HIDDEN WINE presents
23rd Annual Mens Conference

September 4th-9th, 2007
Minnesota Men's Conference
23rd Annual at Camp Miller,
Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota


There is much uncertainty and unease these days, and those feelings are appropriate. But we also need to keep our feet on the ground so we won't be blown over or blown into the air. Malidoma Somé will lead a fire ritual this year. And Robert Moore will lecture us on the bearding of the dragon and the fearfulness of being grandiose. A new teacher, Eric Larsen will be with us for the first time. He is the author of A NATION GONE BLIND, a tough book about public lies and our longing for them. Robert Bly will offer some of his new poems and recent translations of Hafez. Daniel Deardorff will give us wild stories and some singing. Jay Leeming, Thomas R. Smith, and Timothy Young will lead their afternoon poetry workshop. Tom Gambell will teach Aikido. Miguel Rivera will bring drumming and ritual, and Doug von Koss his amazing early morning singing and all-day joy.

For more information call:
Craig Ungerman (860) 923-6987

email: hiddenwine@earthlink.net

for Conference Registration click here


Lightning-Bark Words From the Cave of Cesh Corran:

An Evening with Martin Shaw and Jay Leeming—

For one night only we are proud to present an evening with UK storyteller Martin Shaw and poet Jay Leeming. This is a rallying call for all vagabonds, brigands and piratical nomads to gather for a night of rousing Gaelic story and electifying poetry. Once present we will light fires, rub shoulders and feed the horses for the ride up to our home of delightful wildness, The Minnesota Mens Conference. Please join us at your rightful place by the fire.

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Magers and Quinn Bookstore
3038 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis
Monday, September 3rd, 6:00

see this page for more information:

Keeping Our Feet
on Human Ground

for Conference Registration click here

Teacher's links:
Robert Bly
Malidoma Somé
Robert Moore
Eric Larsen
Daniel Deardorff
Miguel Rivera
Doug von Koss
Tom Gambell
Jay Leeming
Thomas R. Smith

Timothy Young
Martin Shaw
. . . and many friends


For more information call:
Craig Ungerman (860) 923-6987

for registration click here

email: hiddenwine@earthlink.net

The Teachers in 2007

Robert Moore, Ph D. is an internationally recognized Jungian psychoanalyst and consultant in private practice in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Author and editor of numerous books in psychology and spirituality, he lectures internationally.

Eric Larsen is a novelist, critic, and teacher. The subjects of literary and political culture, and of changes in them, have been among Larsen’s strongest interests throughout his career, a fact testified to by his fifth book, A Nation Gone Blind:

Robert Bly, internationally recognized and award-winning author and poet, helped found the modern men's movement. He has taught men how to create a home for what is best in them. He inspires both men and women to lead a life of intensity and beauty that brings them together into community.

Interview in the Rake Magazine January 2004

The Wind Isn't Depressed:
Robert Bly Talks With Michael Ventura About Art, Madness, And The Joy Of Loss in the Sun Magazine
May 2004- Robert Bly and Michael Ventura

download interview with Robert Bly and Michael Ventura in the Sun Magazine 2004


Malidoma Somé: village elder, author, comes to us from the Dagara Tribe of West Africa. He an astonishing teacher, able to bring in ideas almost unheard of in the West. His first book was Of Water and The Spirit, and his new book is The Healing Wisdom of Africa.

Daniel Deardorff As a gifted singer, musician, and storyteller, he brings the luminous mythological to the conference. Danny Deardorff carries mysteries into a new place. "Myth is a story that tells a sacred truth without the use of facts."

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 in leading rituals and reaching out to new particpants.

Doug von Koss joyously returns again this year to lead early morning chanting. Many participants return to this conference just to begin each day in “one voice” under his guidance. He teaches the vowel sounds as well as chants from the Near East and the West.

Tom Gambell: a 6th Degree Black Belt, is a returning teacher this year. He has taught Aikido for over 30 years, and is the Chief Instructor of East Bay Aikido in Oakland, CA. He teaches that once the principles of Aikido are embodied, they become a source of strength and guidance in everyday living. He will do workshops that will be open to all participants on the art of compassionate self-defense.

