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    What is a men’s gathering?

    A men's gathering is a weekend away just for men. Away from work, family and social commitments you can spend your time being instead of doing. Our men's gatherings are open to all men from any background, religious, political or sexual persuasion. We encourage men to feel free and be real with themselves and others in a supportive environment. You can expect a warm welcome and plentiful conversation and laughter, with many opportunities to get to know yourself and others in a strongly grounded space of respect, growth and trust. Lively activities, workshops, and healthy food throughout the day are all part of the experience. Relax, go bushwalking or canoeing. Our gatherings are all about choice. You choose what you want to do - be it a workshop, relaxing, taking quiet time for personal reflection or spending time making new friends. It’s totally up to you. Man Alive is an Open Ground men’s gathering from Mens Wellbeing.

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    How do I get there from Sydney?

    • Take the South Western Freeway (M5 and Hume Hwy) from Liverpool and travel to the Mittagong turn-off;
    • Turn left and drive into Mittagong;
    • Turn left at the clock tower following the signs to Bowral;
    • Drive right through Bowral until you get to the last roundabout and turn left into Kangaloon Road. Follow this road when it becomes Sheepwash Road;
    • Cross the Illawarra Highway and travel until you reach Nowra Road. Turn left towards Fitzroy Falls;
    • Drive just over 1km past Fitzroy Falls and turn left into Myra Vale Road;
    • Continue until you turn right into Ryans Lane (about 2.5km)

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    How do I get there from Canberra?

    • Drive along the Hume Highway from Goulburn;
    • Turn right into the Illawarra Highway and drive through Moss Vale until you get to a roundabout;
    • Turn right at the roundabout onto the Illawarra Highway (Robertson Road);
    • Follow the highway and turn right at a large crossroads into Sheepwash Road;
    • Follow this road until you reach Nowra Road. Turn left towards Fitzroy Falls;
    • Drive just over 1km past Fitzroy Falls and turn left into Myra Vale Road;
    • Continue until you turn right into Ryans Lane (about 2.5km)

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    How do I get there from Wollongong?

    • Drive up Macquarie Pass into Robertson;
    • Drive through Robertson, cross over the train line and continue up the road for approximately 1.5km. Turn left into Pearson Lane;
    • Follow this road and turn right at the T intersection into Myra Vale Road;
    • Continue until you turn left into Ryans Lane (approximately 10km from the start of Persons Lane).

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    How do I get there from Nowra?

    • Drive up Moss Vale Road through Kangaroo Valley;
    • Drive through Kangaroo Valley and continue up Kangaroo Valley Pass towards the Southern Highlands;
    • Shortly after reaching the top of the pass turn right into Myra Vale Road. Continue until you turn right into Ryans Lane (about 2.5km)

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    Is there a map?

    Yes – click to download

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    Who attends a men’s gathering?

    Men attend Man Alive for a variety of reasons: to learn; to reconnect with friends and make new ones; to escape everyday pressures and feel grounded; to reflect upon life; to engage in physical and uplifting activities; and to heal or grow emotionally or spiritually. Men from 18 to 80+ from all walks of life and careers attend our gatherings. We find there is no typical attendee. What we do find is that men who attend are usually seeking a better way to define themselves and a better way to live their lives.

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    Is anybody going to try and make me do stuff that feels uncomfortable?

    Our programs are tried and tested. You will be supported and you will not be judged. Our goal is to provide the place where you can challenge yourself to be your best without any pressure to do anything you don’t want to do.

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    Is Man Alive related to any church or other group?

    Man Alive has no religious affiliation or bias. All men are welcome regardless of religious belief, nationality or sexual orientation. Our core values are honesty, respect and authenticity. There is no getting it right or wrong in our programs.

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    Will I be judged?

    The inner judge is the worst kind! This is the judge you will have your biggest wrestle with as Mens Wellbeing understands the need for honesty and respect and these values are woven through everything we do. Our programs are not a test you must pass, they are an opportunity to look at yourself and your life, as you choose to, and make your own decisions about what your next step is.

