Twice a year, a group of New England men get together and talk about being men. The Massachusetts Men’s Gathering kicks off tonight and extends through Sunday. It takes place at a camp/retreat house in central Massachusetts. No alcohol or drugs are allowed, and all the participants take part in a number of workshops about various men’s issues.
From their “About” page:
Massachusetts Men’s Gathering (MMG) is a participant-organized and participant-led weekend that happens twice a year at a year-round camp/ retreat center. Like similar format retreats throughout New England and in several other states, MMG does not hire “experts” to run workshops or provide the entertainment, but trusts in the abilities of whoever shows up!
The MMG Organizing Committee (OC) plans and sustains the framework for the spring and fall weekends, but not the content. Each participant brings his piece, his truth into the framework to make the content rich. Whether we are offering a workshop, talking over coffee for hours with a new-found kindred spirit, or just exploring the peaceful country setting, we are MMG.
For twenty years now, men have been using the wide-open format of the weekend to take chances and be good to themselves — by leading a workshop, receiving applause during talent show, sleeping incredibly late, playing Frisbee or Scrabble, hiking around the pond, talking around a campfire, pitching in to help with meals…
If you’re free for the weekend and in the New England area, it’s not too late. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Go out and support this good cause.