About Men Alive

Men Alive Group Photo

Men Alive Purpose

Men Alive is a nonprofit organization formed to bring men together. All men are welcome. Our vision is to create a safe environment in which men can express themselves as individuals, find the companionship and support of other men, and build a community of caring based on respect and acceptance.

Our purpose is to participate together in activities that bring meaning and richness to our lives as men. We see ourselves in the context of the larger Vermont and World communities as a resource for men to find companionship and support. It is a hope that this purpose will be fostered at our weekend gatherings.

 

Schedule for a typical weekend

The schedule will be revisited Friday evening and modified consensually as the group sees fit. Also Friday evening, and at other times, opportunities for stepping up to be of service--cleanup, facilitating workshops, etc.--will be provided.

Friday
6:00 PM Registration / Drum Circle
7:30 Safety Talk
8:00-ish Opening Ritual + Opening Circle 11-ish Snacks

Saturday
7:00 AM Writing Ritual
8:00 Breakfast/Bag lunch prep
10:00 Circle/ Small groups
12:00 Bag lunch with group
5:00 Movement & Rhythm…?
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Open Stage (talent/expression show)

Sunday
7:00 Ritual
10:30 Brunch
1:00 Closing Circle
2:00 end

Food

Meals are created, shopped for, and prepared by Men Alive volunteers. If you have special dietary needs, please bring the appropriate foods. The Sky Meadow kitchen is meat free and they prefer that meat not be used for meals. If essential, meat that is already cooked, or in your own cooking pot, is acceptable.

RSVP

Space is limited. Reserve your spot by contacting our registrar: davidhuesman@comcast.net 

Fees

Each man should expect to pay on a sliding scale between $110-$145 for the weekend. No person will be turned away for lack of funds.

Other Considerations

In order to honor the purpose of Men Alive and this weekend, we ask that you consider making the commitment to be present from open to close (Friday - Sunday). We invite you to include yourself in all activities.

What to Bring

Clothes appropriate to the season, slippers (no shoes indoors), bed linens (to fit double beds) or sleeping bag, pillow case, towel; All things musical including drums; Friends/other men; Meaningful special objects, pictures, personal items, pen or pencil and journal or notebook for writing activity and personal reflection, flashlight, poetry, writings, pictures, artwork, any items for the Men Alive scrapbook, skis, snowshoes.

Most of all bring your fear, bring your passion, bring your desire not to come, bring your sense of humor, and your grump.

Please Do Not Bring

Meat to cook (see food section above), dogs or other pets, alcohol, recreational drugs, guns, RV's