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MenLiving Monthly Meeting

At a location in Elmhurst, Illinois, MenLiving Members meet to ignite a conversation about thought-provoking, impactful topics and connect on our experiences, feelings, wisdom and life lessons.  RSVP to a scheduled meeting or learn more below.

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What to expect at a MenLiving Meeting?

At MenLiving, each month, founders Todd Adams and Frank Naugo present a topic to MenLiving members to ignite a conversation. The format is casual and relaxed; the conversation real and practical. The guys who attend are the type you might grab a beer and watch a game with or sit alongside at your kids soccer game. In addition to the specific topic, we open it up to have honest conversations about the challenges we all face, any specific issues we might be wrestling with and opportunities for growth.  See below for more deatils on the dif

Who facilitates meetings?

Founders Todd Adams and Frank Naugo typically facilitate monthly MenLiving meetings with other MenLiving members occasionally stepping in.  Here are three of our MenLiving Leaders who have and will facilitate MenLiving Meetings. Click to check out their profiles.

Todd Adams MenLiving Member
Co-Founder, Coach, Membership Director

Todd Adams

Frank Naugo MenLiving Member
Co-Founder, Coach, VP & Programming Director

Frank Naugo

Co-Founder, Coach, Membership Director

Todd Adams

I work with men that are looking for lasting transformation.  I will join you in this playground of exploration in becoming the best version of yourself.  We will do this by focusing on self-awareness, acceptance, and asking challenging questions regarding your willingness to make enduring changes in your life.  (There is a huge difference between wanting change and be willing to change.)  We will spend a minimal amount of time on the content (the issue itself) and much more time on the context (how you are being with this issue).  Together we will investigate how you got here, where you are presently and where you want to go.  Some of my favorite clients are men who are dealing with parental and/or relational issues with their life partner.

Biography

Todd Adams co-founded Zen Parenting, Inc., a company committed to helping people practice self-awareness, develop compassion, and practice kindness through podcasts, community events, books, and blogs. He is the co-host of Zen Parenting Radio Podcast- their motto…“the best predictor of a child’s well-being is a parent’s self-understanding.” He co-created Zen Parenting Conference–  an annual weekend dedicated to connection and inspiration.  

In 2015 he founded Todd Adams Coaching– “Coaching For Guys” His life coaching certification is through the Tony Robbins Core 100 Life Coaching Program.

Todd is a member of the Mankind Project and a staff member of the New Warrior Training Adventure, and he’s a blogger for The Good Men Project.  He’s also a Board Member of Navigate Adolescence which is an organization dedicated to raising the emotional intelligence of boys.

Todd is a certified instructor for the Institute of Heartmath where he was trained in stress reduction and relaxation. Todd is a Junior Achievement Educator at the elementary school level.  He has also been an expert guest of the acclaimed on-line parenting resource Kids In The House. He’s also a sales rep for JVI Inc., a real estate investor in Chicagoland, and he and Cathy are the parents of three daughters ages 11, 14, & 16.

Co-Founder, Coach, VP & Programming Director

Frank Naugo

My own personal development story began when a dear friend lent me a book on yoga. That book opened my eyes to a whole new perspective and world of possibilities. Since then, I’ve been embarking on a journey of self-discovery and exploration of mind, body and spirit.

I started my first men’s group in 2008 during a particularly challenging period of life…the dissolution of my first marriage. This was my awakening to the power and value of having a circle of support…hence, the 1st iteration of MenLiving was born. I’ve been facilitating support, connection and purpose for men through retreats, one-on-one’s and group meetings ever since.

My coaching sessions are unique in that they incorporate the elements of Air (breathwork) and Earth (being in nature and grounding).

While each session is customized to align with the individual’s preferences and abilities, my clients are open to and can expect an integrated body and mind experience. My sincere belief is that many of our limitations and imbalances can be positively impacted by the immersion into these proven and powerful channels.

I’m experienced in working with all men’s topics, particularly parents of young children, divorcees, and those interested in cultivating a practice of “presence” and self-compassion.

Biography

Frank founded his first men’s group in 2009 after the realization that traditional means of supporting, challenging and connecting men weren’t readily available. In 2012, with current co-founder Todd Adams, MenLiving evolved into what it is today. He has been leading and learning from the men’s group experience ever since. Frank is also a member of The ManKind Project and staff member of the New Warrior Training Adventure. He’s been organizing and leading both co-ed and men’s weekend retreats since 2011. Part of his vision for MenLiving is to one day bring some of the self-awareness and emotional intelligence tools he teaches now to a younger generation of men.

Discussion Meeting

To discuss, learn, explore a certain topic that falls within the mission of MenLiving. This is led by a MenLiving Facilitator where a previously chosen blog/video/podcast that fits within our mission is communicated to the group approximately one week before the date of the meeting.

