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

Virtual Retreat for Gay Men

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

171 reviews

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


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WE CREATE SPACE
171 reviews
We Create Space is the self-empowerment platform for Queer Leaders, Change-Makers and LGBTQ+ Professionals. We're a non-profit social enterprise helping individuals with becoming the most impactful version of themselves - inside their own communities and organisations.

Reviews

SG
I learned so much from this workshop not only for myself but for the students that I work with too. I gathered a lot of ideas for things I can share with them and teach them too. The best part of the workshop was that it was started with a mindfulness exercise and the creation of a calm and warm environment. It allowed me to feel ready to do the work we set out to do and face the obstacle that courage can create. Thanks so much y'all!!!
By Sydney G for Give Me Courage | Free Workshop | 9 June 2021 on 14 Jun, 2021
A powerful and transformative weekend, exploring how leadership intersects with queer identity. I left having increased awareness of the influences around us, and of knowledge in how I wanted to lead alongside my identity. For a while I have become aware of the responsibility I feel in corporate, and following the weekend have the tools to engage and be mindful of how to work alongside others in this space.
By Bekky H for Who am i? | 08+09 May 2021 | LBTQ | UK on 09 Jun, 2021
GT
Excellent workshop with a very important theme. Wonderful break out discussions. Strongly recommend. Would only ask for more tangible examples for the group to use in the break out sessions. Thanks for having us!
By Gatonga T for Play Your Self | Free Workshop | 15 May 2021 on 25 May, 2021
There's such a uniquely wholesome environment that is created by the team - it's a few hours of being less of who the world expects us to be and more of who we really are.
By Scott S for Give Me Courage | Free Workshop | 1 May 2021 on 22 May, 2021
FG
I found this workshop very inspiring and moving. The speakers and couchers were very insigful, kind and skillful. It was an amazing space to share and conect with people of my comunity. And there was a lot of conection between us, even if we where miles apart. I think the work that "We create space" is excellent and I thank them so much for creating such space.
By Fran G for Give Me Courage | Free Workshop | 1 May 2021 on 22 May, 2021
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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 M on 01 Sep, 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 B on 30 Jun, 2020