Introducing the first and only cuddle program created by Black women, that CENTERS Black women – ALL of us.
WE CAME TOGETHER. A GROUP OF BLACK WOMEN, with education varying from trade school to PhD, from a variety of regional, social and religious backgrounds, a mix of queer, heteroflexible and heterosexual identifications, to face a shared problem with non-sexual intimate touch.
WE INVITED TRANSWOMEN, women with differently abled bodies, and asexual women to the table. We examined and explored touch, intimacy and sensation through the lens of Blackness, creating a beautiful, trauma-informed and culturally competent curriculum and certification program for cuddle therapy.
This 4 module course covers the basics of touch, the history of cuddling, and the science of hugs, while maintaining the sacred spiritual understanding of human contact and decolonizing touch and connection.
Return To Touch
Cuddle Therapy 101
What is Cuddle Therapy?
Cuddling & Consent
The Science of Touch
What is CuddleSage
journey through the history of touch therapy examining the foundations of touch, sensation & the human body
Liberating our Bodies
The Power of healing touch
Removing Barriers to Liberation
Touch & the Nervous System
Cuddling as an Act of liberation
witness trauma as a barrier to freedom and reimagine all the ways we deserve to be together, as liberated people
The Sacredness of Intentional Touch
What is the sacred?
Boundaries & Ethics
Trauma Informed Practice
Holding brave space
this is never about you; it’s all about the collective. Learn how to co-create intentional, brave space for your client’s transformation, healing & restoration
Our Path to Liberation
Nurturing the Marginalized Body
Healing in a Capitalist System
The Business of Cuddling
...and so much more
unlearning will be a continuous process you must commit to it for your practice and the growth/healing/expansion of your clients
Our Mission – To protect and heal Black bodies using the power of touch, to decolonize non-sexual intimate touch, and to offer Black & Indigenous Practitioners of Color a safe space to learn and grow their practice.
Your Investment: $895
This includes 4 modules of education and a lifetime of support. The course is taught entirely online with an in-person 1-day intensive retreat as an optional path to certification.*
Enrollment is open and ongoing. The course is completed at your own pace. The program can be finished in as little as 4 weeks, although many will find that 6-8 weeks is ideal to absorb all the information presented and to complete all assignments.
What do you need for this course:
Time: there is an expectation that you will devote 5-6 hours for each module in this program. This should be spent not only with the readings, but also in self-guided study, practice, journaling and reflection.
We will meet virtually every month for 2 hours of instruction, practice and Q&A.
Books: there are some books you will need and ALL are available on Scribd. Course books are: Intimacy Educator, My Grandmothers Hands and Healing Touch.
There are some books that will complement your practice. There is no need to PURCHASE books for this class, however, if you want to you may do so HERE:Get The Books
Meet the Teachers & Creators
I am Amina, a reformed quick hugger and cuddle HATER. I am a intimacy coach, sex doula and embodiment nerd. Identifying with and studying under the Vajryana Buddhist lineage, I know of the power of sensation and connection. As an intimate touch practitioner, I am witness to the healing offering that skin-to-skin contact provides. I am excited to be of service to the community in this offering.
I am Shayla a co-creator of CuddleSage. I am a professional platonic cuddler, a mental health therapist, sexuality & emotional empowerment coach, and a healing facilitator. My work is empowerment based, holistic, sex-positive, compassion centered, and trauma-informed. Touch is one of my love languages.
I am Tsani, the creator of Tantra Blue and co-creator of Cuddlesage. I am an Atlanta-based wellness enthusiast, certified erotic touch practitioner, facilitator of deeper intimate connections, lover of intentional hugs, certified platonic cuddler and all around pleasure activist. I believes everyBODY deserves a safe and nurturing space to be touched and it can all start with just one cuddle!
I am Selema, your love practitioner, spreading love, healing and pleasure through the use of cuddle love therapy, conscious erotic touch, foot love and worship and all sensations that liberate the mind, body and spirit. My superpower is helping you stop to enjoy the pleasure that your body is capable of.
I am Mackenzie, a writer by trade, hugger by nature. As an empathic and intuitive medicine woman, my healing practice is driven by my innate curiosity and insatiable desire to cultivate conscious human connections.
In the cuddle space, I provide technical assistance with research and development and helped write the Cuddlesage curriculum.
I’m a retired designated driver and typically on everyone’s emergency contact list. I hope you’ll come cuddle with us.