2nd Annual Cuddle Up Day Celebration/ Cuddle Marathon

Friday  6 January  2017  4:00 PM    Friday  6 January  2017 10:00 PM
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Let's make this year even bigger and better than last year!

ABOUT CUDDLE UP DAY

I have scoured the internet without finding a single clue as to the origin of Cuddle Up Day. I do know that it is a national holiday! It has been around for at least a couple of years. It is always celebrated on Jan. 6th. Cuddles, snuggles, and warmth are encouraged.

Since this is a fairly new holiday, we get to define it for ourselves. I say we don our cuddle apparel and see what happens. I suspect we will be creating some new traditions in no time.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?/ CUDDLE ETIQUETTE

No worries if you can't arrive by 4:30 pm. I will run through the agreements a couple of times. Once we have established a safe container, we will have a few optional connection exercises. These are a great way to get to know some of the other people in the room and explore boundaries before jumping straight into the cuddling.

Come for the cuddles. Come for the awesome conversation. Come to check out the cuddly space. Come to show off your pj's. Any excuse will do. This is the second annual annual celebration! Let's make it twice as good as last year!!

Agreements

- In order to maintain a non-sexual environment, clothing stays on the whole time. Comfy clothing such as pj's/ sweats are encouraged.
- Everyone involved is encourgaed to make specific requests if they would like to engage in some form of touch/ cuddling. Please respond with an honest yes or no. If you are unsure, please say no. You can re-visit this request later if you like.
-If you feel uncomfortable/ need to shift positions at any time, please let your cuddle buddy/ buddies know right away.

CUDDLE RUN DOWN (Rough Timeline)

Doors open at 4 pm, but you are not required to arrive at that time

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Doors open/ Change into cuddle clothes

4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Intros & Agreements

4:50 pm - 5:10 pm Optional Connection Exercises/ Open Cuddling

5:10 pm - 6:45 pm More Open Cuddling (Cuddling alone counts)

6:45 pm - 7:00 pm Agreements for new comers

7:00 pm - 7:20 pm Optional Connection Exercises (Possibly Hot Seat or another question game)

7:20 pm - 8:20 pm Open Cuddling (cuddling stuffed animals counts)

8:20 pm - 8:40 pm Optional Best PJ's contest with prizes

8:40 pm - 9:40 pm Final Open Cuddling (This is a great time to check things off of your cuddle wish list if you have one)

9:40 pm - 10:00 pm Sharing Cuddle Day highlights and discussing upcoming events

Cost: Donation (It's a holiday! Let's give what feels good.)

You will receive the exact address upon registration.

NOTE: Your registration isn't complete until you complete the Eventbrite registration. https://cuddleupday2.eventbrite.com

ADDITIONAL NOTE: People of all genders and sexual orientations are happily welcomed. :)

Nearby hotels and apartments
Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community
West Edgewater, Chicago, 60625, IL, United States

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 07/01/2017 15:38
Oh my wow!!! What a sweet event! I am so grateful for the compassionate, silly, warm people who showed up and shared the most awesome parts of themselves with us. My personal highlights were AcroYoga, the Deadpool ninja hug, and holding hand with the entire group. If you want to share, I would love to hear some of your favorite moments. These sweet memories will help keep me warm until next time. :)

Colleen Dolan Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 07/01/2017 05:34
hello friends, it was lovely meeting and connecting with you all. feel free to add me if you're interested in staying in touch or seeing each other in the future
Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community
-- 07/01/2017 05:34
I am so glad that you had a nice time, Colleen. I loved listening to all of your laughs. :)

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 07/01/2017 00:15
The cuddling has started!!! There is still time to join us. :)

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 06/01/2017 21:54
Hey, folx!!! It's about that time. If taking public trans, u can take the 50 or the 92 to Damen& Foster. If driving, there is generally free parking on Berwyn (my street). Obviously those who arrive before 6 pm will be able to park a little closer.

