Memorial Weekend Men’s Retreat – Upstate New York

Co-sponsored by Soldier's Heart, Mythsinger Foundation, & Western Gate Roots and Wings Foundation

May 24-27th, 2012   |   YMCA Camp Dudley on Lake Champlain  (map)

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INTO THE WATERS BETWEEN US:
Reclaiming Our Roots, Memory and Purpose
When we forget or are forgotten, how do we return home? How do we recover the vital parts we have lost, left behind or had taken from us? When we return home as strangers, after combat or severe stress, or when we watch strangers return to our midst, how do we recover and re-affirm the humanness we share? How do we address the collective sorrow and grief lodged in the hearts of these men?

One way is to return to the original meaning of Memorial Day. All veterans who served, those fallen and those still with us, must be remembered, reattached to a living community, and it’s fully functioning memory. Men, in the company of other men, can rediscover the appropriate ingredients for a full return home. They can gather the dismembered parts and the forsaken memories, and shape them into disciplined practices which awaken the deep longings for our true and rightful home.

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Teachers

 
Bruce Weigl Miguel Rivera Edward Tick Daniel Deardorff Tom Gambell Timothy Young View Full Teacher Details

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Event Date:
May 24-27th, 2012
Venue:
YMCA Camp Dudley on Lake Champlain (Google map)



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Event Description

When we forget or are forgotten, how do we return home? How do we recover the vital parts we have lost, left behind or had taken from us? When we return home as strangers, after combat or severe stress, or when we watch strangers return to our midst, how do we recover and re-affirm the humanness we share? How do we address the collective sorrow and grief lodged in the hearts of these men?

Warrior and Shaman

Shaman and Warrior - by Gabriel Tick

One way is to return to the original meaning of Memorial Day. All veterans who served, those fallen and those still with us, must be remembered, reattached to a living community, and it’s fully functioning memory. Men, in the company of other men, can rediscover the appropriate ingredients for a full return home. They can gather the dismembered parts and the forsaken memories, and shape them into disciplined practices which awaken the deep longings for our true and rightful home.

For thousands of years, men of cunning and daring have outwitted the societal drive for instant gratification by diving into the long and hard work of rediscovering self and soul.

Please join us on this Memorial Day weekend with teachers and elders Miguel Rivera, Ed Tick, Danny Deardorlf, Bruce Weigl, Timothy Young and Tom Gambell as we dig into the earth for nourishment, swim in the rivers of sacred memory, soar with the winds of renewed purpose and remember, as a community, the ways of living in a whole and purposeful manner.


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


Teachers

Bruce Weigl

Bruce Weigl is a prize winning poet and author of many books. He also published a memoir that year titled The Circle of Hanh: A Memoir. Many of Weigl's poems are inspired by the time he spent in the U.S. Army and Vietnam. In The Circle of Hanh, Weigl writes, "The war took away my life and gave me poetry in return...the fate the world has given me is to struggle to write powerfully enough to draw others into the horror."

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

Edward Tick

author of the groundbreaking book “War and the Soul” and founder of Soldier’s Heart, is a practicing psychotherapist specializing in veterans with PTSD. Ed received his master’s in psychology from Goddard College, Vermont and his doctorate in communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Ed has been in private psychotherapy practice since 1975 and began focusing on veteran’s issues in 1979. His pioneering work with Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or, in his words, ‘loss of the soul’, is the basis for his recent book “War and the Soul”. He continues his healing work with veterans and other trauma survivors with innovative yet time-honored methods. Ed has extensively studied both classical Greek and Native American traditions and successfully integrates their methods into modern clinical work. A widely published writer, he is also the author of “The Golden Tortoise: Journeys in Viet Nam”, “Sacred Mountain: Encounters of the Vietnam Beast”, and “The Practice of Dream Healing: Bringing Ancient Greek Mysteries into Modern Medicine”.

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.

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.

 




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