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Wat is een Connective Workshop?
- Deelname per persoon - € 25
Afspraken tijdens de Connective Workshop
Kom op tijd
Wanneer we eenmaal zijn begonnen gaat de deur dicht - sorry! Dit doen we om te zorgen dat er een veilige, comfortabele ruimte ontstaat waarin iedereen weet wat we doen en wat de spelregels zijn.
Wat aan te trekken?
Iets wat comfortabel is en zacht. Niet iets dat sexy is, of pijnlijk wanneer je (tegen iemand aan) ligt. Een pyjama is prima!
Wat mee te nemen?
Er is nooit alcohol bij een Connective Workshop. Wij zorgen voor water en thee. Je bent welkom sap mee te nemen en iets lekkers om te delen. Je mag ook altijd een dekentje, kussen of je knuffeldier meenemen! Verder is niets nodig dan jezelf, met alles wat er is, hoe je je ook voelt. Last-minute nervositeit is heel normaal!
Waarom aanraken en knuffelen?
Mijn certificering bij Knuffelworkshops Nederland en België
Ik ben aangesloten bij Knuffelworkshops in Nederland en België / Cuddle Workshops International. Facilitators aangesloten bij deze organisaties hebben een opleiding gehad en staan onder supervisie om de continue, hoge kwaliteit van onze workshops te behouden. In al onze workshops gelden dezelfde spelregels.
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What is a Connective Workshop?
A Connective Workshop is a workshop that focuses on loving touch. Most people love to connect, but often they don't get to it as much as they would like. Many people also find it exciting to touch and be touched. This workshop offers a solution for this, by creating an environment in which people feel safe to connect and cuddle with each other. Before, during and after a Connective Workshop we stay out of sexuality. In our experience, this allows people to relax and surrender even further, because they know that nothing is expected of them.
At a Connective Workshop we touch and cuddle. However, cuddling is not the only thing we do. We offer exercises to make real contact with yourself and with others. This can be a meditation, dancing alone or together, playing, meeting each other, we can go in many directions and each workshop is different. You decide how intense an evening is. Some people love it and dive deep into it, to experience the workshop on a pink cloud. Others find it a bit more exciting and take it easy. Both are fine.
During a workshop there is a lot of space to touch and to be touched lovingly. We always start with a moment to come to ourselves and to let go of all the hustle and stress of everyday life. From there we make connect with ourselves and with others through exercises. For example by taking turns caressing each other's hands. If you don't want to do something you don't have to. We usually end up in a 'puppy pile', where everyone lies through and over each other. You decide how much contact you want, by lying in the middle or on the side.
Every Connective Workshop is different. The structure is the same, but the exercises we do are different. Sometimes the emphasis is on dancing, on meeting, on letting go of our thinking by being blindfolded. We try to find a good mix of exercises that fit the moment and the group. Also, the group is different every time. The people who come are generally very warm and open to others. The atmosphere during the workshop is very warm and the objection not knowing anyone yet, changes very quickly.
- Participation per person - € 25
Agreements during the Connective Workshop
Be on time
Once we get started, the door closes - sorry! We do this to ensure a safe, comfortable space where everyone knows what we're doing and what the rules are.
What to wear?
Something comfortable and soft. Not something sexy, or painful when lying (to someone). pajamas are fine!
What to bring?
There's never alcohol at a Connective Workshop. We provide water and tea. You are welcome to bring juice and something nice to share. You can also always bring a blanket, pillow or your stuffed animal! Nothing else is needed but yourself, with everything there is, no matter how you feel. Last-minute nervousness is quite normal!
Rules of the game
- Clothing stays on during the entire workshop
- There is no sexual interaction (no kissing, no touch underneath clothing, no touching near or towards genitals)
- You don’t have to cuddle with anyone you do not want to cuddle with
- You always ask for permission and wait until you receive a verbally expressed YES
- When you feel a YES to an invitation, say “YES”. When you feel a NO, say “NO"
- When you are not sure, say “NO"
- You are always free to change your mind and please indicate this
- You do the exercises with the person of your choice
- Respect the agreements you have within your relationship(s) and communicate with your partner(s)
- When you need support, ask for help from the facilitator or an assistant
- All emotions are normal and welcome
- Do not harm yourself, the others, the space and the workshop material
- Keep the workshop space clean and tidy
- Hold space for each other
Why touch and cuddle?
Touching and cuddling makes us feel better and happier. Why is that? Humans are social beings. We can do a lot ourselves, but to feel good, we also need others. To hold us, to tickle, to stroke, to lie nicely against each other. While touching, we also create hormones that makes us feel good. The most important of these is oxytocin, also called "cuddle hormone".
Oxytocin causes us to behave more social, feel better, stress reduces, our blood pressure drops and our digestion improves. Many people have a life full of stress. Touching and cuddling can be a very good way to reduce the experienced stress. The production of oxytocin also enhances the production of other substances that make you feel good, such as serotonin, the "happiness hormone".
By cuddling a lot, you strengthen the connections with people around you and you experience more connection. Many people find cuddling exciting, wich makes them do less than they would like. A Connective Workshop can help to bridge that threshold and learn to relax more when touching and cuddling.
My certification at Cuddle Workshops International
I am affiliated with Cuddle Workshops in the Netherlands and Belgium / Cuddle Workshops International. Facilitators affiliated with these organizations have been trained and supervised to maintain the continuous high quality of our workshops. In all our workshops the same rules apply.
If you do have a complaint or remark, you can submit it (anonymously if desired) via our website.
You can find us via www.knuffelworkshops.nl