As men, we are being challenged like never before to grow up and show up in the world. At the same time, we have lost many of our traditional methods of initiation into manhood, and spaces where we can develop ourselves as men.
In a time when masculinity itself is being questioned, we firmly believe that what’s needed is not less, but more mature masculinity. As men, there’s something unique about entering into a bond with other men in order to develop and challenge ourselves. Often, we don’t realise how much we’ve been missing this until we experience it – the resulting feeling so tangible that we’ve taken to calling it ‘Vitamin M’.
Rebel Wisdom's New Masculinity Weekends are designed to help us explore a new vision of masculinity; embodying a relaxed confidence that is secure, directed and in service to the world.
This retreat is entirely experiential, carefully designed around a series of psychological and meditative techniques to take you on a process of self-exploration. These include Inquiry – a type of talking meditation – sharing in groups, active meditations, and transformational techniques to elicit deep flow states.
It’s a weekend of transformation, brotherhood and expansion, in which we give a direct experience of integrating the 'shadow' – the repressed and denied aspects of ourselves – so that we can use it as fuel to become more present and powerful in the world.
We don’t put forward a concepts of masculinity for you to accept or reject. Instead, we lead you through a process of self-inquiry to have a direct experience of your own masculine essence. The men who’ve been through this process come out of it feeling more directed, more self-aware, and more ready to speak the truth and take responsibility for the direction of their lives. As one recent participant put it: “I wanted to pass on my thanks to you and the team for what is essentially the beginning of a new epoch in my life as a man. To say that what you’re doing is essential is an immense understatement at this time in our existence and it’s almost as if collectively we are responding to a call to adventure from the very universe itself. Thank you for helping me find connection to the brother(s) that I never had.”
This is a residential workshop for men with communal accommodation and food included in the cost - starting Friday evening and concluding late Sunday afternoon.
Our next Weekend is on March 1-3 near London. For more details and to book, please use the form at the bottom of this page or visit our ticketing page.
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‘The New Woman’ is a call for all women to take a step into our full power, embodied responsibility and inner wisdom. The integration of mature feminine qualities in ourselves, and society as a whole, has never been more important.
However, we live in a culture that rarely recognises and values genuine feminine qualities, with the result that many women feel disconnected from this part of ourselves. Rather than put across any ideas about what the feminine is or should be, this weekend is about having a deeply personal experience of your own sensitivity, wisdom, connection to the collective and the wider world.
The #metoo movement has created an important global awareness and an urgent call for change. At the same time, we want to be aware of the simplistic narrative of women as only victims and men as solely perpetrators, which leaves both genders disempowered and often angry. We believe that if we’re going to heal and transcend the age-old antagonism between the sexes, both women and men will do so from a space of authenticity, personal responsibility, courage and compassion – honouring that we’re equal, but also different.
In today’s world there is a lot of talk of ‘toxic masculinity’ or the 'male shadow'. But we rarely talk about the female shadow – how we as women can act out of rage and/or passive aggressivity or slip into victimhood or seductive manipulation. It is only by acknowledging and integrating these disowned and denied parts that we can become whole. In The New Woman, we will turn our shadows into fuel for our lives, and stand in our wholeness as women, accessing a deep, embodied wisdom.
Many women who come on the weekend experience this as a journey out of frozenness and numbness into aliveness, sensitivity and a deep inner awareness. We want to feel alive in our bodies, and have the capacity to use our bodies as a powerful source of felt sense knowing - to be able to set up clear boundaries when needed, and courageously speak the truth of our experience.
As women, we often need space to be with ourselves to connect to our own feminine wisdom in this way; but it can be hard to find in day to day life. At this retreat, we will be giving ourselves that space. The retreat will be hosted in a beautiful venue in the countryside, West Lexham. Throughout the weekend, we’ll be going on a process that includes meditations, movement, sharing, constellations and transformational techniques. It will be a playful, beautiful, supportive and deeply transformative experience.
About your facilitator
Abigail Peters is an Integrative Psychotherapist working with family constellations, breathwork and the transpersonal. She has worked in the field of psychology for over 25yrs. Abigail works with individuals, couples and groups on a wide range of topics and is especially interested in identity, trauma, male/female dynamics, transformation and growth. www.potentialcharisma.com