Hugging Life Publishing

Hugging Life Publishing

November 08, 2006 12:21 ET

HUGGING LIFE: Reputed Public Hugger, Martin Neufeld, "The Hugger Busker" Transforms the Compassionate Art of "Free Hugs" Into an Inspiring Book

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 8, 2006) - Martin Neufeld, is an actor, an artist, an author and humanitarian, who strives to express his life's wisdom through his art and create art out of his life.

In 2004 he created a charming and loving personage called "the Hugger Busker". You may have seen him at Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal offering "Free Hugs", and you may have even hugged him. His journey as a public hugger evolved into a deeply personal, transformative adventure. Hugging life has become his calling, his voice, his way of making the world a kinder, gentler home for all to live in. He has since shared over 75,000 heartfelt hugs. His compassionate and loving approach to life has inspired and delighted thousands of people around the world.

In his new book, "HUGGING LIFE - A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO ARTFUL HUGGING" he shares his experiences, insights and expertise in the art of hugging. HUGGING LIFE is more than an illustrated manual on hugging. It is also a practical approach to loving-kindness through human interaction and shared intimacy.

"Martin Neufeld's book is proof that things we take for granted can matter beyond measure. He has turned the simple act of hugging into art, performance, sacrament, and magic... call it human, call it spirit, call it ancient or new, daring, obvious, simple, and deep all at once. This book will help you to remember who you are."

- Caitriona Reed, co-founder of Manzanita Village Retreat Center, California, USA

"Hugging Life, is a gentle, soulful and inspirational journey, not unlike one of his inimitable hugs...."

- Maurice Taylor and Seana McGee, Psychotherapists / Relationship Coaches

A master in the art of hugging, Martin Neufeld, continues to share heartfelt hugs, give readings, guide workshops and speak on living-kindness as a way of bringing joy, inner peace and deeper meaning to life. HUGGING LIFE - A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO ARTFUL HUGGING is available at selected Chapters/Indigo stores or on-line at Martin Neufeld will be at the Salon du livre de Montreal, November 16th to 20th from 9am to 10pm.

Martin Neufeld is available for interviews. He will be delighted to share his adventures and insights as a public hugger, to read excerpts from his book HUGGING LIFE and of course, to share heartfelt hugs.

Free Hugs - Readings - Book Signings

Salon du Livre de Montreal
November 16th to 20th from 9am to 10pm
(Monsieur Calin - The Hugger Busker, stand # 210)

Renaud-Bray (Readings will be in French only) :

Montreal : 1691, rue Fleury E, Montreal :
le samedi 11 nov., de 14 h a 16 h

Laval : Carrefour Laval :
le dimanche 12 nov., de 14 h a 16 h

Pointe-Claire : Centre Fairview :
le samedi 25 nov., de 14 h a 16 h

Quebec : Galeries de la Capitale :
le samedi 9 decembre, de 10 h a 13 h

Levy : Galeries Chagnon :
le dimanche 10 decembre, de 11 h a 13 h


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