Knowing the Conscious Man

We are designed as part of nature to encounter life with amazement and wonder. And yet, our predominant transactional consumer culture trades this for a fiction i.e. that your happiness and ‘worth’ is found through productivity, material gain, technological advancement and social status.  The fiction leaves most men with a profound lack of fulfillment, chronic disconnection and loneliness and a continuous search for meaning.

Men can go for days, weeks, months or years without encountering their own wild beauty, rarely sharing an authentic, deeply intimate moment with themselves and those they are closest to. The good news is that embedded in our psyche by nature, is the potential for a bigger, more sensuous, more imaginative, more intimate and vital life. As Bill Plotkin posits, ‘it’s time to take another look at ourselves’.

The Knowing the Conscious Man Intensive is about offering courageous men a deep sense of possibility – an alternative, soul infused, more meaningful and conscious way of embracing and walking your individual path. The workshop asks a lot of you – if you are drawn to register, prepare to be significantly stretched. Using nature as a mirror, you will be supported to explore the deeper questions about your life – questions that have no right to be ignored. The workshop is held at ‘Raven’s Nest‘ in Venus Bay east of Melbourne. This is a camping-only experience and some previous personal growth work is expected.

Overview:

During the workshop you will:

♦ Encounter Bill Plotkin‘s Nature Based Map of the Human Psyche as a core navigational tool. (The ‘Wild Mind Map’ is a holistic model to reclaim and embody the many facets of our innate human wholeness granted to us by nature yet suppressed by our experience of the prevailing ‘ego-centric’ culture).

♦ Access the four windows of knowing

♦ Experience deep somatic ritual and altered states of perception

♦ Cultivate an intimate conversation within our internal world and the natural world around us

♦ Experience time alone using nature as the mirror of our psyche

♦ Proximate into a deeper relationship with the wounded and/or protector parts of ourselves.

♦ See your physical body as a manifestation of your ‘story’

♦ Experience pathways for releasing suppressed emotion including grief and shame

♦ Meditation, deep imagination and dreams

♦ Time in Council and lots, lots more!!

Workshop Date:
November 16-19, 2023
15 in stock

Note: This intensive is for men who are willing to:

ask deeper questions of themselves

  reach outside of their ‘comfort zone’

open up to possibility

 Some previous experience in personal growth is expected – MMG will assess your registration.

Logistics:

♦ This is a 3.5 day residential intensive, to be held in Venus Bay Victoria. It is a fully catered, camping-only workshop! You will need your own camping gear.

Date:  5PM (3PM Arrival & Setup) Thursday Nov 16 – 2PM Sunday Nov 19 2023

Venue: Raven’s Nest retreat centre – Venus Bay

Investment: your time and $895 – a $450 deposit will hold your place.

Guarantee: What you put into this workshop is directly related to what you take out! The intensive will stretch you…in a good way!

Your Facilitators

David Mallard is a uniquely experienced trainer, coach, mentor, guide, adviser and consultant. He has been deeply involved in men’s development work for 25 years and co-founded Melbourne Men’s Group Inc. in 1998 with Dr. Roger Hilton. David is trained in Breathwork, accredited in the DiSC personality profile, holds a Cert. IV in Training & Assessment and has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  He is currently a student in the professional ‘Wild Mind Training Program‘ with the Animas Valley Institute of Colorado. David has extensive senior executive leadership experience in corporate Australia working closely with CEO’s and Boards – in parallel he has facilitated, coached and guided hundreds of men’s group meetings, workshops and seminars. David is also a council member of Soulcraft ANZ Inc.

Chris Caldwell is a counselling psychologist, supervisor, teacher and group facilitator with over forty years’ experience in the field of healing and personal development.  Chris has explored and trained in diverse fields during his practitioner career including the body mind model of Wilhelm Reich, formal meditation and yoga trainings in Australia and India, extensive practice in dreamwork and depth psychology as initiated by Carl Jung and extended into the transpersonal work of Stanislav Grof. Amongst other things, Chris currently teaches transpersonal counselling at the IKON Institute of Australia.