Are you a people person with lots of compassion, kindness and love to share?

Do you want to help make the world a more affectionate place?


Welcome to Cuddle Sanctuary!

I’m Jean Franzblau – Founder of the Cuddle Sanctuary in Los Angeles. My friend and colleague, Fei Wyatt, and I have designed a program to give you the tools you need to deliver cuddle sessions with professionalism and self-assurance.

Let us show you the ropes!

We've organized all the information you need to create satisfying cuddle sessions for you and your clients. Topics include:

  • Cuddle Positions

    We'll demonstrate for you ten cuddle positions so that you'll never come up short when a client has a request.

  • Safety Protocols

    We'll describe eight safety protocols to help you vet clients and empower you to say no to clients that aren't a match.

  • Session Flow

    You'll learn the six phases of a cuddle session so that you can feel confident that you know what you're doing.

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This program is life changing.

by Spike Bywater

"Jean and Fei are natural healers and have a magical presence to them that allows anyone to instantly feel safe and at ease. This program is life changing.
  • Racial Equity Scholarships available. Contact cuddlesanctuary@gmail.com to request application.

Bonus material

We've included some valuable tools for you

  • Check-in PDF

    Our Check-in PDF will help you establish consent and plan a session that caters directly to the needs, hopes and expectations of the client. Why reinvent the wheel? We've got you covered.

  • Agreement Form

    Though we're not attorneys, we're certainly happy to show you the agreement form that we use for our business. Use it as a shortcut when you're ready to create your own.

  • Sample Code of Ethics

    Show your clients that you run your cuddle business with integrity. We'll share our Code of Ethics with you so you don't have to write yours from scratch.

Successful professional cuddlers use this course to keep growing and learning.

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Take your skills to the next level!

by Keeley Shoup

"After two years of professional cuddling I can confidently say that this course still taught me valuable new skills to incorporate in my practice and has helped me take my business to the next level. I couldn't be more thrilled with the experience. "

Cuddle Sanctuary is all over the media

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Meet Your Master Trainers

  • Jean Franzblau

    Cuddle Queen Jean

    Jean Franzblau

    I’m the Founder of Cuddle Sanctuary – the Los Angeles destination for touch positive events and professional cuddling since 2014. I’m known for having a fun, upbeat training style honed by my years in corporate training and the performing arts. I studied facilitation with Cuddle Party and the Association of Talent Development and am a Certified Professional Cuddler. In terms of schooling, I graduated cum laude with a BA in communications from UCLA.
  • Fei Wyatt

    Founder of CuddleXpo

    Fei Wyatt

    Hi! I'm a Certified Professional Cuddler who believes in the healing power of unconditional love and affection. I create safe, gentle spaces for connection, self-care, and personal growth. I love how cuddling peels down layers and allows for authentic connections with ourselves and others. To expand our industry, I founded CuddleXpo – the first convention for professional cuddlers.
Jason O'Brien

I feel so incredibly lucky.

Jason O'Brien

I can't find words big enough to express the gratitude I have for Jean and Fei. I had a professional cuddling session with each of them. Each helped me in such a major way in my journey of healing. I feel so incredibly lucky.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome!
    • A message from Jean and Fei
    • How to use this course
    • Before we begin...
    • Topic overview
  • 2
    Introduction
    • The Professional Cuddling Industry
    • What Is (And Isn't) The Job of a Professional Cuddler
    • How we see it
    • Awareness is key
    • What are your concerns?
    • We can help
  • 3
    Anatomy of a Cuddle Session
    • Observe a session
    • Debrief
    • Six Phases Guessing Game
    • How did you do?
    • Six phases revealed
    • Anatomy of a Cuddle Session Quiz
    • Let's dive into the details
  • 4
    Warm Welcome
    • Warm Welcome: Introduction
    • Elements of a warm welcome
    • Optional video
    • Warm Welcome Quiz
  • 5
    Check-in
    • Check-in: Introduction
    • Think about it
    • Sample questions
    • Client Check-in Questions
    • Optional video
    • Check-in Quiz
  • 6
    Opening Ritual
    • Opening Ritual: Introduction
    • A few options
    • Plan an Opening Ritual
    • Optional video
    • Opening Ritual Quiz
  • 7
    The Cuddle
    • The Cuddle: Introduction
    • Four Best Practices
    • Brainstorm Cuddle Positions
    • Brainstorm Cuddle Positions: Exercise
    • A soothing voice
    • Optional video
    • Other activities
    • Other activities cont'd
    • Other Activities
    • Cuddle Quiz
  • 8
    Closing Rituals
    • Closing Rituals: Introduction
    • Ten minute heads up
    • The final activity
    • Optional video
    • Should you extend the session?
    • Closing Rituals Quiz
  • 9
    Fond Farewell
    • Fond Farewell: Introduction
    • Optional video
    • What did you notice?
    • Exit phrases
    • Fond Farewell Quiz
    • Good job!
  • 10
    Cuddle Positions
    • Cuddle Positions: Introduction
    • Baby Bear
    • Hug Boat
    • Lap of Luxury
    • Mouse
    • Koala
    • Tetris
    • Pancake and Syrup
    • Two Peas in a Pod
    • Gummy Bear
    • Position Training Quiz
    • Let's review
    • Want a cheat sheet? Print this!
    • Strong work!
  • 11
    Caressing
    • Caressing: Introduction
    • Tools
    • Getting specific
    • Try it now
    • Tips for caressing
    • Caressing Quiz
    • Summary
  • 12
    Safety Protocols
    • Safety Protocols: Introduction
    • Stay Safe with Eight
    • No Agreement? No Service
    • Want to download the sample?
    • Research the client
    • Consultation
    • Red flags
    • Consultation Sample #1
    • Debrief 1
    • Consultation Sample 2
    • Debrief 2
    • I learned a tough lesson
    • "I'm sorry - we're not a match"
    • How would you say it?
    • Use a safety buddy
    • Trust your gut
    • Safety Protocols Quiz
    • Summary
  • 13
    Consent Practices
    • Consent Practices: Introduction
    • "Ask and Wait" or "Blanket Yes"
    • Keeping it platonic
    • Handling Unintentional Arousal Mid-Session
    • Consent Practices Quiz
    • Summary
  • 14
    Navigating Tough Conversations
    • Tough Conversations: Introduction
    • The OCEAN method
    • Demonstration
    • Exercise
    • Take a listen
    • Tough Conversations Quiz
    • Summary
  • 15
    The Art of Listening
    • The Art of Listening: Introduction
    • What are you looking for?
    • What do clients want when they talk?
    • Therapeutic but not therapy
    • Listening principles
    • Keep it about them
    • Offer attention and presence
    • Practice "less is more"
    • Be curious
    • Give validation
    • Trust them
    • Be Aware of Unconscious Bias
    • The Art of Listening Quiz
    • Summary
  • 16
    Burnout and Self-care
    • Burnout and Self-care Introduction
    • What are the signals that you're getting burned out?
    • Some of our favorites
    • Bonus guided imagery meditation
    • What works for you?
    • Burnout and Self-care Quiz
    • Summary
  • 17
    Code of Ethics
    • Code of Ethics: Introduction
    • Examples
    • What would you include?
    • Cuddle Sanctuary's Code of Ethics
    • Code of Ethics
    • Code of Ethics Quiz
  • 18
    Supervision
    • Supervision: Introduction
    • How are you with feedback?
    • How Cuddle Sanctuary can help
    • Summary
  • 19
    Health and Hygiene
    • Health and Hygiene: Introduction
    • Covid-19
    • Hygiene
    • Sometimes, less is more
    • Hygiene Survey
    • Health and Hygiene Quiz
    • You're almost done!
  • 20
    The Business of Professional Cuddling
    • The Business: Introduction
    • Money and Insurance
    • Who do you want to serve?
    • Meeting people
    • Your online presence
    • Marketing tips
    • Business of Cuddling Quiz
  • 21
    Congratulations! What's Next?
    • Woo Hoo!
    • Before you go
    • Curious About Certification?
    • Appendix
    • How to Stay in Touch

Another Bonus

If you complete this course, you qualify for a discount for our certification program.

This training is a prerequisite for certification.

by Stacy Christopher

Be part of the movement.

by Stacy Christopher

"Truly a life-changing experience! I'm very grateful to take my place in this quiet revolution..."