Who am i? | Weekend of 18+19 July 2020

Virtual Retreat for Gay Men

CS
65 reviews
Jul 18 - 19, 2020
Group size: 1 - 12
Who am i? | Weekend of 18+19 July 2020
Virtual Retreat for Gay Men

65 reviews

£185
Jul 18 - 19, 2020
Group size: 1 - 12

About this trip

'Who am i?' is a peer-to-peer learning and personal development programme exploring identity as a gay man. This isn’t a group therapy session. It’s a facilitated space to openly share and learn from each others past experiences. It's an opportunity for you to acquire the necessary tools and understanding for growth, and to develop resilience in the face of adversity.

Is this the right programme for you?

If you're asking yourself...

What’s really motivating me?

Why do I feel this way?

Why does nothing ever feel enough?

Am I being my authentic self?

Do I need to make changes in my life?

How do I move forward?

Who am I?

...you’re not alone. This programme is for you.

As gay men, the shame we experienced growing up has likely shaped the way we now view the world, each other and ourselves. Once we understand WHY we behave a certain way, we can use that knowledge as fuel to instigate positive change, becoming more powerful with the decisions we make, and the actions we take. We take an active role in shaping our own lives, and lead the way forward for others. 


Questions that may come up for you.


What are my underlying beliefs?

How have they influenced me so far?

What are the coping skills I’ve utilised until this point?

How have they served me?

How is that working out for me right now?

What changes do I need to make?

The Workshops.

The workshops are carefully designed around tried and tested powerful psychological and holistic techniques. The programme will vary slightly based on the team who facilitates. We play with different combinations of creative exercises, self-exploration tools and transformational techniques. These are interspersed with expansive teachings and coaching practices.


Developmental coaching and personal growth tools.

The coaching and self-analysis techniques that we use enable participants to go into deeper modes of personal enquiry and development. We tap into undiscovered truths, underlying beliefs and highlight pre-existing coping mechanisms. We then teach the necessary tools to safe-guard valuable resources, such as our creativity, intuition and personal resilience.


Group work and sharing.

No one is forced to share anything they don’t want to, or anything at all if they don’t feel comfortable. Sharing has a proven benefit to processing experiences and emotions. These breakout and group sessions are intended to allow participants to learn from each other.


Holistic practices.

We guide participants through these sessions, as a way to start slowly connecting the mind and body. It’s not a Barry’s Bootcamp workout, but more practices that incorporate elements of breathwork, body scanning and mindfulness.


Homework.

Ahead of the retreat a recommended reading list will be provided along with a tool-kit and a short ‘pre-retreat worksheet’. This is not 'compulsory', but it may benefit your long term learning and development. At the end of day one, participants will be provided with further homework to help with process and reflection. Again, this isn't compulsory, but it has been designed to maximise your experience. 

Our trusted team.

We personally design, organise and facilitate each of our retreats and workshops; partnering internationally with leading industry professionals in each sector. Throughout the duration of the retreat, you’ll work in close collaboration with each of the team members in respect of their given workshop. There will be a lead figure present throughout, whose role will alternate as facilitator and supervisor of each workshop. They will not be offering any counselling or diagnoses relating to psychological issues that attendees may be experiencing throughout the retreat. In the case of significant distress, additional or subsequent support will be sign-posted or referred as required. We will send more detailed information on the specific team closer to the retreat date.

About our approach.

We're not a rehabilitation or intervention centre. Nor are we providing one-on-one medical or psychological advice. We are certainly not providing a ‘cure’, and this isn't a therapy session. We are however offering a safe space to get curious, open up and discuss with others, aspects of your life you’re finding challenging. Naturally it is a completely confidential space, where individuals can openly share their feelings and thoughts with the option of anonymity. 


Your safety comes first.


Your safety is our main priority. For this reason, we will need to ask participants for some personal medical information, before we can confirm your place on the workshop. These are standard questions, there to protect your safety and everyone else involved. This information will only be shared on a need to know basis and will be GDPR compliant. We will also be undertaking other necessary safety measures, during and post-retreat.

We would highly recommend individuals with concerns relating to pre-existing mental health conditions, substance misuse and related disorders to seek immediate professional help. 

About the organiser.

This retreat series has been designed by Create Space and partners. 

Michael Stephens

Michael spent over 10 years working in senior creative leadership positions for some of the world’s most respected British brands within the fashion, travel and retail industries. After a series of life changing events, Michael diverted from this career path, becoming a mental health and LGBTQ+ advocate. Now the founder of Create Space, a retreat and workshop business, he promotes the importance and value of self-care, specifically within the creative and LGBTQ+ communities.
 

“As a gay man who has struggled with my sexuality and identity most of my life, I believe it’s so important that we now openly encourage each other to share and learn from past experiences to develop resilience in the face of our adversity.” Michael Stephens


For more information on Create Space, please visit out website.

Need more information?

