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 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.
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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 #metoo movement was a powerful and essential moment in our culture. As women, we claimed our right to our anger and reclaimed a female power which has been suppressed in society and in ourselves for too long.
Now, we are faced with the challenge of holding that power with responsibility, and harnessing it as fuel for own inner growth. The integration of mature feminine qualities in ourselves, and society as a whole, has never been more important.
The retreat will be led by Abigail Peters and assisted by a team of female facilitators. It's based on a firm belief that women don't need to be told how to be women. 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 inner world, a connection to the collective and your own truth.
The New Woman will take you on a process of connecting more fully with your authenticity. A part of this is working with our 'shadows' - the parts of ourselves we reject or deny. We all have the capacity to act out of rage and/or passive aggression or slip into victimhood or manipulation. It is only by acknowledging and integrating these disowned and denied parts of ourselves that we can become whole. In The New Woman, we will turn our shadows into fuel for our lives, and stand empowered 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
'Regular Ticket' means you will be staying in a beautiful ensuite room sharing with one other woman. There is the option to have a private room as well, which comes at an additional £100 per night (£200 for the weekend). These rooms are limited, and you can select them on the drop down menu when you book your place.
How to get there
The nearest train station is Downham Market. Trains run from London Kings Cross to Downham Market every hour and every half hour at certain peak times. Journey times are approximately 1h 25m. From the station, we will arrange ride-shares. It is also possible to book a taxi. For taxi numbers and detailed travel instructions, visit West Lexham's 'Find Us' page clicking here