17th Annual
Minnesota Mens Conference

Sept. 11th-26th, 2001

Robert Bly
Malidoma Somé
John Lee
Martín Prechtel
Miguel Rivera
Doug von Koss
and Craig Ng

Who is the Friend
of the Hidden One?

The Minnesota Men’s Conference is delighted to welcome back Malidoma Somé, Martín Prechtel and John Lee this year. Malidoma, from Burkina Faso, has written an autobiography, Of Water and the Spirit and is a fine lecturer. Martín Prechtel, author of Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and Long Life, Honey in the Heart and another book coming out soon, will bring his wagonload of stories and his gratitude to the universe. John Lee's subject will be the modern culture of America where, as we know, a 40 year old can become a 5 year old in a matter of a second. He will read from his new book Growing Yourself Back Up. Robert Bly will be here for the whole conference this year, and will read from his new book of poems, The Night Abraham Called to the Stars.

After ten years, we are returning in our thought to the theme of Enkidu, the Hidden One, and the relation of this energy to our souls and our practical lives.

A new emphasis this year will be on masks. Do masks carry us to the place midway between ourselves and animals or midway between ourselves and grief? Perhaps, the mask helps to give a throne perhaps for the animal or plant soul.

Miguel Rivera will be with us, with his drums and knowledge.  It may be possible that Miguel’s friend, the Guatemalan poet Humberto Ak’abal, the translation of whose work began at the Minnesota Men’s Conference four years ago and who has just received a visa to the United States, will be here. Craig Ng will teach the martial arts to young and old. Doug Von Koss will be back for early morning singing.


Robert Bly will give several talks, including one on "Reading Iron John Ten Years Later." He will lead the evening of Sufi singing and poetry, and will read as well from his new book of poems, "The Night Abraham Called to the Stars." Last year he received the McKnight Distinquished Artist Award given
by the McKnight Foundation."

Martín Prechtel will return to the conference this year, telling ancient stories, and share his knowledge learned from his experiences as ritualist and initiator of men among the Tzutujil Maya of Guatemala.

Malidoma Somé is a member of the Dagara Tribe of West Africa. He has been fully initiated into the Wisdom Traditions of his culture, and brings his knowledge to share with the West through his writings, workshops and lectures.

John Lee has committed 20 years of his life to helping people live richer and fuller lives by teaching them to release the emotions trapped inside their bodies. His insightful wisdom and unique exercises will help you in your relationships, work environment, and life in general.

Miguel Rivera, 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 assist Martín in leading rituals and reaching out to new particpants.

Doug von Koss returns again this year to lead early morning chanting circles explore the sung and spoken Languages of the Heart from many world cultures and spiritual traditions.

Additional Links for more information:
Robert Bly , John Lee, Malidoma Somé, Martín Prechtel, Doug von Koss

Conference History

The Minnesota Men’s Conference was started by Robert Bly in 1984. This was shortly after the interview between Keith Thompson and Robert Bly called “What do Men Really Want?” This first conference, as well as all the ones following have included the telling of old stories, the gifts of poetry, making music together and opening our hearts to grief, which sometimes appears when men who trust each other gather together for a few days.

This conference has been blessed with many fine teachers such as Etheridge Knight, James Hillman, Michael Meade, and Terry Dobson in the 1980’s.

Aaron Kipnis, John Lee and Robert Moore joined us in the 1990’s. In 1993 with the addition of Malidoma Somé, Miguel Rivera, Onaje Benjamin and Martín Prechtel, the conference moved towards a richer diversity of thought and a deeper connection to our ancestors. In the last few years we have begun to ask that men who have been given the honey of the old stories and soul teaching give some of this sweetness back to younger men. So again we are inviting 30 young men between the ages of 13 and 20 to attend this years conference.

We are asking all the men to reach back toward young men-both the fathered and the fatherless—and to work out rituals and ways of communication in order to offer to the younger men what the culture as whole does not.

Past Themes

1984—What Do Men Dance About?

