Living the Masculine Archetypes
For many men in our culture, there resides a deep isolation and a feeling of being lost. The Masculine archetypes; The King, The Warrior, The Magician, and The Lover provide a road map to explore how we are expressing both the mature and the “shadow” aspects ( the parts of ourselves that we keep hidden- which negatively impact our decisions and relationships) of each archetype. We will actively explore all four archetypes so that each man is empowered to live more solidly in the mature aspect of each archetype, while gaining awareness as to how and when the shadow aspects are being expressed. You are invited to join us during this day long workshop, on this powerful and noble quest- to find your way home -- to yourself.
About Jody Grose
Jody Grose is the founder of Return to the Fire, an organization passionately committed to men's transformation, healing and growth. Return to the Fire provides a variety of opportunities for men: weekend workshops on a private island retreat center in New Milford, CT., canoe trips for men and father-and-sons, weekend retreats for , fathers and daughters, and for fathers and sons. Jody also guides men in individual sessions, and is committed to and actively creating a strong men's community in Connecticut. Men's work has been a central focus for Jody since 1984. He has participated; The Sterling Men’s weekend, New Warrior Training, Landmark Education and COMEGA. Jody is currently writing a book about men; the challenges we face, how historical, societal and familiar mandates have effected the psyches and emotional maturity of men, and the journey of transforming old wounds of old into their gold. Jody recently retired as a middle school teacher in Westport, CT. His area of expertise was in special education as an eighth-grade resource teacher. He is now living on his island retreat center.
About Paul Gemme
Paul Gemme has been actively involved in men’s work since 1985. He currently belongs to two men’s groups: one for over twenty years and the other over 15 years. He has been an active participant at the CT Men’s Gathering since COMEGA #2. Paul worked in the field of addiction recovery for over seventeen years until he decided to pursue his passion for woodworking, birthing African and Native American style drums and flutes. Paul was certified in Adventure Education in 1996 and several years later joined Jody Grose facilitating father and son canoe trips on the Penobscot and Allagash Rivers in Maine. Paul was instrumental in designing and implementing a two week, overnight, rites of passage camp for 6th and 7th graders at Rowe Camp and Conference Center. He and his wife, Maureen, directed the camp for 7 years.
Eventually Paul was asked to join the team at a nonprofit youth organization, called OPP (Our Piece of the Pie), in Hartford, CT where he became Youth Business Manager of their boat shop. Over his fifteen years at OPP Paul mentored urban youth in woodworking skills, building boats, kayaks, and cedar strip canoes, while supporting them through their daily struggles. He retired in 2016 but still maintains connections with many of the young people he mentored in his fifteen year tenure.