“I don’t believe people are looking for meaning in life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”
For as long as humans have existed, men have gathered in sacred circles to speak, listen and connect together around the great mysteries of life. These circles have become increasingly rare in modern life – and we need them, perhaps more now than at any time in human history.
In this group, we will gather together a group of men, with the intention of learning to more fully inhabit our bodies, to connect with our center, the ground that supports us, and to listen – to each other, and to our own inner lives as we explore, in Campbell’s words, the experience of being alive.
Through the course we will explore a series of movement lessons based in Feldenkrais and The Embodied Life that will have several intentions.
First, to unwind and release the areas where men tend to hold tension and have restriction in movement- including the shoulders, chest, hamstrings, hip-joints and low back.
The lessons will center around learning to inhabit, and move from the Hara or Dantien- the vital center of the lower belly (which can be very different from what we have learned about moving from core.)
These lessons can greatly impact and improve a range of things from low back pain to your golf game, from lovemaking to how you sit or stand at work or just an overall sense of ease, grace, and vitality in movement with aging.
The movement lessons will also support a central theme of the course which is how to become more embodied our lives. For most of us in our culture, and particularly for men, we tend to be centered in our heads. For many human cultures, however, particularly pre-agriculture, the “center” was experienced in the Hara, the lower belly. For many others cultures, where “I” am was experienced in the heart.
What I am interested in exploring is is it possible for us to inhabit, and have access to the intelligence of our heads, our hearts, our bellies simultaneously? Could our thinking life, our feeling life, our sensing and moving life all be experienced together as an integrated wholeness?
“Simply put, as long as we remain in our heads, we will remain married to the values of our head. That in a nutshell is our culture’s Achilles’ heel- and by extension, the Achilles’ heel of all of us.”
I have always found the company and the companionship of men to be of great value, and great potential in this life. And while I could hang out, drink beers and talk about the nuances of the Utah Jazz for hours with great delight, I will always jump at the opportunity to drop to a deeper level of intimacy and conversation with men.
“The importance of being genuinely seen and heard can’t be overestimated. One of the ways that the soul grows is by being seen and recognized. If a man has never been recognized at the soul level, he won’t know who he is in times of crisis and he will feel inauthentic more often than not. If a man has never been heard, he’ll have great difficulty listening to others.. . . In their responses to the mythic stories and as they tell their personal stories, men say surprising things, but you sometimes have to listen hard to hear them. The first piece of learning in this sudden community of men becomes opening the ears to the stories of others.”
In this course, we will create a safe container that welcomes us showing up in all of our power and potency, all of our vulnerability and self-doubt, as we explore this richness of being a man in these times.
Classes will include:
Movement Lessons (with recordings available)
* Guided inquiries, partner practices and meditations around embodiment.
* Resource Growing Practices (ways of cultivating the states that we most value)
* Readings from Michael Meade, Philip Shepard, David Deida and others.
* Awesome poetry
* Plenty of time for speaking and listening to one another.
Space for this course is limited.
You can register below to reserve a spot.
Cost is $375
3 monthly payments of $140
(there are also 2 scholarship spots available for discounted rate- please contact me to apply)
With great delight in anticipating our time together,
Meetings will be held at Vitalize Studio In Sugarhouse with a day-long retreat Sat April 12th.