Strange men and women cuddle at the cuddling workshop (video)

Cuddle workshop 
By: Hydar Tomar 

(Scroll down for video) In a career oriented world where many people want to be financially secure before committing to a building a family, many people find themselves lonely and deprived of the human touch.

Now, two women came up with a new idea to help people get more of much needed human contact. Neil Urquhart, 42, and Anna Nathan, 36, created the "Cuddle Workshop," where people get to hug and hold one other.

The workshop is held twice a month on Sunday, for a fee of about $40. Each session lasts for four hours. When men and women arrive they first spend some time getting to know one other.

There are some rules including maintaining a layer of clothing at all times and no kissing. Workshop participants come from various backgrounds ranging from singles and divorcees, to retired and lonely
people, all badly in need of a hug.

"You do not have to do anything you do not want to do," Nathan said. People are divided into small groups and then in pairs. They are guided through the process of caressing each other’s body.

Anna and Neil keep a close eye on the participants. So far, they did not have any issues and they never had any problems. “We’ve never had to separate people or pull them apart,” Urquhart said.