About this Program
The old patriarchal conception of masculinity is disintegrating before our eyes. This is a good thing, but what is the next step?
I’m Charles Eisenstein, and I’ve been asking this question my whole adult life – for decades unconsciously, and more recently with increasing consciousness. Who am I, not just as a human being, but as a man? Who can I be? And how can I get there?
When I was young, I saw plenty of examples of a masculinity that was dominating and violent, that was cut off from emotions, that was afraid to cry and afraid to be seen, that was deeply insecure, that couldn’t really hear, see, and hold the energy of the feminine, that wasn’t in service to life. I didn’t want to be like that. Moving away from that model of masculinity, what is there to move into?
Some might say the next step is to discard the notion of masculinity altogether, as an obsolete culturally-constructed binary that perpetuates institutions of privilege and oppression. This online learning journey explores another possibility: a mature masculinity, a healthy masculinity, or (dare we say it) a sacred masculinity. We will explore a new story of what it is to be a man in the next culture, a story that embraces masculinity as an archetypal energy and principle of life.
This learning journey is designed for anyone – male, female, or other – who wishes to cultivate their sacred masculine qualities, and to relate in a healthy way to masculinity in others.
“Masculinity: A New Story” is a learning journey that invites participants to step into deep inquiry. It is a series of six, two-part sessions; each featuring a special guest in conversation with Charles Eisenstein on various aspects of masculinity.
Each of the six sessions includes a pre-recorded interview with a featured guest lasting about 1.5 hours, and a follow-on Q&A discussion with that guest (also about 1.5 hours) in which we dive deeper into the discussion. The program also includes bonus interviews and new material that will be released over time, as well as the opportunity to join a closed Facebook group dedicated to this inquiry.
All sessions are audio only, and can be downloaded for your listening convenience. Because the journey is “self-guided” you can move through the material at your own pace, and interact as much or as little as you want with other participants on the Facebook group. In short, you can step into this journey at a pace and in a way that is most meaningful for you.
Some Ideas We Explore
- What qualities characterize a healthy or sacred masculine?
- What are the shadow aspects of those qualities?
- What is the role of initiation in manhood, and how might we reclaim it?
- What is the proper relationship of the masculine to the sacred feminine (both internally, and as manifested by women)?
- How can each heal the other?
- What would a new “story of a man” be in the areas of love, intimacy, partnership, and family?
- What sexual capacities might be developed in a liberated man?
- What is fatherhood in a new story?
- How shall we engage the damage that has been done to woman and earth by the distorted, violent masculine?
- What does masculinity mean in a time of great fluidity in sexual preference and gender identity?
- What can wisdom traditions and indigenous cultures tell us about the masculine?
- Where and how can we source the support we need to stand consistently in sacred masculinity?
Feedback from Participants
“Call it a course on masculinity, discourse of the sexes (and senses) or, let’s pull a rabbit out of a hat and see what happens, this course is provocative, intense (at times), thoughtful (yet, subjectively so), and downright entertaining. To Charles, I say, bravo, you’ve done it, again! I have totally enjoyed each and every one of our sessions—be they interviews or phone calls with questions and comments/commentaries.” — Phyll
“The opening I have experienced from this morning’s conversation has already been such an extraordinary gift, and one that I feel will continue to unfold for a long time to come….I listened to the call for the second time tonight, this time along with my wife and the synchronicity of what has been spoken is extraordinary….I really sensed in the feeling and the energy of sharing that moment with my partner that this new paradigm is not just possible but tangible.” — Nick
“Thank you Charles for bringing this field together. This has been a profound celebration of the Masculine in the Feminine response. Loving you both and all in this forum. what a gift. I’m left with some words. warrior, fearlessness, celebration, reunion, care, connection, humanity, renewing, compassionate, co-creation, joy, thriving-life.” — Ken
Upon subscribing, you will choose a self-determined fee that feels right to you. We cannot really put a number value on it. That is not because we don’t think it is valuable. It is because we don’t know what the value will be, especially given the wide diversity of financial means out there. Therefore, we offer the course as a gift, trusting the generosity of participants to support us in developing and sustaining in-depth learning journeys like this one.
We trust you to choose an amount that is right for you. I suggest an amount that feels like you are making a real commitment that reflects our own commitment, and that respects your financial situation.
Course photo by Keegan Houser on Unsplash.