors. I find Cuddle Parties to be incredible in that people have the opportunity to give and receive loving, nurturing touching without being sexual." All the best, and more, to you, SS San Rafael, CA
For those of you who have never heard of or been to a cuddle party, it is one of the best things that’s ever happened in this lifetime. I have attended numerous cuddle parties for quite sometime where everyone can have their touch and cuddle needs with real pleasure and where boundaries are honored at the same time in a safe comfortable environment. I have connected with so many people with different age range and backgrounds through these events that after it's all over I feel more alive than ever than when I first walked in. B.A. Daly City, CA.
Thank you for your efforts in making last night happen; I've never been to one before but I liked it as the age group was closer to my age, and therefore I was more comfortable. You also provided some very nice snacks and a great variety. Thank you. CS, Santa Rosa
As a long-standing fan of Puja circles, cuddling and sharing heart energy, I deeply enjoyed the official Cuddle Party Sujata has hosted and would recommend these to all walks of life. Sujata is an experienced and a gifted fun loving facilitator of groups of people in general whose energetic vibrancy and genuine caring nature flows freely and balanced amongst all parties involved. JS, Marin
I attended Sujata Monti's Cuddle Party. It was a wonderful event, both yummy and safe, and Sujata was great! She was organized down to the last detail, her instructions were clear, and even though it was her first time, she was able to participate comfortably herself while still keeping tabs on all the activity. —ds, Middletown CA
Sujata's Cuddle Party was fun, playful, and nurturing. She is a great CCO (Chief Cuddle Officer). WS - Novato.
Just home from this cold winter's night Cuddle Party - so much warmer and softer than I had arrived, and from the inside out - luxuriating in the deliciously tender, sweet afterglow of such innocent intimacy. ~ R.W., Santa Rosa, CA
Sujata's parties offer a safe place for renewal, play... an opportunity to connect, learn and communicate about boundaries and cuddle with others. Jkm, Santa Rosa CA
Thank you and your assistants for organizing and participating in this event. It was a deeply moving and tender experience for me. I look forward to another of your cuddle parties. C, Sebastopol
That was SO fabulous.....ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Heck, once the word gets out about this, I don't think you'll have any trouble filling the room!! RR, Sebastopol
I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!!

Be well!!


Sujata D. Monti, CCC


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