The Conference History

The Minnesota Men’s 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 1980’s. Aaron Kipnis, John Lee and Robert Moore joined us in the 1990’s. In 1993 with the addition of Malidoma Somé, Miguel Rivera,
Haki Madhubuti 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 fatherless—and to work out rituals and ways of communication in order to offer to the younger men what the culture as whole does not.

Conference Site

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!


Past Themes

1984—What Do Men Dance About?

1985—Bringing Back the Gold! Men, Failure and Harvest

1986—Men’s Work in World: Leaving the Father’s House

1987—Animal Truths, Imagination and Danger: On the Track of Male Nature

1988—Passion and Purpose in the Male Psyche

1989—Developing the King: Inside and Outside

1990—Men in Community: Men in Ritual

1992—Men in Relationships

1993—The Hostile Brother

1994—The Generous Mothers and the Angry Mothers: Giving Gifts to Both

1995—Shimmering Flowers on the Community Tree: Growing Into Our Ancestor’s Faces

1996—The Adolescent Society and the Way Men Are

1997—Reaching Back to Younger Men

1998—Tracking Our Own Souls: Men in Nature and the Nature of Men

1999—Old Grandmother Growth: Men, boys and the Trickster

2000—Feasting the Mother Bear

2001—Who is the Friend of the Hidden One?

2002—What will Heal the Wounded King?

2003—The Dragon of Grandiosity

2004—The Souls Survival When Things Fall Apart

2005—Three Roots, Three Roads, Three Dances

2006—What Is Stealing the Courage of So Many Men?

23rd Annual Minnesota Men’s Conference, Sept 4-9, 2007
Camp Miller, Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota
Attendance will be limited to 90 adult men and 30 young men.

Cost : $700 Adult Men, $375 young men

After your registration is received, a confirmation letter with conference details will be sent.

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 $75 paid in advance.

The bus will be at the airport by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 4th and will leave for the camp by 3:30pm.

The bus will return to the airport on Sunday, September 9th 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 1/2 hours after the bus arrives back to the airport.

By Car: Camp Miller is located 100 miles north of the Twin Cities, just off Interstate 35. 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.

Additional Logistical Details for Minnesota Men's Conference:

For more Information call Craig Ungerman at Hidden Wine:
Call in US
phone 860 923-6987

email: hiddenwine@earthlink.net

Conference Cost :(Conference costs include all lodging and meals)

Adult Men
: $700, registration deposit: $150.00

Young Men: (ages 13-20) $375, registration deposit: $75.00

Refund Policy:
All Deposits Refundable until August 1st, 2007 less $30 handling fee, after August 1st all deposits are non-refundable
Balance of fee Refundable until August 25th, 2007 less $30 handling fee, after August 25th all fees are non-refundable

What you need to know if you are registering for the Men's Conference.

Minnesota Men's Conference Registration
I am registering for the 23rd Annual Minnesota Mens Conference Sept 4th-9th. 2007
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Conference Cost
(includes lodging and meals):

__Adult men $
700 Registration deposit: $150

__Young men (Ages 13-20) $375 Registration deposit: $75

Refund Policy:
All Deposits Refundable until August 1st, 2007 less $30 handling fee, after August 1st all deposits are non-refundable
Balance of fee Refundable until August 25th, 2007 less $30 handling fee, after August 25th all fees are non-refundable

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If you are sending the deposit $150 ($75) the remaining balance of $550 ($300) is due by August 15th

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For more Information call Craig Ungerman at Hidden Wine:
Call in US
phone 860 923-6987

E-mail: hiddenwine@earthlink.net

What you need to know if you are registering for the Men's Conference.


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links to past Mn Men's Conferences

Recommended Books:

Robert Bly:
Iron John
The Insanity Iron John
My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy
The Winged Energy of Delight
The Urge to Travel Long Distances
The Night Abraham Called To The Stars;
Morning Poems
Eating the Honey of Words

Robert Moore: Facing the Dragon ( 2003)

Malidoma Some: Of Water and Spirit

Eric Larsen: A Nation gone Blind: America in an Age of Simplification and Deceit - see Amazon link

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Scholarship Fund

The Minnesota Men’s 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 year’s conference. Please send a check or money order for $10, $25, $50, even a full scholarship


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