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The Quest Programme for Gay, Bi + Queer men
September 23, 2022 @ 10:00 am - September 25, 2022 @ 5:30 pm BST
“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” James Baldwin
The Quest programme is an experiential journey designed to empower gay, bi & queer men into a powerfully positive way of living –– free from the constraints of the past and unleashed to the possibility of the present. Two professional group facilitators and certified coaches support participants to develop a sense of self to creatively engage in life. Attendees practise new behaviours and engender new beliefs that move them towards authentic living with a connection to others & confident self-expression.
This program has been generously supported by the Social Enterprise Support fund from The National Lottery. Places are subsidised – enabling a diverse range of participants.
Please secure your subsidised place early to avoid disappointment
The Quest Programme goes to the heart of our challenge to fulfil our lives.
“The trick for the gay man himself is to resolve the conflict between the inner life and the outer one and become the authentic, gay person that lies buried beneath.”
Out of the Shadows: Reimagining Gay Men’s Lives by Walt Odets
Since 2011, The Quest has been empowering gay, bi & queer men to rediscover their wholehearted selves and redefine their understanding of community –– within a safe & supportive environment alongside a diverse range of people. The Quest’s work enables enriched relationships with a deeper understanding of personal interactions & motivations –– through self-acceptance & compassion, and the social awareness to embrace new possibilities.
By attending this interactive & engaging weekend participants will:
– Gain a deeper understanding of how their upbringing has impacted their emotional development.
– Develop an increased awareness of their limiting beliefs, behaviours & habits.
– Actively begin a healing process.
– Identify ways to improve their sense of self & relationships.
– Establish next steps for themselves, their relationships, and the world we live in.
– Experience support & intimacy from a group of gay, bi and queer men.
– Create a positive & supportive new network of men.
– Gain a greater sense of living authentically as a gay, bi or queer man in today’s world.
The programme itinerary is in three phases:
Preparation: Attendees will receive six daily reflection emails prior to the face-to-face gathering.
Coming Together: Our group workshop sessions are held over a three-day weekend: Friday (10am – 4.45pm), Saturday (10am – 5.30pm) and Sunday (10am – 5.30pm).
Integration: Attendees take part in a six-day email check-in starting on the Monday after our weekend together. There will then be three online Zoom sessions when attendees explore a range of topics to enable them embed insights from the weekend. These sessions take place on the first three Sundays following the weekend (unless otherwise arranged).
The weekend experience will include discussions & sharing in pairs, triads, small and large groups. It will include storytelling, psychological exploration & education, book readings, expressive writing, coaching and self-reflection & inquiry.
Included in the programme fee is:
– The Quest Experience programme workbook
– A copy of the book ‘Love Me As I Am: gay men reflect on their lives’
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