Small Batches

The “small-batch” concept gives men a structure for gathering in smaller groups for a more intimate connection than might be had in a large virtual or in-person meeting.

Why call it “small batch?” Well, a small-batch designates or relates to a type of small-scale production in which goods are made in limited quantities, often by means of traditional or artisanal methods. We think this name fits the concept!

50+

You have to be over 50 to join this small batch.

Shaun Emerson

If interested in learning more about this small batch, please email shaun@menliving.org the small batch facilitator.

Bullet Journal Experiment

Adopt the bullet journal system along with other guys who are committed to giving it an honest try for 2 months

Tony Schmidt

If interested in learning more about this small batch, please email tony.schmidt@gmail.com the small batch facilitator. Notes

Daily Meditation

The goal of this Small Batch is to establish or reinforce a daily meditation practice and get to know some other guys better.

The 4.0  verson of this small batch launched 4/25/2022.
The commitment is to meditate for 5 or more minutes every day for 90 days.
Each participant has an accountability partner to text yes/no if meditated each day.
There is a Marco Polo channel for participants to post experiences, successes, challenges, and questions to the group.

Tony Schmidt

If interested in learning more about this small batch, please email tony.schmidt@gmail.com the small batch facilitator. Notes

Mountain and Pacific

Ideal for men on in the Mountain and Pacific Time Zone…Meets Mondays at 7AM PT…Men exploring a variety of topics

Shaun Emerson

If interested in learning more about this small batch, please email shaun@menliving.org the small batch facilitator.

Recovering Men Virtual Circle

This is a new meeting following the listen/bless/counsel format, with a focus on recovery from addiction. We listen as a group and offer support to our brothers in whichever appropriate way they choose to receive it. We invite all men in recovery, men dealing with addiction/compulsive behavior, and/or any man wanting to know more or offer more in the area of recovery from addiction to attend. This 1-hour meeting will be held at 12pm CT the first Saturday of each month.

Erik Treese

If interested in learning more about this small batch, please email etreese@gmail.com the small batch facilitator.

Veterans

The intention for our Veterans Circle is to offer an experience not connected to the VA; Many vets don’t partake in VA services because of the stigma and fear of getting their medical records tagged with mental health issues. We offer a safe and confidential space to share and connect.
The Circle is led by Erik Treese, US Army paratrooper, 101st Airborne 1990-1994 and Lewis Schroeder, US Marine Corp, 2nd Lar 2002-2007.

Erik Treese

If interested in learning more about this small batch, please email etreese@gmail.com the small batch facilitator.

Podcast Discussion Thursdays

Podcast Discussion Thursdays creates another opportunity of connection for people who like podcasts and would like to dig deeper into a particular topic.  The goal is to use the discussion as a vehicle for personal growth and connection.

Meetings will be scheduled once/month for 60 minutes on zoom – time of day will be decided on a month to month basis based on participant availablity. The only requirement is to have listened to the podcast beforehand.

First three podcast Thursday topics:

The Art of Manliness – To Drink or Not to Drink

As the title of his book — Drink? — suggests, world-renowned professor of neuropsychopharmacology David Nutt thinks the cost/benefit analysis around consuming alcohol is an open question. He’s not anti-alcohol — he regularly drinks himself — but he also thinks most people need to understand a lot more about drinking than they typically do in order to make an informed choice as to whether, and how much, to partake.

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard – Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner (Mayor of Kingstown, Hawkeye, The Hurt Locker) is an actor. Jeremy joins the Armchair Expert to discuss where the confidence in his own masculinity comes from, how his first investments were in real estate, and how he was a makeup artist while auditioning for roles early in his career. Jeremy talks about how he bought a fleet of firetrucks to support volunteer crews in his community, how never used to buy things for fun, and how he was always more comfortable on the stage than on film.

UNLOCKING US with Brene Brown – Dr. Marc Brackett on Permission to Feel

Dr. Marc Brackett has dedicated his life to studying emotions and to teaching us what he’s learning. In this episode, we talk about how emotional literacy – being able to recognize, name, and understand our feelings – affects everything from learning, decision making, and creativity, to relationships, health, and performance.

Todd Adams

If interested in learning more about this small batch, please email todd@menliving.org the small batch facilitator.

Fiction, Men & Relationships

Explore men’s relationships through fiction. We’ll read South of the Border, West of the Moon by Haruki Murakami. The story follows one man starting in his early adolescence through middle age as he develops romantic and sexual relationships with several girls/women. As I read it I reflected on my own development in phases–intrigue, shame, love, infatuation, etc–and I really enjoyed the journey. We’ll work through the book and reflect on our experiences. We’ll meet Tuesdays evenings from 8:00 PM to 9:15 PM Eastern June 21, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9, and August 23. Once the book is done, the batch is over. Room for up to 9 men. Use this link to sign up. Shawn Woodin will lead.

If interested in learning more about this small batch, please email woodinshawn@gmail.com the small batch facilitator.

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