Nearness is a program for deep connection through meaningful conversations.

We envision a world where everybody feels cared for, deeply connected, and loved. We match people into small groups of 6-7 people for soulful conversations on themes like "Navigating Retirement" and "Connecting with Nature."

Our ten-week programs take place as a series of Zoom calls, during which participants walk through conversation starters, readings, and exercises that have been developed by experts in psychology, spirituality, and human connection.

Founded in 2022, Nearness has hosted thousands of programs with participants from across the world.

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Our team

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Casper ter Kuile


Co-Founder Casper ter Kuile brings deep expertise on the evolution of community. He’s the author of The Power of Ritual (HarperOne, 2020), a former Harvard Divinity School Innovation Fellow, the co-founder of research and design firm Sacred Design Lab and the co-creator of podcasts Harry Potter and the Sacred Text and The Real Question. He lives with his husband in Brooklyn, NY.

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Alec Gewirtz


Co-Founder Alec Gewirtz is an expert on human connection and spirituality. He's led the design and execution of thousands of small-group conversations for people navigating life transitions, and his work has been featured on BBC and in The Atlantic. A graduate of Princeton University and a former Fulbright Research Scholar at The University of Toronto, he lives in New York City.

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Carolina Pissarro

Community Administrator

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EJ Baker


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