When is the next gathering?

The next gathering is February 9 – 11, 2018. It will be the 26th RI Men’s Gathering.

What will happen during the gathering?

Friday evening starts with a light meal and then we gather in the Opening Circle to share a little about why each of us has come. After that we all retire for a restful night’s sleep. Saturday activities include three optional 90-minute workshop sessions, as well as several hours of free time for hiking, playing, snow activities, discussion groups, or whatever. After dinner there’s an open mike, where anyone who wants can entertain the group with song, poetry, theater, dance, stories, comedy, juggling, etc. Dancing and drumming follow. Sunday this year will include a plenary session of all attendees, followed by the Closing Circle, lunch, and clean-up.

Who conducts the program?

Workshops and all other program segments are led by participants. The “OC” (Operating Committee) of previous participants works with the Aldersgate staff to handle behind-the-scenes details. Staff will be on hand throughout the weekend.

How are workshops run?

Workshops generally last 1.5 hours. There are 3 workshop sessions on Saturday. On Sunday, instead of a 4th Workshop session we plan to have a meeting of all participants to plan for the future directions of RIMG. Any participant who wants to may lead a workshop. Simply fill out the Workshop Form and click the SUBMIT button. The OC reserves the responsibility to omit workshops considered inappropriate. We will not know what workshops are being offered until Friday evening after the Opening Circle.

Examples of past workshops:

  • New Games
  • Dream Work and Active Imagination
  • Men on Midlife
  • Cooking
  • Beginning  Hand Drumming
  • Storytelling
  • Dream catchers
  • Tension Reduction
  • Conscious Loving

What are the accommodations like?

The  kitchen is staffed with professional men and women from Camp Aldergate dining services. Meals include vegetarian alternatives. Most events will be in the knotty pine Great Room with field stone fireplace. Sleeping quarters are heated and complete with bunk beds, showers, and lavatory facilities. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide child care.

Will there be a phone available?

Not likely. The office will be closed during our Gathering. There will be men with mobile phones attending. If you need to be reached, the following numbers are available for emergencies: On-Site manager Becky 401-808-0740

What are the arrival and departure times?

Please plan to arrive between 5:00 and 7:00 PM on Friday evening. If you are traveling a great distance and cannot make it by 7:00 PM, we will put some dinner aside for you. The Opening circle will begin at 7:00 PM. The program ends after lunch on Sunday, with farewells around 2:00 PM. The OC will hugely appreciate your assistance with basic cleaning responsibilities after the conference ends.

What should I bring?

  • Sleeping bag + extra towel or sheet to cover the plastic mattress cover; or bed roll (2 blankets, 2 sheets)
  • Pillows
  • Flashlight
  • Toilet articles, towels
  • Waterproof shoes or boots
  • Rain jacket
  • Warm clothes, including long underwear, sweater, sweatshirt, winter jacket, winter hat, scarf, gloves
  • Ice skates, cross-country skis (conditions permitting)
  • Musical instruments, drums, ritual objects
  • Material for the “Open Mike/Talent Show”
  • Materials related to men’s issues
  • Artwork, craftwork, or photographs for exhibition (throughout the weekend there will be an exhibition of things that participants have created or wrought with their hands such as artworks, craftwork, drawings or photographs of buildings built or gardens planted, etc.)
  • Books, etc. for the resource table

What shouldn’t I bring?

  • Alcohol or drugs
  • Animals
  • Children under 18

How do I get to Camp Aldersgate, North Scituate/Glocester, RI?

Camp AldersgateFrom Cape Cod/Fall River
Take I-195 West to I-95 North. Once in Providence, take exit 22B toward Hartford, CT. Follow signs for US-6 West. Follow to I-295 North toward Woonsocket. Take exit 7B onto US-44. See From 295 below.

From Boston
Take I-93 South to I-95 South (in Canton) to I-295 South. Take exit 7B to US-44 West. See From I-295 below.

From I-295
Take exit 7B which is US-44 West toward Greenville. Merge with traffic off exit. Go two miles and at the eighth stop light, take a left at RI Route 116 (you will see an Episcopal Church on the corner). At the 4-way stop sign when Rt. 116 turns DO NOT TURN. Continue straight onto Snake Hill Road. Continue straight for approximately 5 miles. Camp is on the right. We are next door to Bonniedale Farm. If you reach RI Route 102, you have gone too far.

From Hartford
Take I-84 East to I-384 East to US-6 East. In RI, go left at the fork. (Do not go toward Scituate Business District). At first intersection (less than ¼ mile), take a left onto RI Route 102 North. Take a right at the second stop light. The camp is ¾ mile down on the left.

From Springfield
Take the Mass Pike (I-90) East. Take Exit 10 (Auburn) onto I-395 South, then take exit 97 (Putnam) onto US-44 East into Rhode Island and through Chepachet. Where RI Route 102 and US-44 split at CVS, do not bear left. Follow RI Route 102 South for about 2-1/2 miles, and at the stoplight, turn left. The camp is 3/4 mile down on left.

From Worcester
Take route Mass Route 146 South to the Smithfield (RI) Exit. Follow Route 146A South to RI Route 102 South into Chepachet. Where RI Route 102 and US-44 split at CVS, do not bear left. Follow RI Route 102 South for about 2-1/2 miles, and at the stoplight, turn left. The camp is 3/4 mile down on left.

From Providence
Take US Route 6 West toward Hartford. Take the I-295 North exit then immediately follow sign for Hartford (US Route 6 West). At the end of the off-ramp, turn right. After approximately 3 miles follow signs for by-pass (keep right). At Famous Pizza turn right onto RI Route 116. At the stop sign (apple orchard) turn left. Camp Aldersgate is approximately 5 miles down on the right.

From the South
Take route 95 North into Rhode Island. Take exit 5B (Foster) onto route 102. Continue north on route 102 for approximately 20 miles into Glocester. Take a right onto Snake Hill Road. The camp is ¾ mile down on left.

Note: Camp Aldersgate is located in the Town of Glocester – if you see signs welcoming you to Glocester, you are probably headed in the right direction!

Please click here to get Mapquest directions to Camp Aldersgate!

By Air

Camp Aldersgate is within 45 minutes of the Providence Airport (PVD) and within 1.5 hours of Boston Logan Airport (BOS). If you are planning to arrive by air, please contact the camp office ahead of time.

By Rail

Camp Aldersgate is within 45 minutes of the Providence Amtrak Station (PVD), which is served by Amtrak and MBTA Commuter Rail Service. If you are planning to arrive by rail, please contact the camp office ahead of time.