A graphic and authentic life story of a young man’s journey into Melbourne’s underworld and nightclub scene in the early 2000’s. James “the hammer” Harding was a feared enforcer capable of inflicting indescribable pain on anyone that stood in has way. The mere mention of his name had anyone that owed him money nervous to say the least. Supreme violence and a manipulative calculating streak were tools of the trade and allowed “the hammer” to experience situations and circumstances that square heads only get to read about. Through this story the reader gains a rare insight into addiction, the dark art of violence and ego involved in what it takes to make it as a drug dealer, debt collector and stand over man in Melbourne’s crime scene.

An unwavering ability to believe he was destined for redemption sees “the hammer” claw his way back from the darkness and use his adventure to assist males with re-discovering their own power and spirit. Hard Cuddles is a relentless and humorous account of unique sub-culture that lies just beneath the surface of modern society. This is his story...



At Hard Cuddles we provide a unique experience to assist with the everyday challenges a male has to deal with. Lending support and understanding we look holistically at the emotional side of what it is like, to be a man in today’s society. For a long time now us guys have been encouraged to man up and suppress the feelings that are arising, as we confront questions and doubts involved in the journey of life. 

With Hard Cuddles the emphasis is on empowering the individual to redefine their emotional hurdles, by stripping back the issue to its origin and supporting each other, as we heal together. It is a profound experience. We understand that everyone has their own unique story and it’s in our best interest to create an open environment that allows men the confidence and strength to explain that story.

“I love to use the word courage and strength when talking about men. For too long these words have been associated with bravado and being macho, courage and strength have nothing to do with either of these words.” - James Harding

“Its not until you stop….and take notice do you start to reach for the upper echelon, not of wealth, but of humanity…” - Kate Harding


I am a recovering drug addict, at my worst, a 77 kilogram rake in desperate need of some love, guidance and support. After deciding one day that my only option was to get clean, there was an overwhelming feeling that this road trip was about going it alone. What I discovered was well-being was more about enjoying all the moments of life and not so much about the end destination. Slowly amazing things began to happen for me.



The Into The Wild experience allows men to get back to nature and put simply, just BE. Over the border of NSW at the wonderful Saltwater Creek, is the pristine and untouched beach, Saltwater. The days on this adventure consist of fishing, surfing, swimming or hiking. With the perfect balance of downtime, relaxation and rest. It makes for a once in a lifetime experience for men of ages and backgrounds


The most important thing any human can learn in life is there really isn’t a right or wrong, there is only what you learn from life. Waiting for everything to line up perfectly, is never going to happen, you are missing the best bits waiting for something that is never coming. At Hard Cuddles we feel our energy is best used serving your soul with positive emotional support. 


For many different reasons in the current community young men are losing their way, with more importance placed on things like social media and materialism the gap between what is real and synthetic is a large one. We bring the focus back to its original authentic truth, being there for one another, allowing the honesty to come through and inspiring change through understanding.


The Big Game Experience is an amazing few days with your mates and an opportunity to forget about land and everything that goes with it. A chance to connect with each other and the ocean, by sharing some time at one of Australia’s most beautiful wonders, The Great Barrier Reef. It has been said that the Black Marlin has no known adversary when they get massive and this soon becomes a reality as you battle with an apex predator.


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