BECOMING A MAN:
How a man finds a centre of strength within himself
The Masculine Journey for Parents and Educators:
This keynote or workshop examines the key developmental stages of the masculine journey and how adults can support boys in their development. We’ll talk about the importance of the mother-son bond, separating from mother and the crisis of independence, the desire for affirmation, and the need for a father or father figure. We’ll also discuss strategies for nurturing confidence and self mastery in boys and how to engage them in school and family life.
The Masculine Journey for Men: How a man finds his strength as a man
Traditional roles of manhood have been under assault for decades and many men are confused about what it means to be a man, today. This keynote or workshop examines the ways men can reclaim their strength as men and live the lives they want for themselves and their families. We’ll discuss how our relationships with mother and father impact identity and how we can reclaim areas of our lives that have not been realized. We’ll look at desire and the place of work in a man’s life. We’ll also look at how fathers can nurture the healthy development of their own sons and daughters, as well as the hearts of their wives, family members, and friends.
For Women Only:
For many women, dealing with men can be a mysterious – and frustrating experience! After a fight, for example, many women want to talk things through, while many men need time to sort out their feelings before talking. This and many other issues can make relationships a real ‘battle of the sexes.’ When women understand the key themes of the masculine journey, they can better understand the men in their lives. Topics include: relating to men (especially their husbands and fathers), learning to let go, and a boy’s need for masculine affirmation. We’ll also discuss the commonalities and key differences between the masculine and feminine journeys of growth.
Healing the Wound: How a man can find healing from life’s wounds
This workshop explores how men can find healing from traumatic past-life experiences. Topics include: adolescence and childhood wounds, fragmentation verses wholeness, the need for affirmation, creating safety, respect, empathic listening, grief and the cycle of masculine growth. A look at how failure to come into self-acceptance can lead to a schism of thinking and feeling, addictive behavior and neuroses.
The Masculine Journey for Faith Groups:
From Genesis to the New Testament, sacred scripture has much to say about the masculine journey. The decline of traditional religion in the West has devalued many of the signposts of maturity in Western Culture. Lacking significant symbolic religious rituals for maturity (Bar Mitzvah’s, Confirmation, etc.), our post-modern culture marks coming of age by acts such as getting drunk, losing one’s virginity, going to high school and university, finding a job, or getting married as hallmarks of maturity. These things cannot tell a person who he is. Fundamentally, the masculine journey is one of finding one’s true identity – something that is a physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual process. For an adult male to reclaim himself as a man, a very certain spiritual listening is necessary for true healing of the inner self to occur.
This keynote or workshop is a reflective experience on how a spiritual practice can develop the ability for men to listen for the quiet voice that calms the spirit and contradicts the mistaken identity of ‘unfinished men.’