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 06/01/2017 16:37
It's going to be a wonderfully long event. Please bring snacks to share. Let's keep our strength up for more strong hugs and active cuddles. :)
Robert Bershadsky
-- 06/01/2017 16:37
yes!! im gonna bring sum vegan/gluten free snacks/desserts, but is anyone soy free that i should know about?? want to provide for the majority of diets! :)
Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community
-- 06/01/2017 16:37
You rock! I haven't heard anyone mention an allergy to soy. Thanks for giving that person/ those persons an opportunity to chime in now. :)

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 06/01/2017 15:16
https://youtu.be/lXWeeiMK5jc

Janet Ross-Jordan Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 06/01/2017 09:29
Happy Cuddle Up Day! https://www.facebook.com/cardsandgiftwrap.co.uk/photos/a.481070658643202.1073741828.480491752034426/1284002308350029/?type=3&theater¬if_t=photo_comment¬if_id=1483688686343015
Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community
-- 06/01/2017 09:29
I love this soooo much!!! I'll kick us off... I will be cuddling my partner today. I would love to cuddle my partner and the birthday boy and I would love to have a cuddle sandwhich/ spoon train with a few new friends.

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 05/01/2017 20:42
Hey, folx. Just checking in regarding allergies. All of the cuddle rooms will be free of pets. This time, some of the padding was kept in a home with a cat. If you have concerns about allergies, please let us know when you arrive. We can direct you away from these items.

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 05/01/2017 20:23
Hey folx! Exciting news! My lovely co-host just informed me that he will be setting up The Sanctuary of Love!!! So much sweet, platonic goodness! Let the cuddle magic begin!

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 05/01/2017 19:34
Tomorrow's the big day!!! https://youtu.be/nNF1Rh1RQFo

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 05/01/2017 15:46
It's soooo cold. I'm excited to warm up with snuggles. Did I mention that it's cold? Bring blankets :) Snuggies and onesies also welcomed!

Shannon Elizabeth McGregor Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 03/01/2017 23:09
Seriously what can I bring? Brownies? Cookies? Something? I love cuddle time with safe compassionate buddies!!!
Shawn Coleman
-- 03/01/2017 23:09
Thanks for asking. Fruit is always great. Vegan finger food like hummus or guac is also great. :)
Shawn Coleman
-- 03/01/2017 23:09
If brownies are your go to snack, I'm sure others would also love that. Chocolate is generally a crowd pleaser
Shannon Elizabeth McGregor
-- 03/01/2017 23:09
Cool
Shannon Elizabeth McGregor
-- 03/01/2017 23:09
Maybe just chocolate! :-) lol
Steve Gaza
-- 03/01/2017 23:09
Maybe I misread this???
Shannon Elizabeth McGregor
-- 03/01/2017 23:09
What Steve?
Shannon Elizabeth McGregor
-- 03/01/2017 23:09
Read the rules on the link Steve lol
Shawn Coleman
-- 03/01/2017 23:09
Shannon, I am really looking forward to getting to know you better this weekend. :)
Shannon Elizabeth McGregor
-- 03/01/2017 23:09
Bringing dark choc with almonds & something healthy

David Ziemba Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 03/01/2017 23:04
I'm so excited to begin my birthday weekend with a cuddle marathon!! I know that many people are afraid of group cuddles so let me know if you would rather organize some private cuddle time <3 Thank you Shawn Coleman for organizing this!!
Marion Healy
-- 03/01/2017 23:04
I'm always down for private cuddles. 😁🙏🏻❤
Shawn Coleman
-- 03/01/2017 23:04
💓💓💓💓

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 03/01/2017 17:53
Hey, loves. A few days ago, I mistakenly posted an image that implied that "yes" is the only possible answer when asked to cuddle. I somehow misread the image. For anyone that I confused, offended, or triggered; I am truly sorry. Consent is incredibly important. I have re-posted our agreements below as a reminder of the type of space that we will co-create. -In order to maintain a non-sexual environment, clothing stays on the whole time. Comfy clothing such as pj's/ sweats are encouraged. -Everyone involved is encouraged to make specific requests if they would like to engage in some form of touch/ cuddling. Please respond with an honest yes or no. If you are unsure, please say no. You can re-visit this request later if you like. -If you feel uncomfortable/ need to shift positions at any time, please let your cuddle buddy/ buddies know right away.

