Common Ground is a 9-week facilitated course that offers a powerful way for men to explore in a group setting, their challenges and have the conversations that they need to have – in a supported and non-judgemental way.
There are profound benefits when men have the space and time to discuss the things that matter to them, with other men.
Common Ground groups provide a safe, non-confronting atmosphere that supports your personal growth and raises awareness. Common Ground offers an opportunity for men to gain new perspectives on issues and on life, with other caring and informed men.
Common Ground Facilitators are men from our community with extensive experience in men’s work.
All Common Ground Facilitators have all attended Common Ground program themselves, so they know what it’s like to be in the program.
Usually a Common Ground program has up to twelve participants and three facilitators. Each facilitator has received training and bring their own unique experience to support the men.
Typically a Common Ground group will explore topics such as relationships, sexuality, masculinity, fathering and more.
Common Ground runs for nine evenings – lasts a lifetime!
Common Ground has given me more understanding of why I do this things I do in my life. It has help me with my integrity and given me a platform to share my life experiences/challenges with other men. I found the program hugely therapeutic and would recommend it to other young men.
I'm still thankful for being part of a group after 8 years. So glad there's more to manliness than beer and sports.
Common Ground changed my world by showing me that I had choices. The proof of the value of this program is that I am alive today and living a happy life. Without wanting to be dramatic, my only expectation before Common Ground was a bitter death, sooner rather than later. Yet here I am. I know that the key has been the Common Ground program. I recommend it to you.
Common ground gave me a greater sense of myself and a greater awareness of my emotions and how to express them. It gave me a boost in confidence also and more skills to be assertive in relationships and my communications in life.
I did not show up to Common Ground broken in crisis or stuck, I came to make connections with like minded men. I have a simple formula: before CG and my involvement with Mens Welbeing my funeral would of been a sad affair with very few attending, now I’m certain there will be many men there celebrating our achievements together and honouring my passing.
The Common Ground program changed my life, it helped me become the man I am today.
I completed a Common Ground course in 2006 and through this I discovered that I was not alone, that fallibility is OK and that we all have more in common than we can possibly imagine.
I went to Common Ground to help me get through my divorce. It also gave me a whole new world where I can deeply understand myself and from there consciously create a wonderful life I didn't know even existed.
I did Common Ground in 2015 after attending my first Mens Gathering. I didn't realise until I did the course how fulfilling and humbling it is to be able to connect and share my stuff with my men's group. My group has been together over 12 months and I still get that same feeling of satisfaction and connection at every meeting.
The Free Info Night is of course FREE.
If you decide to join the group, your deposit is just $40. This $40 secures your place in the Common Ground Course and can be paid at the Free Info Night or online here.
The balance of the course fee is due in week four and your balance is self-assessed using a sliding scale; meaning those of us who earn more – pay more, and those of us who earn less – pay less.
This allows us to always provide a man a place on the program, even if he is in very difficult financial circumstances. And by the way, we don’t ask you to tell us your income. That is private to you, the sliding scale works on trust.
You know what your household income (after tax) amounts to, so we ask you to contribute according to the table below.
Note that even men on low incomes are asked to invest something, to make their contribution and their commitment.
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