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SELF DEVELOPMENT & SUPPORT FOR MEN
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>>>>MEETINGS FOR THE SUPPORT AND SELF DEVELOPMENT OF MEN ON A REGULAR BASIS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

FACILITATORS: Various
VENUE: Jesuit Centre, Sea Road, Galway


>>>>SOME OF OUR PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS FOR MEN

**DEEPEN MASCULINITY & SPIRITUALITY

FACILITATORS: Gerry Moore & John Doherty from M.A.L.E.S. Ireland - a group supporting the development of men, using the ideas of Fr.Richard Rohr.
**See MALES websites on Links Page.

VENUE: Jesuit Centre, Sea Road, Galway
DATES: February 24th 2006

Topics which were explored in this workshop included:
*developing a healthy and mature masculinity
*having a deeper experience of the divine/spirituality
*journeying towards our true selves
*the need for men to be initiated into a fuller life


**BEYOND THE HERO - The Search For The Mature Masculine

FACILITATOR: Michael Boyle, Certified facilitator with the ManKind Project. He holds a masters degree in psychotherapy and lives in the UK.
**See Mythodrama website on Links Page.

VENUE: Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith, Galway
DATES: May 28th & 29th 2005

The vital challenge for a man today is to risk shifting from being in the world in a heroic manner and to move towards a more collaborative way.

Questions which were explored in this workshop included:
*What does success mean for you?
*Once you got what you wanted, would that be enough?
*Could it be that failure is valuable?
*What judgements or beliefs do you need to let go of?
*How has blind obedience to our teachers served us as men?
*If you were the leader you could be, what would you be doing?

Participants found this workshop a meaningful and inspiring experience.


**CONFLICT RESOLUTION TRAINING

FACILITATOR: Steve Kushner, Canadian based founder of Shadow Healing Inc, men's group facilitator, storyteller.
**See his website on Links Page.

VENUE: Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith, Galway
DATES: April 9th & 10th 2005

Topics which were explored in this workshop included:
*How to resolve difficult relationships
*How to be more productive at work/home
*How to communicate cleanly without shaming
*How to feel more energetic & empowered

This was a most dynamic and energetic workshop.


**COURAGEOUS LIVING

FACILITATOR: Michael Boyle, certified facilitator with the ManKind Project. He holds a masters degree in psychotherapy and lives in London.

VENUE: Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith, Galway
DATES: February 19th & 20th 2005

The traditional masculine mode of heroic doing and performing often alienates us from our true selves and others. Itís time to embrace a change. This experiential workshop will consider the inherited legacy of men and explore new ways of being in the world together with collaborative forms of leadership and community.

The atmosphere was non-judgmental and encouraging


**COMMUNICATION & ASSERTIVENESS SKILLS

FACILITATOR: Haulie Dowd, experienced trainer and workshop facilitator

VENUE: Suaimhneas, Renmore, Galway
DATES: May 29th & 30th 2004

Many of us men seek to improve our communication skills. Often due to problems in communicating, our relationships suffer and we cannot get our needs met. Anger frequently ensues, alienating us further from others. This workshop helped us improve our skills in expressing feelings and negotiating to have our needs met.

The atmosphere was non-judgmental and encouraging


**THE SEARCH FOR PERSONAL FULFILMENT

FACILITATOR: Michael Hardiman, a psychologist and author of Ordinary Heroes - a personal development book for men.

VENUE: Suaimhneas, Renmore, Galway
DATES: March 13th & 14th 2004

Often a man looses sight of what is important in his life. He may forget his real self through work and other commitments. This workshop helped men to begin to identify and focus on what they need to live an authentic and fulfilled life.

The atmosphere was non-judgmental and encouraging


**PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT & SELF ESTEEM

FACILITATOR: Michael Frawley, an experienced therapist and workshop facilitator living in Galway.

VENUE: Suaimhneas, Renmore, Galway
DATES: Feb 14th & 15th 2004

Many men feel uncertain and inadequate in their lives. This workshop provided men with a safe space to share on these issues and to begin to work through them.

The atmosphere was non-judgmental and encouraging



**EXPRESS YOURSELF THROUGH CREATIVE WRITING

FACILITATOR: Kevin Higgins, poet living in Galway and author of The Boy With No Face(2005)

VENUE: Jesuit Centre, Sea Road, Galway
DATES: March to April 2003

In this series of four workshops participants had opportunities to explore and express themselves on some of the issues central to their lives, as men.

The atmosphere was non-judgmental, encouraging and sociable.
No previous experience of creative writing was necessary.



**ART AS THERAPY FOR MEN

FACILITATOR: Rupert Cracknell, who has worked as an art therapist since the early sixties. He is currently teaching art therapy at the Crawford College of Art, Cork

VENUE: Jesuit Centre, Sea Road, Galway
DATES: Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd Ferruary 2003

In this workshop participants had opportunities to explore and express themselves on some of the issues central to their lives as men, using various artistic media.

The atmosphere was non-judgmental, encouraging and sociable.
No previous experience of art was necessary.



**HEALING WOUNDS

FACILITATOR: B. Divilly MA, DMT who is a member of the Irish Association of Creative Art's Therapists (I.A.C.A.T.) and who has trained in movement therapy in Ireland and in the USA.

VENUE: The Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith, Galway
DATES: Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December 2002

Growth Through Authentic Movement
In this workshop participants had opportunities to explore and express themselves on some of the issues central to their lives as men, using movement.

The atmosphere was non-judgmental, encouraging and sociable.
No previous experience was necessary.



**WORDS, MOVEMENT & SOUL

FACILITATOR: Kalichi, who has been teaching workshops throughout Ireland, UK and USA since 1979

VENUE: The Jesuit Centre, Sea Road, Galway
DATES: Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th March

This workshop was an opportunity for men to explore with others, ways of relaxing imagination from entrapment in the stuckness of the mind & body through movement, voice and story.



**MEN & AGGRESSION

FACILITATORS: Timothy Tate, Men's Workshop Leader and Psychotherapist from Montana, USA:
John Moriarty, Philosopher and Spiritual Teacher from Kerry, Ireland.
Roy Arbuckle, Musician and Workshop Facilitator from Northern Ireland.

VENUE: A Residential Retreat at The Esker Retreat Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway
DATES: Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March 2001

This workshop helped us become aware of and acknowledge our aggression. It also helped us with ways to manage aggression in our daily lives. Ritual and story were key elements of the weekend.

This workshop was highly successful, both in terms of the large number of men attending and the positive written feedback received from applicants. Men from all over Ireland attended this event.