Introduction to Mens Work
March 18 @ 5:00 pm - March 20 @ 2:00 pm
Connection, Community and brotherhood weekend in Donegal
With Niall Graham and Robin Botley
18th – 20th March 2022
“No man is an Island.” John Donne
What we will explore on this Introduction to Menswork weekend:
- Communication skills: The power of words and agreements.
- Understanding the masculine archetypes and how they affect your life: Lover, Warrior, Magician, King are some, and we will explore their qualities.
- Finding your ‘blind spot’/ Shadow, and how does it impact your life?
- What is initiation and rites of passage? Why and when are these events necessary and of value?
- The importance of Elders and Mentors in society.
- Purpose and Mission: The importance of having a focus and direction for men.
How this may/can support you in your life’s journey
Would you like to Feel more confident in gathering with other men and creating deeper connections? This weekend will show you how to have more understanding and skills in your tool kit to support you to connect to yourself and others. This will help in times when you go ‘off centre, or lose focus’. Learn to create more space for ritual in your life. Challenge the lone wolf belief and learn to reach out to others for support. As a result of doing this you will learn to create ‘connection’ with other brothers and learn skills to create this connection in your own communities.
Do you ever feel like you don’t know what it is to be a man?
Have you ever felt like you are just doing life on your own?
Do you ever feel like life is dry? A series of tasks and getting things done and longing for something more?
Have you ever wanted to step into more of your ‘Kingliness’?
In this Introduction to mens work, we will gather to explore these questions and more. The weekend is designed to give you an experience of what it is to spend time with other men to build connection, community and brotherhood. We will be challenging society’s narrative of what it is to be a healthy man in this day and age. It will be a balance of practical skill learning and experiential practice.
- Standard Price in twin room €320
- En Suite twin room per person + €360
- Bunk Room (with 3 or 4 people) €300
- Non-residential price (includes lunch and supper) €220
- Camping price in the Song House garden. €260
Please pay the non refundable €150 deposit using the button below and fill out this booking form with your details.
I facilitate Mens Work, am a Mentor and create Ritual. I have been involved in Mens work since my initiation with the Mankind Project in March 2015. I hold ritual spaces for connection, using poetry, grief healing workshops, mythology and song. My main passion in life is to enable people to see and experience a greater story emerging within them, to connect with nature, mystery and common humanity, and to challenge the limiting, conditioned consumerist view (stereotype) of life’s journey.
I consider myself an entrepreneur, pioneer, initiator, dad, sports coach, craftsman/maker, and a ‘wounded healer’. Some of these collected experiences I’m more than willing to pass on, in particular that part that longs for acknowledgement and to feel connected to self, life, spirit and community. Robin has been involved in men’s work for over 20 years as an Elder with The Mankind Project (a men’s training organisation) and a co-founder of A Band of Brothers (a rites of passage and mentoring project for young men in the UK) and its sister organisation in Ireland TRIBE (Transformational Rites Ireland for Belonging and Empowerment) He now supports his wife and a small team running a retreat centre in Donegal.