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Guru Of Men’s Movement Featured Speaker At Workshop

Iron John is coming to Spokane.

Well, not the fabled character exactly. But the man who made him and his meaning famous, poet and men’s activist Robert Bly, will be the featured facilitator of a three-day conference titled “Northwest Conference on Men and Their Relationships” to be held here Oct. 6-8.

Bly, whose best-selling book “Iron John” is considered the bible of the men’s movement, will be joined by two other noted men’s activists: John Lee (“Facing the Fire”) and Michael Gurian (“The Prince and the King”).

The conference will include a Friday-night poetry reading by Bly, a Saturday conference for men and women and a Sunday conference for men only.

Total costs for all three events is $160. For registration information, write to DeerHawk Enterprises, 703 W. Seventh Ave., Spokane, WA 99204. Or call 624-1436.

A Healing journey: The Inland Northwest Men’s Evolvement Network is sponsoring a retreat titled “A Healing Journey” on July 7-9 at Camp N-Sid-Sen on the east shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

The retreat will use traditional ways of creating trust among participants, including guided imagery and meditation, along with spiritual exercises and athletic activities such as hiking and swimming.

The weekend will be facilitated by area therapists Richard Dalke, Al Turtle and Ben Camp. Fees are $150 ($165 after June 16) and includes two nights lodging and six meals. To register, send a $40 deposit to: Healing Journey, DeerHawk Enterprises, 703 W. Seventh Ave., Spokane, WA 99204. For further information, call 624-1436 or (208) 664-3082.

Conroy’s truth: In his book “The Prince of Tides,” author Pat Conroy wrote of a football game in which his protagonist, Tom Wingo, runs 97 yards for a touchdown.

But in recalling the moment, now-coach Wingo sees in retrospect that the event was a defining moment for him - and for a generation of men like him.

“Somewhere in that ten-second dash the running boy turned to metaphor and the older man could see it where the boy could not. He would be good at running, always good at it, and he would always run away from the things that hurt him, from the people who loved him, and from the friends empowered to save him. But where do we run when there are no crowds, no lights, no end zones? Where does a man run? the coach said, studying the films of himself as a boy. Where can a man run when he has lost the excuse of games? Where can a man run or where can he hide when he looks behind him and sees that he is only pursued by himself?”

MEMO: Common Ground is written on alternating weeks by Dan Webster and Rebecca Nappi. Write to them in care of The Spokesman-Review, Features Department, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210-1615. Or fax, (509) 459-5098.

Common Ground is written on alternating weeks by Dan Webster and Rebecca Nappi. Write to them in care of The Spokesman-Review, Features Department, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210-1615. Or fax, (509) 459-5098.

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