1. What are Gratefulness Gatherings?
  2. How do I join a Gratefulness Gathering?
  3. What happens at Gratefulness Gatherings?
  4. Do I need specific experience or education to participate?
  5. What is the time commitment?
  6. Does it cost money to participate?
  7. Is there an age requirement?
  8. What are the rules?
  9. How do I host my own Gratefulness Gathering?

What are Gratefulness Gatherings?

Gratefulness Gatherings are an opportunity to cultivate communal spaces where we can explore grateful living as an orientation to life. Gratefulness Gatherings take place at the local level, in person, hosted by members of the community. Through rich discussion and collective wisdom, Gratefulness Gatherings help inform and deepen our relationship with grateful living and usher it into the common lexicon.

How do I join a Gratefulness Gathering?

Our Directory catalogues all of the Gratefulness Gatherings around the world. 

The list features Gratefulness Gatherings hosts by their first name, preferred email address, and town in which their gatherings take place. To join a group near you, contact the host directly at the email address provided.

If you see multiple hosts in your area, we recommend contacting each of them to find the Gratefulness Gathering closest to you — or perhaps you might wish to experience multiple groups!

What happens at Gratefulness Gatherings?

Each Gratefulness Gathering is different, but here is what you can expect:  

  1. Setting: Once every month, the local hosts pick a date and a place — a home, café, park, or other comfortable and semi-private location — to hold the Gratefulness Gathering.
  2. Gathering: Each month is focused on a particular theme, shared by Gratefulness Gatherings everywhere. The host facilitates the gathering, beginning with a moment of grounding and introductions to welcome any newcomers. Hosts will remind participants of the gathering guidelines then move into the discussion portion of the meeting. There is no specified structure to the discussion portion, and everyone is welcome to participate within their comfort level. Hosts do not present or teach but rather facilitate the discussion as needed to help keep conversation flowing.
  3. After: Gratefulness Gatherings can keep in touch via optional Facebook groups (managed by hosts). Between meetings, participants are encouraged to continue the conversation virtually.

Do I need specific experience or education to participate?

No. Everyone, regardless of their experience with or existing knowledge of gratefulness and grateful living, is invited to participate. At your first Gratefulness Gathering, your host will help orient you. If you are newer to gratefulness and grateful living, we encourage you to explore Gratefulness.org, including our Practice Space and ABCs Area of Interest and listen eagerly at your first gathering. Here is a downloadable Introduction to Living with Gratefulness.

What is the time commitment?

There is no commitment beyond the time you make to show up at a Gratefulness Gathering. Meetings are held once per month, each month of the year, but there is no requirement to attend a certain number in order to participate. Of course, we hope you’ll be inspired to participate in more than one as repeat participation builds connection and cumulative understanding, enriching the community and discussion.

Does it cost money to participate?

Essentially Gratefulness Gatherings are free to attend; however, if there is a cost related to renting space, your host may invite contributions to cover costs.

Is there an age requirement?

We recommend a minimum age of 18 to participate. However, hosts may use their discretion in admitting people under the age of 18.

What are the rules?

Our Participant Agreement is signed by each participant at their first Gratefulness Gathering to ensure a safe, respectful environment for all.

How do I host my own Gratefulness Gathering?

We’re glad you’re interested! Please visit this page to learn more.