NEXT MEN ALIVE GATHERING: February 2-4, 2018

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The next Men Alive gathering will be a full weekend event on Feb 2-4, 2018 at Rock Point Center, Burlington, VT.

Taming the Tyrant:  Personal Healing, Public Accountability, and the Integration of the Immature Masculine - a Men Alive weekend retreat for personal growth, supportive fellowship, and community healing


February 2 - 4, 2018


Bishop Booth Conference Center at Rock Point, Burlington, VT

As recent news of widespread workplace harassment and intimate abuse suggests, many men have learned to fear and compete with each other, to numb our feelings of empathy and compassion, and to rely primarily on women as sources of comfort and support--and as objects of exploitation and violence.  In the company of supportive and nurturing men, we break free of disabling isolation, shame, and oppressive dependence; reclaim our feelings; and, discover the positive power of manhood.  For 30 years, Men Alive has organized safe and confidential weekend retreats for men to express themselves as individuals, connect with other men for companionship and emotional support, and build a community of shared leadership.  Sharing leadership creates opportunities for connection and service, practice with respectfully setting and responding to personal boundaries, and becoming both more playful and responsible adults.

The next Men Alive weekend retreat will take place from Friday, February 2, 7pm - Sunday, February 42pm2018, at the Bishop Booth Conference Center at Rock Point, in Burlington's New North End.  We will agree on group norms for safety and confidentiality; celebrate and bond through ritual and meals; share our stories, laughter and tears in small groups; dance, make music, and write poetry together; and, connect non-verbally through drumming and in nature.  The weekend is drug and alcohol free, and all activities are optional.  Please plan to pay between $120 - $160, according to your means; however, no person will be turned away for lack of funds. 

All masculine-identified persons are welcome.



Please register by FridayJanuary 26, 2018with Philip Pezeshki at

Vermont Men Alive gatherings encompass all aspects of humanity: ritual, spirtual, financial, social, etc... A typical full weekend gathering begins with men welcomed on a Friday evening to our gathering location. Everyone arrives and gets their personal belongings into a room of their choice and then socializes until Opening Circle, a ritual of sharing and open communication. This leads into a discussion of the entire weekend, including planning various activities based on the skeletal schedule shown below. All participation is optional as the entire spirit of our gatherings is self-expression and safety in a non-judgmental way.

The Men Alive Council is made up of "Stickholders" (activity coordinators), along with any other men who attend and would like to participate, who bring all elements of a gathering together to make it all happen as smoothly as possible. Much of the weekend is maleable, in a very creative and open space. You can take a 'stick' as a "Stickholder" before, or during the gathering, and we welcome all participation!
A typical weekend schedule can be found here.
Stickholder positions during the weekend are awaiting your competence and commitment. Please contact the upcoming weekend Stickholder by clicking on the 'contact us' link - if you want to volunteer to coordinate/conduct any of the following:
  • Opening Circle
  • Safety Talk
  • Opening Ritual
  • Friday Night Snack
  • Saturday Breakfast
  • Writing Workshop
  • Schedule Facilitator
  • Saturday Circle, Planning, and workshops
  • Saturday Lunch
  • Saturday Dance
  • Saturday Dinner
  • Open Stage (show your talent!)
  • Saturday Desert
  • Sunday Brunch
  • Sunday Clean-Up
  • Closing Circle
We hope to see you there! If you have questions, please contact the weekend stick holder above.