These groups allow men to talk about things they do not usually discuss anywhere else, to give and receive constructive feedback, and to return to their lives feeling lighter, clearer and more purposeful.
The weekly meetings follow a particular structure. You can contribute as much or as little as you want to at meetings. As with everything else in life, the more you put in, the more you'll get out.
Why a group?
Groups are helpful for giving and receiving support regarding a variety of life challenges - for example isolation, relationships, parenting, addictions, loss, depression, anxiety, work, illness and general life transitions. During the first 12 to 16 weeks of the group various mindfulness practices are taught, as well as techniques to challenge self-limiting beliefs which get between us and the lives we are wanting for ourselves.
Groups increase the opportunities for mutual learning. They provide a safe, respectful and completely confidential space in which we practice telling the truth and learning to be vulnerable.
We explore our roles as fathers, partners, sons, bothers, uncles, grandparents, employers, employees or colleagues. By meeting with other men dealing with similar issues, and who may share similar aspirations, we reduce our sense of isolation, and leverage peer support to be the best men we can be.
A typical group involves several people sitting in a circle. The group is initially facilitated by myself, but over time, as participants become familiar with the format and structure, the group more or less runs itself.
Please register you interest by emailing us. A group begins when we have a suitable number of participants.
At present meetings are scheduled to be held on Thursday nights from 6:45 to 8:45 at the Maroubra Library in Anzac Parade. (This may change.) There are usually a minimum of four and maximum of 8 participants. Most groups need to run for at least 12 to 16 weeks to be most valuable.
If you'd like to know more about the general shape a mens' group can take, visit Men's Group and email Brett Churnin to send you a copy of The Mens' Group Field Guide.
We also recommend checking out the Mankind Project Australia and its New Warrior Training Adventure
When is a group not enough?
If you are dealing with severe depression, anxiety,ongoing suicidal thoughts, a substance related addiction or eating disorder then you probably first require to put in place ongoing individual counselling. Once you have that support relationship in place, group work can be a very useful and helpful adjunct.
If you are interested in joining one of our groups please register your
interest and contact details here. Your details will be kept on file and when we have
sufficient numbers to make a group viable we will contact you and offer
you a place. Participants are interviewed before the group begins, as not each group is suitable for each person. At present the cost of each meeting is twenty dollars per person.
For more information call Mano on 0449 871 548