I sought myself and myself I could not see
I sought my soul and my soul eluded me
I sought my brothers, and I found all three.
“Washuntara” has committed a lifetime to helping men and boys craft passionate lives that work. He co-founded Circle of Men with Olan Jennings and Chris Seiter in Nashville Tennessee in 1990. This groundbreaking mens organization has grown ever since, touching the lives of thousands of men and boys in the Nashville region. This important work has also been the for runner for such groups and organizations across the United States and the world. This year we celebrate 25 years of active service to the community.
With loneliness and isolation invading the men in our communities, the choice to gather regularly in a non-competitive safe environment to simply share with other men is a powerful tool and an authentic way to help us help ourselves feel better in general. It can also go a long way toward alleviating so much of the worry and bullshit so many of us face on a daily basis. “A man doesn’t grow up until he’s had his first good belly laugh at himself!” … Washuntara
Circle of Men description
Healthy men mean healthy families and healthy communities; and who doesn’t want that? Yet loneliness, depression and suicide are prevalent in today’s men as they struggle to cope with evolving and changing ideas about their role in society.
Circle of Men is an international mens organization that has been quietly operating for twenty five years, with the soul aim of providing a safe, non-competitive environment for men to gather and help each other through the challenges they face in day-to-day living. We meet weekly and have a strong outreach program that takes this work into aged care facilities where dedicated volunteers meet regularly with older men in a group setting, helping to alleviate the loneliness and social isolation that surrounds them at this vulnerable stage of life. What we do is fosters groups and gatherings for men and boys in our community and have no religious or political affiliation. What the Circle of Men is about is Love.
Out of their walkers and into the Circle of Men
Circle of Men Outreach Australia
In 2005, the diversional therapist of a local aged care facility in Australia, recognized the needs of elder men who were suffering from loneliness and social isolation. She asked for help. Two friends, Mike Tarlo and Washuntara decided to do something about it. They were invited into the facility to meet with the men.
There, Mike and Washuntara found that men comprised only about 10% of the residents of aged care facilities and most of the staff were women. Thus male residents lived in a predominantly female environment. In addition. many of the men, who were from the Great Depression & World WarII generation, were unhappy because being in aged care meant the loss of their independence. Many became depressed and despondent and isolated from contact with other males.
As a result, Mike and Washuntara established the Circle of Men Queensland, which is now a incorporated, registered Australian charity that operates with 50 trained volunteers who, in teams of two to four, visit aged care facilities across the city of Brisbane Australia. Its goal is to be nation wide service.
The Circle of Men Outreach United States
The Circle of Men Outreach USA is opening its doors this year in the USA 2014. As the COM continues its amazing journey, celebrating nearly 25 years of service, holding men’s lives together, and never missing a stitch, we are delighted to welcome Chip Forrester on board as a director and consultant. Chip is deeply steeped in the “Circle of Men” and has just retired as the chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party allowing him the time to really help us get established. President Obama has now committed to helping men (including the elderly) get the help they need, chip is a very powerful ally. The immediate plan is to have a 501C3 in place before the end of year. This will enable us to access and work with government programs, corporations as well other not-for-profits.
Circle of Men USA
Nashville Circle of Men
Center for Spiritual Living Nashville
6705 Charlotte Pike Nashville TN 37209
Email: Shawn Galloway Shawngallaway@aol.com
Pewaukee Circle of Men
Magnolia Health and Wellness
146 Park Ave WI 53072, United States
7 pm 3rd Thursday of the month
Telephone Elise Trasser 262-695-1900
Carlsbad Circle of Men
390 F Oak Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dallas Circle of Men
Unity Church on Greenville
3425 Greenville Ave,
Dallas, TX 75206
Telephone (214) 826-5683
Email Rev Karen email@example.com
Circle of Men Qld Australia
President: Terry Moran
Phone: 33982404 or 0437344981
Secretary: Ross Wiseman
Mail: 2 Esher St, TARRAGINDI, QLD, Australia, 4121
Phone: 07 3848 4349 Mobile: 0448 387 840
Treasurer: Paul Barnes