An Evening of Story, Poetry & Song
A fundraising event for the Minnesota Men's Conference
| Mayflower Church, Minneapolis, MN
This is an open public event and a great opportunity to get a preview of the upcoming Men’s conference and experience for yourself the storytelling, the poetry, the music, and the mythical journey. Presenters: Martin Shaw, Danny Deardorff, Miguel Rivera, Malidoma Somé, Tom Gambell, Timothy Young, Thomas R. Smith, Jay Leeming . Bring your friends, spouses, family and any children who are “coming of age”. Especially welcome are Veterans and civilians affected by war and conflict, who can learn about the process of reconciliation through story, ritual and ceremony…
Mayflower Church, Minneapolis, MN
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Event DescriptionThis is an open public event and a great opportunity to get a preview of the upcoming Men's conference and experience for yourself the storytelling, the poetry, the music, and the mythical journey that makes this a major event in so many lives. Listen to Martin Shaw, Danny Deardorff, Miguel Rivera, Malidoma Somé, Tom Gambell, Timothy Young, Thomas R. Smith, Jay Leeming and many other friends. Bring your friends, spouses, family and any children who are "coming of age" to participate in this special evening. Especially welcome are Veterans and Civilians affected by war, protest, and conflict - who have the courage to approach reconciliation through story, ritual and ceremony, and possibly join the men-only conference during the next few days...
a musician and drummer, is a man who is in love with the language of sound. A regular teacher at this conference since 1993 it is always an honor to have Miguel teach drumming, read poetry, and in leading rituals and reaching out to new particpants. We are priviledged to have his guidance for our journey together during this conference
village elder, author, comes to us from the Dagara Tribe of West Africa. He an astonishing teacher, able to bring in ideas almost unheard of in the West. His first book was Of Water and The Spirit, and his latest book is The Healing Wisdom of Africa. Malidoma, as a representative of his village in Burkina Faso, West Africa, and an initiated elder, has come to the west to share the ancient wisdom and practices which have supported his people for thousands of years. African wisdom, so long held secret, is being called on to provide tools to enable us to move into a more peaceful and empowered way of being, both within ourselves, and within our communities.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
is the author of Dynamite on a China Plate, a book of poems published by The Backwaters Press. His poems have appeared in a variety of magazines including Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Poetry East and Black Warrior Review. He has been a featured reader at Butler University, the Omega Institute, Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference and the Woodstock Poetry Festival, and is the recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives and teaches in Ithaca, New York.
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.