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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What to Bring?
- Water bottle
- Insect repellent
- Comfortable and warm clothing for day and night
- Medicines (clearly marked)
- Pillow Sheets and blanket OR sleeping bag
- Towel and toiletries
- Bathers (you might not go swimming, but you might go canoeing!)
- Pen and writing material
- A musical instrument if you want to participate in the concert
- An open heart and mind!
What time Friday?
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.
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.
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 the office.
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.