Reclaiming Our Lives
This is an interactive educational workshop for all men who want to reclaim a fuller sense of who they are in relationship to themselves, others and their dreams. We will form a supportive community to learn new tools for valuing, protecting and expressing our uniqueness as fully human males. We will look at how the hurtful treatment of us as boys has too often left us isolated, confused, desperate, angry, troubled in close relationships and getting less enjoyment from life than we know is possible. Our addictions to alcohol, drugs, sex, work, perfection, love, etc. have not served us well; therefore we will challenge patterns of the “male role” that deny our full humanity and limit our ability to be close and loving to ourselves and others in our lives. We will assist each other to think well of ourselves, heal and move on. We will support each man to work at his unique pace. Here's just a small sampling of the natural treasures we've helped preserve over the years.
Leading Together to Create our Lives
We all need a strong community to remind us to think well of ourselves, to keep challenging old destructive patterns, which tend to isolate us and to support us to create precisely the kinds of lives we want. As a participant, you will be trained to give and receive attention and support, and you will discover the unique and significant contribution you can make to the creation of a safe, loving, energetic community for yourself and other men. As we move forward together, learning to trust ourselves and each other more, we will bring more love, creative energy, possibilities, commitment and joy to our lives, the lives of the women, children and other men close to us, to our community and to the world.
MOVING FORWARD & STAYING CONNECTED
After the Breakthrough workshop is completed, the men have the option to participate in a nine week class called "Moving Forward," in which participants are trained in listening skills with the desired result in becoming peer co-counselors for each other. Afterwards, weekly self led groups called "Staying Connected" present the opportunity for the men to custom tailor their experience for their own personal needs, whether it is doubling down on what they have already learned or focusing on other related topics. Here, men can address “what’s up”. When we become charged, we are reacting in the present from the past. This is a sign: “More work ahead”. Rather than focusing on how to cope better when charged, the magic of Breakthrough is the ability we have to be reprogrammed so that we no longer have that button others can push.
Often, out of gratitude, those in the "Staying Connected" self led groups choose to assist on leadership teams for the upcoming workshop participants as they launch their journeys.