Retreat Testimonials

 

“I attended a weekend program created by Jere Friedman for a group of open-minded gentlemen who wanted to become better persons, and Jere’s preparation and guidance got results: by the end of the weekend, we were better-educated about being mindful listeners and recognizing the emotions behind words, being honest about fears and sticking points, and committed to take specific steps that had been discussed among new friends. Jere is a healer. He has a natural and welcoming manner and has a talent for gently helping us take an honest look at ourselves and making improvements. He is a great listener and an experienced and effective facilitator. His gifts at doing this work spring from his love of helping people achieve greater clarity, authenticity, healing and happiness. You don’t need to think you are sick to benefit from a healer—people at all levels of spiritual and emotional health can benefit from participating in Jere’s thoughtful programs.” Scott DeWald, Phoenix, AZ
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“I came because (1) I knew it is a great time to invest in me, and (2) I know Jere’s heart, and I knew that only positive things could come from this event.” Phil Blank, Phoenix, AZ
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“Jere did an excellent job of presenting the retreat as advertised. I came away with a deeper respect for myself as well as others and as well as a more defined sense of direction and connection with my Authentic Self.” Garland Blessing, Tucson, AZ
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“A program which allows and encourages heart felt authentic communication and sharing.” Name withheld by request.
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“I attended the Authentic Man Retreat with mixed emotions. I was personally at maybe the lowest point in my life and knew I needed something to break me out of a deep rut, but wasn’t 100% sure that hanging out with a bunch of guys was going to do the trick. Amazingly, Jere Friedman knew exactly what I needed and at times I felt like the whole weekend was a ‘custom built workshop on how Tom can be a more authentic Tom.’ Turns out that what I needed, and I think we all need, was to be seen. To be seen as the fault-filled collection of life experiences, hopes and desires, victories and defeats that I have accumulated over the years to become ME. I was able to be seen because of the care and nurturing Jere put into the event. He displayed an intuitive ability to recognize when the group needed to ramble and wander around a topic and when it was time to bring it to a close and move on. (Personally, nothing frustrates me more than being engaged as a group on a particular topic and then the facilitator cuts it off or even worse “puts it on the parking lot list.”) Somehow Jere was able to bring together one of the most amazing groups of authentic souls I have ever had the pleasure of being around. Several had deep experiences in spiritual practices and others, like myself, were novices, dipping their toe into it every now and again – but we all shared a desire to be present and as a result shared some wonderful experiences. I am forever grateful to Jere for bringing this experience into my life and to the men I met and shared with over the weekend – “Brothers, I love you,” may you all be blessed with compassion and bathed in courage, awake ever day as if on summer vacation, and always. . . always, live like you stole it!” Tom McKinley, Phoenix, AZ
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“The Authentic Man Retreat facilitated by Jere Friedman was a powerful and profound event. Catering for 13 men from all walks of life, and varying ages, to gather in a desert retreat location, Jere was a master facilitator for a series of conversations, exercises and a trail hike, to give the participants the opportunity to engage in some rich, deep and meaningful discussions that most men are either too busy or too afraid to entertain. Jere skillfully led us through each conversation, creating a safe space to share in pairs or as a group that which served us the best. The spirit of camaraderie was fabulous, and a peer support group was born. This is a retreat for any man who wishes to grow in his wisdom, overcome issues, or simply enjoy some spirited and valuable insights on male perspectives to life.” Ian Lynch, Shepperton, UK
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“Jere's Authentic Man retreat was truly a transformative experience. Practicing vulnerable, masculine, heart-centered communication with a group of men was a new experience for me. I'm in the midst of a major life transition and the process of listening and sharing my lessons and challenges broke me open over and over again. A powerful feeling of solidarity developed within the group that continues to support me through the healing process.” Bryan N.
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