Manology is an ongoing course for men…

“Best Place for Man Talk” – Georgia Straight, Best of Vancouver
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Manology is now on break for summer 2020.  We will be back in September, likely online, with some new offerings.  I encourage you to read the statement below for more information on the future of Manology.  Enjoy summer and hope to see you soon!

Statement from Manology founder David Hatfield
The events of my personal and professional life in recent months, together with the events occurring in the US and Canada since the murder of George Floyd, have taken me into new territory and new insights. I wish to share here an update on how these events will impact the work I do with men in the future. My men’s work thus far has been inspired by and centrally based in personal development, relationship work and psycho-social explorations. These areas are my strength.  And I have been the founder and main facilitator of Manology.  I am white, straight, cisgender, able-bodied and don’t have the lived experience of Black, Indigenous men, other racialized men, queer, non-binary or trans men, nor men with disabilities.  The resulting accompaniment to my leadership has always been a predominantly white, cis and straight demographic at Manology, a reflection of the lack of safety and relevance needed for the engagement of more diverse populations of men.  While Manology has explored broader social issues at times, this aspect has been inconsistent and unstructured. This same pattern has shown around women, trans and non-binary people.  While women, trans and non-binary people have been invited both as guest facilitators/leaders, and as participants in our all-gender sessions, Manology has had no formal or official partnerships with organizations run by, affiliated with or supporting women, trans and non-binary people.

I know enough about systemic change work to know that I am not well versed in it.  In going forward, the men’s work I do needs to include, from the root to the fruit, diverse team leadership, structural analysis of social inequity issues and the accountability that comes only from building formal partnerships with other community organizations.  I have a lot of learning to do and relationships to build. I don’t know how this will all unfold or look, but I do know it will be different and I am choosing that difference.  I write to let you know and to say that I hope you will join me in this transition and learning.  I invite your voice with any input, questions, challenges or support you may have.

I’d like to acknowledge the historical and ongoing work that so many have been doing to confront systemic oppression: women, people of color, gay, trans and non-binary folks, immigrant and refugee people, Jewish and Muslim people, and people with disabilities. Specifically I’d like to acknowledge and thank individuals who have generously informed me and contributed to me in arriving in this awareness and commitment.  My gratitude to Parker Johnson, Shakil Choudhury, Annahid Dashgard, Terri Rutty, Aslam Bulbulia, Ravi Patel, Alan Chen, Daniel Wang, Ara Beittoei, Bill Say, Aya Fujisaki, Gary Hutton, Ryan Cho, Kyle Shaughnessy, and most especially to Camille Dumond.

 

 

Manology celebrates its 11th year in 2019/20!

The first session is FREE of charge for new men.IMG_3605

Manology is a friendly, interactive and experiential course for men of all stages, viewpoints, orientations, and ethnicities. Men can either register for the course (and save a few bucks) or drop-in when their interest and schedule allow. Manology acknowledges that this moment in culture is one of fast and profound change that affects all humanity.  Men as a major social group are affected. While Western women have been redefining their roles in society for decades, there have been very few places where men have been invited to examine and redefine their roles, relationships, and sense of purpose.

Manology is just such a place, where men are celebrated and supported, and are offered insight, experiences, and conversations on the physical, mental, and spiritual journey of manhood. Manology is a place to have fun, try out some new things, share stories, humor and knowledge, learn and to make new friendships. Sessions are interactive, friendly and experiential, not lectures.  It’s a great place to connect with yourself and other men in a safe, fun and positive atmosphere.  It’s an easy way to break out of patterns of emotional and social isolation.  Come and hang out!

Manology iManologyHColors for men who are interested in looking at how ideas about what a man is and is not, shape and influence us, in all areas of our lives.  Manology is delivered by a diverse team of educators and facilitators with a wide range of knowledge and skills to share with men.  Diversity is desired: men of all stages, backgrounds, philosophies, ethnicities and orientations are welcome.


The first session of the Monday drop-in course is FREE of charge for new men. 

Program Director – David Hatfield M.A., M.Ed.
David is a leadership consultant and educational facilitator specializing in transformative, experiential education.  His areas of focus are masculinity, conflict transformation, rites of passage and improvisational singing.  He is faculty at Citystudio and guest faculty at The Haven.  David’s work has been contracted nationally and internationally since 1998.  He holds an M.A. in Process Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies, and an M.Ed. in Social Ecology.   www.davidhatfield.ca   

Come connect with yourself and with other men in an atmosphere of fun, respectful, open-minded, positive masculinity.  For men 19 years of age and older.