About WA Men's Gathering
The West Australian Men's Gathering provides a opportunity for men to meet together in an environment that encourages honesty, trust, and the true expression of feelings.
What happens at a Gathering?
The Gathering offers you an opportunity to explore what it means to be a man in the company of other men in search of deeper clarity. This is done through a number of activities and facilitated sessions that stimulate and encourage men to explore their current wellbeing, may this be physical or psychological. The WA Men's Gathering uses structured ways and protocols to ensure safety and confidentiality. The Gathering offers a range of self management opportunities that men can learn about and engage in, which are generated by the shared experience and stories of the men attending. There is also plenty of time to connect, share a meal or a cuppa and laugh or go for a walk.
What happens after a Gathering?
Following the Gathering men are provided with contact details of men's groups in the community and sometimes set up their own men's groups in their local area. The Gathering and other community groups such as Men's Work Project offers support and some funds to get groups started. The Gathering also provides information on other men's services. The Gathering mailing list sends out pertinent information for men for their interest on available workshops and other events in WA for men.
What can I get out of a Gathering?
The importance of men coming together in community is a central pillar of the success of the WA Gathering. Through our ground-rules, we create a community space that is inherently healing in its nature.
"Paradoxically, a group of humans becomes healing and converting only after its members have learned to stop trying to heal and convert. Community is a safe place precisely because no one is attempting to heal or convert you, to fix you, to change you. Instead, the members accept you as you are. You are free to be you. And being so free, you are free to discard defences, masks, disguises; free to seek your own psychological and spiritual health; free to become your whole and holy self."
How is the Gathering funded?
The Gathering is run by a volunteer committee and costs are kept to a minimum. Presenters at Gatherings are mostly volunteers and pay to attend. The price of attending the Gathering is cost price and subsidy for attendees can be provided thanks to the kind sponsorship of Lotterywest.
The organising committee comprises of a group of men who volunteer their time to organise the year's Gathering. This committee, during the year, forms a men's group in the process, and considerable time is spent in the committee for members to express themselves and enhance their personal growth with the support of the group.