Heartbeat – Men’s Midwinter Gathering
Heartbeat is like a fireside chat during winter in the hearth of good men.
The men of GOTC (our summer gathering) realized years ago that a year was a long time the wait between gatherings, and established the tradition of a mid-winter indoor gathering as a “beat of the GOTC heart” to stay connected. It’s a men’s gathering that takes place over one weekend in winter in a retreat centre on the outskirts of the Waitakere Ranges.
Winter, traditionally being the season of hibernation, naturally leads us to spend more time ‘inside’. This is often mirrored in our emotional world, a time when we become more introspective and can feel cut-off from the rest of the world, perhaps even isolated.
Heartbeat is like a large Men’s Group meeting in a soulful way to foster connections, deepen community, share dreams and visions, reflecting together on the challenges and triumphs of our lives.
Here’s a poem a man wrote spontaneously during one of our recent ‘gatherings’ that perhaps expresses one of the purposes of this event:
“I cannot live without You,
At least not in the way that I would want to live.
And it’s not because I am lacking in any way
In who I am alone.
It’s because we are all lacking in some way
Without what we can only receive from one another.”
Come along for a weekend at a beautiful retreat centre nestled amoungst bush and fields where we gather in a hall around a fireplace toward our spirits and bones. We develop our capacity to meet as groups of men, deepening connects, sharing our hearts, and learning from each other. When the sun comes out we can also enjoy outdoor activities on the surrounding grounds.
All men who are part of the EM network or who have experienced personal growth in men’s groups are welcome at this event.