Hi! My name is Madelon Guinazzo. I am the only certified cuddle Party facilitator in Chicago and I call our Cuddle Parties “Truthful Touch“.
My first Cuddle Party was an eye opening experience! It reached a part of me I hadn’t been able to get to before in a way that was supportive and nurturing. I had to get certified, keep doing it and invite others to do it with me. Before long I discovered that the best friends I had in my life I had met through Cuddle Party. I realized that when I am in a space in which we are all being authentic friendship happens that we can trust because they know the real me and I know the real them! Because of this my focus is on the courage and clarity it takes to give an honest yes and no and to communicate when our mind changes. Improving that skill has elevated my life! It allows me to be truly close to myself, to others, and to my life.
Cuddle Party also creates a space of “innocent intimacy”. This is the most precious part of ourselves feeling safe and coming out to play with that part in others. It is wondrous, healing and pure. The perfect antidote for the stress in our lives.
We have a beautiful community of regular “alumni” cuddlers and new people are coming in all the time. It’s a vibrant expanding group that is bonded, welcoming, inclusive and extremely supportive of healthy expressed boundaries.
Please connect with us on our meetup sight : http://www.meetup.com/Truthful-Touch-Cuddle-Party/ to be notified of events.
You can also join my mailing list by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And join our facebook page at Chicago Cuddle Party (https://www.facebook.com/groups/165254333525545/)
We meet about twice a month at our space in Roger’s Park hosted by some alumni. Occasionally we mix it up with “Alumni-Only” events or female identified only “Goddess Gatherings” that may include babies 2 and under.
We do make an attempt to gender balance. We are clear that gender is not necessarily biology but however one self identifies. Gender is fluid and shows up however one feels comfortable expressing themselves. The reason for this balancing is that we had many (many!) events with about a dozen male identified participants (MIPs) and 2 or 3 female identified participants (FIPs). This was not desirable for either gender. Even though Cuddle Parties are explicitly non-sexual we recognize gender differences the way it is different to give your mother a hug than to give your father a hug (for example). Since we’ve started balancing in the last year or so more people are coming and everyone is having a better time-Eureka!
This means that there is always a wait list for MIPs. As FIPs register I release spots for those on the wait list in the order they signed up. I also offer two person gender balanced tickets. If you have a friend and between the two of you there is a female/male gender balance, you may register together for a discounted price and skip the wait list.
Whether you’re married, single, straight, gay, mono, poly, etc., wanting to make more friends and community or anything in between, want to learn and practice better communication skills, looking for an alternative to the typical dating scene, or just don’t get enough healthy touch in your life you’ll be glad you checked us out!!! Ages at our events range from 20′s to 70′s with the typical bell curve of mostly 30-s-60′s. The average size is about 20-30 people.
Lastly, but not least, I have a “no one turned away for lack of funds” policy. If money is your only obstacle…ask for what you want, offer what you can give. I’m open to trades and ways that you can contribute other than money. Your presence is a gift, after all.