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“These events are provided as a resource for our readers and the reader is asked to do their own evaluation and vetting of the suitability. The listings do not imply endorsement or sponsorship by The Men’s Council.”

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  • Spring Elder Gathering

    Spring Elder Gathering

    All day
    04/06/18

    April 6 – April 8
    Spring Elder Gathering

    Trinity Center, Pine Knoll Shores, NC
    Sponsored by the Elders of the Greater Carolina Area of the ManKind Project

    This event is open to men of all ages, MKP-initiated or not.
    The theme for the weekend experience is “Joy and Compassion.” Of course, compassion starts with self-compassion – taking care of yourself. Here is a golden opportunity to join together with friends, old and new, to once again find your true self in a quiet and vibrant beach setting.  There will be a mix of deep, meaningful workshops with optional joyful breakout sessions.
    Visit here for more information:
    https://greatercarolinas.mkpusa.org/gca-april-2018-elder-gathering/

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  • Pre-Gathering Workshops

    Pre-Gathering Workshops

    1:00 PM-4:00 PM
    04/20/18

    Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, Camp Chestnut Ridge Road, Efland, NC, United States

    Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, Camp Chestnut Ridge Road, Efland, NC, United States
    Special pre-Gathering  Sessions

    Pre-Gathering workshops will be held on Friday, April 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Two workshops will be conducted concurrently so you must choose just one. These offerings will provide men an opportunity to deepen their experience of the rest of the Gathering. Starting early will heighten your receptivity and sensitivity for what happens later and it will also free up time for other workshops that you might wish to attend during the weekend.

    You must register for the Gathering to take part in a pre-Gathering session. Plan on arriving between 12:00 and 12:30 p.m. to give yourself time to settle in and prepare for the workshop itself. You should report directly to the location indicated for the workshop of your choice where you will check in.

    There is an additional fee of $25 for this workshop which you must add when registering for the TMC Gathering itself.

    PLEASE NOTE: You should also be aware that there will be no meals provided Friday afternoon or evening by the camp. You will be responsible for your own food that day so plan accordingly.

    Link to register for the Gathering and one of these pre-Gathering sessions.


    This Year’s Options

    Dynamic  Breath  Work
    Facilitator:  Simon  McCain

    Location:  Falcon  Lodge

    Simon McCain has been conducting Dynamic Breath Work sessions for many years and because of his popularity at past Gatherings we are offering an extra workshop with more time than is normally available during the Gathering for those that want the opportunity to work in more depth with Simon. Simon spoke about the workshop:

    “As men, we’re used to carrying it all inside… and for most of us, there’s a lot stuffed in there!  Dynamic Breath work is a breathing process that can let some of that pressure loose. It’s simple but very powerful, and it works without your needing to figure it out.”

    There is a maximum of 12 slots for this session.  A minimum of 6 participants must sign up for the workshop by Saturday, April 7, or the workshop will be canceled and you will receive a refund for the extra charge.

    For this session wear comfortable clothes. Bring a blanket or sleeping bag, a pillow, water and a journal or notebook to record your journey.

    Testimonial   “I had heard wonderful things about Simon’s Breath Work for several years before I decided to attend.  Having a skeptical nature, I was uncertain that I would get anything from it.  Boy, was I ever wrong!  It opened me to some buried grief that I had been avoiding for a decade.  It stirred me and I made new life choices as a function of this opening and I am very grateful to Simon’s gentleness, and support as I began this process.  If ‘going deeper’ is a desire of yours – consider investing in yourself and attend. ” JN

    The  Power  of  Empathy
    Facilitator:  John  Shuford

    Location:  Crane  Lodge

    John Shuford is a skilled workshop facilitator. He has conducted hundreds of workshops over the past 25 years, which are designed to build skills and techniques of communication that guide participants to understand themselves and how to deal with conflict through nonviolent alternatives. Semi retired, he now devotes his time to promote a program called the Alternatives to Violence Project with the purpose of changing the culture in our prisons by working with staff and inmates.

    This workshop is designed to lead participants to a better understanding of the power empathy has for changing people’s lives. Empathy is a natural and necessary skill for relationships. Without it, we undermine our power. As men, we cannot thrive without community. We cannot have community without relationships and we cannot have healthy relationships without empathy. We are trained to disconnect from our emotions, yet being in touch with our emotions is essential for empathy. This session will help participants understand empathy and be able to give empathic responses.

    There is a maximum of 20 slots for this session.  A minimum of 6 participants must sign up for the workshop by Saturday, April 7, or the workshop will be canceled and you will receive a refund for the extra charge.

  • NC Gathering of Men

    NC Gathering of Men

    5:00 PM-3:00 PM
    04/20/18-04/22/18

    Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, Camp Chestnut Ridge Road, Efland, NC, United States

    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

    The Gathering Experience

    Words fail to express fully what happens when men go beyond trivial everyday banalities 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 more than twenty years, the NC Gathering of Men has opened a space for men to experience the mystery of deep communing through the sharing of stories, poetry, drumming, and being together with open hearts. 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 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.

