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Robert Bly, Martin Prechtel, Robert Moore,
Miguel Rivera & Terrence Real
S e p t . 1 1 t h - S e p t . 1 4 t h, 1 9 9 7
The conference this year will concentrate on older men reaching back to younger men. Men have rightly been working on their own soul life for a long time now; as men approach elderhood, they grow by passing gifts on to others, particularly by helping the young men who seem now to be so distant from the ancestors. In a society that resists elders, and wants huge Star War movies instead, how do elders occupy their appropriate place? What sort of concerned response is proper for that? How do the youth learn to say what they want or recognize what they know? We can't give answers, but can live in these questions.
Martin Prechtel will bring his stories and ideas for ritual friendship between generations. Many men will be pleased that Robert Moore will be returning this year with his immense knowledge and passion. Miguel Rivera will be here helping Martin with ritual and bringing back the completed translations of the Guatemalan poet Ak-Abal to which a number of men contributed two years ago. The newest book on men's work is a highly acclaimed first book by Terrence Real, called I Don't Want to Talk About It.Men and their Depression. We're honored to have him here. Robert Bly will bring his poems and whatever else is in his bag at the moment.
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.
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 Michael Meade, James Hillman, Terry Dobson and Etheridge Knight in the 1980's. Robert Moore, John Lee and Aaron Kipnis joined us in the 1990's. In 1993 with the addition of Malidoma Some', Miguel Rivera, Onaje Benjamin and Martin 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 in the upcoming Minnesota conference, as well as the Alabama men's 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.
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
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