25th Annual Minnesota Men’s Conference

Where Is Iron John Now?

  |   Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake, MN

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Twenty five years have passed since the first Minnesota Men’s Conference and what has happened?

Men’s work began by asking what sort of fathering and mentoring was possible for young men inside their own families and within the culture as a whole.

There is a deep hunger for intelligent leadership from adult men. It seems clear that many men have become involved in the complicated work of fathering and mentoring young men and women, yet it is also clear there’s a lot more to be done.

In the early 80’s Robert Bly used the story of “Iron John” to lay out a map of the soul’s…

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Robert Bly Miguel Rivera John Lee Martin Shaw Daniel Deardorff Tom Gambell Thomas R. Smith Orland Bishop Timothy Young Jay Leeming Doug von Koss View Full Teacher Details

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Event Description

Twenty five years have passed since the first Minnesota Men’s Conference and what has happened?

Men’s work began by asking what sort of fathering and mentoring was possible for young men inside their own families and within the culture as a whole.

There is a deep hunger for intelligent leadership from adult men. It seems clear that many men have become involved in the complicated work of fathering and mentoring young men and women, yet it is also clear there's a lot more to be done.

In the early 80's Robert Bly used the story of "Iron John" to lay out a map of the soul's journey in maturing the deep masculine. This year as we retell the story “Iron John”, we will ask those new to this story, and those who have lived it: 'Where are we now in this story? What is valuable about this story of Iron John?' What other stories do we need?

Eleven gifted teachers will collaborate and celebrate this 25th Anniversary of the Conference. Mythtellers Daniel Deardorff and Martin Shaw will join with Robert Bly in a wild three-way retelling of the "Iron John" story. John Lee will offer his profound insight into how we can navigate the trouble of regression and men's anger. Miguel Rivera, with his deep feeling for the indigenous world of nature and ritual, will help us stay connected to these primary sources of the masculine heart. Orland Bishop returns with his eloquence and extensive experience with at-risk youth to show us a path toward the mentoring of youth. Tom Gambell, with his compassionate, open-hearted Aikido, and Doug Von Koss, with his love song arrows, will engage us in two ancient expressions: the power of movement and the power of song. Timothy Young, Thomas Smith, and Jay Leeming will lead us through the forest of words to find our own poems of depth and praise.

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)

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 in leading rituals and reaching out to new particpants. We are priviledged to have his guidance for our journey together during this conference

John Lee

is a leader in raising awareness of men's issues in psychology, psychotherapy, personal growth, and recovery. John's highly innovative work in the fields of emotional intelligence, anger management and emotional regression has made him an in demand consultant, teacher, trainer, coach and speaker. His contributions in the fields of recovery, relationships, men's issues, spirituality, parenting and creativity have put him in the national spotlight for over twenty years. John is the best-selling author of The Flying Boy: Healing the Wounded Man, which reveals why men run from relationships. He has also published fifteen other books on relationships, recovery, spirituality, creativity and anger. John taught at the universities of Texas and Alabama and maintained a private practice and founded The Austin Men's Center in Austin, Texas.

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

Orland Bishop

combines a deep dedication to human rights advocacy and cultural renewal with an extensive study of medicine, naturopathy, psychology and indigenous cosmologies. He was a research fellow with the Center for the Study of Violence and Social Change at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles and has consulted with many human development organizations. As director of Shade Tree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles, he has pioneered approaches to urban truces and mentoring at-risk youth that combine new ideas with traditional ways of knowledge. Shade Tree employs a unique process that draws on both contemporary and ancient practices, particularly that of the South African tradition of Indaba or “deep talk.”

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.

Jay Leeming

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 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.

 




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