HIDDEN WINE presents
22nd Annual Mens Conference

22nd Annual Minnesota
Men's Conference

September 12-17, 2006
Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake, MN

Robert Bly
Martín Prechtel
Haki Madhubuti
Daniel Deardorff
Tom Gambell
& Doug von Koss

original painting by Martín Prechtel

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What Is Stealing the
Courage of So Many Men?

Special Evening Event: Sept. 11

Their Arms Outstretched into the Night:

A night with two ecstatics

Robert Bly and Martín Prechtel

Monday, Sept. 11th, 2006

Sundin Hall, Hamlin University
8:00 PM, tickets: $15 /$10 for students

More information:

Hamline University — Sundin Hall

People say that our grandfathers and great-grandfathers once played a golden harp. But the story of Jack in the Beanstalk says that the harp was stolen by "The Giant". What have you found useful for protecting yourself and your children from the Giant? For a long time now we have been stuck in the cupboard, watching the giant with his unending greedy appetite devour the world. Haki Madhubuti, who will be teaching this year, would probably agree that the US is exhibiting absolutely astonishing giant-behavior in the larger world. We can all talk about that. Robert will describe the ways the giant keeps both men and women from growing up.

Happily, Martin Prechtel, our good friend and author of many books including "Stealing Benefacio's Roses", is returning this year and he will tell the story that the week's teachings will be woven around, "The Dreaming Boy and the Golden Fish". Miguel Rivera will be here this year, as the drum master, bringing in the joy of the drum. Danny Deardorff will sing and tell stories; maybe he will tell how in native American culture the coyote saves himself from The Giant.

Robert Bly will read some new poems, as well as parts of his just-finished translation of "Peer Gynt" by Ibsen. Thomas Smith, Jay Leeming, and Timothy Young will guide the poetry workshops, perhaps experimenting with the renga form in which six or seven men contribute one line each to a poem in the Japanese linked form. Doug von Koss returns once again to lead us in songs of great joy and sorrow that are always aimed toward immense beauty.

Please join us at this conference where we look forward to being together for a week with old friends and new ones.

inks to more information on the TEACHERS:

Robert Bly
Martín Prechtel
Haki Madhubuti
Daniel Deardorff
Tom Gambell
Doug von Koss

History of the conference:

Scholarship Fund


For more information call:
Craig Ungerman (860) 923-6987

for registration click here

email: hiddenwine@earthlink.net

The Teachers in 2006


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.

Interview in the Rake Magazine January 2004

The Wind Isn't Depressed:
Robert Bly Talks With Michael Ventura About Art, Madness, And The Joy Of Loss in the Sun Magazine
May 2004- Robert Bly and Michael Ventura

download interview with Robert Bly and Michael Ventura in the Sun Magazine 2004

Haki Madhubuti
Haki Madhubuti is a poet, essayist, and editor. His poetry, which began to appear in the 1960s, was written in black dialect and slang and via his influence on the late 60s/early 70s recording group, The Last Poets is a strong predecessor of the 90s music style called Rap. His work is characterized both by anger at social and economic injustice and by rejoicing in African-American culture. His first six volumes of poetry were published in the 1960s. The verse collection
Don't Cry, Scream (1969) became widely acclaimed.

An advocate of independent Black institutions, Haki founded the Third World Press in 1967, and he established the Institute of Positive Education in Chicago, a school for black children, in 1969. He is the author of 19 books. Among his poetry collections published are
Book of Life (1973), Killing Memory, Seeking Ancestors (1987), and GroundWork: New and Selected Poems from 1966-1996 (1996). He also wrote From Plan to Planet--Life Studies: The Need for Afrikan Minds and Institutions (1973) and an essay collection, Enemies: The Clash of Races (1978). Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous has sold in excess of 750,000 copies.

His latest book Yellow Black: The First Twenty-One Years of a Poet's Life, a Memoir, has incredible insights into the beginnings of a poet's life. Among his honors and awards are an American Book Award (1991) and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is currently a professor of English and Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center at Chicago State University.

