What Makes A Man

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Distorted representations, as perpetrated by culture, education and media can contribute to us not knowing who we truly are. A vast array of false role models, interpretations and ideals around gender identity have ensured that we do not clearly know what it means to be a man, or a woman, in relationships, work or family.

These manufactured pictures and models of what it supposedly means to be a man can be a major cause for conflict. They can contribute to many social and health problems that cannot be resolved without changing our understanding of who we truly are and then with that understanding, develop a way of living.

A man who lovingly understands, knows and cares for himself will be much more sensitive and able to take care of his lifestyle, state of health, how he will be in his marriage, his family, his relationships and in his attitude towards work.

It is crucial for true health and well-being that men and women understand and develop an intimate relationship with what men naturally are beyond the stereotypes and socially learned behaviours.

 Women can only benefit from getting to understand men beyond the stereotypical pictures and behaviours and thus learn new ways of relating with and supporting men.

What Makes a Man offers an opportunity to reflect on and develop an understanding of who we naturally are by recognising the imposed pictures of what we are expected to be through social conditioning. With this deeper sensitivity and understanding we can consider changing unloving behaviours and develop more loving, healthy and responsible ways to live our lives.

This course is open to both men and women.


Course Delivery

This course will be delivered via webinar over six sessions beginning 6 November 2021. Each session is a live presentation with Q&A available throughout.  The sessions will be presented between November 2021 and February 2022.  Please see details under each presentation listed below for specific dates and times worldwide. Recordings of each session will be made available shortly after the live webinar.

PLEASE NOTE: You will be notified by email once the presentation recording is live. Recordings are available for access and review indefinitely.


Cost

$120 for the course (prices are in Australian Dollars)


Session Details and Times

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Session 1 ~ 6 November 2021

Beyond the Stereotypes and Roles

Before we are identified by our physical gender we are equally sensitive beings in our essence. From a young age as boys, we are not supported to know who we truly are nor to explore what we feel, instead we are encouraged to play hard, toughen up, not cry and not be emotional.

This session is an exploration of the typical roles we, as men, find ourselves in. What are the classic masculine stereotypes and how have we aligned to these.

Presented by: Mark Gavioli and James Stanfield

TimesSaturday 6 November 2021
Australia3pm–4:30pm (AEDT, NSW)
2pm–3:30pm Australia (AEST, QLD)
London UK4am–5:30am (BST)
Europe5am –6:30am Europe (CET)
Hong Kong12 noon–1:30pm (HKT)
USA / Canada9pm–10:30pm (PST) on Friday 5 November 2021

Session 2 ~ 20 November 2021

Sensitivity – A Man’s True Strength

When we as men embrace our sensitivity, when we not only resurrect but also restore our sensitivity, we can see that this perceived weakness is in fact a strength that can be harnessed and utilised to enrich our lives.  

This session will support participants to understand the true meaning of sensitivity, shedding any preconceived notions of how this may or may not relate to masculinity.

Presented by: Felix Kremer, Martin Gladman

TimesSaturday 20 November 2021
Australia3pm–4:30pm (AEDT, NSW)
2pm–3:30pm Australia (AEST, QLD)
London UK4am–5:30am (BST)
Europe5am –6:30am Europe (CET)
Hong Kong12 noon–1:30pm (HKT)
USA / Canada8pm–9:30pm (PST) on Friday 19 November 2021
Session 3 ~ 11 December 2021

Knowing Yourself by Feeling & Expressing As Who You Are

Feeling is our first rate instrument that offers us the possibility of building in a way where we can remain true to something we can fully trust – our innate sensitivity, our sense of life and ourselves.

This session will offer participants the space to consider and be sensitive to where they are in knowing what they feel and being able to express those feelings.

Presented by: Alex Bruan, Eduardo Feldman

TimesSaturday 11 December 2021
Australia3pm–4:30pm (AEDT, NSW)
2pm–3:30pm Australia (AEST, QLD)
London UK4am–5:30am (BST)
Europe5am –6:30am Europe (CET)
Hong Kong12 noon–1:30pm (HKT)
USA / Canada8pm–9:30pm (PST) on Friday 10 December 2021
Session 4 ~ 8 January 2022

Men at Work

Industry by industry, profession by profession we have a broken ecosystem that leads humanity ever further from the direction it should be heading. Can we then consider on a personal level, how wide is the impact of our relationship with work?  Have we considered what is true wisdom, at work?  This presentation will go there.

