Men’s Study Group

DATES:

Starting in early 2022, dates TBA

TIMES:

Two time-streams to choose from, more info coming soon.

LOCATION

Online via Zoom

CURRENCY

Quantity

PRICE

£1,515.00

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The Men’s Study Group is dedicated to intelligent exploration and diligent practice as it applies to engaging in the world. Informed by Steve and Michaela’s approach to Men’s Work, this group honors the development process and empowers each man to stand on his own two feet as a practitioner.

In this intense, highly personalized setting you will receive one-on-one attention, group support and homework assignments. We will meet on Zoom four times within a 9-month period, with assignments and tailored support.

Between meetings you will engage in self-practice and personal exploration supported by an online platform. There will be additional connection via a dedicated Facebook group.

You will explore pathways that not only reveal and clarify the nature of your interior structures, but also equip you to practically apply these learnings in your life, work, and relationships.

Our approach to Men’s work runs counter-current to the prevailing fads of:

  • Masochistic edge-pushing and endless self-improvement.
  • Adopting pseudo-spiritual ideas about ‘masculine’ behaviors and traits as a substitute for genuine understanding.
  • Leveraging and therefore compounding feelings of unworthiness and separateness for temporary emotional highs.
  • The tranquillizing use of idealism to anesthetize personal exploration.
  • The worker-bee mirage of finding your purpose to feel fulfilled.
  • Outmoded accountability structures that disempower healthy individuals.
  • Theatrical initiation rituals.

The focus of this group is to obtain a working knowledge of key practices that acquaint yourself with your mind, body, sexuality, relationship, and life navigation.

The emphasis is on acquiring and integrating practical skill, and does not rely on peak state experiences or aspirational ideology.

Real skill acquisition involves consistent practice, and you will be guided in both how to establish a personal practice and how to organize your time for maximum effectiveness. This starts at a very manageable minimum and is scale-able depending on your available time and energy.

Whether you’re a beginner or already have experience, this disciplined and creative approach to practice is highly valuable and honed from both Steve and Michaela’s decades of training and their years of work with high performing individuals.

The meetings will involve specially designed experiences to facilitate deep exploration, as well as technique instruction, lectures, and Q&A.

Between the meetings you will implement homework that progressively installs the core skills in your body and mind.

By the end of the year you will have:

  • An opportunity to establish or deepen a personal meditation practice with facility in a range of techniques.
  • A grounding in embodiment practices.
  • Learn how to clarify and modify your body’s patterns in relationship, as well as bring the whole body online for increased pleasure, and to address the most common performance issues.
  • Reflection on your life, direction, and character.
  • Connection to other men similarly committed to this path.

For a detail description of Michaela and Steve’s Men’s Group approach, click here.

What you will receive as part of the Study Group:

Four 6 hour live online Zoom sessions:

  • Group talk process and reflection
  • Ask personal questions in Q&A
  • Guided Embodiment Exercises
  • Meditation instruction and practice
  • Experiential exercises to support the somatic learning of each segment material
  • Instruction and Lecture

Study Group Content:

  • Home Study Assignments
    Throughout the study group you will receive home study assignments tailored by Steve and Michaela to your goals, practice level, and individual make-up.  The assignments are often reported to be among the most transformative aspects of the journey.
  • Embodied Movement
    Engage in wide range of movement practices to open and educate the body, including the Non Linear Movement Method® and the Movement Koan Method®. You will experience movement as a method of release, somatic education, empowerment, and life practice.
  • Meditation
    Drawing from various traditions and sourced in living experience, we meditate as a means of engaging with life. In developing the core attentional skills of concentration, sensory clarity, and equanimity we can reduce suffering, increase satisfaction, gain insight into self and other, become more skilful in the world, and uncover a spirit of genuine and effective service. Learn a variety of techniques, as well as an understanding of how and when to use them.
  • Engaging with Sensations
    Through engaging bodily practices, meditation, and nature we explore relationship to the full spectrum of sensations from the pleasurable to the unpleasant. This engagement can be applied to situations of stress, survival, emotional turmoil, and also has strong sexual and relational implications.
  • Honing your Discipline
    You will be supported to develop a personal practice of your own and a broad understanding with which you can self-guide or work within various traditions, approaches, and practice modalities.
  • Iron Sharpens Iron 
    Connect with a group of inspiring men as you journey through the months together, drawing strength and inspiration from each other as the course unfolds.

Access to Online Portal:

  • Guided Practices
  • Additional material to support your exploration and practice
  • Questionnaires to deepen, enhance and reflect on your development. These questionnaires allow for personalized explorations and ground your learning into your everyday experience.
  • Updates and support

Special Format due to Covid-19 Considerations:

Since we don’t know when in-person meetings will be possible again, we have planned this years course with online meetings. We intend to add in-person meetings in Amsterdam, Ojai and Melbourne when it is safe to do so.

