COME TELL YOUR STORY

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

 

WHO: Led by JOSEPH JASTRAB, JOHN GUARNASCHELLI.
WHEN: Fri. Afternoon, Sat., Sun., October 4, 5, 6 1996.
WHERE: CAMP HI ROCK, Mt. Washington, MA.

As October brushes a frame of crimson and gold around the lake, our "VILLAGE OF BROTHERS' will gather at Camp Hi Rock for our Fifth Annual Fall Retreat.

Amid the beauty and silence of the surrounding hills, we'll circle up to hear each man tell his STORY.

As a man, I don't know I have a STORY. I've been raised to be practical: Don't be a dreamer. Find a job. Make money. Get laid. Buy the right car ... the right house. Keep going. Don't stop.

So I end up performing life's tasks by rote -- each thing as though it were an end in itself. Finish school. Get the job. Complete the project. Earn money. Marry right. Get laid (maybe). Do the taxes. Mow the lawn. Get the kids to school. Above all: Keep Busy.

Above all: about myself, my stake in what I do, don't ask!

Sometimes, it all goes wrong. Sometimes, it gradually dawns on me that I just don't feel good in spite of all I'm doing. Sometimes, it's the loneliness.

Then maybe I wonder whether all these things are who I really am. I ask whether there's any larger place for myself in the life I lead. Is this all there is? What's the STORY anyway?

Where did I begin? How have I been helped?...how hurt? What vision of myself fills my life?...my work?My relation to men and women? What holds me down?...helps me up?

What are my STORY's parts? Do I have any conception of the GREAT STORY I have the right to walk in as a man? What's the bigger picture of what I'm entitled to be? Who am I really?

This time our "VILLAGE OF BROTHERS" gathers to explore these questions, these needs. Using ritual, music, dance, work, play, discussion, and silence, we will experience our stories together. As each man tells his STORY, we will seek the GREAT STORY of which it is a part.

JOIN US. COME TELL YOURSELF AND US WHO YOU ARE! WHAT IS YOUR GREAT STORY?


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