This group is intended to bring a lot of interests together by linking people together. I have tried out many meetup groups in the past few years but have seen a growing gap for groups for middle aged people and see many more age specific niche groups. This group is not exclusive any age group, but the reason for this group is to give people who may be in a similar situation as I, a safe place to make new friends and bond.
I am a first generation immigrant from the West Indies, with no local family. I have no siblings and divorced with no children, so engaging in meaningful social opportunities doesn't present itself as often for me. I am sure I am not the only one.
Kintsugi is a Japanese art that involves putting broken pieces of pottery back together with epoxy and sealing the seams with gold. This can be interpreted in many ways for this group. The bonding of different individuals, the coming together of many activity types or perhaps starting over to change your lifestyle after a "life event".
I anticipate that I will work with other groups to provide some specific events (IE "cross posting"). While I engage in a lot of differing activities, I am not an expert or very knowledgeable in many. I am active in these other groups and know the organizers, so I wouldn't be subjecting anyone to a "blind trust" environment. I plan to have activities for kayaking, hiking, backpacking, racquetball, rollerblading or any activities that people may want to introduce for the weekend. All of these will be friendly to beginners, but many may require you have your own equipment. I also plan to balance that with weekday social events to give people an opportunity to get to know each other, which I believe is lacking in other groups and will enhance weekend activities. Happy hour, dinner, or just sessions to just talk about whatever in a good environment. This won't be my group, it is intended to be "our" group (a Kintsugi Life) and active participation at all levels is welcome.
Looking forward to meeting you and having some fun while getting some activities in!