Reclaiming the Divine Masculine
Reclaiming the Divine Masculine
A Program for Men in this Modern Age
For the longest time, patriarchal beliefs and proscribed gender roles have discouraged men from learning to listen deeply and gently reflect. In the last half of the century, we’ve seen a growing recognition of the importance for each person to make their own spiritual connection with the Divine – an energy that resides inside each of us and in the natural world. But even for those who aspire to cultivating a spiritual life, rarely is there time, space, and support for this kind of
Come join us for a week in the natural world as we explore the Four Directions of the Divine Masculine. We’ll first spend a day in the South, where the body serves as a temple for the soul. Then will come a day in the West, where the storytelling adolescent boy seeks to find identity and meaning in the world by exploring his shadow. Next is a day in the North, where the empowered adult man looks to be of service to his people and use those gifts found in the West. And finally, starting at the crack of dawn, will be a day in the East: the place of Spirit, God, Goddess, Beauty, Love, and – in this week of exploration – the Divine Masculine.
Program Overview: To encourage our busy minds to settle, each day we will sit in silent meditation—some sessions optional, some encouraged.
We also will gather in council, holding space for the sharing and witnessing of stories. Afternoons will include time for walking in the natural world to explore each of the four directions of the Divine Masculine, culminating in a sunrise-to-late-afternoon solo walk on the day in the East. When we reconvene, we’ll then spend two days hearing
stories from this solo time.
A note about gender: We invite anyone to join us who identifies – wholly or in part –
as “a man” or as “masculine.” We are looking to create the cohesion that comes with
an affinity group, while also being inclusive.
A note about religion & spirituality: We welcome people of any religious affiliation.
We also welcome people without any religious affiliation. Our aim is to offer to participants the bare-bones spiritual practice of fasting alone in the natural world—a way for each person to source their own connection with the Divine, however they conceive of that.
Program Questions Contact: Scott Eberle at [email protected]
Additional course details & Materials
We will meet on wildlands in the Bay Area at Henry Coe State Park. Please plan to arrive by early afternoon
on Saturday May 18th. We will begin that afternoon as early as 1 pm. More logistics will be
provided after you enroll.
ADDITIONAL FEES: Camping fee of $100 will be collected at the time of the program.
You will be responsible for bringing your own food and equipment, though we can provide some gear if needed. We ask everyone to come prepared to live self-sufficiently. You will need to bring shelter and clothing suitable for a full range of inclement weather.
To address safety concerns during the pandemic, please contact us regarding our current Coronavirus protocols as well as any current travel restrictions. These protocols may affect how you are able to travel to the program. Please note: As of May 2023 there are no longer any vaccination requirements for international travellers seeking entry to the USA.
We will gather at Henry Coe State Park, a wilderness backcountry site in the South Bay area. This park is on the ancestral and contemporary lands of the Muwekma Ohlone people. In pre-colonial times, the Muwekma Ohlone people lived in more than 50 different groups spread across the southern half of the Bay Area, each group living off the bounty of the land by fishing, hunting and gathering. Their lives were changed dramatically—and often violently—when Spanish colonizers in California constructed missions whose purpose was to Chrisitanize native people and their cultures. Visit the Muwekma website – http://muwekma.org/ — to learn how these people are now revitalizing their Cochenya language, rediscovering traditional dances, and reclaiming knowledge about traditional native plants.
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