Retreat FAQs

VOYAGE INTO MASCULINE SOUL: A MEN’S RETREAT ON AUTHENTIC MASCULINITY

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS RETREAT?

We have been on this journey from boy to man to elder for a long time. We have been addressing the boy’s wounds, seeking to live into sturdy male identity, and reaching for the elder that we all have the potential to become.

We now focus squarely on the authentic male persona, the man who wishes to deepen into masculine soul and bring all his gifts and medicine into the world. We will bring in the Blessing Man, the man who cherishes the sacred and honors all of creation. We offer to those men who will join us the opportunity to deepen into these most beautiful aspects of themselves and celebrate them with a group of full-hearted brothers.

WHO ARE TOM MCGEE AND RICHARD PALMER?

Tom McGee and Richard Palmer are dedicated to helping men develop the wisdom and maturity that is their potential. We have been working with men in groups and individually for several decades, assisting them in growing into healthy relationships and fulfilling lives. “Voyage into Masculine Soul” is the culmination of all of our work.

Tom is a skilled psychotherapist known for his compassion and creativity in helping people through dream work, men’s work, and post-trauma work. His life-changing retreats for men are transformational not only for the men who attend, but for the very special women in their lives.

Richard has also touched many lives as a counselor and minister for the past twenty years. He is very committed to supporting the spiritual needs of men, and has re-introduced the tradition of initiation to many groups to facilitate personal, family, and community healing.

WHAT IS YOUR FEE AND CANCELLATION POLICY?

The retreat fee is $575 for the weekend. This includes food and lodging. We ask that you commit to the retreat by paying a minimum of a $175.00 non-refundable deposit if you are registering before 1/27/17. The remainder of the registration fee of $575.00 is due by 1/27/17. If you cancel before 1/27, all fees except the $175.00 deposit may be returned. After 1/27/17, there are no refunds if you cancel. If the retreat is cancelled, we will refund all payments, minus a $25 administrative fee.

DISCOUNTS: $50 for registration before Dec. 9, 2016

LATE REGISTRATION: After 1/27/17, the fee for registration is $675.  This must be paid in full by 2/10/17.

SCHOLARSHIPS:
Scholarships are given on a case by case basis. If you want to request a scholarship, please contact Tom McGee or Richard Palmer.

WHO MAY ATTEND THIS RETREAT?

Any man over 18 years old with a desire to grow more fully into his manhood, develop his abilities in dealing with emotions, and participate in relating to other men with similar interests.

HOW MANY MEN WILL BE THERE?

The group will be kept to a maximum of 25. We will not hold the retreat unless there are at least 15 participants.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE RETREAT WEEKEND?

This retreat continues the work entitled, “Healing the Boy, Strengthening the Man.” Together we will:

Emphasize the “gifts” or “medicine” that the man brings into the world.  We will leaven this experience with poetry, storytelling, guided exercises, discussion, and ceremony. We will work to bring out the best in each man and have it honored by the other men. There will be comeraderie, support, humor, and deepening.

IS THERE CONFIDENTIALITY AT THIS RETREAT? WILL MY PRIVACY BE RESPECTED?

Each man at the retreat is required to keep confidentiality. Nothing said or done by others at the retreat is to be reported elsewhere out of respect for each participant’s privacy.

WHEN DOES THE MEN’S RETREAT START AND END?

Please arrive at Camp Whittier at 5:00 pm on Friday, February 24. Dinner will be at 6 pm.  The retreat will begin promptly at 7:30 pm. We will end at noon on Sunday, February 26.

IS THERE A SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES?

The schedule is ROUGHLY as follows:

FRIDAY

5:00 pm – arrive at Camp Whittier

6:00 pm–dinner

7:30 pm – retreat begins – introductory remarks

8:00 pm – introductions

8:30 pm – introducing the the topic of masculine soul

10:00 pm – close for the night, bedtime

SATURDAY

8:00 am – breakfast

9:30 am – presentations, discussion, and exercises

12:00 pm – lunch

1:30 pm – presentations, discussion, and exercises

4:00 pm – alone time to ponder, reflect, and prepare for evening ceremony,

6:00 pm – dinner

6:30 pm – ceremony – honoring the masculine soul in each other

8:00 pm – feast and toasting

11:00 pm – bedtime

SUNDAY

8:00 am – breakfast

9:30 am – group process; processing the ceremony from last night

11:00 am – group honoring and blessing

12:00 N – closing and departure

ARE MEALS PROVIDED?

We will provide dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. There will be non-meat alternatives. Please let us know if you have any special food requirements.

WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOL?

Alcohol is not to be brought or consumed during the retreat. An exception is during the feast on Saturday night. A small amount of wine will be provided for toasting. Non-alcohol alternatives will be offered to those who wish to participate in the toasting but do not want to consume any alcohol.

WHAT ABOUT DRUGS?

No drugs will be used or consumed other than participants’ prescription medication that they bring with them.

ARE THERE SHOWERS AT THE RETREAT CENTER?

Showers are available. Please bring your own soap, shampoo, and towel.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE RETREAT?

Please bring clothes for both warm and cool weather. We plan to be outdoors some of the time, including Saturday night.

Please bring a flashlight for walking on the grounds at night in case you need it during activities or to go to your car for something.

Also, please bring the following items:

Sleeping bag and pillow. We will be sleeping on bunks in rustic cabins.
Snacks that do not need to be refrigerated.
Water bottle.
Journal or notebook and pen.

I LIVE IN SANTA BARBARA . DO I HAVE TO SLEEP AT THE RETREAT CENTER?

We feel it is important to sleep at the retreat center to keep the energy of all the men at the retreat on site. Going home to family, tasks, and “the other world” in between sessions disrupts the continuity of the retreat.

WHAT IS CAMP WHITTIER?

Camp Whittier is a retreat center on 55 acres of wooded land. It is a nonsectarian camp operated by United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County. It offers bunk house style accommodations and meals created by an on-site chef. For further information about Camp Whittier, go to www.campwhittier.org.

WHERE IS CAMP WHITTIER?

Camp Whittier is located in the mountains behind Santa Barbara, CA on Highway 154

ONCE I GET TO THE RETREAT CENTER, WHERE DO I PARK?

There is a parking area right outside the office.  You will come to it when you follow the road into Camp Whittier from Highway 154.

WHAT IF I CAN’T FIND THE RETREAT CENTER?

If you have trouble finding us, call

Tom McGee at 805-312-2398 or

Richard Palmer at 805-428-0393.

If you have any questions or need further information please contact one of us:

Richard Palmer — 805-428-0393

Tom McGee – 805-648-5574 tom@tommcgee.com

Looking forward to seeing you.

For further information about registration, contact Tom McGee at 805-648-5574
tom@tommcgee.com
or
Richard Palmer at 805-428-0393

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