About WA Men’s Gathering
The West Australian Men’s Gathering provides a opportunity for men to meet together in an environment that encourages honesty, trust, and the true expression of feelings.
What happens at a Gathering?
The Gathering offers you an opportunity to explore what it means to be a man in the company of other men in search of deeper clarity. This is done through a number of activities and facilitated sessions that stimulate and encourage men to explore their current wellbeing, may this be physical or psychological. The WA Men’s Gathering uses structured ways and protocols to ensure safety and confidentiality. The Gathering offers a range of self management opportunities that men can learn about and engage in, which are generated by the shared experience and stories of the men attending. There is also plenty of time to connect, share a meal or a cuppa and laugh or go for a walk.
What happens after a Gathering?
Following the Gathering men are provided with contact details of men’s groups in the community and sometimes set up their own men’s groups in their local area. The Gathering and other community groups such as Men’s Work Project offers support and some funds to get groups started. The Gathering also provides information on other men’s services. The Gathering mailing list sends out pertinent information for men for their interest on available workshops and other events in WA for men.
What can I get out of a Gathering?
The importance of men coming together in community is a central pillar of the success of the WA Gathering. Through our ground-rules, we create a community space that is inherently healing in its nature.
"Paradoxically, a group of humans becomes healing and converting only after its members have learned to stop trying to heal and convert. Community is a safe place precisely because no one is attempting to heal or convert you, to fix you, to change you. Instead, the members accept you as you are. You are free to be you. And being so free, you are free to discard defences, masks, disguises; free to seek your own psychological and spiritual health; free to become your whole and holy self."
How is the Gathering funded?
The Gathering is run by a volunteer committee and costs are kept to a minimum. Presenters at Gatherings are mostly volunteers and pay to attend. The price of attending the Gathering is cost price and subsidy for attendees can be provided thanks to the kind sponsorship of Lotterywest.
The WA Men’s Gathering is organised by a dedicated volunteer group of men who meet year around to discuss and plan the next Gathering. The group is itself a tribe, one that shares information, ideas, challenges, contacts and inspiration in the spirit of mateship and support. The closer we come to a Gathering, the more we mobilise and the more the tribe grows.
In the true spirit of a compassionate and connected community we work together to create an event that supports the social and emotional wellbeing of men so they can lead more fulfilled lives
David Smyth... and many others!
Becoming Better Men - Diving Deeper, Flying Higher
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th November 2021 - Jarrahfall Bush Camp, Dwellingup, WA