Mens Healing Circle
With Richard Klein
June 5 - 10, 2020
Our culture lacks opportunities for men to turn toward their own healing work in a supportive environment of other men. This retreat is an invitation to men who are noticing, through the external circumstances of their lives and their inner knowing, that something needs to change
In many traditional societies men turned toward other men when difficulties arose and healing was needed. It was recognized that men needed something of their own medicine to move through times of transition and change. Men needed to be held by the strength and knowing of other men.
Today we are more likely to believe that we must take care of ourselves, riding into the sunset of a rugged individualism that needs little from others. As a result, many men are feeling isolated and cut off from the richness of what life can offer.
This 5 day men’s retreat is an opportunity to discover a new way forward. Together we can access a collective wisdom that supports each of us to engage in the growth work and healing that brings forward movement and change.
We will walk through the different doorways of experience, engaging body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Using a trauma informed, body-centered map of the self, we will explore how personality arises as a form of habitual protection in response to the family holding environment of our past. We will utilize deep inquiry, group process work, and modern forms of Soma to illuminate and release the unconscious protective patterns held in the body along with the thoughts and beliefs that accompany them.
We will take part in an ancient purification ritual, sitting on the earth in the dark heat of rocks and steam. Yoga, meditation, exercise and movement will be used as means to enter underneath the thinking mind, and feel the space inside each of us that holds your inner authority and deeper knowing.
The Men’s Healing Circle will offer you opportunities for deep conversation, laughter, self-reflection, and camaraderie. In these five days you will access an older wisdom held in your bones and step into the collective intelligence available in a healing circle of men.
In a culture that tells men to compete for power-over, we will instead connect to the sources of our individual and collective empowerment.
This retreat will include:
- a therapeutically supported soma healing circle
- Deep learning opportunities to shift perspectives learned in the holding environment of your family past
- Mindfullness and meditation practices
- Yoga and embodyment practices
- Daily hikes into the West Arm Park and to wilderness beachs on Kootenay Lake
- Naturally built persperation chamber for a sweat ritual
- Organic garden grown meals
The following poem, by Jeff Foster, captures something of the spirit of this men’s retreat: