What we're about

NEW/POTENTIAL MEMBERS:

Our vision is to create a social space for young adults (20s and 30s) who enjoy a healthy and spiritual lifestyle. We believe that all you need for friendship and connection is each other. We have at least 1 weekly core meeting that is just meeting up and chatting without any pre-planned activity. We also do other events during the week that we think are interesting that members could enjoy. You do not need to be a yoga or meditation expert to be a part of y.a.h.s.s.! We respect every friend's individual status on their spiritual journey, whether expert or newly exploring their deeper self. The only requirements for participation are 1) an interest, practice, or desire to live a more healthy and happy life and/or share connection with others, and 2) to be reasonably within the intended age range 20s-30s.

To join, just send a request and answer the question so we know you're not a bot! Looking forward to meeting you soon!

Self-sustaining group policy:

Beacon y.a.h.s.s. is completely self-sustaining by voluntary contributions of members. We have no dues or fees, but we do have (minimal) expenses, so we ask members to donate or not as they see fit. To put it in perspective, our only expenses currently are a meetup pro membership, which is $180 + tax /yr, or $90+tax/6mos. If every member donated $4-$5 dollars each every year it would easily cover all expenses. Donate however you are most comfortable; cash is preferred to avoid processing fees. Contact Jem, the treasurer at +1 (202) 540-0671

Substance policy:
We are tolerant of members that are substance users (alchohol, tobacco, drugs, etc.) but we respectfully ask that members not partake in substance use or bring any substance with them to meetings; gentle alchohol use for appropriate environments is ok.

More detailed version of the story:
We believe in today's world there aren't enough regular social meeting places for young adults who enjoy a healthy and spiritual lifestyle, and this group is designed to address this need. We were tired of bars, clubs, drinking, drugs, loud dim-lit venues etc. We were tired of people wearing masks and trying to look different then they were, over-attaching significance to appearances, conditional or transactional connections, or feeling the need to do any of these ourselves as a result of our environment. We wanted more realness in our connections, to meet like-minded friends, relationship partners, or couples that matched our lifestyle. Many of us struggle, or have struggled at some point in our lives with emotional distress, addiction, and/or loneliness, and have found or seek healing in practices like yoga, meditation, martial arts, time in nature, music, dance, writing, art, and many other creative or engaging healthy practices.

The core weekly "chill" meeting at a park or cafe is representative of this deep friendship vision, and is our primary way of meeting and welcoming new members. We additionally do events like hikes, yoga, meditation, attending concerts/events/festivals, picnics, or dinner at each other's houses or going to cafes. We are sensitive to everyone's dietary restrictions. (ask our organizer Katie about food restrictions)

Many religion-focused groups exist that address socializing needs, but this group is specifically non-denominational, inclusive, and pluralistic in its definition of spirituality and healthy lifestyle. We do not judge or exclude people.

We would like to grow the group and engage members to participate in events or offer ideas and thoughts. The vision for the group is to really focus on deep connections, so events are loosely organized, free/low cost, and welcoming.

Spam policy:
Users are responsible for their own messages and comments; if you are getting spam/sketchy messages from a member, please let an organizer know. Spam/solicitation is not tolerated.

If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions, please feel free to reach out to any of the organizers or post a message on the discussion section.

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