The facilitation team will work in pairs, each leading 4 sessions at a time.
Sept 14, 21, 29 , Oct 5 – David Hatfield and Ravi Patel
Oct 13, 19, 26, Nov 2 – Nigel Mojica and Jay Wade
Nov 9, 16, 23, Dec 1 – Aslam Bulbulia and Andy Martin
Dec 7 – Free night, reflection, party, chill – all facilitators
Aslam is a new settler on Coast Salish territories from South Africa. He has worked around the world as an educator, specialising in communication across cultures. He has a background in arts activism, dialogue, facilitation and planning. He currently works on community and youth engagement initiatives around Vancouver through numerous roles including Community Engagement Coordinator for SFU’s Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies. He is constantly looking for ways to live the multiple perspectives on decoloniality he embodies.
David Hatfield is the founder of Manology. He is a leadership consultant and process facilitator, specializing in masculinity, conflict facilitation, facilitation and leadership training, and improvisational singing. His program design and delivery have been contracted nationally and internationally since 1998. David has led workshops and courses with over 20,000 boys and men in Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Spain, USA, and was the first Canadian coordinator for International Men’s Day. He is faculty at City University, and guest faculty at The Haven, where he founded A Gathering of Men. David holds an M.A. in Process Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies from the Process Work Institute in the USA and an M.Ed. in Social Ecology from the University of Western Sydney in Australia. www.davidhatfield.ca
Andy is a love-centred, justice-oriented community planner working at the intersection of collaborative process facilitation, strategic planning, collective healing and regenerative design. He endeavours to create supportive spaces for meaningful community connection and flourishing in his consulting work for community groups, non-profits, First Nations and other governments. He also facilitates workshops, healing circles and ceremonies with queer men’s groups including the Radical Faeries, Ignite Festival and Queer Heart Festival. He has a passion for permaculture and cooperative culture, and in his free time can be found frolicking in costal forests and swimming in the Salish Sea.
Filipino-Canadian facilitator, host, voice narrator, and counselling psychology masters student born and raised on Coast Salish lands. My recent work has largely been in mental health support, marketing and communications, social innovation, and the arts. I am currently a psychotherapist in training at Adler University and Co-Host of the RADIUS Fellowship program. Creatively, I am a hip hop vocalist, radio host, writer, and arts-based facilitator, and work from a place of loving language, centering personal relationships, and welcoming new (un)learning opportunities. Favourite pastimes include music, friendship, and being in or near water.
I am a Senior Product Manager with 5-years experience across education tech, HR tech and climate finance tech. I am driven by social impact and the potential to help others. In March 2020, I started a COVID-19 financial relief aid fundraiser (https://ca.gofundme.com/f/help-covid19-coming-together-vancouver), where we raised and distributed $66k to over 700 individuals in need of urgent financial aid. I sit on the working Board of Megaphone, where we help people who are low-income and homeless, find meaningful work. Given my experiences and values, I am hugely passionate about building empowered product teams and creating products that are grounded through the lens of ethics.
Jay Wade is excited and passionate about mentoring youth, exploring wild spaces and walking a path of spiritual discovery. He is an environmental educator, backcountry guide and facilitator of a young men’s group with the Vancouver School Board. You can find Jay climbing trees, playing guitar, chasing a Frisbee, or watching birds at his sit spot. He is training as a leader at The Haven.
Instructors from previous Manology sessions:
Jeff Balin is a leadership coach, consultant, and faculty member at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, working with socially minded corporate, independent, and non-profit clients since 2002. Jeff brings over 20 years of business experience to his professional practice of helping professionals and leaders successfully integrate core values and vision into their work. www.jeffbalin.com
Ara Beittoei has always been passionate about chasing tough problems that are worth working on and which ultimately allow us to understand the essence of who we are and what we can create. This interest has led him on a journey from studying mechanical engineering, sustainability science and complex social problems, to working in community based experiential learning at UBC and the Local Economic Development Lab (LEDlab) at SFU. He recently completed a Social Innovation Certificate at SFU which he used as a platform to explore Men’s Work and start his own Men’s Group. He loves the opportunity and space that this group has provided him in connecting with other men on a whole new level.
