What does it take to be an Authentic Man? Men are being challenged more today than ever to measure up and be accountable for their gender. How was masculinity modeled to you, and what does healthy masculinity look like? Would it be appropriate for you to explore new ways of being a man that would enhance your own integrity and connect you more deeply with your own masculine essence?
“You can close your eyes to the things that you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel.” - Johnny Depp
The Authentic Man Project™ strives to serve the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing of men. We create opportunities for men to reacquaint themselves with their essentially masculine nature, and to express what they find in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Our philosophies are not prescriptive or promoting one model of masculinity over another. We happily welcome all shapes and sizes of men, regardless of race, creed or sexual persuasion.
Being a man in the 21st century is no easy task. In just one generation, the expectations on men have changed dramatically. Our roles as fathers, lovers, workers, community members, brothers and friends have all changed from what was expected of our fathers, in some cases almost beyond recognition. This rapid rate of change has left many men without adequate role models and in a state of confusion about what it means to be a man in the modern era.
At their deepest level, most men yearn to participate in the creation of a better world, and so serve their families, loved ones and community. How to fulfill this yearning in these complex times is a conundrum that leaves some part of just about every man struggling for clear direction within himself about what it means to be an authentic, healthy man in our society.
We encourage each man to speak from the heart and relate interpersonally with other group members, valuing respect, active listening and the freedom to choose your own path to your full potential. We invite each man, on his own terms, to explore for themselves their own answers to questions around their masculinity and humanity.
We would like you to know...... If you feel comfortable within your masculine skin; if you feel empowered to speak your truth and follow your heart; if you can respect differences while focusing your thoughts, speech and actions on the common good, then you are privileged to be grounded in a mature model of masculinity. If you feel unsure of what it means to be a man in these rapidly changing times, then we want you to know that you are not alone.
Through our weekly meetings, in the company of a few good men in their common search for deeper meaning, you are offered an opportunity to explore your own framework and personal experience of the challenge of being a man, in your relationships and today's world, without judgement or condemnation, whilst being moderated by an experienced facilitator.
What men say about how they have benefitted from their participation in the Authentic Man Project™!
"Graham creates a safe space that provides an opportunity to explore what comes up when sharing with other men. I think being able to experience other men's reactions to my vulnerability has fostered growth in me. I'm learning to be more honest and vulnerable around men, and as a resut, I am experiencing more authentic connections with them" ZS
"What I'm most taken by with this group is that it avoids advice (giving), which is such a male trait. It really shows the power in listening. The healing nature of sharing without any expectant results or direction is a path to healing, which is a paradox. Allowing men to feel and express emotions openly and vulnerably is healing in and of itself" JH
"Being able to express myself fully without fear of judgement or rejection" PS
"Having my experience of life being heard by others, being 'gotten' and not feeling alone in what I'm experiencing" JW
"Support and friendship at an authentic, no BS level" MJ
Graham Hocking brings a compassionate focus to the unique challenges faced by men today to support overcoming isolation, loneliness, confusion, anxiety and separation. By exploring healthy models of masculinity, men are liberated by learning to embrace the richness of emotional literacy, recover the fullness of their integrity, and integrate the necessary healing to restore their essential wellbeing.
Check out a Venue Near You:
Cost: from $25 per session - limited spaces - bookings essential - call Graham on 0419 572 023 to check dates and availability.
Thursday Evenings: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Currawong Bush Park Conference Room: 269 Reynolds Rd Doncaster East Vic 3109
North Fitzroy Library: 182-186 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy Vic 3068
Tuesday Evenings: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House: 90-100 Canadian Bay Rd, Mt Eliza Vic 3930
Graham has a Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling, a Diploma of Health Sciences (Holistic Kinesiology) and a Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling, and has been a group facilitator for many years with the Cairnmillar Institute through their ongoing course 'Human Relations for Everyday Living'.
Australian Counselling Association - Level 2 Member 5810