Manshine 2023

Manshine 2023

South-east Queensland Men's Gathering

Lake Somerset, Brisbane Valley
28 April 2023 4:00 pm - 1 May 2023 2:00 pm

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28 April 2023 4:00 pm - 1 May 2023 2:00 pm Lake Somerset, Brisbane Valley

At Mens Wellbeing we pride ourselves on supporting men through whatever they are going through, whether they are flourishing and looking to enrich their lives or they have hit a crisis and are reaching out for help. You will find men from many different backgrounds and experiences all coming together for the long weekend in May to help support one another along the journey.

When we think of where we are in Life’s Journey and particularly with recent events in mind, 2022 presents an opportunity to reflect, reset, build on and grow from what we have all experienced. Manshine this year offers a supportive and welcoming environment to do just that.

This year’s Manshine begins with the call Let’s Show Up and Journey Together. For us, Showing Up is all about being there; being there for yourself and being there for one another. And of course, what is better than being able to do it together?

We will create an easy flow gathering this year, offering space for you to reflect and connect between workshops and activities.

Early morning singing

The Journey will offer three main stages; Connection, Challenge & Growth, and Integration & Liberation.

Most importantly, as we Journey together, we also have the freedom to choose our own pathway, by selecting the workshops, sessions and conversations that are right for each one of us.

Connection is about coming together to create a container of Brotherhood, Community and most importantly, Trust… We’re all in this together. The Journey begins within and flows out from here.

Challenge & Growth will give you have the opportunity to choose your adventure by taking on a challenge or by diving into an area that is calling for your attention.

Integration & Liberation will give you an opportunity to integrate what you have gathered along the way and be potentially liberated from what has been holding you back.

Whether you are seeking Connection, Growth, or Liberation a pathway is waiting for you at this year’s Manshine.

Let your heart hear the call and join us on this Journey. This is your opportunity to offer support, and be supported by other men. It starts by Showing Up. From there, we journey together!

Small group

Who can come?

Every man is welcome at Manshine. Whether you are old or young, straight or gay, rich or poor. Whatever your culture, whatever your belief system, whatever your politics. If you identify as a man, you are welcome.

Large group workshop indoors.

The Venue

Camp Somerset borders Lake Somerset and the western edge of D’Aguilar National Park. It is a beautiful setting, ideal for this gathering, and for bush-walking, swimming, canoeing and peaceful reflection. Accommodation is in modern self-contained cabins. There is also room for camping and campervans. Meals are provided in the communal dining hall by our wonderful cooks! All meals and workshops are included in your ticket price.