Joe Bickson has stepped into the world of organizational transformation. He has learned that asking people to question their fundamental assumptions about their businesses and themselves requires him to ask these same questions of himself – not easy in a world that values bravado over humility. Joe graduated with a BA in Communications and Dialogue from Simon Fraser University. He has interned at institute B – social impact incubator, participated in CityStudio Innovation Lab, and in Social Ventures Institute. Joe has participated in leadership and development programs with a focus on effective coaching, and co-created a start-up business to recycle wood waste in Vancouver.
Eric Bowers is a Nonviolent Communication Trainer with training in Breathwork, Somatic-Based Therapies, and Plant Medicine Therapy. Eric is the author of Meet Me In Hard-to-Love Places: The Heart and Science of Relationship Success, a book that brings together NVC, Attachment Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Shadow Work. As a musician, Eric performs as The Golden Repair. He writes songs about the challenges and adventures found in healing our inner wounds and in following our biggest dreams and deepest callings. You can also find Eric playing drums and didgeridoo at Ecstatic Dance events. www.roadtocompassion.com and www.patreon.com/thegoldenrepair.
Graemme Brown, Dip.C, has been associated with The Haven on Gabriola Island for 29 years, with special interest and expertise in the philosophy of Virginia Satir and Jungian shadow work. He has worked closely with Maria Gomori, Linda Nicholls, David Raithby and others in a wide range of programs and is a Haven core programs leader in training. Graemme is also a highly regarded recording engineer, whose love of music and the creative process informs much of his approach to personal development training.
Glen Callender is a Vancouver-based writer, performance artist, and founder of the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project (CAN-FAP). Glen takes his acclaimed educational-comedy tent show *Foreskin Awareness Booth* to fairs and festivals in Canada and the USA. Glen leads *Foreskin 101*, a regular workshop on the anatomy and pleasure potential of the intact penis at Vancouver’s The Art of Loving.
Ryan Cho teaches Social Justice 12 & sponsors a “gender equity” club at Terry Fox Secondary School in Port Coquitlam, BC. He sits on the BCTF Anti- Racism advisory committee and has done curriculum development for the CCPA’s Climate Justice Project (http://www.teachclimatejustice.ca) and the documentary film “Fractured Land” exploring the impact of colonialism and of indigenous perspectives on resource development in BC. Originally from Victoria, he’s lived in the lower mainland for 10 years, and spends most of his non-work time making music and doing capoeira.
Shakil Choudhury is the Program Director at Anima Leadership. He is a diversity and leadership consultant with more than 20 years experience leading and building teams locally, nationally, and internationally. An award-winning educator and author, he specializes in anti-discrimination and equity issues, conflict resolution as well as emotional intelligence. www.animaleadership.com
Marlies Dahler is a bodyworker, body reader, breathing coach and has been helping people embody since 2000. She holds a Diploma in Counseling from The Haven Institute on Gabriola Island, and is a Registered Massage Therapist.
Jai Djwa is a social entrepreneur and the founder and President of Agentic Communications. He is a certified Internet Marketing specialist with 15 years experience in the high-technology industry. He’s worked for Fortune 500 companies, high-tech start-ups, and not-for-profit organizations. He holds an MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. www.phillipdjwa.com
Camille Dumond has worked at the crossroads of healing and social justice for over 15 years. She currently works in social innovation at RADIUS where she is manager of the Refugee Livelihood Lab. Camille also serves as faculty with the Inner Activist Project, where she bridges her interests in power relations, marginalization, spirituality and inner work through course offerings such as “Conscious Use of Power” and “Building Strong and Respectful Relationships”. She holds Masters Degrees in Adult Education, Counselling Psychology and Process Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies.
Dr. Don Dutton is a professor of Psychology at UBC. His research interests include: psychology of violence and applications of social psychology to the criminal justice system, and personality disorders. He is well known for his research on domestic violence and has published over 100 papers and 10 books. www.drdondutton.com
Dr. Stacy Elliott is a Sexual Medicine Physician whose interests lie in the sexual and reproductive consequences of medical or surgical problems, particularly neurological disability. She is a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Urologic Sciences, University of British Columbia, Director of the BC Center for Sexual Medicine, Co-Director for the Vancouver Sperm Retrieval Clinic, Medical Director of the Men’s Sexual Assessment and Rehabilitation Service (SARC) at the Prostate Center.
