What we're about

Introduction:

Welcome! Melbourne Men's Group (MMG) is an incorporated, not for profit, volunteer organisation of men, for men founded in 1998.

We offer consistent, regular, reliable and highly trusted Men's Group meetings, personal growth workshops and personal mentoring.

MMG meetings are free; open to any man of any age; and accessible - our primary purpose is to promote and support Men's personal growth. We have no political or religious affiliations.

At meetings there is no agenda, no 'presentation from an expert', no-one trying to sell you anything and no-one trying to 'fix' you.

Discussions at meetings are not the typical men's 'BBQ talk'; you will not be asked what your job is, how much money your earn, the car you drive or the football team you follow!

Counselling and/or professional advice is not offered nor provided at meetings.

Our leadership team ranges in age from 25 years to 65 years of age. Details about the MMG team can be found on our website here (https://www.mensgroup.melbourne/who-we-are/).

The men that participate in MMG meetings and learning programs are typically between 20-70 years of age. There are meetings held at 4 different locations each month:

• Central Chapter - Collingwood (1st Tuesday)

• Southern Chapter - Highett (2nd Tuesday)

• Western Chapter - Werribee South (3rd Tuesday), and

• Eastern Chapter - Doncaster East (4th Tuesday).

The patron of Melbourne Men's Group is world renowned author, family activist and psychologist Steve Biddulph (http://www.stevebiddulph.com/Site_1/Home.html) AM.

What happens at Meetings?

MMG meetings focus on a Talking Circle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_circle) as the primary means of interaction. The talking circle is an equitable, non-judgemental setting where everyone has the opportunity to genuinely share and learn, leveraging collective wisdom to promote insight and personal growth.

By participating in the meetings you have the opportunity to:

• increase real connection

• be listened to and genuinely heard

• be safe sharing feelings and perspectives

• speak honestly, openly and confidentially without judgement

• develop authentic friendships.

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Meeting 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 any obligation 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 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’. However, you can always learn more.

• 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) deepen emotional intelligence, 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 growth programs including our flagship workshop Man’s Inner Journey (https://www.mensgroup.melbourne/workshops/) which has been presented continuously since 1997; and other men's personal growth work (e.g. The Mankind Project (https://mkpau.org/) or Soulcraft Australia (http://soulcraftaustralia.com.au/) etc).

Contributions to cover the cost of the Men’s group meeting facilities, supper, website etc, are not required but are greatly appreciated.

Web sites: Melbourne Men’s Group (http://www.mensgroup.melbourne/), Man’s Inner Journey (http://beyondtheordinary.net.au/mans-inner-journey/), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/melbournemensgroup)

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