Support Meeting

To support one another with specific issue(s).  This is led by a MenLiving Facilitator and there is no specific topic; instead the men on the call will be invited to share, listen & support the other men with whatever they happen to be experiencing.

What topics do you discuss?
Each month, we choose a different impactful, consequential, and thought-provoking topic that gets us talking about things that matter and could lead to change within us or the world around us.  Here are example past topics:
Atomic Habits

Discussed and practiced how to create good habits and break the bad ones.

Structural Racism

Discussed the death of George Floyd, protests and how they relate

Self-compassion

We discussed and practice the research of Dr. Kristen Neff on self-compassion

Adult Male Depression

The men had an opportunity to do some deep sharing about their relationship with depression.

#metoo
We discussed the nuances of the sexual harassment/assault and how we contribute to these problems in our own lives as well as some actions to put into practice in our own relationships in order to heal these wounds.

The Importance of Male Friendships
We discussed the importance of a authentic male friendships as well as a podcast titles “The Profound Loneliness of American Men”

Love Languages
Helping men connect with themselves and their partner using the simple tool of the five different languages

Emotional Labor

Defined and discussed to help the men view the world through the eyes of a woman and deepen the relationship with their present or future partner

King / Warrior / Magician / Lover

We discussed 4 male archetypes as presented by Carl Jung and how these archetypes play a role in our lives.

Pain vs Sufferings
When is it useful and when is it not?

Radical Responsibility

We invited the men look at certain difficult situations in their life through a different lens and to see how they might take ownership for it. We discussed the drama triangle (hero, victim, & villain) with some specificity and which role we sometimes choose.

The "What Ifs" of Fatherhood
Discussion based on 8 ways to look at parenting differently toward being a more self-aware parent.  Each man was asked to focus on one of these between now and the next meeting with an opportunity to present any realizations as a result of their new focus.
The Work
Used Byron’s Katie’s 4 questions and turnaround as a means to take the edge off of our judgments.

Click here to see more topics.

Discussion Meeting

To discuss, learn, explore a certain topic that falls within the mission of MenLiving. This is led by a MenLiving Facilitator where a previously chosen blog/video/podcast that fits within our mission is communicated to the group approximately one week before the date of the meeting.

Support Meeting

To support one another with specific issue(s).  This is led by a MenLiving Facilitator and there is no specific topic; instead the men on the call will be invited to share, listen & support the other men with whatever they happen to be experiencing.

How much does it cost?

FREE to all members. $30 for non-members. Consider becoming a member to get access to all workshops for no cost and take your personal growth journey to the next level.  Todd Adams, MenLiving Co-founder, explains MenLiving's vision below and how you can benefit in becoming a member.  We hope you join us!

Discussion Meeting

To discuss, learn, explore a certain topic that falls within the mission of MenLiving. This is led by a MenLiving Facilitator where a previously chosen blog/video/podcast that fits within our mission is communicated to the group approximately one week before the date of the meeting.

Support Meeting

To support one another with specific issue(s).  This is led by a MenLiving Facilitator and there is no specific topic; instead the men on the call will be invited to share, listen & support the other men with whatever they happen to be experiencing.

How do I sign up?

Click on a scheduled Meeting above to open the event details.  Scroll to the RSVP section, click "YES" and provide your information.  If you are not a MenLiving Member, you will also need to purchase a Meeting Pass here.  The cost is $30 per workshop.  Members do not need to purchase a meeting pass. 

Once you've followed the steps above, we will send you additional details as we get closer to the scheduled event.  

Discussion Meeting

To discuss, learn, explore a certain topic that falls within the mission of MenLiving. This is led by a MenLiving Facilitator where a previously chosen blog/video/podcast that fits within our mission is communicated to the group approximately one week before the date of the meeting.

Support Meeting

To support one another with specific issue(s).  This is led by a MenLiving Facilitator and there is no specific topic; instead the men on the call will be invited to share, listen & support the other men with whatever they happen to be experiencing.

What are members saying?

MenLiving is monthly meeting where the format and topics are casual and relaxed. The conversation is real and practical. The guys who attend are the same ones you’d grab a beer, watch a game or hang out with your kids with. We take a couple of hours to have some honest conversation about challenges and growth opportunities that are shared (roles, career, family) and about specific issues that someone might want to share or to ask for support. By the end of the evening, you’ll have learned something, I guarantee it - whether it’s about yourself or the world around you - and you’ll be glad you spent the time.

Craig D, MenLiving Member

Jump on Board as a Member

Our vision is to live in a more harmonious world by deepening connections amongst men.

MenLiving was created in 2012 to create a community of men to give and get support from one another. I believe that when a man is connected to himself and other men that it has a ripple effect into his relationships, parenting, community, and beyond.

This is the foundation of what we do- create a space for men to connect with one another on a deeper level. So I invite you to jump on board and help us live in a more harmonious world - one man at a time.

Are you in?

Todd (Co-Founder)