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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18 Jan 2019, Posted by Nick in Menswork, Psychology, Spirituality, The writing life, 0 Comments Tagged , , ,

Mary Oliver’s Gift to Men

In memoriam – Mary Oliver – 1935-2019 You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. I can still remember the wave of joy and relief I felt when I first read these lines by US poet Mary Oliver – the sense that it might be possible to call a truce in the inner war that so many of us have accepted as ordinary life. Judging by the outpouring of 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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10 Aug 2012, Posted by Nick in Interviews, Journalism, Menswork, Spirituality, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Rites of Men

Psychotherapist Michael Boyle is in Edinburgh tomorrow (11th August) to talk about his visionary approach to directionless or delinquent young men - lead them through a modern rites of passage they will never forget.  Published in The Herald on 10th Aug 2012 AMID the depressingly high statistics for male youth offending, unemployment and suicide, Michael Boyle believes society has forgotten a simple truth – that to grow up at all, boys must somehow be initiated into manhood. While shipbuilding, Read more [...]
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22 Jun 2012, Posted by Nick in Menswork, Spirituality, 1 Comments Tagged , , , , ,

The Power of Menswork

"Most men don't have a life. Instead we have learned to pretend. Much of what men do is an outer show, kept up for protection. Like a tiger raised in a zoo - confused and numb, with huge energies untapped. He feels there must be more, but does not know what more is." Steve Biddulph, Manhood After spending many years trying to prove myself on expeditions and voyages, it’s strange that the bravest acts I’ve ever witnessed have turned out to be ordinary men daring to tell the truth about their Read more [...]
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