Do other men look up to you? Do women respect the man you are? Do you express your feelings in a masculine way?
Do you have the respect of your co-worker? Do you know the hero who sleeps in you? Do you enjoy heart-connected sex?
You’re successful. You make more money than your father. Life is all blue sky. You deserve happiness, but you feel unsatisfied and incomplete.
Something’s missing. You ask yourself what other successful men frequently ask: “This is all there is?” MONEY CAN’T BUY AUTHENTIC MANHOOD.
Your hero isn’t for sale, and it never was. Your I.Q. is high. If Masculine Emotional Intelligence™ isn’t high – it’s not your fault.
Your connections with other men may lack substance and trust. Your relationships with women may lack intimacy. Emotional honesty isn’t optional. Living in integrity is critical for every man, and being emotionally honest with friends and partners is an integral part of your manhood.
Masculine vulnerability isn’t optional either. A man who can’t feel his own pain can’t feel anyone else’s pain either. There’s nothing manly about being emotionally shut down, particularly since it’s typically fear that stands in the way. Fear in all its guises is the greatest obstacle to authentic manhood.
An authentic man doesn’t live in fear. As he allows himself to feel it as he works through it.
Space is limited.
To ensure each man has a unique, rich experience, we – Owen and the experienced men of Sandpoint Men’s Group (SMG) have intentionally limited registration. So don’t miss out. Reserve your spot now to begin your hero’s journey Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, 21, 2013 in Sandpoint, ID (exact location TBA).
The cost is $395 (an introductory rate), which includes limited room and board. Our commitment is to share this with any man who is open to experience what a group a men can do. If what is preventing you from signing up no – contact us and we will find a way to make it work.
35 years ago I started my journey to be free. Once I began to be free I wanted to win, so I did post graduate training in any leading edge discipline I could find that would have me win or help someone else win. I was able to study with men and women who literally wrote the books in several arenas. My fascination with finding quick and sustainable ways to win had me teaching employees, colleagues, corporations and the public so they could also win.
Fifteen years ago I realized I was missing the masculine component, so I dove into all I could discover about being a man. Quickly I realized I had a lot to learn, so I went for it. In part to reinforce my learning I began men’s groups. With these groups I grasped aspects of being a man that were never taught, so as before I started writing about and teaching what I learned.
All this lead to writing the book, Grow Up: A Man’s Guide to Masculine Emotional Intelligence, a blog, presentations at conferences, and a new passion. After working with thousands of clients, students or group members I realized that with the right tools virtually any one can be free to win.
Unlike other workshops that promise to train men to become new-age warriors, the men of SMG promise to put you onto the path that will allow you to become the man you’ve envisioned, your own hero, but haven’t been able to actualize. I began this brand of men’s work 25 years ago, after I experienced a powerful shift in the nature and quality of my manhood.
Our hands-on approach helps men achieve their highest sense of manhood. This work isn’t subtle however, and when you leave the day, you’ll feel a shift in your spirit that is your awakened hero.
You’ll be on the road to being competent to work with other men in the true spirit of authentic friendship. You’ll be capable of creating lifetime friendships. This is just one of the priceless gifts you’ll appreciate giving yourself. You deserve to win.
This phenomenal personal growth can only be accomplished in an atmosphere of absolute safety and trust. We will rigorously monitor this over the day.
Judgments, opinions, advice, and criticism are not acceptable or allowed during the day. Sharing each other’s experiences, on an emotional level, is a proven, positive, and useful tool for hero work.
And it is this type of sharing between men that creates authentic change. The facilitators quickly ascertain each man’s needs, and they ensure they’re consistently met. No man is ever left behind. Each man has an equal voice. There are no traditional leaders in our workshops. Even the facilitators are all in.
We have thousands of hours of experience sitting with men, and have guided ourselves and men to awaken our heroes and connect men with other men, and with women, through their not their heads, but their hearts and spirits.
What is Your Struggle?
How long will you suffer the feeling that something important is missing in your life before you take responsibility and act?
How long will you struggle with the issues that limit your joy? How many failed relationships and missed opportunities with women will happen before you act?
Do you enjoy non-judgmental friendships with other men that feel safe enough to be your unique, authentic self? Do you feel isolated from other men?
Does your life include the supportive camaraderie of other, like-minded men? Do your primary relationships with friends, partners, and children embrace emotional intimacy? Do you struggle with emotional honesty?
Develop Your Masculine Vulnerability
Emotional awareness and emotional integrity are key components in every healthy relationship. Fear of vulnerability and lack of trust can prevent men from enjoying the deep emotional connections that are an integral part of every relationship.
Make a difference in other men’s lives
Learn what was never taught
Receive deep support
Be seen for who you are
Leave renewed and recommitted
Discover how empowering it is to share your story with other men and be supported, unconditionally.
Discover how unburdening yourself with the care and support of other men helps ease your pain, and create new space for masculine personal growth.
When you were a boy, you had best friends. Who are you best friends now?
They’re more important now than ever because your challenges as a man can easily overwhelm you. You need and deserve authentic friendships.
The introductory cost of $395 includes two full days (including meals and lodging) with other men and the guidance of Owen Marcus and a select group of the senior men of SMG. These are the same man along with the entire group who are the focus of the first documentary on a men’s group, What Is A Man? to be released in the spring of 2013. You can register though clicking on the Register Now button or contacting one of the men of SMG or me. There is a $50 nonrefundable deposit.
