MensWork

Empowering Men To Be Their Best Selves

MensWork is a community of strong and authentic men whose goal is to empower all men to strive for their best selves, to become more effective workers, partners, and fathers, and to make our universe a better place. It is a program of the Washington Men’s Council, founded in 1990 and located in Washington DC

We invite all men to attend:

Our 27th Chesapeake Men's Gathering

15, 16, 17 September, 2017

Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, Virginia

We, the Men of The Leadership Council, are excited and pleased to announce the selection of Camp 5 in the Prince William Forest Park (in our Nation's National Park system) near Triangle, Virginia as the setting of our 2017 Chesapeake Men's Gathering! We have confirmed reservations from the National Park Service for this beautiful campground.

In a mundane world that for many men is often a desert of pretension, self-medication and violence, the retreat weekend is a secure oasis where true community empowers us to tend to our spirits. Experiential exercises stimulate from-the-heart listening, feeling, and discussion, encouraging us to interrupt unfulfilling patterns and reflect on our roles, responsibilities, and self-perceived value. We emphasize connection to the earth and our brothers through evocative opening and closing ceremonies, meditative practices such as yoga and tai-chi, poetry, storytelling, drumming, and talking-stick sharing. Active listening, feeling, and authentic sharing are fostered in small groups led by experienced facilitators.

Our weekend gathering takes place in a natural setting of beauty and ancient wisdom. Ceremonies signal the entry into a safe oasis at the start of the weekend as well as a re-energized return into the day-to-day world at its end. We take time to deeply explore and celebrate what it means to be men. We ask important and tough questions, have fun, enjoy camaraderie and experience true and genuine connection to other men. This is an opportunity for deep personal growth and spiritual renewal. It is a place to celebrate all that it means to be a man.

From time immemorial, men have been hunters, providing food for family and community, and the rituals surrounding food are vital pillars of community. Recognizing this, we practice communal mealtimes, with every man participating in some aspect of food preparation and presentation. Sitting around a table sharing a feast that we have prepared together is one of the highest expressions of community.

While many activities are available, each man is completely in charge of his weekend and all activities are optional. In addition, men are encouraged to bring fathers, brothers, and sons (older than 5).

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

If you are interested in being part of a community of powerful and authentic men seeking to become their best selves and make a difference in the world, then this is the place for you. We come together in friendship and for personal growth, connection, sharing of our gifts, all in a beautiful and natural setting. Boys ages 5 and older, in the guardianship of a man, are welcome.

TOP FIVE REASONS YOU SHOULD ATTEND:

  1. Practice having more optimism, courage, joy, passion and love during the next year.
  2. Be in the presence of strong and authentic men who really care and really listen.
  3. Take the opportunity to create lifelong friendship.
  4. Join in story-telling, poetry, bonfire rituals and speaking from the heart with the talking stick.
  5. Experience renewed compassion for the men and women in your daily life.
"When my son was born I got to thinking, 'Where can I go where my son will have other supportive men to mentor him? I can't do this by myself!' I remembered hearing about the Men's Gathering and decided to take my son when he turned 5. He's now 13, and not only has he wanted to go back every year since, but I've found it's just as important to me! Nowhere else have we found such an amazing community of genuine, supportive men who really care."

MORE REASONS YOU SHOULD ATTEND:

Panorama of Prince William Forest Park, Camp 5

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Our Gathering Location for 2017

Reserved Dates: 15, 16, 17 September, 2017

We, the Men of The Leadership Council, are excited and pleased to announce the selection of Camp 5 in the Prince William Forest Park (in our Nation's National Park system) near Triangle, Virginia as the setting of our 2017 Chesapeake Men's Gathering! We have confirmed reservations from the National Park Service for this beautiful campground.

About the Cabin Camps

aerial of PWFP   Camp 5 Cabin   Fire Circle

Four of the five cabin camps in Prince William Forest Park are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each camp is composed of group of wood, stone, and brick structures constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration workers of the Great Depression. The camps were built as summer camps that the government hoped would instill the poor children of Washington, DC with the 'character and health-building' benefits of the great outdoors. In World War II, the camps were used by the Office of Strategic Services as a spy training area.

Cabin Camp 5 was the last camp to be completed by the CCC and WPA. The camp offers the largest capacity (212 in summer, 104 in winter) due to the large dorm buildings and bathrooms. This is also the only camp with heat which allows this camp to be rented year round. This is also the only camp to have an outdoor picnic pavilion located inside the camp.

We cordially invite men, and boys and youth with men, to join us at our Gathering the weekend of Friday through Sunday, September 15, 16, & 17, 2017.

Do you have questions about the Gathering? Please connect with info@menswork.org.

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