May 22

A healing workshop just for men

Quick factoid: do you know that the hormone prolactin is needed to cry emotional tears? Did you know that some men do not produce enough prolactin to enable an emotional watershed? Unfortunately, these innocent men get a bad rap for this biological inability. Others think they are ‘insensitive’ or that they ‘don’t care’ because they aren’t crying, but this doesn’t mean they are not feeling, aren’t sympathetic or aren’t empathic. 

Men - and how men and women relate to each other - the subject has been nudging at my caring attention for a very long time. Let’s journey to the genesis:

I was in my teens. A man I didn’t know took umbrage from some experience he had with his wife and felt to share it with me. A total stranger bared his soul. As odd as this might sound, I was accustomed to such types of conversations and interactions. It seemed common in my culture, era and matched the understanding of my own life purpose. This was just another day.

When the stranger was expressing himself, though he was a bit reserved if not a bit cynical, it was easy to see his conflict and desires. He finished his thought leaving space for a response his soul seemed to cry out for. Perceiving that opening, I shared my intuition about his marriage. Though he didn’t know me, not even my name, he was really listening. He received what I shared and said, “Kid, 10-years of couples counseling and thousands of dollars, I never got from my therapist what I just got from you in the last two-minutes. I should pay you!”

That was a moment from the teenage version of me. I like to think I have even more to share today.

Announcing an explorative workshop for men:


Authentic Male: integrating the sacred masculine for mental health, equilibrium and intentional thriving
 

In the modern western world, what does it mean to be a Man, let alone Husband or Father? This question can elicit such varied images. Some might be inspiring, give a sense of pride, aspiration or heroism. Other concepts might be intimidating, stressful or confusing. Now the big question: are you living up to these expectations or does the ideology around that three-letter word deserve an investigation to see if it needs a massive overhaul? 

Maybe there’s the possibility to be human? A human that creates, loves, connects, communicates, is present and is totally himself. A human that enthusiastically embraces his relationships, responsibilities and pursuits with gratitude, grace, compassion and empathy, and a sense of purpose? 


While there is a clear framework with varied hands-on exercises for this intimate two-day intensive for men. the focus of subjects will naturally shift during the organic flow and dynamics that arises from the collective theme in the group. 

These subjects and areas of exploration might include any of the following:

+ What it is to be a ‘man’?
+ Goal setting
+ Legacy and purpose

+ Physical fitness and mental health
+ Sacred Masculine, dark masculine, hypermasculinity
+ Fred Rogers (Mister Roger's Neighborhood)

+ Intimate relationship dynamics

+ Recovering the courage and lost art in being an empathetic gentleman

+ Courting, dating, marriage, divorce, co-parenting

+ Sex and sexuality, (i.e, bisexuality, monogamy, polyamory, celibacy, kink)
+ “Ask a lesbian” - ask any question about the wonderful world of women

Who is this workshop for?
In a word: men.

Though most of the themes and language are couched in a heteronormative model, straight, bi-sexual and gay men are more than welcome if not encouraged in this safe space to explore the larger themes and archetypes of men in the modern world. If you are unsure if this workshop is for you, contact the organizer with your question. 

 

Where will the workshop take place?
This two-day workshop will take place in Amsterdam. The closest train connection is Amsterdam Centraal Station. The nearest international airport is Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS). There’s a direct train from the airport to the train station. The exact location of the workshop will be given to registered participants only, right before the event.

The event is two-days. I’m traveling from afar. Where can I stay?
For an added fee, it will be possible to camp in the workshop space. Alternatively, if you want private accommodation, I can suggest Conscious Hotels in Westerpark.

I’m a hungry man, what about food?
There will be some grub at the workshop to help assuage the hangry belly and a donation basket to help with this feat. You are also encouraged to bring your own food. There are plenty of take-away places and markets in the neighborhood where you can grab your dietary preferred sustenance on the fly.
 

Confidentiality
This space will be an alter for healing. Each participant will do their part to make it sacred.


Tuition / Eagle specials

Eagle’s nest special: book by 31 May, pay 300,00

Early-eagle special: book by 14 June, pay 350,00

Casually late eagle: book from 15 – 21 June 2023, pay 400,00
Eagle flight deck registration closes 21 June at 17:00 (Amsterdam time)
 My clinical practice is based in Amsterdam. I offer private, couples and group sessions and workshops and retreats. Phone sessions are also available. Sessions are available to serve you!


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