Contact Us

Scott Grimmett
Booking questions & changes

Scott

T: 07 3067 3449
E: admin@menswellbeing.org

Frequently Asked Questions

We offer a car pooling service as part of your registration. As a driver or passenger you will be matched to another attendee from nearby the weekend before the gathering and put in touch by email. (Passengers from more remote locations face the chance we won't be able to offer a driver sharing their route and should bear this in mind when booking.)
Men under the age of 18 (and over the age of 16) may attend our weekend gatherings if accompanied by their father or adult male guardian. Please contact our office to understand these additional conditions and book.
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From the south side of Brisbane:
  1. Leave Brisbane via Ipswich Road;
  2. Take the Toowoomba exit on the left;
  3. Take the Esk turnoff to the right;
  4. Turn right into Wivenhoe–Somerset Road (signposted Somerset Dam via Splityard Creek Dam, Mount Glorious, & Brisbane Forest Park);
  5. Turn right into Stanley Pocket Road;
  6. Turn right into gate for Camp Somerset.
From the north side of Brisbane:
  1. Take the Kilcoy/Caboolture exit off the Bruce Highway and join the D'Aguilar Highway to Woodford and Kilcoy;
  2. On reaching Kilcoy follow the main road through town. Just past Kilcoy turn left into Esk–Kilcoy Road;
  3. Just past Somerset Dam township turn left into Wivenhoe–Somerset Road;
  4. Turn left into Stanley Pocket Road;
  5. 6. Turn right into gate for Camp Somerset.
The majority of work for volunteers is on Friday before the event opens as we are setting up the venue for over 100 men! There are further tasks throughout the weekend but these would take less than 2 hours out of your day. Volunteers can apply for a reduced-price ticket by calling 07 3067 3449. Places are limited, so apply early!
We appreciate you arriving between 4PM and 6PM. Check in with the registration crew when you arrive for directions.
Accommodation is in shared dormitories or you can bring your own tent and camp. Indicate your choice when booking.
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Comfortable and warm clothing for day and night
  • Medicines (clearly marked)
  • Shoes
  • Pillow, Sheets and blanket OR sleeping bag
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Bathers
  • Yoga mat (if you have one and are interested in joining the morning yoga group)
  • Pen and writing material
  • Torch
  • A musical instrument if you want to participate in the concert
  • Optional: an object or photo of personal significance. We will be providing a sacred space for these precious items for you to honour & everyone to see.
  • An open heart and mind!
A men's gatherings is a place for men from every background, religious, political and sexual persuasion to meet in a spirit of honesty and trust and openness. We encourage men to feel free and be real with themselves and others in a supportive environment. Expect a warm welcome and plentiful conversation and laughter, with many opportunities to get to know yourself and others in a strongly grounded space of respect, growth and trust. We run workshops, exercise activities, and small conversation groups over the course of the weekend. We come together for healthy meals cooked by our experienced kitchen crew. All activities, food and accommodation are included in your single ticket price. Your weekend can be busy with workshops or quiet with relaxation. The choice is totally up to you.
Our standard cancellation policy is published at Terms and Conditions and has has been updated in light of Covid19. If you experience Covid19 symptoms or learn you have been in contact with a known case you must not attend our gatherings. You will receive a full refund. There are many precautions that we take to lessen the chance of catching Covid19 at gatherings. These precautions are incorporated into all tribal group meetings, workshops, ceremonies, and meal times. Precautions will be explained by email before the Gathering, and we will make regular announcements reminding attendees of these precautions during the weekend. You will not need a medical certificate to obtain a refund. All cancellations relating to Covid19 will be refunded in full without question.
Not at all. Many men come along to our gatherings simply to relax, network with other men and enjoy a light-hearted “men‘s space” of camaraderie and like minds. Men can either attend workshops they feel drawn to, or not. Our Common Ground Men’s Groups are a space of supported growth for going deeper into life’s issues, in a place of respect and without pressure.
You do not need fixing. You are the captain of your ship and it is you who will navigate your own course. We are here to encourage and support whatever your choices are. Our programs offer you opportunities to learn new skills and enjoy experiences that can change the way you look at your life and relationships.
Absolutely! Rollicking belly laughs are part and parcel of the our men’s gathering experience. We all have been boys once and having fun is part of our birthright!
Our community has many valuable members including some men who are same-sex oriented. They are no more or less in number than in general life and many of our members don’t actually know or even ask these questions because it simply doesn’t matter. You will find our community more interested in ‘who you are’ more than your job or who you share your bed with.
The inner judge is the worst kind! This is the judge you will have your biggest wrestle with as Mens Wellbeing understands the need for honesty and respect and these values are woven through everything we do. Our programs are not a test you must pass, they are an opportunity to look at yourself and your life, as you choose to, and make your own decisions about what your next step is.
We reserve a small number of half-price tickets for men in financial need. To apply, please call 07 3067 3449.
Sorry, no pets are allowed.
Mens Wellbeing has no religious affiliation or bias. All men are welcome regardless of religious belief, nationality or sexual orientation. Our core values are honesty, respect and authenticity. There is no getting it right or wrong in our programs.
Our programs are tried and tested. You will be supported and you will not be judged. Our goal is to provide the place where you can challenge yourself to be your best without any pressure to do anything you don’t want to do.

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