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This two-day event will identify the damaging expectations of men that have been present in our lives and across society since… forever? Because once we identify those expectations, we can break them down, dispel the damaging beliefs surrounding them, and help men take steps toward becoming the best versions of themselves. 

 We’ll look at how vulnerability leads to strength, how awareness leads to personal growth, and how communication and introspection help us handle our critics, even when our own worst critics are ourselves. Once we identify the expectations we face, and the barriers to meeting them, we can set ourselves up for success to be better partners, fathers, sons, bosses, or employees.

Let’s learn to be more supportive of ourselves and others and redefine what it means to “be a man.” 

 *We use an inclusive definition of “man” and “male,” and we welcome trans men, genderqueer, and non-binary people. 

Saturday, January 25th - Sunday, January 26th

Camp Courage

8046 83rd St NW

Maple Lake, MN 55358

Schedule of the Weekend

Saturday, January 25th

9:00a - 10:00a - Retreat Attendees arrive at Camp Courage

10:00a - 11:30a - Welcome Activity

11:30a - 12:30p - Speaker - (Not So) Great Expectations - Nick Kesler

12:30p - 1:30p - Lunch

1:30p - 3:00p - Workshop - Shame on You - Mark Meier

3:00p - 5:30p - Movement Session - Leveraging Tension into Strength - Mark Schneider

5:30p - 6:30p - Dinner

6:30p - 8:00p - Workshop - Who Are You? - Patrick Rhone

8:00p - ?? - Freetime

Sunday, January 26th

7:00a - 8:30a - Run & Meditation - JC Lippold

8:30a - 9:30a - Breakfast

9:30a - 11:00a - Workshop - Get a Grip... on your finances - Art Lundgren

11:00a - 12:30p - Workshop - Authentic Vulnerability - JC Lippold

12:30p - 1:30p - Lunch

1:30p - 2:30p - Speaker - Man in the 21st Century - Jesse Ross

2:30p - 3:00p - Closing

Workshops & Speakers To Include:

Patrick Rhone - Who Are You?

The answer to that question for many of us is… Complicated. There’s the person you think you are, there’s the person others think you are, and there’s also the person you’d like to be. But who are You, really? Are any of those “Yous” an accurate reflection of who you are or who you’d like to be? If the things you are doing don’t align with who you think you are or who you would like to be, perhaps you need to change your tasks or adjust your aspirations. We will dig down deep into this and come up with some methods of how to bring all of the possible “Yous” into alignment with the real, singular, You.

Jesse Ross - Man in the 21st Century

What’s it like to be a man in an environment where the balance of power seems to be shifting in many different ways? Let’s talk about the importance of being an ally, how to support emerging voices -- both in the moment and behind the scenes -- without drowning them out, and how to maintain a seat at the table for life’s big conversations.

"(Not So) Great Expectations" with Nick Kesler

It’s tough being a man out there. We all carry the burden of expectations that have been placed on us since birth. Society, spouses, employers, kids, parents -- they all look to us to fill roles in their lives. But what are those roles? Do they tell us what they need from us, or are we just supposed to know? How do we acknowledge, ignore, or change these expectations to find balance in our lives?

“Shame on You” with Mark Meier

Rooted in many different places from throughout our life, shame is a prevalent and common emotion experienced by all people. For men, shame is often associated with money, career, parenting, partnering, and “fitting in” themes. When shame becomes toxic, it can destroy our sense of self, erode our ability to feel joy, and in the process make forming meaningful relationships nearly impossible. In this interactive session we will talk about where shame comes from, how it takes root, and just what to do about its noxious presence in our lives.

"Get a Grip... on your finances" with Art Lundgren

How do you determine your financial well-being? There are plenty of apps, advisors and media pundits willing to weigh in. There can be value in cutting through all this noise and assessing the situation for yourself. 

 This session will offer a few simple steps to gauge your financial situation. Once you know where you stand, you will be better able to think and talk about your position. This can offer powerful knowledge in making decisions and moving forward to a place of financial wellness. 

"Authentic Vulnerability" with JC Lippold

Paul Simon said it best: I am a rock. I am an island. And yet … what happens when we let down our guard and allow others to see inside us? It’s easier than it may seem. Find out how being authentically vulnerable can help you get to know your strengths better and open yourself to a world of new possibilities. We’ll learn some simple tools that you can keep in your backpocket so whenever you need to feel #allthethings and share that with others. 

"Leverage tension into strength" with Mark Schneider

Knowing how to build and use tension is key in building strength. This session will be physical as we learn and practice how to leverage the tensions we feel with anxiety, frustration, anger, and other mental states into a tool to become stronger and more resilient.Topics we will cover will include tension, strength, embodiment, power, eccentric loading, explosiveness and other ideas.

 Other Activities To Include:

Hiking Trails around Camp Courage


Other Things To Know:

- This retreat has a camp-style set up. You'll be boarding in a building (not a cabin) and will be bunking with others attending the retreat. Approximately 4 people per room/bathroom.

- Bed linens and a pillow are provided, and you will need to bring all other toiletries. (And if you're particular about bedding, we recommend bringing your own favorites!)

- Meals are provided (morning, lunch, evening) starting with lunch on Saturday and ending with lunch on Sunday. They are served buffet-style. Special requests are available for vegetarian and vegan diets as well as gluten-free and dairy-free options. If you have any other specific requests, be sure to add a note in the survey as you purchase a ticket.

- Limited snacks will be provided throughout the day, but feel free to bring your own as well. Note that any snacks or outside food cannot be consumed in the dining hall (for food allergy safety reasons).

- We recommend dressing comfortably and bringing proper clothing for outdoor winter walking (and depending on the activities you choose).

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