2017 : Schedule and Themes

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Winter 2017

Theme 1 – Inner work
A new year on the calendar marks another cycle and a time where reflection is natural. It’s a time to notice our patterns, and be aware of new outcomes we want to move towards. A simple enough process, but without action, outdated patterns continue and block new high dreams from emerging.  We’ll start 2017 with a series that illuminates new pathways of possibility and development. It all starts from within.  3, 2, 1…new trip around the sun.   Create.

January 9 – First Steps of 2017
Facilitator – David Hatfield
First introduced in 2016, this session produced great outcomes! So it’s back to start road-1668916_1920us well in 2017. Each of our lives is a project, a dream, a vision. And like any project, our journey needs course corrections from time to time. Using ‘the new year’ as a frame of intention to refocus and make change is age old.  Our modern minds and leftovers from our adolescence still often aim unrealistically, expecting too much and going too fast in trying to make change. This session will take the approach of small meaningful achievable steps. What changes would you like to see in yourself not in the coming year, but in the coming week!  A good start for 2017 is the intention here. Leave pencil and paper at home…we’ll use the energies of a circle of men to source out what it is we need to address in ourselves, stand for it, and get clear on how to get started on it.

January 16 – Men in the Middlewater-1759703_1920
Facilitator– David Hatfield
This session is powered by regularly voiced feedback that asks for more depth. Okay, here go! We’ll all learn collectively through the experiences of individuals. Expected the unexpected. We’ll also used a community based healing model, which provides support and added insight for those doing individual work.

January 23 – Rank and Power
Instructor – David Hatfieldmen-311308_1280
Like it or not, ideas of power and its expression continue to be central to the way boys and men are socialized about gender roles. Generally, males are rewarded for attaining power and punished for not having it. Having a conscious relationship with power is a core aspect of a health male identity. We’ll use both thought and creativity to examine our social, contextual, spiritual and psychological powers. We’ll also look at the dynamics of high and low power: how to use high power for the benefit of others, how to support those in low power situations, and how to bring more awareness about rank and power issues into our day to day lives. With Trump’s inauguration approaching, many of us are more aware of power dynamics than ever. Always an important topic, Rank and Power issues are even more critical in this 21st century moment. Join us!

January 30 – Eldership and Service
Facilitator – David Hatfield & Wise Beings You Have Knownroot-276636_1920
Here “eldership” = Someone who treats everyone like their own child or best friend, wants the best for all concerned, and acts as though they have seen these human problems for hundreds of years. Though modernity would shout at us otherwise, all of us have deep inner connections to sources of such eldership.   Though we may not realize it, and despite our non-elderful actions at times, we continue to live among energies of eldership. We’ll travel inward to link strongly with the elders figures and experiences long innate, and consider how to apply these positive connections and attributes to our sense of life purpose. Consider this an alignment session: linking our highest powers and our action into service.

February 6 – Let’s Random!
Facilitator – David Hatfield
Meaningful fun, here we come. Our world needs change, new structures, pathways and mobile-phone-1419275_1920processes. And a gigantic dose of acknowledgement that most of life is uncertain!! Before we can re-design, we need to re-imagine. Improvisation means saying yes to everything and everyone as best we can, accessing the possibilities that surround us, working collaboratively and with no pre-thinking. Improvisation gets us around our usual patterns and beliefs into new territory.
Offer – Accept – Extend is the mantra of improvisation. We’ll use a wide variety of improv structure and forms in creating surprising and unpredictable experiences. We’ll take time to find the essential qualities and learnings from these experiences and consider how to apply them to daily contexts and relationships.

Saturday February 11 – Natural Organic Anger
Instructor – Greg Gurel
Assistant – David Hatfield
By request, this series of work on anger continues. This is a daylong workshop, 10 am to flash-572494_19204 pm, and will be held at Rhodes Wellness College in downtown Vancouver. The workshop will explore a theory of anger: how it operates as an emotional state.  There will also be a time made for each man to work with expressing anger.  Please bring your own lunch, preferably food to share in a simple potluck.   We’d like to keep the group/group energy together on that day.  It would work best to not have men leaving to shop for food downtown.  This session is limited to 10 men, sliding scale $50-$80.   If this is too steep, financial help is available, through the generosity of previous participants!
To register email: david@davidhatfield.ca

Feb 13 –  Family Day – No Manology
Connect with family, biological and/or chosen! Enjoy, relax!!

