Join us, as a community of men, for a weekend retreat of sharing and support, exploring these issues and beyond, providing one another with ideas and experiences for encouragement along the path. We welcome all self-identified men with respect and good will to be part of Maine Coast Men.

Who Attends

Any man who wants to register is welcome; we believe in diversity and mutual acceptance. There will be men of all ages and walks of life including fathers, sons, brothers and friends. Teens (14 to 18) may attend for free accompanied by a parent or a guardian with parental permission.

Maine Coast Men strives to provide a safe, fulfilling, chemical-free environment that fosters individual growth and encourages honest, in-depth interaction among men. We welcome all self-identified men with respect and good will.

About the Camp

Tanglewood is in a remote wooded area with hiking trails and a warm, welcoming central lodge. Some cabins have heat; others don’t. You can camp if you want. Fires in designated places only! Let us know if you need electricity for CPAP machine.

The Auction Returns!

During past weekends, MCM has held an auction with items that men donate to help MCM stay financially strong as well as providing scholarships to any man wishing to attend the weekend. Feel free to bring an item for the auction and the story behind it. We have had everything from CD collections to books to winter coats and even a working generator. It is a wonderful time, so bring a little extra cash to bid with.

Conversations

Do you just want to sound off about something or ask a question to which you don’t have the answer? Want to brainstorm some topic with others? Claim one of the fireplaces for a conversation pit and put it out there.

COVID Notice

We require vaccination status of two shots and booster or the J&J one shot and booster. No proof is required. A signature is required.

COVID Procedure

On arrival, near the parking lot, tests will be given. After a negative result, you may proceed to the lodge. Show-ups will not be accepted. Appropriate Masks are strongly encouraged inside. Social distancing outside. Some of us will be sleeping in campers, cars, tents hammocks to decrease the density in the cabins.

Meals

An awesome vegetarian fare is prepared by participants and overseen by our Master Chef Brad Purdy. Meals are a highlight of the Maine Coast Men experience. No Potluck Friday Night … Brad will provide.

Nuts: Due to the increased prevalence of nut allergies, MCM and Tanglewood have a policy of not using nut products in the meals we provide; and we ask all participants to refrain from bringing nuts or nut related products into camp.

Schedule

Opening Circle
Each man is encouraged to introduce himself in relation to the theme and briefly state specific issues he wants to discuss later during the weekend. The Opening Circle occurs Friday night and may include ritual.

Workshops
Saturday workshops are led by participants. Past workshops have included a wide variety of topics on men’s issues, spirituality, sexuality, self-improvement, singing, dancing, drumming, making the perfect cup of espresso, etc. Consider developing one by yourself or co-facilitating a workshop with a friend. It is a rewarding experience to share a passion, an interest or an experience with other men at the weekend.

Variety Show
Everyone is invited to participate in Saturday night’s variety show by telling a funny story, reading a poem, singing, improvising, or performing. No talent required and no performance required either; just be a member of the audience to support, applaud and cheer those who choose to entertain.

Closing Circle
Concluding the weekend on Sunday is a group picture (you can choose not to be in it) and a closing circle in which everyone has an opportunity to share something about his experience. Everything ends at 1 to 2 pm after camp clean up. With many hands helping, we usually get out earlier.

Of course, you are always welcome to walk in the woods, hang out and just unwind if you prefer.

Fees

Your fee covers the cost of workshops, meals and lodging. In addition to the fee, each participant is responsible for one work assignment at the lodge kitchen, firewood, etc.

The fee for the weekend is $100 per man. Saturday only $40. In the event that the fee is a hardship for you, contact the Registrar, Tom Beal at registrar@mainecoastmen.net or 207-669-0008 for scholarship accommodations.

New Man’s Initiative – MCM offers any new attendee to come for free, partial payment or pay the full fee. Please contact registrar Tom Beal at registrar@mainecoastmen.net or 207-669-0008 for details.