"STAYING IN OUR HEARTS AS MEN"

ON THE COMMON GROUND'S
FIRST ANNUAL "VILLAGE OF BROTHERS" FALL RETREAT

 

WHO: Led by JOSEPH JASTRAB, JOHN GUARNASCHELLI, ROBERT SHERMAN.
WHEN: Fri. Afternoon, Sat., Sun., OCTOBER 9, 10 & 11, 1992.
WHERE: the ASHOKAN FIELD CAMP, Kingston, NY


Finding and walking the path of our hearts is often the most difficult challenge facing us as men. Sometimes the messages we received as boys instructed us to avoid knowing our true feelings. Sometimes our social roles at work or at home make it seem unmanly to heed our feelings as the basis for our actions. Many of us therefore walk in the world unaware of our hearts, sometimes unaware that we feel at all!

"Staying In Our Hearts As Men" will be led by men who aim to remain in their own hearts as they share the experience with the men who attend this retreat. We invite you to join us to bring your own heart as it is, however it is, for this special time together. Whether we laugh, cry, whisper, shout, joke, or scream, we will join together prepared to learn where the hearts of our brothers really are. And prepared to know better where our own heart is. Every heart will be welcomed perhaps as it has never been before.

For many men, feelings seem like most unreliable guides to living a positive life. What good is the great anger we often feel? Or the overwhelming sadness? What place has joy or riotous energy at the office on Monday morning? What possible use could there be for my petty envy or jealousy? Or for my jokes?

We enter this retreat convinced that every feeling we actually feel, no matter whether society judges it negatively or positively, is the indicator of some real and positive goal for myself that I need to fulfill as a male being. Our real feelings, and thus our needs and desires, really express themselves in even the tiniest and most routine events of every day. And we men need to become aware of them to live our lives as fully and richly as we can.

This retreat will take place by ourselves, in a special wilderness "mountain top". But its aim is to help us find the feeling realities we live by every single day, for a lifetime "after that special feeling wears off".

The days of the retreat have been planned with a variety of activities in which we can participate in a highly active way. There will be time for talk and time for silence for togetherness and for aloneness, for thought and for games, for movement and for stillness. In a way respectful of each man's own space, we will have the opportunity to explore our feelings in contact with those of our brothers. Each man will have his own opportunity to explore what his feelings want. And each of us will have the opportunity to see how our true feelings, our true hearts, naturally lead us out into heartfelt contact with men and women, with society, with the animals, and with our precious earth itself.


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