About US

MenLiving is a non-profit committed to improving men’s lives through connection. We create opportunities for men to gather together to give and get support and build friendship. Through an always growing program of virtual and in-person opportunities, we forge bonds that are key to fulfillment, health and longevity.

Our Story

MenLiving is focused on the challenges facing men today. Founded in 2012 by Todd Adams and Frank Naugo we began as a gathering of friends in a living room in the Chicagoland area. In the last 8 years our membership has expanded across the country and around the globe but our mission remains the same. We gather together virtually and in person to give and get support, share insight and advice and in build the strong bonds that are key to living a healthy, connected and intentional life. Our weekly virtual meetings are free and open to anyone who identifies as male – no requirements, no creeds, no gurus required. We’re regular guys – genuine, open and aware and we’d love to hang out with you.

Through our monthly meetings, annual retreats, social activities, and volunteering opportunities, we create a space for men to gather and share their experiences, feelings, wisdom, and life lessons. We help develop in men the skills needed to be the best version of themselves for themselves, their families and their community. We welcome and invite men of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in showing up in this world as their authentic selves and ready for deeper connection.

We come to MenLiving with diverse backgrounds and experiences to engage in discussions and activities rooted in living a conscious life as a man in the 21st century. Men have in some ways forgotten how to connect with (and rely on) other men, our wives, partners, families and our communities beyond simply the “surface” level. Our vision is a world where we improve teh quality of life through connection.

Since that first meeting many years ago, we’ve brought men together each month in an effort to break down barriers and redefine the current concept of masculinity. We’ve since hosted over 100 events (including an annual 4 day retreat) covering a wide array of topics including relationships, depression, privilege, gender equality, cultivating creativity, and practicing play (like during our annual summer meeting “play like you did when you were 7”). MenLiving continually strives to strike a balance between embracing discomfort by living at our “edge” and cultivating a joy filled life by offering support and sharing space with one another.

Vision

To live in a more harmonious world by improving the lives of men through connection.

Mission

Do you remember the freedom of childhood? When we could easily spend time with friends, playing, sharing and learning together. Somewhere along the way, those simple friendships started to fade. MenLiving is here to change that. We know that men with strong, genuine friendships live happier, healthier, longer lives – 22% longer in fact. We’re here to help you have that again. No requirements, no creeds, no gurus, no judgements.

All you have to do is show up when you can.

Grounding Forces

Everything we do in MenLiving is centered around authentic, honest conversations and practices.

Our Grounding Forces are:

Connected. Healthy. Intentional.

Weekly Virtual Meeting

Not sure this is for you? We weren’t always either. That’s why we encourage you to just show up. Join us online Wednesday nights from 7:30 - 8:15 pm CST (our Home Sweet Home just happens to be Chicago). Expect to give us just 75 minutes – that’s less than half the length of an NFL game – and get some great conversation. Check out our upcoming meetings here.

Monthly Meeting

Each month, founders Todd Adams and Frank Naugo present a topic to MenLiving members gathered in-person in the Chicagoland area to ignite a conversation. The format is casual and relaxed; the conversation is real and practical. The guys who attend are the type you would grab a beer with, watch a game or hang with you and your kids. In addition to the specific topic, we open it up to have honest conversations about your challenges and growth opportunities as well as specific issues you might be wrestling with.  Check out our upcoming meetings here.

Yearly Retreat

Each year, we take time out of our busy schedules to reconnect with ourselves, with one another and with nature. For a few days away from our normal distractions, we create a space that fosters authentic conversation, personal discovery, youthful play and deep connection to support your personal growth journey and to form bonds that will stand the test of time.  Check out our upcoming retreats here.

Group Membership

We provide a variety of options for men to engage and support the organization. Men may choose to join us in a virtual or in-person meeting before becoming members and we wholeheartedly welcome that approach. When you are interested in participating in a deeper way, Visit our Group Membership page to review all the offerings.

Online Community

Our private Facebook group allows MenLiving members and participants to more deeply connect our community everyday. 

Non-Profit Status

We formally created a 501c3 in 2019 in order to reach our vision of being the catalyst of connection for thousands of men and boys throughout all walks of life; providing resources, teachings and a safe space to more fully know ourselves, build a bridge to healthy masculinity and make the world a better place. Our non-profit status enables us to more easily to work with other organizations as well as making it easier to raise the necessary support to fund the programs of MenLiving.