Gatherings & Support Groups in Asheville, NC





Men’s Group  Monthly, 3rd Thursday, 7-9p  Center for Spiritual Living  Connect: Steve Worthing at


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Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)  Influential gender violence prevention via “bystander intervention”

“One in Six”  For male survivors of sexual assault and abuse.  “You are not alone.”  Locally, Our VOICE provides
confidential one-on-one counseling and a men’s group.  Connect: Papilion (Poppy) DeBoer, LPCA at 252-0562, ext 18




The ManKind Project (MKP) “Integration Group” (aka “I-Group”)  Wednesdays, 7-9:30p  West Asheville  Connect: 484-1682,  The New Warrior Training Adventure, “a modern male initiation” weekend  “We create a conscious world by challenging and nurturing each man on his journey to authenticity.”

The MKP “Men Having Brunch” Sunday Social  “Every man is welcome.”  1st & 3rd Sundays, 9-10:30a  Green Sage Cafe, Westgate




Yoga for Men with Michael  Tuesdays, 6-7:15p  Asheville Community Yoga,  Donation.   All levels, beginners welcome, ages 17-105




Asheville Men’s Dance  Tuesdays, 7:15-9p (doors close at 7:30p)   Homewood, 19 Zillicoa St  $7-10 donation   “Movement, Meditation and Music; bringing all 3 together through Dance ~ We gather to dance into the freedom and mutual support of brotherhood and fellowship.”  Connect: Steven Jones at


Men’s Nude Yoga  Wednesdays, 6:30-8p  Downtown  $7-10 sliding fee  Peer-led yoga class in a safe, supportive and relaxed
environment where all adult male participants and the instructor are nude.  “Non-sexual nudity with other men helps us to explore
joyous physical embodiment, thereby removing cultural barriers to positive self-image. Your body is divine! All men (ages 18+) are welcome, regardless of yoga experience level, body type or sexual orientation.”  Connect:

Touch Practice  A completely guided class that allows men (18+) to experience the power of touch in a non-sexual, safe and sacred way, leaving this practice with the positive knowledge that “you are a beautiful, cherished man.”  Connect:



Relational Yoga Open Men’s Group  Monthly, tba, 6-9p  “Whereas physical yoga brings you into deeper relationship with your body, relational yoga brings you into deeper relationship with others. Our conviction is that when you move through the world from wholeness, you will naturally show up with integrity, compassion and strength.”  Connect:




Divine Masculine Magic Meetup  Monthly, Sunday tba, 4-6p  Raven & Crone, 555 Merrimon Av ;  Donation .  “This meet and greet will
be about the theories, practice, magic systems, and beliefs of the divine masculine. All bodies welcome that live in or identify with the divine masculine!!!”  Connect: Mathew Ryan Likes at

“Courage to Heal” – A weekly group for men in early recovery from sex and love addiction  8-week module, closed group, capped at six participants for greater safety and cohesion Thursdays, 6-8p  Screening required; insurance and private pay accepted.  Connect: Eric Belsterling, LPC at 337-0391,  Workbook: “Facing the Shadow” by Patrick Carnes

shutterstock_89426677MASCULINITY: A New Story – An online program with Charles Eisenstein  “Throughout the course, a moderated participants-only discussion forum will be running. It is where we can engage collective intelligence, integrate the diverse viewpoints of the course guests, and share the first-hand stories that will animate our conversations.”  Fee or $0.00  Connect:


shutterstock_353127272“Fatherhood Initiation Training” for all new dads, experienced dads, dads-to-be  8-week online & live group;  Suggested donation.
Childcare available;  “Becoming a father is perhaps the most powerful initiation of a man’s life. Our lives change and we must adapt to
the changes with resilience in order to show up powerfully for our children.”  Connect: JahSun Martini at 530-615-9345  “Promoting Responsible Fatherhood and Strong Communities”  Site for “dads looking for tips, hints and even deals for dads and kids – find them on the DadTalk Blog and in the ‘For Dads’ corner.”  National Call Center for dads: 1-877-4DAD411


shutterstock_277972292“My Daddy Taught Me That”  Weekly, Monday & Wednesday, 6-8p  “MDTMT will mentor, build self-esteem, confidence, and eliminate barriers to and exposure of crime, gangs, and drugs, that minority male youth confront in underserved communities in Asheville. This program will play the vital role in transforming young males into our leading MEN of tomorrow.”  Connect: Keynon Lake at 582-2261

