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Facilitator Training for Cuddles and Nervous System Regulation - Manchester

Facilitator Training

Cuddles and Nervous System Regulation

With Eshana Spiers

Wednesday 15th – Sunday 19th May 2024

Wednesday 3pm – 6.30pm, Thursday & Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm,

Saturday 9.30am – 9pm, Sunday 9.30am – 7pm

The Pathways Studio, Manchester


Price: sliding scale £650 – £1000

(payment plans available)

Only 10 spaces on this cohort

Registration closes on Monday 15th April

Are you a facilitator or experienced workshop participant that wants to learn the skills to run your own cuddle and nervous system regulation workshops?

  • Do you dream of leading workshops in your community, at festivals and abroad?
  • Do you want to earn money doing work that you love, that is connected to your heart and purpose?
  • Do you want to offer work that supports the healing of the mind, body and soul – reuniting people to the truth of who they really are?

“Eshana talks a lot about the 'gold standard' of facilitating without realising that SHE IS THE GOLD STANDARD! The container she holds is safe, caring and loving. The facilitator training was hands down the most beautifully and gracefully held space that I have ever experienced.”

ParticipantNovember 2023

Training Schedule


Experience the magic

Our journey begins with a full afternoon of connection, cuddle and nervous system regulation exercises. Having the experience of being a participant will deepen your practice as a facilitator. The following day you will learn a step by step process in how to deliver cuddle and nervous system regulation workshops.

  • Experience a variety of solo, duo and group connection and nervous system regulation exercises
  • Learn the 9 step process of running cuddle and nervous system regulation workshops
  • Understand how to create a sense of safety and belonging before participants step into the workshop space
  • Structuring a workshop – planning v’s flow
  • Opening and closing circles
  • What agreements are necessary to hold the space with care
  • Learning about titration and integration
  • Attunement – reading the room
  • Discover a key magic ingredient – great music!
  • Explore why after care is so important and how to offer it within your own capacity


Understand the theory behind the magic

On the surface, cuddle and connection workshops seem really simple. However, to make a workshop grounded and as safe as possible, there are some key elements to understand. To be a facilitator that can hold spaces with depth and potency, a connection with the mind, body and nervous system is key.


  • The autonomic nervous system through a polyvagal lens
  • Somatic tracking and embodiment
  • How individual and group nervous system states present themselves in workshops
  • Practical guidance for resourcing and regulation to support participants if they get triggered
  • Developmental trauma awareness and how this shows up in cuddle and connection workshops
  • Learn the impact of development trauma on our experience of receiving a no, our ability to recognise and express boundaries, our capacity to be in our body and feel, the level to which we can be in connection with others
  • Learn how neurodiversity shows up in cuddle spaces and how to support inclusion


  • Consent & boundaries
  • Anchoring a sense of self
  • Learn and experience different models of consent to support your workshops
  • What is a somatic experience of yes, no and uncertainty and how might our nervous system impact these?
  • Understand different boundaries and how to support participants to identify and express them
  • Maintaining boundaries as a facilitator – power and ethics
  • Saturday evening – hang out, relax, share some food, snuggle with each other in this unstructured space for connection


Step into the magic of facilitation

Discover your unique gold as a facilitator and get the opportunity to deliver a workshop to a group of invited guests.

  • Being a facilitator – what is your unique magic?
  • Facilitator shadow – going beyond ego and being in service
  • How facilitation can be a catalyst for growth by showing us areas within ourselves that are unhealed, holding this new awareness with compassion and care
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Choosing who assists your workshops
  • Deliver a workshop to a group of invited guests and get feedback – you will get the chance to run a short element of the workshop if you feel ready to. If that feels like too much, you can take on a support role for the workshop
  • …..and much more

Post Training Support

The price includes the following support

Integration Zoom

Receive a free group support session to integrate your learning. I’ll help you create an action plan that gets you up and running as a facilitator in no time.

Cuddles and Nervous System Regulation Handbook

Takeaway a 100 page handbook with all course materials and worksheets, practical exercises, playlists, email templates, self care templates, reading list, 3 workshop plans for you to use.

Facebook and WhatsApp Community Support

Stay connected with each other, share workshop plans, playlists, encouragement, love.

“Eshana gracefully, authentically and generously creates the conditions for us to support each other to find our power, strength and softness. The container she holds is solid and super stretchy so that we can thrive and be ourselves and take that into the world. She has a remarkable talent for bringing out the good with absolutely no bypassing. We all witnessed and experienced the process with wonder.”

ParticipantNovember 2023


The Pathways Studio, Lord Byron Square, M50 2XH.
Tea, coffee and light snacks will be provided.
This is a non-residential training.