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 03/01/2017 17:15
I'm making some pb& j sandwiches right now. I'll definitely need to make some more for Friday. One of the best comfort foods ever!
Melissa A McCarthy
-- 03/01/2017 17:15
Can my super cute snuggle partner Captain Jack Sparrow (puppy) come too? He is 11 weeks old

Robert Bershadsky Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 03/01/2017 05:18
Ive been waiting all of 2017 for this event!!! hehehehe Can't wait to cuddle and exchange the best of love with you all
Shawn Coleman
-- 03/01/2017 05:18
Ha ha!!! I look forward to spending the holiday with you, dear soul

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 31/12/2016 13:03
The cuddliest day of the year is less than a week away!!! What are you most excited about?
David Ziemba
-- 31/12/2016 13:03
Shawn Coleman
-- 31/12/2016 13:03
Btw, I have coloring books... Just saying

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 29/12/2016 15:50
Don't forget to officially reserve your spot by following the link below. Sign up with the donation of your choice. https://cuddleupday2.eventbrite.com
https://cuddleupday2.eventbrite.com/

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 29/12/2016 15:46
Gabrielle Eve
-- 29/12/2016 15:46
NO! is also OK. :)
Shawn Coleman
-- 29/12/2016 15:46
Absolutely! I think my brain somehow read this as "yes" "no". Thanks for pointing that out. No can be really hard to say, but it is always welcomed. Nothing is required at any of my events.
Gabrielle Eve
-- 29/12/2016 15:46
The drawing bothers me but I also get that it is playful and maybe was created as a joke.
Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community
-- 29/12/2016 15:46
I definitely get that. I thought about removing it after I realized that I clearly misread it. I decided against it because I think discussions about it can be fruitful. If it's nagging at you, I can still take it down.
Gabrielle Eve
-- 29/12/2016 15:46
It's not overly nagging. I do wonder if it could trigger folks who might not read the comments but I also can't predict or control things!
Shawn Coleman
-- 29/12/2016 15:46
Writing a post now to fully acknowledge my mistake and remind people of the agreements

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/12/2016 01:03
I'm sooo excited to announce that David Ziemba, the cuddle master, will be co-hosting this event with me!!! That's right! We will be bringing our lovely cuddle communities together to celebrate this magnificent holiday! For those who don't know, David is filled with love and it effortlessly comes out in the form of long hugs, warm cuddles, and tender moments. We are all in for a treat. :) Sending you virtual love and cuddles until we see each other in person!
David Ziemba
-- 28/12/2016 01:03
awww.. this is so sweet to find. Thank you for nominating me as "A" cuddle master.. since i'm sure there's plenty others, like yourself, who should be nominated too. We can all share the LoveLight <3 I'm honored to be joining you all on my birthweekend. I definitely will have lots of cuddles to share.
Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community
-- 28/12/2016 01:03

Richard Mathis Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 27/12/2016 20:21
Sorry Shawn, I can't attend, I have to work that evening. :(
Shawn Coleman
-- 27/12/2016 20:21
Sorry to hear it. You will be missed. Sending you lots of love and virtual cuddles.

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 27/12/2016 15:33
This is the 2nd annual event!!! I'm anticipating an event filled with twice as many sweet moments and twice as much fun. I'm sure we can think up at least twice as many things to do while cuddling! Cuddles & coco, cuddles and cards, cuddles & coloring (one of Kat's favorites)... those are just the easy ones! Feel free to add your creative ideas below. Two heads are better than 1. ;)
Melissa A McCarthy
-- 27/12/2016 15:33
I can bring my blow up couch if you like
Shannon Elizabeth McGregor
-- 27/12/2016 15:33
I can't wait till 🎼🗝❤️💛💚💙💜When when when

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 21/12/2016 22:16
I've just updated the Eventbrite description. It now mentions a queer/lgbtq+ room. This is an optional safer space for people in those communities who would feel more comfortable with other lgbtq+ folx. In order to maintain the safer space I am asking that allies not enter this particular room. Allies/ Heterosexual folx are welcome at this event, just not in this particular room.
Shawn Coleman
-- 21/12/2016 22:16
It is my hope that this optional space will help all participants to feel more comfortable showing up authentically/ making the requests that they want to make. The intention is not to restrict any particular type of cuddling to a particular room. Everyone will be welcome in the main cuddle space. Feel free to reach out to me if you are confused/ concerned about this.

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 20/12/2016 17:31
Sign up today with the donation of your choice! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-cuddle-up-day-celebration-cuddle-marathon-tickets-29742828601
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-cuddle-up-day-celebration-cuddle-marathon-tickets-29742828601
Melissa A McCarthy
-- 20/12/2016 17:31
I want that mug

Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 19/12/2016 21:01
Hey, loves! If you are looking for a snack to bring to the event, you may be interested in knowing that Jan 6th is also Bean Day, Apple Tree Day, and Shortbread Day.
Touchpoints: Cuddles and Community
West Edgewater, Chicago, 60625, IL, United States
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