Journeymen Asheville Mentoring Network  Mondays, 6-8:30p  Mentoring “In-Group” guides boys 12-17 through their passage to healthy manhood.  “We teach and model integrity, accountability, character, compassion and respect.”  Adult mentor applicants require background checks.  Rites of Passage Adventure Weekends (ROPAW’s) held twice annually.  Connect: Glenn Geffcken at 278-8630, \


“Rites of Passage – Mentoring the Future”  Free documentary and curriculum by Frederick Marx  Connect:



A Coalition to Create a White House Council on Boys & Men  “The Boy Crisis”  The petition reads: “To the President: We need the
creation of a White House Council on Boys and Men to work in partnership with the already-formed White House Council on Women
and Girls, so the whole family can progress together.”  Connect:

shutterstock_221000683Story Medicine Asheville (SMA) Men’s Group  “Based in the teachings of the West African Tradition where boys are initiated into manhood through ritual, SMA is designed to take you through the ritual process involving the mediums of reading, writing, and storytelling, all while maintaining a deep connection with your ancient ancestors.”  Connect: Zachery Adam at 242-4780, \



Men’s Wisdom Works (MWW) Groups at UNCA  Ages 55+  Connect:



shutterstock_326964179Men’s Garden Club of Asheville – “Fellowship, recreation, beautification, community service, and education. Celebrating 75 Years in
Asheville.”  Monthly, 1st Tuesday, 11:30a  Connect: Gerry at 299-3315,


Men’s Knit Group  2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6-8p  “At Purl’s (Yarn Emporium), we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  Our stitch groups are a space of ACCEPTANCE and COMMUNITY. Please keep conversation friendly and non-judgmental. We’re always  looking for new members to join our small group of knitters and crocheters!”  Connect: Rik Schell at

shutterstock_289549430Men’s Buddhist Chanting Group \ “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo (The Mystic or Universal Law of Life) contains everything within it – wisdom,
courage, strength and compassion.” ~ Daisaku Ikeda \ Monthly tba \ Connect: Roger Dillon at 678-643-1416 \





shutterstock_93050254Land of the Sky Men’s Chorus \ The Asheville Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society \ Tuesdays, 7p \ Westwood Baptist Church, 150 Westwood Pl \ Harmony. Hilarity. Education. \ We are looking for male singers! Join the largest a cappella chorus in WNC. We have FUN, Because SINGING is FUN! \ Connect: Bob Burns at 242-5495, \ www.ashe

Asheville a cappella Quartet Singers, aka “The Harmony Platoon” \ Tuesdays 6-7p \ Westwood Baptist Church \ A group of men who
enjoy singing 4 part a cappella harmonies in various quartet combinations of 4 men each (tenor, lead, baritone, bass). The Land of the
Sky Men’s Chorus meets at the same facility at 7p and “you’d be more than welcome to enjoy the choral experience.” \ Connect:

Cantaria \ The Gay Men’s Chorus of Asheville \ Sundays, 5-7p \ The Cathedral of All Souls, Biltmore Village \ “Cantarìa is a voluntary, notfor-
profit community chorus, organized to provide the opportunity for gay and gay-supportive men to sing together.” \ Connect: Rich
Edwards at 274-8971, \



Men’s Groups for GBTQ men \ Connect: and go to the “Resources” link in the purple title bar


Gay Men’s Group of Asheville \ “This group is designed for people to come together and meet new people and exchange ideas for new
experiences. Let us come together as a community and enjoy the splendors of Asheville.” \ Connect:



Honoring Grief Circle \ 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6-7p \ Black Mountain \ Donation \ Open to all genders \ “We meet in circle to learn about
grief and to bear silent, compassionate witness to the sense of loss. We invite healing, but this is not a therapy group.” \ Connect:


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The Men’s Council \ “Men Helping Men Build Better Lives” \ Based in Raleigh, NC with directors from across NC.   “The TMC continues to work as an organization to honor the mythopoetic traditions of men’s work, to stay abreast of new ideas and modern trends that affect gender identity, and find ways to
support and challenge men to fully realize their potential as human beings.” \ Upcoming annual retreat: 21st Gathering of Men inNorth Carolina: April 22-24, 2016, Efland, NC \ Connect:

“Breaking the Male Code: Unlocking the Power of Friendship” (book) by Robert Garfield, MD \ “Offers (men) a step-by-step guide to
initiating and deepening their male friendships so they can lead happier and healthier lives.” \ Connect: