Come and join us at the Big Man Gathering II

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Men of all backgrounds are invited to attend this year’s Big Man Gathering II, a weekend of unique workshops and activities set amongst the tents, yurts, campfires and woodlands of the beautiful WoWo campsite in Sussex.

The event is created by some of the leading practitioners working with men in the UK today as part of the 3rd National Conference for Men and Boys, so if you’re a man who is interested in personal growth and development then why not join us for a day or even spend the whole weekend with us at this year’s Big Man Gathering.

The event takes place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September and you can book your tickets online now here.

Once you buy your ticket you have a choice of great workshops throughout the weekend from some great facilitators including:

  • Kenny D’Kruz of Menspeak
  • Max MacKay-James of Men Beyond 50
  • Rob Fallon of Wild Nature
  • Marc Broderic of Wisdom Walks
  • Barry Fowler of The Men’s Network Suffolk
  • Paul Howell of Clarity Coaching
  • Sasha Mitrofanov of Become Authentic
  • Rodney Browne of Spirituality and Men
  • Glen Poole of the AllMen Project
  • Tricia McLeod of the AllMen Project
  • Nicola Dexter of Wisdom Walks
  • Jakkie Talmage of MindBody Courses

For a full list of workshops see our post here.

To see the full programme for each day see the links below:

Saturday Programme

Sunday Programme

If you’d like to take part in this year’s Big Man Gathering then you secure you place by booking your ticket online now here.

If you wish to stay overnight low-cost accommodation can be booked through the campsite (new window).

We look forward to seeing you at the Big Man Gathering II. If you have any questions about coming to this event contact us today:

Michael van Rensburg           misterfixitsa@gmail.com            07733 360838

Dr Sasha Mitrofanov              sasha1504@gmail.com                01273 556159

Glen Poole                                  glen@glenpoole.com                     07981 334222

Workshops At The Big Man Gathering

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A Men of all backgrounds are invited to attend this year’s Big Man Gathering II, a weekend of unique workshops and activities set amongst the tents, yurts, campfires and woodlands of the beautiful WoWo campsite in Sussex.

The event is created by some of the leading practitioners working with men in the UK today as part of the 3rd National Conference for Men and Boys, so if you’re a man who is interested in personal growth and development then why not join us for a day or even spend the whole weekend with us at this year’s Big Man Gathering.

For details of the timetable of activities that take place on each day see:

There are a series of collective activities throughout the day and everyone who comes to the Big Man Gathering can also take part in two smaller workshops which are listed below:

SATURDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS ON THE THEME OF ‘EXPLORING THE MAN INSIDE’

Workshop One: Embrace The Joy Within – Loving The Man You’ve Become with Marc Broderic of Wisdom Walks

The first of two WisdomWalks, this group coaching experience will combine a walk in the woods with a conversation to free you from the constraints of the past and give you a joyful experience of being alive and being a man.

Workshop Two: Menspeak with Kenny D’Kruz

Men’s Group – hanging out and checking in with who and where we are right now

Workshop Three: Ultimate Emotional Resilience: Laughing in the Face of Adversity with Dr Sasha Mitrofanov of Become Authentic

You will discover how to be peaceful and happy in the midst of challenging life events without the need to suppress any unpleasant emotions. This workshop does NOT require one to be able to meditate, or to think positively, and provides a universal solution without the need for a specific religious or spiritual world view (even though it is congruent with what most spiritual traditions teach).

Workshop Four: Awaken The Inner King with Paul Howell of Clarity Coaching 

Exploring the 3 Kings (Archetypal, Political, Personal) in relation to personal life context and mission of service in the world.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS  ON THE THEME OF ‘REVEALING YOUR INNER STRENGTHS’

Workshop Five: Deeper into meditation with Rodney Browne

A deeper experience in meditation and a new perspective of consciousness, mind, self, life etc

Workshop Six: The wild man within – The Quest for fire! with Rob Fallon from Wild Nature

Ever wanted to now how to rub 2 sticks together to make fire – here is your chance! A master class lesson in the basics, and an experience of the skill and awareness of our ancestors.

Workshop Seven: Men Beyond 50 with Max Mackay-James and Kenny D’Kruz

Open to all who are curious and want to hang out together, share what is different and explore everything to do with the second half of life. It’s a gas

Workshop Eight: What’s on Top? A Meditative Experience with Barry Fowler

Guided silence, Standing or sitting in a circle. Physicality in Silence. Supported Share.

Workshop Nine: Live Beyond the Shadow of Survival with Mark Broderic

In this Shadow Work® Experience you will bring a part of the survival instinct out of the shadows and explore and understand the true essence of your shadow and finding the powerful, joyful expression within it.

SUNDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS ON THE THEME OF ‘MASCULINITY IN ACTION: MEN ON A MISSION’

Workshop Ten: Die-a-Log with Max Mackay-James

Light-hearted and serious talk to help break the taboo about death and dying

Workshop Eleven: Touching the Sacred Wild with Rob Fallon

A guided class taking you beyond the normal confines of perceived reality, in a safe fun environment. Experience the world through an expanded sense of awareness you may never have known existed.

Workshop Twelve: Instant Enlightenment: Tapping into Your Inner Peace with Dr Sasha Mitrofanov of Become Authentic

This workshop will provide with an effective self-care technique to manage any challenging emotions as they are happening – Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Fundamentals of EFT will be introduced in conjunction with a spiritual (non-denominational) paradigm aimed to provide a shortcut to reaching one’s Enlightenment without the need to spend decades of your life searching for it. This workshop does NOT require one to be able to meditate (even though ability to step back from one’s thinking will certainly be of benefit!), and builds on common-sense wisdom.

Workshop Thirteen: Living A Created Future – A Man With A Mission – Be The Man You Want To Be with Mark Broderic

The second of two WisdomWalks™, this group coaching experience will combine a walk in the woods with a conversation to explore and create your future and the kind of man you want to be…

SUNDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS ON THE THEME OF  ‘CONNECTING WITH THE FEMININE: THE POWER OF UNION’ 

Workshop Fourteen: Learning From The Ancestors – Heal The Wounds And Claim The Gifts Of Your Lineage – Hypnosis with Mark Broderic and Nicola Dexter

In this Shadow Work® Experience you will bring a part of the survival instinct out of the shadows and explore and understand the true essence of your shadow and finding the powerful, joyful expression within it. Creating space where we look at the gifts from the ancestors. Looking at wounds and shame, carried for the ancestors. Getting access to the gifts of the ancestors, to bring that to future purpose and mission in life.

Workshop Fifteen: Relationship and Sexual Empowerment for men with Trisha McLeod 

Are you searching for a safe, friendly and supportive “men’s” group run BY a  woman FOR men aimed at discussing questions of a sexual nature around approaching and connecting with Women? Do you have questions around the themes of “sexuality, sensuality and intimacy with women”? Would it make a difference to you to recieve some practical help and guidance? Would you like to be part of a small men’s group network  centred around openness, honesty and respectfulness, that seeks to help, support and empower each other in these topics?” This will be a taster session that will enable us to look at some of these issues and to focus on how we take this work forward together .

Workshop Sixteen: Menspeak – Men’s Group with Kenny D’Kruz

A deeper sense of self, connection with other men, stimulation and awareness, a good laugh and tools to take away and use immediately. Tools to take a man from ‘Am I?’ to “I am”.

Workshop Seventeen: The Masculine Feminine Dance with Jakkie Talmage of MindBody Courses and Glen Poole of the AllMen Project

A workshop to explore the potential of the masculine and feminine powers in all of us.

To book your tickets for the Big Man Gathering today click here now

To find out more contact us today:

Michael van Rensburg           misterfixitsa@gmail.com            07733 360838

Dr Sasha Mitrofanov              sasha1504@gmail.com                01273 556159

Dr David Bloodwood              david@bloodwood.org                07776 001823

Glen Poole                                  glen@glenpoole.com                     07981 334222

Big Man Gathering tickets now On Sale!

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The pressure on men to be “unemotional” and purely logical leads to men’s poor health and life span statistics.  That’s why at the National Conference on Men and Boys, a key part of our program is space for emotional expression and affectionate connection among men .

We call this space the Big Man Gathering.  And this year it’s bigger and better than ever.

The event takes place at the Wowo campsite in the heart of Sussex over the weekend of Saturday 28th September and Sunday 29th September.

Following the success of last year’s event, we invited various groups and individuals from around the UK who are interested in men’s work, self development, men’s circles, rites of passage etc, to come along and help us create an extraordinary weekend together.

This year we have the added bonus of camping and camp fires and an even bigger range of workshops and activities for you to choose from. You can come for either one or both days, whichever works for you.

Day one includes a range of workshops for you to choose from on the themes of “Exploring The Man Inside” and “Revealing Your Inner Strengths”.

The workshops on day two are on the theme of “Masculinity In Action: Men On A Mission” and “Connecting With The Feminine: The Power Of Union”.

If you can’t come for a whole day but still want to connect with the vibe, you can come just for the big Barbeque on Saturday night.

If you want to make sure there’s a place for you at this year’s Big Man Gathering, please  book your early bird tickets online now here:

http://ukconferencemenandboys.eventbrite.co.uk/

Ticket prices don’t include camping and catering so if you want to camp at the venue on the Friday and/or Saturday night then contact the campsite directly here:

http://www.wowo.co.uk/booking/booking-page.html

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Big Man Gathering and do feel free to spread the word and share this with everyone you know who may want to attend.

Thinking Men: Thursday 26th September

Thinking MenThis year’s Third National Conference for Men and Boys 2013 includes our first ever Thinking Men gathering.

We’re bringing together some of the UK’s leading thinkers on men’s issues to explore what we have in common, where we think differently and how we can work together more effectively in the future.

This event is open to men and women from a variety of  fields such as academic research, social sciences and party politics. We’ll also be inviting charity leaders, media commentators, policy advisors and anyone else we think can add to thoughtful discussions  on men and boys issues throughout the day.

If you want to spend a mind-expanding day in the company of dozens of experts who think differently about men and boys then this Thinking Men event is for you.

Timetable For The Day

0900-0930: Registration

0930-1015: Opening plenary – a meeting of minds

10.15-11.15: Like minds think alike. Breakout sessions exploring common perspectives.

11.15 -11.45: Morning Break

11.45 – 12.45: What do we think about? Discussions around key men’s issues.

12.45 – 13.45: Lunch Break

13.45 – 15.00: Thinking differently. In search of new approaches to old problems

15.00 – 15.30: Afternoon Break

15.30 – 16.00: Collecting thoughts. Shared reflections on the day.

16.00 – 16.30: Thinking of the future. What will we do next?

VENUE: THE BRIGHTHELM CENTRE, BRIGHTON & HOVE (Click here for venue details)

To find out more about this event contact:

glen@glenpoole.com                                                                        07981 334222

david@bloodwood.org                                                                    07776 001823

TO BOOK YOUR TICKET ONLINE TODAY CLICK HERE NOW (new window)

—Photo Credit: geishaboy500/Flickr

Sector Gathering: Friday 27th September

Sector GatheringThe key event of this year’s  Third National Conference for Men and Boys 2013 is the Sector Gathering on Friday 27th September.

This is the UK’s leading event for everyone who is committed to improving the lives of men and boys in the UK.

The Sector Gathering is a unique opportunity for people who work with men and boys to get together, share their experience and learn from each other. This event is for the grassroots of the men and boys sector, for the people who stand shoulder and shoulder with men and boys and help them improve their lives.

Its for health workers and family workers; people who mentor boys and young men; those who work with young offenders; anyone who’s helping dads; professionals tackling men’s mental health issues and male suicide; people working with male victims of domestic and sexual violence; people working with older men, GBT men, BME men.

