Healing Masculinity Retreat
March 26 @ 5:00 pm - March 29 @ 2:00 pm
Last year a group of men in the New England Sangha met for a weekend to share their experiences of Masculinity in a safe container of presence cultivated by the depth of our practice. It was such a powerful gathering together filled with deeply authentic sharings, insights about the violence we inherited from boyhood to manhood, expressions of vulnerability and connection as men, musical creativity, and a half day of pure recreation and play together.
The retreat was such a success that two practitioners from MorningSun Community, David and Honey Bear thought ‘Let’s keep this going and invite more men to share and hold this together!’ They shared their inspiration with Brother Phap Man, a monastic Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village tradition, who is also enthusiastic about helping to facilitate the retreat. Now, we are excited to invite you to this year’s Healing Masculinity Retreat, a 3 day weekend of presence, inquiry, healing, and hope, from March 26th– 29th.
Our retreat will include meditation, silence, dyadic and group sharing, space for collective creativity (musical, art, or otherwise), personal practice time, co-created ritual, enjoying time in nature together, and good old fashioned fun. This retreat is an opportunity to come together as brothers to reflect on our journey into manhood, to listen to other men, share our own stories, and be heard in a safe and non-judgmental space. We will investigate what masculinity means in our world, and how we wish to explore our potential as men in the context of our relationships with ourselves, friends, partners, family members, and the world.
We invite each of us to contribute to the retreat with our own offering if we wish, which can be anything from a meal blessing to guiding meditation, extended practice inquiry, artistic creativity, or something else that inspires you. Within our schedule and holding container of meditation and balanced practices, we will include space for each of us to offer our unique gifts of expression. If you want to offer a practice or activity, we welcome you to share that in the registration. In this way, we can all contribute to a kind of Dharma Potluck together! (No pressure if you wish to attend without leading anything though, as your presence is always the most valuable offering!)
For this specific retreat, we welcome participation from self-identified men, cis-gendered men, trans men, two-spirited folk, and people who are gender-expansive with a female body. We are always open to all sexualities, including but not limited to LGBTQIA+.
We prefer that you commit to the entire retreat time; we also understand if you can only make portions due to other life needs.
In Sangha siblinghood,
David and Honey Bear
Arrival for the retreat is Thursday, March 26th, from 3pm to 6pm
Departure is on Sunday after lunch on March 29th, at 2pm.
You will receive confirmation of your space upon registration and receipt of payment. (Registration Form is below)
There are three parts to the program cost:
- The program itself (offered on an affordable sliding scale: $100 – 230)
- Accommodations (costs vary from camping ($30) to dormitory rooms ($115))
- Dana (sliding scale contribution towards the compensation of the facilitators, suggested between $50-100)
Please begin to fill out the registration form to calculate your total retreat cost.
Financial Assistance: Anyone who wishes to attend the retreat will be welcomed, no matter of financial ability. You can make a Financial Assistance Request within the Registration Form itself.
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