“I appreciated the work, the love and enthusiasm put into the preparation and delivery. The mixture of intellectual, practical and experiential learning. The venue. The small group. The lovely handbook. But most of all Eshana.”

ParticipantNovember 2023


  • 4.5 days
  • 1 group integration Zoom session
  • Workshop handbook
  • Facebook and WhatsApp community support
  • Training certificate which can be used for insurance purposes
  • 2 passes to any of Eshana’s snuggle workshops between April 2024 – March 2025 (does not include collaboration events) valued at £62

Sliding Scale £650 - £1000

  • Simply choose the amount that works for you
  • £250 deposit to secure your place to be paid by 24th April 2024
  • Payment plans available on request with an admin charge of £25
  • To take part you’ll need to be an existing facilitator and/or have a depth of experience as a workshop participant.

Registration closes on Monday 15th April

Optional Extras

In order to grow and expand as a facilitator, it can be really beneficial and good practice to have someone holding a container for you to expand within. Practitioners need holding too. Here are a few ways that you can receive ongoing support on your journey as a facilitator.

One2one Mentoring with Eshana

1 hour session on Zoom at £50 or 6 sessions for £250

Group Mentoring with Eshana

2 hour session on Zoom for 5 people at £100 (£20 each)

“Without a doubt Eshana has such deep integrity, such precious passion for the work and unprecedented generosity in sharing all her knowledge, wisdom, and resources. She is a creative facilitator whose warmth, caring and inclusion creates such a safe warm space in which to learn.”

ParticipantNovember 2023

Eshana Spiers

Who am I?

Well…apart from being a cuddle queen offering workshops in West Hampstead, Brighton and Hove and many different events and festivals…..

My somatic and nervous system awareness is from my Psychosexual Coaching training. I have a successful practice working online and in person in Forest Row. It was a huge game changer for me to understand the autonomic nervous system and have a framework to explain why we think and behave in certain ways. I engage with my own nervous system health on a day-to-day basis, being with my grounded and open parts, the activated overwhelmed parts and the disconnected dissociated parts. Compassionately riding the waves of what it means to be human.

My experience in touch spaces is rooted in Jan Day’s 18 month tantra training as well as attending a cuddle workshop facilitation training in The Netherlands and Belly2Belly training in the UK. All trainings were based on integrity and groundedness which I bring into my work.

Alongside this, I have 13 years experience of facilitating groups as an Arts and Communities Officer and Youth and Community Worker as well as delivering consent workshops at Cambridge University. I also deliver Relationships and Sex Education to groups of lively teenagers in a variety of different schools.

A vibrant mix of experience, that I am bursting to share with you. Yes YOU. The world needs your golden gifts and I can’t wait to support you to bring them into being.

How do I sign up?

Registration closes on Monday 15th April

To take part you’ll need to be an existing facilitator and/or have a depth of experience as a workshop participant. If you meet this criteria, simply book in for a free 30 minute chat to explore whether this is the right training for you.

Register Today

“Eshana holds an exceptional space of inclusivity, safety and deep care. Her shared knowledge is lived, walked and explored with dedication - her workshops offer this wholeness, care, integrity and connection with such authenticity, generosity and love.”

ParticipantNovember 2023

Terms and Conditions


The deposit is £250. Once paid, deposits are non- refundable unless someone suitable is found to replace you, in which case your deposit will be refunded minus an administration fee of £25

Payment Plans

If you are paying using a payment plan, there will be a written contract for the payment agreement. Payment plans will not exceed more than 12 months after the training begins. An additional £25 admin fee will be charged for payment plans. A deposit of £250 will still need to be paid up front.

Lump Sum Payments

If paying in full then the balance is due by 1st May 2024.


Cancel before 17th April 2024

If you cancel your place on the training before 17th April 2024 your deposit is non refundable.  Whatever balance you paid will be refunded minus a £25 admin fee.

Cancel between 17th April - 24th April 2024

If you cancel your place on the training between 17th April – 24th April 2024 your deposit is non refundable.  50% of the balance you paid will be refunded minus a £25 admin fee

Cancelling after 1st May 2024

If you cancel your place on the training between 1st May and the start of the training your deposit is non refundable. The balance you paid will only be refunded if you can find someone to fill your pace on the training minus a £25 admin fee.

Once the training begins

Once the training begins on 15th May 2024, the training is non refundable.

If we cancel the training

If the workshop is cancelled for any reason you will be refunded in full. Pre-booked travel and accommodation will not be refunded.


If you are unable to attend due to Covid, you will get a full refund, minus the deposit and a £25 admin fee. You will need to provide evidence of a positive lateral flow test in order to get a refund.

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