Breaking the Spell

Breaking the Spell
Event on 2017-07-13 18:00:00
Breaking the Spell – a Mytho-poetic Gathering of Men and Men’s Groups  A 3 Day Residential Retreat for Men with Michael Boyle & William Ayot  EarthSpirit Centre, Compton Dundon, Somerset  Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th July 2017  £295 – £495 per person (includes 3 nights accomodation & food) Bursaries are available – email us for details A cultural and collective grassroots awakening is happening for men. The empires men have constructed are clearly running things into the ground. The patriarchal control systems that have created and upheld the financial system, the machinery of warfare, political institutions, religions and governing bodies of this world are under pressure to reform, but having considerable control and power to lose, their fears disallow any genuine interest in radical change. 1000's of years of patriarchal indoctrination have kept men isolated, fearful and asleep. Patriarchy is not only a repressive world -view that has subjugated the feminine and nature itself, it resists and denigrates authentic and mature masculinity.  It’s time for a new and greater story for men waiting to be lived out. It’s time to break the spell. Initially, every man’s task is primarily a personal and internal one – the de-programming of patriarchy and the reclaiming of his individual sovereignty. It's up to you to change the world by changing your story of the world.  This opportunity begins with the man you call, “me”. Yes, you.  Although this is a singular task, you cannot do it alone.  The good news is you are not alone. On this retreat, by forming community, sharing ancient story and ritual connection to nature we will bridge cultural, racial, age, and social divides and weave together our emotional, imaginative and physical powers. Now, during the most important time in our history, men are awakening to the tremendous potential that lies in our co-creative power. The collaborative potential of conscious men to effect positive change is far- reaching. The moment men stop fretting about survival or status and start wondering how we can contribute to the collective good and a brighter future, everything changes – our manhood takes on a more authentic tone. Exactly how and when that occurs is up to us. For now, all we each can do is decide to participate.  Together we are working towards the only choice that can truly heal – a total departure from the entire paradigm of fear. What you will learn: This 3 day residential Retreat offers the opportunity to re-configure our roles as men. As the storyteller says, “When the centre cannot hold — you go to the edge”… . Michael Boyle and William Ayot will provide a welcome at the edge and a setting for men to revive both their imaginative potential and their emotional resources.​ Getting beyond our need to compete, and male notions of ‘success'. Confronting our narcissistic grandiosity and healing our self-contempt. Overturning some of our peculiarly male prejudices, and pre-suppositions. Awakening to social responsibility and discovering a genuine sense of service. Opening, and even surrendering, to the calls of spirituality and/or the soul. Balancing our aggression with practices of kindness and compassion. Opening to the inner feminine, which we tend to have shunned. Discovering and liberating our inherent creativity flare. Reconnecting with nature on a profound level – as in a homecoming. Learning how to stand as Ritual Elders (i.e. spokesmen, guides and beacons, as well as ritualists per se) in the turbulent times to come. Find out more at For bursary applications please email:

at Glastonbury
Dundon , Somerston
Glastonbury, United Kingdom

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