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Emotional Warriors

Men’s Group

Lean Into Life

The next online cohort is forming! 

Apply now to join the next cohort and the growing online brotherhood.

The Power of Authenticity

Human beings are both social and emotional creatures. Throughout history and cultures, we have been gathering in community to connect with one another. To share stories, reflect on life, and show up as the raw, vulnerable, and authentic humans that we are. 

This communion allows us to see and be seen, to get clear on who we are and how our communities need us to show up, and to go back into life with a fierce tenderness and courage in the face of all emotions and life circumstances.

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Unfortunately, as men in today’s world, we are taught that emotions and needing others is a sign of weakness. We are taught to always look strong, suck it up, and keep going.

As a result men are becoming increasingly alone, lost, and disconnected from others and themselves, and may feel powerless, emotionally unstable, angry, and confused. 

Men lack the true warriorship that they desire: the ability to lean into all aspects of the human experience with courage, confidence, and purpose.

Adventure Exploration Navigate  - JoshuaWoroniecki / Pixabay

Unfortunately, as men in today’s world, we are taught that emotions and needing others is a sign of weakness. We are taught to always look strong, suck it up, and keep going.

As a result men are becoming increasingly alone, lost, and disconnected from others and themselves, and may feel powerless, emotionally unstable, angry, and confused. 

Men lack the true warriorship that they desire: the ability to lean into all aspects of the human experience with courage, confidence, and purpose.

“When I joined the group I was just looking for more connection to others. What I found, however, was a true brotherhood – a community to relate to others about all of life’s shit and to lean on one another when needed. The group has made my life better by encouraging me to share my experience and feelings with others, even outside the group. The relationships I have today are so much stronger and more meaningful.”

– Kris F

Benefits

The Emotional Warriors Men’s Circle is for men who want to surround themselves with other men who are looking to better themselves, and become the mentors, role models, and warriors that their communities need.

Through creating a powerful container, we are here to encourage you in your inner growth so that you can show up as the authentic, powerful, and vulnerable man the people in your life need.

In the Emotional Warriors Men’s Circle, you will:

  • Deeply connect with yourself and others
  • Learn to communicate more effectively and nonviolently
  • Develop confidence
  • Live with more awareness
  • Develop deep listening skills
  • Develop deep, meaningful bonds with other men
  • Practice and deepen vulnerability
  • Be in a space to talk about what it means to be a man
  • Have accountability and commitment to a community
  • Break old patterns that no longer serve you
  • Strengthen your direction in life
  • Align with your authentic self
  • Experience powerful change in your personal life, relationships, and career.
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I have been part of other men’s groups that did not congeal or form great bonds. However, this group has gelled together amazingly.  I have been looking for a group of men where I can be vulnerable and develop deep relationships. I feel like my cohort is more than just a group of strangers. We have become close friends who I can share things with, without being judged or criticized.

Because of Emotional Warriors, I feel more empowered within myself and in my daily life. Slowly but surely more and more healthy habits are creeping into my life since the group has started. The meetings have provided me with community and a brotherhood of men. It has provided a connection which has been deeply missing in my life.

The connection with these men is something I have not experienced on this level since entering my adult life. I would highly recommend this to anyone that identifies as male and is ready to grow, change, be challenged, and be vulnerable.

– Brian G

How does it work

 

Online men’s group meets once a week on Zoom.

In-person men’s group meets twice a month in/near Boulder area, either outdoors (weather permitting) or inside (Longmont)

Each cohort will commit to 6 months of meetings together. 

Cohorts are kept small – 6-8 men – to ensure intimacy, a tight container, and enough space to fully show up in each meeting. 

Meetings begins with a check in, which allows space for every man to share with the group what is happening in their lives. After that, we will honor what is most alive in the group and dive deeper into discussion based on relevance, not a curriculum that doesn’t serve where you are in the moment. 

Discussions are facilitated to support each other’s growth and strengthen your ability to be a reliable, supportive, and caring friend, sibling, son, partner, and mentor.

Meet the Facilitators

David Raffelock

David Raffelock

David is certified as a Nature-Connected Coach and Transformational Wilderness guide through the Earth-Based Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He has over 500 days of experience guiding transformational wilderness trips, retreats, and ceremonies in the Utah and Colorado wilderness, with over 5,500 hours working with men 1-on-1 and in group settings. David has spent his adult life going through deep and profound personal growth so that he can guide others on their journey to living a fulfilling, soul-directed life. 

