"So much of healing, growth, and evolution can only happen in community with others present to witness us in our wound, our shame, our wholeness (cracks and all), and in our gifts. The power of groups provides the space and place for this to occur in a safe, sacred, intimate way."
•For Men: the Masculine, Sex, Wound, Intimacy, & Sovereignty: An 8-week program that explores what intimacy actually is, how we, as men, can show up differently in our masculine, while working to understand our wounds and how they influence--often in unpleasant ways--how we are in the world and in relationship. Description below.
A Group for Men:
There are so many conversations that are not happening that I believe need to happen. To name but a few:
How do we regard ourselves as Men?
How do we regard other men?
What does intimacy mean to us?
What is our experience of pleasure?
Where do we find meaning?
I believe that these conversations are dangerously absent in the world of Men and that we no longer have the luxury of waiting to engage in these talks.
This group is for beginners and advanced participants alike. The content of this group is edgy by design, given that most of what I am wanting us to address doesn't have a venue that is out in the open. Also, given that there aren't many vehicles for dialogue around sex, sovereignty, shadow, and wound, there is an experimental aspect to this group where we will be trying out different forms, new ideas, and collaboratively shaped practices. I am wanting men to draw on all of their previous experience in life, relationships, trainings, traumas, lessons learned, lessons unlearned, struggles, and more to both participate and offer their gifts, as well as the valuable feedback and insight that each of you--and only you--can provide given your unique composition and place in this world as a Man.
We will focus on five primary topics all under the umbrella of Emotional Intelligence (the Art of Being Relational with the World):
1. The Masculine.
2. Sex, Sexuality, & Intimacy.
5. Truth Telling.
In this 8-session group, we will explore:
•What masculine energy is, and how men embody the masculine while working to discern between the innate masculine (if there is one) and the inherited cultural version of the masculine, as well as how the more unconscious influences show up in your life and in your relationships and how to do something different.
•An honest and open exploration of sex and sexuality—both with one’s self and with sexual partners—while discussing what the terrain of sex looks and feels like for each man, while asking what intimacy is, both in the bedroom and out of the bedroom, and exploring sexual sovereignty as both a concept and a practice.
•Truth telling in both the sense of telling the truth—our own truths about experience, feelings, shame, shadow, joy—as well as cultivating a culture of accountability where group members feel safe to call out—and be called out—by and for each other.
My hope is to foster connection around these oft-distorted and charged topics to, in turn, allow for a more easeful, fluid, ongoing, conversation to improve men’s self-image, their capacity for intimacy and honesty with themselves, and in all their relationships.
I want to emphasize that so much of healing, growth, and evolution can only happen in community with others present to witness us in our wound, our shame, our wholeness (cracks and all), and in our gifts. The power of Groups provides the space and place for this to occur in a safe, sacred, intimate way.
Three Leaves Counseling
Jeff James Howard
2727 Pine St. #11
Boulder, CO 80302