Workshops & Events for Men

Essentially Men / Men Being Real (Workshop for men of all ages)

This is a uniquely men’s workshop in that it consists of processes and activities (no preaching or lecturing) that take men inwardly to better understand the events that shaped us into being who they are today. It includes an exploration of the influences on our own behaviour from how we were parented and the impact of this on our relationships with partners, children, and others. Through this understanding, we are better able to be the men we’ve always wanted to be from inside-out rather than through will-power alone and from pressure around us. When done in the company of 2 or 3 dozen likeminded men, it makes for a very powerful weekend.  Read more…

Essence of Men (Men’s workshop – stage 2)

The second stage of the Essentially Men workshop (see above) is also suitable for men who have done other equivalent men’s programmes and group work. Now that we have a new perspective on the world beyond the unrealistic codes of masculinity most of us grew up with, we journey through some inner enquiry – Where do I sit in this new world? How do I wish to now live? What do I want to do? Who do I want to be? – It’s an inner reflective process of our individual and unique abilities, yearnings, aspirations and inspirations… Sometimes referred to as the ‘Journey of the Soul’, it creates a beautiful balance between isolation and connection with other men undergoing their own parallel journey. Read more…

The Crucible (Advanced workshop for men)

This workshop is a close-up examination of personal behavioural patterns affecting our relationships that might otherwise remain hidden until they surface when we’re put under extreme pressure. This is a powerful transformative programme calls for courageous exploration of yourself through the eyes of someone else, and a willingness to actively support other men in doing the same. It is especially recommended for men wanting to develop their leadership and sovereignty as they step into new roles of leading others. We owe nothing less to ourselves and to those who might be entrusting themselves to us. Read more…

Get Off The Concrete (Men’s summer gathering)

Our annual summer Men’s Gathering, GOTC, consists of 6 days in a forest camp where we connect, have fun, grow, recharge and nourish ourselves as we discuss and share ideas, in a beautiful blend of ‘structured’ and ‘open’ space where we can offer workshops, or organise a variety of activities, and others join in whatever grabs their interest. It is an opportunity to live the ‘culture’ of Essentially Men within a community of men who have experienced personal development and group work. Read more…

Heartbeat (Men’s mid-winter gathering)

This gathering grew out of GOTC by men realising that a year was too long to wait between gatherings. It established the tradition of a mid-winter indoor gathering to stay connected with the “Beat of the GOTC Heart” through the time of the year when it’s easy to fall back into isolation. It takes place over the course of one weekend in winter in a retreat centre on the outskirts of the Waitakere Ranges Read more…