A group for men in the Bellingham/Whatcom County area looking to create a community of their own. In my own personal journey exploring what it really means to be a man in the world today, I am finding that typically it is a challenge for men to form strong male friendships that are based on anything other than beer and sports. Not that those are not great, but I also found that many of us have a yearning for something deeper and more connected than that, perhaps you call it purpose or meaning. I wanted to create this group to see who else in our area is ready to relate to each other as loving, powerful men, and to create a safe space to truly share about our daily lives, our struggles, and our dreams. I know that I don't always have my stuff together in this arena, I bet that you sometimes feel that way too.
As a trained life coach as well as an engineer, I have seen the beauty and possibility of a community of men exploring the norms and standards that we think we are impossibly bound to live by. In my own exploration into the world of Men's work, I have found a deeper sense of who I am for this world, and how passionate I am to bring that sense of brotherhood to the men around me. Lets discover what else there is, and how else we can live from who we truly are, together.
This group is based on a few important principles, that I will demand from all of you, and I expect you will demand from me and from each other. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and I expect it to grow and evolve, as we do.
- Respect: Each of us is human, and brings our own opinions/thoughts, and we honor where each man is in his own journey, as a brother.
- Container: What we discuss within the group stays within the group, others' stories are not for you to share, this is essential to create a safe container for one another.
- Growth: Each of us are here to learn, to grow, and to expand our capacity as men, bring your curiosity and openness always.
- Integrity: We hold to what we say we will do, and always strive to remain in our own personal integrity.