NOMC 2012 Spring RETREAT
RETREAT THEME: Discerning Your Fate, Awakening to Your Destiny
“Fate comes from fata, an old Latin word with root meanings that include a ‘sentence of the gods’ and ‘to be spoken of by the divine.’ There was an old sense that the human soul was touched by the divine and that the gods were interested enough to have something to say about each of us. . . . Fate can [also] mean ‘it has been written, . . . .’” Michael Meade in Fate and Destiny—The Two Agreements of the Soul.
Some people seem to subscribe to this “old sense” of Fate. You might hear them say things like “Qué será será, whatever will be, will be.” or “If it is meant to be, it will be.” or “If it’s God’s will . . . .” But there is also an opposite view: “I am free to choose my future; it’s not preordained.” And there is the claim made by many “successful” individuals that, “We make our own good luck.”
While on retreat from the demands of daily living and the often controlling voice of our modern culture, we will invite participants to hear what some of the mythical stories tell us about Fate and Destiny, and to examine the stories of their own lives to see if they can discern “the [or an] inner pattern of their soul[s].” Did Fate weave that pattern into your Soul? Do those patterns mean that there is a pre-determined outcome for your life? Or is there another way to understand those patterns and to relate to them?
THE NOMC SPRING RETREAT WILL BE HELD ON
APRIL 20-22, 2012 AT KING’S ARROW RANCH, HILLSDALE, MS
WHAT TO EXPECT
We seek to provide a safe place for men to connect with themselves, other men and the environment. Large and small group experiences as well as some time alone are planned. In our mythopoetic tradition, storytelling, poetry, drumming and experiential learning can be expected.
PLEASE INVITE ANOTHER MAN TO COME WITH YOU.
Arrive Friday, April 20th. On-site registration and bunk assignment will begin at 5 p.m. Please plan to arrive no later than 6 P.M. Dinner will be available at 6 P.M., and our opening ceremony will begin at 7 PM. You may arrive as early as you wish on Friday to check out the grounds, hike, meditate, etc. The retreat will end after lunch on Sunday.
King’s Arrow Ranch, Hillsdale, MS, just east of I-59 North at exit 35, 75 miles north of New Orleans and 30 miles south of Hattiesburg, MS. In case of emergency, you can be reached through the King’s Arrow Range phone # 601-796-3423. You will be asked not to use or access your cell phone during the Retreat.
PRE-REGISTER VIA E-MAIL
We ask that you pre-register by April 16th so we can estimate lodging and meals required. To register, just reply to this email and let us know you will be there (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you do not have email, call one of the facilitators to register. A confirmation letter with more details will be sent upon registration. For confidentiality and privacy, information provided for registration will only be available to retreat participants.
The cost of the Retreat is $120.00 and that fee covers all meals and lodging. You can pay by check or cash upon arrival, Friday, April 16th.
If you need financial assistance, please contact a facilitator.
NOMC PLANNING MEETING
At the conclusion of the retreat on Sunday, a planning meeting to discuss the next retreat, as well as planning for the future of NOMC will be held. All interested are encouraged to stay for the meeting.
For additional information about the retreat, contact a facilitator.
Keith at 504-669-1645, Malcolm at 504-220-3223 or Charles at 214-205-5660