    Facilities

    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 invited to attend the Gathering. We require young men 17 and under to be accompanied by a male parent or guardian or to have an assigned male sponsor. They must also submit a permission form signed by a parent or guardian and a special waiver of liability. You will receive links to the forms along with details about the weekend when you complete your registration. Contact the registrar if you’d like more information.

    Workshops
    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. For those who want to get a jump on the weekend we offer pre-Gathering sessions. In 2018 there will be two options for men to consider attending early Friday afternoon.

    Dynamic Breathwork with Simon McCain
    The Power of Empathy with John Shuford

    Click on this LINK for more information.

     

    Registration Fees

    The registration fees for the 2018 are:

    • Adult men 26 y.o. and older – $140
    • Young men ages 13-25 – $70

    Caveats for Registration

    • The cutoff for registration is midnight April 15. No registrations will be accepted after that time and you must be registered by that date to attend the 2018 Gathering.
    • To create and maintain a safe space for the work of Gathering participants we ask that all participants arrange their schedules to be present from the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday till the closing ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The quality of experience of the Gathering is highly dependent on the “container” that the participants create over the course of the weekend. The so-called container is a psychological space in which individual participants can safely stretch their limits and feel supported in the process.

    Refund Policy

    • Cancel by the registration cutoff date, midnight April 15registration fee refunded less 10% for administrative costs.
    • Cancellations after the cutoff date and through April 19 – 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.  Credits not used in a year will go toward the TMC Scholarship Fund.
    • Less than 24 hours in advance, no shows, or early departure – registration fee forfeited and used to help support TMC’s financial aid program.

    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.

    To register for the Gathering go to the Registration Page. You will complete a registration form and then be directed to the options for paying registration fees. If you need financial aid, you will also find a button linking to a form to make your request.

    Registration is now closed for
    2018 TMC Gathering, April 20-22
    Registration ends Midnight Sunday, April 15

    Contact Information

    TMC REGISTRAR: Bron Skinner
    EMAIL: RegistrarTMC@gmail.com
    PHONE or TEXT: 919-923-7539 (cell)

    SURFACE MAIL:
    THE MEN’S COUNCIL
    Attn: Registrar, Bron Skinner
    P.O. Box 6155
    Raleigh , NC 27628

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  • NC Gathering of Men

    NC Gathering of Men

    5:00 PM-3:00 PM
    04/21/18-04/22/18

    Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, Camp Chestnut Ridge Road, Efland, NC, United States

    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

    The Gathering Experience

    Words fail to express fully what happens when men go beyond trivial everyday banalities 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 more than twenty years, the NC Gathering of Men has opened a space for men to experience the mystery of deep communing through the sharing of stories, poetry, drumming, and being together with open hearts. 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 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.

    Facilities

    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 invited to attend the Gathering. We require young men 17 and under to be accompanied by a male parent or guardian or to have an assigned male sponsor. They must also submit a permission form signed by a parent or guardian and a special waiver of liability. You will receive links to the forms along with details about the weekend when you complete your registration. Contact the registrar if you’d like more information.

    Workshops
    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. For those who want to get a jump on the weekend we offer pre-Gathering sessions. In 2018 there will be two options for men to consider attending early Friday afternoon.

    Dynamic Breathwork with Simon McCain
    The Power of Empathy with John Shuford

    Click on this LINK for more information.

     

    Registration Fees

    The registration fees for the 2018 are:

    • Adult men 26 y.o. and older – $140
    • Young men ages 13-25 – $70

    Caveats for Registration

    • The cutoff for registration is midnight April 15. No registrations will be accepted after that time and you must be registered by that date to attend the 2018 Gathering.
    • To create and maintain a safe space for the work of Gathering participants we ask that all participants arrange their schedules to be present from the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday till the closing ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The quality of experience of the Gathering is highly dependent on the “container” that the participants create over the course of the weekend. The so-called container is a psychological space in which individual participants can safely stretch their limits and feel supported in the process.

    Refund Policy

    • Cancel by the registration cutoff date, midnight April 15registration fee refunded less 10% for administrative costs.
    • Cancellations after the cutoff date and through April 19 – 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.  Credits not used in a year will go toward the TMC Scholarship Fund.
    • Less than 24 hours in advance, no shows, or early departure – registration fee forfeited and used to help support TMC’s financial aid program.

    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.

    To register for the Gathering go to the Registration Page. You will complete a registration form and then be directed to the options for paying registration fees. If you need financial aid, you will also find a button linking to a form to make your request.

