Men's Soul Tavern Retreat
THIS YEAR’S THEME:
OPENING WIDE THE TAVERN DOORS –
LETTING THE WILD GOD IN
LifeBridge Sanctuary, Rosendale, NY, USA
Investment for the 2024 Soul Tavern is $1250-$1595
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR THE 2024 Soul Tavern
We will not require a negative COVID TEST for participation. We trust if you are feeling unwell, you will choose not to attend. (These guidelines may be subject to change.)
From The Men’s Soul Tavern – January 2022
About This Year’s Theme – Letting The Wild God In
On this retreat, we will gather together in the ‘tavern’ to listen deeply to the needs and expressions residing within our own hearts, and the hearts of our fellow travelers.
We will cultivate a renewed ‘strength of heart’ in the presence of one another, a resilient and beating heart capable of withstanding the conflicts and confusions in the ‘burning furnace’ of the world.
With encouragement and support, we will uplift the very best in one another, look deeply into our own shadows, and find the inspiration to grow from the places of our least developed aspects of our being – a place where we can finally ‘Let the Wild God In’.
When we embrace the place within ourselves that can let the Wild God in, we feel at once foolish and empowered, vulnerable and strong, brimming with uncertainty and clarity in equal measures.
Creating Space For Restoration, Reconnection & Renewal
Our Soul Tavern Retreat provides men with a space to renew their hearts in ways that bring us more fully alive, and re-activates our capacity to make ourselves useful in our worlds.
We do this by harvesting the wisdom gained from sharing what is most real about our lived experiences, by embracing what matters most to us in our lives, and by coming towards our aliveness in joyful and satisfying ways with one another. We do this by being immersed in a beautiful space, guided by being a part of a rich, kindred community presence and spirit.
Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.
I will listen to what you say.
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there
are comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.
An Orientation To The Soul Tavern Experience
In this kind of Tavern, we work and play to tap the soul-inspiring ‘Presence’ that wants to shine through our persona. No matter how accomplished we feel our lives to be, or how much we may feel a chronic sense of failure thus far… we all need times of renewal that set the stage for the next phase of development that vitalizes our personal and worldly endeavors.
Our days will call us together in energy practices, embodiment meditations, immersions in nature, stories and teachings on the dynamics of vital living, and community councils that invite our souls to envision and our egos to at last release whatever doubts and resistances that needs to be left behind.
By Thomas Hiron
When the wild god arrives at the door,
You will probably fear him.
He reminds you of something dark
That you might have dreamt,
Or the secret you do not wish to be shared.
Among strong men in the Tavern
I can speak a truth no one will laugh at: My heart
Is like a wild alley cat
In every possible way we conspire to know
Freedom and love.
Forget about the common reason, Hafiz, for it only
Enslaves–there is something holy deep inside
Of vou that is so ardent and awake
That needs to lie down naked
This Jungian Life Podcast
THE INFERIOR FUNCTION: OPENING TO THE INTERIOR
The inferior function pushes in through the cracks in ego’s efforts at supremacy and opens us to what is unknown and unlived. For Jung, however, this seeming weak spot in the personality was also “the treasure hard to attain,” for it is also the source of our aliveness, freedom, and fun.