My MCMen Experience — David Hanc

I have been attending MCM weekend retreats, twice a year for more than 20 years. The first weekend I went I was curious as to what went on and I soon realized that I wanted more of what was being offered. This organization has helped me shape the person I am today. Workshops, private conversations and quiet reflective moments have allowed me to explore many topics that I have interest while in a confidential encouraging environment. Some of the topics have been: job satisfaction, honesty, trust, relationships, being a parent, understanding gay woman and men, mindfulness, meditation practices, physical health, emotional health, spirituality, ADHD, retirement and so much more.

There has never been any pressure to find answers but I have always come away with a deeper understanding of issues I wanted to explore. I enjoy listening to other men and what they have to say about what is happening in their lives. Listening to others is another way for me to examine who I am and make decisions for my present as well as for my future.

Sometimes it has been difficult taking a whole weekend to attend a retreat, and to be honest, there has been only one time in over 40 retreats that I regretted going and that was because I could not put down the baggage I walked in with to be totally present for the gifts I normally receive.

I look forward to many more years of being part of Maine Coast Men.

If you are reading this and are curious, be sure to give this opportunity a chance by attending one of the retreats. You can always contact me if you want to discuss any aspect of MCM.

— David Hanc

Before The Men’s Retreat, by Greg Kimura

Some Time back, Greg Kimura posted these pieces of cardboard in the dining hall of Tanglewood 4H Camp in Lincolnville during one of the Maine Coast Men weekend retreats. We all noticed them, read through them, and they quickly became a MCM favorite. Read them in the photo above and let us know what you think. Note: if you click on the photo above, it will enlarge and will be easier to read.

My First Maine Coast Men Experience

The year was 1991. Maine Coast Men was just about to exist. I’d been a part of the men’s group that conceived the biannual weekend on the model of a similar weekend in Maine’s interior called Mainely Men. Greg Marley was in our men’s group and he thought since Mainely Men was filling up quickly and turning men away, perhaps there was room for another men’s weekend in Maine.

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