Calia’s Cuddle Workshops

The magic of consent!

Do you need more affection and connection with people; to relax or just add happiness to your day?

Enjoy the wonderful benefits of platonic touch (without any sexuality)

What would feel good to you? Spooning, someone playing in your hair, caressing your back?

Learn to ask

You don’t really feel like being touched?

Learn to say NO

Want to learn how to cuddle like a pro?

Learn to practice consent

Thanks to cuddle therapy, we create a safe space where everyone learns to respect personal boundaries and then to ask, accept, refuse and receive soft and comforting platonic cuddles!

Pick a date and book your spot!

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Photo credit: Joshua Pool at Simpli Creative

Participants' testimonials

J'ai appris à dire non et à ne pas culpabiliser après l'avoir dit. Sans me justifier à l'autre. J'ai appris à me demander souvent si j'étais bien dans le moment et à découvrir ce que j'avais besoin réellement. J'étais craintive au départ, parce que ça réveillait des blessures du passé. Mais je me suis fais confiance pour être capable d'exprimer mes besoins. Je sens que je peux appliquer ce que j'ai appris dans toutes sortes de situations. Ce n'est pas la dernière fois que j'irai à ce genre d'événement et je le conseille à TOUS! Atelier de Câlins - Joëlle, 26 ans, Montréal

J'ai vu une de mes amies publier sur facebook comme quoi elle allait à l'atelier de câlinothérapie de Calia. Je n'avais jamais entendu parler d'un tel atelier, mais juste le nom me semblait intriguant. J'ai passé une merveilleuse soirée en compagnie de gens respectueux. J'ai appris à exprimer verbalement ce que je désirais recevoir et ce que je ne voulais pas. Calia m'a ouvert une porte pour apprendre à mieux m'exprimer et me respecter. J'y retournerais n'importe quand accompagnée ou non, car je me sens en sécurité et bien chez Calia. Atelier de Câlins - Audrey-Maude, 26 ans, Montréal

J’ai adoré participer au premier atelier de Calia. L’endroit est propre et sécurisant. L’animatrice Valérie alias Alie est passionnée et très professionnelle. Je recommande l’atelier de câlin à toutes personnes qui aime offrir et recevoir des câlins, qui on besoin de ré apprivoiser le toucher ou qui on de la difficulté à dire ou recevoir un « non » comme réponse. Atelier de Câlins

Cuddle Workshops - Description

The Cuddle Workshops consist essentially of a group of up to 9 novice cuddlers meeting in Calia’s Space where they can learn and practice consent through platonic cuddles.

=> Since communication is an essential element of consent, participants must ensure that they can understand and speak English (Cliquez ici pour les Ateliers de Câlins en français.).

It should be noted that for issues of consent and security for all, each client must sign the Service Contract (French only) thereby agreeing to comply with the terms and conditions of service and Calia’s Code of Conduct which includes the Guide to Consent. The client is aware that there is a video surveillance system and agrees that the session or workshop is filmed. These measures serve only to ensure the safety of all involved. Calia Cuddle therapy ensures the confidentiality of personal information and recording of its clients.

Intentions of the Cuddle Workshop

These are the goals of the workshop:

- Explore platonic touch (dissociate affection from sexuality)
- Practice your own consent and respect that of other people
- Explore your own boundaries and respect those of others
- Take responsibility for your well-being (learn to ask and answer honestly)
- Learn to appreciate refusals
- Respect your changes of mind and those of others
- Leave with an appreciation of a pleasant, comforting or relaxing moment

Typical schedule of a Cuddle Workshop

0h00: Arrival of the participants, we remove our shoes, change if necessary *, sign the Service Contract and settle in Calia’s Space

0h15: Welcoming circle, we create this space, this container, where everyone can feel comfortable and respected (once the circle is created, no one can join the group, so you must arrive before 0h15!)**

0h30: Explanation of the workshop’s rules and consent exercises

1h15: Consent practice through platonic cuddles (you have no obligation to touch anyone!)

During the workshop, snacks and refreshments will be offered.

3h15: Closing circle, we listen to everyone's experience before leaving this magic bubble

3h30: Departure of the participants***

After the workshop, you can fill out a small survey, if you want, and leave your comments.

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*You are expected to have taken a shower and brushed your teeth before arriving. The clothes you wear during the Workshop must be clean and comfortable and cover your body from ankle to waist and from waist to the base of the neck and from shoulders to the forearms (long pants and t-shirt).

**As soon as the workshop starts (15 minutes after the official time) the doors are closed. If You know that you will arrive late by less than 15 minutes, let me know and we will wait for you. But if you are more than 15 minutes late or if you have not notified me, you will not be able to enter. You can still be reimbursed (see the Service Contracts for terms).

***You can leave whenever you want. If you leave during or just after the explanations (but before the start of practice), you can be reimbursed (see the Service Contracts for terms).

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**Cuddle therapy does not include, under any circumstances, any form of explicit or implicit sexuality.**

*Cuddle therapy is not a licensed medical practice and should not replace the consultation of a health professional, either physical or psychological.