DARK TALKS WITH SCREECHING PINES: Why Men Listen to Nature’s Voices
Join us at the 29th Annual Minnesota Men’s Conference September 10-15, 2013 as we invoke deep earth powers: through song, myth and fellowship.
When nature’s voices are ignored and our own language flattens under plastic, technology, and absolutism, it’s time for old stories to be heard again. Born of living rock, water, fire and breath, they blaze the language roads that emerge through authentic, masculine feeling. Men need this ancient art. Such work offers alternatives to cynicism and guffawing celebrities. We also need discriminating ears and the obsidian edges of discourse in order to hold meaningful conversations with one another—or with screeching trees, or deep water or divinity. In 1988 in Minnesota, tracker John Stokes warned, “What you don’t talk with, you don’t understand. What you don’t understand, you fear. What you fear, you want to kill” Who heeds these words?
This year we welcome environmental philosopher, David Abram, as we tilt our ears toward the spontaneous stories of the natural world. Danny Deardorff and Martin Shaw will beckon an old, Nart Saga tale from the Iranian Steppe and Caucasus region—a story that moves between fairy tale and Paleolithic imagery. Miguel Rivera will help us locate the upwelling in our own natures. Tom Gambell will activate a hidden language from men’s bodies. Doug Von Koss will teach us to sing out to visible and invisible life, and Thomas R. Smith, Jay Leeming and Timothy Young will encourage men to access their individual voices through poetry.
Tuition Includes 5 Nights Accommodations
All Meals (breakfast, lunch, & dinner)
Daily Men’s Conference Workshop
Afternoon Elective Specialty Classes
Early Morning and Evening Groups
Fishing and Kayaking
After your registration is received, a confirmation letter with conference details
will be sent. For out-of-town guests, a charter bus will be available to transport
you between the camp and the Twin Cities airport.
For more information about the bus cost, arrival and departure times, or for more details,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Craig Ungerman at 860-942-1658
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