Big Man Gathering 2012 Programme

Event: The Big Man Gathering

Date: Saturday 3rd November 2012

Time: 8am to 9pm

Location: The Hove Centre, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 4AH

Ticket Price: £25 – £100

Parking: Norton Road Car Park



8 – 8.30am: REGISTRATION 

8.30 – 9.30am: Opening  Ceremony led by abandofbrothers, the Brighton-based charity and community of men.



Participants choose one of four 3 hour workshops on the theme ‘Exploring Manhood: How We Got Here”

WORKSHOP 1: Male Heroes and Role Models From Our Past

This workshop is for anyone wanting to be inspired by learning about the history of male heroes from the past. It is led by author Nick Clements, who has led workshops on masculinity, for 30 years.

Nick uses storytelling, creativity and imagination to challenge perceptions and create positive change. In this workshop, participants will re-examine the legacy left by the actions of our heroes took and gain inspiration from the examples they set.

Nick brings years of experience of men’s groups, rites of passage events and sweat lodges

WORKSHOP 2: Fathers and Sons

This workshop offers the opportunity to gain insight into how men’s relationships with their fathers, impact on their identity as men.

Led by David Polak, an independent Gestalt Psychotherapist and group facilitator, who came into this field after undertaking his own therapeutic journey in his early twenties.

In this workshop David will facilitate an exploration of how men’s relationships with their fathers, affect their own sense of self and create their identity as men.

David is a UKCP registered psychotherapist who has facilitated men’s groups for the past five years.

WORKSHOP 3: The Prison of Shame –  How We Stay In And How We Can Get Out

This workshop is for men who wish to get a clear idea of what shame is and why we experience it.

Led by Alistair Mayor, founder of Alistair Mayor Counselling & Training Services and SuperDads, which provides activities, support, and development for men with children.

The workshop explores how shame can ‘lock’ a person up and how understanding it through self exploration and self development could ultimately be the key to unlocking the cage and setting yourself free. It also examines the importance of healthy shame, the two sides of toxic shame and the extremes we go to, to avoid the pain of toxic shame.

Alistair is a counsellor who works in a holistic way to help people make changes in their lives. He delivers training on shame, substance misuse, counselling and working with men. He is also the father of two beautiful children and acknowledges that he is a man who feels shame.

WORKSHOP 4: Men Men and Mid-life: Going Beyond the Hero’s Quest

This workshop is led by MensCraft and further details will be provided shortly.

MensCraft work with men, boys and fathers, using programmes, groups, camps and workshops. They provide training and consultancy for other organisations about working with men. Using a ‘men’s story’, this workshop will explore the mid-life transition and what comes after our ‘Hero Quest’

The workshop will be run by Andy Wood with support from other members of MensCraft. Based in East Anglia, MensCraft runs programmes and activities to support the well-being and development of men and boys.

Andy has been has been running men’s groups and activities in Norfolk for over 10 years , using drama-based techniques, men’s stories and Council.

1.00 – 2.30 pm: MAIN MEAL BREAK 


Participants choose one of four 3 hour workshops on the theme ‘Creating The Future: Being The Man You Want To Be’

WORKSHOP 5: Warriors to Eiders: It’s For Ourselves and The Tribe.

Led by Alan Heeks co-director of the Men Beyond 50 Network and an expert in sustainable living, men’s growth and Elderhood.

Today’s society urgently needs men with the wisdom, courage and stature of elders, who can speak and act on the needs of the whole tribe. Somewhere beyond 45, men’s roles change, and they have to re-invent themselves.

This workshop explores Elderhood: how to enjoy maturity, flourish in your autumn years, grow through the shipwrecks, and rekindle your sense of purpose.

Alan, 64, has led many men’s groups and visioning retreats and has set up three sustainable living projects. His second book, ‘Men Beyond 50: Enjoying it Now’, is due for publication in early 2013.

WORKSHOP 6: The Spirit Of Man

In this workshop participants will be able to gain greater insights into their deeper selves and experience the qualities and powers that they possess to make transformation a reality.

The workshop is led by Rodney Browne from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. An expert in Raj Yoga Meditation who facilitates regular workshops on Spirituality and Men.

In this workshop you will examine the significance of the age of transformation that we are in; create a vision that will allow the emergence of who you truly are; explore methods of meditation to help ground you in this new reality of self and discuss the strategies needed to protect your truth.

Rodney discovered meditation whilst travelling in Asia in 1990. He also practises Bikram Yoga and teaches music at a secondary school.

WORKSHOP 7: How To Be The Man You Always Wanted To Be

This workshop is for delegates who wants to explore how you can become the man you have always wanted to be.

It is led by Glen Poole, who is the founder of The Men’s Network, a charity committed to helping men and boys to fulfil their potential.

‘How To Be The Man You Always Wanted To Be’ is an interactive workshop that will help you  consider two simple yet potentially life-changing questions:

  • Who do I really want to be?
  • How do I get there?

This promises to be a fun, challenging and energising session that leaves you inspired and ready to take action to become the man you always wanted to be.

Glen Poole is an experienced trainer, mentor and coach who specialises in leadership development and working with separated fathers.

WORKSHOP 8: The Good King – The Role of Positive Sponsorship and Blessing in Community Development

This workshop is for men who want to explore their relationship to their Inner King.

It is led by Paul Howell of Journeyman UK, who is as a therapist, coach and mentor for individuals and companies.

The Inner King, is the primary source of blessing and potency in all men and also the source of shaming and blaming. Through group discussion, demonstrations and small group exploration, you will learn about this life-giving force and its relationship to intergenerational connection within communities.

To fully embody who we are as humans is to exist in two worlds simultaneously: the internal world of thoughts, feelings, memories and dreams, and the external world of actions, reactions and complex social connections.

In this workshop you will explore the relational patterns between these two worlds, which map seamlessly onto Dr Robert Moore’s archetypal descriptions of the King in his fullness and his bi-polar shadow aspects.

Paul has had a varied and rich, including 15 years in the corporate world, plus ongoing studies and mentoring with indigenous and contemporary shamans, cultural creatives and change agents.  His passion is supporting people to embody their True Selves in a way that serves their communities and respects the Earth.


6.30 – 8.30 pm: Closing Ceremony led by abandofbrothers, the men’s charity that’s committed to positive social change through personal development and community building.
8.30 – 9pm: GOODBYE
To secure you place at the Big Man Gathering 2012 click here now.

Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at

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