NEXT RIMG #20 on Feb. 15- 17, 2013
At W. Alton Jones campus of the U of RI.
Mail to: P.O. Box 9135, Warwick RI 02889
Weekend provides men from different walks of life a chance to reconnect, learn, and gain support from the company of other men; includes a balance of workshops and opportunities for spontaneous activities, conversations, music, recreation, and relaxation.
Workshops are led by participants and have included such topics as Coping with Stress, Friendship and Trust, Divorce: Pain and Healing, Tai Chi, Poetry, Listening Skills, Singing and Chanting, Massage, Storytelling, and Fathers and Sons. Workshop descriptions are posted on Friday evening and sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Also included are group-building and trust activities, a sweat lodge, group games, drumming sessions, an afternoon hike, and a talent show.
Opening and closing circles are two of the most important parts of the weekend. Opening circle, held just after dinner on Friday, is an opportunity for participants to introduce themselves and tell why they've come. The closing circle, held before lunch on Sunday, is a time for each person to speak about what the weekend has meant. Many men feel the circles are the most moving parts of the experience.
Situated on 2,300 acres of forest, lakes, and farmlands, the campus offers miles of hiking trails and, weather and conditions permitting, opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice-skating.
The campus is handicap accessible, has a lodge with fireplaces, rustic heated cabins with hot showers (a sleeping bag is required), and a dining hall which serves wholesome meals including vegetarian options.
For men 18 years and older, is alcohol and drug free, offering a safe, non-competitive, trusting environment for men to learn, grieve, celebrate, and share insights on the male experience. Fathers, sons, brothers, grandfathers, and mentors are encouraged to attend.