Presented by: Neil Gamble, Adam Warburton

TimesSaturday 8 January 2022
Australia3pm–4:30pm (AEDT, NSW)
2pm–3:30pm Australia (AEST, QLD)
London UK4am–5:30am (BST)
Europe5am –6:30am Europe (CET)
Hong Kong12 noon–1:30pm (HKT)
USA / Canada9pm–10:30pm (PST) on Friday 7 January 2022

Session 5 ~ 29 January 2022

Relationships – Putting It All Into Practice

The presentation will explore some of the factors that contribute to and can get in the way of men truly being transparent in their personal relationships exploring topics such as the roles we play, the action of rejection and subsequent behaviours such as withdrawing, manipulation, pushing away, controlling, dominating or submitting that can follow.

The presentation will support men to find references points within themselves to confirm who they truly are, as opposed to the roles and identities they may have adopted.

Presented by: Adam Warburton, Martin Gladman

TimesSaturday 29 January 2022
Australia3pm–4:30pm (AEDT, NSW)
2pm–3:30pm Australia (AEST, QLD)
London UK4am–5:30am (BST)
Europe5am –6:30am Europe (CET)
Hong Kong12 noon–1:30pm (HKT)
USA / Canada8pm–9:30pm (PST) on Friday 28 January 2022
Session 6 ~ 19 February 2022

Where to Next?

The last installment of What Makes a Man will provide a forum for an open discussion with the presenters of the five earlier sessions on what you have experienced and realized about yourself, being a man and your approach to life in general. This rounding up will review the whole journey and support participants in initiating a new cycle.  

Presented by: Alex Braun, Felix Kremer, Eduardo Feldman , Martin Gladman, Mark Gavioli, James Stanfield, Neil Gamble, Adam Warburton

TimesSaturday 19 February 2022
Australia3pm–4:30pm (AEDT, NSW)
2pm–3:30pm Australia (AEST, QLD)
London UK4am–5:30am (BST)
Europe5am –6:30am Europe (CET)
Hong Kong12 noon–1:30pm (HKT)
USA / Canada8pm–9:30pm (PST) on Friday 18 February 2022

This Course is Facilitated and Presented by:

Alex Braun
Alexander Braun

Naturopath, counsellor and presenter on life-style, health and relationships

Alex Braun is a Heilpraktiker of Osteopathy, Craniosacral Therapy and complementary health practitioner who lives and works in Cologne, Germany. His healing practice has attracted an international clientele who are inspired by the reflection of steady grace that he offers.

Adam Warburton
Adam Warburton

Site Construction Manager, Builder and Master Woodworker

Adam Warburton has spent 30 years of his life working in a “man’s world” as a Project Manager and Site Manager in the commercial construction industry, starting from when he was 19. Throughout that time he has observed in himself and others how the somewhat unconscious alignment to the unspoken rules of manhood often leads to nothing more than an exhausted and hardened state of being.

Be it the bullying of young apprentices, the hardened exterior, the aggressive demeanour, the façade of intellectual superiority, or the simple provider role that men go into to “survive”, Adam has witnessed and been affected by the deleterious effects this misshapen and corrupted set of ideals has on a man’s true state of being. There is a price that all men pay for submitting to the omerta of manhood.

As an exhausted and burnt out 30 year old, Adam started questioning and eventually extracting himself out of the ideals we impose upon ourselves and others as men, but in a way that still allowed him to remain committed more than ever to the industry he has always loved. This is unusual in an industry where burnout is the norm, and in which most men crave for a different occupation but feel trapped by the lifestyle and security their chosen career offers. The grass is greener on the other side, isn’t it?

Over time, Adam tried many different avenues to find the perfect “work life balance” as a solution to his woes, only to realise with some much needed assistance in the end that the answer to exhaustion, burnout and disillusionment with life lies not in withdrawal, engrained stoicism or submission, but starts with a clinical and honest self appraisal and willingness to question one’s identification with the many different suit styles that life offers – and above all a willingness to be vulnerable and humble enough to re-engage with the natural sensitivity that lies within the heart of every man.

