Rhode Island Men’s Gathering (RIMG)

threeGensRIMG 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 Location

Camp Aldersgate

“The Camp Aldersgate Experience” has many different layers, but one core value… community! For over 70 years, youth and adults have found a sacred space where they can unwind from the world and be renewed in their faith. Year round, Aldersgate, an outdoor ministry site of the United Methodist Church, is a place where people of all ages experience the peace and excitement of God’s Creation. Come find out why generations of campers call Aldersgate home!

…left me feeling more confident and with a grounded sense of self.