Neil Ferguson is a long-standing member of Manology. He is a Registered Therapeutic Counselor RTC, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner SEP, BBTRS-Breath therapy practitioner, and uses Hakomi (a body centered psychotherapy) in his therapy practice in working with trauma. His therapeutic interests include working with early developmental trauma (pre-verbal periods), Internal Family Systems, attachment theory and Reichian Therapy. He has a strong passion for leading group processes and working with men. www.nferguson.com
Vince Gowmon is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor and Certified Professional Co-Active (Life) Coach who also offers BioDynamic Breathwork sessions as well as alternative healing or ceremonial work using the power of ritual and music. https://www.vincegowmon.com/
Greg Gurel has been specializing in anger and conflict work for 15 years in both a private counselling practice and as a workshop facilitator. His interest in anger started many years ago when he began to link his own struggles with control, perfectionism and his desire to be recognized, with the feeling of anger. www.RightTimetoTalk.ca
Dr. Catherine Hajnal – Grief Educator. Catherine facilitates an understanding of loss and the process of grieving. As an advocate for healthy grieving, she brings awareness to the ways in which society disenfranchises grievers. She wholeheartedly supports tapping into the transformative potential of loss. Threads of meaning woven throughout her life include health, well-being, empowerment, and purpose. www.catherinehajnal.com
Tada Hozumi is a movement-based expressive arts therapist, street dancer and artist. In the community, Tad is passionate about working with youth through hip hop dance forms. As a co-founder of Another Space, Tad brings forward his experience as a movement artist to the table. His work primarily focuses on the body as a site for deep self-healing for individual and community. Among his interests are breath work, voice, dance, imagination, trauma, performance, improvisation, energetics, connection, sexuality and oppression.
Dawn Howlett is a SoulCollage facilitator based in the Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island. She has a passion for art, music and exploring meaning in those things we are drawn to the most. She has been sharing SoulCollage with groups for 4 years. www.hearttohome.ca
Angelo Lam is President and Co-founder of Jump Start Solutions Inc. He has a Masters in Social Work and works with non-profits organizations to develop service programs for emerging community trends. Angelo facilitates a program for MOSAIC to increase the successful involvement of immigrant and refugee fathers in their families.
Sequoia Thom Lundy MA I facilitate men moving beyond our fears of other men to experience heartful connection, using skills drawn from Life Coaching, movement/breathing/vocalizing, and intentional touch. Since 1987, I have led Men In Touch workshops and retreats throughout North America, bringing men of diverse sexual orientations together in the spirit of nurturing and authentic contact. www.MenInTouch.org
Ray McGinnis is the author of Writing the Sacred. He has published poems in a number of chapbooks edited by poet, Patrick Lane, as well Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine. He has taught over 9,000 people in his workshops across North America. Living in Vancouver, he takes each day, one poem at a time. www.writetotheheart.com.
I’m a somatic therapist, group workshop facilitator and teacher who combines more than 20 years of experience in body-mind therapies, Eastern medicine, meditation and emotional release work. My work is about helping you connect to the unexamined and unexpressed parts of yourself, release trauma and chronic emotional stress, and supporting your journey to a healthier, authentic and more passionate life. www.sacredinquiry.com
Kevin Millsip is the Co-founder and the past Executive Director of Next Up, a national leadership program for next generation social change leaders.. He is currently an advisor to the Next Up programs. He has driven social change both locally and nationally. As the former Director and Co-founder of Check Your Head, he worked with thousands of high school age youth to become involved in global justice issues and through Get Your Vote On – a non-partisan campaign that he co-founded in 2004 – has run campaigns to register thousands of young people to vote in BC elections. He’s dabbled in municipal politics where he served as a Vancouver School Board Trustee. He lives and works in Vancouver on the shared lands of th xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh (Squamish) & səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Coast Salish people.
Dr. John Oliffe is Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, UBC. His research program is primarily focused on gender and health. He has expertise in men’s health and masculinity including men’s mental health, gender relations in the context of men’s depression, smoking cessation and immigrant health.
Julie Peters is a spoken word poet, yoga teacher, studio owner, and workshop facilitator in Vancouver, BC. She has a Master’s in Canadian Poetry from McGill University, teaches poetry workshops to high school students and corporate teams, and has twice represented Vancouver in the Women of the World Poetry Slam.
