Existing Men’s Groups

These are groups that are already in existence and who are actively seeking additional members. Please notify us of any groups that have disbanded or are no longer seeking new members.


Davis  —  Davis Community Men’s Talk Circle

Orientation:    The Talk Circle is a primer for men who are new to men’s work. Started in 2011, we meet once a month, and at no charge. Men ages 18 years and older are welcome, to talk of that which holds meaning for them. Here men can talk honestly, on any topic and free of advise giving.  We have three-generations of men who attend, younger, middle-age, and older men including Elders, all men are welcome, and new men join-in with regular attendees. We usually have 12 -18 men attend, allowing men to talk as they feel ready. We utilize music, poetry and ritual, to create a Sacred space, to honor the work we do together. All men are welcome!
 
 Facilitated by:   The Talk Circle Committee: Andy Riffel, Gregory Guss, David Hafter, and John Poirier, with additional support by Peter Gannett
 
When, Where & Contact:   The Talk Circle meets every second Wednesday of the month, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. at the Davis Community Church in the Gallery Room, 4th & C Street, Davis, CA. 95616. We are not affiliated with the Church, but benefit from their generosity. For more information call:  Gregory Guss, LCSW, (530) 758-2794  or email:  dguss@comcast.net

San Rafael — Men’s Group for Mentors and Elders

Orientation: Generativity and providing guidance and wisdom for younger men is a calling and necessary path for many men in the later stages of their lives. This group is intended to activate and strengthen this particular calling.

“Do not misread the silence in their eyes. They are seeking sunshine from us, immediately.” Haki R. Madhubuti

Facilitated by Alan Ptashek, MA, CCHT, S.E.P., RMC Associate. Adult, Adolescent, & Relationship Counseling, Men’s Groups & Mixed Gender Groups.

When and Where: We meet 11:30am-1:30pm, weekly on Thursdays in San Rafael. Contact: Alan Ptashek at (415) 924-2865, alanptashek@gmail.com.


San Rafael — Group for Adolescents and Young Men

Orientation: A group for youth, ages 15, late teens into early 20’s. The initiatory fantasies, experiences, hardships and “missteps” of male youth will be understood and honored as the portal through which seasoned, grounded and mature masculinity may begin to emerge.

Facilitated by Alan Ptashek, MA, CCHT, S.E.P., RMC Associate. Adult, Adolescent, & Relationship Counseling, Men’s Groups & Mixed Gender Groups.

When and Where: 12 noon to 1:30pm, two Saturdays a month in San Rafael. Contact: Alan Ptashek at (415) 924-2865, alanptashek@gmail.com.


 Sebastopol — Men’s Fire Circle

Orientation: Ongoing men’s Fire Circle open to all men who are interested in connecting with other men on a soul level.  Emphasis is on showing up with transparent vulnerability.  Rituals are welcomed and encouraged.  This is a leader-full circle where everyone participates in facilitating.  Format includes drumming, singing, poetry and invocation/convocation.
When & Where: Wed Evenings 6:30 – 9pm, call for location.   Visit www.themensfire.com or contact Scott for more info:  (707) 695-4444.

Marin County — Men’s Purpose Group

Orientation: A Group for Men that Choose to Live with more Meaning and Purpose. This group is for:
A man who wants to create a life that is aligned with his deeper sense of purpose.
A man who is hungry for a change, wants clarity and a new way of being in his life.
A man who wants to have deeper conversations with himself and other men.
A man who wants friendship, support and connection with other spiritually conscious men.
A man who chooses to live a more meaningful life.
When and where: Meetings are bi-weekly Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights 7 – 9:30 PM. This is an on-going group and there is a 3 month commitment to participate. Meeting place is in San Anselmo. This is a facilitated group format and the size is capped at 6 to maximize the potency of our work together. For more information contact Eddie Pisack, certified Integral Coach and Men’s group facilitator for over 30 years, at 415-686-1964 or AvirtuousMan@me.com or www.avirtuouslife.com.

Berkeley — Men’s Group

Orientation: For adult men of all ages. We are exploring how men find passion and purpose in their lives, while dealing with loss and grief, relationships and intimacy, creativity and life transitions, and the healing of old wounds. Facilitated by Alan Ptashek, MA, CCHT, S.E.P., RMC Associate. Adult, Adolescent, & Relationship Counseling, Men’s Groups & Mixed Gender Groups.

When and Where: We meet 7-9pm, weekly on Wednesdays in Berkeley. Contact: Alan Ptashek’s Berkeley office at (510) 653-7098, alanptashek@gmail.com.


Marin County — Men’s Group

Orientation: For adult men of all ages. We are exploring how men find passion and purpose in their lives, while dealing with loss and grief, relationships and intimacy, creativity and life transitions, and the healing of old wounds. Facilitated by Alan Ptashek, MA, CCHT, S.E.P., RMC Associate. Adult, Adolescent, & Relationship Counseling, Men’s Groups & Mixed Gender Groups.

When and Where: We meet weekly in San Rafael, Thursdays from 7:00-9:00pm. Contact: Alan Ptashek at (415) 924-2865, alanptashek@gmail.com.


San Francisco

Orientation: This is a co-facilitated psychotherapy group that is focused on depth-oriented relational work involving issues of intimacy, empowerment, and creating a healthy sense of masculine identity. We provide members with the space for deep bonding, and the opportunity to co-create a uniquely nourishing experience of group culture. In looking around us it seems so clear that there is such a tremendous need for the type of healing and connection which this type of group offers to men, and we are running the group at affordable, sliding-scale rates in hopes of making it accessible to all those who are sincere about their desire to grow and to heal. There will be up to 10 members in the group.

When and Where: Group meets weekly on Tuesday or Sunday evenings from 7-9pm in San Francisco. Prices range from $35-60 per group depending on monthly income. Contact: Rob Schene MFTi at 415-689-5816 or Jordan Wolfe MFTi at 415-312-0318.


 

East Bay — East Bay Nation of Men

Orientation: This 12 year old group of 50 men exists to support men, teams (itself an important support tool), families and community. One general meeting a month, with individual team meetings of 4-8 men once a week. Men are encouraged to join a team where the nitty-gritty work of personal support happens.

When and Where: General breakfast meeting (free): Lake Chabot Park, San Leandro, 8-10am, second Saturday of the month, rain or shine. Team meetings once a week, day and time varies by team. Contact: Alan Wick, alanwick@mindspring.com, (510) 654-4564.


Berkeley

Orientation: Ongoing and growing groups under the auspices of Doug von Koss.

When and Where: Weekly and otherwise, in Berkeley. Contact: Doug von Koss website at www.dougvonkoss.com.