WTF is WTM?
It’s simple. Women Teach Men is the opportunity for men to learn from women. There is much to learn about the world and ourselves, and through retreats and digital storytelling WTM will aim to provide a learning platform where men can learn from diverse, insightful female teachers, and let the rest unfold.
July 20-22 2018
For our inaugural Women Teach Men event, we chose one of the most beautiful places in the world, Ojai, California; held at the gorgeous Ojai Valley Inn. Ojai is home to lush hot springs, blooming cactus, endless hikes, and is a short drive from LAX. This event will bring together a group of remarkable men who are ready to learn from brilliant and dedicated female leaders.
The speakers will be announced in February, and you only have to look through our advisory council to grasp the caliber of teachers we will be learning from. The topics covered will include, but not be limited to: creativity, business leadership, sexuality, ecology, wellness, spirituality, crypto currency, meditation, sustainability, boxing, cooking, dancing, yoga, and wilderness survival.
In addition to main stage talks and conversations there will be skill-learning sessions, men’s circles led by brilliant male teachers, hikes, a trip to Ojai hot springs, collaborative feasts, and a serious deep dive and reflection on the state of manhood. What will emerge is a community of men, deeply connected to each other and with a clear understanding of the path ahead.
Toward the end of 2016, my friend Taylor and I were discussing a follow-up to ManCamp, a men's retreat I hosted where 20 men came together for a weekend in the woods. It was a pretty wild 5 days in the Olympic National Forest. It left a profound mark on all of us, and we were eager to plan the second gathering. Taylor suggested that a few women join the next gathering, as the teachers.
Something happened in my brain, or rather, there was a thing that didn’t happen. I didn’t have the proper synapse for that idea. I didn’t know of another moment in my experience where a woman taught a gathering of men. Needless to say it was an immediate yes, and it is one of those ideas that sinks down to the very depth of you like a stone. Not surprisingly womenteachmen.com was available.
I began to reflect on how much women had achieved in the past 100 years, both in public and in private. Constantly addressing what it means to be a woman; growing, deepening, standing up, and reshaping our culture.
In contrast, men have done very little when it comes to the state of being a man, and tragically some of our finest men, at the peak of their lives, have been killing themselves. Yes, our technological advancements have been stunning, but the foundational work on the clay of manhood, in my perspective, leaves much to be desired. 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted. Nothing speaks more clearly than this ugly reality.
Everything came into focus when I began to think about how much I have learned from my daughters and my former partner. In the past four years I’ve been turned inside out in the best way possible, and with such incredible tenderness and love. These remarkable women held up a mirror and asked me to look at myself. Taylor's brilliance popped back into my head, and it became clear: we need to start a movement, a platform, a forum, a place where men show up to learn from women.
We want men to learn the depths of spirituality, meditation, boxing, dancing, yoga, wilderness survival, cooking, business, creativity, and a million other things from the women we admire most. It’s that simple.
- Michael Hebb
Partner RoundGlass, Founder DeathOverDinner.org
We asked a few of our friends to help us build our curriculum, to be our teachers at the retreats, and to guide us as we forge ahead.
Anita Teresa Boeninger
Rabbi Sharon Brous
Rabbi Susan Goldberg
Daniel Bernard Roumain
Mike Del Ponte
WTM is proud to partner with Evryman, and thrilled that this group of leaders will create and hold a secure and thoughtful container for all of our attendees during our events.
Evryman is creating a global community of men who come together to practice the intrinsic human abilities to connect and be vulnerable. Evryman believes that men are disconnected from their basic humanity and disconnected from others in the simplest and most meaningful ways, and that disconnection is driving much hurt and harm. Through peer-led men's group, retreats, and media, Evryman intends to influence men's culture away from disconnection and into connection, ultimately creating a safer and more supportive society at large. evryman.co
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