Rhode Island Men’s Gathering (RIMG)
RIMG seeks to provide men of all ages, all orientations and from all and walks of life a chance to make connections and friends, build community and gain support from the company of other men in a safe, supportive and welcoming setting. The weekend includes a balance of workshops and opportunities for spontaneous activities, socializing, conversation, recreation, and relaxation. RIMG is facilitated and organized by a committee of volunteer participants.
Workshops and Activities
Workshops are all led by RIMG participants and are offered in areas such as: personal growth and self-improvement, health and healing, arts and crafts, music and movement, poetry and writing, cooking and food, energy and the environment and other diverse areas. Every man, who wishes to share his knowledge and experience, is invited to offer a workshop. Workshop descriptions are posted on Friday evening and sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Other activities that may be included are: affinity groups, games, drumming circles, an afternoon hike, star gazing, and a talent show.
What happens at RIMG?
Opening and closing circles are two of the most important parts of the weekend. Opening circle, held just 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 6:00 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 W. Alton Jones Campus is 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.
…left me feeling more confident and with a grounded sense of self.