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Robert Bly reads his ghazal poems accompanied by Marcus Wise and David Whetstone on tabla and sitar.

This is an exclusive recording of the 2003 Minnesota Men’s Conference. Register and attend the next Conference by visiting http://www.minnesotamensconference.com

Founded by Robert Bly in 1984, the Minnesota Men’s Conference celebrates the telling of old stories, the gifts of poetry and music, and opening our hearts to grief, wildness, and joy. We all have a yearning for lives of richness and meaning; this five-day conference is a unique opportunity to enrich ourselves in a community of other men.

 

 

 

Robert Bly reads poems of Rumi, Hafez, and himself.

This is an exclusive recording of the 2003 Minnesota Men’s Conference. Register and attend the next Conference by visiting http://www.minnesotamensconference.com

Founded by Robert Bly in 1984, the Minnesota Men’s Conference celebrates the telling of old stories, the gifts of poetry and music, and opening our hearts to grief, wildness, and joy. We all have a yearning for lives of richness and meaning; this five-day conference is a unique opportunity to enrich ourselves in a community of other men.

 

 

 

 

Robert Moore, whom we tragically lost on June 18th of this year, reviews the perspectives of classic psychologists on grandiosity—including Freud, Jung, Adler, Kohut and Goldberg—and their views on how to ‘befriend the dragon.’ “For the first time, the appropriate attitude of a healer to that thing in you that wants to be seen and celbrated is empathy. And the task ought to be empathy, and the task ought to be getting it a hearing, and getting it into the world.”

Buy Robert Moore’s book here: http://www.amazon.com/Facing-Dragon-Confronting-Spiritual-Grandiosity/dp/188860221X

This is an exclusive recording of the 2003 Minnesota Men’s Conference. Register and attend the next Conference by visiting http://www.minnesotamensconference.com

Founded by Robert Bly in 1984, the Minnesota Men’s Conference celebrates the telling of old stories, the gifts of poetry and music, and opening our hearts to grief, wildness, and joy. We all have a yearning for lives of richness and meaning; this five-day conference is a unique opportunity to enrich ourselves in a community of other men.

 

 

 

Storyteller Daniel Deardorff explores the interplay between authority and authenticity. One without the other, he says, is “abdication.” He peppers his commentary with a discussion of Norse mythology and poems by Lao Tzu, James Stevens and Robert Bly.

This is an exclusive recording of the 2003 Minnesota Men’s Conference. Register and attend the next Conference by visiting http://www.minnesotamensconference.com

Founded by Robert Bly in 1984, the Minnesota Men’s Conference celebrates the telling of old stories, the gifts of poetry and music, and opening our hearts to grief, wildness, and joy. We all have a yearning for lives of richness and meaning; this five-day conference is a unique opportunity to enrich ourselves in a community of other men.

 

 

 

Robert Bly channels Robert Frost with a reading and discussion of his immortal poems ‘The Road Not Taken’ and ‘The Pasture’, as he had heard them spoken from the man himself.

This is an exclusive recording of the 2003 Minnesota Men’s Conference. Register and attend the next Conference by visiting http://www.minnesotamensconference.com

Founded by Robert Bly in 1984, the Minnesota Men’s Conference celebrates the telling of old stories, the gifts of poetry and music, and opening our hearts to grief, wildness, and joy. We all have a yearning for lives of richness and meaning; this five-day conference is a unique opportunity to enrich ourselves in a community of other men.

 

 

Bob Roberts was the founder of Project Return, an internationally recognized prison reentry program aimed at breaking the cycles of crime sensibly and without further harm. A longtime attendee of the Conference, here he shares an anecdote of one offender’s redemption he mentions in his book, “My Soul Said To Me.”

This is an exclusive recording of the 2003 Minnesota Men’s Conference. Register and attend the next Conference by visiting http://www.minnesotamensconference.com

Founded by Robert Bly in 1984, the Minnesota Men’s Conference celebrates the telling of old stories, the gifts of poetry and music, and opening our hearts to grief, wildness, and joy. We all have a yearning for lives of richness and meaning; this five-day conference is a unique opportunity to enrich ourselves in a community of other men.

 

 

Robert Bly tells the Norwegian folktale “The Best Wish,” a story of three brothers who are granted three wishes. The two elders wish that every time they put their hands in their pockets they might pull out a piece of money. But the youngest wishes something better still: that every woman he saw might fall in love with him… The tale is followed by a discussion of its meaning with Bly and MMC attendees.

This is an exclusive recording of the 2003 Minnesota Men’s Conference. Register and attend the next Conference by visiting http://www.minnesotamensconference.com

Founded by Robert Bly in 1984, the Minnesota Men’s Conference celebrates the telling of old stories, the gifts of poetry and music, and opening our hearts to grief, wildness, and joy. We all have a yearning for lives of richness and meaning; this five-day conference is a unique opportunity to enrich ourselves in a community of other men.

 

 

 

How can we feel so grand and so worthless? Why are these twin energies correlated in the human psyche? Robert Bly explores the contradiction with teachers and attendees of the Minnesota Men’s Conference, including thoughts from Robert Moore, Tim Young, and Daniel Deardorff.

This is an exclusive recording of the 2003 Minnesota Men’s Conference. Register and attend the next Conference by visiting http://www.minnesotamensconference.com

Founded by Robert Bly in 1984, the Minnesota Men’s Conference celebrates the telling of old stories, the gifts of poetry and music, and opening our hearts to grief, wildness, and joy. We all have a yearning for lives of richness and meaning; this five-day conference is a unique opportunity to enrich ourselves in a community of other men.

 

 

West African elder Malidoma Somé speaks of the forgotten art of welcoming, the drought of ritual, and the need for initiation, which has fallen reckless and shallow in the modern world. As he says,
“You need to become suspicious when your life is trouble-free.”

This is an exclusive recording of the 2003 Minnesota Men’s Conference. Register and attend the next Conference by visiting http://www.minnesotamensconference.com

Founded by Robert Bly in 1984, the Minnesota Men’s Conference celebrates the telling of old stories, the gifts of poetry and music, and opening our hearts to grief, wildness, and joy. We all have a yearning for lives of richness and meaning; this weeklong conference is a unique opportunity to enrich ourselves in a community of men.

 

Robert Bly and John Lee discuss a crisis of men and work. For centuries, men have drawn meaning from seeing the fruits of their own labor, built with their own hands—what we might call exteriorization. What happens in an advanced post-industrial society when such work no longer exists, yet ‘interior work’ is still thought of as feminine? Bly leads a lively and passionate discussion of the problem with Conference attendees, while Lee offers six strategies to reinvent masculine interiorization.

This is an exclusive recording of the 1996 Minnesota Men’s Conference. Register and attend the next Conference in Ely, Minnesota by visiting http://www.minnesotamensconference.com

Founded by Robert Bly in 1984, the Minnesota Men’s Conference celebrates the telling of old stories, the gifts of poetry and music, and opening our hearts to grief, wildness, and joy. We all want richness and meaning in our everyday lives; this six-day conference in September is a unique opportunity to speak fearlessly in a community of men.