Eduardo Feldman
Eduardo Feldman

Professor of Sociology

Eduardo Feldman has lived his life in three different places (Argentina, USA, Spain) and has worked in two very different areas. He has worked for almost two decades as an academic, teaching courses in various universities around the world and more than one decade as a health and wellbeing practitioner and consultant.

Father of two daughters, Eduardo went through a divorce and remarried eleven years ago. Since then, he has incessantly worked in the letting go of old ways that were felt to be not supportive and has opened up to new ways to be and to interact with others that make sense to my whole body and being. Although not truly a fan of that thing called human beings for quite sometime, Eduardo has come to a point of surrendering to the immense love he truly has for others. He looks at himself and to others with different eyes today.

Neil Gamble
Neil Gamble

Chairman & Director of Companies, Retired CEO

Neil Gamble is passionate about the quality of leadership in todays world and has recently published a book on this subject.  He provides extensive mentorship programs to executives and executive teams alike covering a wide range of subjects from the basics of job searching, business relationships, executive team building, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, dealing with boards and leadership.

He is currently Chairman and Joint Owner of Ryarc Media Limited, a supplier of digital signage software and is also Chairman and Joint Owner of Foro, an ‘auction led’ automated (from booking to screen) platform for global screen-based marketing.

Neil has led major companies across a wide range of industries that include Technology, Internet, Media, Engineering, Property Development, Gaming/Entertainment, Financial Services and Health & Wellbeing. His experiences have included publicly listed companies on the ASX, NASDAQ and London Exchanges.

Neil has regularly presented at the CEO Circle as part of the curriculum for the CEO study groups focusing on Leadership, Strategic Planning and Marketing.  

Mark Gavioli
Mark Gavioli

Finance Director

Mark Gavioli is acutely aware of the challenges faced by men as husbands, fathers and friends in today’s society having the experience of being married with seven children and two grandchildren himself. Mark is the Chief Financial Officer for Asia Pacific for a multi-national company in the aviation industry.

Having worked in the industry for over 30 years, Mark loves aviation, seeing it as a practical vehicle to bring people together, renewing and developing friendships and relationships irregardless of where people live on the planet. He has been involved with men’s groups for over 20 years, appreciating that such groups provide men with the opportunity to reconnect to the man that he truly is and expose the day to day living that impedes that journey.

Martin Gladman
Martin Gladman

Counsellor and Social Worker

Martin Gladman is a Clinical Sexologist and Mental Health Social Worker working in both regional and metro Victoria, Australia.  He currently runs his own private practice, working as a counsellor and complementary therapist, supporting people with their mental health and overall wellbeing.  With over ten years’ experience working alongside young people, adults and families from all walks of life, Martin brings his love of philosophy, science and religion to the College, offering a depth of care, insight and wisdom that is equally practical, real and accessible as it is inspiring.  Martin currently holds a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons), a Masters in Science in Medicine (Sexual & Reproductive Health) Psychosexual Counselling, a Diploma of Chaka-puncture and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.
Felix Kremer
Felix Kremer

Naturopath, counsellor and presenter on life-style, health and relationships

Having completed a Masters degree in recreational pedagogies, which includes the study of psychology, sociology, pedagogics and philosophy, Felix started his career as a social worker and is experienced in working with people from all walks of life, children, adults and elderly people. He works with groups, couples, businesses and in one-on-one settings. Since 2007 he treats from his own clinic near Hamburg. Felix is a stupendous and sought after practitioner, his dedication for healing and supporting people is the backbone of his highly successful business. Felix’ warm hearted, disarming way of relating to people makes it easy to connect, to experience true love and deep care. He lives together with his husband, mother and foster son and loves being a student of life.
James Stanfield
James Stanfield

Businessman, Men’s Lifestyle workshop presenter and coordinator

From a young age James had a natural precision and attention to detail which led him to a career as a draftsman. His leadership qualities and trust in his abilities saw him start his own business in his mid-twenties. James has trained and mentored many young people through his business and now in his late fifties holds regular men’s groups to support others to find clarity in their lives and to navigate the seeming pressures men face on a daily basis.

Affiliated with the property industry for his entire working life James is often sort for his extensive experience in many areas and on many topics.

Married for over 30 years, a father and grandfather, James values relationships and cherishes the opportunity to expand and grow in these relationships knowing this will in turn offer all concerned a marker of what is not only available but possible.

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