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Southsea Sangha is very proud to bring the worlds leading dharma teachers to our corner of the world, many for the first time. Don’t miss out these unique opportunities to explore and deepen your practice with a range of experienced and fantastic teachers!

Nov 2020

The Art of Love: Undoing Patriarchy and Unveiling the Sacred Masculine: A Daylong Meditation Retreat for Men and Masculine Identified Folks with Daniel Sutton-Johanson (assisted by Lee Deveraux)

Online Sat 28th Nov 7.30pm – Sun 29th Nov 5.30pm GMT

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Men, in some deep part of themselves, are homesick for the truth.
— Barbara Deming

The loving heart is wild.

It refuses to be contained, shaped and caught by systems of power. It refuses to be limited. Men and masculine identified folk, need to protect their hearts from the untruths we are fed, from childhood, so they can be free.

Many of us walk through the world in constant performance. This performance, for men, is assessed against a set of rigid ‘rules’ which none of us consented to…

…yet here we all are.

In this retreat, participants will engage in meditation, dialogue, sharing and personal storytelling, and ritual to unpack how patriarchy has shaped our expressions of masculinity and the self more generally.

Through a dharmic lens, as a community we will examine our relationship to violence and domination, power, femininity, love and sexuality along a contemplative path to unveiling and honoring non-patriarchal expressions of who we are as human beings.

Beyond conditioning. Beyond fear.

The breaking open of hearts, the deconstruction of a shaming culture where male pain has no voice, where male pain is invisible and has no space to be healed.

This is the work of men acknowledging how hard it is to practice ‘the art of love’ in a patriarchal culture.

On this daylong retreat, Daniel welcomes all male-identified people to collectively illuminate how patriarchal expressions of self create suffering for all of us as we begin to develop a relationship to a more sacred masculinity.

Our hope is that these efforts will not only further our own liberation, but begin to cultivate spiritual and accountable communities and a human world where both the feminine and masculine expressions of ourselves are loved, healed, nurtured and held in a loving balance.

Daniel Sutton-Johanson
Daniel Sutton-Johanson is the founder and community dharma leader of Southsea Sangha, a burgeoning and vibrant urban dharma community on the island city of Portsmouth, est. 2014.

Daniel began dharma practice in 2004 encountering Vipassana at a time of addiction and depression and now practises as a Rogarian Psychotherapist, mindfulness educator with young people, trained by Mindful Schools, and as a mentor for iBme UK.

Daniel is a long term student of Martin Aylward and works closely with Lama Rod Owens, co facilitating and assisting retreats in California and retreats at Gaia House, UK.

He identifies as a queer white cis male and uses he/him/they pronouns.