September 10-15, 2017: Townshend, Vermont
Welcome. Come and join us as we celebrate the 23rd year of men gathering to learn, grow, and challenge themselves together! For over two decades men have journeyed to western New England to re-new themselves and drink from the rich waters of the male spirit, drawing sustenance from the deep emotions and passionate spirituality that take root and flower in this extraordinary environment.
REGISTRATION AND COST
The cost of $700 includes food and lodging at the Empty Center in Townshend, VT. There is scholarship assistance available to those who can’t afford the full cost. To register, please send a deposit of $350 via PayPal or mail. Upon receipt of your deposit you will be sent directions as to where we will meet and a list of what to bring. Full payment is due 30 days before the program starts. Barring exceptional circumstances, deposits cannot be refunded after that time.
For information and questions, contact Sparrow Hart.
The week will be directed by Sparrow Hart, who co-founded the Men’s Wisdom Council 24 years ago and has been involved in men’s work for over 30 years. Sparrow is the creator of the Mythic Warrior Men’s Training; the author of Letters to the River; leads workshops on shamanism and the heroic journey; and guides vision quests and rites of passage in the wilderness. The staff will include Dan Roden and others.
TO REGISTER, JUST PAY ONLINE
The ills and issues of modern men are not just a result of problems in one’s psychological history or daily life — work, relationships, money, or bad parenting. They are part of a mythic dismemberment, being cut off from the great cycles and stories that have guided humanity through the millennia. Each year we use one of those profound stories — The Grail; Water of Life; the Garden of Eden; Wizard of Oz — to dive into our griefs, gifts, hurts and healing within the context of connection to the earth, elements, animals, ancestors… the great movements in the larger web of life. This year we’ll be exploring the tale of Oedipus — How’d we avoid this for so long? 🙂 — to help us unpack our relationships to Father, Mother, Fate and Free will.
Through this reconnection to something larger our healing takes place, for it’s only within our modern, unexamined myths of individualism, isolation, and disconnection — from the feminine; from our bodies, feelings, and dreams; from nature and the earth — that the ills and issues of modern men take root and play out. We come, committed to break open that box whose walls separate us from ourselves and each other.
Our community creates nurturing yet provocative processes for us to unmask and unburden ourselves, face our fears, speak our truths, and heal from wounds carried for decades. Among us, we’ve faced death, battled depression, been through divorce and dating. We’ve lost jobs, love, and hope and then found reasons and resources to be happy again. Children, cancer, partners, parents — someone here shares your struggle or has found a solution outside the box.
The Men’s Wisdom Circle invites men to open the door to all they have forgotten and connect with a larger, sacred story. For thousands of years men have gathered together — told stories, faced danger, hunted, and done what must be done to protect and serve what we’ve loved. Together we’ve celebrated the joys and grieved the losses that came with these tasks.
Today, our greatest dangers are not “out there” anymore. The frightening darkness lies inside the human soul. But the need for courage, mythic guidance, and good companionship is no less than ever. MWC invites men to reclaim our potential to be heroic. Some who come here find their way from the head to the heart and are shocked — even stunned — by the richness of their inner life as ritual, breathwork, community, and communion bring them face to face with a self far larger than the self they thought they knew. Their stories brim with passion, playfulness, or power. Others find friendship, the excitement and exuberance they felt as children, or the commitment to follow a dream worth living.
We invite you to come join us for a week of wonder and wildness, a week you won’t forget. This year, in a smaller and more intimate setting, we’ll explore the themes inherent in a classic myth or legend to illustrate the need for initiation into the brotherhood of men. In these classic stories, our hero must leave behind all that’s expected and prescribed to follow the lure of what’s wild and natural… a necessary journey to discover his unique and authentic self… and to claim a path that’s powerful and a purpose large enough for his soul.
“The wisdom of men in this Circle saved my marriage, but more importantly, it saved my life.”