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Man Hiking in Nature

Men on the Mountain
Spring Gathering

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The gathering is an opportunity to connect with men of the community on the edge of beautiful Mt Pirongia

As the new growth of spring emerges this is an opportunity to gather with men and look to the promise of a new year and explore what is emerging.

With Covid leading to the cancellation of Get off the Concrete (GOTC 22) this is a chance to gather in a beautiful outdoor setting. This may help to fill the gap in connection and community left through the loss of GOTC 22.

The Pirongia Forest Park Lodge is situated on the eastern edge of the Pirongia Forest Park. There is easy access to the tracks in the bush and a stunning vista over the Waikato.


What's covered
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A weekend of rich companionship and inspiring dialogue.

There will be an opportunity to do a solid walk on Mt Pirongia on the Saturday afternoon. If you wish to participate in this (and your fitness level is up to it) bring appropriate resources for being in the NZ bush at altitude. (Thermals, wet weather gear, appropriate foot wear and backpack).

There are also tracks on the mountain and short walks around the lodge as well as a 100m flying fox and a six hole frisbee golf course. 


Who's it for?
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All men who are part of the EM network or who have experienced personal growth in men’s groups are welcome at this event.


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This is a chance to look to our expansion as we head towards summer and longer days.

We can stretch our legs walking on the mountain or relax on the deck of the lodge. This is a chance to enjoy some time away from our busy lives in a beautiful setting in the spirit of GOTC and Heartbeat.


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Dates for 2023 : Evening of Thursday 26th October – afternoon of 29th October.  


Arrive from 4.00pm and help prepare dinner and set up for the weekend. We’ll eat at around 6.30pm before an opening circle.

Drug and alcohol free please.


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We will be staying at the Pirongia Forest Park Lodge – 297 Grey Road, Pirongia 3285.

What to Bring

  • Pillows, sheets and a duvet or a sleeping bag. (the lodge provides mattresses)

  • The lodge has 2 bunk rooms and 2 small rooms with adjacent toilets and showers

    • Dorm 1 sleeps 16; two rooms of 4 bunk beds 

    • Dorm 2 sleeps 20; two rooms of 5 bunk beds


There is capacity for some camper vans.  Please advise if bringing a camper van on registration. 

Food is included in the cost of registration. Meal preparation will be a joint effort by participants at the gathering. All dietary requirements will be catered for.



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We recognise men have differing financial circumstances. If money is a problem contact us as there are a number of financial support and sponsorship opportunities available. 

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