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Board Bios


Marcia Baczynski, San Francisco, California

Marcia is an extraordinarily talented workshop designer and facilitator, teacher, coach and leader who is passionate about providing the world with better tools for relationships and sexuality and empowering people to use them. An expert in gender dynamics, sexuality and interpersonal communication, she combines a keen analytical ability with warm personal skills to provide her clients and students with an experience of being seen, being validated, learning something new and feeling smarter for it.

In her work with couples and singles, she helps clients to identify what they want out of their relationships and how to create it. As co-creator of Cuddle Party, Marcia has worked with thousands of people, teaching them about boundary-setting, non-sexual intimacy, and effective interpersonal communication.

Marcia is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she studied public relations, history, and women’s studies. She has been a Barbara Sher Success Team leader, a guest lecturer on sex and gender at CUNY, and featured speaker at dozens of conferences on relationships and sexuality. From a young age, Marcia has been heavily involved in volunteer work, participating in projects as diverse as the 1996 Olympic Games, HIV education and awareness, boat-building for kids in alternative schools, and the Burning Man Arts festival.

Dr. Betty Martin, Seattle, Washington

Betty spent her childhood in a large family and her youth in experimental communities, learning about people in more groups than she can count. Founding a co-housing community with countless hours of meetings taught her the value of excellent facilitation. Now she enjoys helping others learn the skills she picked up along the way.

Betty graduated from Chiropractic College in 1976 and practiced for almost 30 years, including several body-mind integration modalities. She has taught Peer Counseling for teens and adults, Educational Kinesiology and other bodywork for professionals, sexuality workshops for women, gender empowerment for both women and men, and boundary and communication workshops of many flavors, including Cuddle Parties.

For some years she had a private practice as a relationship and intimacy coach in Seattle and continues to offer mentoring and workshops for other hands-on professionals, focusing on boundaries, communication, and professional standards. She developed a model of consent called the “Wheel of Consent” and now travels the world teaching it to hands-on practitioners of many kinds, and co-founded the School of Consent, which teaches a variety of training for professionals.

Betty has been facilitating Cuddle Parties for 14 years and has served on the Cuddle Party Board of Directors for 13 years, including teaching the Foundations of Facilitation workshop and the Cuddle Party facilitator certification program.

She is also the proud mom of 3 adults and the grandma of 2.

Adam Paulman, San Diego CA

Adam Paulman has been a facilitator of workshops, trainings, festivals and multi-day events for over 40 years. He is fascinated by group dynamics and the elements that support cohesion and purpose. He is a certified Cuddle Party facilitator and trainer as well as a member of the Cuddle Party board of directors. He is also a certified professional Cuddlist and associate trainer for cuddlist.com. Adam studied NVC with Marshall Rosenberg and is a ZEGG forum facilitator as well as a veteran of 20 years in public school. It is his greatest joy to assist others to achieve what they didn’t know was possible.

Adam likes to describe Cuddle Party as “an advanced communication workshop cleverly disguised as a pajama party.” Cuddle Party and Cuddlist provide the medium for platonic affection in a touch-deprived world. The rules of cuddling are simple in scope and revolutionary in practice. Many describe the communication skills learned at a Cuddle Party as life-changing.

Adam has degrees in Mathematics and Multi-cultural education. San Diego is home, but Adam loves to travel. When he is not facilitating Cuddle Parties around the globe he likes to spend time with his children and grandchildren and play bass guitar.

Madelon Guinazzo, Chicago IL

Madelon Guinazzo is a certified Cuddle Party facilitator, trainer and member of the board of directors. She is the Co-Founder, Director of Training of Cuddlist.com and a professional cuddler. As such she has created the certification program for professional cuddling resource based on Cuddle Party’s values of consent and communication. Her mission is to encourage individuals to live satisfying lives by learning to claim their inner authority, give it voice, hear others openly and effectively move toward their deepest yearnings.

She holds a degree in Communication Studies from Northwestern University. She is a communication coach and instructor for medical students and healthcare practitioners and has trained extensively in many interactive ways of being intimate with oneself and others from professional acting training to the Work of Byron Katie.

Soleiman Bolour, San Diego CA

Soleiman is a business owner and entrepreneur and has been for the past 20 years. He has been running and managing his family-owned real estate investment company for over 20 years. Soleiman is an intimacy coach getting his clients tuned in, tapped in, and turned on. He works with his clients in seeing their ideal future and working back from that vision. He believes if you don’t know where you are going, you are following life instead of leading life. He brings together 15 years of Neo-Tantra studies, personal growth, and psychology to bring a beautiful blend of masculine and feminine energies. Soleiman hopes to inspire and awaken others to discover their ideal future.

Soleiman has been a Cuddle Party Facilitator since 2016.




Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)
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Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 2:30 PM - Monday, June 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM (PDT)
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Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 10:00 PM (MST)
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Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM - Friday, April 5, 2024 at 10:00 PM (MDT)
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