A Circle of Men: The Original Manual for Men's Support Groups
What is the men's movement?
Hundreds of thousands of men all across North America are forming councils, lodges, and participating in "wild man weekends," inspired by the mythopoetic writings and personal testimonies of such authors as Robert Bly, Sam Keen, and John Lee.
What do you need to be part of it?
Robert Bly's practical advice to his gatherings of men is to go home and form small groups. This book, fifteen years in the making and written by one of the prominent forces in the men's movement, is the original handbook for forming and guiding these small support circles.
Here's what this book gives you:
This step-by-step manual grows out of Bill Kauth's two decades of experience with over 125 support groups. It will help the organizer or leader to start a group, find new members, solve group problems, and create rituals and activities that promote honesty, self--disclosure, and fun.
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With a little help from my friends The history and value of support groups
Commitment To create friendship community and intimacy
Decisions What and who do I want in my group?
Organizing your group How and where to find potential members
The interview Who and how to choose group members
Running Your Mens Support Group
Ready to being Preparation for the first meeting
The first meeting Getting to know ya
Things to do together
Mission in a mans life
Men taking action in the world
Situations and Dynamics in Your Group
Handling problems in groups
Leaving the group
Adding new members
The second meeting Great to see ya again
The third meeting Feeling and thinking
The fourth meeting Listening
The fifth meeting Feedback and work
The sixth meeting Hassles and conflict
The seventh meeting The power and pleasure of play
The eighth meeting Who are we now and where are we going?
Activities and Challenges for Your Group
Stretches and goals
Structured learning activities
Topics and issues for discussion
Ritual in mens groups
The stages of group development
Mens Readings and Information
Were Not Ready Yet But Soon Exploring the Edge of Maleness
They All Died in the War
The Wounds of Aquarius the Loss of Fierceness and the Fear of Power
Information on the New Warrior Training Adventure mens weekend
Recommended books and tapes
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Page xiv - IV. A man doesn't have to live up to any narrow, societal image of manhood. There are many ancient images of men as healers, protectors, lovers, and partners with women, men and nature. This is how we are in our depths: celebrators of life, ethical and strong.