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    Is this for gay men?

    Our community has many valuable members including some men who are same-sex oriented. They are no more or less in number than in general life and many of our members don’t actually know or even ask these questions because it simply doesn’t matter. Just like your job, you will find our community more interested in ‘who you are’ more than what you do or who you share your bed with.

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    Will I have fun?

    Absolutely! Rollicking belly laughs are part and parcel of a men's gathering. We all have been boys once and having fun is part of our birthright!

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    Will anyone try and “fix” me?

    You do not need fixing. You are the captain of your ship and it is you who will navigate your own course. We are here to encourage and support whatever your choices are. Our programs offer you opportunities to learn new skills and enjoy experiences that can change the way you look at your life and relationships.

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    Is men’s work only about “serious stuff”?

    Not at all. Many men come along to our gatherings simply to relax, network with other men and enjoy a light-hearted “men‘s space” of camaraderie and like minds. Men can either attend workshops they feel drawn to, or not. Our Common Ground Men’s Groups are a space of supported growth for going deeper into life’s issues, in a place of respect and without pressure.

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    Is Man Alive going to be right for me?

    We think so, but why not call Neil on 0405 215 055 and ask him? Neil went to Man Alive last year and liked it so much he volunteered for the Organising Committee this year!

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    What to Bring?

    • Water bottle
    • Hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Comfortable clothing for days
    • Warm clothing for nights – note that Fitzroy Falls is on the edge of the Southern Highlands and gets a lot colder than the Berry Gathering you may be familiar with!
    • Medicines (clearly marked)
    • Shoes
    • Pillow Sheets and blanket OR sleeping bag
    • Towel and toiletries
    • Pen and writing material
    • Torch
    • A djembe, percussion or musical instrument if you have one;
    • An open heart and mind!

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    What time Friday?

    After 4PM

    We encourage you to arrive during our check-in period between 4PM and 6PM on Friday. There will be a check-in tent to greet you and direct you to the dormitories as well as supply you with a program and other essentials! At 6PM on Friday we serve your first meal and then begin the weekend at 8PM with an Opening Ceremony. We finish at 3PM on Sunday afternoon.

    Earlier than 4PM

    For men who can arrive early on Friday and are keen for an adventure, we are offering a couple of hours canoeing down the Kangaroo River from Hampton Bridge in Kangaroo Valley. This is the only weekend activity with an extra cost: $80. You will need to meet the guides at the Fitzroy Falls venue by 12 noon. You will need at least footwear and clothes that can get wet, a spray jacket and a towel. The option to participate is offered as an extra to add to your ticket when you book online.

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    Where is it?

    Our venue is Fitzroy Falls Conference & Adventure Centre. Fitzroy Falls is 135km from Sydney Airport (approximately 1:40 driving time) or 15km (0:15 driving time) from Moss Vale Railway Station. Man Alive offers a car-pooling service to all participants booked before 28 August. Tell us your needs when you book.  

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    Young Men

    Young men are under 18. If you wish to invite your son, or a young man you are mentoring, to Man Alive you must apply to the Organising Committee as there are strict conditions on the attendance of young men. A fee of $120(incl. GST) applies to young men who are accepted for attendance. Young men cannot be registered online. You must call our office on 1300 13 88 50.

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    What if I have dietary restrictions?

    We can handle most dietary restrictions. Please give us details when you book online.

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    Can I get financial assistance?

    Volunteering gives a way for men who are not able to afford the full cost of the weekend to attend. For this reason, volunteer roles are first offered to men in financial need. The majority of work for volunteers is on Friday before the event opens as we are setting up the venue. There are further tasks throughout the weekend but these would take less than 2 hours out of your day. To apply for a reduced-price ticket and a volunteer role, call Scott on 1300 13 88 50 during business hours, Monday-Wednesday.

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    Call the Office

    Scott is in the Mens Wellbeing office 9AM-5PM, Monday-Wednesday. Sometimes he is out, so please leave a message if there is no answer. Call 1300 13 88 50.

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    Can I bring my pet?

    Sorry, no pets are allowed.