What we're about

This is a group for anyone who enjoys or is curious about doing recreational activities in their bare feet. All experience levels are welcome and most activities will be suitable for first-timers.

Activities may include:

• Walks and hikes.
• Kayaking and standup paddle boarding.
• River tubing.
• Beach trips.
• Outdoor music and movies.
• Apple picking.
• Picnics.

Why does this group exist?

Living in the D.C. region, there is intense pressure to appear "professional" and "classy" at all times. It can seem like most people would never go barefoot in public and are quick to judge those who do. We often receive apocryphal messages from a vocal minority that being barefoot is unsafe, unhealthy, unsanitary, unprofessional or disgusting. Thus, people who prefer to be barefoot fear that they will become social pariah if they step out of the house without shoes on.

And yet there is little evidence to support any of this. Rather, there is increasing evidence that people who go barefoot often have stronger, healthier feet than those who wear shoes habitually.

By joining this group you acknowledge and agree to the following guidelines:

1. You’re attending group meetups at your own risk, and you are solely responsible for understanding your abilities and limitations and for taking proper safety precautions. This includes being aware of your surroundings so you can avoid potential hazards and bringing footwear to use if the need arises. If you go barefoot long enough, you're bound to kick something or step on something uncomfortable. (Note: The organizer will bring a first-aid kit to address minor injuries.)

2. You will only RSVP if you plan on attending the meetup. If you are unable to make a meetup, please cancel your RSVP at least 24 hours in advance, as a courtesy to the organizer and your fellow group members. Anyone who cancels less than 24 hours in advance or fails to attend when RSVP’d without contacting an organizer will be counted as a no-show. Anyone who no-shows three times is at risk of being removed from the group. (Please note that certain events may require a longer advanced commitment. This will be noted in the description for the event.)

3. You will treat waitlists the same as RSVPs. Because this is a group for small-group activities, the RSVPs are usually limited, which means they often fill-up. When you add yourself to the waitlist, what you are saying is: “I’m leaving my schedule open in case a spot opens up.” When an RSVP is cancelled, Meetup automatically RSVPs the first person on the waitlist. It is your responsibility to keep track of your waitlist/RSVP status.

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