“Everything starts with the self. Whatever it is that I’m doing right now is a function of my breath. The people I’m with this very moment are part of the circumstances surrounding my birth, the choices I have made, am making, and will make. I can neither deny nor change the fact that I operate at the center of my life.
And therefore, this is the often neglected truth and secret to my happiness - that I should be good to myself".
These words from an enlightened participant of a former Men's Retreat point to the truth of the self that one can arrive at upon core-centered introspection. Although there is now greater acceptance of gay, bisexual, and questioning men in Filipino urban society, many of us still feel the need to hide parts of who we truly are and remain disconnected from our core. Many of us feel that we are more a victim of circumstance rather than conscious empowered beings capable of making willful choices for ourselves.
With a great (but many times unconscious) desire to conform to what we think others expect of us, we follow paths that inadvertently disconnect us from the authentic yearnings of our core. This oftentimes translates to inexplicable feelings of emptiness or being stuck, perennial thoughts of being in the wrong job or wrong career path, or recurring experiences of failed relationships.
The Men’s Retreat, through a set of non-religious activities and lecturettes done within a weekend, will use the power of self-awareness and community to enable you to appreciate where you are in your current life, identify limiting beliefs and behaviors, and chart a new and more core-connected way forward - a way that is centred in being good to oneself.
Enjoy the weekend at a hilltop retreat house just half-an-hour away from Ortigas, in a safe and affirming space designed for insightful introspection.
Join the Men’s Retreat and start your journey to authentic and wholehearted living. This will be facilitated by Master Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner and meta-coach Sheila Tan and Life Coach Chris Lagman. Workshop fee (inclusive of overnight board and lodging) is priced at 3,500PHP. Please register at go.loveyourself.ph/mensretreat.