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

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