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A Gathering of Men Retreat

Understanding Masculine Energies:
Our Struggles and Strengths in Changing Times
May 3-5 2013  Bishop Lane Retreat Center Rockford, IL
While masculine and feminine characteristics are very different,
nature meant them to be complementary
The terms masculine and feminine are often misunderstood, undervalued and misused.
This retreat is for men seeking greater awareness and use of their own masculine strengths and qualities along with ways to better understand and incorporate feminine wisdom and strength in their lives.

In the spirit of fellowship and understanding this retreat seeks to enhance our perspective and actions with ourselves and others.  our retreat intent is to explore together the following topics and by way of discussion, exercises, experiential learning and integration.

Main topics

  • True meanings and cycles of masculine and feminine aspects: How this is changing our world today
  • Historical perspective of masculine and feminine energy: How it manifest in cultures and human systems
  • Understanding how our perceptions limit our true masculine characteristics
  • Exploring our resistance to looking at ourselves and discovering other discovering other masculine characteristics
  • The feminine energy: Why do I repress feminine aspects
  • Discovering the importance of achieving masculine and feminine balance toward and integrated self

Weekend includes meditations, being in nature, soulful reflection and fellowship

Bishop Lane Retreat Center is 5 miles southwest of Rockford, IL  The center has 200 acres of landscaped and wooded areas with full dinning, sleeping and workshop accommodations. Item required personal hygiene items, notebook, pen, open mind and heart.

Retreat facilitator: David Schroeder, LCSW & David Poust, MDiv
Fee: $180.00 includes retreat accommodations, meals and materials
time: Fri. May 3 6:00 pm to Sun May 5 3:00 pm
Limit: 18 open and seeking participants
Pre-registration required, deadline April 29th  $75.00 desposit required at time of registration.    

For more information contact David Schroeder @ 815-238-4521, email: humor311@sbcglobal.net  or David Poust @ 815-238-6584 email: dwpoust@gmail.com

David Schroeder, is a clinical and spiritual social worker and life coach in private practice, he has over 25 years experience in the clinical and personal development fields  David has been leading men’s groups and retreats for the past 7 years.

David Poust, is a United Methodist Pastor, he has served various congregations in Northern Illinois for the past 15 years. David has extensive experience in various healing modalities, spiritual guidance and men’s retreats.


The Reunion of the Masculine & Feminine
Weekend Workshop Series



Transition Pathways offers Men’s Group

A Gathering of Men 

A ten session series
For men seeking greater understanding and growth
of their emotional and spiritual self

A time of exploring and discovering the true self
Topics and discussions are designed to stimulate greater inner
of yourself and each other, as well as promoting
individual and collective insights and growth

Topics include:

  • The journey of a man
  • Breaking ground with our ego/persona, embracing the wounded parts
  • The Mask I wear: Mask making activity and the telling of the story
  • Encounter with our shadow: Acknowledging and accepting our imperfection
  • Embracing our soul mate: Understanding and working with our Masculine and Feminine energies.  Being in relationship with self and others
  • Understanding & coping with life transitions
  • Remembering who you are: Reunion with your spiritual self

Group night: Monday evenings beginning Jan. 23, 2012
When: 2nd & 4th Monday of month for 10 sessions
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm  
Fee: $20.00 per session  
Limit: 10 participants 
Site: 5906 Elaine Drive, Rockford, IL  upper level of building
 Group facilitator: David Schroeder, LCSW, CPC

To register or more information contact David @ 815-238-4521 or email david@transitionpathways.com.  David is a licensed clinical social worker, professional life coach and owner of Transition Pathways.  David have over 25 years experience in the clinical and personal development fields.  He guides men’s groups in Rockford, promoting self-discovery, growth and fellowship. 


A Gathering of Men

Retreat Weekend

Expressing Our Truth – Finding Our Way

 October 5 – 7 2012  Camp Emmaus Mt. Morris, IL

  For men seeking greater understanding of ourselves, what’s in our way and finding our soulful path.  A weekend designed for self and collective exploration, celebration and fellowship.

Expressing Our Truth – Finding Our Way

“Without an understanding of who we are, where we came, I do not
think we can advance.” – Louis Leakey

We live in times of uncertainty and tremendous change.  Many of us are feeling out of sorts and not knowing our way.  We feel a need and urge to speak and live more from our truth.  Can you relate?

Join us for an informal gathering of men weekend, as we create an atmosphere of acceptance and acknowledgment with being and expressing our truth.  While exploring and finding clarity and direction in our way of being in this uncertain and changing world.

Weekend includes meditations, walks, soulful reflection and fellowship

Camp Emmaus is just east of Mt. Morris, IL off route 64, 34 miles south of Rockford, Il  Camp has 97 acres of wooded area along with a graceful pond, creeks and walking trails.  accommodations in retreat lodge are complete with bathrooms showers, kitchen & dinning area.  Sleeping area are bunk beds with mattress.

