The Circles of Men Project, in association with the Charter for Compassion, launched in January 2019 for the purpose of creating and fostering a global constellation of likeminded men working together to elevate mindfulness, compassion and consciousness among men around the world.
The overarching intention is to provide a forum:
- for thought leaders in men’s work to support one another navigate forward in the rapidly changing world
- to enable men and boys around the world to engage in contemplative conversation both in person and virtually
- to help provide a foundations for work in the area of gender equity and reconciliation
The Circles of Men Project is evolving as an extension of the Men’s Fellowship Network which launched in 2012 and has grown into a global network with visitors to the website from over 140 countries; half of whom are women seeking to learn more about the issues men face today and to offer as a resource to the men in their lives.
Location: Austin, TX, USA
I would like to express my gratitude to all who have been holding space and supporting me over the past several months. It's true, the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too... And believe me, that is no metaphor. Almost every day another door opens, and needless to say, this would not be possible without your generous support.
I feel that it is important to periodically report on the impact your support and contributions are making in the world. To this end my intention is to periodically send out this newsletter capturing highlights of what is being accomplished. Rest assured, there is more going on than what is being reported here.
Author: Circles of Men
Founder: Men's Fellowship Network: Circles of Men Project
Our new logo with the addition of Circles of Men Project represents the expanding scope of the Men's Fellowship Network as we begin collaborating with other organizations around the world. Two strategic alliances that have been formed are with Karen Armstrong's global organization, Charter for Compassion, and with Gender Equity & Reconciliation International which focuses on deep healing between women and men. For anyone who may be concerned, our fundamental contemplative approach to Monday nights is not changing.
Logo design: Martin Dowman - Light and Water Media
In May I support the Gender Equity & Reconciliation International team in putting on a three day intensive workshop held for the United Nations Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns. NGO leaders from around the world participated as well as senior leaders from the Mankind Project.
Men's Circles and Healing Between Women and Men - It was a privilege to be interviewed recently by Chuck Robison, Founder of What If It Really Works?. - As a unified conscious community, What If It Really Works?, creates opportunities, through interviews, articles, books and videos for understanding, wisdom, and knowledge of New Science, New Spirituality and Consciousness Studies to inform and impact the communities we serve.
Live Interactive Webinar (ZOOM): The New Compassionate Male: Being Relevant at the Speed of Change is a five session webinar beginning July 11th.
Description: Does this sound familiar? How do I keep up with the exponential rate of change in the world? How do I find meaning and purpose in life? How can I possibly stay relevant? I am looking for something beyond my recovery program; something more spiritual, but I'm not about to return to organized religion. I need to talk with someone at a heart level, but can go only so deep with my spouse or partner, and I was taught not to trust other men... and I am stuck and all knotted up inside.
We will explore 12 counterintuitive, creative and non-linear approaches to finding meaning and purpose, and staying relevant in a world of lightening fast change.
Module I - The greatest challenge in our personal development
Module II - Meaning and Purpose
Module III - Your personal mandala
Module IV - The new compassionate male?
Module V - Developing your support network
This webinar is open to both women and men.
Click here for more information and for early registration: The New Compassionate Male
August 2019 - Meru, Kenya - Young Men's Retreat - I have been invited by Dr. Karambu Ringera, IPI Founder & President of International Peace Initiatives(IPI) to conduct a three day retreat for young men in Meru which is about five hours North of Nairobi.
The intention is to do heart-centered work and lay the foundation for later work in the area of gender equity and reconciliation.
IPI is building a new generation of leaders through peace and ethical leadership programs, and provides orphans, women living with HIV/AIDS, survivors of violence, and communities with the tools and resources to move from violence, poverty, and crisis to stability and self-reliance, thereby building resilient communities.
Sponsorship Opportunity: Please pass this information along to anyone you think may be interested in sponsoring this valuable work.
To sponsor transportation and other related costs - Contribute Now
September 19th - 22nd Men and Spirituality Retreat at Ghost Ranch - What is in a man’s heart? As a man, you are possibly the only person who truly knows, and you may feel isolated without answers to the age-old questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Gather with other men in a safe contemplative setting to experience the true power of conscious vulnerability, and the healing alchemy of deeply connecting with other men seeking answers along their spiritual path.
