Redwood Men’s Center’s Annual Men’s Conference
Friday-Monday, May 22-25
Mendocino Woodlands, 39350 Little Lake Road, Mendocino
see website for registration details
25th Annual Redwood Men’s Center Men’s Conference
Gifts of the God Eros: Rediscovering What We Really Love
There is in everyone of us a powerful force that draws us towards what we love in this world. This yearning we experience, be it for a person, a place, an activity, or anything at all which promises fulfillment or pleasure, is the primary gift of the god Eros. We are however, bombarded by cultural images of what we “should” desire, which rarely are in tune with our natural longings. We no longer feel our authentic pull toward ideas, persons and creative pursuits, but instead, are distracted toward futile quests for the unattainable and unreal. We are inevitably left unfulfilled and still wanting.
Another price we pay is a significant loss in our capacity to be present here and now. If we are honest with ourselves, we realize that we are alienated from nature, from relationship, from community, and from our very own sense of purpose. We experience our personal power as diffused and weak rather than centered and strong.
When we - collectively - acknowledge, explore, and grieve the loss of connection to self and to our ability to know what we want, we can reclaim our passion and creativity. What do we really love, what do we really long for, and where in our daily lives are the keys to such genuine gifts of Eros?
Please join us amidst old growth redwoods for our annual Memorial Day Weekend men’s gathering. Over the past 25 years we have learned how to create and maintain a community that honors our rich diversity, in both in-depth explorations and exuberant celebrations. In this community we will create sacred space. We will sing, hear stories and poetry, engage in vibrant ritual, display our talents and beauty, and eat great food. We will support and inspire each other.
Come! Bring yourself, your gifts, your passions, your struggles - and your friends! Come! It is time for us as men to do this great work together.