If you’re helping men and boys through your work then we’d love you to come along to the sector gathering and share your experience—and find out what your can learn from other people’s experience in the process.

The theme of this year’s Sector Gathering is ‘Into The Mainstream’ and will be an Open Space-style event giving the UK’s men and boys’ sector a unique opportunity to take ownership of the conference agenda on the day.

Timetable For The Day

0830: Registration

0900: Opening plenary. Who’s here? Why are we here? What do we need  to get from the day to help us take men and boys’ issues into the mainstream?

0930: Pitches for Session One on the theme of “Tell Us What You Do”. For delegates who have a unique approach to working with men and boys that they what to share with others – this is your opportunity to make a case for showcasing your work.

1000: Session One: Tell Us What You Do Breakouts – delegates choose which men and boys’ projects they want to find out more about.

1045: Morning Break 

1115: Pitches for Session Two on the the “How Do You Do That?” For delegates who have a specific skills they want to pass on to others – this is your opportunity to invite your peers to spend a session with you.

1145: Session Two: Show Us How You Do That Breakouts – you choose which delegate you want to spend a session learning new skills with.

1230: Lunch

1330: Pitches for Session Three: “Wouldn’t It Be Amazing If?” Have you got a problem that you want to address or a big idea you help bringing to life? In this session

1400: Session Three: choose from a series of collaborative workshops where delegates come together to solve big problems and help develop new solutions by answering the question “Wouldn’t It Be Amazing If?”

1530: Afternoon Break 

1600: Closing Plenary. Reflections. Ideas. Commitments. What have we learnt from the day? What new ideas have we created? What actions will we take next?

1700: Close

VENUE: THE BRIGHTHELM CENTRE, BRIGHTON & HOVE (Click here for venue details)

To find out more about this event contact:

glen@glenpoole.com                                                                        07981 334222

david@bloodwood.org                                                                    07776 001823

TO BOOK YOUR TICKET ONLINE TODAY CLICK HERE NOW (new window)

—Photo Credit: geishaboy500/Flickr

Big Man Gathering (part 1): Saturday 28th September

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This year’s  National Conference for Men and Boys 2013 will culminate with Big Man Gathering  II  starting on Saturday September 28th.

Following the success of last year’s event, we’re inviting various groups and individuals from around the UK who are interested in men’s work, self development, men’s circles, rites of passage – all that kind of stuff –  to come together to create an extraordinary weekend together.

This year we have the added bonus of camping and camp fires and an even bigger range of workshops and activities for you to choose from. You can come for either one or both days, whichever works for you.

Day One Timetable

0930-1030: Opening Circle

1030 – 1045: Break

1045-1315: Morning Workshops on the theme of ‘Exploring The Man Inside’ with sessions from Marc Broderic of Wisdom Walks, Kenny D’Cruz of Menspeak, Sasha Mitrofanov of Become Authentic and Paul Howell of Clarity Coaching.

1315-1415: Lunch

1415-1430: Afternoon Circle

1430-1700: Afternoon Workshops on the theme of ‘Revealing Your Inner Strengths’ with Rodney Browne of Spirituality and Men, Rob Fallon of Wild Nature, Max MacKay James and Kenny D’Kruz of Men Beyond 50, Barry Fowler of The Men’s Network in Suffolk and Marc Broderic of Wisdom Walks.

17.00 -1715: Break

1715 – 1815: Closing Circle

1900-2200: Evening Celebration and Entertainment

See this link for the Big Man Gathering (part 2): Sunday 29th September.

VENUE: Wowo Campsite (Click here for venue details)

To find out more about this event contact:

Michael van Rensburg           misterfixitsa@gmail.com            07733 360838

Dr Sasha Mitrofanov              sasha1504@gmail.com                01273 556159

Dr David Bloodwood              david@bloodwood.org                07776 001823

Glen Poole                                  glen@glenpoole.com                     07981 334222

TO BOOK YOUR TICKET ONLINE TODAY CLICK HERE NOW (new window)

—Photo Credit: geishaboy500/Flickr