Ghost Ranch, near Abiquiu, N.M., is a place of magnificent natural beauty, comprising deep, multicolored canyons and cliffs, plains, grasslands and streams. The schedule will be such that you will be able to enjoy such things as hiking, yoga, campfires and much more while you are there.
For more information and to register: Registration Open
Facilitated by: Clay Boykin, Christopher Howell, Larry Malone and John Strubberg.
Recommended Reading: Circles of Men: A Counter-Intuitive Approach to Creating Men's Groups; Supporting Men in Finding Greater Meaning and Purpose in their Lives (Paperback & Kindle)
I will be speaking and conducting a workshop at the Unity Atlanta - Men's Retreat October 4-6, 2019. It will be held at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center near Highlands, North Carolina.
This is beautiful country and the Men's Fellowship Network has been invited to attend.
Cost for this years retreat!
- Adult double occupancy $215
- Private room $290
Price includes everything - lodging, food and fellowship.
Make check payable to Unity Atlanta Men's Group
c/o Steve Peck
3053 Stantondale Drive
November 16th - Call of Compassion NW; Charter for Compassion: Women & Girls Sector, Gender Equity International and Circles of Men Project are teaming together to produce The Alchemy of Our Compassionate Wisdom and Power to be held November 16th in Seattle, WA. - Registration to open soon.
Gender Equity & Reconciliation International- Last November I engaged in a multi-year training program to be come a certified facilitator in gender equity and reconciliation. With your support I am engaging in four intense weeks of training which will be followed by a period of apprenticeship.
The organization was founded twenty-seven years ago and is the leading program of its kind in the world with ongoing workshops being held in the Australia, Columbia, Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Nepal, South Africa and the USA.
The book, Divine Duality, is an excellent read and was written by the founder William Keepin. This book demonstrates a revolutionary type of healing work between men and women, known as gender reconciliation.
In January I had the privilege of joining Dr. Paul Hubbert, Ph.D., Multidimensional Sound Master on a transformational journey through Egypt. We traveled through upper Egypt, cruised the Nile River, meditated in the Kings Chamber of the Great Pyramid and climbed Mt. Sinai.... and lots more.
Paul Hubbert is the founder of the Institute for Holographic Sound and Inner Balance. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, is certified in grief recovery, hypnosis and addictions recovery. He is a Multidimensional Sound Master, Ordained Minister, Reiki Master and Crystal Power Grids worker. He works with the Hathor energy or Hathors, Masters of sound and Love, along with the Angelic Realms to manifest health in the physical body and inner spirit. Dr. Paul blends crystal singing bowls and vocal harmonics to access the healing vibration of sound and music in its multi-dimensional, holographic form. This is known as "Holographic Sound Healing.
Circles of Men was published this past August and within days rose into the Amazon Top 100 in its category. The book is available in paperback and on Kindle.
With this book, Clay Boykin has created a spiritual blueprint for men around the world. Not only does this book provide a detailed guide for starting and maintaining a men’s group, but it also contains rich insight into the struggles and challenges of being a spiritual male in today’s western culture. Clay’s authenticity, honesty, and vulnerability make this an endearing read for both men and women trying to understand male or masculine spirituality. Told through his experience, Clay shares a story we can all relate too. It is rich with practical and personal insight that helps break down the complexity of the human spirit. I especially enjoyed the testimonials from those who have had the opportunity sit amongst Clay and experience this counter-intuitive process. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about their own spirituality or someone wanting to start their own group. - Jeff Bullion- Spiritual Life Coach
Men's Fellowship Network: Circles of Men Project gathers each Monday, 7:00pm, at 9905 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin, TX 78750. For more information, check out our website: mensfellowship.net.
Our gatherings are a safe and sacred space for men to connect with compassion and without fear of being judged. We do not ask for a commitment of time, rather, we invite men to set an intention to join us when they can. We all live busy lives and there is a new topic each week.
To join the mail list: Men's Fellowship Network Mail List