1985—Bringing Back the Gold! Men, Failure and Harvest

1986—Men’s Work in World: Leaving the Father’s House

1987—Animal Truths, Imagination and Danger: On the Track of Male Nature

1988—Passion and Purpose in the Male Psyche

1989—Developing the King: Inside and Outside

1990—Men in Community: Men in Ritual

1992—Men in Relationships

1993—The Hostile Brother

1994—The Generous Mothers and the Angry Mothers: Giving Gifts to Both

1995—Shimmering Flowers on the Community Tree: Growing Into Our Ancestor’s Faces

1996—The Adolescent Society and the Way Men Are

1997—Reaching Back to Younger Men

1998—Tracking Our Own Souls: Men in Nature and the Nature of Men

1999—Old Grandmother Growth: Men, boys and the Trickster

2000—Feasting the Mother Bear

2001—Who is the Friend of the Hidden One?

Conference Site

This years conference will be held once again
at Camp Miller, a beautiful YMCA camp on
100+ acres of woods, fields and waterfront,
on Sturgeon Lake 100 miles north of the
Twin Cities. The cabins, dining room and
main meeting lodge are a combination of
rustic and modern. The camp staff are superb,
the food is excellent and the sauna is always hot!

Scholarship Fund

The Minnesota Men’s Conference is supported entirely by participant fees and individual donations to the scholarship fund. Help reach out to a young man by sponsoring him to this year’s conference. Please send a check or money order for $10, $25, $50, even a full scholarship

Recommended Books:

Malidoma Somé, Of Water and the Spirit
Martín Prechtel, Secrets of the Talking Jaguar,
Martín Prechtel, Long Life, Honey in the Heart
John Lee, Growing Yourself Back Up
Robert Bly, Iron John,
Robert Bly, The Night Abraham Called to the Stars
Humberto Ak’abal, Poems I Brought Down from the Mountain

Additional Links for more information:
Robert Bly , John Lee, Malidoma Somé, Martín Prechtel, Doug von Koss

These books may be ordered from:
Ally Press,
524 Orleans Street
St. Paul, 55107
email: pferoe@pclink.com
612-291-2652 in Minnesota

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updated program materials and information.

Click here to link to other Hidden Wine events
this year and other online resources

17th Minnesota Men’s Conference, Sept. 11 - 16, 2001
Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota
Attendance will be limited to 90 adult men and 30 young men.

After your registration is received, a confirmation letter with conference details will be sent.
For our out-of-state guests, a charter bus will be available to transport you to and from the
camp from the Twin Cities airport. The conference registration will begin at 4:00 pm, September 11.
The conference will end at 1:00 pm on September 16.

For more information, call Craig Ungerman at Hidden Wine, ,
email: hiddenwine@earthlink.net

Conference Cost (Conference costs include all lodging and meals)

Adult Men: $ 595, registration deposit: $150.00

Young Men (ages 13-20) $295, registration deposit: $75.00

Refundable until August 1st, less $25 handling fee

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A confirmation letter will be mailed or e-mailed on receipt of your registration deposit.
For out-of town guests a charter bus will be available to transport you
to and from the Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) airport and Camp Miller ( see update below )

Space is limited. Please register early. Make check payable and send to:

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By Air:
If you are traveling by air, you will be arriving at the Mpls/St. Paul International Airport. We have reserved a charter bus to take you to and from the camp. The cost for this is $55 paid in advance.

A conference participant will meet you at the baggage claim level by Gate 4. Look for the sign, "Men's Conference". The bus will be at the airport by 3:00pm on Tuesday, Sept. 11th and will leave for the camp by 3:30pm.

The bus will return to the airport on Sunday, September 16th no later than 3:30pm. Please try to arrange your flights so that you arrive at least 1 hour before the bus departs from the airport and 1 hour after the bus arrives back to the airport. Please include flight arrangements on the enclosed return form. If your flight is delayed and you miss the bus, call Mark Stanley on his cell phone at 612-801-7355 and he will attempt to arrange a ride for you.

By Car: To get to the camp, take Interstate 35 to the Sturgeon Lake exit. Go east approximately 1/4 mile to the Red Oak Inn, turn left and go approximately 1/4 mile to the Camp Miller entrance, which is on the right.

for more info click here to link to other Hidden Wine events in 2001 and other online resources

See Previous 2000 Men's Conference info

See Previous 1999 Men's Conference info

See Previous 1998 Men's Conference info

History of Men's Conferences

Martin Prechtel website for his year 2001 schedule- at FloweringMountain.com

Robert Bly from 1997 mens conference flyer

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