Martín Prechtel
A master of eloquence and innovative language, Martín Prechtel is a leading thinker, writer and teacher whose work, both written and oral, hopes to promote the subtlety, irony and pre-modern vitality hidden in any living language. His life, the well known subject of his previous books Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and Long Life, Honey in the Heart, took him from his native New Mexico upbringing, as a half-blood Native American, from a Pueblo Indian reservation to the village of Santiago Atitlan where he eventually served the Tzutujil Mayan population as a full village member becoming a principal in the body of village leaders, responsible for instructing the young people in the meanings of their ancient stories that took place in the rituals of adult rights of passage.

Martín once again resides in his native New Mexico. Teaching internationally through story, music, ritual and writing, Martín helps people in many lands to retain their diversity while remembering their own sense of place in the daily sacred through the search for the Indigenous Soul. Broadly cherished, Martín's third book,
The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun: Ecstasy and Time, has become a runaway, underground hit. Martín’s fourth book, The Toe Bone and the Tooth was enthusiastically received in 2003 and is now out in paperback.

Daniel Deardorff
As a gifter singer, musician, and storyteller, retruen to the conference bringing in the luminous mythological. Danny Deardorff carries mysteries into a new place. The place is nourishing, startling and full of intelligence. As author of the book The Other Within:The Genius of Deformity in Myth, Culture, & Psyche, a amazing study of the real and imagined 'other,' Deardorff has given us a valuable roadmap to the profound regions of Story.

Danny Deardorff has been a composer and a performing artist for more than three decades. As an independent scholar of myth Deardorff's emphasis is on mythopoesis [myth-making] and the performative aspects of mythic expression.

"Myth is a story that tells a sacred truth without the use of facts."
—Daniel Deardorff

Tom Gambell: a 6th degree Black Belt, is a returning teacher this year. He has taught Aikido for 25 years, and is now the Chief Instructor of Eastbay Aikido in Oakland, CA. He teaches that once the principles of Aikido are embodied, they become a source of strength and guidance in everyday living. He will do workshops that will be open to all participants each day on the art of compassionate self-defense.

Doug von Koss 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.

The 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,
Haki Madhubuti 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.

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!


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?

What will Heal the Wounded King?

2003The Dragon of Grandiosity

The Souls Survival When Things Fall Apart

Three Roots, Three Roads, Three Dances

links to past Mn Men's Conferences

Recommended Books:

Robert Bly:
The Insanity of Empire;
Iron John;
My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy.
The Winged Energy of Delight;
The Urge to Travel Long Distances
The Night Abraham Called To The Stars;
Morning Poems;
Eating the Honey of Words

Martín Prechtel:
Secrets of the Talking Jaguar;
Long Life, Honey in the Heart;
The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun: Ecstasy and Time;
Steling Benfacio's Roses

Haki Madhubuti:
Don't Cry, Scream;
Book of Life;
Killing Memory;
Seeking Ancestors;
GroundWork: New and Selected Poems from 1966-1996; Yellow Black: The First Twenty-One Years of a Poet's Life, a Memoir

Danny Deardorff:
The Other Within: The Genius of Deformity in Myth, Culture, & Psyche

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

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

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22nd Annual Minnesota Men’s Conference, Sept 12-17th, 2006
Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota
Attendance will be limited to 90 adult men and 30 young men.

Cost : $700 Adult Men, $375 young men

After your registration is received, a confirmation letter with conference details will be sent.

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 $75 paid in advance.

The bus will be at the airport by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 12th and will leave for the camp by 3:30pm.

The bus will return to the airport on Sunday, September 17th 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 1/2 hours after the bus arrives back to the airport.

By Car: Camp Miller is located 100 miles north of the Twin Cities, just off Interstate 35. 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.

Additional Logistical Details for Minnesota Men's Conference:

The bus will be at the airport by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 12th and will leave for the camp by 3:30pm.

For more Information call Craig Ungerman at Hidden Wine:
Call in US
phone 860 923-6987

email: hiddenwine@earthlink.net

Conference Cost :(Conference costs include all lodging and meals)

Adult Men
: $700, registration deposit: $150.00

Young Men: (ages 13-20) $375, registration deposit: $75.00

Refund Policy:
All Deposits Refundable until August 1st, 2006 less $30 handling fee, after August 1st all deposits are non-refundable
Balance of fee Refundable until Sept 1st, 2006 less $30 handling fee, after Sept 1st all feees are non-refundable

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