Every spring men from UCOH and Unity across Austin and Central Texas gather for a weekend of retreat and renewal. It is a time for connection and fellowship, reflection and time outdoors. This experience is powerful and grounding in support of each other as we stretch our spirits into the infinite possibilities. This is topped off by amazing food as we get to break bread with our brothers and listen deeply to our soul.
If you have been having a prosperous year, consider paying a portion of someone’s tuition. Contact the UCOH office for details.
2020 Men’s Retreat
MFN | Circles of Men Spring Retreat
Embracing the New Compassionate Male Archetype WithinAwaken.Strengthen.Embrace.
The world needs more compassionate men and The New Compassionate Male is emerging as the New Male Archetype.
He has more fully integrated his head and heart, and no longer measures himself primarily against the warrior archetype in bringing to the world his true power and wisdom. This weekend event is an opportunity to more deeply awaken, strengthen, and embrace this experience from within. It empowers participants to return to their families and communities carrying deeper compassion as their foundation for active participation in the world of sorrow.The Compassionate Male Retreat promises to be a weekend that will reconnect you to your highest dreams and aspirations.
Participants will leave feeling refreshed, recharged and recommitted to their highest values.
The MFN | Circles of Men Austin Retreat is held at the Ancient Yoga Center, on the picturesque grounds of Radha Madha Dham, in Austin Texas.
The program begins on Friday afternoon at 4:00 with a communal dinner at the Salt Lick BBQ Restaurant, followed by an evening of setting intentions for the weekend. We will also practice building burning enthusiasm for self-study, as you build a community of support with your fellow participants. The evening is designed to help participants move “from the head to the heart” as they gain clarity on their individual goals for the weekend.On Saturday our experienced facilitators utilize cognitive, didactic interactive modalities to facilitate deep, psycho-spiritual experiences.
There will be shamanic exercises, guided meditations, journaling, hiking, Yoga, and contemplation used as tools for integration. This experience is more dynamic than the normal contemplative conversations. The whole event is action-oriented. Participants will actually experience new ways of being in relationship with the world. It can be an experience of healing past experiences that may have interrupted attempts to show up compassionately in the present.
The MFN | Circles of Men Spring Retreat fosters spirituality but brings in no religious doctrine, no “secret handshake,” and these men do not seek to fix one another. It is open to all men seeking greater self-knowledge on the idea of compassion.
Clay Boykin is the founder of the Men’s Fellowship Network: Circles of Men Project and is currently developing a global Men & Boys Sector/Initiative for Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion. He is collaborating with International Peace Initiatives in Kenya, and is a facilitator with Gender Equity & Reconciliation International whose focus is to support deep healing between men and women. Clay is the author of: Circles of Men: A Counter-Intuitive Approach to Creating Men’s Groups. He is a former Marine officer and corporate change agent with over 40 year’s experience as a servant leader.
Christopher Howell is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered Yoga Therapist-200 and founder of YogaHike™. He takes pride in providing clients with the opportunity to activate the deep, self-healing, properties which are available when clients are afforded optimal conditions, using breath, body awareness and mindfulness.
Larry Malone has been a psychotherapist for over forty years, working in diverse settings including juvenile corrections, chemical dependency, conscious masculinity, and marriage and family therapy. He has an acute interest in experiential teaching in support of personal and psychospiritual growth.
John Strubberg has a master’s degree in Counseling Education and has over 38 years’ experience in public education working with students & parents in coaching sports, personal growth, parent training and stress management. He has been involved with Men’s group work for the past 4 years.
Skip Swies For over 30 years Skip Swies has taught personal growth seminars to individuals, couples, and veterans. He co-created and facilitated a course entitled Finding the Father for men which he ran for ten years. He has been involved in men’s work since the early 80s.
For more information on us: Men’s Fellowship Network: Circles of Men Project
This event is limited to 75 participants