An Evryman Open Source retreat is very straightforward. It is 40 guys and 10 leaders coming together with the simple agreement to set aside cultural norms and be transparent, honest, and vulnerable with each other for a weekend. We use simple communication protocols as a large group, in small groups, and in pairs to reach deeper and deeper within ourselves to stop holding back who we are. We do hikes, sometimes in silence, and we create time for everyone to have some quiet time in nature. We do a service project, one that involves labor and getting dirty--not to be MANLY--but to come together as a group and feel the benefit of teamwork and giving back. We eat amazing food and have a badass talent show, and we leave feeling like we shed 30 pounds of emotional baggage and with a new group of deeply caring brothers and friends.
WHAT IF I'M NERVOUS?
You should be nervous. This is a challenging, intense experience. You are asked to be more real and honest than maybe you ever have in your entire life, and you're being asked to trust us and this group of strangers. However, although that's true, we take immense care into making this as approachable and supported as possible. One things that makes us different is that our process is incredibly simple, straightforward and transparent. We don't believe that there needs to be secrecy, harshness or mumbo jumbo to create change and brotherhood. In fact we believe all of that obscures what we're really working toward.