NEW SERIES! Enriching Relationships While Social Distancing 

YMCAs across Washington are partnering to provide opportunities for seniors to learn, connect and ponder over the interesting times we are living through. We call this opportunity a Community Café, held on Zoom with a facilitator who shares on a pertinent topic and some time to break into smaller groups for facilitated discussion with others in your local community.



There will be a brief (15-20 min) topical introduction with ideas to frame discussion and consider things in new ways. This will be followed by small group facilitated discussions where you will have the opportunity to share experiences and perspectives or simply listen to your peers as you feel comfortable. Following the small group discussions, we will come back together for an empowering full group wrap up with relevant resource sharing and a look ahead to the next café.


Community Cafés are provided at no-cost and available to everyone 55+. You do not need to be a Y Member to participate.


All Community Cafés are hosted on Zoom. If you are new to Zoom and would like some assistance getting started, please note that on your registration form.

Powerful Questions

This week’s café is about fostering rich conversations with powerful questions. We will explore contexts that call for more powerful questions and how those questions are crafted. You will gain practice in forming and asking powerful questions and receive resources for practice after the café.

November 10:  1:00-2:00pm


Stay Connected Using Virtual Tools

We will explore using technology to stay connected, what to do in a virtual space, and safe ways to gather in person during COVID.

November 17:  1:00-2:00pm


Share Our Values through the Art of Storytelling

We will explore elements of a good story and how to share defining moments in our lives.

November 24:  1:00-2:00pm


Build Community by Discovering Our Gifts

Our gifts lie in what we know, what we are passionate about, and the skills and experiences we have. This session will help us identify how we give to others.

December 1:  1:00-2:00pm


Grow Empathy with Emotional Awareness and Expression

In this session, we will explore our relationship with emotions and identify tools of emotional awareness and expression.

December 8:  1:00-2:00pm


Spread Love Through Acts of Kindness

We will share stories of times we have received or shared love through being served or serving others. We will also brainstorm ideas for future acts of kindness.

December 15:  1:00-2:00pm