Bears at the Tree of Slumbering Honey

28th Annual Minnesota Men's Conference in Sturgeon Lake, MN

September 11-16, 2012   |   Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota  (map)

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We live in an era where society provides any number of steel traps to diminish and even eradicate men’s relationship to their instinctual nature. Rather than a strong connection to the majestic Lord of the Forest, many of us feel more like circus bears – performing numbed out dances for the obligations of wage or domestic pressures. We sense that somewhere inside us is a passion, a sense of vocation and service, but the gold remains out of sight – our honey slumbers on.

As we take account of our scarred paws and narrowed vision, it is right to turn again to the great arch of wilderness, myth and poetry that has for thousands of years equipped men to deepen, stay curious, and open to a divine wind of purpose that moves subtly through our lives.

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Robert Bly Martin Shaw Daniel Deardorff Tom Gambell Thomas R. Smith Timothy Young Doug von Koss Paul Henderson View Full Teacher Details

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Event Date:
September 11-16, 2012
Venue:
Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota (Google map)



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Event Description

We live in an era where society provides any number of steel traps to diminish and even eradicate men's relationship to their instinctual nature.  Rather than a strong connection to the majestic Lord of the Forest, many of us feel more like circus bears - performing numbed out dances for the obligations of wage or domestic pressures. We sense that somewhere inside us is a passion, a sense of vocation and service, but the gold remains out of sight - our honey slumbers on.

As we take account of our scarred paws and narrowed vision, it is right to turn again to the great arch of wilderness, myth and poetry that has for thousands of years equipped men to deepen, stay curious, and open to a divine wind of purpose that moves subtly through our lives.

This year at the Minnesota Men's Conference we will invoke the animal powers: through song, myth and fellowship. We will dare to align with our wild twin the bear, that lives just beyond the dark ridge of distant forest. We will explore courage, brooding, cunning, playfulness, solitude.  In a time heavily defended against it, we may just catch a glimpse of our beauty, and offer it up as some wild gesture of alliance to the living world. From cultures as rich as Siberia, the Pacific North West, Norway and Ireland, we will bring a word-hoard of ideas to re-confirm our alignment to both public generativity and the secretive den of our own passions.


War Veterans welcome! Co-sponsored by Soldier's Heart, Mythsinger Foundation, & Western Gate Roots and Wings Foundation.


Teachers

Robert Bly

internationally recognized and award-winning author and poet, helped found the modern men's movement. He has taught men how to create a home for what is best in them. He inspires both men and women to lead a life of intensity and beauty that brings them together into community.  Robert is a veteran of the WW2 era.

READ MORE: The Wind Isn't Depressed: Robert Bly Talks With Michael Ventura About Art, Madness, And The Joy Of Loss in the Sun Magazine: (Download PDF Article)

Martin Shaw

will be teaching from his brand new book 'A Branch From The Lightning Tree: Ecstatic Myth and the Grace in Wildness'. In it he is claiming we are societally addicted to the act of severance and have replaced Longing with Disappointment. This, in turn, creates a defense against our own beauty. For a step towards authentic leadership in men he is suggesting the ancient idea of a 'Road of Solitude and Road of Voice'; a cherising of silence, wilderness and interior listening met with the ability to articulate clearly and passionately the desires of our own lives. With a cluster of Initiatory myths, deft commentary and time on the land, Shaw proposes a 'Culture of Wildness' is possible, indeed vital, for a restoration of soul in men's lives.

Daniel Deardorff

As a gifted singer, musician, and storyteller, he brings the luminous mythological to the conference. Danny Deardorff carries mysteries into a new place. "Myth is a story that tells a sacred truth without the use of facts."

Tom Gambell

Tom walks the warrior path as a practitioner of compassionate self-defense. He is the Founder and Chief Instructor of East Bay Aikido in Oakland, CA. Having taught for more than 35 years, Tom is an insightful guide who, with humor and beauty, assists people in tapping into the power inherent in their own centeredness and presence. His classes emphasize bringing the metaphors of a martial practice into our daily lives as a source of strength and guidance. He is a 6th Degree Black Belt and a veteran of the Vietnam era.

Thomas R. Smith

poet & editor, says of his teaching: "Like many teachers, I teach what I myself would like to learn. Fear causes us to close and shield our hearts. Poetry can be a powerful counterforce to fear, but there is no formula for making it so. Together we explore the way, poem by poem." His books of poetry include: Waking Before Dawn, Winter Hours, The Dark Indigo Current: Poems, Horse of Earth, and he edited the book Walking Swiftly: Writings & Images on the Occasion of Robert Bly's 65th Birthday. Thomas R. Smith is a Master Track instructor at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Timothy Young

poet and teacher, taught at-risk youth in Minnesota before starting The Two Boots Poetry Tour, The Holtby House Concert Series, and Feeding The Story -- ventures which provide live music, poetry and stories in various communities, libraries, and schools. He has been with the Minnesota Men’s Conference in many capacities since its beginning.  In 2003 The Thousands Press and the Minnesota Men’s Conference published his book, Building in Deeper Water.  In 2010 Red Dragonfly Press published his latest book of poems, Herds of Bears Surround Us.

Doug von Koss

Doug joyously returns again this year to lead early morning chanting. Many participants return to this conference just to begin each day in “one voice” under his guidance. He teaches the vowel sounds as well as chants from the Near East and the West. He has published two CD's and a songbook, and travels widely to bring the magic of voice to communities worldwide. Join for a special tour of Bali each year! Greet the sunrise with him each day in a whirling circle of song!  Doug was a veteran of the Korean Conflict era.

Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson is a teacher, advocate and healer from Washington State.  A combat veteran, his work focuses on the issues  faced by all who are impacted by war and military service including veterans, family members and those in the society at war.  He serves on the board of directors for Soldier's Heart, an organization founded by Dr. Ed Tick and Kate Dahlstedt, dedicated to healing the soul wounds of veterans.  A certified breathwork facilitator, Paul uses breathwork as a portal to healing along with teaching and ritual focused on initiation and the warrior archetype

 




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