Is anybody going to try and make me do stuff that feels uncomfortable?
Our programs are tried and tested. You will be supported and you will not be judged. Our goal is to provide the place where you can challenge yourself to be your best without any pressure to do anything you don’t want to do.
Is Manshine related to any church or other group?
Manshine has no religious affiliation or bias. All men are welcome regardless of religious belief, nationality or sexual orientation. Our core values are honesty, respect and authenticity. There is no getting it right or wrong in our programs.
Can I bring my pet?
Sorry, no pets are allowed.
Can I get financial assistance?
Volunteering opens up a way for men who are not able to afford the full cost of the weekend. For this reason, volunteer roles are first offered to men in financial need who would otherwise not be able to attend Manshine. The majority of work for volunteers is on Friday before the event opens as we are setting up the venue for over 100 men! There are further tasks throughout the weekend but these would take less than 2 hours out of your day. Men who are in financial need can have up to half the cost of their ticket pre-paid out of donations we receive from other men attending the gathering. To apply for a reduced-price ticket and a volunteer role, call Scott on 1300 13 88 50 during business hours, Monday-Wednesday.
Will I be judged?
The inner judge is the worst kind! This is the judge you will have your biggest wrestle with as Mens Wellbeing understands the need for honesty and respect and these values are woven through everything we do. Our programs are not a test you must pass, they are an opportunity to look at yourself and your life, as you choose to, and make your own decisions about what your next step is.
Is this for gay men?
Our community has many valuable members including some men who are same-sex oriented. They are no more or less in number than in general life and many of our members don’t actually know or even ask these questions because it simply doesn’t matter. Just like your job, you will find our community more interested in ‘who you are’ more than what you do or who you share your bed with.
Will I have fun?
Absolutely! Rollicking belly laughs are part and parcel of the Manshine experience. We all have been boys once and having fun is part of our birthright!
Will anyone try and “fix” me?
You do not need fixing. You are the captain of your ship and it is you who will navigate your own course. We are here to encourage and support whatever your choices are. Our programs offer you opportunities to learn new skills and enjoy experiences that can change the way you look at your life and relationships.
Is men’s work only about “serious stuff”?
Not at all. Many men come along to our gatherings simply to relax, network with other men and enjoy a light-hearted “men‘s space” of camaraderie and like minds. Men can either attend workshops they feel drawn to, or not. Our Common Ground Men’s Groups are a space of supported growth for going deeper into life’s issues, in a place of respect and without pressure.
What is a men’s gathering?
Manshine is an Open Ground men’s gathering from Mens Wellbeing. Our Open Ground gatherings are open to all men from any background, religious, political or sexual persuasion. We encourage men to feel free and be real with themselves and others in a supportive environment. You can expect a warm welcome and plentiful conversation and laughter, with many opportunities to get to know yourself and others in a strongly grounded space of respect, growth and trust. Lively activities, workshops, our famous cabaret and auction and healthy food throughout the day are all part of the experience - or you may relax, walk in the forest or navigate the lake. Our Open Ground gatherings are all about choice. You choose what you want to do - be it a workshop, relaxing, swimming in the lake, taking some quiet personal time for reflection or spending time making new friends. It’s totally up to you
Who attends a men’s gathering?
Men attend Manshine for a variety of reasons: to learn; to reconnect with friends and make new ones; to escape everyday pressures and feel grounded; to reflect upon life; to engage in physical and uplifting activities; and to heal or grow emotionally or spiritually. Men from 18 to 80+ from all walks of life and careers attend our gatherings. We find there is no typical attendee. What we do find is that men who attend are usually seeking a better way to define themselves and a better way to live their lives.
What to Bring?
- Water bottle
- Insect repellent
- Comfortable and warm clothing for day and night
- Medicines (clearly marked)
- Pillow Sheets and blanket OR sleeping bag
- Towel and toiletries
- Bathers (optional!)
- Pen and writing material
- A musical instrument if you want to participate in the concert
- An open heart and mind!
- Optionally, an object or photo of personal significance. We will be providing a sacred space for these precious items for you to honour & everyone to see.
Accommodation is in shared dormitories or you can bring your own tent and camp. Indicate your choice when booking.
We appreciate you arriving between 4PM and 6PM. Check in with the registration crew when you arrive for directions.