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The Men's Circlewww.themenscircle.com/Offshoot of the Sterling Men's Weekend -- an informal, flat-structure, men's circle with a long tradition of meeting around a bonfire at Ocean Beach, San Francisco. (A proposed bonfire ban, June 1, 2014, threatens the group's traditional location.)Men's "Team"WeeklyOcean Beach, San FranciscoBeach BonfireFree
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Landmark Education / The Forumwww.landmarkworldwide.com/"A fundamental principle of Landmark's work is that people — and the communities, organizations, and institutions with which they are engaged — have the possibility not only of success, but also of fulfillment and greatness." Fundamentally, Landmark teaches a way of being in the world that WORKS (as opposed to systems that focus on what is TRUE, RIGHT, or GOOD). Profound and simple. A great introduction to transformational learning. Check out their flagship introductory course: The Landmark Forum ( http://www.landmarkworldwide.com/the-landmark-forum ) "You can have anything you want from life if you invent it as a possibility and enroll others in your having gotten it."Education, Effectiveness, Relationship, EmpowermentRegular Educational Weekend CoursesWorldwide (headquartered in San Francisco)Urban Conference Center$575
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The Mankind Project / New Warrior Training Adventuremankindproject.org/Experiential "initiation" weekend, and ongoing community, for men, followed up by weekly "Integration" groups. Creating a new definition of masculinity in the post-John Wayne era. Focuses on "shadow work." Our "shadow," as defined by Carl Jung, is that part of us we repress or deny. In that realm is locked much of our worldly power. Owning our shadow is a vital step to manhood. Also heavily influenced by Robert Bly (author of the seminal book "Iron John"), and Native American practices.Men's GroupExperiential WeekendWorldwideRetreat Center in the Woods$650
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MDIwww.mensdivisionsinternational.com/Grew out of the work of Justin Sterling (see "Sterling Institute Men's Weekend"). A thriving community in the Bay Area. Supports a more traditional view of manhood. Fosters learning through action in community service. "Teams" meet weekly or bi-monthly throughout the Bay Area. MDI has created its own training weekend, branching off from Justin Sterling's influence (see "Legacy Discovery Weekend").Men's "Team"Weekly or Bi-monthlyWorldwide (strong presence in California)Various Urban LocationsFree
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Legacy Discovery Weekendwww.tmw.to/members.php?uri=legacy-discovery-mdi-mens-weekendWeekend men's training developed by MDI (as an evolution of the Sterling Institute's Men's Weekend). "The purpose of the Legacy Discovery is to connect you with your masculine identity through the wisdom of men and with that power put your legacy into action." The feel is somewhere in-between the Men's Weekend, and the Manking Project's Weekend Warrior Training.Men's "Team"Experiential WeekendWorldwide (strong presence in California)Retreat Center in the Woods$400
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Luminous Awareness Institutehttp://www.luminousawareness.com/"Luminous Awareness Institute is dedicated to empowering people to transform their limiting life patterns, uncover their gifts, align to their life purpose, develop energetic healing skills and cultivate a luminous awareness that brings greater clarity and compassion into the world. Those who attend the LAI program get clear reflection on the personal patterns that are disrupting their lives, tools to transform these patterns, training in energetic awareness and the transmission of powerful healing skills.""Energy" School & Community8 4-day quarterly retreats over two yearsSanta Cruz, CA and Boulder, CORetreat Center in the WoodsPer-Quarter: $775 tuition + $265 Room & Board)
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The 5th Wayhttps://the5thway.com/Learn to tell your own story to empower your life. Unleash your potential. Live your Essential Task. Based on shamanic teachings in the Peruvian tradition, with some Taoist influence.Community / Transformational EducationMonthly Classes + CommunityNationwide (esp. Southern California)Home meetings$150/mo
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Authentic Man Program (AMP)authenticmanprogram.comAn introduction to "Circling" (self-awareness through shared reality) for men, in particular, in regards to how men relate with women.Men's GroupExperiential WeekendBay Area and Boulder, COUrban Conference Center$2,300
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Sterling Institute - Men's Weekendhttps://www.sterling-institute.com/sterling-institute-mensweekend.phpA course and community founded and led by Justin Sterling, a pioneer in the Men's Movement. A more traditional view of what it means to be a man. Justin is interested in supporting the "3rd entity" -- i.e., not men, not women, but the relationship between men and women, and what makes that work. Special focus on the differences in how a man relates to his woman, and with his men. Own your masculine legacy!Men's "Team"Weekend TrainingWorldwideUrban Conference CenterApprox $600 - $800
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David Deidahttp://deida.infoDavid Deida offers workshops for men and women, teaching how to access your authentic masculinity and femininity. (A more "CIS-gendered" view, highlighting the polarity in expressed gender.) David Deida is the author of the popular books: "The Way of the Superior Man", and "Dear Lover".Education in free expression of gender polarity (masculininty / femininity)3 & 5-day intensivesOjai, CA
