Snuggle Sanctuary!

* Do you want more comfort and confidence in communicating your consent and boundaries? 

* Is it hard to find safe, non-sexual nurturing touch or affection in your life?

* Are you ready to explore conscious connection, authentic consent, empowered boundaries, and

nurturing platonic touch? 

Then Snuggle Sanctuary is the place for you...

Nurturing, welcome, consensual touch is essential for the wellbeing of your body, your heart, and your spirit.

Your nervous system, blood pressure, and emotional health all benefit from healthy, heart-full touch. 

Safe touch also enhances your ability to connect with and trust people, your capacity to respect and care for yourself, your creativity, and your sense of safety, comfort, and belonging.  

 

Infants who are deprived of touch fail to thrive, and we never outgrow that need.

In today’s high-tech low-touch society, we especially crave the authentic connection, deep listening,

and nurturing touch that we were born to receive.

 

Though touch is natural, the skills that make it welcome and enjoyable sometimes need to be learned and practiced ~ skills of communication, expressing boundaries, asking for what you want, and saying ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ with clarity and kindness. 

For many of us, this can be an uncomfortable edge to explore.

 

That's why we have Snuggle Sanctuary!

My job as a trained facilitator is to guide you into these skills gently and easily, in a

fun, safe and light hearted way. I am here to welcome you, create an atmosphere of respect, and

remain available for questions and support. 

Snuggle Sanctuary is a workshop and fun social event that provides a safe, non-sexual setting to explore communication, boundaries, and nurturing touch. An opening workshop helps set the stage for you to refine your communication skills, learn to say No with clarity and kindness, ask for what you want, define your boundaries, and connect with others.

 

Open cuddle time then gives you the opportunity to practice your new skills. You have the option to engage with others, to touch and be touched (holding hands, back rubs, spooning, and the like), or you can choose to sit and simply enjoy conversation over tea and some snacks. 

I hope you'll come explore safe, nurturing, platonic healing touch with us!

"Snuggle Sanctuary is the only workshop I have been to that safely explored platonic intimacy.

I realized when I heard about the event that I had become almost fearful of platonic

physical touch, which I don't think we get nearly enough of in our culture,

so this was a scary, yet important workshop for me to attend.

I felt instant trust for Iona Jones, our trained workshop leader, and I was blown away by her ability to co-create safe space with a topic as personal as touch. I experienced fun and deeply intimate moments with the other attendees, many of whom I had never met before the night of the workshop. By the end we felt like a family, and I felt comfortable giving, receiving, and saying no to platonic physical interactions with others. I felt more confident, more loved, more open, more healed, and less scared of intimacy after this experience.

I'll be at the next workshop, I hope to see you there!" 
~ Mercer

WHAT TO EXPECT

During the first hour we create the structure and establish safe space with the Orientation Circle. We will introduce ourselves, learn about Snuggle Sanctuary philosophy, go over the Agreements (like "Ask permission and get a verbal Yes before touching anyone", and "It's okay to change your mind at any time, for any reason"), and go through several communication and ice-breaker exercises. 

 

After the Orientation Circle hour you will have the option to join in a group snuggle, connect one-on-one for individual snuggles, or just sit back and watch, journal, and have a conversation. You can leave at anytime, or stay until we end with a Closing Circle. 

 

You may want to attend Snuggle Sanctuary for a variety of reasons. Some come just to have fun and enjoy a wonderful evening of connecting with like-minded people and making new friends. Some 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, and explore ways of creating connection and closeness. Some may appreciate risking connecting with someone of the same sex (or the opposite sex, if that's your edge). Some find a beautiful element of spirituality here, and play with touch meditation, breath Tantra, eye gazing, and exploring the naturally altered state of consciousness that the "cuddling hormone" oxytocin can produce. 

 

Snuggling 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!!!. Regardless of your level of physical engagement, you will have a great opportunity to meet and connect with other people in a safe and relaxing environment.

 

Want to know more?  Read about Snuggle Sanctuary in the press: 

Mountain Xpress

WLOS

**Not ready for a group snuggle experience? No worries!

Ask Iona about 1:1 Cuddle Therapy sessions

You'll get to experience the same nurturing platonic touch, relax into being held, and be empowered to 

express your boundaries and ask for what you want in a safe and loving container **

"Snuggle Sanctuary has taught me so much about my freedom to choose, change my mind, ask for what I want, express my boundaries, and genuinely offer my consent." 

At Snuggle Sanctuary you gain: 

* Clarity and confidence about your wants and needs 

* Boundary and communication skills 

* Comfort, support and encouragement 

* The secrets to welcome, relaxed, platonic touch 

 

The skills you learn at Snuggle Sanctuary translate into everyday life, right from the start.

When boundaries and consent are clear, every relationship is easier.

 

And… Where else can you attend a workshop in your pajamas?!

To host a Snuggle Sanctuary in your community,

contact Iona at vibrant vesselwellness@gmail.com 

"I thought I got what consent was about before this, but I really, really didn't.

Being very clear and asking specifically for what I want was something

I believed I had been doing, but after these sessions I felt I was previously wandering and bumbling. During the sessions, I found myself listening and sharing honestly, with no fear of humiliation or rejection, and I enjoyed sharing vulnerable space

and time knowing that the people who were with me gave their consent and solicited my consent. 

 

The bliss and contentment afterwards have been persistent. More than that, I already feel a lot more confident and assured of myself, because there's less assumptions to make this way. I have already begun a habit to ask specifically for what I want and ensure consent is clearly given, especially as situations change. 

I have more courage to be who I want to be, and I'm further encouraged to want who I am"

~ Charles Rozier, Atlanta GA

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