An Evening of Poetry, Stories and Songs
Special event open to all preceeding the MInnesota Men's Conference
September 10th- 7-9pm | Mayflower Church, Minneapolis, MN (map)
On Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 7-9 pm in the Mayflower Church sanctuary in Minneapolis, there will be a special evening open to men and women, that will showcase the talent and vision of many teachers that will be at the Annual Minnesota Men’s Conference at Camp Miller in Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota. Come and experience the enchantment of Martin Shaw – Master Storyteller; Danny Deardorf – mythologist and musician; Paul Henderson – a combat veteran and specialist in PTSD Recovery; Doug von Koss – master of chants and songs; Tom Gambell – 6th degree Aikido teacher; Thomas R. Smith – poet; Timothy Young – poet; plus musicians and many friends.
September 10th- 7-9pm
Mayflower Church, Minneapolis, MN (Google map)
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On Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 7-9 pm in the Mayflower Church sanctuary in Minneapolis, a special evening open to men and women, will showcase the talent and vision of many teachers that will be at the Annual Minnesota Men's Conference at Camp Miller in Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota. Come and experience the enchantment of Martin Shaw- Master Storyteller; Danny Deardorf-mythologist and musician; Paul Henderson- a combat veteran and specialist in PTSD Recovery; Doug von Koss - master of chants and songs; Tom Gambell - 6th degree Aikido teacher; Thomas R. Smith - poet; Timothy Young - poet; plus musicians and many friends.
$15.00 suggested donation to cover event costs and provide scholarships for young men and veterans to attend the MN Men's Conference Sept. 11-16th, 2012.
The Mayflower Church is located at the intersection of Interstate 35W and Diamond Lake Road in South Minneapolis.
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.
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.
Paul Henderson is a teacher, advocate and healer from Washington State. A combat veteran, his work focuses on the issues faced by all who are impacted by war and military service including veterans, family members and those in the society at war. He serves on the board of directors for Soldier's Heart, an organization founded by Dr. Ed Tick and Kate Dahlstedt, dedicated to healing the soul wounds of veterans. A certified breathwork facilitator, Paul uses breathwork as a portal to healing along with teaching and ritual focused on initiation and the warrior archetype