Cost $295. Registration Form Below. Register early, limited space.
Small groups, confidentiality, skills practice & work
Healthy vs Unhealthy Coping Strategies
Get to know your Triggers
Deepen Emotional intelligence
Recognize & Release Trauma
Gain tools, insight, assertiveness
Conflict transformation practice
Become a more peaceful, loving man
Make anger an ally that can help illuminate
Guided meditation & breathing practices
My approach to this course is a combination of didactic goal-oriented teaching & learning, and experiential practice in a group setting, in which men are invited to show up fully for themselves & each other, and support one another to integrate the learning & enjoy the process of buildling resilience in relational, emotional intelligence.
We will look at triggers, anger vs aggression, assertiveness, the roots of anger, boundaries, healthy vs unhealthy coping skills, compassion, empathy, and the power of peaceful conflict transformation. What I bring to this work is an embodied approach to understanding the neurophysiology of emotion as well as a specialization in the male mode of feeling. I weave leading-edge neuroscience, the power of vulnerability, a sense of humor, guided meditation practice, mytho-poetic depth & psycho-spiritual integration.
expanded capacity for compassion & empathy
understanding your conflict style & family of origin
useful tools for transforming anger patterns
breathing & meditation techniques
insight into the origins
increased fellowship with course members
skills to practice love, connection & belonging
becoming a safer man
Here are some helpful teachings about anger:
“anger is essential. It shows us where our disagreements are with the status quo. It is the voice that needs to raise its volume because it feels unheard. It is up to us to listen to that voice, to dignify it first with our own attention. With enough practice, you will recognize your sacred disagreements sooner and not allow them to be swept under the rug, left to fester. Anger can become a sword of discernment, which doesn’t lash out to hurt another but is uncompromising in its defence of boundaries, teaching others to respect you as you respect yourself." - Toko-pa Turner, from “Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home”
“Between stimulus & response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies growth & freedom.” - Victor Frankl
If you avoid conflict to keep the peace you start a war within yourself
“Anxiety is really a cue that we have one or more underlying core emotions, like sadness, anger, fear and even excitement, pushing up for expression. Emotions get blocked by anxiety when we previously learned from our culture or from our families that the emotion was not welcomed. For example, if when we showed fear to our father, he told us not to be so weak, we’d learn not to show fear less we would also be humiliated on top of afraid. Instead we experience anxiety. So anxiety is really a signal that tells us to look for underlying core emotions coming up.” – Michael Meade
David Whyte says:
“ANGER is the deepest form of compassion, for another, for the world, for the self, for a life, for the body, for a family and for all our ideals, all vulnerable and all, possibly about to be hurt.
“Stripped of physical imprisonment and violent reaction, anger is the purest form of care; the internal living flame of anger always illuminates what we belong to, what we wish to protect and what we are willing to hazard ourselves for.
“What we usually call anger is only what is left of its essence when we are overwhelmed by its accompanying vulnerability, when it reaches the lost surface of our mind or our body’s incapacity to hold it, or when it touches the limits of our understanding.
“What we name as anger is actually only the incoherent physical incapacity to sustain this deep form of care in our outer daily life; the unwillingness to be large enough and generous enough to hold what we love helplessly in our bodies or our mind with the clarity and breadth of our whole being.” - From David Whyte’s book, "Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words”
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