our story

TasMen provides events and structured learning opportunities for men of all ages, beliefs and orientation. We formed as a Tasmanian association in 1999, are self funded and run by volunteers.

Our core belief is that we, as men, must take responsibility for our lives, our ‘stuff’, and our own personal growth. We also believe that support and good friendships help us do this.  We know that men can find sharing and learning in the presence of other men very powerful. This ‘experiential’ learning can have profoundly positive impacts. We can become fuller humans, better partners, better fathers, and develop a network of real friends and mates.

At TasMen, we use the ‘peer-to-peer’ model of experiential learning. Here men meet as equals, follow clear guidelines, share from the heart, listen and learn. Every man who comes to a TasMen event is treated the same. They are respected and encouraged to both listen and be heard. We do not operate as counsellors or therapists, although some of our members are counsellors,  but we do have deeply skilled, wise and brave men in our community who facilitate and lead.

‘Tasmanian Men’s Gathering’. Has been our major event for 21 years. This is our major learning and connecting opportunity for men. The Gathering provides men with a safe, fully confidential space where they can talk, explore and share in openness, from their hearts and in the company of others. The weekend is deeply experiential, fun, fully catered and, it too can be life changing.  It is supported by a trained Care Team and led by experienced facilitators. Up to 80 men come to the annual March Tasmanian Men’s Gathering from all around Australia to experience this unique and powerful weekend.

Men’s Groups. In Tasmania, we encourage the formation of supportive mens groups that may meet regularly. We believe that for men to feel whole, we need connection, support and the opportunity to heal, to be heard, to grow and to contribute to our families and our communities.

Discussion List. We have an email based discussion list with over 170 men, who have participated in our gatherings or men’s groups. It is a moderated list, where men can talk about what is happening for them and where we share information about out activities. Its also a place where men can reach out for support and get help.

‘Common Ground’ is an 8 week men’s learning program. This programme is available if their is sufficient interest and needs about 8 men to run. Common Ground programs have been running successfully in Queensland with our brother organisation for 17 years. They are tried and tested. These programs have changed men’s lives, improved relationships within their marriages / partnerships and provided strong connection between the men who participate. Common Ground programs are fully facilitated, safe, and confidential.  They run as small groups over 8 weeks, one night per week. Typically they then continue as independent mens group providing ongoing support and learning for their members. For more information on common ground see common ground.

Other Activities. We have a range of other activities, such as one day workshops and mini gatherings and specialised training. We advertise those through our list, the media our Tasmen Facebook page and this web site. If you subscribe to our mailing list we can keep you up to date.

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