FAQs

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 07 3067 3449 (opt 1).

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. You will find our community more interested in ‘who you are’ more than your job 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.

How do I get there?

Manshine is at Camp Somerset, 1180 Stanley Pocket Road, Crossdale. It is about 2 hours driving from Brisbane. Stanley Pocket Road is one lane for most of its length. Drive carefully, as you will need to pull off the road slightly to pass any traffic you meet coming the other way! You can register for the Car Pooling service when you book your ticket or you can drive there following these directions.

Can I call the venue?

If your family or loved ones need to contact you in an emergency, they should call the venue on 07 5426 0148. This phone is not monitored 24 hours but messages will be checked during the day. The venue does NOT have mobile phone signal!

What is the cancellation policy?

Our standard cancellation policy has been updated in light of Covid19. If you experience Covid19 symptoms or learn you have been in contact with a known case you must not attend Manshine. You will receive a full refund. There are many precautions that we will take to lessen the chance of catching Covid19 at Manshine. These precautions will be incorporated into all tribal group meetings, workshops, ceremonies, and meal times. Precautions will be explained by email before the Gathering, and we will make regular announcements reminding attendees of these precautions during the weekend. You will not need a medical certificate to obtain a refund. All cancellations relating to Covid19 will be refunded in full without question.

What is a men’s gathering?

Manshine is an Open Ground men’s gathering from Mens Wellbeing. Our men's gatherings are a place for men from every background, religious, political and sexual persuasion to meet in a spirit of honesty and trust and openness. We encourage men to feel free and be real with themselves and others in a supportive environment. 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. We run workshops, exercise activities, and small conversation groups over the course of the weekend. We come together for healthy meals cooked by our experienced kitchen crew. All activities, food and accommodation are included in your single ticket price. Your weekend can be busy with workshops or quiet with relaxation. The choice is totally up to you.

What to Bring?

  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Comfortable and warm clothing for day and night
  • Medicines (clearly marked)
  • Shoes
  • Pillow Sheets and blanket OR sleeping bag
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Bathers
  • Yoga mat (if you have one and are interested in joining the morning yoga group)
  • Pen and writing material
  • Torch
  • A musical instrument if you want to participate in the concert
  • Optional: 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.
  • An open heart and mind!

Accommodation

Accommodation is in shared dormitories or you can bring your own tent and camp. Indicate your choice when booking.

Arriving

We appreciate you arriving between 4PM and 6PM. Check in with the registration crew when you arrive for directions.
P: 07 3067 3449
E: admin@menswellbeing.org
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