1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month
6:30 – 9:00 PM
262 Union Street, West Springfield MA
(Park across street from Crepe’s Tea House (261 Union Street), & between Charlie’s Diner and A to Z Movers. –Identify A to Z moving building (3 stories) by AtoZ Moving Trucks & Sign. Entrance is on the ground floor, front (NE) corner of the building.)
Open Men has now been running for almost 8 years.
We don’t try to make friendships … we make powerful bonds between men, whether they like each other or not. A ‘regular guy’ can step into this space and be feel empowered to tell the unvarnished truth about his life. We’re not here to put on a show for each other. We’re not here to set ourselves up in opposition to a perceived ‘other’ in the world. We’re not here to offer salvation. We’re here to cut through the bullshit that we’ve been taught are the fundamentals of being a man. We’re here to step through the fear of showing up authentically, warts and all, in our lives and loves. We’re here to find and explore our self-made purpose.
- If you are a change agent, a man working with others for the good of society – the skills you can learn here are essential to your efforts to create sustainable solutions in the world.
- If you struggle with commitment, with discipline, with emotional honesty, with feelings of powerlessness or inadequacy, with anger, frustration, depression – this is a kind of bonding that will help you break old patterns and find YOUR PLACE in a community.
- If you are outwardly successful and looking to become more integrated with other parts of your life – this is a place to come and explore, refine and express the other parts of yourself that may be hiding out in the shadows.
- If you have never felt safe or at ease in a group of men – this is a place to figure out why and to change that. Your success depends on your efforts.
Without moving beyond ‘connection by cause’ and into ‘bonded commitment’, efforts to create and sustain community will fail … over and over and over.
Movements fail not because of the lack of good ideas or even good organization, but because of the lack of mature bonding – the kind of connection that allows groups to overcome personal and psychological blocks and resolve interpersonal conflicts in a way that is energizing rather than draining to their efforts.
This is what we’ve been doing for over 30 years in the ManKind Project. This is what we strive for in Open Men.
Is it easy? Hell no. Becoming a mature man isn’t easy. That’s why most men act like immature boys when faced with tough issues – emotional issues.
Is it worth it? Hell yeah. Making this commitment to yourself can change everything in your world.