The Pacific Central District UU Menís Retreat History

 

The Pacific Central District Unitarian Universalist Menís Retreat was founded by Tony Bushman in 1997 as a result of a feeler by Geoffry Rimositis and Mark Magner to see if there was any interest in having a PCD Menís retreat. In the Spring of 1997 Tony Bushman formed a planning team and led the team in creating the first PCD Menís Retreat October 24-26,1997. Over the years, scores of men have participated in planning the various retreats over the years.

 

From 1997 to the present, the UU Pacific Central District Menís Council has sponsored the Menís Retreat in Octoberat the Westminster Retreat Center in Alamo, CA. We have the retreat one week before the Halloween weekend. Although organized by this group, the retreat is open to any men who desire to share in the experience.

 

Westminster Retreat Center  (see: http://www.uccr.org/westmin.htm) is a medium-size facility, accommodating up to 50 men. It is located in the rolling hills of east Contra Costa County, less that an hourís drive from the East Bay. The retreat center is a turn-of-the-century California mansion with large, high ceiling rooms and very comfortable furnishings and dťcor. Shared bedrooms occupy the upstairs, and a large common room, conference room, and dining area constitute the ground floor. Spacious grounds lead to an adjacent building, with rooms for small group meetings and additional sleeping. Parking is ample. There are hiking paths, a volleyball court, table tennis, and other recreational opportunities. A meditation garden offers a place for quiet time. The food is excellent!

 

Here are some pictures from the 2002 Retreat:
A Group from the 2002 Retreat
And There Was Ken
A Collage from the 2003 Retreat

 

We have met there to learn about how we travel through life as men, to meet others willing to risk and grow, have fun and renew and restore our spirits. Some of the themes / subjects we have explored have been:

 

Personal Growth

Connection in our Lives

Having a More Fulfilling Life

Family Wounds, Family Blessings

The many sides of me

Making The Real Me More Real

Sharing our Stories - Expanding our Lives

Enhancing Our Personal Power

Feeling More Satisfied and Fulfilled

 

 

In addition to workshops on various related topics, we meet in "kinship groups" Ė small groups which meet repeatedly during the weekend to share experiences, create intimacy, and establish ties that may continue after the retreat.

 

During the weekend, there is always time for focused discussions and personal time for relaxation, hiking, quiet conversations, sports, meditation, etc. A "no talent" talent show and Sunday worship add to the variety of experiences.

 

The goal of the retreat is to foster personal exploration, to share the experience of community with other men, and to enable contacts and exchanges with men throughout the bay area and of different UU churches in the district. The retreat is an opportunity to meet men from diverse congregations, explore menís issues, and learn about menís fellowships. The district encompasses over 40 churches located within an area extending from Fresno north to the California border and from Reno west to Hawaii.

 

For more information please contact:Tony Bushman ([email protected])