“Going on a retreat!
Are you serious?
Isn’t that something that women do?
Isn’t that something that religious people do?
Why would I go on a retreat?
And why would I go on a retreat with a bunch of blokes?”
This is the normal response I receive from many men when I mention to them about my experience of undertaking many types of different retreats myself and how going on retreat could be the catalyst for positive change in their own lives.
Let’s look at why most men need to go on Retreat!
Let’s face it, most of us as men ‘live in our heads’ and are completely disconnected from our hearts. We are slaves to society. Slaves to our mind, emotions, our body, self-image, our work, relationships, phones, laptops, TV, the media, porn, alcohol, sugar, wheat, caffeine, and the list goes on and on.
We are so lost in the drama of our lives, in the matrix, the rat race, so lost in our own stories, driven by past conditioning, that we cannot cultivate any presence and we can’t see where we are going. At best, we stumble through our lives, making the same mistakes as our parents did, holding onto the same habitual tendencies, addicted to stimulation, with no clear mission and purpose, no clue of where we are going, and without a road map of how to get there.
Unfortunately, most men are stuck in ‘dead-end’ jobs, riddled with fear, living a life devoid of passion and juice. Same daily routine, same weekend rituals, the same type of holidays once or twice per year, etc.
Why has life become so routine and boring?
I'll tell you why. Because YOU have designed it this way to keep you safe, to stay in 100% control because you are too scared to fully LIVE!
Are you this type of man?
Isn’t it about time you took a step back, retreated from your life, lifted your head above the trees, felt deeper into yourself, disconnected from your phone and laptop, and took a deep dive to question your life?
How long will you accept a life that is devoid of meaning?
Are you living a life according to your own rules or those given to you by mum, dad, and society?
Are you living a life fuelled by passion?
I know from coaching many men that the answer to these 2 questions for most of you is NO!
In my own life experience, and also working on retreats with many men, it is evident that one of the fastest ways to move into a life of purpose and passion is to attend men’s retreats. In fact, in my opinion, attending a men’s retreat is far more powerful than a one-to-one coaching journey, especially our classic 5-Day Retreat at Men Without Masks.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of attending a men’s retreat
Understand Your Past: -
Realize a deeper understanding of your life so far, the people of your past, and the events that have occurred
Move towards forgiveness to the people from your past who you thought had harmed you
Learn to forgive yourself of guilt and shame
Learn to become grateful for every event, including the painful ones in your life so far
Let go of limiting beliefs that you have carried from your past
Let go of people from the past and of old beliefs about yourself
Develop present moment awareness and move into flow: -
Take a deep rest from the noise of the world
Detach from the drama of your life and lift your head above the trees
Reconnect with nature
Restore harmony to your body, mind, and spirit
Develop a deeper connection with silence and stillness
Experience peace and the capacity to be a witness of your life without judgment
Learn to bring more presence and mindfulness into your everyday life
Reconnect with your body and your feelings: -
Reconnect with the inner landscape of your body and learn to FEEL again
Release years of tension from your body and mind
Reconnect with your breath, bringing more spaciousness and peace
Connect with your repressed emotions and express your feelings in a safe container
More acceptance and love for your own body
Reclaim your health: -
Give your body and mind a well-deserved rest
Reclaim your physical and mental health
Redefine your health and lifestyle habits
Recharge your batteries and energize yourself
Create deep friendships with other men: -
Listen with compassion to other men
Be heard and seen without judgment
Feel the power of authentic brotherhood
Learn to love, trust, and appreciate men in a deeper way
Remove your fears towards other men
Stop competing with other men
Increase the number of authentic men in your own community
Cultivate a deeper sense of purpose and inspiration for living: -
Uncover the many gifts you bring into this world
Discover ‘why’ you are here, your mission in life
Feel into your life’s passion and allow this passion to drive your life
Step into leadership into all areas of your life
Manifest the life you deserve: -
Determine the ideal vision of your future
Gain clarity over ‘what you want in life’
Create a strategic road map towards your life’s vision
Create realistic goals
Bring more commitment into your life
Learn to navigate through life with more ease
Become the Man you know you can become: -
Step into your power as a man
Become a more mature role model for others, including your partners, friends, and children
Learn to relate better in the world
Communicate with more precision
Learn how to set healthy boundaries
Better a more loving son, brother, father, partner, and friend
So, men, what are you waiting for?
Do you feel the calling in your hearts?
An incredible adventure awaits you
The Men Without Masks team