GCA 2018 Spring Elder Gathering Apr 6-8

by sisk384 on February 15, 2018

Joy and Compassion
(A gathering for men of all ages)

Sponsored by the Elders of the Greater Carolina Area of the ManKind Project

  • All men are welcome – younger or older, initiated or not
  • Bring a friend

Find yourself at the beach
Trinity Center
618 Salter Path Road,
Pine Knoll Shores, NC


Friday April 6 – Sunday April 8, 2018
Arrive: 4PM Friday, Depart: noon Sunday

Our Expectation
The theme for our weekend experience is “Joy and Compassion,” and compassion starts with self-compassion – taking care of yourself. Here is a golden opportunity to join together with friends, old and
new, to once again find your true self in a quiet and vibrant beach setting.
There will be:
– a mix of deep, meaningful workshops with optional breakout sessions.
– free time to spend at the beach, a trip to the aquarium or to just hang out with others.
– ritual experiences to celebrate men who have stepped into the role of Ritual Elder.
– the chance for men to honor their elder experience with an optional Declared Elder Ceremony.
If you want to participate in the Declared Elder Ceremony, send Jimmy Thiem an email now to let him know. jethiem@bellsouth.net

Planned Workshop Sessions

A few of many wonderful workshops scheduled:

  • Self-compassion: What is it, and why you need it in your life
    The journey to whole mental wellness is an ever-changing landscape of knowledge and skills necessary for a well- lived life, but, according to emerging research, one of the most important tools for long-lived wellness is that of self-compassion. This workshop will define self-compassion and provide experiential exercises to practice the art of adding more of it to your life. Come prepared to take an honest look at how you treat yourself and your relationships to change that for the better.
  • Strength in Vulnerability
    This session will invite you to explore the strength found in vulnerability.We will do so through the mediums of nature, music, journaling, and triads..
  • The Seventh Story, Subtle Activism and Mission
    Cultural and personal stories shape our perception about what is possible in the world and in our own lives.  This presentation/discussion is about how six fear-based stories dominate and limit the cultural consciousness and our own lives; how an emerging seventh story of hope and connection can change the world; and the power a personal mission has to help bring that about.
  • Looking Down the Path Ahead
    An opportunity to consider what lies ahead in the next year and the energy you carry around it.  Connecting with an ally to walk your path and words of deep inspiration for the journey ahead.
  • Friedman’s Fables
    A rewarding visit with a couple of fables.
  • Sunset Ceremony
    A ceremonial appreciation of nature with sunset over the sound.

Optional Breakouts

There will be spontaneous activities that could include:  (if there are enough men to support them)

  • Bring a drum to participate in a drumming circle
  • Bring a poem – your own or a classic, to share at a poetry reading
  • Bring a story or a myth – for a storytelling experience
  • Sunrise on the beach – 6:45AM

Schedule and Agenda

A detailed schedule along with information you will need to know will be emailed to all who have registered about a week before the event. This may include some additional activities which are now


Trinity Center is located between the beach and the sound just south of Atlantic Beach, NC. Here is a map of the facilities. We will be staying in two of the dorms along Bogue Sound and meeting in the Sharp Assembly Building. An opening ceremony will be held at the beach.

Five meals (dinner Friday, three Saturday, breakfast Sunday) will be served in the dining rooms. Snacks will be served at two breaks during our programs: Fruit and coffee will be provided. Please bring a snack to share.

Bed linens – sheets and blankets – as well as a pillow and bath towel will be provided. There is a mix of upper and lower bunks – first come, first served.
Bring your own beach towel.


Sorry, no pets allowed.

Contact: Dave Davenport – email to daviddavenport@mindspring.com   919-345-7886


  • Register NOW! The cutoff is March 29th.

Cost: $50 deposit plus CCP at the end of the event – $170 estimated total requested
Includes two nights lodging and five meals: dinner Friday through breakfast Sunday.
No man is refused for financial hardship – We use a program called Co-Creative Contribution Process (CCP)

Registration - GCA Elder Gathering April 2018
Enter: mkp

After you submit your registration, your screen will go to a page where you may pay the deposit by credit card or check. If you need special payment arrangements, someone will call you.


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The ManKind Project is a global nonprofit [501 (c)(3)] charitable organization that conducts challenging and highly rewarding programs for men at every stage of life. The ManKind Project supports a global network of peer-facilitated men's groups where men mentor men through the passages of their lives. The ManKind Project empowers men to missions of service, supporting men to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children around the world. We help men through any transition, men at all levels of success, men facing almost any challenge. Our flagship training, described by many as the most powerful men's training available, is the New Warrior Training Adventure. The ManKind Project (MKP) is not affiliated with any religious practice or political party. We strive to be increasingly inclusive and culturally aware.