Events

Life Spirals hosts various Cuddle Events across Melbourne.

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Cuddle events in 2024 are running in Fitzroy and Hawthorn (and occasional other locations). Events run monthly and in those alternate locations. I have titled the events in Fitzroy as Cuddle Gathering and in Hawthorn as Snuggle Party to make it a bit more distinctive in locations, however event formats are the same. The venue in Fitzroy is an accessible venue.


Held at Centre of You

If you have not attended a cuddle event before and wish for a gentle introduction to caring platonic touch, boundaries and consent, then you may wish to attend Held at Centre of You. Expressions of interest are being taken, contact Life Spirals giving your name and phone number. When there is enough interest to form a group, and you will be contacted.

More information about the Held event:

While cuddles/hugs may sound like a sweet time for some, for some, it can bring up unsettling feelings of resistance such as pressure, obligation, expectation and/or mistrust/skepticism of the other’s intent. In this experience with clearly delineated group boundaries, we seek to settle our nervous system enough to surrender into experiencing nurturing holds and caring touch via a range of individual, partnered and small group playful and meaningful activities, sharing and debriefing.

Held is not a cuddle party, it is a highly facilitated, specifically paced, trauma-informed experience guided by trained cuddle practitioners. Held is facilitated by Grace Elizabeth (COY) and Natasha Hund (Life Spirals). 


Testimonials


Guidelines & Boundaries for Cuddle Events

  • Agree to confidentiality. You will not discuss or share anyone else’s experience with others. You may share your own experience.
  • This is a drug and alcohol free gathering. You need to arrive sober and maintain sobriety during the event. You may find yourself getting a natural high on oxytocin – often called the “hug hormone.”
  • There’s no touch required, and you can change your mind at any time.
  • Respect the boundaries of others (ideally with enthusiasm).
  • This is a non-sexual event so all behaviours and speech need to keep in alignment with that.
  • Ask and Wait – if you want to touch someone, ask. Then wait for the answer.

Participants need to be 18+yrs to attend.

Natasha hugs a friend


About your facilitator:

Natasha Hund (she/her) is compassionate and empathetic. As a certified cuddle professional, holistic counsellor and play specialist she has experience in touch to nurture, to help with co-regulation and to give comfort. She values the importance of touch and enjoys creating relaxed and nurturing spaces. Natasha enjoys giving and receiving hugs!

Tash is a Certified Cuddle Event Leader with Cuddle Sanctuary.

She has also completed accredited trainings with Cuddle Therapy Australia and Cuddle Professionals International.

“Felt so connected and relaxed.”