Raema Quam Drawing from her background in social work, policy advocacy, consulting and program management, Raema brings a unique and nuanced perspective to gender work. She is a lawyer and holds a BSW from the University of Victoria, Canada and completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in San Francisco.
Ela’s greatest heart’s desire is to invite everyone to create communities that expand consciousness through self inquiry. To this end, Ela has taken course and initiations with some of the world’s most renowned spiritual leaders including: the Dalai Lama, Dr. Carlos de Leon, Dr. Vernon Wolf, Juan Ruiz Naupari and Mantak Chia. She is a certified Transformative Breath® Facilitator. www.BlissfulBreathing.com
Derek Roelofsen is an registered nurse currently working in Public Health with children and youth. Derek is involved in a variety of research and programming initiatives related to young men’s health. He holds a BSc in Nursing from McMaster University, and a BA in Native Studies from Trent University. Derek is currently pursuing his MSc in Nursing at UBC.
Bettina Rothe is a licensed 5Rhythms® dance teacher and has studied healing movement arts, psychology, meditation, and shamanic practices. She has been teaching movement and meditation workshops internationally since 1998. Bettina is passionate about bringing people together to create soulful gatherings in an open and loving environment. bettinarothe.com
Julia Saunders, Director of SLI Education Inc. holds a Masters in Sexual Health Education and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about sexuality to her entertaining and informative workshops. Holistic and innovative, Julia’s sessions focus on dialogue and real tools to apply to health sexuality, over the life span.www.slieducation.com
Sequoia Thom MA
I facilitate men moving beyond our fears of other men to experience heartful connection, using skills drawn from Life Coaching, movement/breathing/vocalizing, and intentional touch. Since 1987, I have led Men In Touch workshops and retreats throughout North America, bringing men of diverse sexual orientations together in the spirit of nurturing and authentic contact. www.MenInTouch.org
Kyle Shaughnessy is a Metis, trans, queer storyteller and registered social worker who grew up in rural BC. He has supported transgender youth and their families in varying capacities since 2001 and has strong background in youth education and queer and trans community building. Through his enthusiasm for writing, facilitating and public
speaking, Kyle firmly believes in the power of personal narrative to connect queer and trans experiences and create social change.
Lisa Voth M.A., RCC
I work with play with individuals and groups interested in increasing lightness, response-ability and flexibility in their lives. With a background in theatre and body-based counselling and over a decade of studying, teaching, performing and apprenticing in the area of Clown, I am weaving them all together. I love the ways we can de-stabilize, play with, and re-create new ways of being and knowing both as individuals and as a society. www.necessaryshenanigans.com
John Weiss is a Medical Qi Gong practitioner, a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and a Life/Art Facilitator certified by the Tamalpa Institute in San Francisco, California. He has been immersed in his love of movement and art of more than 15 years. His passion is to explore and share the wonderful resources and tools that human movement provides to enrich one’s life. www.movingintoawareness.com
Lucas Wilson is a queer, trans settler living and working on unceded Coast Salish Territories. He is a passionate LGTBQ Youth Working with a person-centered perspective and a firm believer that individuals are experts of their own lives and entitled to define their own experiences. Lucas works to support queer and trans youth as well as their peers, families and service providers, through one-on-one support, advocacy and education.
Don Wright MEd is the founder and Executive Director of the Victoria Male Survivors of Sexual Assault Society and the Vancouver Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, which were consolidated in 1997 to form the British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse. As well as fulfilling his duties as Executive Director, Don travels throughout western Canada providing training to professionals in the sexual abuse field, and consultation to government—both Provincial and Federal—on various projects related to victims of crime and criminal justice. Mr. Wright served on the Board of Directors of the National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization for six years. In November 2001, the B.C. Human Rights Coalition awarded Mr. Wright with a human rights medal of honor for his pioneering work in this field. http://bc-malesurvivors.com
My passion is allowing people to see the power and beauty of their unique sexual expression. I’m a tantric masseur practicing in Vancouver, incorporating elements of contact improv, Buddhist meditation, yoga and tantric practices. I strive to create spaces where people feel safe, appreciated, and honoured, in body, heart and mind. I facilitate Men In Touch events and have my private massage & yoga practice at: http://www.gaymassagevancouver.com