The Gainesville Men’s Center (GMC) offers powerful learning and growth experiences for men. Our men’s groups and retreats provide sane, supportive places for men to open up new potentials, examine and change their lives, feel and express emotions, and discover true brotherhood.
Men have been gathering in truth-telling circles since the dawn of time. Every man carries deep soul wisdom, and the capacity for passion, purpose, and healthy personal power. These truly beautiful qualities in men can only be activated and refined in the caring and supportive presence of other men, with leaders who have walked the road themselves. Every man has generous gifts to offer other men as well.
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Mission of the GMC is to help men become more soulful, alive, and effective in their lives, by offering powerful learning and growth experiences
Bioenergetic Workshop for Men:
BIOENERGETICS MEETS MEN’S WORK
with Eric Diamond, PhD
NOVEMBER 2-4, 2018
8 – 12 men. Sons come free (ages 15+). “Early Bird” discount.
About the Leader: Eric Diamond, Ph.D. – Eric is a psychotherapist with 30 years experience; graduate of the Bioenergetics Training Program; Training Leader in Bioenergetic Therapy; Founder and Director of the Gainesville Men’s Center; and co-leader of the Exploring the Masculine Men’s Retreats. Eric is also a husband, father, musician and creator of “evocative, complex, and amusing” poetry which was recently published in a collection entitled Strange Frontier.
About the Workshop: Bioenergetics is a powerful approach to change, to growth, and to Life itself, that weaves emotional release and unblocking of holding patterns with sophisticated understanding of psychodynamics, character, and inner conflict. This weekend retreat will combine Bioenergetics and Men’s work. Men’s Work is built on truth-telling and brotherhood in safe settings, enhanced by the wisdom in mythic stories and energized by transformative experiences using the power of group support and challenge. Every man will have the opportunity to go deeply into what he is seeking and have support to let go of burdens and fears. He will also bring in expressive men’s work, including story, poetry, and drumming. Each man will have the opportunity to have focused work meeting his own needs, and the chance to give his gifts to other men.
This workshop will offer…
Expressing and releasing anger and grief
…in a place of brotherhood, acceptance and safety.
Workshop and Accommodation Facility
Schedule: Friday 8-10 pm/ Saturday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm | Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
How to Register: Please complete the registration form that is located on our site at the bottom of this page. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fees: The sliding scale “early bird” fee for this workshop ranges between $240- $360 per person if registration is received by Sept 15 After Sept 15 a sliding scale fee is still available, but the range will be from $275 – $390 per person. Each participant can decide their payment amount that works within their budget within the fee ranges described above. Scholarships are available. Payment is due within one week of registration.
Accommodations: Dormitory accommodations are available. It is requested that participants stay onsite throughout the workshop. Participants are welcome to bring their tent and camp on the land during the workshop.
Travel: The closest airports are Jacksonville International (JAX) in Florida, which is an hour and 20 minutes away by car, and the Gainesville Regional (GNV) which is a 20 min. drive. International trainees frequently use the Orlando, Tampa and Miami airports.
CE Credits: The Florida Society for Bioenegetics offers 12 State of Florida CE credits to Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Our CEUs are also accepted for State of Florida Psychologist and by the Board for many other helping professions. PY 0004152, MH 0000839.
FOUR MEN’S RETREATS COMPLETED IN 2015/E 2016
The GMC offered three men’s retreats, each unique and powerful.
Six brave men completed the one-day Love and Relationship Challenges Men's Retreat held at the Kevmen Men's Center in Lowell, Florida, September 24, 2015. Leaders were Eric Diamond and Kevin Cutrell. The day featured intense work on daunting and emotional crises and dilemmas in the men's love relationships, plus some healing work regarding father and mother wounding. One man entered the Monday Night Men's Group immediately, and one has jumped in for the next Exploring the Masculine. We honor the courage and spirit of these men, who showed up big-time for each other.
The second was the 18th Exploring the Masculine, facilitated by Eric Diamond, Jeffrey Weisberg, and Michael Broas, at Jeffrey’s beautiful retreat center in Micanopy. Twelve men jumped into story, emotion, life change, and soul, no holding back, strong men;s work, and much joy of brotherhood.
The third was the meeting of Bioenergetics and Men’s Work, hosted by Susan Cliett at the Florida Society for Bioenergetic Analysis farmhouse in Alachua. Thirteen men came from as far as Canada and Costa Rica for intense confrontation with the human shadow, release of deep pain, risk-taking, and major support of each other.
Men’s Retreat opportunities will resume in the Fall—stay tuned—and contact Eric Diamond at email@example.com or 352-375-3001 with interest or questions.
Current: Monday Night Men's group (men 45-75)
Tuesday Night Men's Group (men 25-50)
Past: Wednesday Night groups, Navigating the Midlife Passage, Second Half of Life group
Exploring the Masculine full-weekend retreat
Men's Work Meets Bioenergetics at the Florida Society for Bioenergetics Farmhouse
Recovery from Divorce (one-day program)
Love, Sex, and Masculinity (one-day program)