WHAT IS A.G.A.P.E. WELLNESS?
Agape is a Greek word that is used to portray unconditional love. Love is where we begin; it is what fuels our work every day. Through A.G.A.P.E. Wellness, we are able to share the abundant love that we have been given. This love is unconditional, it has no judgment, no limit, it does not depend on anything external. And we are so excited to share it with you!
Our name is also an acronym: The Alliance for the Greater Appreciation of People Everywhere. So often in our world, people put their energy into tearing each other down through othering. And that's why we chose to create an “alliance” that connects people from all backgrounds, celebrates the intersectionality of identities, and recognizes that the more diversity we have, the more we can be together. The way we understand the word appreciation is, “recognizing and enjoying the good qualities of a person or thing.” One of our biggest focuses is seeing and appreciating the goodness in everyone that we encounter through our work. At A.G.A.P.E. Wellness, you will be seen for who you are, you will be respected, and you will be appreciated.
To foster a community of unconditional love, abundant joy, and respect that supports its members on their journey to wellness.
We work to make wellness more accessible to all people. Through building a community of healing, we create the opportunity for people to grow in love for themselves and, in turn, for others.
Love is at the root of everything we do. Loving and supporting you is what brings us joy. Over the years, we have had the privilege of experiencing deep love, and now we have the gift of sharing it with you! Our love is truly unconditional; it is not dependent on anything external and expects nothing in return. We love you simply for being you.
At A.G.A.P.E. Wellness, we cherish community. One of the most important aspects of what we do is creating relationships with the people that we serve. We care about you. We care about your wellness. Through our online work, we are able to connect globally to weave together a network of people who support and lift each other up. Welcome! Even just by reading this, we consider you a part of our community. We couldn't be happier that you're here.
One of the biggest lessons we have learned over the last few years is the difference between understanding and respect. For us, this theme continually comes up as we grow, develop, and experience change. Identifying as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community has taught us that it is not our job to help people understand our experience. And it isn't your job to explain yourself either. So come as you are to experience a community where you can be respected and held as your authentic self.
From a psychological perspective, it makes sense that we "other." But from a present-day, human perspective, we believe that "othering" is one of the greatest flaws of our time. Why use our differences to tear us apart when instead, we can use them to bring us together? Our alliance creates an opportunity to connect, acknowledge, appreciate, and enjoy the differences in everyone. We recognize your identities and cherish your soul.
But inclusivity is not just about emotional and physical inclusion, it's also about financial inclusion, and recognizing the many barriers that keep people from being able to access wellness resources. We never turn away anyone for financial reasons (please reach out if you can't afford one of our programs but want to participate), and we are constantly reforming the way we do things so that we are as universally inclusive as we can possibly be.
Without Mother Earth, our work would not be possible. We work our best every day as a business, and as individuals, to do what we can to reduce our negative impact on the environment. One of our biggest challenges with sustainability is the impact that our traveling has on our beautiful planet. We recognize that choosing to travel comes with pros and cons, and we do our best to reduce our footprint in other ways.
We created A.G.A.P.E. Wellness to redefine wellness as something that is created by all, made for all, and accessible to all. Because inclusivity is one of our core values, we provide many resources for free and others at a greatly reduced cost. Are you interested in sponsoring a scholarship for an event, series, or service that we provide? Would you like to support someone else's opportunity to have access to wellness resources? Are you interested in supporting our work in a more general way so that we can continue to provide the services that we do? If so, please consider making a donation! To allocate your funds to a specific service or program, please fill out our contact form or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make sure that the funds you donate go towards covering the services of your choosing. Thank you so much for your generosity. We are so thankful for you.