Introduction:

Welcome!

The purpose of the Melbourne Men’s Group is to build meaningful community and authentic connections with other Men.  Only men know how to be men; and in the safety of other men we have been meeting each month since 1998.  

New members are very welcome.  Melbourne Men’s Group meetings are open to any man who wishes to participate. There are no prerequisites for joining, no membership fees and no religious or political affiliations.  So feel free to register! 

In our experience the men that come to men’s group meetings and associated personal development programs have been between 18 and 80 years of age, but this does not exclude those younger or older! Please ask if you are unsure.

Meetings are held monthly and are conveniently located close to central Melbourne (in Clifton Hill) near the Eastern freeway. 

Since 1998, a core function of Melbourne Men's Group meetings has been the Talking CircleBy participating in the meetings and the talking circle you are able to:

• increase connection

• be listened to and genuinely heard

• feel safe sharing feelings and perspectives

• speak honestly, openly and confidentially without judgement

• develop authentic friendships that are not based on your job, the car you drive or the sporting team you follow!

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Agreements:

By joining the Melbourne Men's Group you agree that: 

• to the best of your ability, you will speak 'from the heart' and share how you are feeling.

• whoever holds the 'talking stick', holds the floor and everyone else listens.

• you can pass along the 'talking stick' without having to speak in the Talking Circle.

• anything discussed at Melbourne Men's Group meetings remains completely confidential.

• you will not give immediate feedback to a person speaking in the Talking Circle.  (Our experience over many years tells us that providing immediate feedback can be a barrier to free, authentic and ongoing sharing as the feedback is often attached to an unconscious ‘judgement’).

• we do not seek to solve issues or otherwise ‘fix’ anyone, because we believe you are not ‘broken’.

• counselling and/or professional advice is not offered nor provided at Melbourne Men's Group meetings.

• feedback from other group members can be sought after the Talking Circle is closed.

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Development:

We believe it is important for Men to invest in ongoing personal growth to (i) develop self-awareness, take responsibility for our lives and move toward a balanced mature masculinity, and (ii) to be as good as we can be for ourselves and for the people around us.

So, we encourage Men to consider investing in personal development programs including Man’s Inner Journey and other work as a way of deepening insight, self-awareness and growth, and to help contextualise the Melbourne Men's Group experience.

Contributions to cover the cost of the Men’s group meeting facilities, supper, website etc, consistent with the sense of value you received from the meeting,  are greatly appreciated and can be provided at the end of the ‘Talking Circle’ or at other times.

Web sites: Melbourne Men’s GroupMan’s Inner JourneyFacebook

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