Men's Retreats

We live at a time when the place of men in the world is shifting. Many have begun to reject the old patriarchal expression of a masculinity that is dominating and violent, cut off from emotions and ultimately not in service to life. Yet a new conception of what a healthy, mature masculine expression could look like is still in the process of being formed.
It is time for men to do the work of understanding ourselves and each other. To rediscover a spirit of brotherhood, when too often we are pitted against each other as competitors. To find allies, and thus find our power and our generosity. To return to the core of our beings and retrieve a way of living that we can be proud of. To reclaim our sensing bodies as part of nature, and to see nature reflected in ourselves. To reconnect with emotions buried under decades of shame. To celebrate our human needs for love, intimacy and expression. To rediscover the feeling of safety and support that brotherhood can bring. To ask what we can offer a world that needs balance and direction now, more than ever.
Psychedelic experiences can deepen feelings of connection and belonging, and catalyse lasting and healing shifts of perspective. They can uncover the parts of ourselves that don’t quite fit into the everyday, whether those parts are sensitive, visionary, wounded or confident. Being in the company of men in such a transformative state can bring to the forefront the parts of your life – the challenges and blessings – which you share with others who are navigating the world as men.

This retreat offers a chance for a psychedelic exploration into your mind and heart, catalysed by the safety and camaraderie among men sharing an adventure. The experience of brotherhood – of feeling held and supported by the other men in our life – is a complete unknown to most of us. The retreat could also be an exploration of your own experience of being a man and relating to other men, catalysed by the openness, intensity and insight that psychedelics can bring.

The psychedelic ceremony will be supported by four experienced facilitators. Our intention is to be there for you as an opportunity opens to enter the realm of the sacred. We will hold a space for your personal exploration of identity, experience and connection to the world. The time beforehand and afterwards is dedicated to cultivating capacities within us for growing from that unique experience. We’ll do this through a range of complementary activities - group inquiry, solo time, movement, nature connection, meditation, music, food and fun.

Our facilitation style is rooted in providing support for your personal process rather than directing or imposing the meaning you find in your experience. Perhaps for you the word “masculinity” evokes a yearning to cultivate unrealised potentialities in yourself, perhaps it brings to mind people and traits that you have struggled with. We’ll form a close community or brotherhood among men with diverse life histories, attitudes and intentions. Whatever your background you will find a welcoming space.

This retreat will be an inclusive space for all people who identify as men. If you feel interested in participating but have questions, particularly if you are transgender or genderqueer, you are warmly invited to get in touch with us at hello@alalaho.com.

Sample of a 4-day  retreat

Day 1: Landing
3.00pm
Meet in Amsterdam + travel by coach together
6.00pm
Arrive at the venue
7.00pm
Dinner
8.30pm
Opening circle
9.30pm
Group connection activity
10.30pm
Bedtime
Day 2: Preparation
9.00am
Morning practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.00am
Preparation activities
1.30pm
Lunch
3.00pm
Practicals
4.00pm
One-to-ones with facilitators
6.00pm
Preparation activities
8.00pm
Dinner
Day 3: Ceremony
9.00am
Morning Practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.30am
Opening Ritual
1.00pm
Ceremony begins
6.00pm
Ceremony closing
8.00pm
Dinner
10.00pm
Bedtime or gentle evening activities
Day 4: Integration
9.00pm
Morning Practice
10.00am
Breakfast
11.30am
Sharing Circle
1.30pm
Lunch
3.00pm
One-to-ones with facilitators
4.00pm
Integration activities
8.00pm
Celebratory Feast
9.30pm
Celebration
Upcoming Men's retreats
1-4 October 2020
Facilitators: Biz Bliss, Ciara Sherlock, Stefana Bosse and Lode Lhamo
16 places remaining
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13-18 October 2020
Facilitators: Biz Bliss, Ciara Sherlock, Stefana Bosse and Lode Lhamo
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22-25 October 2020
Facilitators: Biz Bliss, Ciara Sherlock, Stefana Bosse and Lode Lhamo
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12-16 November 2020
Facilitators: Biz Bliss, Ciara Sherlock, Stefana Bosse and Lode Lhamo
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19-22 November 2020
Facilitators: Biz Bliss, Ciara Sherlock, Stefana Bosse and Lode Lhamo
16 places remaining
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27-1 November 2020
Facilitators: Biz Bliss, Ciara Sherlock, Stefana Bosse and Lode Lhamo
16 places remaining
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