ALL GROUPS are presented on the basis of holistic learning:
MIND - BODY - HEART - SOUL

WORKSHOPS/RETREATS: (Booked on demand)


SERVING MEN'S NEEDS

This half-day seminar looks at the needs of men and how community agencies and service organizations can be better prepared to meet them.
MOUNTAINTOP is partnered with ROCKHAVEN in this venture.



UNTO the HILLS: A Men's Wilderness Retreat

It's not just about 'getting away' from the fuss and bother of everyday life; it's about making a deliberate effort to connect with one's inner life with the aim of refreshing oneself spiritually. Retreats into the wilderness, even for a day or part of a day become a self-nurturing endeavour which has great healing power.

Seasonal outings are arranged according to your needs and wishes. They can be 'monastic'-style retreats, overnights, or daytrips. They can involve canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing, depending on the season.

UNTO THE HILLS offers opportunities for a different perspective on the world – and yourself. There is some 'truth' to the idea of the 'call of the wild'. Being in a canoe on the mirrored reflection of two worlds, or sitting on a mountaintop overlooking the vast mountain range that once towered as high as Everest is an experience that we often put off and never get to.

UNTO THE HILLS is an opportunity NOT to put it off. It gives you the opportunity to explore. These excursions are intended for men who don't usually have a chance to make such a trip themselves, but who wish there were some 'spur' to get them 'out there'.

These are not 'outer's club' for 'hi-tech' experiences such as white-water kayaking or rock-climbing. You come with your own gear*, and your own need to explore the wilderness in good fellowship. There will be challenges, but experience has shown that simply 'being there' is enough for men of all ages – late teens to late sixties.

In some cases, excursions take you through or near popular campsites and conservation areas, but most of the trips offered take you to solitude.

*If you have your own gear, good. If you don't, it can be supplied.

KINDS OF OUTINGS

Sample Day Trip: Destination: 'Bald Mountain', Daisy Lake.
The MSC can take you for a day to an isolated lake in the Sudbury area where you can enjoy the sun and wind on the water, hike to the top of a rocky mountain outcrop, and see the world from a new perspective.

Sample Week-end Outing: Wolf Creek
Or, you can spend a weekend travelling the reflective waters of a quiet river and camping on the shores of a lost lake.

Retreats
UNTO THE HILLS can also offer larger group retreats for more extended periods of time.

All participants must sign a liability waiver against injury, loss of life, and personal possessions.

The MEN'S STUDIES CENTER will plan the event, and make arrangements for you. The MSC will provide food and may also supply basic equipment which you do not already own, i.e. canoe rentals. MSC also 'guides' the inner journey as far as you wish to take it with questions about the geology and history of the area, man's relationship to the environment, and the spiritual questions that come from simply 'being here' in the present moment.

For more information, contact ME by phone or email.

SOME OF THE PLACES WE'VE BEEN
UNTO THE HILLS has taken men to Wolf Mountain, Killarney, Wolf Creek, and many of the lakes which lie within the boundaries of the City of Greater Sudbury. Photos on these pages have been taken from such excursions.

THE IDEA OF A RETREAT
A retreat is a withdrawing from society into seclusion, most often for restorative purposes – restoration of peace of mind, restoration of inner contentment. Mountaintop recognizes the supreme value of the wilderness in this regard, and promotes this kind of wholesome activity. It's not just about 'getting away' from the fuss and bother of everyday life; it's about making a deliberate effort to connect with one's inner life with the aim of refreshing oneself spiritually. Organized religion certainly has a place in our society, but Mountaintop looks upon the wilderness as God's Own Cathedral, and responds to that distant voice from within which calls with a sound as distant and as lonely as the loon. Retreats into the wilderness, even for a day or part of a day become a self-nurturing endeavour which has great healing power.

"SPIRITUALITY"
Many men have a real problem with the word 'spiritual', and when they hear or see it, go into evasive action; they just don't want to 'go there'. Reasons for this are many, and they often include abuse at the hands of clergy, bad experiences with 'organized religion' and so on.

Programs offered by Mountaintop Enterprises do take this into account. If men are interested in discovering themselves, they will inevitably encounter a 'spiritual' connection within, but that is for them to discover, not for anyone to impose. In accordance with this belief, ME will make the self-discovery process available, but will not fill that opening with any kind of pre-digested beliefs or opinions. If you are a declared atheist, your inner life is your own to discover. If you are a devout Christian, the same holds true. If you are a 'New Age' man, your inner journey is your own and of your own choosing.

ME respects all such approaches to life, and in fact, makes it possible for men to share their differences in a way that is both stimulating and nurturing.

Your 'spirituality' may have nothing to do with a church spire; and that's okay. Your 'spirituality' may have much to do with a church spire; and that's okay too.

What men need to discover as they make their way through life, is that it's okay to make part of that journey in the company of other men who are willing to share what they think, feel, and do.




VOICE OF EXPERIENCE: Forum
12-WEEK Seminar Style discussion groups including the following topics
* Female Abusers
* Long-term consequences of early childhood abuse
* Stolen Identity
* Relation between addictions and childhood sexual abuse
* Clarifying Sexual Orientation and Sexual Identity Issues
* Regaining Sexual Identity

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MASCULINE IDENTITY: Workshop
Opening up the subject: A series of talks and discussions
12-WEEK Seminar Style discussion groups including the following topics
* Male Sexual Identity
* Gender Identity and Gender Roles
* Self-Identity
* Homophobia as a personal fear
* Self-image vs self-identity
* Relationship between Sexual and Spiritual Identity
* The Importance of Father-Son Relationships
* Men's need for affirmation, validation from men
* Money and Self-worth
* Loneliness

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ARCHETYPES AND STEREOTYPES: Symposium
12-WEEK Seminar Style discussion groups including the following topics
* Current Views of Timeless Concepts: The Inner World of Men
* Objecting to the Expected: Living by Stereotypes
* Going Beyond the 'New Man' Image
* Male Bonding: The Need for Male-to-Male Freindship
* Freedom to Feel: Discovering One's Own Feelings
* Dealing with men's fear, shame, and doubt about their neediness
* Men's need for physical affection from men

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MEN'S SEXUALITY: Seminar
12-WEEK Seminar Style discussion groups including the following topics
* What Men Don't Know about Themselves
* Sex and Addictions
* Men's Fears about Sex
* Sexual Orientation and Gender Preference
* Dealing with Homophobia
* Male-Female Relationships
* Married/Partnered Relationships

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SERVING MEN'S NEEDS: Seminar

UNTO the HILLS: A Men's Wilderness Retreat

VOICE OF EXPERIENCE: Forum

MASCULINE IDENTITY: Workshop

ARCHETYPES AND STEREOTYPES: Symposium

MEN'S SEXUALITY: Seminar

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