Men Beyond 50:

Exploring Elderhood

Location: Hazel Hill Wood Farley Nr Salisbury SP5 1AA
Start Date: 17 May, 2013 at 04:00
Finish Date: 19 May 2013 at 05:00
Leader: ALAN HEEKS (View profile)
Cost: £155 incl food and accomm (concessions available)

The maturing years are a time of huge change for most men, when their sense of self needs expanding and re-inventing. In this weekend, we will explore the issues, and how to face them. You will hopefully gain a fresh sense of who you are now, how to ripen in the years ahead, and what elderhood could mean for you. There will be group and solo time, indoors and outdoors, with support and insights from experienced facilitators, the fellowship of maturing men, and a magical wood.

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Led by Alan Heeks, Robert Osborn and Max Mackay-James

The weekend will offer processes to help you re-vision your future, clear issues, and shape the skills to enjoy elderhood to the full, drawing on Alan’s forthcoming book No Shed Required: A Midlife Manual for Men. We will explore what elderhood could mean for us, personally, collectively, and for the tribe. The three guides for this weekend have wide experience of self-development and men’s groups. They won’t give you answers, but will help to steer the journey.

Hazel Hill is a secluded 70-acre conservation wood a few miles from Salisbury. Accommodation is in warm basic wooden eco-buildings with a mix of small bedrooms and sleeping lofts plus hot showers and compost toilets. To deepen our sense of community, everyone is asked to help with practicalities of cooking food, clearing up and cleaning.

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Alan Heeks, 64, has led many groups on elderhood, men’s issues, and finding life purpose. He has stewarded the land at Hazel Hill since 1987. Since 2010, at age 62, Alan has had a special interest in elderhood: he has led several groups for men and women on this theme, co-directs the Men Beyond 50 Network, and his book, No Shed Required: A Midlife Manual for Men, is due for publication September 2013. One of his main current projects is Facing the 2020s, exploring how personal and community resilience can create positive responses to the pressures ahead.
Robert Osborn is an Elder. He has been teaching in one form or another for 45 years, in both university and sixth forms, and also worked in theatre and community theatre for many years, mainly as a director. His spiritual journey began with Encounter, Bioenergetics, and his first Men's Group in the 1970s. With his partner of 30 years, Marta, he now runs Celtic Tantra workshops at Hazel Hill Wood, and is a member of the Hazel Hill Men's Circle. He is 68, with three children and two grandchildren.
Max Mackay-James, 62, has taken early retirement as a GP doctor to focus on health advocacy and community resilience projects. He has a Diploma in Palliative Care (2011) and is director of the Conscious Ageing Trust charity, where the heart of his work is about creating opportunities for 'compassionate conversations' to take place. He has been in men's groups for many years, and co-directs the Men Beyond 50 Network.

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