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Men’s Mindful Retreat: Building Community in Nature

October 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - October 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

A weekend long retreat for men who desire to let go of conditioned beliefs and embody their own definition of masculinity.

About the retreat:

Are you tired of being defined by what you do for a living, what possessions you have, or what others think of you?

Are you ready to have conversations with other men about things other than work, food, beer, traffic, or sports?

Are you excited to break free from the mold and establish a deeper, more authentic connection with yourself and others?

It’s time to ground into your purpose!!!

Gather together on 28-acres of beautiful nature as we tap into the divine masculine using various instruments, open communication, and group collaboration. Our time together will be infused with mindful awareness practices that will connect us more intimately to the present moment. There will be opportunities to share what arises in the conscious awareness and deep respect will be paid to anyone who shares. There will be group processing around concepts such as defining our values, connecting our choices to these values, and exploring how we show up in the world as men. We will also go on a journey of self-exploration through the senses and explore the significant importance of ritual as it is experienced through community and our personal practices. If you want to build deeper connections with other men and share in ways that are vulnerable and courageous, please join us! You are encouraged to bring a drum or other instruments (some will be available as well). Remember that our voices are the planet’s most powerful instruments! We look forward to connecting in community with you.

THE TIME IS NOW at Greatwoods Nature!

This is a wellness retreat and no clinical services will be offered.

About the Facilitators:

Brian Strahine:

Brian is a yoga and meditation teacher with 20 years of experience supporting children and adults as they step into their power and connect deeply to their inner truth. He is a devotee of Tantra yoga, the yoga of ritual, and believes that every moment of life is an opportunity to experience the magic of the practice. Brian infuses dance, sound, music, and laughter into his work with others. He is especially drawn to holding sacred space for men as they seek to bond more vulnerably with themselves and others.

Josh Gorelick

Josh comes to Greatwoods Nature after working as a therapist for a wilderness therapy program. Starting first as a field instructor, Josh developed a passion for the therapeutic benefits of being in the natural world as he watched his clients grow and improve. After two years as a field instructor, he pursued a master’s degree in clinical mental health and counseling from Western North Carolina University. During this time, Josh had the opportunity to work with young men and veterans in recovery at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. He also developed and led a therapy group focused on fatherhood. But the wilderness kept calling. After receiving his master’s degree, Josh returned to the wilderness therapy program where he had gotten his start – this time as a wilderness therapist. Josh is Co-Founder/Executive Director of Greatwoods Nature now and is passionate about his clinical work with men as he helps them explore their own definitions of what it means to be a man.

This event is located at Greatwoods Nature, a non profit nature-based wellness and retreat center located on 28 acres of beautiful land in Charlotte NC. Our space includes a pond, several walking trails and a peaceful moss garden. For more information about Greatwoods Nature, visit Greatwoodsnature.org.

COVID-19: Although the pandemic appears to be lessening, we will still uphold safety measures at Greatwoods Nature. This retreat is open to adults who have been fully vaccinated, (if you are not vaccinated yet, or do not intend to be, please contact us to talk more about your options). During the retreat, most activities will be outdoors to allow for safe distancing, and when indoors, all participants must be masked.

Accommodations: Our campground is primitive and in the woods. We will have designated camping areas for you to choose from (first come first serve). You must provide your own tent, hammock, and/or other camping equipment. Campers will also have access to a toilet and running water. We have space for about 20 tents so if you are sharing a tent please let us know in the registration form. If you are willing to share with another participant please let us know in the comment section. You may also commute in and out if you live locally.

Food: Meals are included in the price of your ticket. We will have a delicious plant-based menu catered for dinner Friday night, Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Saturday, and Breakfast on Sunday.

Retreat Conduct: This retreat is alcohol and illicit substance free. Firearms and other weapons are not permitted on the Greatwoods Nature property.

Schedule: The program begins Friday at 5 pm with dinner included (we ask that campers arrive at 4pm to set up their campsites prior to the start of the retreat , and closes Sunday at 12 pm with breakfast included. The schedule details will be released soon.

It’s important and beneficial to be present for the entire retreat, and not to have any work, family, or personal obligations.

Cost: Program costs are set at $295, with accommodations cost additional – depending on which option you choose (camping is $50, and commuting is free). We have limited space for a few Karmic volunteers as well. This gives you a discount on the cost of the retreat but comes with the responsibility to help out throughout the retreat as volunteer staff. If you are interested in this please contact us as this is first come first serve.

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October 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
October 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm


Greatwoods Nature
8315 Hickory Drive
Charlotte, NC 28215 United States

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