Led by: David Schroeder LCSW, CPC
Fee: $100.00 includes retreat materials and lodging.  $40.00 deposit
Meals are pot luck, suggested to bring items for 2 meals
Retreat time: Friday Oct 7, 6:00pm to Sunday Oct. 9, 3:30pm
Limit: 15 open, willing & soul journeying men
Pre-registration required deadline Sept. 30th
For more information contact David @ 815-238-4521 or
humor311@sbcglobal.net  click here to email

As a soul explorer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Professional Life Coach, David understands and works the task and tools to transforming wounds into spiritual lessons and self-actualization.  His Practice Transition Pathways in Rockford, IL seeks to assist people in using their inner pathways to growth, healing & potential.  For over 25 years, David has been assisting people in healing, personal and spiritual development.  David has been leading men’s groups and retreats for the past 5 years, offering pathways to self discovery, growth and fellowship.

Enhancing Our Spiritual & Self-Esteem
Offered through Rock Valley College Community Education

Explore the importance of understanding, accepting and working with our spiritual and emotional self.  We will explore  5 key areas of our inner self and the universe, and how these areas impact our relationship with ourselves, our earthly world, and the spiritual universe.  Class offers stories, metaphores, insights, discussion, and tools.  Helping you increase your understanding and growth of the dynamics and choice between your human and spiritual self.  ” The road to your soul is through your mind” 

Topics include:

  • Our Resistant Ego and Our Surrendered Spirit
  • The Need for Approval & the Rejection of the Self
  • Building Our Emotional & Spiritual Bank Account
  • Accepting & Living with the Continuum in the Universe & Within Ourselves 
  • Celebrating the Uniqueness of the Universe & Ourselves  
Instructor: David Schroeder, LCSW, CPC
Class location: Rock Valley College  3301 N. Mulford Rd. Rockford, IL
Day/Time: Thursdays Oct. 20 & 27  6:00 – 9:00pm
Fee: $50.00
Pre-registration through Rock Valley College Community Education
815-921-3900 or online @rockvalleycollege.edu/onlineservices
For more class info. call or email David @ 815-238-4521 or david@transitionpathways.com  
Power of Being: Unlocking Blocks to Potential 
Offered through Rock Valley College Community Education

What causes you to feel stuck, trapped or overwhelmed?  Do you feel uncertainty and fear?  Do you notice your energy being drained by it all?  This class offers information, exercises and tools to answer these questions and more. Gain a better understanding of why you show up the way you do and more importantly learn effective ways to shift your thinking and energy to unlock the blocks to growth and potential. 

Topics include: 

  • Two Types of Energy We Live With
  •  Seven Levels of Self-Leadership
  •  Four Main Energy Blocks to Our Potential
  •  Consciously Aligning Yourself to Values
  •  The Power & Energy of Your Thoughts & Words
  •   Importance of Desire, Belief & Acceptance in Reaching Potiental
  •   Meditations to Manifest Your Desire

Instructor: David Schroeder, LCSW,CPC
Class held at: Rock Valley College 3301 N. Mulford Rd. Rockford, IL
Day/Time: Thursdays Sept 22 – Oct. 6   6:00 – 9:00pm
Fee: $75.00
Pre-Regristration Through Rock Valley College CommunityEducation 815-921-3900 or online @www.rockvalleycollege.edu/onlineservices. For class info. contact David @ 815-238-4521 or david@transtionpathways.com 

My work as a life transition coach and counselor, I love expanding my own learning, wisdom, growth, and making this part of my life purpose.  Than using this to assist others with their own learning and growth as they desire, this is very rewarding and inspiring for me.  We are all students and teachers to and with each other. 

I am passionate about challenging my ego’s desire for safety and comfort.  For there is no growth and meeting ones potential if I only want to be safe and comfortable.  There is no growth in staying in our comfort zone.  Growth happens when we are willing to go to the edge, go into the unknown and face our fears.  I have found that one of the biggest barriers to someones growth and potential is fear and what we perceive as the unknown. 

I assist people in helping them realize there are clues to our life and purpose within facing our fears and stepping into our unknown.  For when we face our fears and the unknown, we find our true self, inner wisdom, and potential.  

 Do you desire to discover your true self, tap into your inner wisdom, and reach more of your potential?  My coaching and counseling services assist people like you, who desire more out of their life, want to take life changing action toward self-mastery, growth and potential.

I would welcome the opportunity to partner with you, in moving through your fears and discovering what you fear in your unknown is actually where the answers and potential are revealed for you.   Contact David at 815-238-4521 or email.


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