MEND is for men who yearn to connect with self, one another, ancestors and the land in order to grow, heal and serve.
Three main experiences gave birth to MEND. Each experience represents years of cultivation.
One: The enormously transformative and positive consequences that participation in nature-based ROP fasting has had on each of us and our communities. Our conviction is that through aligning with the cycles of creation and the elemental forces, we can re-awaken our ancient memories that serve to guide us in the direction of balance and reciprocity.
Two: The profound personal and professional impact that our work with men has had on each of us. We have all witnessed the need for a safe place so we might be with ourselves and feel into the roots of our identity, while also recognizing our responsibilities to those who support our lives. May we learn to feel, to express our vulnerabilities and our strengths and stand together as connected humane beings.
Three: We have been participants and facilitators of men's groups. In doing so, we have experienced and witnessed the beauty of supporting and being present to one another's wounds and growth. We are confident that when men feel safe in the company of other men and are supported by a natural setting, remarkable healing can occur.
We clasp the hands of those that go before us
And the hands of those who come after us...
from 'The Healing' by Wendell Berry
We express our gratitude to all the gentle-men, the heart-centered brothers, friends, uncles, grandfathers, mentors and guides who have shared and shown us how to be humane beings. We re-member you.
Marco, Charles, Dean
A pile of rocks on top of a hill to guide and inspire.
The dead who guide and inspire.
The living who guide and inspire.
Since the 1980s Marco has worked with traditional healers in their home communities. He has honoured their work through supporting and participating in community-based projects, through his work at the Institute of Traditional Medicine and by producing documentary films at CBC. As a psychotherapist, much of his clinical work focuses on supporting men in healing and the expression of their authentic selves. He has completed dozens of retreats and fasts in various bio-regions.
Charles is a professional life coach and a Certified Imago Professional Facilitator. Charles' passion has been to learn how to live more deeply and consciously in our work and relationships with self, others and our world. He has brought this not only into his work as a coach but as a facilitator in a variety of men's groups and as a husband, a father, and son.
Dean works as a nurse practitioner, as a husband, father, son, uncle and grandchild to lines of people, as the story goes, that hail from England, Ireland, British Demerara and here. He plays a few musical instruments, teaches as he learns about dying and death and writes poetry and a play along the way.