28 Sep 2019, Posted by Nick in General, Menswork, Psychology, Spirituality, 0 Comments

Masculine Soul – resources


Thanks to all those who came to today's workshop on The Masculine Soul and contributed to such a rich conversation. As promised, here are links to many of the resources I mentioned during the afternoon. Enjoy! Nick's websites www.nickthorpe.co.uk - author, speaker, coach www.celebratingboys.com - inspiring workshops for those who help boys flourish - led by Nick Thorpe and Emma Dempsey   Male Rites of Passage & Circles Male Journey Rites: www.malejourney.org.uk/rites Male Read more [...]
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14 May 2019, Posted by Nick in General, 0 Comments

Events: Mentoring Teenage Boys


Teenage boys need male mentors to flourish - but how do we equip men to be those all-important role models? Why not join me and other men and women as we host the first Edinburgh events by the highly-acclaimed Journeyman - an organisation with huge experience in mentoring and rites of passage for teenage boys. We're running both an open evening for the whole community introducing Journeyman UK's work on 31 May, a 2-day immersive training for men on 1-2 June. INNER MENTOR TRAINING (2 days, for Read more [...]
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20 Mar 2019, Posted by Nick in General, 0 Comments

The Tenderness of Boys


Pre-school boys often show an intuitive and joyous lifeforce which they later learn to suppress. NICK THORPE looks at what happens on the road to manhood, and what we can do about it. “There’s great native tenderness in children - in boys as much as in girls,” says the Australian novelist Tim Winton. “But so often I see boys having the tenderness shamed out of them.” Winton’s counter-cultural description of boys as “beautiful creatures” – “graceful, dreamy, vulnerable” Read more [...]
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15 Aug 2018, Posted by Nick in Coaching, General, Psychology, Spirituality, 0 Comments

Is relaxation over-rated?


HAS anyone ever told you to “chill out”? If you’re anything like me, this injunction creates the opposite effect – intense irritation, followed perhaps by shame that I haven’t yet mastered the art of inner peace. But recently I’ve noticed I’m getting more relaxed about tension. While low-level stress rightly gets a bad rap, I’d like to give alertness its due. A few weeks ago at the airport, for example, I was so determined to chill out about a 90-minute flight delay that I almost Read more [...]
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01 Mar 2018, Posted by Nick in Coaching, General, Psychology, Spirituality, 0 Comments

Drawn to Dance


NICK THORPE tries a novel way to let go of perfection and embrace the messy moshing of collaborative art. Recently I learned to sketch with my feet. It was one of several unusual skills I acquired at Drawn to Dance - a bizarre and exhilarating two-day experiment in which twenty of us gathered in a converted barn to find out what happens when you mix dancing and drawing. What was most challenging at the outset was not so much learning to grip a charcoal stick between my toes using a rubber Read more [...]
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13 Feb 2018, Posted by Nick in Coaching, General, Psychology, 0 Comments

The leather cathedral


I once met a man who had built a cathedral out of leather. He showed it to me reverently in his back room – a two-foot-tall, perfectly-stitched gothic replica, enshrined on a carpet of rabbit-fur, complete with spires and buttresses and delicate snakeskin windows lit from within by coloured lights. “I started it eight years ago to show that with leather you can do anything," explained Peter, a former hippy who earned his living selling belts and other more recognisable handicrafts in the Read more [...]
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19 May 2017, Posted by Nick in Features, General, Journalism, Menswork, Parenting, Spirituality, 0 Comments

A life-changing friendship


First published in The Porch Magazine In memory of my dear friend and colleague, DAVID DRYSDALE, who inspires me daily to embrace who I am and live life as a gift. I FIRST met David Drysdale in the year of my 40th birthday, at a time when being a man still felt to me like a guilty admission. As father of a newly adopted son, I was determined to defy gender stereotypes and throw myself joyfully into shared parenting, but I found the exhausting front-line reality was triggering all kinds Read more [...]
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06 Nov 2014, Posted by Nick in Features, General, Parenting, Psychology, Spirituality, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , ,

My Adoption Journey


In National Adoption Week, NICK THORPE reflects on the most challenging and fulfilling experience of his life... MONTHS before we met our son for the first time, I knew in my gut that I wanted to be his dad. The description from the social worker chimed for both of us: “A lively, sociable three-year-old with a sunny personality and a streak of mischief, C loves to talk about his feelings and listen to story books…” My wife and I put in our application, made a DVD to introduce ourselves, Read more [...]
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30 Oct 2013, Posted by Nick in Features, General, Journalism, Spirituality, 0 Comments

Sorcerers’ Tales


RENATO Cardenas lives alone in a bleached wooden house, shielded by pine trees and the kind of mysterious smile you might expect from a wizard. Not that he will admit to being a wizard. "I've heard that people call me El Brujo Cardenas," is all he will concede, tantalisingly, as he ushers us inside, amusement twitching at the corners of his pointed grey beard. He has good reason to be reticent. According to the luxuriant folklore of Chiloe, this mist-shrouded archipelago a few miles and Read more [...]
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27 Sep 2013, Posted by Nick in Adrift in Caledonia, Book Reviews, Books, Features, General, Journalism, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Exploring Dangerous Truths


Great to see John Rae finally getting the recognition he deserves on his 200th birthday.  Never heard of him?  Me neither, until I came across the story of Britain’s most undervalued Arctic explorer a few years ago in Orkney. Born in Stromness, Dr Rae's accomplishments tower above those of many of his more famous Victorian contemporaries. Starting his career as a surgeon with the Hudson Bay Company, he was the first to identify the last link in the elusive Northwest Passage between Atlantic Read more [...]
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