"FRIENDSHIP
CAN YOU GIVE IT? CAN YOU ACCEPT IT?
"

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

WHO: Led by JOHN GUARNASCHELLI.
WHEN: Fri. Afternoon, Sat., Sun., SEPT 19, 20, 21, 2008.
WHERE: CAMP HI ROCK
, Mt. Washington, MA. 2 3/4 hrs N of NYC.


Somehow, during our school years nothing could have seemed simpler.  There were activities at the school.  There were activities after school.  Later, maybe there were all those activities on campus.  One thing was certain: we had many friends.  It was almost automatic.

But afterward, the situation slowly changed.  Old friends got married, moved away, became absorbed in their jobs.  And we were left with the question: do I have any friends?  Are the people I work with really friends?  And, more importantly, do I really know how to make friends?

In his books and workshops, Robert Bly asked men to address their deep needs.  He stressed the fact that each of us would understand our own manhood better if we "shared experience" with men friends.  But do I really know how to do that?
 

This September, the Village of Brothers will gather once again at Camp Hi Rock to ask these questions.  Do I know how to give friendship?  Do I know how to receive it?

As men together, we will engage in a number of exercises and the Sweat Lodge to test what our individual experiences of friendship really are. 

Do we know how to talk to one another?  How good am I at listening?  How honestly can I speak my truth?  What do I seek from a friendship?  What can I give to a friendship?  Do I really trust other men?  Anyway, what is friendship?

Please join your experience, your voice, your spirit to the Village this September.  Every one of us who attends adds his richness to the rest of the brothers present and is richer for it.

JOHN GUARNASCHELLI - is a practicing therapist in NYC, founder of OTCG. He is author of numerous articles on Men's Work that affirm love of self, of others and of the world. He has offered Retreats for men since 1991.



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