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Men’s retreat, the right direction

CommunityJoanne Eisemann

TAKING TIME out of the frantic pace of life, 17 men recently gathered at the Meander River Community Shed at Montana.

Philip Harback, lead facilitator of DirectionsTas, said that retreats are a fantastic way, especially for men, of connecting with others and spending time re-calibrating our life journey.

Using the theme From Wild Man to Wise Man, the retreat acknowledged that men have an essential wild side but they also have four other aspects of their makeup.

These are father, spiritual man, romantic man and ‘grand father’.

‘If all these facets of a man are developed in a man, men will become a true wise man …’ Philip said.

Ian and Neni Flowers of the Shed said that they will be hosting other useful events in the future.

The retreat was co-ordinated by Men Connecting Australia and run by DirectionsTas.

Men Connecting is based in Launceston and Directions-Tas in Hobart.

For more information on these organisations see the Men Connecting Australia Facebook page and Directions Tas website.

Retreat organisers: David Forrest, Men Connecting; Philip Harback, Martin Haldiman, John Nash and Geo‰ Madden, DirectionsTas; Nico Luciani, Men Connecting; Ian Flowers, the Shed and Men Connecting; Colin Bastick and Richard Levett, Men Connecting.  Photograph by Richard Levett

Retreat organisers: David Forrest, Men Connecting; Philip Harback, Martin Haldiman, John Nash and Geo‰ Madden, DirectionsTas; Nico Luciani, Men Connecting; Ian Flowers, the Shed and Men Connecting; Colin Bastick and Richard Levett, Men Connecting.

Photograph by Richard Levett