About dates, schedule or book your place on the retreat?  Get in touch.

Subsidies are available upon request.

For details on other workshops please visit our website.

What’s included

  • Workshops
    All group workshops and activities (Breathwork, Mindful Movement, Creative Workshop etc)
  • Tools and Workbooks
    Pre-reading, workbooks and continual development resources.
  • Admin Support
    Should you require any help completing the pre-assessment and questionaires
  • Additional Support
    We will provide additional support in the form of signposting to relevant services only.
  • Confidentiality
    There will be a maximum of 14 participants and each will be asked to conform to our agreed privacy terms and conditions.
  • Medical Insurance
    Suitable and relevant medical insurance to be provided by participant.
  • Fees
    Bank transfer and credit card fees.

Itinerary

Who am i?
Virtual Retreat Itinerary.

Saturday 18th July

08:00  Introductions

             Setting intention

09:00  Mindful movement class

10:30   Guest speaker

11:00    Workshop and breakouts

13:00   Group share and closing

13:30   End of day one


Sunday 19th July

08:00  Recap with Q&A

08:30  Creative workshop

09:00  Breakouts and group share

10:30   Breathwork

11:30    Final group share

13:00   Integration and closing

13:30   End of day two


Ahead of the retreat, a recommended reading list will be provided.

At the end of day one, participants will be provided with a workbook, to help with process and reflection.

Your Organizer


CS
Create Space Workshops
65 reviews
We're a global retreat and workshop planning service, based in the UK. We organise bespoke well-being experiences - both in person, and virtually.

Reviews

TP
Taking this workshop felt like a bit of a risk for me but I was completely blown away. The community created in such a short time was wonderful. I particularly liked the breakout sessions as a way to share more personally with a small group and explore the prompts from our amazing facilitator. The visualisation exercise with he two doors has actually been very profound for me and I find myself asking 'am I following the right door' repeatedly after the session. Finally, the breathwork exercises were so grounding and relaxing, our guides soothing voice completely set the tone for the workshop. I was left with lots to think about and immediately signed up for the next one. My thanks to the Create Space team!
This was a very insightful and powerful session for me. I had attended the What's my Purpose workshop before so I already knew the format already and still I had new insights this time, about how the relationships I have with people, things, and myself are so important and interlinked with my personal and career goals. Also, the breathing work is inspiring, and the testimonials of invited speakers talking about their journeys overcoming mental health issues and finding their truer selves... I love the language we use throughout the session too; it feels so gentle and accepting, and intuitive. Not at all pressuring or oppressive like a lot of life coaching out there that is mainly material-goal oriented. This feels a lot more intuitive and emotionally intelligent. It's also refreshing to explore those issues in a loving LGBTQ+ environment where we don't feel marginalised, and we can feel heard and our issues understood. Most queer spaces in the real world are alcohol and drug-fueled and quite shallow in some respects. This is the antidote to that. This is a safe space where we can all come together as fellow LGBTQ+ people and talk about what really matters and connect on a more meaningful level.
This was such a great session - challenging, insightful and engaging. It was lovely to get the chance to hear from the incredible facilitators but also to have some honest conversations with the others in attendance. Would definitely recommend for anyone in the LGBTQ+ community looking for a safe space to open up and reflect on their identity journey.
I’m so pleased to have found We Create Space; Michael and the team are fantastic and the workshop was incredible! The sessions are really well structured, the content is fresh and relevant, and the welcome you receive is so warm and inviting. I feel part of a great community of people and can’t wait for more!
PT
For the past three years something has been preventing me getting what I want. After coming across Create Space's AD on Instagram I was taken aback by how similar the questions they were looking to explore on their What's My Purpose? workshop were to the questions that have been circling in my own mind for the past three years. It was a complete shock to me that after three hours being guided by the incredibly open, uplifting, supportive and community driven team at Create Space I was able to unlock the key to answering my questions. Would recommend the workshop to anyone feeling stuck in any way in their life. Whether you are looking for support emotionally, relationship wise or just looking to connect with more people in the LGBTQ+ community you would be hard to find a better place than Create Space.
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I took part in a weekend Who Am I? retreat and highly recommend it. The group size is intimate so never feels too daunting and you're able to build connections well. Maylis was a fantastic organiser - felt there was great communication from pre-booking right through to afterwards. Michael is a fantastic host, he leads the retreat with from a place of kindness, vulnerability and openness I find really commendable. Whether you're new to self exploration or a seasoned pro - I think this is worth doing.
By Jamie McHale on Sep 01, 2020
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I attended the Who Am I retreat in early June to explore my identify as a gay man. I found the retreat a life-enriching experience. The communication before the retreat was excellent and I particularly enjoyed the pre-retreat call. It was an intense two days - and virtual because of lockdown - but the conversations were enriching and inspiring and I thought that the structure and content was very well designed. Recommended!
By Freddie Brodermann on Jun 30, 2020