    Registration is now closed for
    2018 TMC Gathering, April 20-22
    Registration ends Midnight Sunday, April 15

    Contact Information

    TMC REGISTRAR: Bron Skinner
    EMAIL: RegistrarTMC@gmail.com
    PHONE or TEXT: 919-923-7539 (cell)

    SURFACE MAIL:
    THE MEN’S COUNCIL
    Attn: Registrar, Bron Skinner
    P.O. Box 6155
    Raleigh , NC 27628

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  • NC Gathering of Men

    NC Gathering of Men

    5:00 PM-3:00 PM
    04/22/18-04/22/18

    Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, Camp Chestnut Ridge Road, Efland, NC, United States

    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

    The Gathering Experience

    Words fail to express fully what happens when men go beyond trivial everyday banalities 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 more than twenty years, the NC Gathering of Men has opened a space for men to experience the mystery of deep communing through the sharing of stories, poetry, drumming, and being together with open hearts. 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 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.

    Facilities

    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 invited to attend the Gathering. We require young men 17 and under to be accompanied by a male parent or guardian or to have an assigned male sponsor. They must also submit a permission form signed by a parent or guardian and a special waiver of liability. You will receive links to the forms along with details about the weekend when you complete your registration. Contact the registrar if you’d like more information.

    Workshops
    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. For those who want to get a jump on the weekend we offer pre-Gathering sessions. In 2018 there will be two options for men to consider attending early Friday afternoon.

    Dynamic Breathwork with Simon McCain
    The Power of Empathy with John Shuford

    Click on this LINK for more information.

     

    Registration Fees

    The registration fees for the 2018 are:

    • Adult men 26 y.o. and older – $140
    • Young men ages 13-25 – $70

    Caveats for Registration

    • The cutoff for registration is midnight April 15. No registrations will be accepted after that time and you must be registered by that date to attend the 2018 Gathering.
    • To create and maintain a safe space for the work of Gathering participants we ask that all participants arrange their schedules to be present from the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday till the closing ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The quality of experience of the Gathering is highly dependent on the “container” that the participants create over the course of the weekend. The so-called container is a psychological space in which individual participants can safely stretch their limits and feel supported in the process.

    Refund Policy

    • Cancel by the registration cutoff date, midnight April 15registration fee refunded less 10% for administrative costs.
    • Cancellations after the cutoff date and through April 19 – 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.  Credits not used in a year will go toward the TMC Scholarship Fund.
    • Less than 24 hours in advance, no shows, or early departure – registration fee forfeited and used to help support TMC’s financial aid program.

    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.

    To register for the Gathering go to the Registration Page. You will complete a registration form and then be directed to the options for paying registration fees. If you need financial aid, you will also find a button linking to a form to make your request.

    Registration is now closed for
    2018 TMC Gathering, April 20-22
    Registration ends Midnight Sunday, April 15

    Contact Information

    TMC REGISTRAR: Bron Skinner
    EMAIL: RegistrarTMC@gmail.com
    PHONE or TEXT: 919-923-7539 (cell)

    SURFACE MAIL:
    THE MEN’S COUNCIL
    Attn: Registrar, Bron Skinner
    P.O. Box 6155
    Raleigh , NC 27628

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  • Joshua Project – April 27-29

    Joshua Project – April 27-29

    All day
    04/27/18

    348-738 Camp Grier Rd, Old Fort, NC 28762, USA

    348-738 Camp Grier Rd, Old Fort, NC 28762, USA

    Opening Hearts
    Joshua  Project  Spring  Gathering
    Camp  Grier
    Old  Fort,  NC
    April  27-29,  2018

    Join us around the fire in Old Fort, NC as we explore mature masculinity, the lessons and teachings of the open heart, and hold space for our young men to step into their emerging manhood.  The announcement letter and registration links will arrive in your inbox on Tuesday.

    Dates:
    Friday, April 27th (6 pm) thru Sunday, April 29th (1:30pm)

    Registration closes Sunday April 22nd at 11:59pm.

    Cost:
    $180 for each adult man
    $90 for each young man (ages 13-25)

    Partial scholarships are available if needed to attend. Please inquire.To Register

    Complete the registration form at this link:
    https://goo.gl/forms/CtmwcCSRDGvivH0k2

             AND please pay online here:
    https://squareup.com/store/thejoshuaproject

    Alternatively, you may mail your registration fee by the April 22nd deadline to:

    The Joshua Project
    805 State Farm Rd, Ste B1
    Boone, NC 28607

    Lodging will be in rustic, screened, 3-season cabins with wooden platforms for beds (bring a sleeping pad!) or in bring-your-own tents or hammocks.  We will not have access to showers or flush toilets.  All meals are provided.  Some equipment is available for loan so please ask ahead.  The camp is about a 0.2 mile walk (adult men) to 0.4 mile walk (young men) from the parking lot (carrying your gear!)  Driving directions and what you need to bring will be emailed to you after you register.

    http://jp4men.org
    For questions, please contact JoshuaProjectInfo@gmail.com, or call/text Rob Plaugher @ 828-964-6896.

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