Gathering of Men in NC

04/20/18 - 04/22/18 All day
Camp Chestnut Ridge
Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, Camp Chestnut Ridge Road, Efland, NC, United States
23nd NC Gathering of Men in North Carolina
Sponsored by The Men’s Council
April 20-22, 2018

Camp Chestnut Ridge, Efland, NC just off I-40 between Burlington and Durham

Please note: The descriptions below are for the 2017 Gathering. However, it is likely that much of it will apply to the TMC Gathering event to be planned for 2018. It will give you a good idea what your experience might encompass if you decide to attend.

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 

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. In 2017 there were two sessions men could consider attending on Friday afternoon.

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


Registration Fees

To be determined for 2018

Refund Policy

  • 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 the registration fee can, on a case by case basis, 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. 

Financial Aid

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.

Registration Now Closed for 2017
The 2018 TMC Gathering is schedule for April 20-22
Watch this link for the opportunity to register, around January 1, 2018

Contact Information

PHONE or TEXT: 919-923-7539 (cell)

Attn: Registrar, Bron Skinner
P.O. Box 6155
Raleigh , NC 27628