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Loving Men XV

THE 15TH LOVING MEN RESIDENTIAL WEEK FOR GAY AND BI MEN - Summer 2017

For the last 14 years we have run a week-long intensive event in May/June at Laurieston Hall. In 2017, sadly Laurieston Hall will be closed to events. We are therefore exploring new venues for our summer event. Watch this space for updates and make sure you are on our mailing list so we can keep you posted.


See below for details of last year's event.

THE 14TH LOVING MEN RESIDENTIAL WEEK FOR GAY AND BI MEN
AT LAURIESTON HALL IN SOUTH-WEST SCOTLAND
SATURDAY 4 - SATURDAY 11 JUNE 2016

THE INTIMACY DANCE: CONNECTING AND LETTING GO

 

Loving Men at Laurieston Hall

Loving Men at Laurieston is a once-a-year adventure for gay and bisexual men who want to develop more intimacy in relationships.

The week enables you to:

  • immerse yourself in a different kind of living and loving for 7 days
  • make connections with like-minded others
  • develop skills to take back into your life in the art of intimacy, friendship and forming meaningful relationships
  • and have some fun!

    We spend the week in a supportive and loving community, using a range of activities to build deeper relationships with other men.

     

    "Loving Men was a remarkable week for me. I emerged with many wonderful memories and a new found confidence in my body, heart and mind."

     

    This year's theme: The Intimacy Dance: Connecting and Letting Go

    A warm welcome awaits you on this special week of exploring the Intimacy Dance between gay/bi men. We'll explore the subtleties of reaching out and making connections with each other. And how the process of letting go and separating enriches the intimacy between us. We'll experiment with the pulse of connecting and letting go and see how that forms the basis of the intimacy dance between lovers.

    We'll do that in the usual Loving Men ways: emotionally, physically, in small groups and large, using words, music and creativity and a good dose of surprise. It's an Adventure in Intimacy after all.

    This year is special in another way. The good people of Laurieston Hall have announced that they will not be opening to events in 2017 and will use the year to review their plans for the longer term. They don't know what the future holds. So LMXIV may actually be the last Loving Men event at Laurieston Hall! We hope that isn't the case, but we are grateful to have the time to connect and let go with Laurieston and the community there, as well as with each other.

    Laurieston Hall is the birth place of Loving Men and one of the containers that has held and nurtured us over the years. Many of us have special memories and connections with the place and the people. We'll have time during the week to share, reflect and honour this relationship - to connect and let go.

    Thinking of coming for the first time? Please do! You will be very welcome. As a community we are experienced in welcoming new people and inviting you in. We welcome gay/bi men from all walks of life, including BME and trans men who are sexually attracted to other men.

     

    "Thank you for a fantastic and varied event. Loving Men gets better and better."

     

    The Details

    There'll be many opportunities to stretch your comfort zone and gain personally from the relating with other men.

    Activities will include:

  • structured time together as a large group
  • small group meetings each day
  • exercises and activities for getting to know yourself and others better
  • opportunities to practice and develop relating skills
  • the right to opt out of an activity if it isn't right for you
  • delicious vegetarian food
  • indoor and outdoor fire-side chats
  • the beautiful grounds and countryside surrounding Laurieston Hall
  • sweating in the sauna and swimming in the loch
  • free time for rest, chat, fun and laughter(...and volleyball too!)

     

  • I really appreciated the magical mix of clarity, focus, sensitivity, warmth and humour.
    Chris

    Loving Men: Terms & Conditions

    Booking, deposits and final payments

  • the standard deposit is £150
  • your balance is due 6 weeks before the start of the event
  • your place and deposit may be forfeited if we do not receive your balance 4 weeks before the start of the event.
  • if you cancel more than 6 weeks before the event, we will return your deposit, less a £30 contribution to administrative costs
  • if you cancel 6 weeks to 2 weeks before the event, we will refund your payment for the event, minus the £150 deposit
  • if you cancel within 14 days of the start of the event, Loving Men reserve the right to retain your full fee
  • Loving Men advise you to take out travel insurance to cover yourself for illness, emergency or cancellation

  • Conduct at the event
    To ensure your own and others' welfare, Loving Men asks you to:

  • be responsible for your own safety and exercise due care for yourself throughout the event
  • be respectful towards others and of their personal boundaries
  • take care of the venue and equipment, and respect the boundaries of the host organisation