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Men's Stories


Insights from Past Participants

"I first attended the North Coast Men’s Gathering out of curiosity. I keep coming back for the deep connections to men who inspire

me to live a more open and authentic life."

- Brandon R.

"The men, the place, the myth;
it's all true to me. I love the real brotherhood we practice, the Mattole Valley is magnificent, as is the magic that unfolds during the gathering."

-Timotek (Serial Attendee)

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"A few years ago, amidst the turmoil of my divorce, I struggled with indiscretion, lack of courage, and communication failures. With my community destroyed and confidence shattered, I realized the need for more accountability, honesty, and true connection with others. To my surprise, I found these at the North Coast Men's Gathering. From this space I've cultivated profound, fulfilling relationships where I can be seen and available to witness, unlike any I've experienced in my 40 years, including those within my immediate family.

I felt like I had connected more with some men in a weekend than I had with most of the men in the entirety of my life. The NCMG community continues to serve me daily in my quests for growth and understanding, especially in shadowed areas like sexuality and spirituality. In less than a year since my first Gathering, I've been deeply inspired and have willingly carved out precious time from my busy life to help put on next year's event."

- Ian J.

"Remembering my first NCMG in 2008, my initial reluctance to integrate with 40 strangers was immediately quelled by the grounded and present leadership of the men guiding the weekend. Smooth beginnings lead to great connections with a diverse age range of awesome men from Humboldt County and beyond, enriched by workshops, meals, ritual, meaningful conversations and play. Each NCMG leaves me inspired by its theme and activities, embraced by the community of men.


Fifteen years on, many of those same brothers remain integral to my core friend group. Over the years, I've also introduced my sons to the nurturing environment of NCMG, beautiful Mattole riverside, forested location and tailored activities for kids. One year, my initially hesitant 80-year-old father arrived resistant, but found himself pleasantly surprised by the experience. Dad’s final comment at he end of the gathering, with a smile, was “Well, that was different!” NCMGs do offer a uniquely “different” and enriching experience for men and will forever hold a special place in my heart."

- Steiny - Arcata, CA

"Attending the NCMG was one of the best decisions I made in 2023. It has led to multiple friendships that I continue to cultivate, to a men's group, and to a greater sense of community with men doing inner work. I feel empowered and renewed as I continue to learn through the diversity and interconnection this Gathering has to offer. I am deeply grateful for these opportunities!"

- Neil Jefferson

"The NCMG isn't just an event, it's a transformative journey that has deeply impacted my life. From my inaugural hesitant inklings to then forming profound connections with incredible, cognizant men, each gathering has been a testament to the power of community and self-discovery. Though I've only attended two so far, I've witnessed not only my own growth, but the growth and lasting bonds forged with brothers who have become an intrinsic part of my life. Whether it's the inspiring workshops that ignite the spirit, the heartfelt conversations, or the breathtaking natural setting, every moment at NCMG resonates with authenticity and connectivity that is truly palpable. This event is an unparalleled experience that continues to shape me and hold a special spot in my heart."

- Carson L.

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