Would the world be better off with more humble and powerful men in it?
Here’s a controversial statement: it’s not easy being a man these days. Outdated models of masculinity exist on one side, out of tune and out of touch with history and the times. Yet the other side seems full of soft and too-sensitive men afraid of their innate power and unsure how they fit into the world.
This 3-day retreat teaches a third way, the way of The Empowered Man.
The very idea of masculinity is under question and sometimes under attack. In this experiential retreat, we’ll gather to explore this topic in intensive and insightful practices, talks, and embodied experiences.
We’ll explore the downside of the old model of masculinity but also the downside of the ‘too-woke’ man. You’ll learn to share and also to hold boundaries; to take in criticism and challenge but not collapse — or posture; to be embodied while also being highly attuned to your own emotional experience; to transcend ideas of what the masculine can or should be, in order to find your own intelligent, skillful, fully alive, highly relational, emotionally sophisticated, and deeply powerful self.
Practices will include:
The weekend will be highly interactive. A strong container will allow for safety but also a lack of it, so you can explore your edges by, at times, going past them.
This will be led by experienced men’s work facilitators Jeff James Howard and Marco Lam. Jeff is a licensed psychotherapist and Marco an acupuncturist, permaculture expert, and community leader. They will be assisted by Keith Martin-Smith and Casey Capshaw. Keith is an ordained Zen priest, published author, and martial arts lineage holder. Casey ran the Authentic Men’s Program and has been deeply involved in men’s work for over 15 years.
Friday 6-10 pm, Saturday 9-9 pm, Sunday 9-7 pm.
*Price includes a farm to table meals.
For our time together, we’ll gather at Elkstone Farm and be fed from the amazing farm-to-table kitchen there & where we’ll also take time to get outside & get up in the mountains by bike or by foot.
Your health and the well-being of our community are important to us. We encourage all participants to be vaccinated before they visit the farm or wear a mask and practice social distancing if they have not yet been vaccinated. We have upgraded sanitation protocols in place, and require that guests follow our policies, which are in compliance with all CDC and county guidelines.