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Healing Masculinity Retreat

March 26 @ 5:00 pm - March 29 @ 2:00 pm

Dear Community,

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

Retreat Logistics:
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:

  1. The program itself (offered on an affordable sliding scale: $100 – 230)
  2. Accommodations (costs vary from camping ($30) to dormitory rooms ($115))
  3. 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.


Mens Retreat Mar 26-29 Registration Form

Men's Retreat Mar 26-29 2020

Please arrive at 5pm on Thursday and plan to depart at 2pm on Sunday.

Program & Meals Contribution

(sliding scale) Includes full program and meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch.


Dana (generosity)

Beyond the program fee, (which covers the administration of the retreat) we ask for an additional contribution to directly support the retreat facilitators. They guide and support the retreat in the spirit of selfless giving, to benefit all people and all beings. And we have the opportunity to express our gratitude to them with a financial contribution. Our generosity recognizes that learning to bring mindfulness and compassion into our lives and into our work is one of the most important things we can do in the world.

Total Cost

Adjust your Program and Accommodations selections. If the total is too much for you to afford, please apply for financial assistance by checking the Financial Assistance Request box below. If you have already completed a Financial Assistance Application and received confirmation of your award please check the Financial Assistance Award box below.
(Select the lowest sliding scale options for program and accommodation before making a Financial Aid Request.)
What level of assistance are you requesting?
If you require more than a 40% reduction, please skip to the link at the bottom of the page labelled "Financial Assistance Application". (Do not continue with this registration form.)
(award cannot exceed total cost of retreat)
Continue registration with financial assistance applied? *
(You must check this box to confirm your request and receive the Financial Assistance you requested.)


Click through here to fill out a Financial Assistance Application


March 26 @ 5:00 pm
March 29 @ 2:00 pm
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MorningSun Mindfulness Center
81 Rose Apple Lane
Alstead, NH 03602 United States
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