Nelson’s first Cuddle Party takes place Sept. 26 at the Health Collective.

Cuddle Party coming to Nelson

"This is a nonsexual and drug and alcohol-free event."

A Cuddle Party, a safe and welcoming exploration of communication, consent and the healing power of touch, will be held at the Health Collective, 350 Baker St. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and are locked at 4 p.m., so don’t be late. You must be over 18 to participate. This is a nonsexual and drug and alcohol-free event. Admission is $20.

Cuddle Parties, a touch and communication event, have been growing in popularity in major centers around the world for the past 12 years, and now history will be made with Nelson’s first Cuddle Party.

The event begins with a brief workshop on communicating needs and offering consent. There are 11 rules you must agree to follow in order to stay for the cuddling portion that follows. Cuddle Party is about safety, kindness and compassion.

“I’m so excited to bring Cuddle Party to our local communities after experiencing the positive impact they have on people of all ages and genders,” says organizer and facilitator Erica Scott.

“In the future I plan to have women only, men only and trans only cuddle parties, as well as college age and seniors parties. If you are part of a group that would like to have their own Cuddle Party, please contact me.”

Please wear or bring pyjamas or very comfortable clothing. Think comfy not lacy. Bringing your own blanket and pillow, and/or stuffed animal is optional. Everyone is asked to bring either a small healthy snack or drink to share with the group. Finger food that is not too messy is the best. Phones will be turned off throughout.

For more information go to cuddleparty.com or contact Erica Scott at tika_bean@hotmail.com.

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