Illuman of MN – Winter Online Retreat
Men Reclaiming Wholeness Through Storytelling
Saturday January 29, 2022
Dr. Michael Obsatz, Professor Emeritus of Macalester College, will present three short talks about Men Reclaiming Wholeness Through Storytelling. Mike has been working in the areas of Men’s and Boys’ Recovery and Wholeness since the 1970’s.
His mentors have included Abraham Maslow, Robert Bly, Michael Gurian, Anne Wilson Schaef, Herb Goldberg among others. He is an author, film-maker, men’s group facilitator, father, grandfather, and supporter of equal rights and dignity for all.
His short talks will explore the following areas:
Men and Loss, Grief, and Depression
Overcoming Toxic Male Socialization Messages
Healing Shame and Abandonment Trauma
Spiritual Connection and Storytelling
Self-Love and Self-Compassion
Cultural Norms, Values and Addiction
The Healing Power of Elder Wisdom
From Human Doing to Human Being
This retreat encourages meditation, quiet time, individual reflection, group discussion, and connection to nature.
8:30 to 9:00 Morning Meditation lead by T. Michael Rock
9:00 to 9:10 Welcome
9:10 to 9:20 Overview; Introduction of Dr. Michael Obsatz – David Tillman
9:20 to 9:50 Men’s and Boys’ Pain and Isolation: Empire Consciousness and Spiritual Solutions
9:50 to 10:50 Council Circle; with prompts from talk
10:50 to 11:00 Break
11:00 to 11:30 From Empire Consciousness to Oneness Consciousness and Overcoming Shame
11:30 – 12:30 Exercise: walk or sit outdoors, journaling, or quiet time; with prompts from talk
12:30 to 1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 to 1:30 Love Heals the World
1:30 to 2:15 Council Circle; with prompts from talk
2:15 to 2:30 Discussion – large group
2:30 to 2:40 Announcements
2:40 – 3:00 Closing ritual
Join us for a day of growth and learning with fellow men on the same journey.
The cost is free, with a suggested donation of $20 a person.
A link to participate will be shared via email upon registration.
Contact Rob O’Keefe (email@example.com), Convener for Illuman of MN, with any questions.