Do you love to cuddle? Do you ever feel afraid to ask for what you want? Do you always find yourself agreeing to things you don't really want to, because you don't want to disappoint someone? If any of these sound like you, come give Touch Positive Michigan's friendly cuddle party workshops a try!
Cuddle parties are events that provide a fun, friendly, and safe space to be open, honest, emotional, and vulnerable with other like-minded people, all while satisfying the basic human need for positive touch. We encourage you to explore your personal boundaries by giving you an opportunity to practice asking for what you want, and to appreciate the power of responding to a request with an honest "yes" or "no."
This is not a place to "hook up" with people. If you are expecting to come away from this event with anyone's phone number, you will be disappointed. This is a strictly non-sexual event - our first rule is that everyone keeps their clothes on. Many people find themselves deprived of touch because of an unspoken expectation that it must lead to sex. Our message is that a cuddle can just be a cuddle, and you have no obligation to go beyond what you want.
Our second rule is that no one is obligated to touch anyone, ever. If you don't feel like cuddling, you are welcome and encouraged to "sit on the sidelines" and do whatever it is you'd rather do - reading, writing, crafting, talking, snacking, or just taking a nap. It's up to you!
Questions? Curiosities? Concerns? Feel free to contact me!
So, who's behind this?
Hi, I'm Joe! I live in rural Ottawa county, halfway between Grand Haven and Allendale. I am, first and foremost, a complete and utter cuddle addict. I got my start with cuddle parties by attending events with the Chicago cuddle party group starting in 2013, and, for as long as I'd been going there, I wished there were something like it closer to home. I started this group in May of 2015 in order to bring this incomparable experience to my fellow Michiganders, and since then, I've given numerous presentations across the state, and met some great people who have helped me put on the best events possible. In addition to this, I am also the organizer of the West Michigan Asexuals group.
Aside from that, my main interests are programming (mainly PHP and Python), tabletop games (TI3, Thebes, Forbidden Island and Bohnanza are my favorites), and amateur radio. My favorite authors are Neal Stephenson and Robert Anton Wilson. I work as a rural newspaper carrier, which isn't a glamorous or high-paying job, but it's something I enjoy doing. I used to do IT and machine maintenance at a rapid prototyping shop, working with SLA and SLS machines. That was cool. I don't really work there anymore, but they still have my number and call me in to work on something every once in a great while. I'm also currently doing web development for a local startup selling solar panel controllers.