22nd NC Gathering of Men in North Carolina
Sponsored by The Men’s Council
April 21-23, 2017
Camp Chestnut Ridge, Efland, NC just off I-40 between Burlington and Durham
The Gathering Experience
So many words but none suffice for what happens when men travel beyond just words and into meaningful community. If you are just learning about this event, the video, In the Safety of Men, best communicates the value of the Gathering. For twenty years and counting, this Gathering of Men has opened a space for men to experience the mystery of deep communing through the sharing of stories, poetry, drumming, and heart-to-heart being together. This event is planned and led by men seasoned in facilitating men’s retreats and working with men out of their own deep personal experiences.
The schedule for the weekend will include large group gatherings with stories and poems, small group sessions, time for ritual, many workshops to choose from, music, song, and enough free time to explore the beautiful camp and lake. Sign in will be from 5 to 7 PM on Friday. The program will begin at 7PM. Closing will be at 3 PM on Sunday.
We rely on networking to get the word out. If you know of other men who would enjoy and benefit from this weekend, please let them know. If you know men who you think would benefit from this experience, and they do not have internet access, print this page and share it with them. Anyone who does not have means to register online should contact the Registrar directly (see below), and we will work with that individual to get them registered by phone.
CAMP CHESTNUT RIDGE is situated on 340 acres of beautiful wooded hills, wetlands, and a 9 acre lake. Cabins are dormitory style with bunks, toilets, and showers – or bring a tent and camp out! Plan to bring your own bedding, towels, and personal necessities.
Meals will be provided from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch. Fruit will be available for snacking. There will be no meal Friday afternoon or evening. Plan on either eating before arrival or bringing a bag lunch.
Young men (ages 13 and up) are encouraged to attend. We are fortunate to draw on the experience of the Joshua Project in planning ways to integrate our events with youth. We require young men 17 and under to be accompanied by a male parent or guardian or to have an assigned male sponsor. There is a separate online form for young men ages 13-17 to register that includes a permission and special waiver of liability. You will receive links to the form along with details about the weekend when you complete your registration. Contact the registrar if you’d like more information.
Every year we have wonderful workshops to choose from including topics on men’s issues, poetry, and Dynamic Breath work. Our workshops are led by the extraordinary volunteer talent of our participants. If you have a workshop that you might like to conduct, please consider submitting a proposal by completing this Workshop Proposal Form.
Pre-Gathering Sessions. This year there are two sessions men can consider attending on Friday afternoon in the time between 12:30 and 4 p.m. before the start of the Gathering itself. The sessions will run concurrently and cost an extra $25 for registration. Limit is 12 men for each workshop and only men who are attending the Gathering are permitted to sign up. Sign up will be cut off after March 31 or when 12 people have registered. The two sessions will be:
Dynamic Breathwork with Simon McCain
Understanding Our Stories through Creative Arts with Bill Finger
Click on this LINK for more information about these two workshops
Include food, lodging, workshops during the weekend
$130 for payment postmarked by March 31.
$160 for payment postmarked after March 31.
$25 for pre-Gathering session Friday afternoon 12:30-4 (must register before April 1)
Special rates for 25 and under as well as all students:
$65 before March 31, $80 after
- Cancel by 14 days prior to your arrival date – registration fee refunded in full.
- Cancellations after 14 days, but before 24 hours – a nonrefundable credit of 1⁄2 the registration fee can, upon request, be applied to the next year’s Gathering if you decide to attend.
- Less than 24 hours in advance, no shows, or early departure – registration fee forfeited
The Men’s Council reserves the right to cancel this event at any time, in which case a full refund will be provided.
No one will be excluded due to financial need. We have arranged for a range of options from partial to full waivers of registration fees depending on an individual’s situation.
Click on the Registration Page link here for instructions about the registration process including information about financial aid available. Along with online registration forms you will find an option with additional information about financial aid and an online form to request aid.
On-line Registration Page
TMC REGISTRAR: Bron Skinner
PHONE or TEXT: 919-923-7539 (cell)
THE MEN’S COUNCIL
Attn: Registrar, Bron Skinner
P.O. Box 6155
Raleigh , NC 27628