Theme 2 – Sexuality
Yup. Some themes just have more pull than others.  Like S.E.X.
Be a wicked good lover.

February 20 – Sex and Sexuality part 1
Facilitator – Jay Wade
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By demand, more work on sexuality.  Join us as we continue to explore our sexual selves.

How important is sex to you?  What excites you? Where do you see your sexual journey leading? What is your relationship to your genitals? Do you truly ask for what you want from yourself or from your partners?

In these two sessions we will again use sharing, witnessing and embodied activities to delve further into our sexual selves, consent, our relationship with body, and what’s hot and what’s not – of course that’s for you to decide!

Part 1 will look at sex and sexuality in relationship to self; Part 2 will look at sex and sexuality in relationship to others.  All orientations welcome.

February 27 – Positive Male Sexual Fantasy
Instructor – Sequoia Lundybackground-811235_1280
Every action we take begins with an idea, an image, a picture, a dream, a fantasy. We literally dream up our lives! This evening we’ll spend some time-sharing our ideas about Sacred Male Sexuality. Then we’ll get out of our heads and into our fantasies, using breathing and movement to go deep within…to where our real wisdom lives, and invite it to guide us in imagining/picturing a sacred sexual experience, either with ourselves or with a partner.  Then while we’re still connected with that heart/soul space, we’ll have the chance to speak our wisdom. Through discussion and non-sexual contact activities, we will explore our sexual energies with curiosity and openness.

March 6 – Sex and Sexuality part 2
Facilitator – Jay Wade
We’ll continue our learning journey from Jay’s part 1 session, this time focusing on our sense of sex and sexuality in relationship to others.  Attendance at last week’s part 1 session is not required in order to attend part 2.  C’mon!


March 13 – Porn: You Againblur-1845247_1920
An All-Gender Group Process
Facilitators:
David Hatfield & Ashley Rose
Pornography. Pervasive, polarizing, a whole lot o’ punch lines, draped in a stunning lack of open dialogue. Back by demand: we’re talking about porn.  We’ll use a group process to notice our pushes and pulls.  Diversity welcome.

 

March 20 – Your Core Turn-on
Facilitator: David Hatfield
Across your sexual experiences and/or fantasies, there is something that consistently arouses you sexually – a pattern.  We’ll use process work methods to explore the helpfulness and deeper usefulness of this pattern, and how it can work for us in healthy and nourishing forms, bringing its energy and vitality both within our sexuality and outside of it as well.

 

 

March 27 – Bring It!!
Host – David Hatfield
This session is back by request! This night is of our own design and offerings! Men are invited to bring an experience of any kind to share. An activity we can do together, a story, game, song, a thought/wish/hope for the world, aVersion 2 poem, image or photo, a recording that you love…any offering that helps us, even in the smallest way, to share an experience together. Men can Bring It!! together – no need to go it alone. This session is a great reason to get together with others and work up something to offer.   Yes, offering something is a kind of risk-taking. It’s a way to feel alive and to be in service. The Manology community is a kind and appreciative one, and all offers will be appreciated!!  This session says “We don’t need to consume culture to entertain and enjoy ourselves – we can use a culture of our own creativity!”   Expect fun, surprise and the unexpected!!

April 3  – Eval Night
Host- David Hatfield
FREE Session
How was the ride?  What the hell happened?  How am I using what I’ve picked up here?   We’ll look back on the Manology sessions we’ve just completed and ahead to Ancient Mapwhere we want  to go next.  These sessions have been pivotal in making Manology a feedback driven course, continuously presenting the interests of the men involved.  So please come out and share your critical thinking with us, even if you’ve only been once!  It keeps Manology relevant, useful and enjoyable for all of us.  And bring some snacks!  This is an and snacks night.  Don’t not bring snacks.  That’s not cool.


