Manology: Closed Group, Fall 2019
Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:30 pm, September 12 - December 5
NOTE: no class Oct 3
This version of Manology will be limited to 16 men/those identifying as men who sign on for the whole ride, and commit to showing up weekly. In this 12-week journey, we will get to know ourselves and each other very well. We will ground our work within a communication model that stresses self-responsibility, curiosity and respect. Our understanding of personal and collective change will be housed in a simple model of identity development that recognize both individual experiences that shape our uniqueness, and also by social groups we belong to include race, sexual orientation, age, language, class and others.
A core anchor in our learning will be to continually acknowledge the powerful socialization process about male gender role expectations which continues to influence us. Some sessions will be designed specifically to explore specific issues, for example - power, conflict, sexuality, race, emotionality and relationships. These course elements will support us to explore long-standing, systemic aspects of gender role expectations, both historical and current.
Other sessions will be co-created by the group in real time, responding to what themes, thoughts and feelings are emerging in the moment. Such sessions will likely feature immediacy, direct interactions between us, and non-linear group dynamics. These course elements will help us learn how to be more fluid and follow the flow of things, to get out of our heads and to be present in the here and now.
In this way, each man will help to create this course in very real and direct ways.
We'll use diverse ways of expressing and learning. Sometimes we'll sit in a circle and talk. Sometimes we'll get up and move our bodies. We will drawn upon our creativity. We'll use our minds, bodies and spirits. We will sing. Yes, we will sing. (Being 'good' at singing is not necessary at all.)
What to expect:
A supportive and encouraging atmosphere.
Having your cage rattled at times.
Exploring complex issues about men and society.
No simple answers. Multiple points of view.
Doing all the above together as men.
I hope you will join me on this learning journey!!
Facilitator - David Hatfield M.A, M.Ed.
David is a leadership consultant and educational facilitator, specializing in transformative, experiential facilitation. His work has been contracted in Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, and the US. David's clients include non-profits, social service and health care providers, corporate clients, school districts, community groups, leadership and social change organizations. He has explored male identity and male issues since 1997 with over 20,000 boys and men internationally. In 2019 he was awarded the L.T. HENRY Award for Men's Studies from the United States International Men's Day Team. He holds an M.A. in Process Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies and an M.Ed. in Social Ecology from the University of Western Sydney www.davidhatfield.ca
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156 E 7th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5T 1M5
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