What happens at Ignite?
We are creating an online container for men to explore connection, deep sharing, and authentic vulnerability. We connect skilled facilitators from all over the world (and locally!) to guide us on unique journeys through body, heart, mind and spirit.
The atmosphere is dynamic and full of possibility. This is a great chance to meet like-minded men of all ages, races, backgrounds and body types. This is a golden opportunity to learn about yourself and how to connect with others in a sober container.
How will it work online?
This is an experiment! We're going to try our hardest to create a temporary community where we can connect in meaningful ways.
You will receive a link through which you can join the Zoom call. Some sessions will have a cap on the number of attendees. For some sessions, the door will be locked after starting and latecomers will be turned away.
Do I need to be there the whole time?
No, but we do ask people who register for this online event to commit to being present for at least three workshops.
What should I have prepared?
For an online Zoom session:
a headset with both speakers and microphone is recommended, though most phones and laptops have adequate built-in speakers/microphones
go to the washroom before the session starts
have a drink or snack nearby if you know you'll like that
enter the meeting about 10 minutes early to guarantee your spot and to work through any technical glitches you might encounter
What if I’m in a workshop and asked to do something I don’t want to do?
We create a set of 4 community guidelines at our opening ritual. One of the guidelines is around self-care. This means that you are never required to do anything that doesn’t work for your body, heart or mind. All of the facilitation is a suggestion: only you know what is appropriate for you in that moment. This means that at any point during a workshop, you can change the instructions in a way that honour your needs, choose to simply observe, or leave altogether.
What forms of donations do you accept?
Are donations refundable?
What does “self-identified man” mean?
Masculinity and femininity are energies in the universe that some people choose to identify with. Even those who identify as “man” or “woman” are a complex interweaving of both of these energies. This weekend is both for people who identify as “men”, and others who are exploring their “masculinity”. As such, cis and trans men are both welcome, as well as folks who identify as non-binary or gender fluid. The beauty of our time together is being in a masculine container and learning to relate through that lens. There will be no policing to make sure you are “man” enough.
Is this event just for gay men?
Men of all sexualities are welcome at this event. While some of the workshops involve sexual energy, many do not. Consider this event a way to learn to relate to men in several different ways: physically, verbally, emotionally, psychologically, sensually, and perhaps sexually.