Who we are
Hugz & Cuddlez is a community dedicated to touch. Founded in 2021, our members come together at our events to meet, socialize and cuddle in a warm, nurturing and safe atmosphere, where anyone is welcome. Our events take place regularly in Redmond, Washington (near Seattle).
What we do
Our leaders and volunteers organize events for the community regularly, where our members can come and cuddle. At our events, people connect, socialize, spend-time together and of course, cuddle as they please.
Our community is diverse, and so some of our events cater to specific audiences, such as events that are geared towards towards the Trans and Non-Binary communities.
How to join our events
Our events are planned individually, and announced on FetLife (?), which is a social-media site used by the sex-positive community (the majority of our members are also part of that larger community).
To provide our members with the safest environment, our events are not open to the general public, and to participate, we vet any potential guest personally and individually. Visit out events page to learn more about this, and to learn how to initiate the vetting process.
The Pacific northwest’s Cuddle community started many years ago as part of events organized by the Seattle Center for Sex-Positive Culture (The CSPC), which was founded by Allena Gabosch. At some CSPC events, members would sometimes initiate “cuddle piles” – an impromptu grouping of individuals who would cuddle together and enjoy a healthy touch experience while socializing.
In 2018, a former CSPC member named Erez Benari, who missed that activity, started organizing regular events titled ‘Canoodling’ at an event-venue in Woodinville, where the primary activity was group-cuddling. The success of these events was phenomenal, sometimes attracting over 100 people. This led to the creation of a club named ‘Spoonz’, dedicated to these events. Spoonz operated in Seattle from September 2019 to March 2020, at which point it was required to cease operation due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and restrictions set-forth by the city of Seattle. As a result, Spoonz closed permanently.
In 2021, as COVID-related restrictions eased up, the cuddle community yearned to resume cuddling activity, and so Hugz & Cuddlez was created to facilitate it. Hugz & Cuddlez operates in Redmond, and hosts an event every week (usually on friday or Saturday).
Want to know more? Visit the knowledge page to see links to media and news coverage of our activities.
Warm, safe, nurturing
At Hugz & Cuddlez, we work diligently to create an environment where everyone feels safe. We take numerous measures to regulate attendance of our events, both in terms of numbers, and in terms of the participants themselves (for example, by redirecting potential guests that appear to be a poor fit for our type of activity towards other venues, which might suit their needs better). We also carefully monitor and manage the activity at our events to make sure guests are not disruptive to other guests’ experience. Our events feature state-of-the-art equipment that is carefully cleaned and maintained to provide both a pleasant experience, and a safe one. These are values we do not compromise on!