What happens at RIMG?

Opening and closing circles are two of the most important parts of the weekend. Opening circle, held after a light dinner on Friday, is an opportunity for participants to introduce themselves and share what they wish to get out of the gathering. The closing circle, held before lunch on Sunday, is a chance for each man to speak about what the weekend has meant to him. Many men feel the circles are the most moving parts of the experience. The weekend begins with check-in on Friday at 5:00 PM and ends Sunday after lunch. While the schedule is full of workshops, socializing, discussion, and entertainment, men can choose to spend time just sitting around the fireplace relaxing.

The location

W. Alton Jones Campus Situated on 2,300 acres of pristine forests in West Greenwich, the University of Rhode Island’s W. Alton Jones Campus is an ideal place for a winter retreat. The campus offers miles of extensive hiking trails, streams, ponds, a 75-acre lake, and a nineteenth century farm. Weather and conditions permitting, opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice-skating will exist. The Environmental Education Center is handicap accessible, has a lodge with hardwood floors and flagstone fireplaces, rustic heated cabins with hot showers (a sleeping bag is required), and a dining hall which serves wholesome meals including vegetarian options.