Journeying the Medicine Wheel of
The original Evolving Man evening series (est. 2009)
Suitable both for beginners and ongoing menswork explorers.
Men getting together in an experiential investigation of what 'being a man' means in the face of limiting cultural stereotypes.
Each series is four evenings, usually over four weeks, but occasionally with a break of one week in the middle. And will occasionally have a sweat lodge as an optional evening in the middle or at the end, and/or an afternoon workshop that serves as a refresher and an intro to the next series. Some men enrol in just one series, others attend two or three. Choose what works for you.
This work is not a classical men's talking circle (though we do use the circle as a structure so that everyone is on an equal footing, and we do have sharing spaces each session). Every evening follows a frame of transpersonal exercises and embodiment practices, though not at some crazy pace. Typical activities include: Golden Warrior Qi Gong, witnessing/sharing dyads & small groups, presence-deepening exercises, dynamic & guided meditations, breathwork, and more.
Each series significantly varies the content offered, as well as offering new perspectives on core material.
Next Series: Four Weds Evenings (19 Sept to 10 Oct 2012) 6.50pm-9.30pm
Super-earlybird (by Aug 19) pre-payment price is $100 ($80 low-income conc)
Payment required from nearer the date will be $120/$95
Groups are anywhere from 8-16 participants. If you haven't worked with us before, and would like to try out one evening before deciding whether the whole series is for you, please contact us directly as usually we will be able to let 2 or 3 people do this. Also, previous attendees may be allowed to drop-in to part of a series if they can't make all of the dates.
Activities start at 7.00, so actual arrival time is 6.50pm. We typically finish around 9.30 and then have some optional chill out time for those who can stay on. It is a basic indoor venue in a natural setting (Ceres in East Brunswick), and we occasionally do some of the work outside.
Cancelling: Before booking please refer to our cancellation policy at the base of our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Late entry into a course: If you can't make all of the evenings it may be possible to start a series late if there are still spaces. Contact us directly.
Click here if you'd like more information, and download or read our one-page info. pdf on the 'Being Men' series of workshops.
Who is this work for?
These series are for men who might describe themselves as wanting to live more 'consciously' and courageously. Check out the rest of our website for deeper ideas about the work and what it can offer. These particular workshops are geared towards those 27 or older (because of the life transition that happens around this time), though occasionally we make exceptions. Attendees will need to have a basic reasonable level of health and fitness.
Who is the work not for?
If you are seeking a talking-focussed 'men's group' in the classic style we are not offering such a space, though we do incorporate sharing and discussion. Nor is this a substitute for therapy or any twelve-step programme, though it can work very well alongside such things - if you have already made significant progress in coming to know yourself and being able to deal with your own feelings and sense of worth.
If you have a heart condition, severe physical injury that prevents you standing up for some exercises or from breathing strongly for periods of time, or have a psychiatric illness that is severe and/or requires medication, then these groups will probably not suit you. If you are at all unsure of whether this is you, it is your responsibility to contact us and describe your circumstances before booking a place.
We also hold a drug and alcohol-free space, and anyone arriving 'out of it' will be asked to leave.