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Men's Wisdom Circle
The Men's Wisdom Council, a week-long men's gathering that started over 20 years ago, went dark for last year. Reasons were complicated, and I won't go into them here. But the absence of last year's Council left a large hole in the lives of men who had been attending year after year.
Sparrow Hart, a co-founder and the current leader of the Council, used the empty year to find a new venue (a guest lodge in western Massachusetts) and to rework some of the ways in which the gathering would unfold during the week.
Under its new name, the Men's Wisdom Circle, the gathering will take place from Sunday, June 7, to Friday June 12. I can hardly wait.
I've seen the roster of some of the men who've already signed up - old friends that I would see just once a year and for a week would form a close community of mutual friendship and trust. Newcomers were incorporated into the community with no fanfare - they were simply members of the community from the start of the week.
I've also noticed that some of the regular staff working with Sparrow will be returning.
Speaking of staff, these guys are not the typical front-of-the-room gurus dispensing knowledge and wisdom. They may help plan the activities of the week, but they also get into the action as participants in the activities. They know that all of our journeys into, and within, manhood are ongoing. They are on their own journeys, and we all help each other.
I don't know the details of what we'll be doing all week (and I don't want to know ahead of time anyway). I do know that, in keeping with the overall model of this gathering, we will be unwinding a myth or tale during the week, absorbing its lessons, and applying them to each of our own stories.
This can be an intensely spiritual (non-religious) and emotional week, and in that sense it may not be for everyone. I can say, however, that I went to my first gathering not knowing what would happen. I wasn't in a very good place in life and intended to just stay back and observe. That lasted about half a day.
The week is also filled with the kind of easygoing friendship and sometimes raucous humor that happens when men get together outside our normal urban and suburban existence. Some of us hadn't experienced that since Boy Scout camp.
Starting with my first experience, I have found each gathering to be in some way or another life-changing or life-sustaining. And one key to that was simply being around men of good will from all walks of life - from lawyers to letter carriers.
For more information, check out this website: http://www.questforvision.com/programs/mens/wisdom-council/
You can also get in touch with me directly via the Menletter e-mail.
[Disclosure: I have no official connection to the Wisdom Circle or the venue.]
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