  • The 4 online meetings are designed to cover your entire curriculum for the year.
  • Each 6-hour session will run twice within the same day (Stream A and Stream B). To accommodate international time zones you can attend one or both streams as it fits your schedule.
  • You will have access to our expanded online portal, with your study group material plus special bonus content.
  • If in-person meetings become possible later this year, we will endeavor to add bonus dates with extra material. (if you can’t attend live we will Zoom you in)
  • All dates and times are specified below.

Community & Connection

In addition to the immersive learning you will have the chance to connect with like-minded women from all across the globe, which will add richness and a depth of community. Through the online platform and a private, moderated Facebook group you will have the opportunity to ask us and each other questions, connect and share your journey through these nine months.

Event Discount

Enrollment in this program entitles you to a 50% discount on all events hosted by Michaela and Steve for a full year including 5-Day Immersion and Teacher Training (discount cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts).

Time zone information for online Zoom meetings

You are welcome to attend both streams or divide your time between them. We scheduled stream A to accommodate London, Amsterdam and Melbourne times, Stream B is scheduled to accommodate the US and Melbourne. We have already accounted for EU, US and Australia daylight savings time changes, which is why some of the times jump in Spring and Fall.

2022 Dates & Times coming soon!

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Testimonials

It’s refreshing to partake in a self-inquiry Intensive for men only

It’s refreshing to partake in a self-inquiry Intensive for men only. Even more refreshing was the clarity and objectivity in Steve’s facilitation. I am now equipped with a sensible and workable toolset of self-inquiry practices for my everyday life. Good bye ‘self-development’ workshops.

Ben, Australia

The human, fiery bearded re-incarnation of Yoda

Steve James is quite possibly the human, fiery bearded re-incarnation of Yoda. Timeless wisdom emerges from him through impeccably Zen sentences and movement patterns. He’s funny in an off-beat dry, British way. There is a mystical quality to his presence and a peaceful power that emanates from deep within.

Jiro, Australia

His integrity and dedication to his craft

In my personal life I have gone through some very intense and difficult events over the last year. Without the training from Steve from both his public workshops and private sessions I am sure I would not have been able to pass through these troublesome times unscathed. I cannot only recommend highly the material that Steve has developed but also his integrity and dedication to his craft.

Mark, UK

Distinct, unparalleled, and revolutionary

Steve’s program is absolutely distinct, unparalleled, and revolutionary. His understanding of embodied expression and non-linear thinking and movement has transformed my life. Innovation in this field is exceedingly rare. Steve and his essential contribution to the training continues to reset the paradigm of the human evolutionary process.

James, California

More connected & aware

I’ve found the men’s training that Steve James delivers to be completely unique in a number of ways. As a result of my attendance in Steve’s programs, I’ve found myself more connected and aware of my physical body and inner emotional state. The impact of this in my life has been profound. I’ve seen profound improvements in my relationships, in my business and in the general day to day attitude I have towards life.

Dane, Australia

Steve’s ability to mentor

Steve’s ability to mentor in a range of areas, from personal growth through to business/teaching practice is something I have never experienced before and am benefitting from on a daily basis. Personally, it is a relief to not have to research teachers any more, now that I have found such a strong combination of skills in one person.

Alex, Melbourne

About Steve

Steve James travels internationally teaching somatic practices, meditation, yoga, as well as leading explorations in contemplative, mystic, and relational realms.Known for his intelligent, grounded approach and his dedication to first-hand research he has extensive experience in elite athletic performance, contemplative and spiritual disciplines, the arts, extreme outdoor survival, and human behavior.In addition to private client work and international public workshops, Steve has released a DVD series of his movement approach called the Movement Koan® Method, a fusion of joint-nourishing movement and body-based mindfulness.

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About Michaela

Michaela Boehm teaches and counsels internationally as an expert in intimacy and relationships. Born and raised in Austria, Michaela combines her training in psychology and extensive clinical counseling experience with her in-depth training in the yogic arts as a classical Kashmiri Shakta Tantra lineage holder. Michaela’s approach empowers her students through an eclectic mix of education, experiential exercises and guided explorations. Known for her work with high-performing individuals, her ongoing private clients include Oscar-winning actors, producers, business pioneers, and multiple Grammy-winning musicians. Michaela is the Author of “The Wild Woman’s Way” and the founder of The Non-Linear Movement Method®, a powerful somatic release modality. She lives on an organic farm in California where she rescues and rehabilitates animals.

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