Previous sessions

Year 8 of Manology begins with a new focus: Consolidation.
During our 7 previous years, we have developed a diverse set of content pieces, honed by 27094855424_10d2e6a9f6_oinviting and responding to consistent evaluation and participant feedback. We’ve also enjoyed over 40 guest leaders sharing their wisdom and styles, and many have become valued members of the Manology community. In year 8 Manology is poised for expansion into a new form. To this end, our Fall 2016 schedule is a first look at a type of programming introduction to men’s work. In the future, this type of series will serve as a gateway course experience that both introduces a core set of themes pertinent to men and also sets a culture, a way to be together in community.  In the envisioned expansion, men completing this type of introductory course can then follow their interests into specific theme areas with more depth and duration. For Fall 2016, there has never been a better Manology for returning men and new men alike. For returning men, it’s like a Best of Manology incorporating feedback and updated session designs, and for new men, an introductory series 7 years in the making. Welcome!

Fall 2016 Schedule

September 12 – Welcome & Who Are We? identity_question mark
Instructor – David Hatfield
Let’s circle up and find out who’s here. We’ll check in, as individual men and also as members of the wider community, as we consider men in society. We’ll use simple experiential ways to share some stories, and put some words to how we experience the kinds of expectations we feel as males. Along the way, we’ll co-create the kind of fun, supportive and meaningful atmosphere and culture that we want to have.

 

September 19 – What’s happening for men in society and the world?
Instructor – David Hatfield
It is clear by our laws, social norms, educational/health care/social services, that numerous ManologyHColorand diverse social groups are being actively supported and valued.  It becomes clear quickly that men as a social group are not supported with the same kind of intention.  Why? Do men have significant issues worthy of support? Manology answers with a grounded yes, while also acknowledging that there are diverse points of view on this question. It was a big learning at Manology in 2014 that our own community of men, while obviously supportive of men’s experiences, had not had much connection with bigger patterns in society for men, or much exposure to other initiatives for men around the world. This session grounds Manology’s intentions in a network of awareness about men’s issues close to home and internationally, and features the only quiz ever done at Manology, where a kind of cheating is actually a requirement!!

September 26 – Purpose: Men Chasing Our Dreams
Instructor – David Hatfield
What matters most? What are you living for?
Having a sense of purpose and the desire to be living on purpose is a core male 10447666805_31a2d92d3b_oexperience and drive. Men chase their dreams with the expectations of their parents, friends, partners and society echoing all around them. As so many women struggle with living up to sex object expectations, so many men feel expected to be a success object. How do we balance our inner sense of personal vision with outer pressures and practicals?   How do we hear the voice of our inner compass in the first place in a noisy world? Let’s get clear, and clearer again, on what matters right now and how to continue arranging daily life so that purpose can flow and be on track.

October 3 – Sex & Sexualityflying-sparks-142486_1920
Instructor – Jay Wade
For all the sexualized images used to get our attention, sell us products and tell us who we’re supposed to be, we still live in a predominantly sex-negative society.  How are you connected to your body, mind and spirit?  Who taught you about sex and sexuality, and what was missing?  Are there parts of your sexual self that you give only a little attention but want to bring more forward?  When do you feel most connected to yourself sexually?  Let’s gather and begin to de-stigmatize and nurture our relationship to sex and sexuality through stories, sharing, embodied exercises and witnessing.

October 10 – Thanksgiving – No Manology
Oh, there is indeed so much to be thankful for. I write this while working in China on August 14, 2016.   After rains a day ago, the sky is mostly clear of smog. All things being relative, the pollution level is still 3 times that of Vancouver today…but I don’t feel that today. I am grateful for a sky with blue in it, and visible white clouds and for the feeling of direct sun on my skin today. I feel a kind of gratitude I’ve never considered in Canada, for clean air and a blue and white sky.   Certainly, there are things we can continue to find thanks for, even in our pains and challenges. It strikes me for the first time that it is beautiful and amazing that we continue to hold a national holiday in the name of giving thanks! May it always be so.  Gratitude.

October 17 – Process Work   strange attractor CC
Instructor – David Hatfield
Process Work is our sense that the world is here to help us to become our entire selves, and that we are here to help the world to become whole.
~
Arnold Mindell, founder of Process Work

Process Work tools, ideas and activities have been popular and requested at Manology since their introduction in 2011. Process Work is a multi-aspect approach to making change in self, relationships and the world. It is a kind of awareness training, an inner martial art form that follows the natural flow of people and events to help with problems, body symptoms and conflicts. Process Work holds a holistic intention to bring together all the parts of each person, relationship, and group, for learning, healing and insight. We’ll learn a bit of process work theory then do some experiential learning together.

