As we men age, our physical achievements, limitations, and future potential can become core themes of our daily lives and personal narrative. Over time, injury and illness, and fitness and wellness, influence how a man experiences his masculinity and self-worth. Many men report having experienced only internal conversations about their relationship with their bodies. Making those internal conversations more public can be enlightening and enriching. What type of relationship did we have with our bodies as we were growing up? Were we tall enough, athletic enough, muscular enough, and handsome enough? How did we feel about other people’s perceptions of our bodies? How did those self-perceptions and external perceptions impact our ways of being in the world?
We invite you to come to Esalen and join with a group of men to (re)discover or explore your body image. Feel free to bring any photos or other artifacts that speak to the story of you and your body. Whether you come by yourself or with a friend, this workshop balances thoughtful reflection and risk taking with humor, fun, and an enthusiasm for deepening the relationships of all the participants in the group.