Karasu Tokioka

Karasu Tokioka

Karasu has worked in mental health for over 6 years, having the fortunate experience of working with diverse populations in a variety of therapy programs. He has worked extensively in Adventure Therapy with men, facilitating exploration and embodiment of each individual’s sense of healthy masculinity. He has a rich depth of experience in facilitating wilderness rites of passage and experiential therapy. Karasu is also certified in Gottman’s Couple Therapy, an evidence based treatment in counseling. Currently being in academia, his areas of research interest include mindfulness and the use of physiological measures in trauma treatment. Karasu enjoys many activities in his leisure. From cooking to first ascent mountaineering he aims to enjoy his favorite spice in life: variety.

Matt Niemeyer

Matt Niemeyer

Matt is most at home in circle with other humans, amongst the trees, beside a fire or swimming in a mountain lake. He is most connected when witness to the stories, art and dreams of fellow humans who choose to live fully and creatively. 

Matt has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oregon and has been working in the mental health field for 5 years. Two of those years have been in the Wilderness Therapy space working with men in recovery. With a gift for compassionate presence Matt is skilled at helping others to nurture their awareness, creativity, relational skills, and connection to the wonders of life and nature. 

Daniel Morley

Daniel Morley

Elder for Online Cohorts

Daniel has been facilitating nature retreats and mindfulness-based programs at a non-profit organization Southwest of Chicago, The Center, for the last 15 years. He also helps young men in the recovery field, and having 22 years of sobriety, he guides and mentors others through similar challenges. Daniel is a true student of life, and has learned that he has to “give it away to keep it.” Because of his deep passion for helping others and his life-experience, Daniel sits in the role of elder in certain council circles around the country. When the seasons are right, you can find Daniel in his flower garden meditating and doing Tai Chi.

“This group has helped me keep a steady and consistent rate of positive change in my life and as a result has made me much happier and hopeful. This has shown up in better relationships and new friendships and challenges I have undertaken. 

This group has helped me gain confidence alongside the company of other men. Sharing my struggles while being true to myself with these men has allowed me to feel more accountable and supported in my journey. I would recommend this group to anyone looking to make positive change in their lives but are having trouble seeing a path forward or getting things to stick. Accountability and support are key in getting over the tough phases of life and this group has offered both to me.”

– Jake H

“I worked with David while in wilderness therapy and his way of being fully present and engaged in the moment and taking the time to process a feeling or event was extremely helpful for me. I grew a lot being around him and wanted to be a part of something he was doing. 

The sense of community and having a place where I feel completely safe to share what I’m going through is essential for me to continue growing spiritually and emotionally. I’ve found a deep sense of comfort knowing that on a weekly basis I get to meet with guys that are working on bettering themselves. We’ve all grown closer in the group and there’s a real supportive family feel. I’d recommend this group to anyone looking to take action in their lives and lean on others for help and be a support for others trying to just be their best selves. 

– Matt H

“I want to know if you belong or feel abandoned;

If you know despair

Or can see it in others.

I want to know

If you are prepared to live in the world

With its harsh need to change you;

If you can look back with firm eyes

Saying “this is where I stand.”

I want to know if you know how to melt

Into that fierce heat of living

Falling toward the center of your longing.

I want to know if you are willing

To live day by day

With the consequence of love

And the bitter unwanted passion

Of your sure defeat.”

 

-David Whyte

“I want to know if you belong or feel abandoned;
If you know despair
Or can see it in others.
I want to know
If you are prepared to live in the world
With its harsh need to change you;
If you can look back with firm eyes
Saying “this is where I stand.”
I want to know if you know how to melt
Into that fierce heat of living
Falling toward the center of your longing.
I want to know if you are willing
To live day by day
With the consequence of love
And the bitter unwanted passion
Of your sure defeat.”

-David Whyte

 

“I’ve found my voice since being here.”

Matt Hankins

“Co-workers, managers, fiancé, and friends are commenting on how much I’ve changed over this past year for the better.”

Brian Glaser

“This has been a great opportunity to work with other men around personal development and emotional awareness. A life-changer for me!”

Nick Creath

“I have learned that change is possible, and to see the change in these men is truly inspirational.”

Daniel Morley

Become an Emotional Warrior

Be the man the world needs you to be.

 

Apply now before spaces fill for the February 2022 start.

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