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The Pleasure Course / Oracle traininghttp://www.erwandavon.com/ Teachings of Erwan Davon (who shares some background and techniques with the founder of One Taste). Find your orgasm. Live your turn-on.Community, Education, SensualityLong weekend with optional yearlong trainingBay Area
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NLP Marinhttp://www.nlpmarin.com/An enlightened approach to Neuro-Linguistic Programming. How to create rapport with yourself and others, and re-program your own conditioning, from behavor to identity. "What would you like?"Education, Transformation3-month, 5-month & 7-month trainingsNovato, CAUrban Conf. Room$550-$600 per month
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Spirit Rick Meditation Centerhttp://www.spiritrock.org/World-famous Vipassana (Insight Meditation) center in Marin, Led by Jack Kornfeld. Chek out sattelite sanghas throughout the Bay Area: https://www.spiritrock.org/sitting-groupsBhuddist Meditation CenterRegular Sits on Mondays + RetreatsFairFax / Bay AreaRural Retreat Center
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Human Awareness Institute (HAI)http://www.hai.org/Love, Intimacy and Sexuality workshops - formerly held at Harbin Hot Springs (never experienced this, but recommended by friends).Experiential EducationWeekend RetreatsGuernvilleRetreat Center
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Shakti Malanhttp://www.shaktimalan.com/Tantrika, educator, and inventor of "Totality Therapy." Runs a year-long tantric education webinar for women.Educationyear long webinarVirtual
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"Energy School" with Linda Caesara(no web presence)Two-year energy school based on Reichian Defense Patterns, run out of Linda's home in North Berkeley. Also uses teachings from Native American traditions of the SW United States. Linda also teaches advanced training for (physical) bodyworkers, and the community that arose out of her classes has an annual festival known as "Oak Dance.""Energy" School & CommunityBerkeley, CAHome in North Berkeley
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Authentic Women's Experience (AWE)www.authenticwomanexperience.com/Sister program to the Authentic Men's Program. "Being REAL is the source of your pleasure, feminine power & true love. Being REAL makes you radiant and irresistible. Being REAL attracts incredible friendships and opportunities and will inspire the right man to stop in his tracks to discover you. Being REAL will make this one wild and precious life... yours."Women's GroupExperiential WeekendNationwide (US)Urban Conference Centerabout the same as AMP
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Somatica Methodhttp://www.somaticainstitute.com/The Somatica Method was developed as a result of our deep human need to have fulfilling sex and relationships. It will help you learn and be able to teach the emotional, interpersonal and erotic tools all people need for a life of relationship satisfaction and emotional and erotic growth.Sexualityyear long monthly classesSan Francisco, CAUrban Conference Center
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The Circling Insitututehttp://www.circlinginstitute.com/Circling is a new practice and a way of relating that is growing all over the world. By relating in the present moment – beyond stories, expectations and predetermined ideas about who you are – Circling has the capacity to reveal your unique gifts, set a new precedent for what is possible in authentic relationships, and generate radical transformation, personal growth and mindfulness.RelationshipYear long training; weekly meet-upsBerkeley, CAPrivate Home
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Interchange Counseling Institutewww.interchangecounseling.com/"Interchange is a year-long counseling and coaching training program that offers a unique opportunity to work on yourself while you learn to skillfully support others. It is a community-rich learning environment for people who want to become powerful counselors and coaches, and for people who want to grow in their own lives." For a feel of Steve Bearman's brilliant teaching style, check out the video blog on the web site. One-night workshops also offered throughout the year. Counseling Training and Personal Growth Community10 weekends over a year (Sep - Aug)San Francisco, CAUrban Conference Center$4,950
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One Tasteonetaste.us/The brainchild of the incomparable Nicole Daedone. A group foucsed on the female orgasm, and a core practice of Orgasmic Meditation (not for everyone). "Orgasmic Meditation (OM) is a practice in which one partner gently strokes the other partner’s clitoris for 15 minutes ... the only job for both partners is to feel. ... It’s a meditation, equally powerful for both partners ... Practitioners experience benefits similar to other mindfulness practices ..." The community supports many trainings and events, which include a rich set of practices, focusing on emotional intimacy, heightened sensaion, presence, and what it means to stay in relationship.Community, Education, SensualityOngoing Community (residential option available), with regular eventsWorldwide (esp. San Francisco and New York)Urban Conference CenterVarious (some Free)
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