*"Parzival" image used permission of UB Heidelberg *
Minnesota Men's Conference
Sept. 10th-15th, 2002
The Minnesota Mens Conference was started by Robert Bly. This first conference, as well as all the ones following, has included the telling of old stories, the gift of poetry, the making of music together, and the opening of hearts to grief, which sometimes happens when men who trust each other gather together for a few days. In the last few years we have begun to ask that men who have received some of the honey of old stories and soul teaching give some of the sweetness back to younger men. So again this year well be inviting a dozen or so young men between the ages of 13 and 20 to attend the conference. If you would like to sponsor one of these young men, that would be even better.
During this years conference we will continue the telling and discussion of the Middle Ages story of Parzival, whose name means "piercing the vale" or "going down the center of the valley." We began working on the story last year; this year we will go back over early events for those who couldnt, because of the September 11th disaster, arrive.
Basically its the story of how an oafish boy can become a warrior and then a lover and then someone capable in participating in the rituals of grief. He goes through the "red stage", then into the white of thoughtfulness, and finally into the state of adulthood, which corresponds, because of the grief in it, to the color black. The famous Fisher King is in this story, the one who is wounded in the genital area. During the procession in the Grail Castle, the Fisher King can be healed if Parzival remembers to ask one certain question. If he forgets, the Waste Land closes in once more, and we are back in pop culture and the pain we all know about.
Much of the passion of these old lovers has been inherited by flamenco. Vicente Griego will sing flamenco this year to our great delight, and all of us will have a chance to receive instruction in these complicated rhythms, which we learn in a group through clapping and singing. We can also expect to do some work in the woods again. Those who enjoy martial arts will have a chance to learn this art with a teacher. John Lee will bring his jokes and his advice on avoiding emotional catastrophe. We will have a night of singing as usual. The Minnesota Sufi clan has learned a new poem of Hafez as sung by Shahram Nazeri, and they will teach that. Doug Von Koss will recite Lawrences poem on whale lovemaking this year for sure, and will lead the early morning wake-up singing. We are delighted that Miguel Rivera will be with us again, and he will teach drumming so please bring a drum if you have one or can steal one. Martín Prechtel and Robert Bly will tell the Parzival story. Martín will tell us what he has learned this past year, and Robert will tell us what he has forgotten, and will recite a few new Abraham poems written this year. Hopefully Martín will read a chapter or two from his new, unpublished book. Please do come and bring friends.
Robert Bly, an award winning author and extraordinary poet, will give several talks, and moderate discussions, in his unique and thought provoking ways. He will lead the evening of Sufi singing and poetry, and will read from his acclaimed new book of poems, "The Night Abraham Called to the Stars." He received the McKnight Distinquished Artist Award given by the McKnight Foundation in Minnesota a few years ago.
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.
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.
Vicente Griego will join us this year, and will sing and teach flamenco, a tradition that has inherited and preserved the living passion of the old mythologically alive cultures. All will have a chance to learn some of the complicated rhythms as we clap and support the singing.
Additional Links for more information:
Robert Bly , Martín Prechtel, John Lee, Doug von Koss
|The Conference History
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?
2002What will Heal the Wounded King?
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
Robert Bly, Iron John,
Robert Bly, The Night Abraham Called to the Stars
Martín Prechtel, Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun
Martín Prechtel, Secrets of the Talking Jaguar
Martín Prechtel, Long Life, Honey in the Heart
John Lee, Growing Yourself Back Up
Robert Bly, Martín Prechtel, and Doug von Koss
* illustration used by permission of Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, Plöck 107-109, D-69117 Heidelberg. From Cod. Pal. germ. 848, Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (Codex Manesse) 1305 bis 1340, "Parzival" illustration by Wolfram von Eschenbach
These books may be ordered from:
524 Orleans Street
St. Paul, 55107
612-291-2652 in Minnesota
18th Annual Minnesota Mens Conference, Sept. 10 - 15, 2002
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 for a fee to transport you to and from the
camp from the Twin Cities airport. The conference registration will begin at 4:00 pm, Tuesday, September 10.
The conference will end at 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 15. See air travel information below.
By Car: Camp Miller is located 100 miles north of the Twin Cities, just off Interstate 35
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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.
The bus will be at the airport by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 10th and will leave for the camp by 3:30pm.
The bus will return to the airport on Sunday, September 15th 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.
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.
See Previous 2001 Men's Conference info
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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