Face to Face (F2F) Men’s Group 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.
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.
We acknowledge that many men struggle to find a quality relationship with their father and/or mother, while harbouring concerns about the way they are fathering their own sons and daughters. We recognise that our primary relationships are often confusing and frustrating, and that finding comfort with our sexuality is no simple matter.
We share with you the quest to find meaning and purpose in our work and our day-to-day lives, and we lament how so many of our brothers no longer find answers from our society or from the old among us. We see the pain of so many men around us… the alcoholics, the gamblers, the violent, the drug addicts, the sex addicts, and those obsessed with any one of a thousand different diversions that we use to avoid facing the unanswerable.
You will find renewed hope! Through F2F 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.
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.
Venue: Currawong Bush Park Environment Centre: 269 Reynolds Rd Doncaster East Vic 3109
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm Thursdays, commencing January 28, 2021
Cost: $25 per session - limited spaces - bookings essential
Meeting Schedule for 2021:
February 11th & 25th
March 11th & 25th
May 6th & 20th
June 3rd & 17th
July 15th & 29th
August 12th & 26th
October 7th & 21st
November 4th & 18th
December 2nd & 16th
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