October 24 – Befriending Conflict
Instructor – David Hatfield
Yes – No. Like – Don’t Like. Wanting – Not Wanting. Differences and conflicts are a natural part of our lives.  Boys and men are socialized in the polarity of competition and winning, leaving too many of us single-minded and one-sided.  So very few of us havConflict_Burning Man Sculpturee ever received any training, guidance or support in navigating this challenging territory which is actually so rich in positive potentials. Tonight is the night!  We’ll explore a handful of frameworks through activity and experiential learning to explore new ways of meeting difference, and learning about how to access the insights, resolutions and relationship growth contained in interpersonal disturbances and conflicts.  Central to our exploration will be looking at how power plays a role in conflicts on social, psychological and spiritual levels.

October 31 – Movement = Life  Human Pyramid Men
Instructor – David Hatfield
It’s time to get into our bodies! In this session we are gonna move, doing simple activities that re-invigorate and remind us of the wisdom and energies of the body. It’s not a work out class and no special skills are needed. Bring a sense of play, wear comfortable clothes and a water bottle would be good to have too.  No need to compete or try to keep up with anyone else, we’ll just focus on physicality and various kinds of basic movement.

November 7 – The World As You’d Have It, and The World As It Is  Bar code Earth
Instructors – David Hatfield & Jay Wade
We’ll use an adapted version of a ceremony created by Joanna Macy as a simple structure to acknowledge our views, concerns and feelings about our world. It’s a space to bring awareness to how living at this time in history influences and affects us, what are we seeing, hearing, experiencing. Macy says truth-telling is like oxygen – it enlivens us. Without it we grow confused and numb. It is also a homecoming, bringing us back to power connection and solidarity.   Many men make for a strong and vibrant ritual container – please join us.

November 14 – Sacred Unions
Instructors – Camille Dumond and David Hatfield   photo-montage-1514218_1280
An all-gender session.
This session provides a time and several processes to simply, and deeply, appreciate all genders: male, female, trans, intersex and non-gender. Using dialogue, music, interactive activities, we’ll create joyous and sacred space. Sacred Unions was offered in 2011 and 2012, and received some of the highest evaluations in Manology history. We are welcoming back an old friend!  Bring some of your favorite people and we’ll practice the art of insightful praising!

November 21 – Bring It!!
Instructor – David Hatfield
This night is of our own design and offerings! Men are invited to bring an experience of any Version 2kind to share. An activity we can do together, a story, game, song, a thought/wish/hope for the world, a poem, image or photo, a recording that you love…any offering that helps us, even in the smallest way, to share an experience together. Men can Bring It!! together – no need to go it alone. This session is a great reason to get together with others and work up something to offer.   Yes, offering something is a kind of risk-taking. It’s a way to feel alive and to be in service. The Manology community is a kind and appreciative one, and all offers will be appreciated!!  This session says “We don’t need to consume culture to entertain and enjoy ourselves – we can use a culture of our own creativity!”   Expect fun, surprise and the unexpected!!

November 28 – Integration and Closing
Instructor – David Hatfield
At this point we’ve been on quite a journey together. This session offers no further new content but makes space and gives guidance on how to most effectively take our learnings into our daily lives and how to finish this series together well.

December 5 – Evaluation and Re-gifting
Instructor – David Hatfield
FREE Session
We’ll reflect on the Manology term we’ve just completed, do an evaluation process, and Ancient Maplook at where we want to go next!  This process of feedback sessions has been pivotal in making Manology a feedback driven course, continuously reflecting the interests of those involved.  So please come out and share your critical thinking with us, even if you’ve only been once!  It keeps Manology relevant, useful and enjoyable for all of us.
Re: Re-gifting: Men are invited to bring an item or two to give away: something you no longer need or want that can be enjoyed by others.  Wrap it up as a surprise, or not. Lastly, bring along some treats to share!

 

 


 


 

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