Your world can change in two days
When a group of men, particularly first-time retreat participants, gather together for a day in a beautiful location and receive simple instruction and authentic male support – lives begin to shift, and heroes begin to stir. The mask falls away, and the hidden man emerges with untapped inner strength that becomes the foundation for his manhood.
Create a new set of genuine friends
Rediscover your purpose and passion
Learn Increase your masculine emotional mastery
Laugh so much it hurts
Experience what it is like to have men watch your back
We will give men the necessary tools to teach each other the rights of passage that fathers stopped teaching their sons centuries ago. We believe in the ability of every man to become his own hero. The retreat’s focus is working with men who have never done this type of work before.
Once the simple guidelines for the day are shared, the safety that is imperative for men to fully participate is ensured, and each man feels able to open his heart without in spite of any fear.
Experiences shared on an emotional level trump advice; an open heart frees a man’s soul; emotional honesty is the ultimate manly behavior; the quality of manhood is entirely self-determined; unexpressed fear is the enemy that prevents men from achieving their individual greatness; men can be trusted; men can become their own heroes; men can win at being men.
These are key principles for this unique men’s retreat. When each man goes home, he will take with him the invaluable lessons that will sustain him for the rest of his life. It’s that powerful.
While a day might seem brief to accomplish life-changing goals, our pledge is that each man will leave with an enhanced sense of manhood that will connect him with his hero, and afford him deeper intimacy in every one of his relationships.
But his personal hero work only begins after the day ends. It continues as each man creates his own unique support system of like minded men.
Few men have spent an entire day with other men that didn’t include fishing, hunting, or sports oriented activities.
We realize a first-time retreat can feel intimidating, and accordingly they consider each man’s well being their primary responsibility. The retreat centers around men learning to achieve the spirit of brotherhood.
We don’t instruct men in any traditional men’s modalities, but instead, encourage men to create their own hero work using the principles developed over years of working with men.
The retreat isn’t new age or out of synch with men’s abilities. All that’s required is the willingness to be open and honest. We believe in empowering men by nurturing and respecting their male character frees them to win.
Friendships are born out of this process, and it’s not uncommon for men to maintain these connections for a lifetime. That’s the power of this retreat.
All types of men enjoy the weekend
Shy men quickly become engaged, and a lifetime of self-limiting behavior evaporates once the safety and confidentiality of the retreat participants is assured.
Angry men discover how to transform the dysfunctional behavior that makes them too risky for anyone to trust.
All that is required is the desire for change. We will provide the tools for that change, and each man becomes a guide for other men.
There are no controling leaders in our groups, because we’ve discovered none is needed. When each man’s voice is equal, the results are spectacular.
Men need men
Sitting together and talking about issues with other men feels like hanging out, but with focused intention and purpose. Absent the distractions of everyday life, men experience a kind of camaraderie they want it in their lives permanently. Working with his new band of brothers allows each man to let go of all the ways he protects, performs and projects.
Each man’s partner, family and career take on a new paradigm, based on confidence and a newly discovered competence. Maybe that’s because he’s getting renewed or maybe it’s the new found joy he feels, knowing that more is readily available.
Masculine Emotional Intelligence™
- How men’s emotions can be different then women’s
- What limits you is not you, it’s the old paradigm
Not bad or broken
- You were never taught to be that man you dreamed of being
Zero to Hero
- From a life that’s not yours to being your own hero
Free to Win
- Free to thrive, from being your own man
Micros – the new men’s group
- Connecting to the primordial nature of micro-communities
What is expected of you?
We’ve explained what you can expect from the retreat. Now we want to be clear regarding what we expect from you in order to make your day fruitful.
To get the maximum results from your retreat experience, you’ll want to participate enthusiastically. There are no spectators at our events, and our years of collective experience strongly suggest that you will want to become quickly, fully engaged.
We’ll give you the tools to tap into your inner hero, and remove the barriers that have separated you from unconditional friendships with other men. All the exercises are done in an environment of safety.
While we promise the retreat will be fun, and even funny at times, nothing worthwhile in life ever comes without some effort. We’ll show you how to unload a lifetime of flawed notions about your manhood, and replace them with the tools for authentic change.
We will provide a safe, guided experience that enables men to be together in a micro-community for six plus hours. Through thousands of hours of sitting with men over decades; we discovered simple, yet powerful ways to harness the potential of a group of men so each man wins.
Within each of us is the primordial need to be in a tribe. The retreat is every man’s opportunity to feel the joy that is being supported by other men, and the deep belly laughs that can only be shared by men who know and trust each other, unconditionally.
We will also be there for you after the retreat. Beyond beginning your own Hero’s Journey we will train and support you in creating or participating in your own men’s micro-community, your own men’s group.
Get started on your group, bring a friend to the retreat. Bringing others with you is a great way to seed a powerful group. Yes, there is also that believe of ‘safety in numbers’. But I assure you once the day begins your concerns will melt away.
Owen Marcus and the men of Sandpoint Men’s Group
We would love to have you join us.
208.265.8440 or owen [at] owenmarcus [dot] com