Minnesota Mens Conference
Sept. 11th-26th, 2001
|Who is the Friend
of the Hidden One?
After ten years, we are returning in our thought to the theme of Enkidu, the Hidden One, and the relation of this energy to our souls and our practical lives.
Miguel Rivera will be with us, with his drums and knowledge. It may be possible that Miguels friend, the Guatemalan poet Humberto Akabal, the translation of whose work began at the Minnesota Mens Conference four years ago and who has just received a visa to the United States, will be here. Craig Ng will teach the martial arts to young and old. Doug Von Koss will be back for early morning singing.
by the McKnight Foundation."
Martín Prechtel will return to the conference this year, telling ancient stories, and share his knowledge learned from his experiences as ritualist and initiator of men among the Tzutujil Maya of Guatemala.
Malidoma Somé is a member of the Dagara Tribe of West Africa. He has been fully initiated into the Wisdom Traditions of his culture, and brings his knowledge to share with the West through his writings, workshops and lectures.
John Lee has committed 20 years of his life to helping people live richer and fuller lives by teaching them to release the emotions trapped inside their bodies. His insightful wisdom and unique exercises will help you in your relationships, work environment, and life in general.
Miguel Rivera, a musician and drummer, is a man who is in love with the language of sound. A regular teacher at this conference since 1993 it is always an honor to have Miguel teach drumming, read poetry, and assist Martín in leading rituals and reaching out to new particpants.
Doug von Koss returns again this year to lead early morning chanting circles explore the sung and spoken Languages of the Heart from many world cultures and spiritual traditions.
Additional Links for more information:
Robert Bly , John Lee, Malidoma Somé, Martín Prechtel, Doug von Koss
go to registration form
The Minnesota Mens Conference was started by Robert Bly in 1984. This was shortly after the interview between Keith Thompson and Robert Bly called What do Men Really Want? This first conference, as well as all the ones following have included the telling of old stories, the gifts of poetry, making music together and opening our hearts to grief, which sometimes appears when men who trust each other gather together for a few days.
This conference has been blessed with many fine teachers such as Etheridge Knight, James Hillman, Michael Meade, and Terry Dobson in the 1980s.
Aaron Kipnis, John Lee and Robert Moore joined us in the 1990s. In 1993 with the addition of Malidoma Somé, Miguel Rivera, Onaje Benjamin and Martín Prechtel, the conference moved towards a richer diversity of thought and a deeper connection to our ancestors. In the last few years we have begun to ask that men who have been given the honey of the old stories and soul teaching give some of this sweetness back to younger men. So again we are inviting 30 young men between the ages of 13 and 20 to attend this years conference.
We are asking all the men to reach back toward young men-both the fathered and the fatherlessand to work out rituals and ways of communication in order to offer to the younger men what the culture as whole does not.
1984What Do Men Dance About?
1985Bringing Back the Gold! Men, Failure and Harvest
1986Mens Work in World: Leaving the Fathers House
1987Animal Truths, Imagination and Danger: On the Track of Male Nature
1988Passion and Purpose in the Male Psyche
1989Developing the King: Inside and Outside
1990Men in Community: Men in Ritual
1992Men in Relationships
1993The Hostile Brother
1994The Generous Mothers and the Angry Mothers: Giving Gifts to Both
1995Shimmering Flowers on the Community Tree: Growing Into Our Ancestors Faces
1996The Adolescent Society and the Way Men Are
1997Reaching Back to Younger Men
1998Tracking Our Own Souls: Men in Nature and the Nature of Men
1999Old Grandmother Growth: Men, boys and the Trickster
2000Feasting the Mother Bear
2001Who is the Friend of the Hidden One?
This years conference will be held once again
at Camp Miller, a beautiful YMCA camp on
100+ acres of woods, fields and waterfront,
on Sturgeon Lake 100 miles north of the
Twin Cities. The cabins, dining room and
main meeting lodge are a combination of
rustic and modern. The camp staff are superb,
the food is excellent and the sauna is always hot!
The Minnesota Mens Conference is supported entirely by participant fees and individual donations to the scholarship fund. Help reach out to a young man by sponsoring him to this years conference. Please send a check or money order for $10, $25, $50, even a full scholarship
Malidoma Somé, Of Water and the Spirit
Martín Prechtel, Secrets of the Talking Jaguar,
Martín Prechtel, Long Life, Honey in the Heart
John Lee, Growing Yourself Back Up
Robert Bly, Iron John,
Robert Bly, The Night Abraham Called to the Stars
Humberto Akabal, Poems I Brought Down from the Mountain
|These books may be ordered from:
524 Orleans Street
St. Paul, 55107
612-291-2652 in Minnesota
17th Minnesota Mens Conference, Sept. 11 - 16, 2001
Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota
Attendance will be limited to 90 adult men and 30 young men.
After your registration is received, a confirmation letter with conference details will be sent.
For our out-of-state guests, a charter bus will be available to transport you to and from the
camp from the Twin Cities airport. The conference registration will begin at 4:00 pm, September 11.
The conference will end at 1:00 pm on September 16.
For more information, call Craig Ungerman at Hidden Wine, ,
Conference Cost (Conference costs include all lodging and meals)
Adult Men: $ 595, registration deposit: $150.00
Young Men (ages 13-20) $295, registration deposit: $75.00
Refundable until August 1st, less $25 handling fee
I am registering for the 17th Annual Minnesota Mens Conference
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By Air: If you are traveling by air, you will be arriving at the Mpls/St. Paul International Airport. We have reserved a charter bus to take you to and from the camp. The cost for this is $55 paid in advance.
A conference participant will meet you at the baggage claim level by Gate 4. Look for the sign, "Men's Conference". The bus will be at the airport by 3:00pm on Tuesday, Sept. 11th and will leave for the camp by 3:30pm.
The bus will return to the airport on Sunday, September 16th no later than 3:30pm. Please try to arrange your flights so that you arrive at least 1 hour before the bus departs from the airport and 1 hour after the bus arrives back to the airport. Please include flight arrangements on the enclosed return form. If your flight is delayed and you miss the bus, call Mark Stanley on his cell phone at 612-801-7355 and he will attempt to arrange a ride for you.
By Car: To get to the camp, take Interstate 35 to the Sturgeon Lake exit. Go east approximately 1/4 mile to the Red Oak Inn, turn left and go approximately 1/4 mile to the Camp Miller entrance, which is on the right.
See Previous 2000 Men's Conference info
See Previous 1999 Men's Conference info
See Previous 1998 Men's Conference info
History of Men's Conferences
Martin Prechtel website for his year 2001 schedule- at FloweringMountain.com
Robert Bly from 1997 mens conference flyer
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